Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Beautiful Gift

On Christmas morning, my husband asked me to close my eyes for my gift.  He scrambled off to the garage and placed this handmade beauty in front of me.

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My husband rarely gets time off.  He spent hours of his time off leading up to Christmas making me this stunning side table (he also was working on some amazing projects with my daughters that I will share later this week).

Last fall, we spent our anniversary in Lake Placid and I fell in love with the whole Adirondack region, especially the incredible craftsmanship of their handmade items and furniture.

There was a magical, get away from it all, feeling in the whole area.

I decided I wanted to capture that in our guest room, both for our guests, and also, maybe, from time to time, we could “vacation” in our guest room as well.

So, this beautiful table is now in our guest room…

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I am only showing a peak since I am still tweaking the details of this room.  Please ignore the horrid shade on the cute lamp, one of the details to be fixed.

Here are few more shots to see the details. I absolutely love the saw marks.

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We will probably have to sand it a little bit to allow things to lie flat, but still keep the character.  We also are not exactly sure what will happen to the bark overtime.  I am sure there is a method for sealing it to keep the bark from flaking off.  I will let you know if I figure something out.  Or feel free to pass on some knowledge if you know any tricks.

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I will be sharing this project at some of the parties in my sidebar this week.  I know, I didn’t make it, but my better half did.  At least his name is on the business paperwork!

Have a great one!

25 comments:

Low Tide High Style said...

What an amazing gift from the heart, it's beautiful!

Kat :)

ChRiS said...

i think it's awesome and to think it was made just for you and in time can be passed down to a child....i have so many things from parents to my great great grandparents that mean more then anything i have ever bought.

Michael - Innkeeper said...

omg. love it! what an amazing gift! and you arealy put it to use. love, love it!

Willo said...

That is beautiful and looks great in your room!

Jena @ Involving Color said...

What a thoughtful gift! I love it! I just came across your blog and I am your newest follower!

michelle said...

What a beautiful gift and how talented is he! I just adore it in your guest room like that! What a wonderful hubby you have! :)

Garden Girl said...

Truly lovely! Destined to be a family heirloom!

Laura Sennot said...

What a sweet gift! I love raw wood in a room. If I remember correctly you had a bunch of pieces of wood disk in trays at Christmas and I loved that. Hubby deserves a big pat on the back!

Belle Inspirations said...

Hi I have just found your blog and am now a happy follower, I also have a blog so please visit sometime and maybe you too can follow me and i'll send inspiration your way. Love the gift your husband made, and how good does it look in your guest room. Have a great week!

Miranda said...

I love it! What a lovely gift from your husband and I think it looks fantastic it your guest room. Even with your shade, the whole look is very put together and calming.

The Nester said...

I LOVE it! I like it better that it's not perfectly flat, too, if you can use it.

I just asked my husband to cut me a side table from and old stump we have had sitting around for ages, but your husband made legs and everything? What a wonderful gift!

Beth @beth-adam.blogspot.com said...

This fantastic!!! And not only handmade but homemade!! Such a special gift!! :) You're a lucky lady!! :)

Elisabeth said...

What a lovely gift and made by your husband! Very special. I really like rustic, too.

My opinion is you will not have a problem with the bark falling off because it is not outside. I have a part of a birch tree log in my home and the bark has stayed on for many years now.

Elisabeth

the cape on the corner said...

that is amazing. although i usually like a more modern aesthetic, there is something about items made from branches, etc, that i adore! it looks gorgeous in your guestroom!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

That is VERY cool!!! What a neat, meaningful gift!

Steph @ BirdhouseFamily said...

What a great gift! It's beautiful.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

What an amazing gift! Your hubby is not only thoughtful, but talented too. I love rustic Adirondack or northwoods/cabin style.

...............Michele @ Portlandia Vintage said...

How dear! Is your husband for rent?! It fits perfectly by your bed.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Soooo special and equally beautiful! Your hubby is a keeper!

I've featured his/your stool on SNS #64's sidebar this weekend. :)

Donna
http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

Meg said...

What a great hubby! I can't believe he made that! It looks fantastic. I love it...or original and earthy. :)

I hope you can join my "our nest" sign giveaway going on now! Ends tonight. http://alittleknickknack.blogspot.com/2011/01/giveaway-with-shinar-mountain-designs.html

Christine said...

wow, that is beautiful work!

Anestazia said...

Hey there! I'm a new follower. I'm super jealous of your gift. I've been trying to find a little project for my boyfriend and I to do and I think something similar to this would be perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Anestazia <3
http://yourworkistodiscoveryourworld.blogspot.com/

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

What a sweet husband and what a fabulous gift! I love it!

Mrs.B said...

So sweet!

Inspire Me Heather said...

LOVE THIS! I linked it to my sidetables post too, it's just fabulous!