Winter Projects 2015/2016
Where is Waldo? Well – no Waldo but look closely at this photo taken today. What do you see? Front and center – we have those beautiful new farmhouse tables on display on the stage. Three six-foot tables butt to butt as if they were set for a head table lay out. The turned post white legs help give a contrast to the floors and the walls. The rich dark wood tones atop show the beautiful grain of the distressed wood. I have put my new doily runners on them to show the contrast. This table would be beautiful with the votives and various table decor atop them.
Look more and what do you see? Look straight back and you can see that we took out those stalls at the back of the barn. One stall was the bar (we have moved it elsewhere), one stall was the decor stall (we have moved it elsewhere), and one stall was the chair stalls. Those have been opened up which gives more space. We have housed our three original barnwood tables in each of those former stall areas with the olive bucket pendent lights hanging over them. These tables will live here. They again can be left as is – with either runners or doilies or if you really prefer, you could order XL tablecloth linens to put on them. I think they will be the prettiest with some doilies or lace runner….with the table decor. It will save you money too. This will give more space to the larger weddings. It will give more options for the rain scenario indoor wedding options. It will even give options for the typical bride…..whether this becomes the dessert smorgasbord area…..or a series of photo tables….more space and more options.
The biggie though…..in my Where is Waldo search for something new…..is a concreted floor. Yep – we weighed the pros and cons and decided that the concrete floors would be cleaner – would be easier for all of those women with open toed shoes – and would keep the dust level down as well. The contractor has just stained and sealed it so we still have a little bit of project completion going on….but so far – we love it! The staining gives it a deep rich antiquing effect.
Below is a panoramic shot standing in what use to be the decor stall and taking this panoramic shot showing the left open new table area – the red trolley doors – then pans around looking towards the stage area – then past the door opening to the Pear Tree Patio – on around to the open stall again and window where you can actually see a glimpse of the new bar area – we are referring now to it as “The Watering Hole” (picture to come soon). You can see our funky olive bucket pendent lights which hang over these barnwood tables.
More little changes yet to reveal………………..but for later.
At the end of each year, we reflect over all of the weddings of the year and ponder any changes or improvements that we might want to consider for our Winter Projects List. We comb over pictures to see if we need to add some landscaping, add a focal point, create a sign, add more lighting, and such. We weigh the possibilities, debate the pros and cons of a decision, evaluate the budget and timeline, and proceed slowly and carefully. We are always thinking of ways to improve our venue and to pamper our brides more. This winter has been no different as we indeed found several projects that we felt worthy to tackle.
Winter is still here and we are still in the middle of our long “to-do-list” so I thought maybe the best way to begin revealing our projects was to do it through this Farm Blog. As we begin to complete some of the tasks – I will take photos and post them here. I will just update the blog as we continue to move forward. As spring approaches – more will be completed. Landscaping can be completed and we can make a final showcase of all that is new. Updates of our Barn Layout (in and out) will be added to the Bridal Survival Guide link. We are so excited about these new changes and we hope you will be too.
First up………….new Farmhouse Tables have been made for the stage area. We still have our barnwood tables but we are using them elsewhere. We wanted to elevate our game a bit by making some tables that were nicer – prettier – fancier – but still rustic. These were built with old wood but we were able to make them pop and come alive.
I gotta thank my husband David for persevering with these tables. To use the old wood “with character” means a huge challenge in taming them to conform to a table design….but, they were well worth it. Nothing like old wood….add some stains and a good layer of poly and….well, they are beautiful. We have made three of them. This will allow you to again potentially use them for your sweetheart table or for several head tables. No need for linens (unless you just prefer the look). Can you imagine some doilies or lace down the middle of these? They will seat 8 per table – less of course if you butt them together. They are approximately 6 ft. long and 32 inches wide.
Next update will be soon – within the week, I hope. Next…….it will be Birdhouses!
Winter weather meant a switcheroo in our work schedule so let me skip the birdhouse and show you an inside project that is virtually completed.
Our infamous stall buffet room has a slight upgrade. We took the buffet shelf off of the wall. We created a very long table down the center of the room. This way it allows two lanes of traffic to run down the buffet line at the same time – making for a quicker process. Yeah!
And…..we put a nice large old chandelier overhead to add a bit of light and ambiance.
Now – does anybody notice what is missing? Yes? No? We moved our funky olive bucket pendent lights from this room….but don’t worry – we have a new home for them. But – that is for another day and another revelation to come.