Since we’re getting ready to renovate the former church, I’m looking around for ideas everywhere. Some of these ideas are good, but I’m not sure which. You be the judge!
A Ceiling Idea
Lee plans to remove the dropped ceiling in the basement of the church. The tiles are a sunny yellow, but you know, that doesn’t make the place seem any lighter. He’s expressed concern that the ductwork might not be really pretty, but we know that it’s trendy with the younger set to expose such things.
I did find this alternative at a coffee shop we visited in High Point, North Carolina. They had removed their drop ceiling and replaced it with burlap coffee bags! It made the place feel warm and inviting, and I’m sure the cloth serves to absorb sound (I worry about that a lot in places intended for large group gatherings).
OK, that probably would not work in The Hermit Haus. But, hey, it’s an idea.
You may know that many of us Hermits enjoy wine. Russell is an expert, even. Well, between Lee, Anita and me, we have a LOT of corks. We keep trying to figure out what to do with them.
Besides that, The Hermit Haus has a LOT of blank walls in the downstairs dining/party area. What better way to fill those than with cork art, right?
I actually really liked this one, which I saw in the pub room where my step-mother lives. It looks vaguely like traditional rugs, which gave me the idea to use some of the Navajo patterns I’ve seen to arrange corks. I don’t think this is as dorky an idea as the coffee bags. What do you think?
And for the Outside?
One of our ideas for the exterior of The Hermit Haus was to put a weather vane on a cupola instead of the steeple. I have priced large weather vanes. Yow. Know anyone who makes them?
Then, driving around the town of High Point, we came upon the new, modern library. Lee said, “Look at that clock!” I said, “Whoa.” Apparently this is quite the controversial clock, and I can see why, in the headquarters of traditional furnishings. But, they are getting modern there (even threatening to make the place stepmom lives over from a beautiful celtic/McIntosh style to something all modern; residents are not pleased).
What about a clock tower? People in Cameron always need to know what time it is (like everywhere else). And it would be a great navigation point: Find us by the clock tower on Main Street!
Hmm, I thought this was not a great idea at first, but it’s growing on me. I love the planning phase of a project!