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!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Farmhouse Christmas 2018 - Pretty Simple

Hello friends! I just wanted to share with you some of our farmhouse this Christmas! I am so excited because this year we have not one but three real Christmas trees in the house! I have always wanted to fill our farmhouse with real trees and this year it finally happened. As always I have kept things pretty simple for the holidays...using mostly hand made items and natural elements.

We always put a real tree that the kids decorate in the family room but this year we have real trees in the dining room as well!  Maybe next year I’ll get one for the living room?! Better not push my luck right?! We bought this little table top tree for our booth at Vintage Market Days Nashville and brought it back home with us. I knew it would be just perfect in our dining room and it fits perfectly in an old chamber pot (also how I had it displayed at the show). We had such a wonderful time in Nashville, it was so fun to be vendors at another Vintage Market Days show and we loved getting to see some of beautiful Nashville and eating at some of its yummy restaurants. Another bonus was getting to meet so many of you that made it there to see us! Meeting my followers means the world to me and reminds me that keeping up with the blog is important!

The bigger tree on the other side of the room is also from Nashville, we had it inside a giant French
armoire there. It looked beautiful and it looks just as beautiful here in our dining room sitting area. Who would think something as simple as a cut tree could make a room so cozy. I kept it simple with just lights and added antique French ticking around the bottom. I love coming down the steps in the morning and walking into this light filled room and I love equally the way it looks at night with just the tree lit.

The candelabra is one of my purchases from Vintage Market Days. Like most shows I do I didn't have much time to walk around but I was able to find a little bit of time at the end of each day to shop. I have been looking for a candelabra like this for a long time so I was so excited to spot this one.

This adorable pine cone wreath is a Nashville purchase from The Cotton Shed...their both was amazing and so inspiring. I love the inspiration I get when I do small curated shows...there is always something to be learned in this business.

These beautiful pine cone clock weights are also a Nashville find from Curate 4 U. You guys know how much I love pine cones so I was so excited to find these.

Each year I get out less and less of my Christmas decor from the attic. I know you guys have heard me say it a million times but this time of  year I am ready for peacefulness and calm in the house, even more than usual. I think our busy schedule has caught up with me by this time of year and I just really want to spend my time with my family not fussing with garland and decorations. I just spent the last week deep cleaning our house and getting rid of stuff so it seemed counter-intuitive to clutter it up again with Christmas decor. However, one thing I will definitely always get out every Christmas are these beautiful stockings that I bought last year from 1871 Farmhouse. I even hung them in the exact same place I did last year....why mess with a good thing.

Another reason I am keeping the house really simple this year is because I have been exerting all of my Christmas ideas and energy on the shop...which has been going so well you guys! I am still in quite a bit of shock over it all and love spending my days creating displays and talking with my wonderful customers.

 I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year!It has been such an amazing year with many ups and downs for us but we couldn't be more thankful for all we have been given and for these guys....