Is there an Architect, errr, Architecture in the House!

July 31st, 2016 in projects     
CottageElements Lanette Lorsung, editor
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Corbels were added to my entryway to take a plain, blah and average entryway into a unique, one of a kind, interesting entryway.  The square pillar in the background is free standing and can be topped with different items.  Currently it is topped with a capital from a pillar and can be filled with different elements according to the season.
Here I took another set of corbels and used them as brackets for a curtain rod (made from black piping).  Ill bet none of your friends will have something like this!
Ginourmous corbels are used as table legs for a tin top table.  Do you think we have a pattern going here with corbels?  How fun is that!
This wonderful architectural piece simply sits on a built in desk.
Need to hide the thermostat control in your home?  Just surround it with architectural elements!
This is the creme de la creme.  An old church door was built in to my home.  Nothing cookie cutter about this.  And the light coming through is wonderful.
Old windows are another wonderful way to add architectural elements.  They can be hung, built-in, or just sitting in and leaning up again existing windows. 
Corbels were added to my entryway to take a plain, blah and average entryway into a unique, one of a kind, interesting entryway.  The square pillar in the background is free standing and can be topped with different items.  Currently it is topped with a capital from a pillar and can be filled with different elements according to the season.

Corbels were added to my entryway to take a plain, blah and average entryway into a unique, one of a kind, interesting entryway.  The square pillar in the background is free standing and can be topped with different items.  Currently it is topped with a capital from a pillar and can be filled with different elements according to the season.


I love architectural elements.  When we moved into our new home, I wanted to take away that sterile, cookie cutter feeling by adding my own twist to our house with them.  They make it more unique, more me.  For those of us who get the "junk" look, I've had wonderful feedback.  For those who don't get it, it's just fun to see their reactions!


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Comments (18)

eliz2nd writes: LOVE IT ALL! don,t you just love corbles they are so pretty and can be used in many many ways Posted: 9:29 am on February 5th
shamrockerin writes: WOW! thanks for the link to this post! I love what you did with your corbels! Posted: 2:17 pm on November 25th
AtticusFinch writes: Lanette, love your ideas. I have used a picture frame around the thermostat (architectural "uglies") in the hallway at my house. Small attention to details make it our own...

As always thank you for sharing. Posted: 10:04 am on November 18th
shabbychick writes: Lani - I love it all - all those extra touches make everything so cozy!! And, you do have a great eye for putting it all together. I'm sure your open house will be a smashing success! (And, can't wait to see some holiday pics!).

Thanks for sharing.

I love the legs on the table - they're awesome!

Kathy Posted: 1:04 pm on November 17th
Chovey writes: Lani, as usual, I LOVE it all!!!! I can hardly wait for the home tour photos!!!
cynthia
Posted: 8:35 pm on November 16th
upyourattic writes: What a fabulous idea ~ hope you don't mind me stealing it! I have a thermostat, a doorbell, and a double light switch on this small foyer wall ~ and they're all over the place! Can't wait to find some good junk for this - hmmm, maybe some old brass doorbells, light switch plates...ahh! Thanks! Posted: 7:46 pm on November 16th
CottageElements writes: Oops, I almost forgot. Geo, if you are ever back here, be sure to come visit me. You could stay here if you want. I would love to have you. Next time my hubby goes to Santa Barbara, I'm gonna try to tag along and visit you, too!

Lani Posted: 7:22 pm on November 16th
CottageElements writes: Thanks everyone for all the wonderful comments! They do get me more motivated. Right now I'm knee deep in decorations and my house is a disaster! Home tour is less than a week and I'm starting to hyperventilate. LOL. (But I just had to take a break and check JunkMarket!) Janis, I think that pillow came from World Market, so I guess you're close. Love the green. Candy, I say go for it with the door. Especially if you have a handy husband and he can put it in for you. Amy, there were actually two of them, but when I got to the sale they had already sold one. Glad there was still one left! Thanks again everyone for all the great comments. You're the best!

Lanette
Posted: 7:16 pm on November 16th
SnowmanHill writes: WOW! I love your house! You have done some amazing things with such unique pieces. Thank you for sharing, I am one that loves to see how others appreciate using "old things".
cheers-Krista Posted: 6:30 pm on November 16th
ALVN writes: I'm in love with all the corbel ideas! And that free-standing pillar is truly fabulous! Have any extras lying around?

Amy Posted: 3:00 pm on November 16th
georgiamoon writes: Lani, Your home is truly beautiful and creatively decorated. I am all over the architectural stuff. I love it and agree that it makes such a difference in any room, especially ones that are newer. Maybe some day I will have a chance to see your gorgeous home. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your talented life. Love it, Geo Posted: 1:59 pm on November 16th
MimiToria writes: Lanette-
Great post of some of the creative things you've done in your beautiful new home. I am one of the lucky ones that have viewed your awesome home in real life and I can say that it is even more beautiful in person than it is in photos. You are very, very talented my friend.
For all of you Minnesota Junkers, you should really try to fit Lani and Lori's open houses into your venue for next Saturday. It is so worth the time and small amount of $$ that is charged, plus you get a discount afterwards at the "Round Barn Potting Co.". There is so much more to see of Lani's house. Great ideas!
Thanks for sharing Lani-
Gretchen Posted: 1:09 pm on November 16th
BlackDogSalvage writes: Fantastic reuse, Lani! We are so excited to connect with folks like you who embrace the creative possibilities in items that some would toss in the landfill...and thanks to you and your staff, Sue, for bringing us all together! Posted: 11:17 am on November 16th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Lani ~
What beautiful ideas! Our home is 14 years old and I'm always trying to add "character" to it. You just blew my additions out of the water! ;0)

Your church door is amazing! My hopes are to replace our laundry door from the kitchen with something old and nicer to look at. Now I have a photo to show my husband so thanks!

I also really liked how you hid your thermostat. Ours is an eyesore right now.

Thanks for posting your beautiful home pics!

Candy Posted: 8:13 am on November 16th
LuAnn writes: WOW-What a clever idea. I like how you used pieces to divide up the rooms in a classy way. You have quite the knack. Good Job.

LuAnn Posted: 7:54 am on November 16th
fellowjunker writes: Just beautiful Lanette. Love everything!!! Funny I have a white love seat & I'm sure that exact green pillow (?Pier One?). Your attention to detail is magnificient.
xojanis Posted: 9:46 pm on November 15th
csudderth writes: Love the architectural elements added to your house. I hate the cookie cutter look and don't want my decorations to look like everyone else. Your elements add so much more character.
Christy Posted: 9:35 pm on November 15th
suewhitney writes: Wow, Lanette this is fabulous. Thanks so much for giving us a peek inside your home. Those who don't get the junk thing will after seeing these beautiful images. Thanks again!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 9:34 pm on November 15th
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