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the sleeping porch

Before I started this room transformation, I could picture it in my mind’s eye…

Dreamy and ethereal, with a bit of cottage comfort thrown in for good measure.

My goal was to limit the number of “new” items in the room, drawing upon flea market, craigslist, garage sale, consignment store and thrift store finds to fill the space. Virtually nothing was purchased specifically for this room. I simply used items that I had on hand and in many cases, repurposed. The sleeping porch transformation (before, before, before) was truly done on a shoestring budget!

Here’s the run down…

Thrift store finds: french bed (Salvation Army! before), oil painting, books (turned into book bundles), Canadian Crown mason jars (turned into hanging votive lights), bed skirt

Flea Market finds: clock, silver tray, trophies, nesting baskets, blue bottle, chenille blanket

Craigslist finds: armoire (before), french chair (before)

The side table was a $7 find from a vintage furniture shop that was going out of business (before), the vintage typewriter was a garage sale find, the clock faces were found on etsy, the nesting baskets were purchased from Urban Farmgirl via Tattered Tiques, the other baskets were purchased at a consignment shop The Pink Geranium, the library table, “Langston” sign, and blue battery jar were found at Steeplechase Antiques, the mercury glass lamp was borrowed from another room but refreshed by creating a rosette shade (tutorial coming soon), the bed linens are a hodge podge straight from the linen closet.

I only purchased “new” items if the perfect vintage ones weren’t easily available. The Swedish Stripe cotton rug is from Dash & Albert and “grounds” the space perfectly. The simple cotton window panels were found at World Market. The bedside table lamp is the Whitney task lamp from Pottery Barn.

So there you have it…a sleeping porch transformation done on a little budget, with a lot of elbow grease.

A labor of love.

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office space switcheroo

Until last week, my “office” was here…in the back area of our family room.

I like to be “in the mix” so the family room seemed like the logical place for my “command central.”

But then it occurred to me. We have this beautiful light and bright office/library that was unused.

Sure, it had stuff in it, but served no real purpose other than to house the IKEA sofa that didn’t work out and an overflow of other miscellaneous crappola.

Time for a little switcheroo.

For the color palette, I knew I wanted my favorite color…pale blue. You know, I can still remember being in my third grade classroom and coloring with a friend. We had the big box of 64 Crayola crayons (there was nothing like a new box of crayons back then…no better smell in the world) and were discussing out of all 64 colors which one was our most favorite. The equivalent of world peace discussion for 9 year olds. 🙂 I declared mine to be “sky blue” and to this day, it’s still my favorite.


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I wanted pops of green and yellow to round out my “sunny” palette.

To frame the windows, I chose panels from Pottery Barn. The pattern is “Vanessa.”

After much searching, I found this “Morocco I” rug from Home Decorators in gold. The price was great and I’m super pleased with the quality.

There are two blank areas on the walls across from the desk which flank the french doors. I wanted functional pieces that could accommodate lamps and settled on the “Preston 5 drawer table” from World Market. (It’s in stores, but not on the website).

And I used a several of my favorite IKEA baskets for storage.

So those were the “purchases” for the room. The rest I pulled from “stock.” 😉

So here’s my new office space.

The oil paintings above my desk make me happy. The top one was a find from the Arboretum sale back in the fall and the bottom one came from my most favorite consignment shop ever, The Pink Geranium.

Maybe mixing silver and gold is considered a decorating faux pas…but it doesn’t bother me one bit.

I always collect souvenirs from nature when we travel. It’s a beautiful way to bring back memories of fun times. The sea glass is from Barbados.

The rocks are from the beach in Washington State collected on our “Twilight” Trip.

Yellow tulips make me smile.

Although I did not want a vintage vibe for this space, I still gave a subtle nod to my love of vintage with a few pieces here and there.

So there you have it. My office space switcheroo. I’m really happy with it and kicking myself for not doing it sooner.

Have a marvy Monday!

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farmhouse chic meets vintage industrial

I believe that decorating your home is an evolutionary process. It’s never really done. Seasons change, styles change, tastes change, etc.

In the little over nine months of living in this home, our kitchen has been in a constant state of flux. Furniture has come and gone, accessories have been brought in and moved out. The look that I’ve been trying to accomplish is farmhouse chic meets vintage industrial.

Other than painting the walls, I think it’s finally done.

Here’s a little tour…

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out with the new, in with the old…

I’d had my eye on this gorgeous pine china cabinet and farmhouse table at Pink Geranium for several weeks.

They spoke to me, they beckoned to me, they haunted my dreams. Okay, maybe that’s a teensy exaggeration. But I really did love them.

Last week they came to live with us. An early 20th anniversary present from my main squeeze. 😉

The china cabinet is humongo…82 inches wide. It was so much fun to style with my ever-growing ironstone collection.

Thanks for letting me share.

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white as snow

Growing up in Alabama I always said, “I could NEVER live where it snows!”

Ha! Luckily I outgrew my tiny pea-brained closed-mindedness. Thank goodness. If not, I would have totally missed out on some of our best life experiences.

At the top of the list…Utah.

Here is the view from our master bedroom window. (Don’t call the decorating police on my pillow overload).

That is what we woke up to each and every morning. It was like living in a postcard. I marvelled at the beauty of that place. Every. Single. Day. Oh, how I miss Utah.

Since then, we’ve  lived in a few other “snow happy” places…Colorado, Connecticut and Canada. I loved living in those places as well.

Now we are in Illinois and until this week, I was beginning to wonder if it would ever snow!

I needn’t have worried. 😉

Here are some photos I took around our property after our first “real” snow of the season.

Wanna know a little secret?

I hope I never live in a place where it doesn’t snow!

Isaiah 1:18
“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

kitchen tour

One of the things that sold me on our house was the kitchen. I fell in love with everything about it. Especially all the natural light that comes pouring through from every side.

I’ve been slowly adding pieces to the kitchen and it’s basically finished with the exception of barstools. I want some vintage industrial metal ones and haven’t found them yet.

I’ve accessorized using a combination of baskets, silver, white ironstone and greenery. I’ve added touches of farmhouse, vintage, industrial, and antique pieces to create a look that I call farmhouse chic.

Here’s a little tour…

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some pretties

We made it to Illinois! The movers delivered everything on Monday and although most of the boxes are gone now, it’s still a bit chaotic.

I’m never, never, never moving again. Never. Don’t get me wrong, I love moving and I love change, but after 14 moves in 19 years I’m done. Plus, after only a few days here it feels like we are finally home.

My mission is to to get things organized quickly before the kids start school and my hubby starts work on Monday.

Obviously it will be a while before I’m ready to post photos of the house. But I can share some pics that I snapped this morning while Riley and I walked around the property (our morning ritual).

I wish you could take in the scents and sounds that accompany these photos. This is most peaceful place on the planet. Imagine total quiet but for the sounds of croaking frogs, singing birds, and pecking woodpeckers.

I can’t wait for the peonies to bloom.

The fragrance of these lilacs is intoxicating.

The path to the cottage

I can’t wait to share more photos with you. Hopefully soon.


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