Thursday, November 2, 2017

November Mantel and A New Chair

Well it is hard to believe that it is November already, most of the leaves have fallen off of our trees and the weather has turned cold  (later than normal this year though so I can't complain). After taking down all of the Halloween decorations yesterday I did some major cleaning in the kitchen and family room and decorated the mantel for late fall/Thanksgiving. Although I have begun to think about Christmas decor and have a growing pile of new purchases I always wait till after Thanksgiving to truly decorate.

You probably noticed that we have a new chair by the fireplace. A friend of my mom's gave it to me and although it was beautifully slipcovered in a floral print it just wasn't my style. After contemplating where to put it in the house I remembered late one evening that I had bought a Sure Fit slipcover at Target on clearance for $15 a couple of months back. I had never even looked at it but just bought it because it was white and threw it in my slipcover bin and forgot about it.

Once I remembered that I had bought it I couldn't get it on the chair fast enough to see if it would fit and it did! I was giddy (yes these are the things in life that make me excited what can I say?) with excitement because it was such a coincidence that it actually fit!

I mean I had to do some tucking but I like the loose sloppy look so that is fine with me and the wings fit perfectly and that is usually the hardest part to match. I washed it before putting it on for good and it turned super soft and almost muslin like.

So now we have a comfy chair to sit in by the fire. 

Keeping the mantel neutral but also reflective of the time of year I used pine cones that fall from our pine trees mixed with my favorite creamy white ironstone pitchers...a perfect combination if you ask me.

I'm hoping to get a blog post up soon that shows the dining room that I have never really truly revealed to you guys in its entirety. Now that I am done with antique shows for a couple of months it is back to being a true dining room and not my workshop! Better get some pictures of it before it is back to workshop mode!

Thank you guys for stopping by and until next time take care!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Farmhouse Halloween 2017

Hello and Happy Halloween!! Halloween is and always has been ever since I was a little girl one of my absolute favorite holidays. I just love everything about it...especially decorating for it. We have an annual Halloweenfest family weekend here and I thought I would share a little of how I decorated the farmhouse this year for it. I am usually so busy getting everything ready that I don't have the time to take any pictures but I managed to snap a few this year!

I always like to do a big focal point on the mantel so this year I used an old metal gate. I know you are so sick of hearing me say this but I bought it at the Springfield, Ohio Antique Extravaganza from the best vendor ever (West Virginia Primitives) that is across from us. I knew it would be perfect for this type of thing or for a great back drop when needed. My sister made a bunch of the "BOO" banners on old shingles for the Hocus Pocus Vintage Market and I just had to have one too.

Of course I can't decorate anything without adding some white ironstone, it is just always the perfect addition no matter what I am decorating for.

I always put something creepy crawly just about everywhere you look and lots of candles all around the house. My family was joking that the farmhouse was "Creepy Cozy" this year:)

Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A Farmhouse Autumn Front Porch ~ 2017

Hello friends!! I wanted to share our front porch all decorated for autumn with you guys!! We have been busier than ever working on both the exterior and the interior of the farmhouse (blog post coming soon with all of the details) and it has wreaked havoc on the house but I still like having little areas that are pretty because it keeps me semi-sane. I waited all of these years for this front porch to be restored and usable and I find so much joy in making it cute for the different seasons.

Cornstalks, bittersweet, and pumpkins all seem to compliment each other so well don't they?

One of the vendors that has a booth near mine at the Springfield Extravaganza gave me a bunch of bittersweet for a great price at the end of the show in September. I took a small bunch of it and tied it with a linen ribbon (that I made) and hung it on the front storm door.

My mom was getting rid of this old wicker rocker and I thought it seemed perfect for the porch. I bought the little table at the Antiques On the Lake show we did here in Edinboro. The urn is from the Taylor Antique Mall (where I have a booth) and the lanterns as well. Its hard to stock my booth without buying something there!!

I picked up the ballast fork (used for moving stones on the railroad tracks) for five bucks at a yard sale over the summer. I love its red handle and my dad drove trains for 40 years so I thought it would be a cool thing to own.

I wish I actually had the time to sit out on our front porch, hopefully some day!!  I think I only got to do so once this whole summer and I can't wait to share more about that special day and some exciting news...hint hint we wanted to be outside so that we wouldn't be in the photographers way!!

Until next time friends!!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Farmhouse Inspiration ~ Candle Light

This Farmhouse Inspiration post is dedicated to Candle Light. I absolutely love candles and they add such a warm and cozy feel to the farmhouse no matter what time of year. One of my very favorite things in life is watching a good movie with about a dozen candles lit...with a glass of wine of course. I like using every day items like bowls or jars for my candles but I also love using lanterns and vintage candle holders. Below is an array of different candles lit in our home through out the year...enjoy!