Great Room Pictures From Blog Cabin 2011

The home’s original living and great rooms are combined into one grand, light-filled space that accommodates large family gatherings.

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Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Beadboard wainscoting, capped with flexible chair rail, echoes the design of kitchen cabinetry. The wall treatment sections off the living area, furnished with a slipcovered sectional that offers cozy lounging space in a small footprint.

A dry bar, constructed by Matt Blashaw and House Crashers host Josh Temple, incorporates the home’s original 2x4s (frame) and tin roof (bar top), while a rustic gate — complete with original hardware and primitive screws — is repurposed as the bar’s cabinet door.

A mason jar finds new life as a flower vase. When propped on top of a vintage-chic, weathered table, the bouquet echoes the color and texture of salt-marsh grasses.

Circa-1920s foundry mold patterns manufactured by Millinocket Foundry and Machine in Maine make a dramatic statement. “Paintings and photos are flat by nature,” says designer Victoria Lesser. “By using architectural finds you create interest, which could lead to discussion.”

In compliance with wetland protection acts, rear expansion of the home was restricted to four feet. That expansion allowed for a cozy, glass-surrounded sitting area that aligns with a partial deck.

A classic, Regency-style reading table anchors the pair of wing chairs, upholstered in a soft linen fabric. A text from the Mathews Historic Society is among the home’s library of books on local history and lore.

A nook near the fireplace is reserved for a cross-leg table, the handiwork of Matt Blashaw and Josh Temple. The home’s original 2x4s form the tabletop and legs, joined by hand-chiseled lap joints. Wood wax gives a rich, rustic finish.

A new gas fireplace is capped with a rustic mantel, crafted from the gable end of an old home, vintage corbels and a piece of salvage board purchased at a local antiques shop. Found objects and old photographs complete the look.

Factory thread spools, filled with beeswax candles, are among locally sourced treasures that lend the space a sense of history.

A clean, simple and minimal slate-tile surround, installed by Josh Temple, complements the vintage style of the gas fireplace, a fixture chosen by online voters.

Front landscape beds will provide a summer’s worth of hydrangea blooms to fill the room’s weathered oyster pail-turned-flower urn.

“The online community made some really good choices,” says Matt Blashaw. “The fireplace is beautiful, the wall color is so rich and the chair rail is cool, just perfect.”

A model schooner perches above the seating area, a tribute to Mathews County’s shipbuilding and seafaring traditions.

Wood scraps from the home’s original 2x4s form both the dry bar backsplash and shelf cleats, finished with wax scoured into the wood surface.

A cozy window bench offers additional seating for guests. Matt Blashaw crafted the cottage-style seat from birch plywood and skinned the exterior with surplus beadboard wainscoting.

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