Up­coun­try

Learn how a sim­ple color pal­ette can cre­ate a so­phis­ti­cated decor.

Country Sampler's Upstyled Home - - CONTENTS -

SANDY KELLY IS ALL ABOUT UNITY IN DE­SIGN and her home is a study in that en­deavor. Fur­nish­ings, el­e­ments and paint colors all work within a lim­ited realm that helps cre­ate a sooth­ing coun­try abode. An iron­stone slop pot is up­styled into a gen­er­ous vase of flow­ers. A stately pine dresser has a more sub­dued pres­ence in a flat, rus­tic fin­ish. Del­i­cate al­abaster lamps thread through­out the home show­ing off shapely bases over color­ful scene steal­ers. A pine bed has all the or­na­men­ta­tion of a fancy head­board but works in uni­son with a trunk and bureau of the same shade.

TURN A PAIR OF TWIN BEDS INTO A KING BY UNI­FY­ING INTO ONE PIECE WITH BOLTS AND SCREWS.

PAINT IS QUICK AND TRANS­FOR­MA­TIVE. PAINT PIECES IN ALL ONE SHADE AND DIS­TRESS TO BRING MOLD­ING DE­TAILS TO THE FORE­FRONT.

Sandy’s search for fur­nish­ings takes her to all kinds of sales venues. As an an­tiques dealer, she of­ten dis­plays at shows such as the fa­mous Brim­field flea mar­ket in Brim­field, Mas­sachusetts. Shapes and fur­ni­ture de­tails reign supreme in her quest. A sin­gle paint color can rein­vent the dark­est pieces of wood fur­ni­ture. Visit Sandy’s booth at Brim­field dur­ing the May show. Her busi­ness is called Flax in Bloom and she dis­plays at New Eng­land Mo­tel. A plaque from the fa­cade (right) de­tails the history of this early Amer­i­can house.

A col­lage of Sandy’s style shows a pen­chant for de­tailed sub­tleties. A comfy club chair is lay­ered with pil­lows of up­cy­cled grain sacks in shades of gray. Iron­stone cups in mul­ti­ple shades cre­ate an in­ter­est­ing col­lec­tion. Al­abaster bird­baths make an in­stant cen­ter­piece on the din­ing ta­ble. A lamp base made of an ar­chi­tec­tural finial is a flea-mar­ket find re­born. Sandy’s York­shire ter­rier Ned is caramel col­ored like the floors through­out the home. A mini stat­u­ary fea­tured within the desk niche is a prized piece. Kitchen coun­ters in black gran­ite show off Sandy’s iron­stone col­lec­tion. A ta­ble de­tail comes to the fore­front con­trasted by a dark wax fin­ish.

Ta­bles, cup­boards, bu­reaus and chairs all get co­or­di­nat­ing shades of gray to cre­ate a home of up­styled coun­try.

Beige, white, black and gray are the shades of paint that thread through the en­tire home. “In a world of dis­or­der, my home is an oa­sis, a get­away, a place of calm,” says home­owner and an­tiques dealer Sandy Kelly.

The vin­tage pine floors in the bed­room bring the fur­nish­ings to­gether in a sin­gle color thread. Hand­painted can­vases on the wall by artist Jen­nifer Lanne are done in co­or­di­nat­ing shades of gray to meld eas­ily into the in­te­rior.

Peek through a door­way into the liv­ing room and ex­pe­ri­ence symmetry in de­sign. The room is pleas­ant and so­phis­ti­cated yet ca­sual and wel­com­ing.

A grand sec­re­tary desk is sim­ple and unim­pos­ing in a shade of gray that al­most matches the wall color. Sandy’s sil­ver col­lec­tion adds a bit of sparkle and shine.

A cor­ner of Sandy’s bed­room is a study in her style. A pine ta­ble pro­vides a foun­da­tion for al­abaster, iron­stone and a vin­tage mir­ror in a white­washed shade of gray— sim­ple and serene.

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