A Nursery!

September 16, 2014 at 7:35 am (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So, this big news was big a year ago. Oops. But, the nursery is still cute, so I wanted to share!

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I just love how it turned out! The blue walls became a soft gray, we added barn board shelves to hold a collection of John Deere tractors, I made a mobile from small shed antlers, and the giant bull poster from the Angus producers ties the farm colors together!

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I love the vintage games and trucks and tractors on the book shelves. Don’t worry, the green lamp did eventually get a little white shade!

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And a stash of cowboy boots and cloth diapers to boot! 🙂

So, like I mentioned, this was news a whole year ago. So here is a peak of what else a year can do.

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😉

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Yard Work And Such

April 4, 2012 at 8:35 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We inherited a lot of yard maintenance to take care of from the previous owners. I mean A LOT. With six acres I am sure that some of that is inevitable, but this is just over the top. The must have never done yard work once while they lived here. Never. The weeds, even in the close to the house areas, were over my head. The trees had split and grown funky many years ago. The rock garden was more like a dirt pit scattered with rocks. Need I go on? So, point being, this is our first spring here and we have been putting in a lot of hard work out there. I can’t wait to get a new shipment of rock and show you how the “for now” patio area is coming. But, for right now I thought I would show you just how much tree trimming we accomplished the other day.

Here is the shot looking back at the house and you can see how the rock beds are coming along and things are even turning green now!

And that is only the front! Hey, we have neighbors! 🙂 There were many other trees like this all over the property, not to mention weeds that had become their own trees all around the house, barns, and outbuildings. We have even uncovered some things we didn’t know were there when we moved in!! No joke! The other day we found an old metal lawn chair set up by a cattle shoot. They had made a shooting range down there and we couldn’t even see it! We found an old wheel borrow with what used to be flowers planted in it, various pieces of junk, both useful and non, and even learned we have an old hand-pumped well! And it works! Yea, so anyways, on to the fun part. With all of this hard work I just knew there would be some enjoyment in the end. Trimmed branches and a wine bottle…

Just a touch of spring, for the yard and for the house! Just in time for Easter. Gorgeous! 🙂

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Small Dining Room Changes

March 29, 2012 at 8:32 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have been waiting months to bring home my grandma and grandpa’s antique ice chest. Its finally here! We planned to move the “buffet” I painted for a while in the dining room and next it will serve as a changing table/dresser in a nursery (someday). The ice chest is in gorgeous condition and I think it goes very well in the room (also to be painted someday!).

Also, notice Jeremy’s newest addition to the room? 🙂

I thought the “L” paperweight was super cute!

I love it! Also, a tid bit about this room. The walls are wall papered, but with small, randomly torn bits of this cream marbled wall paper. It really was a neat technique. Now, if we ever need to patch a spot, all we need is a small chunk to cover it. The previous owners left us plenty. But, this isn’t my first color choice. Yes, neutral, but to me its a bit blah. I was thinking about testing a spot to see if I could paint right over these wall paper chunks. I think in a navy or gray the chunks could still give a layered texture, but be more my color. Anyone ever try this? Suggestions?

Also, I finally found a table runner I love. Now I can show off my pretty table a bit more. Well, as soon as its pretty, that is. Here is a shot of the runner:

The table is a gorgeous antique table that has leaves for expanding for company. We bought it from the previous owners as well. But, the top has seen better days. There are scratches and white marks where something sat. I am hoping to use Restor-A-Finish on it and be done. Soon! Here is a shot of the ick:

Very soon I hope to be back with an update on that table! Maybe a nice Easter table setting to incorporate my new runner! 😉

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Our Christmas Style

December 29, 2011 at 11:03 am (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Yes, it’s a little late, but I thought that I would share our Christmas decor with you.  Inspiration is good anytime, right? 

So, here are a few of our first tree together! (we did eventually find the perfect green skirt! ) We went with a bit of a “camo” theme with colors this year.  That was my nod to Jeremy.  We used golds and greens and bronzes on the tree.  My photos don’t seem to do it justice, but it was really pretty. 

See the antler ornaments? Shimmery pinecones helped add sparkle too!

Our rustic bronze star was really pretty too. 

Camo snowmen…

My “dance in the snow” pillow…

In the dining room we displayed my grandparents’ jewelry tree.  Grandpa made this out of Grandma’s old jewelry. 

Here is a close up of the sparkle, as this may be the last year for this tree.  I might be using the jewelry for another very special project.  Might, as in I have not made up my mind to tear down this beauty. Hmmm…

The two of us spent our night alone together quietly, so here’s a peak of our simple blue table.

It was basic but cute, and also easy.

And, although there was no snow on Christmas in Iowa, I took these a bit before hand of the first snow at our new house.  Come to think of it, I don’t think I have shared a view of the outside of our home, so here is the front…

The side…

And a view towards our barns…

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

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House Tour Continued: The Rest of the Downstairs

November 23, 2011 at 11:45 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Finally here to finish the (inside) house tour! Coming from the living room tour, next you would walk into the “office” room.  This room was already red, and I owned a lot of red furniture.  It is wild in there.  But, soon to look a bit different.  This room is so handy.  We have room to do computer work, crafts, store paperwork, and lounge.  There is also a closet and plenty of floor space for kids and toys.  Since it is connected openly to the living room it would be easy to keep an eye on little ones playing. 

This is the one room that we have a box left to unpack. You know, that one pesky little box that has nowhere to go?

And next, the dining room!  You can see there is that shelf in the way still…

The table and chairs we bought from the seller.

The window is a view into the sun porch we saw before.  The stained glass door on the other side is the same as the sun porch door, but leads to a storage closet, which has proven to be super handy!

This is the door we use most frequently, but it is actually a side door.  The little screened in porch is out that door and there is a big circle driveway there. 

Directly the oposite direction of this picture is the kitchen…

Isn’t the arched doorway adorable? There will eventually be a small table under the window.

Yes, the curtains are currently mismatched. Soon to be fixed, when I can make up my mind!

I also love the rustic cabinets! The little silverware drwaers are like cigar boxes!

The ceilings are low, but its cozy.  Out the door by the window is a stairway to the basement and a storage woom we lovingly call the “dog room.” Unfinished and super ugly, but this area is a life saver!

Now to backtrack into the dining room.  The door next to the dining room entry is to a 1/2 bath and a laundry room.  Oh, how a mainfloor bathroom is wonderful!

Not fancy, but perfect to us!

Well, what do you think? That is pretty much the whole house, flaws and all! I can’t wait to start making chnages and show you all!

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Farm House Tour- The Upstairs

November 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have been wanting to show a mini tour of the new farm house, and finally got started! These are “semi-before” photos, as we already have our things moved in, but these our not our paint colors and mostly not our curtains.  There will be many more changes to come, and I wanted a way to show the progress and changes.  So, lets start with the upstairs!

Here is the view at the top of the stairs.

There are some frames in the hallway and the book shelf I redid…

At the end of the stairwell is an old antique wash cabinet from my granparents…

The view back towards the stairwell…

Next is the room on the left of the stairwell, next to the old wash cabinet.  We call this the “kid room,” which used to be a little girl’s room…

The other side of the room…

And on the wall by the door there is a chalk drawing of Dora! lol

The door in the last photo goes to what we call the “baby room,” which will one day be a nursery…

The other side of the room has chalk spiderwebs, which were for a little boy…

Here is the view back towards the “kid room”…

Next is my walk through closet that leads the master bedroom. This is across the stairwell from these rooms…

I still can’t wait to have the time to paint the closet the dark navy I have picked out!

The jewelry area…

Next you walk through the closet door and into our sunken bedroom…

The walls are currently yellow, which is fine, but we plan to paint them a nice gray at some point.  The little white shabby dresser was found in the back of the house and makes a perfect TV stand for us…

The wooden shelf above the chair is a barn board we found…

Recognize the blue chair from the old office? It was too big.  The next photo is of the antique dresser from my grandparents that matches out bed…

Our bed…

The shelf by my side of the bed we made out of another barn board that we call the “cow board,” because its front is smooth and wavy due to cows rubbing on it…

Our stained glass window and exposed rustic beams…

Next is the main bathroom.  This shot is a view in the doorway from the closet…

The blue and flooring aren’t really our first picks, but they will make due until we can paint and spruce…

Well, thats the upstairs.  What do you think so far?  A lot to do, but so far we love it! 🙂

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Sneak Peak of the New House

September 8, 2011 at 5:59 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We are completely moved into the farm now, and even had our housewarming party.  And, we are loving it!  There are color and arrangement changes we’d like to make in the near future, but for right now we are settled!  Soon I will have a full tour of the place for you all, but for now here are a few tid-bits to get the feel for the antique unique-ness of our new home.

Here is a shot of my closet.  Yes, I said MY.  And, yes, this whooole space is the closet! Wow is right.  Its like my own personal dressing room.  Oh, and I might be nice and share one or two shelves.  🙂

This is a peak into our bedroom.  The bedroom is sunken behind the closet.  The beams on the ceiling you see here are barn boards from our barn.  And isn’t that little stained glass window adorable?

This little shelf is in our bedroom.  We made it ourselves (whereas the other elements were added or refurbished by previous owners) and it was made out of a board we found in the barn.  The curves in the front of the board were carved out by cows rubbing on it.  Oh, and don’t worry, the mustard color will soon go.

This is a peak at the top landing of our stairs.  This little gate was made from an old antique door.  So cute.  It latches with an old barn style latch.  It already proves handy for keeping the dogs corralled, but will also be handy with kids someday!

Here’s a little magazine rack that is built into the stairway.  These little touches are what makes this house so sweet and unique.

This is a shot of the banister that has been antiqued.  This is right off the dining room and basically the view you get as you walk in our main door.

Across the other side of the dining room are two antique doors with stained glass windows.  One leads to a sun room and one to a storage room.  Gorgeous touches!

In the dining room and to the right is the kitchen.  The kitchen was added on later and has a drop woods ceiling.  The master sunken bedroom is above the kitchen.  The kitchen has warm hardwood floors just like the dining room and living room.  There is an super cute little arched doorway leading to the kitchen.  And notice the antique wood wainscoting?  Each room also has original crown moldings.

Here’s a peak at the antique kitchen cabinets.  Some of them!  Need I say more?

And one last shot I have for you is the living room.  The couple who refinished a lot of the house before us built a TV cabinet out of antique doors that were found in the barn.  It is large and we are not sure we will keep it here, but it is so neat and such a conversation starter!

Well, what do you think?  Are you ready to see how we decorate and accent all of these crazy details?!

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Moving In!

August 8, 2011 at 9:58 am (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

We have been so busy with the moving, but I wanted to take a minute to at least give you all a sneak peak! I wanted to take pictures of the inside after this weekend, but there is still to much stuff sitting around to be put away yet.  So, for now…

 

The front view.  Not a lovely picture, but this is our 1891 baby.  With two big old barns and six acres we have projects lined up for years to come! 

 

Here we are in front of the side on our day of closing.  Can’t wait to show some detail shots of the inside, but all in good time.  For now I am staying in IL during the week while I work here, so I will only be at the new house on the weekends. More to come! 🙂

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Inspiration and Big News

July 11, 2011 at 9:22 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

After being out of town, and a little out of touch, most of last week, I am finally catching up.  Reading through a backlog of blogs today I ran across the most gorgeous farm house tour on Apartment Therapy. 

The details of this home struck a cord with me, because we happen to have just bought an 1891 farm house.  Yes, one more move!  We close in about two weeks.  We are anxious, nervous, excited, and very busy.  This is the first time I will really be moving away, although not far, just to Iowa.  This is our dream home, and we are very excited to remodel and decorate once there.  Pictures soon to come!

But for now, here are two of my favorite images from Shannan and Cory’s home tour.  Check out the rest here.

I love that light fixture!  And the pillow is gorgeous!  I am so excited to put some of this inspiration to use in the new place!

 

This was one of my favorite photos because of the crate used to hold towels.  We found an old crate of glass bottles at a garage sale for a few dollars, and had planned to use the bottles as wedding decor.  Little did we realize that the crate had a Tipton, IA business emblem on the side, which is where we later bought the house!  I would love to incorporate our crate in a useful way like this!

What do you think?

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