Saturday, July 23, 2016

Farmhouse Kitchen On a Summers Day


Some pictures of our kitchen on a bright summers day... fresh cut flowers on the table, all of the windows open, screen doors slamming, ahhhh what could be better?















































*Walls Trim and Beadboard are painted Glidden's Swan White
*Butcher Block Counter Tops - IKEA
*Chandelier - Overstock
*Fresh Baked Pie Sign - Etsy ~ The Lauren Collection
*Antiques Sign - Etsy ~ Farmhouse Supply (My shop)
*Cubbies on Counter - Hobby Lobby
*Flowers on Table - Lady's Mantle

Friday, July 1, 2016

Fresh Cut Flowers


For me one of the most wonderful things about summer is having fresh cut flowers all over the house. Having bushes that bloom at different times ensures that there is always something to be cut and brought inside. Our property had a lot different bushes on it when we bought the house and I have also planted many.







Hydrangeas with their gorgeous blooms are definitely one my favorite bushes. I have planted eight of them (of different varieties)  in our yard, and they seem to do well here.


















Spirea blooms late Spring around here and I love it's tiny white flowers.









Viburnum is also one of my favorites and it also blooms late Spring here.







My peony bushes always bloom right around Memorial Day weekend. These pale pink ones smell absolutely wonderful.









Forget - Me - Nots were my Grandmas favorite and reseed like crazy so my mom took some from my Grandma's yard and gave us all some to plant in our yard. I love when I see them first start to bloom in early Spring.




And if there is nothing blooming we have an abundance of weeds that I can cut, like Queen Anne's Lace.








Well I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope that you have a wonderful 4th of July!!!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Little Peek At The Guest Room


So here is a little sneak peek at the changes I have made to the guest room! I have a little more to finish up in here but I thought I would share the part that I have done for now! I only ever have the time to work on this room here and there so it's been a long process but it is all finally coming together and I couldn't wait to share!




The old iron bed is a Craig's List find...I obsessively checked every day until I found one...this one happened to be just up the road at a horse farm. I had been looking for just the right piece to hang above the bed and I found a big piece of old molding at the flea market and painted it white. It fits perfectly above the bed.





I bought the night stand at the Springfield Antique Show Extravaganza. The vendor across from me there has two giant lots of antique furniture, I mean it is worth going to this show just to go to his booth. Needless to say my sisters and I buy a lot from him because all of these awesome pieces are just sitting there staring at us the whole time. Well the one morning I went in John (the vendor) had a whole stack of chippy white furniture gathered together for me because he knows that's what I love. And I mean how could I resist...wait till you see the mantle I bought from him and the chippy white screen door!! The thing is he has so much awesome furniture that I didn't even know this little night stand was over there! To say I love it is an understatement and it is just perfect next to the bed.









I also bought the drawer pull on the nightstand at Springfield. One of the vendors sells only cast iron hardware (at way cheaper prices than on Etsy) so I came home with a bag full. I have a garage full of furniture to fix up and paint for the Fall Springfield Extravaganza and I will need lots of cute hardware for it all!






The rug and ironstone pitchers are all flea market finds.







The throw pillows in the middle of the bed are both thrift store finds, along with the curtains in the windows. The quilted shams are from Walmart and the pillow cases are vintage.






















Well I hope you guys enjoyed the sneak peek! More details and pictures coming soon!


***Wall Color ~ Martha Stewart's Sandpiper
***Trim Color ~ Glidden's Swan White


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

My Love For Old Things


I know you guys love old things just as much as I do so this post is dedicated to vintage kitchen items....oh how I love things like old hand carved wooden spoons, old white pitchers, vintage fly screens, antique silverware, big white mixing bowls, zinc lid jars, soft and stained from use vintage linens, wooden cutting boards with thousands of knife marks...the list goes on and on. And for me they are what makes my farmhouse kitchen complete.





When I head to the flea market these are the things that I seek out the most. I love that these things are beautiful, but also that they were used over and over again by someone previous to me.





I recently found some beautiful ironstone pitchers and wooden spoons at the flea market.


























I also love finding things that aren't old but look like they could be, like these measuring cups that I found at TJMaxx on clearance and the wire egg holder from Hobby Lobby.






These salt and pepper shakers were also a clearance TJMaxx find and I just love them.








Most of my antique silverware is from estate sales. I usually buy it by the boxfull and boy do I love going through that box when I get home, sometimes I am lucky enough to find the "B" monogram on them.












All my best until the next post!!! Oh and my computer (which is brand new!!!) is giving me all kinds of problems and for some reason I get all kinds of spam, pop-ups, you name it when I go to reply to any of the comments on my blog(and yes I have virus protection)....so if you have a question for me please email me directly at MSBrokman@gmail.com so that I can answer you asap!!!