The Sherwood Hacienda – Divide and Conquer!


At long last I am ready to share our new home-The Sherwood Hacienda.  It has been a little over six months and bit by bit it has come together.  The layout of the great space was certainly a “divide and conquer” process.  Often when down sizing you are trying to squeeze in furniture.  We were lucky enough to have a very large open floor plan to work with.  🙂  How to efficiently divide the space became the challenge.  Here is the floor plan:Sherwood-space-plan-openspace-smallseatingareas

Here is the BEFORE of the great room:sherwood-hacienda-LR-before

I love how the great room came together.  As I have always said: start with a “given”.  My “givens” for this space were the Company C River Bend rug and the ivory club chairs.  We re-purposed a beautiful glass shelf (shipped in error from a previous project) to anchor the flat screen TV.  We added the sofa, a trio of benches and accessories.  Here is the great room AFTER:


The dining room was a total search and find mission.  I left my favorite dining table and chairs at the lake house so I had to replace all the dining room furniture.  I have talked about the table and the storage units in previous posts. Here are the links to the earlier stories:  Table and Hutch .  I absolutely love the new table!  It is a real departure in style for me but no regrets!  The display cases and chest really gave me lots of needed storage.sherwood_dining_table_handmade_spruce_tree_root_base-companyc-rug

Adjacent to the kitchen I created a little lounging area for an evening glass of wine or reading.  It is one of our favorite spots.  I love the large art by our son, Jake, that pulls it all together.  Also, the small table belonged to my grandmother and is very special to me.  Here is the blog about its transformation. sherwood-refresh-table-old-piece-grandmother-ceramic-handmade knobs-jakesherwood-art-seating group

The master bedroom revolved around an over scale mirror (ordered for another client) which was damaged in shipment.  The only wall large enough for this piece was in the MBR.  Read about the creation of the headboard in this earlier post-Headboard.   The color inspiration for the accent wall was discussed here-Paint. I am very pleased with the finished effect.  Since this photo I have added some art over the chests which really tied everything together so wellsherwood-mbr-custom-headboard_oversized_mirror_palu_chest-robertallen_fabric2

A little unexpected area I created with pieces that hadn’t found a home was this little garden table with mirror for my garden hats and gloves right inside the back door.sherwood-hacienda-garden-table-

My new office is doing double duty as my work space and additional guest sleeping.  The desk folds up and converts into a queen Murphy bed.  This is one of the brightest and best views in the house.  I’m a lucky girl to have such a great space to compose these blogs and work on projects.sherwood-office-murphy-bed-guest-bedroom

Recently our oldest son, Aaron, and his wife, Kiori, visited.  Aaron says:  “This house is such a departure from the lake house but you have added the right touches to still make it feel like our home.” 🙂

There are so many details I have left out and still more areas to address but this is it for now.  I hope you have enjoyed your tour and see my style coming through in our new Southwestern abode.

Looking forward to hearing your comments.  Tell me what is your favorite space.

Love to all!


Mary Sherwood Lifestyles-working with you to create your lifestyle.





  1. Becky Newton says:

    Please change my email to the above. Miss getting your updates. Thanks. Love your new digs.

  2. Wow all the things the decor looks so good. You just made so much effort in decorating all these stuffs. I really appreciate your work and nice to see these decorated in a perfect manner.

  3. Melinda Harris says:

    Gorgeous! What a beautiful home. ENJOY! ENJOY!

  4. Mary says:

    Hi Tracey-the office is the best! Light and bright!

  5. Mary says:

    Thanks, Yvonne! Really looking forward to your visit!!!

  6. Mary says:

    Hi Kay: Both the office and the little seating area seem to be hits with other readers. Thanks for continuing to comment and stay in touch.

  7. Mary says:

    Thanks, Nancy! The chair are so comfortable. The little seating area is certainly our go to spot.

  8. Mary says:

    Thank you, Jane! Miss all our lake friends but making more and more friends here every day. Good luck with your plans. Keep me posted!

  9. Mary says:

    Thanks, Marie! Yes, that colorful fun style keeps coming through!

  10. Mary says:

    Hi Shirley-truly the table is one of my favorite pieces. Thanks for your comment!

  11. Mary says:

    Hi Mary Lee-good to hear from you. We love looking at the Catalina mountains, almost as beautiful as the lake. The murphy bed was constructed by a local company and installed. Thank goodness!

  12. Mary Lee says:

    Hey Mary,
    Love the patio and the office especially! I look up to the hill mountains too. Where did you get the Murphy bed? Is it the same company as the one you installed for me, and was it as much of a bear to install as Paul had with mine?? 🙂
    Mary Lee

  13. Shirley Anschutz says:

    Mary you have done a great job on your new home. Makes me wish I were going to up date mine. If I had to choose which room I liked the bed room but your dining are is what draws me most. The table and wood if beautiful. Thanks for sharing Shirley

  14. Marie says:

    Very pretty, Mary, and it looks like YOU!!!

  15. Jane Teasley says:

    Beautiful job !! But………..nothing less that what I expected from you.
    I miss you guys !! Going to make some major changes in my life – hope to have more time to enjoy friends and family.

    Be well my friends…………..

  16. Nancy Work says:

    Beautiful job! I think my favorite space is the little seating area in the kitchen. I had a love seat in my kitchen in NoVa and it was the place that my boys and their friends would sit and talked when they came in from school! Love the colors ……your bedroom is so restful looking!

  17. Kay Rice says:

    I love your office! The murphy bed and shelves are really cool! Second best, would be the area near or in your kitchen for relaxing, reading, or having a glass of wine. You seem very happy in your new home and I am so happy for you and Paul.



  18. Yvonne says:

    It looks great cannot wait to see it in a couple weeks. I think it is a great floor plan. Everyone can be together and still not feel crowded.

  19. Tracey says:

    Love it all, but that office is hard to beat!

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