Monday, September 17, 2018

A Few Accessories for the New Farmhouse Bedroom

STRAW HAT AND ROSES

Here's another SNEAK PEEK of the bedroom. . .
I'm teasing you with accessories. . .just a few. . .

PILLOWS, PILLOWS, PILLOWS

GET READY for this one. . .It's bright and very BOLD. . .

GRAY, WHITE, BLACK, RED

I took my color palette from this rug. . .
Found it. . .Loved it. . .
Now. . .the bedroom is in neutrals. . .with splashes of RED. . .


Won't you be glad when I show you the whole room?
(BIG SMILE. . .)
Life IS an adventure. . .isn't it?


 



Wednesday, September 5, 2018

New Farmhouse Decor for the Bedroom


YOUR WON'T BELIEVE THE CHANGES I'VE MADE TO THE FARMHOUSE BEDROOM. . .with just a little gray paint on one wall. . .a 'new' vintage vanity. . .a change in bed linens. . .and, , ,


different vintage dress for the girls. . .

MORE PEEK SHOTS COMING YOUR WAY SOON. . . .







Friday, August 24, 2018

Farm Animals in the Kitchen

Maybe I have gone a little overboard but it seems everywhere I turn there are barnyard critters--the inanimate kind--to collect. . .and it's sure been fun to do just that. . . Afterall, this IS a farmhouse with a farmyard filled with barns and outbuildings. . .It's true. . .the only animal stock we have is Little Bit, the rescued cat who lives in--and thinks she owns--John's workshop. . .She roams the barns and buildings all day but at 4:00, she's ready for her treat and shows up on schedule. . .John trained her from a kitten to expect a treat at 4:00, so that he can lock her in the shop overnight. . .We have several coyotes roaming around that would love to have HER as a treat. . .  How she knows the time, I have no idea. . .but she never fails.
Other than Little Bit, we have no other domesticated animals. . .We do have Sissy and Fred, the barn owls. . .And then there's Faith. . .the dove I nursed back to health a couple of years ago. . .But even though they fly around and 'talk' to us, they are still wild. . .and take care of themselves. . .
It wasn't always this way. . .There were mules, cows, horses, pigs, oxen, and chickens filling the two barns and the chicken coop. . .and roaming around a large pasture where we now grow our cotton. . .

I sort of miss all the animals of my childhood but not enough to own any now. . .Collecting tin, metal and wood ones are fine with me. . .
I HAVE begun staging other areas of the house for the COUNTRY RUSTIC magazine photo shoot in October. . .We have changed a few things. . .are painting a lot. . .and as I dig out accessories, I'm playing with how to display them. . .So I may share a few quick photos with you along the way, maybe without much of a story, but with lots of ideas. . .The house often looks different in photos than in the actual setting. . .As they say in the interior decorating realm. . .I'll be auditioning them to you. . .

As a side note. . .Yes, it HAS been a long time since I LAST blogged. . .but this Summer has been a whirlwind of unexpected happenings. . .We've had rain, wind, floods. . .and a drought. . .and another flood. . .Then out of the clear blue sky, the opportunity to buy a weekend home in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri popped up. . .but more about that later. . .And next was a mammogram that concerned the doctors. . .and more tests. . .ending with three biopsies. . .Ouch. . .We didn't breath for about a month while that was going on and were all relieved when the biopsies were non-cancerous tissue. . .I will be followed with a mammogram every six months for a while, though. . .I can deal with that. . .
Which brings me to the real reason I'm telling you my story. . .I started to keep it to myself but then decided . ."No. . .Others need to be encouraged". . .to get those mammograms done. . .I am now a believer. . .Radiologists have come a very long way in the last few years in their ability to detect changes which might be pre-cancerous or early cancer. . .In my case, there was NO MASS to see. . .There were only some indicators that there might be a problem. . .Had cancer been found, it would have been so early that the chance of cure was 97%. . .I looked at my own x-rays and believe me, there was nothing there for the untrained eye to see. . .Scary. . .But you sure won't catch me ignoring another mammogram!!!!!!. . .I'll be there with bells on. . .
How about you? . .Please don't ignore having a mammogram done. . .Don't wait until you can feel a lump. . .It's the first step and best detection of very early cancer. . .Your family and friends need you. . .Take care of yourself. . .

from: women welfare foundation
Okay. . .I'll get off my soap box. . .
And, I'll be back soon with snapshots of our projects. . .
Sorry I've been gone so long. . .
The Summer went way too fast. . .



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Ever Changing Farmhouse Bath



Over the past seven years, our vintage bathroom has taken on so many styles it's hard to imagine. . .I've shared them all with you and you can revisit those posts with links at the end. . .I have gone from rustic to cottage and back again, but one theme has remained. . .It's been FARMHOUSE all the way.
There's a reason for this. . .and it's simple. . .We live in a 1930s cottage farmhouse. . .and I believe in matching the decor to the era in which the house was built. . .It is not a new home with a farmhouse flair. . .It is not perfect in all ways either. . .The walls have cracks. . .The floors creak. . .The furniture speaks of a time past. . .The decor has evolved with REAL farmhouse items. . .and few reproductions. . .There is certainly plenty to choose from in our barns. . .


So many times I have looked at those older posts in which I proudly displayed our collections  and thought, 'In reality, did they live with this much stuff'?'. . .My answer has always been, 'I think not.'. .For years I've thought it was probably because they had little money. . .which was often true but I think there were other reasons, too. . .


Most of our tenants and managers had large families. . .There was little room to spare. . .They didn't always have separate bedrooms either. . .Space was at a minimum and filled with the necessities. . .They utilized every room in the house daily. . These families were not trying to make a decorating statement. . .They were living the life and hard work of a farm family. . ..The farmhouses themselves were busy 'bee hives' of activity.


With that thought in mind, I have scaled down a lot. . .I have begun to look at each room with the actual use of it in mind. . .For example, the bath. . .filled with the necessities and not much more. . .A chair to sit in while changing clothes. . .A wooden tub filled with towels. . .and maybe for soaking tired feet. . .A bowl and pitcher for quick sponge baths. . .Soap and toiletries at the tub. . .Bags hung on the wall for dirty clothes. . .


There was only one more thing I decided I should add that isn't necessary but sure pleases the eye. . .No matter how basic the farmhouse was decorated. . .I remember flowers from the garden beds. . .or the wild ones from the ditch bank. . .brightening rooms. . .These memories come from my Grandmother who had a green thumb like few others. . .Outside and indoors,  her home had color everywhere from her flowers. . .


I think I love this look more than any other. . .
There's another plus, too. . .Without the clutter, the bath is so easy to clean and quickly dust each day. . .That's a big plus in my book, because living on a working farm brings lots of dust and dirt our way. . .Each morning, a quick lick-and-a-promise is often all the house gets. . .as we head out to other chores. . .
I suppose you could say I'm still learning about living a simple life on our cotton farm. . .thanks to those who came before me. . .

BATHROOM POSTS THROUGH THE YEARS:







Monday, April 16, 2018

Important Update About John's Rag Rug Looms


Big News!!!! For us anyway. . .
John is soon retiring from ONLINE LOOM SALES. . .
so. . .GET YOUR ORDERS IN. . .
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE. . .

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