Saturday, June 22, 2019

FARMHOUSE SUMMER 2019


Happy summer! As usual it is going to be a busy one for us! Between running the shop during the busy summer months (and finding stuff to fill it), antique shows, renovations on the house, events we have planned at the shop and some family trips I am willing to bet that the number of times I get to actually sit on this porch will be numbered! When I do get a chance to rest our front porch is the perfect spot to sit and listen to the birds in the morning with my cup of coffee or a glass of wine in the evenings...and it is just about the only part of our old farmhouses' exterior that looks pretty at this moment! I know it seems silly to focus on one little area when everything else is a mess but if I have certain areas that are nice and neat and pretty I feel better about the messy terrible looking areas that we are still in the process of renovating and it keeps me from going totally crazy. Ten years into renovating with more unfinished than finished just about everywhere can make you pretty crazy, even if you do love it! We still haven't finished restoring clapboard on the front of the house (the part that is to the left of what you see here) as we need to rent a cherry picker to reach the upper part and just haven't had the time. And we have started to take the aluminum off of the back of the house so that we can restore the original clapboard underneath it. It will eventually all look great but in the meantime the outside of the house is looking pretty rough! I'll do a blog post on all of that soon...but I wanted to keep this strictly pretty!










My viburnum put out more blooms than ever this year and I took full advantage. 

















Since we are so busy this time of year I keep things really simple around here. For a super simple mantel I put together a display using an old window I bought from my friend Kristine at  Farmhouse Green for some dark contrast together with some of my white ironstone pitchers, fresh cut viburnum and a simple candle stick.













My peonies have just started to open up, about three weeks late for us this year, and boy do I love the way they smell.











I just wanted to take the time to thank all of you that have driven from far far away to come see the shop! In the last couple of months I have been blown away by how far some of you have driven just to come see my shop and I am truly humbled! It is a pleasure to meet each and every one of you and I it means the world to me.






I look forward to meeting many of you at our next big show Vintage Market Days Pittsburgh July 12 - 14th. I also wanted to let you guys know that my friend Kristen and I are hosting our very first outdoor event at the shop on July 27th!





We will have antiques, vintage goods, food and wine all in the field behind my shop! Visit my facebook page @farmhousesupply for more information closer to the event such as who the vendors will be! The event will  be from 10 to 4 and my shop will still be open its normal 11 to 5 hours! Address is 5750 West Center Rd. Linesville, PA   Email me your address if you want to be included in our mailing list and I will email you a postcard with the details!

Whether I see you at a show or here at the shop I truly enjoy meeting each and every one of you! For those of you that it's just too far for thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and for your sweet comments!

I hope to be back  on here before long with renovation updates for you and I am working on a new dining room blog post because I never really did one as promised years ago! In the meantime HAPPY SUMMER!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Farmhouse Inspiration ~ Lilacs and Lavender


It's time for another round of Farmhouse Inspiration, it has been way too long since the last one right?!  This one is all about two of my favorite things...lavender and lilacs. With their beautiful purple coloring and amazing fragrance both are a farmhouse staple.











Whether its fresh sprigs or dried there is nothing quite like the aromatic smell of lavender. Some of these sachets I have had for years and they still smell amazing.
















These beautiful sachets are made by my friend Mel at Rustic Farmhouse .



















Lilacs on the nightstand...a must as soon as our bushes bloom in late May. 












































Fresh cut lilacs in an old trough and a lavender plant in an old bucket both look perfect on a farmhouse porch.











It was so wonderful to see so many of you at the Springfield Extravaganza and we had a wonderful time as always despite the flooding and high winds! Our next show is Vintage Market Days Pittsburgh July 12, 13, and 14th. Hope to see lots of you there!



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Monday, April 15, 2019

Signs of Spring and Some Recent Finds


Hello! I am so sorry it has been so long since my last post! It is becoming harder and harder to find time to blog but don't give up on me! I don't know how you guys feel but I sure am glad to see some signs of spring around here! The slightly warmer weather has felt so good, although I did have to shake the snow off of these daffodils this morning when I picked them! These beauties opened up this weekend just in time for the snow this morning.





















I wanted to share with you guys our new dining room chairs that I got from my friend Kristen from Shade Vintage Home  (she is who I bought the shelving unit with all of my bowls in it seen in the last post and numerous other wonderful things in our home). I have been looking for old white chairs with their original white paint for some time now to put in our dining room so I was so excited when I saw Kristen had these for sale! She always finds the best things and I am so excited because she is going to be opening up a shop on the second floor of the old general store building our shop is in! I will share more details soon but we are working on a big event for her grand opening and my summer open house!






The chairs are just perfect with the big farmhouse table that Neal built us. I thought I better show them before our dining room becomes my work area again as show season has begun for us (more on that in a minute). 











I love the natural wear on these chairs from years of use. 







Another new find that I am quite smitten with is this embroidered linen pillow that I found at the thrift store for two dollars! Yes, two dollars!














I also found the matching bolster for two dollars! 













With our hectic schedules and how cold it has been we haven't really been able to do any fun renovating projects lately but spring means time to get back to it! We have lots of projects planned for this summer. Hopefully one of them being making the in-law suite "kitchen" (seen here), time and money depending, into our master bath. We plan to finish repairing and painting the original clapboard siding on the exterior of the house. We also have to finish putting trim on the new windows and finish up some things we started last summer. Owning the shop has definitely slowed down the restoration/renovation of our house but it is worth it because it has been like a dream!  A big thank you to all of you that make the road trip to come see it and shop, it truly means the world to me! I love getting to meet my followers both at the shop and at the shows we do.




























So for our upcoming show schedule....first we have Vintage Market Days Cleveland in just a couple weeks! This is a new one for us and we are super excited because our shop is only an hour and a half from Cleveland and we hope to gain some new Ohio customers!






After that we have The Springfield Extravaganza in Springfield, Ohio. And then in July we have Vintage Market Days Pittsburgh! This was such an amazing show last year and we can't to do it again!








I know I will see many of you at some or even all of these shows and I can't wait! As much as I absolutely love having the shop doing shows is such a passion for me and I really miss it during the winter months!


Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I hope it is not too long before I can pop on here again but in the meantime all my best! One other thing...if you are signed up to get an email when I publish a new blog post I urge you to go to my actual page to read the new post, the picture quality on the email version is atrocious!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Farmhouse Winter 2019


Hello friends! I hope the new year finds you well! We have been thoroughly enjoying the winter months here in Edinboro, PA. Up until these past couple of weeks we have actually had a super mild winter compared to usual. However we just had a big snow storm come through (as I know many of you did) and now we are braving some very low temperatures. It was zero degrees when Eli got on the bus this morning!






With the snow storm and it being a holiday weekend we were able to have a couple wonderful and cozy days in the house with the kids. Since we opened the shop we haven't really had much time home with kids doing relaxing family stuff so it felt good to have a couple days snowed in. We played lots of board games, watched lots of movies and ate more popcorn than one really should but hey that is what snow storms are for right? I love winter for multiple reasons, but one of them is definitely because you get days like these.






Winter is absolutely beautiful here and I love the sense of peace it creates. Don't get me wrong, I don't love that most days I can't feel my fingers or my toes by the time I get all of the inventory carried into the shop. And the daily cleaning of the snow off of the car gets old but I really do love our winters, frozen fingers and all.







Another reason I love winter so much are the dark browns and grays outside against all of the bright white snow. The landscape here leaves me feeling so inspired. I know I mentioned it on here numerous times but I truly enjoy bringing those colors inside over the winter months. You guys know how much I love white mixed with browns, creams and wood and winter seems like the perfect time to really embrace that palette even more so than usual with things like pine cones, neutral stems and dark accent pieces.








Some of my favorite things to use for dark accent pieces are baskets, iron candle holders, and wooden trunks.


















One of my favorite dark accent pieces in our dining room right now is this giant fly screen that Neal bought me at Vintage Market Days Nashville. Well I am calling it a fly screen anyways, we aren't sure if it is fly screen or a fire pit cover but I am using it as fly screen regardless!







I found the round whiskey barrel lid at VMD Nashville as well, it was quite expensive for piece of wood but I thought it was worth the splurge being that it fit perfectly under the fly screen and I just love the coloring of the wood.
































Five degree days are for making yummy comfort foods, snuggling on the couch and lighting lots of candles and that is just what we have been doing.




























Just to keep you guys posted about the shop I still feel like I am dreaming! I love being a shopkeeper even more than I would have ever imagined and I am so very thankful.








The shop will be closed for the month of February so that we can make some cosmetic changes (like lighting and such) and because we are going to be doing some traveling. We will reopen March 1st ready for Spring!


















I hope that you are warm and cozy no matter what part of the world you happen to be in and that you continue to find inspiration from my blog! I truly love blogging and sharing our home and shop with you! Until next time!