I'm pretty much in love with step stools. . .Never have enough close at hand for a personal boost or for decorating the farmhouse. . .When not in use, most end up on the back porch. . .where I can see and grab quickly. . .I did pare down to three of my favorites that I wasn't using. . .Not enough room for all of them on the porch floor. . .so I figured the only way to go was UP!
Placed on a weather-worn farm bench, the little step stools became part of the porch décor. . .Of course I had to add a few touches to the vignette. . .a birdhouse. . .vintage flower pots. . .an orphan drawer from a long lost prim piece. . .a bird's nest that fell to the ground during the Summer. . .brushes from times past. . .a 40s fold-up chair. . .Such dissimilar items to bring together, aren't they?
There's no rule that items being stored can't be decorative, too, is there?
That's also how long I've looked and looked and looked for a solution that would fit into our Plain and Simple Farmhouse Style when it becomes necessary to hide the TV--mostly when we need a 1930s Era look for visitors. . .A woven throw over the TV was the best idea I had. . .Nothing else was large enough--or 'farmhouse' enough--or portable enough. . .When it's just John and me, the TV is never covered. . .We like Netflix and PBS too well.
Then one day I was cleaning out a few items of Mom's that were stored ten years ago. . .TEN YEARS AGO!!!. . .I've been in no hurry (chuckle). . .I found a big black trash bag with something very heavy in it. . .A forgotten piece of folk art found. . .from a Christmas long ago. . .a gift to my Mom. . .How many years ago was that anyway? . .I had to count on my fingers AND toes. . .and used every one of them. . .It was at least twenty years or more. . .
Oh! HOW I HOPED I'D FOUND A TV COVER-UP!
The colors were the same soft shades that I've used this Summer in the living room. . .They also compliment the soft blues in the bath. . .The folk art fits well in our 'make-do' farmhouse style. . .when not needed the fireplace screen folds up and could rest on the floor against the wall. . .Only the center panel would show. . .That might work! . .I kept my fingers crossed from the storage room to the house. . .
I'll leave you with the verdict. . .Does it work or what? . .(grin)
That's suppose to be me hanging out my favorite quilts to air. . .dressing up and playing the Farmer's Daughter. . .
If you look closely, you'll see the back of a cat in the bushes. . .That was Puppy. . .A long story. . .Just suffice it to say that I didn't like cats until Puppy came to stay with us. . .At first I refused to acknowledge he was a cat. . .Thus the name of 'Funny (looking) Puppy'--or 'Puppy" for short--took hold. . .Sure confused a lot of people in the vet's office. . .The sheep? . . .I have no idea. . .It's FOLK ART. . .You can pretty well paint as you please if you call it 'folk art'. . .(grin). . .Maybe sheep were the 'in' thing at the time?
Whatever my thoughts were, Mom loved it. . .She displayed the screen every Summer in front of the fireplace. . .and every Winter to the side of a roaring fire. . .Now it's my turn. . .