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 booth...like 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 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!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Farmhouse Inspiration ~ A Touch of Red

Well it's that time of year...time to stay inside and snuggle up with a warm quilt! This Farmhouse Inspiration post is all about adding a little touch of red. I like doing so with antique white linens that have a little bit of red in them combined with simple white ironstone and red berries or stems.





When the outside is white with snow I love the cozy feel a touch of red can make with all of the whites inside.


























This vintage bucket with red berry stems is headed to my booth at the Taylor Antique Mall for the Christmas Open House this weekend! I can't begin to tell you guys how much fun it is having a booth...I love having a little space to continuously tweak and make pretty. However, it makes me long to have my own shop even more...I just love the art of display and I have so many ideas and I have so much inventory...its taking over the house and garage!












I've been sewing like crazy trying to keep my Etsy Shop stocked with the linen and ticking pillows that I make...I think the red ones are just perfect for this time of year.
















I have started decorating some of the house for Christmas, it is proving a challenge this year with all of the work we have going on with the master bedroom renovations. All of the stuff that was upstairs is downstairs right now until we have our bedroom done. Plus we have some new pieces for the bedroom that have to be downstairs until the upstairs is ready.  I am in the process of painting the ship lap we are using for the ceiling (like we did in the family room) and there are about a hundred boards and because they are so long the only place I have to paint them is the dining room table...so....that is kind of hard to decorate around!! You guys know me though, I always have to have some areas pretty and I can't wait to share with you guys what I have decorated and also some new pieces of furniture that I am super excited about! So until next time friends and happy December!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

November Mantel and A New Chair


Well it is hard to believe that it is November already, most of the leaves have fallen off of our trees and the weather has turned cold  (later than normal this year though so I can't complain). After taking down all of the Halloween decorations yesterday I did some major cleaning in the kitchen and family room and decorated the mantel for late fall/Thanksgiving. Although I have begun to think about Christmas decor and have a growing pile of new purchases I always wait till after Thanksgiving to truly decorate.





















You probably noticed that we have a new chair by the fireplace. A friend of my mom's gave it to me and although it was beautifully slipcovered in a floral print it just wasn't my style. After contemplating where to put it in the house I remembered late one evening that I had bought a Sure Fit slipcover at Target on clearance for $15 a couple of months back. I had never even looked at it but just bought it because it was white and threw it in my slipcover bin and forgot about it.





Once I remembered that I had bought it I couldn't get it on the chair fast enough to see if it would fit and it did! I was giddy (yes these are the things in life that make me excited what can I say?) with excitement because it was such a coincidence that it actually fit!










I mean I had to do some tucking but I like the loose sloppy look so that is fine with me and the wings fit perfectly and that is usually the hardest part to match. I washed it before putting it on for good and it turned super soft and almost muslin like.
















So now we have a comfy chair to sit in by the fire. 







Keeping the mantel neutral but also reflective of the time of year I used pine cones that fall from our pine trees mixed with my favorite creamy white ironstone pitchers...a perfect combination if you ask me.























I'm hoping to get a blog post up soon that shows the dining room that I have never really truly revealed to you guys in its entirety. Now that I am done with antique shows for a couple of months it is back to being a true dining room and not my workshop! Better get some pictures of it before it is back to workshop mode!


Thank you guys for stopping by and until next time take care!