Saturday, January 6, 2018

Farmhouse Inspiration ~ Staying Warm and Cozy

Since a lot of the country is being swept by snow storms and frigid cold temperatures I decided to make this "Farmhouse Inspiration" post all about staying warm and cozy!!! For me nothing means warm and cozy more than soft and warm quilts and lots of candles!!!

I found the beautiful quilt above at  The Vintage Market show we did in Monroe, Michigan in the fall and the gorgeous one below I bought at the last Springfield, Ohio Antique Show   that we did in September. There are always so many beautiful quilts at the Springfield Show but this all white one was calling my name.

I know I said this last winter but the outside is so beautiful here this time of year that I like to keep the inside super simple so that the outside seen through all of our big windows is really what you see when you move from room to room. Most days it really does feel like we live in a giant snow globe.

We took our Christmas tree down this morning but we always move it to the back porch so that we can continue to enjoy it even after Christmas is over. I always feel so badly for the tree, I mean it spent all those years growing just perfectly and then its life is suddenly cut short so that it can be someone's Christmas tree for a couple of weeks. I feel like if we can continue to enjoy it for a while longer then maybe its not such a wasteful thing to have cut one down.

Today the high is 5 degrees and we have a couple feet of snow so it is definitely a stay inside kind of day. This is one of my favorite times of the year because with only the inside of the house to focus on and no desire to go anywhere in a blizzard my creative juices really get flowing and I can get so much done in a day. Although Neal may feel a little differently as he is the one that does all of the shoveling and plowing! On that note I can't wait to show you guys all that we are working on...I hope to get a blog post up this week showing our progress on the master bedroom!

Until next time stay warm!!!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Our Feature In Farmhouse Style Magazine!!!

I have the most exciting news to share with you guys!! Our home is featured in a new magazine called Farmhouse Style and it is available in stores now!! Most of you know how passionate I am about restoring our farmhouse and about decorating so you know HOW BIG OF A DEAL this is to me!!

This is what the cover looks like so that you know what to look for!!  

It was hard to keep this secret so long as it was June when we had the honor of having the talented Anne Gridley and Gary Graves come to photograph the house. Anne had been trying to shoot our house for some time when she finally got the okay from Country Sampler to come and photograph it for a brand new magazine. I have to say I was hesitant at first because so much of our house is still in major renovation phase or just plain old gross/embarrassing whatever you want to call it phase. I really struggle with people seeing the undone parts of our farmhouse because they are just so bad they aren't even worth trying to make presentable so I have kind of just given up on them! But having our home in a magazine is a dream come true for me and Anne felt confident there was enough to photograph so I decided to swallow my pride and roll up my shirt sleeves and make the house the best we could make it in the time frame we had to work with.

Neal and I had quite a few sleepless nights getting the house ready...I mean honestly my worst fear was that they would move that one piece of furniture that I hadn't cleaned under and find a dust bunny or something! That probably did happen but I didn't see it if it did thankfully! I tried to stay out of their way but also close by if they needed something in particular. My absolute favorite part of the whole experience was watching Anne and Gary work together, with their trained eyes they seemed to be able to read each others minds as to what needed to be reworked or restyled. Styling is my ultimate dream job so seeing how they worked almost effortlessly at it gave me the utmost respect for them. Plus it was really neat seeing how other people decided to display my things, even if it wasn't exactly what I would personally do I loved walking into a room after they were done shooting it and seeing how they have moved things around. It really was one of the best days of my life and I will never forget it. A big thank you to Anne and Gary and to Country Sampler for this amazing experience and most of all to Neal because he always works so hard to make things exactly how I envision them and is willing to stay up with me until 3 in the morning to scrub every single floor in the house on occasions like this.

I was so worried that our home wouldn't actually make it into the magazine or something but sure enough we got our copy last week and it was so exciting to see it all put together!! Most importantly I feel like our farmhouse is finally getting the recognition for the beauty Neal and I saw in her from the very beginning.

I hope you guys will go out and get a copy or you can order one from if you can't find it in a store near you. So many of you have been following my blog from the very start and I can't thank you guys enough for all of your sweet comments and support over the years!!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

A Very Merry Christmas

It is hard to believe that Christmas is just a few days away! There is so much to do this time of year the weeks seem to just fly by! But in the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle I wanted to share with you guys a little change in our kitchen!

The chalkboard I had above the stove had been bothering me for awhile, I just wasn't loving the way it looked anymore and new I wanted a change for the space. Then I remembered that my in-laws had saved the tin from their bathroom ceiling for us when they had their bathroom remodeled and realized that would be the perfect thing!

Neal cut the tin to fit in the space above the stove and I gave it a couple fresh coats of white paint (Glidden's Swan White). We are in the middle of so many major projects it was nice to have a little project that we were able to start and finish in under a half hour.

I hung a big wreath on it for Christmas but I am pretty sure I have just the thing to put here once the holidays are over...stay tuned!

I also thought I would share some other little peeks of the house this Christmas...enjoy!

Well I still have some last minute gifts to wrap and tomorrow I start all of the holiday baking...the kids and I look forward to the baking part of Christmas all year long. The kids favorite part is making the sugar cookies...they just love rolling out the dough, cutting them out with the cookie cutters and  decorating them. I love that my kids love to bake as much as I do but that also means there will be sprinkles on every square inch of my kitchen!

From our family to yours ~ HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Farmhouse Christmas 2017

Happy Holidays Friends! I have begun decorating the house for the holidays and I wanted to share what I have done so far! I know I say it all of the time but keeping it simple is priority number one, this time of year of is so busy for us and I love having a cozy uncluttered farmhouse to come home to.

Lots of ironstone, old fashioned stockings, soft comfy textiles and pine boughs make our front room sitting area cozy and inviting for the holidays.

I filled one of my new ironstone bowls with a bunch of vintage ornaments that I picked up at the Goodwill.

Decorating with things that I use all year long intermixed with some Christmas items keeps me from spending a lot money and from having to keep bin after bin of holiday decor in the attic all year long. I have to wonder where people store some of the things I see!

To each his own in decorating and I know my style isn't for everyone but I have noticed that a very cluttered "lots of things not made in America" on every surface look is popular this Christmas and I personally feel Americans have gotten away from what Christmas is really about...I don't mean in a religious sense I just mean fundamentally...I am referring to earlier times when people decorated with what they cut in the woods or hand made for each other and the act of doing these things was what was cherished. I think it is important that we try to get back to that and teach our kids that hand made presents or decorations are so much better. As much as I love to shop I think we have just become way too fixated on the buying part of Christmas, not to mention how much waste ends up in the landfills because of it.

I honestly don't see much Christmas decor in the stores that is fitting of this ideal so other than a few ornaments, some stems,  and many vintage items the only Christmas decor I have bought so far this year are these absolutely gorgeous stockings made by Christine at 1871Farmhouse...I am sure you guys are all familiar with her amazingly beautiful work.

I am absolutely in love with these stockings and the nostalgic look they create in our home.  

Instead of the usual quilt that I put on the back of the couch I used a vintage table cloth that I bought at the Springfield, Ohio Antique Extravaganza.

I've been finding so many wonderful goodies at Taylor Antique Mall where I have a this charming old medicine cabinet. It fits perfectly in this little space next to the front door and even the littlest bit of extra storage is always helpful.

In the family room I hung an old mirror I found at Taylor Antique Mall above the mantel to make the room seem a bit bigger and to catch the reflection of the Christmas tree lights.

I made a simple swag for our old shutter in the corner and tied it with lace ribbon...this ribbon is available in my etsy shop.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing a bit of our farmhouse this Christmas...make sure to keep checking back as I will be adding to this post as I get more of it decorated. We have been working day and night to get our master bedroom finished and I will be doing a post with lots of the details soon! Also I have been trying to keep my Etsy shop stocked with lots of my hand made items so keep your eye on it if you are looking for some unique items to buy others or to ask Santa for! In the meantime stay cozy friends!