Welcome to the 206th Metamorphosis Monday!
Recently I shared a wonderful Christmas table setting created by Julio who blogs at Beaux Mondes Design. It was all I could do to not spill ALL the beans last Tablescape Thursday because I was dying to show you more of this wonderful cabin.
When Julio and Dan bought their “Russian River Dacha” it was in need of some serious restoration love. The previous owners had made a few misguided upgrades (like metal windows) that just didn’t do this delightful cabin justice. Julio could see it was a diamond in the rough and had tremendous potential.
Here’s a picture of how it looked on the outside before Julio got to work. Note the metal windows, no shutters, metal door with fanlight and the drab brown exterior.
Inside was in pretty rough shape, too. There was so much hidden coziness and charm just waiting to be revealed.
Check out that rock fireplace. Wait until you see it decorated for Christmas!
Here’s another view of the fireplace. Note the lighting on either side. It’s about to get a major makeover, too. The entire cabin needed extensive work and as costs mounted, Julio began to worry that his design budget was in major jeopardy. We all know how that goes, don’t we? Those hidden issues that surface once you start ripping out carpeting and tearing out old baths.
Ready for the metamorphosis? I’ll give you a little hint by showing you Julio’s Design board for his Russian River Dacha.
As we approach the cabin, we see the outside has been transformed. Remember the drab brown-colored exterior? Now it’s a rich green. Red shutters add charm galore to this wonderful cabin nestled in the woods.
The stark white door that just didn’t belong is only a faint memory, now. In its place we find a red Dutch door, just perfect for letting in those river breezes.
Are you asking yourself if this can possibly be the same place? I know, I know! It’s amazing, isn’t it?!
A view looking back toward the front door. Such vision it took to create this transformation!
Julio had curtains made in a Stewart plaid and they are so perfect for this wonderful cabin. I love the red, deer-silhouette pillow!
Notice how Julio took the art all the way up. It really draws the eye upward…love that!
There’s a cozy writing corner for sending out warm Christmas greetings. Or, perhaps an invitation for a special Christmas dinner.
Peter the Great is looking rather satisfied with this makeover, wouldn’t you say?
Remember the rock fireplace with the small lamps on either side? Is this not breathtaking? I just kept staring at this photo on Julio’s blog. So beautiful! I love the deer and the antelope with wreaths on either side! I need to put a big ole wreath around my little deer next year. :)
Everywhere you look, something magical catches the eye.
The great room wasn’t the only area to receive a complete makeover. Visit Beaux Mondes Designs to see the beautiful metamorphosis of the bedrooms, as well as the addition of a wonderful dining space. Thanks, Julio for sharing your wonderful Russian River Dacha!
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