03 December 2014

some inspiration

One of my favorite designers around is Nancy Fishelson. Her style is so simple and natural....and that's something I'm looking forward to introducing more into our home.

 As you can see in the photos it's also uncluttered.....and that's very me. I just love the bedroom above....simple, calming and not fussy. 

I love her use of homespun linens....and lots of white, cream and wood.

That's a pretty dreamy kitchen wouldn't you say?

I also love that in these photos, there is hardly a thing hanging on the walls. It looks like that may be something we have in common as I too hardly ever have anything hanging on my walls. For some reason, whenever I try to hang something on the walls, I just get an overwhelming feeling of clutter. It's funny....whenever I see gallery walls or walls full of mirrors in photos I love them....but when I try it in my home, it drives me crazy....go figure.

Another thing that I love about her style, is that everything just flows together beautifully from one room to the other. 

Now that I have some inspiration, I'll be picking out some sample pots of paint very soon.

All photos are from Sotheby's Realty.

19 November 2014

chicken coop progress so far

Here's the progress so far on our chicken coop....as you can see, snow has gotten in the way of us finishing up some minor details. We've primed it for now, but we'll have to wait for spring to give it a final coat and do the landscaping around it.

If the coop looks a bit familiar....that's because we purchased the plans from here. We (and by we I mean my husband....love that guy!) had to adjust a few things here and there.....mainly because of our weather....but I have to say I think it turned out pretty darn good.

Another project that we have lined up for in the spring is to make over our goats area. The goats can be pretty hard on their living quarters....they love chewing on wood....and now they have lots of "windows" and "sky lights" that need repair. 


We're also making progress on our home after the storm that hit us in June. Our house and garage have been re-sided, the house and buildings have new roofs, we've had all new windows installed and next week our carriage doors for the garage will be here. That takes care of most of the big things.....but after a big hail storm like that, there's lots of little things that still need fixing. For example, our landscaping took a beating.....not only from the storm, but from all the worker's working on the house. I'm really hoping that all our Limelight Hydrangeas come back.

There's also repairs inside that need to take place....but my husband and I will take care of those.....and seems how we have to re-do our moldings and window sills why don't we just paint the ceilings (we actually have to since the hail punched holes into our roof and water damaged the ceilings) and walls....and while we're at it, re-decorate a bit.

I think this sounds like a great idea!

17 November 2014

a country show

About a week ago, I participated in the Whistle Stop's Christmas in the Country Show. Of course I forgot to take a picture of the outside of the building....but it was a beautiful white clapboard building with a matching chapel next door....so cute!

Anyways, here's a quick shot of my space at the show. I used a small barn door that I have as my table and just filled it with found objects, handmade goods and my handmade soaps. It was a small set-up but worked perfectly in this space.


I'll also be getting back to stocking my shop weekly....I actually have quite a bit of ironstone that I'll be listing later today and during the week.

I wanted to also say thank you to my readers who follow me here....things had been a bit hectic here for a while....but I'm happy to say that I'm back in the swing of things and will be posting regularly as well as updating the shop on a regular basis. Oh....and if you noticed in the photo above, you'll see that I make soap too....I'll be offering the soap in my shop soon.

Again....thanks for hanging in there with me!

12 September 2014

a cupboard makeover.....and a door

I know it's been some time since I've posted.....but we've been quite busy trying to get our home put back together after the big hail storm we had here in July. To tell you the truth, the only thing that's been done so far is the roof....which I am thankful for as we've been getting lots of rain lately. But, I'm beyond ready to have windows again....boarded up windows and thrashed siding gets old after 3 months. 

Okay....enough about that....look what else I've been up to....

I've been painting....a lot. Do you remember when I tried Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint for the first time? Well, that wasn't quite the look I was going for...so I tried again last week....and I'm liking this much better. I decided I wanted this old cupboard I've had forever to look more like a french cupboard.....so I used MMSMP in Shutter Gray to try to make this happen. The difference this time is I used a bonding agent to help the paint adhere better....and it worked wonderfully. After painting just one coat of paint I waxed it with clear wax followed by dark antiquing wax and viola... a french inspired cupboard.

You'll have to forgive the dark shadowy photos as these were taken in my basement and it's a dark and dreary day outside. I love how it turned out. The photos make the paint color look lighter than it actually is, the color is a deeper blue/gray than the photos show....the color reminds me of a battleship.

 A little close-up of the paint finish.

Here's the other painting I've been doing.....I've decided to paint all the interior doors in our home Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. I'll be touching up our trim but keeping those white as I really like how the door pops off the white walls and trim.

What have you guys been up to this summer?