A reader named Peggy wrote me about her talented sister Kelly Mittleman, an award-winning designer in Connecticut. For one of her recent projects, she converted what had been old horse stables into a “music barn” that her client can jam out in with his musician friends.
The homeowner and his friends get together once a week to rock out in the barn.
Kelly is a professional singer herself, so she knew how to create a space that musicians could really use. She hired acoustic engineers to line the walls with acoustic panels and then covered them with reclaimed barn wood.
A rickety old ladder used to provide the only access to the loft, so they built a staircase to replace it and make the upstairs space more usable. How cool are these pull-down Murphy-bed bunks for overnight guests?
The barn was intended to be kind of a “guy space,” so they made sure to include a urinal in the bathroom:
Kelly says she wanted to keep the bar in the barn modern enough so it wouldn’t end up looking like “Ye Olde Saloon.”
She found an old Divco milk truck grille in an antique shop to hang over the mantel on the fieldstone fireplace. Making it even cooler — you can turn the headlights on and off with a switch.
Barn photos were taken by Paul Johnson.
Check out Kelly & Co. to see more of her work, including this stone cottage she decorated:
Okay, I can’t resist showing a couple pics of it, too. Love the stone walls and planked ceilings:
Cottage pics were taken by Jim Furhmann. Thanks to Kelly for sharing her work with us and to Peggy for telling us about her talented sis!