Sunday, April 19, 2009

Carolyn and Nick Westbrook's Man Cave

Well, after being gone 2 weeks in Warrenton, I hit the ground running upon returning. I was in serious need for some family time, and the kids were glad to see me, as well. Nicholas and I had been talking about a treehouse, and we began scouting a location for the perfect place. We were walking past one of our log cabins and it hit us that this would make for a great "man cabin." A perfect place for campouts, roasting marshmallows in the fireplace, and telling ghost stories. We got to work straight away and Nick gathered his friends and they got to cleaning the mountains of debris inside. Someone had kicked out the windows, so I set off to get windows for the place. Blake cut back all of the brush in the front, and we began plotting our plan to restore this into a hangout that they could be proud of. The stone fireplace, is pretty much still intact, so we just have a few stones to replace. We made plans for building a loft for sleeping, and of course my mind is racing with thoughts of a rug, plaids, velvets and such. I can see this place turned into the perfect mini log cabin.

I have always had a passion for fixing things up or as my friend Gina would say, "Making a
silk purse out of a sow's ear." Ever since I was a child, I have always been about making a
precious playhouse, tent, or any space that I could find. Know that many of you are the same way and have that same passion, for creating something out of nothing. Our next project is to replace the chinking. It is a great
project for a son and his mom, and all of his four-wheeling pack of friends, who are now like family.
So here's to Blake, Nick, Brian, and Riley. I am trying to teach them what great things can be accomplished with a lot of hard work and some elbow grease. Honestly, these are great boys and I they were all there to help unload from Warrenton, which was great, so they definitely earned this "man Cave." We intend to take pictures along the way, and keep everyone posted on the happenings here. If this plan goes well, we are moving on to the large log cabin, from the 1800's across the road. that place could be fabulous. Whoops, my ADD is kicking project at a time. Hope everyone enjoys seeing the transformation, and would love to hear from you. Also, to all of our friends in Houston, cannot wait to see you at the upcoming Urban Market on May 17th.
XOXO Carolyn
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Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Can't wait to see the finished project.g

trash talk said...

OMG girl, are you nuts????
I have no doubt that it will be an over the top, best man cave ever, but in the meantime don't go killing yourself. I need you around as a friend!
You and Nick have a great time doing this project together. I think it's a great idea!


Can't wait to watch the progress! I know it will be fantastic! See you soon..... Maggie

Curious Goods said...

This looks like a TON of fun! If you make it too cute, yo might be seeing some of us lining up to use it as a B&B!
Enjoyed seeing you at Spring "Camp" as I call Warrenton now. Can't wait for the next Big Show!

One Shabby Old House said...

I proudly display one of your books on my coffee table and so I really look forward to seeing what you do with your diamond in the rough.
hmmmmm sounds like another coffee table book called Man Caves by Carolyn Westbrook.

Lisa said...

What possibilities! Keep us posted! I'm looking forward to the transformation!

cindy santiago said...

What a fun project and I'm so happy you are going to share the progress along the way!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Looks like a lot of work but fun! Can't wait to see how it all works out. I'm thrilled to find your blog!


Elizabeth Maxson said...

I can only imagine what you will do with it - I am so jealous! Thanks for keeping us posted :-)

Be careful!

M Square said...

We have a man cave too! Can't wait to see the finished product.


That will be the best man cave ever. I am hoping to make it back to my native Texas one of these days for Round Top/Warrenton/Marburger. It's been ages and I know its gone from huge to hugerer (I just made that word up-can you tell?). Have a great week!