Monday, July 28, 2014

House Tour: Guest/Craft Room

Today it's time to share pictures of our guest/craft room!

I took a break last week as I've been settling into the new job and house hunting for our new home!

This room is also home to all my ancestry research and family heirlooms.
The quilt on the end of the bed was made by my grandmother.
The small trunk by the window was my grandmother's trunk. I remember visiting her farm as a child and it sat right next to her rocking chair and held all her yarn.


The dresser was mine as a child and I refinished it a few years ago. The color is "Creamy White". I love the new shabby chic look it has! All the hardware is original, I just painted it with oil rubbed bronze to cover up the old brass look.


 
I <3 my strictly cash sign. I found this probably 10 years ago at a garage sale for about 5 cents!


My grandfather's driver's license from 1941! I'm not really sure why it was a chauffeur's license, but my best guess is that it had something to do with him being a farmer. He definitely had to operate a lot of machinery, and had 11 children...so that in itself could qualify him as a chauffeur! Haha!


This picture is of another grandfather(on the right). He was a marine and this picture was back in the 40's with one of his buddies.


Here is my antique sewing machine, from 1923. Made by the company "Standard" which was later bought out by Singer. The model name is called "Vibrator". I have all the original paperwork and attachments, all found at a flea market for $25!

Also pictured is my vintage dress form, dressed in my great grandmother velvet bias cut dress, accented with a vintage fur shawl. I love having a dress from one of my ancestors, it means the world to me!


A closer look at my sewing machine, and a shadow box full of pictures and mementos from my ancestry. A picture of my great grandparents, a marriage booklet from my grandparents wedding, and my grandmother's mini hammer!


The headboard is just a few extra shutters I had lying around and they looked perfect in this room!



Here is our pallet shelf. I love this simple and rustic shelf that holds even more of my ancestors photos.




I hope you all enjoyed seeing this room. It holds so many items that I hold dear. Sharing these pictures with you allowed me to remember how dear they are to me! Do any of you have items in your home that hold sentimental value? I'd love to hear about them!

Come back to visit me soon as I have more pictures to share!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

House Tour: Breakfast Room

Next on the tour, we move into the breakfast room! 

This room is probably my favorite room in the house. After work the sun shines into this room and it's a great place to sit down and unwind.
This room also has several pieces we've made or re-finished, and I love the pieces we make so I also love to be around them. :)

The table is the 2nd generation table of this tutorial. We sold the first one and made another one. On this newest one we used solid red oak, and switched up the hardware just a little. We also built a matching bench to go with it.

This cabinet was the first DIY furniture project I ever completed! You can read about it here. I'm a little saddened when saying that because I have parted with the cabinet and sold it to the person buying our house. I hope she enjoys it as much as I have!


I love picking up fresh flowers for the house. Baby's breath and carnations are simple and inexpensive but really add a lovely touch!


The ladder back chairs were found at a garage sale for $4 each!


This time card holder was from the old building of my former employer. This was the actual time card holder used for over 50 years. They are a cool addition to my unique vintage decor!



Read about our iron pipe curtain rods here.


My cabinet full of knick knacks...


Vintage glass jars to hold my corks and spare change.


Love this shot sneaking in the chicken wire cabinet while showing off my cane back chair that I made over. Read about that here and here!


If there's anything you liked that I didn't mention leave me a comment and I'll tell you where, when and how I got it!


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Monday, July 14, 2014

House Tour: Kitchen

I'm back from my hiatus of blogging. If you hadn't heard, we have officially relocated from Houston back to our roots in St. Louis, Missouri!

We are thrilled to be back in STL, but are also sad to say goodbye to our beautiful home in Houston. As we part with it I want to share it with you! 

Thanks to my great friend Bree at The Thing About Joy for taking these wonderful pictures!

I couldn't decide what room to start with, but settled on sharing the kitchen first.
 
The things we loved about the kitchen were the light cabinets, travertine tile backsplash, the unique vent hood, and oil-rubbed bronze finishes.




Being from St. Louis, I was thrilled to find this unique flour sack towel when we visited La Bahia at the Round Top Antique Week. The booth I found it at was from Mandy at The Dusty Diamond. Her booth had adorable stuff with some GREAT prices!




Yummy banana caramel cupcakes that Bree brought over for us to nibble on!! Sooo good! Here's the recipe! 



The canisters we found at Home Goods, I love shopping at that store because even though it's a chain it always has unique items that you wouldn't find anywhere else. 
These canisters had a vintage flair but had a new seal, just what we wanted! 


This kitchen scale was actually found during one of our visits to Missouri last year. We love visiting the Wentzville Flea Market and when I found this scale I knew it was a perfect addition to our kitchen!


That about sums up our kitchen tour. Come back soon to see the rest of the house!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Anniversary Weekend

A week and a half ago Corey and I got away to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. We rented a log cabin from the 1850's tucked away in the countryside of Brenham, TX. 

Here's some pictures of the cabin!







The main floor was one open room with a bed, kitchen, and dining area, with a bathroom in the back.


Stairs leading to the loft with a day bed and TV to relax and watch some movies. 
 

The bathroom had some adorable vintage doors which I wanted to take with me very badly!
 

Once we got settled in we started prepping our dinner. Steak, potatoes and zucchini & squash! Mmmm! All grilled on the gas grill they provide!!



The view from the kitchen as I watch him grill. The hot tub was waiting for us too!
 

The view out the front of the cabin was perfection. Trees, fields, and no other buildings or people in sight! It was a welcome sight in comparison to our daily lives in Houston!




You may all have a good laugh right about now... but the morning of our anniversary we visited a cemetery!

Most of you know I love ancestry. I use FindAGrave.com a lot when looking up my ancestors. I've requested photos of many of their gravestones - all located in New York and out of my reach. There have been several very kind people who have taken those photos for me. Because of that, it's been a goal of mine to fulfill some gravestone photo requests for others.
With several small old cemeteries nearby we  stopped at one and searched for the stones with photo requests. Unfortunately there were many graves with blank stones and we were not able to find the requested graves.
Instead we both got bit by fire ants! Ouch!



I LOVED this field of wildflowers!


Other things we did on the weekend,
Antique shopping
Lunch in Brenham at Sweets & Eats (Yummy food!)
Brenham Heritage Museum
Wineries (I don't recommend Pleasant Hill Winery but DO recommend Saddlehorn Winery)
Hot Tubbing :)

And the one picture we got together that weekend, a selfie at Saddlehorn Winery!


We had a great relaxing weekend. We got away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoyed each other's company!

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