Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Sharing More Photos of the FALL LIVING ROOM. . .Part II

 
In the last post, I shared the  FALL LIVING ROOM. . .on what we call the 'guest side'. . .If you haven't seen it. . .then CLICK HERE. . .You don't want to miss it. . .
Now, in Part II. . .I'll share the side that John and I use the most. . .It's the practical side of the room. . .He has his chair. . .I have the couch. . .with BJ (my "Velcro" feline) joining me there most of the time. . .

I use throws on both sofas deliberately for two reasons. . .It hides the fact that the two don't match. . .and on a farm, there is always dirt and dust. . .It is so convenient to pull them off and throw them in the washer. . .I also cannot find newer sofas as well made as these. . .and to my liking. . .Besides, I'm used to these hanging around. . .  
We only have five rooms in our house. . .(and a breezeway porch) but those rooms are quite large. . .Needless-to-say, we have to live in every one of them. . .No formal living room that stays immaculate for others to see. . .I think the trend is going more and more toward smaller homes, where every inch of space is utilized. . .It was a choice we made when renovating the old 1930s farmhouse. . .We had had larger homes. . .filled with furniture and 'things'. . .We were ready for some simplicity in our lives. . .

The front area of the living room was once a porch. . .Probably in the 1950s, it became an addition to the room, making the area quite large. . .You wouldn't know the difference unless you saw original photos of the house. . .
As you know. . .I like to coordinate the entire house in some way so that there is a flow from room to room. . .bringing colors or objects common in one room to the next. . .A good example of this is in the photo below. . .We wanted the walls a soft white. . .so for interest, I had the ceiling painted the same creamy color of the kitchen-keeping room walls. . .Also, there is the black, white, neutral color scheme. . .a pop of color. . .and cotton placed around the room. . .just as in the rest of the house.
One of my favorite additions to this side is the cupboard in the background, made from pallets and recycled wood that we found around the fam. . .and an old screen door. . .It was the first among many uses we found for cast-offs. . .(See: THRIFTY CUPBOARD ) . . .Notice the black cat, cut from wood and settling on the ledge. . .
Do you see the Hot Bath sign through the door? . .That IS our bath. . .also a large room . . .It was all decked out. . .but with simplicity. . .for the photo shoot also. . .and may be the subject of my next post. . .You won't see it in the Fall Issue of Country Rustic magazine. . .so all the photos will be new. . .For you who have followed me all these years, you know it has changed its look often. . .In fact, I like to change up every room with the seasons. . .something made possible with the neutral backgrounds. . .but always with the thought in mind that we love things plain and simple. . .and we love that we live on a farm. . .
More than any other season, Fall means Cotton. . .picked, ginned and sold here. . .so instead of lots of orange and yellow in every room, the living room decor reflects the fact that we do live on the family's Delta Cotton Farmstead that is not only a livelihood, but also our legacy. . .

Friday, September 27, 2019

Sharing More Photos of the FALL LIVING ROOM. . .Part I


Now that the cat is out of the bag and the 2019 FALL ISSUE OF COUNTRY RUSTIC MAGAZINE is on the stands, I can share the extra photos of the farmhouse all dressed up for HARVEST. . . 

When the official magazine photographer finished and had left the farm for another destination, I took out my trusty camera and did my own photo shoot. . .I did rearrange a few things, so it’s not exactly as it was, but it is still plain and simple HARVEST style. . .
Let’s begin with some living room inspiration:
As I’ve told you so many times, we are all about COTTON and the harvest of it in the Fall. So, naturally cotton is the focus for the vignettes. . . and the colors of the cotton bolls are carried out in other items, too. . .White ceramic PUMPKINS. . .the browns of BURLAP. . .the golden tans of CORN HUSKS. . .
With a mound of small BALES OF COTTON, I filled up this wonderful old pick-up truck and placed it underneath the sofa table, adding a burlap pumpkin and FALL LEAVES.
There’s even a bale of cotton inside a wire pumpkin on top of the table. The gins no longer bale this way, so these miniature burlap bales are important reminders of our past.
Of course, I need at least one bucket filled with COTTON STALKS, to place behind the 1910 vintage chair that belonged to my grandmother. . .
And, on top of the glass display cabinet, small white pumpkins, sitting in Windsor chairs. . .How could it be more SIMPLE?

In fact, everything is done SIMPLY. . .That was the GOAL. . .How did we do? 
Want to see more? . .Part II will be coming soon. . .

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

GATHERING FALL

Can you feel it? . .I can. . .It's strictly intuitive because the heat index has been 108 degrees. . .and yet, I see all the signs that FALL is on its way. . .There is something in the air. . .and businesses are already decorating with mums, pumpkins, corn stalks, gourds, and anything that sets the stage for FALL. . .
I think we are all a BIT tired of summer. . .and looking forward to some cooler weather. . .As always, I begin gathering for FALL DECOR early. . .Now is the time to scavenge around the farm, ditches, and woods for naturals. . .My first stop was to grab the gourds I've accumulated. . .and filled three baskets with them. . .
Handmade brooms fit well in a crock. . .along with. . .(you'll never believe it). . .dried day lily stalks. . .My brown crocks will come out of storage, too. . .
Next. . .I'll be cutting cotton stalks to add to the mix. . .Some field corn. . .A little wheat. . .

I do try to use as many on-hand items as I can find. . .They don't need to be meant for FALL. . .just in the colors I'll be using. . .But. . .the pumpkins and squash I'll need to buy from a pumpkin farm, along with a few hay bales. . .
 
It will soon be another FALL at THE COUNTRY FARM HOME. . .a time of HARVEST. . .a time to be THANKFUL for so many BLESSINGS. . .
Yep. . .FALL is almost here. . .I can feel it in my 'bones'. . .
I bet you can, too?

Thursday, August 8, 2019

It's Almost Time: Fall Home Feature in Country Rustic Magazine

Has it really been a year since DJ Williams contacted me and asked to do a photo shoot of our home for the 2019 Fall Issue of Country Rustic Magazine?. . .My how time flies. . .But the issue has been sent to press and will be on news stands very soon. . .I mean VERY SOON. . .And for the first time, you'll be able to buy a copy at Walmart, Kroger, and many other mainstream stores. . .
I've already seen a PDF of The Country Farm Home feature. . .There are ten pages of photos and information about our farmhouse style. . .including how our Delta cotton farm influenced the color palette. . .how we decorate with found and natural materials. . .and the fun we have had incorporating family treasures into the mix. . .It was a treat working with DJ on this project. . .I sure learned a lot about how much time goes into a single issue, too. . .Some of you have noticed I haven't been posting as often. . .Now, you know the reason why. . .It is a lot of work. . .but so rewarding. . .
The really hard thing was not sharing photos I took that day of the shoot. . .The photographer took over 500 photos. . Until I saw which DJ selected, I didn't dare show you mine and let the cat out of the bag. . . I think I took about 200. . .But. . .I can't share many of them right now. . .because. . .
There's MORE good news. . .The Country Farm Home will be a feature in the Winter, Spring, and  Summer Issues as well. . .By that time, you should know all our tips and secrets as we have renovated and restored the old farmstead and house. . .
 

It's all beginning soon. . .Please watch for it. . .
and I'll be back later with more of the inside scoop. . .

 

Monday, July 22, 2019

A Second-But Rustic-Farmhouse Bathroom

Yes. . .we have another. . .but a more rustic. . ."bathroom". . .If you have followed The Country Farm Home for a few years, you can probably figure out from where the photos in this post came. . .Our farmstead necessary room out back. . .better known as the outhouse. . .But. . .I'm not concentrating on the outhouse itself. . .but rather providing some inspiration for rustic farmhouse baths inside your home. . .
With a huge basket, I went through Our Old Country Store and picked items I have successfully used in the farmhouse bath. . .but when in the combination of primitive walls and painted barnwood, it takes on a totally different look. . .more suitable for rustic farmhouses. . .
 Old bottles and hand towels. . .
 Ironstone pitchers. . .shabby step stools. . .a bird nest in the drinking ladle. . .a weathered fence. . .our garden bunny. . .and a wreath of soft blue to set off the stool. . .



Don't forget to add a farmhouse chair, too. . .a plain and simple one. . .

Here is another idea. . .I'm never happy with just one. . .I started with a mannequin wearing Grandmother's nightgown. . .added cotton stalks to a shabby ice cream bucket. . .a smaller bucket to the side. . .And notice the blue bird perched on the fence. . .It picks up the blue in the smaller bucket. . .
I think I will give you a peek of the outside, too. . .because the wooden wash tub would make a fine accent in a primitive, rustic or farmhouse setting. . .

And in the window. . .it's Old Spice and another ironstone pitcher. . .


The secret to making everything work is plenty shades of white. . .
with touches of a pastel. . .
Lots of texture. . .and bringing a little of the outside in. 

Most of all, just have fun with it. . .
Make it your own. . . and throw away the rules. . .

I do. . .

Monday, June 24, 2019

Love These Tea Boxes For A Unique Sofa Table

The photo doesn't look like The Country Farm Home? . . .It's not. . .but I'm thinking about getting a set of these Tea Boxes for it. . .I just love them. . .They were handmade for us by our friends at Sassafras Creek Originals and are now in our home at Ste. Genevieve. . .

They are the handiest things I've found in a long time. . .I am such a "paper lover". . .magazines, books, writing pads, journals. . .that I always have more than I have room for in a basket. . .it overflows onto the floor. . .Now. . .at our Heil House, I can hide it all where it is very handy. . .

Kandye and her husband Dale are both so talented. . .Her store is full of handmade and unique colonial items that in many cases can be utilized in any decor. . .I've already bought several items for The Country Farm Home from them that fit well in my plain and simple farmhouse style. . .

Yep. . .I think I might need another set for the farmhouse. . .I'm positive these will never leave our Missouri home. . .CLICK HERE TO SEE AND READ MORE. . .



Thursday, June 13, 2019

Faith-Love-Joy-Stockings-Angels-Christmas


What a title combination of words, huh?. . .but I bet I got your attention, didn't I? . .I just couldn't wait for the winter season to show you. . .I am so impatient. . .sometimes. . .and what's wrong with having Christmas in June. . .? ? ?
Faith. . .Love. . .and Joy are needed the year round. . .as are Cotton Bolls and Baby's Breath. . .in our Farmhouse anyway. . .

But. . .a stocking, too?
To tell you the truth. . .I've been photographing again for Country Rustic magazine. . .for the 2019 Christmas issue. . .It is forever strange to me having to look ahead two seasons from now. . .but I am getting more accustomed to it. . .And I'm also getting better in developing vignettes that I can possibly let remain set up. . .as with the bathroom shelf. . .If not for the stockings below, it could be intended as a year round display. . .with its soft message pillows. . .the cotton. . .and baby's breath. . .none of which are especially "Christmas". . .

And. . .Mom continually commented that Angels were needed all year round. . .not just at Christmas. . .She always had some of her collection scattered throughout the house, no matter what season it was. . .


True. . .a Christmas tree is a little harder to explain. . .hmmmm. . .I suppose it will have to be stored in the closet until the proper time. . .
But. . .now I ask you. . .
Do I really have to take my stocking down? 




Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Front Cover: Our Little Necessary House Outback

I have a sneak peek for you. . .the SUMMER ISSUE OF COUNTRY RUSTIC MAGAZINE hits the stands May 24. . .just two days from now. . .and. . .I'm sure excited because. . .my story is listed on the cover!!!! . .for the first time. . .
My Mom on the left. . .
"Our Little Necessary House Outback" is a story about the "fancy one" my Grandmother had in back of her house. . .but it is also about how John and I built our own one summer. . .with before and after photos. . .To top it off, we included some black and white photos made by my Dad of vintage outhouses. . .He has a whole collection of them. . .
It was a fun article to write. . .and I think you'll enjoy reading it. . .Hope so. . .

Coming in the FALL ISSUE, our COUNTRY FARM HOME will be featured. . .with lots of photos inside and out. . .I can hardly wait to see that one. . .Lots of cotton and farmhouse decor. . .Of course, I'll let you know. . .
Just a quick little post to let you know what's happening. . .I'll be back at the farmhouse this week and will catch you up. . .Life has been anything but boring lately. . .
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