DECK­ING THE HALLS

The fire­place and pantry are two hard-work­ing spots dur­ing the hol­i­days. The Busenitz fam­ily fin­ished theirs just in time for the hol­i­days.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY JICKIE TOR­RES

In this sixth part of our se­ries on their dream­house project, the Busenitz fam­ily com­pletes their fire­place and pantry, and talks de­sign and ma­te­rial choices with us.

It’s be­gin­ning to look a lot like Christ­mas at the farm­house build in So­cial Cir­cle, Ge­or­gia. We’ve been fol­low­ing along as Katie Busenitz from the blog The Rus­tic Box­wood, her hus­band, Ryan, and their two chil­dren have tack­led build­ing their dream home from the ground up. Now just in time for the hol­i­days, they’ve got the fire­place wall (and man­tel!) com­plete and the all-im­por­tant pantry fin­ished and ready to work hard for the win­ter. Here Katie shares how it all came to­gether.

CB: The fire­place wall in the liv­ing room is truly stun­ning! Tell us about the de­sign el­e­ments that help make it the fo­cal point of the space.

Katie: This wall had to be grand in or­der to keep up with our tall, 17-foot ceil­ing and the large amount of space in this room. The brick fire­place was pur­posely built to be wide and tall, as well as the man­tel, the ex­tra-large wood-burn­ing fire­place and the over­sized hearth. The in­dus­trial-sized fan from Hunter Fan Co is huge and looks awe­some in this big room.

CB: How were the ma­te­ri­als that went into the de­sign of the space im­por­tant to achiev­ing your goals?

K: I love mix­ing tex­tures, so the white-painted brick, the tongue-and-groove shiplap, the green­ery and the black hard­ware, along with the rus­tic beam as a man­tel, com­ple­ment each other and cre­ate one co­he­sive whole. In­cor­po­rat­ing dif­fer­ent tex­tures and us­ing a neu­tral color pal­ette are im­por­tant to me, and this wall does just that. Also, we re­cently had our con­crete floors pol­ished, and they look so much bet­ter. I had no idea the dif­fer­ence pol­ish­ing the floors would make; Ste­wart Con­crete Fin­ish­ing, Inc. did a fan­tas­tic job with our floor­ing.

CB: Tell us about the great pantry de­sign! What was your goal/vi­sion in the be­gin­ning?

K: My goal was to make the pantry look re­ally pretty, yet be very func­tional. Since I love a neu­tral pal­ette, the chal­lenge here was to keep ev­ery­thing within those pa­ram­e­ters, yet still main­tain a func­tional space. So all the notso-pretty stuff is be­hind closed cab­i­net doors. And then some of the food is in clear jars, such as in­stant cof­fee, pop­corn ker­nels, sugar, flour, etc. Of course, the faucet from Elkay and the apron sink pop against the black cab­i­nets. The gold hard­ware from Lib­erty Hard­ware gives our pantry a mod­ern feel, while the beau­ti­ful shiplap from The Rus­tic Col­lec­tion, along with the butcher block coun­ter­top from CraftArt, cre­ates the feel­ing of true farm­house style.

CB: What were your must-haves for the space?

K: We re­ally wanted open shelv­ing in the pantry and hid­den stor­age, so that’s what we did.

Other must-haves were our faucet from Elkay and our apron sink that pops against our black cab­i­nets. Of course, my go-tos for styling a pretty farm­house pantry are white dishes and ma­son-jar glass­ware (both from Tues­day Morn­ing), green­ery, wooden uten­sils, chippy can­dle­hold­ers and grain­sack-stripes. Some larger pieces that were must-haves are our gold hard­ware, the white shiplap from The Rus­tic Col­lec­tion, our butcher block coun­ter­top from CraftArt Coun­ter­tops, and our in­dus­trial light fix­ture from Cap­i­tal Light­ing. An­other way we in­cor­po­rated farm­house style was in­stalling Shaker-style trim (from Wood­grain) and us­ing white primer and paint (from KILZ and Behr).

CB: What are some of the func­tion­al­ity tricks and de­signs that you in­cor­po­rated?

K: For starters, I re­pur­posed a grain­sack-style shower cur­tain into cafe cur­tains for our pantry, and I love them so much. I al­ready had this shower cur­tain, so shop­ping my house was a fun way to save money for this project. An­other func­tional trick we came up with was to make sure all our win­dowsills were large. So now, I can keep pretty herbs in the pantry win­dow to let the sun give them life, and we can grab some for recipes on a whim. An­other trick we used to gain more space in the pantry was to use a pocket door in­stead of a swing door. We found this re­claimed slider from Greg Wyatt of Prop­erty Preser­va­tion of Ge­or­gia. He spe­cial­izes in find­ing rare and unique pieces for both col­lec­tors and an­tique lovers. This chippy 9-foot door ac­tu­ally came out of an old gen­eral store here in Ge­or­gia, and it’s from the 1800s. (We’ve got the match­ing door, and it’ll hang in our mas­ter bed­room... Stay tuned for the next part in this se­ries to see how it turned out.)

|ABOVE| ALL IN THE DE­TAILS.The white shiplap from The Rus­tic Col­lec­tion and the butcher block coun­ter­top give the pantry its farm­house foun­da­tion. Brass pulls add a mod­erntouch.

WALL MATES. A wicker rocker and The Rus­tic Col­lec­tion’s shiplap wall cov­er­ings add tex­ture and in­ter­est, which makes sim­ple cor­ners like this feel rich and full of in­ter­est.

|TOP LEFT| WARM UP. Katie filled the olive bas­ket with crea­mand-black pil­lows for curl-up-by-the-fire co­zi­ness.

|TOP RIGHT| CRATE EX­PEC­TA­TIONS. A clas­sic win­try plaid throw is stored in a vin­tage wooden crate blend­ing Katie’s pen­chant for cre­ative re­use and clas­sic ac­cents.

|ABOVE| DIS­TINC­TIVE STYLE. The re­claimed beam was high on Katie’s wish list for the man­tel, to give the liv­ing room a truly rus­tic and unique look.

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