Thursday, June 30, 2016

Baskets

I love baskets…baskets of all kinds. They are so versatile in decorating a home, aren’t they? Used for storage, planters, laundry, eggs, blankets, flowers…and the list goes on & on.

So, I thought I’d give you a few pointers on what I look for in a basket.

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A basket must be useful…a have a few go-to baskets that I can grab on my way out the door to gather flowers from the garden. The basket above is from Vivi et Margot, an online French decor shop.

The basket below, is from Ivy and Stone Home, a local shop...which will be opening an online shop soon. I like how this one looks as a centerpiece holding herbs and fresh hydrangeas.

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I adore a galvanized basket, or one with a cool handle. You can find this one below HERE.

It makes a great space for corralling dishes or spices, and has great handles.

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Vintage baskets are probably my favorite…especially a hand woven one. 

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This harvest basket below is perfect for displaying fresh cut branches or stacks of quilts and blankets in the winter. It is one of my larger baskets, and makes quite a statement.

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Lastly, market baskets are all the rage right now…of course! They have a soft look, perfect for any cottage or farmhouse decor. This one below is from The Freckled Hen Farmhouse, and there are so many different styles available. Market baskets have many fabulous uses, in addition to gathering veggies at the market.

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So what do you look for in a basket? I’d love to hear your favorites Smile

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Refreshing the Dining Room

 

Last weekend, I was browsing my PINTEREST boards HERE, and got inspired to refresh the dining room. I always love a good vintage hook rack…and thought I’d hang one over our buffet table.

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This vintage hook rack came from Chartreuse Pear in Ruston, Louisiana. I moved our big buffet table back to this large wall from the family room. It was serving as a sofa table for several months.

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The beautiful large vintage pot and dough bowl came from Ivy and Stone in Bossier City, Louisiana…where I’m excited to announce I’ll be joining their shop crew on Thursdays. So, if you are local, come visit this fabulous farmhouse style shop and say HI! AND, if you aren’t local…that’s OK, they are launching an online shop sometime this summer. These two pieces are in the FOUND collection.

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The vintage dough bowl has the most gorgeous hand carved details and is a perfect size for storing all of my grain sacks.

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And did you spot those adorable handmade bread boards? They're from an ETSY shop called We Are Caribou. They make the best sandwich boards. Perfect for serving.

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Our hydrangeas are still blooming! I’ve had to clip some almost everyday…and the white ones have a pale pink and green hint to them. I use this fabulous market basket from Freckled Hen Farmhouse to gather my fresh flowers in the garden.

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If you are new here, you may not know that my husband and brother built this buffet table. They used vintage wood and designed it themselves. And then I painted it. This table has been a great piece for our home.

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And the vintage scale? That one came from Canton Trade Days. It’s one of my favorites.

Well, thanks so much for visiting my blog today! I would love for you to take a minute and leave a comment about which room you love to refresh for summer. And if you have any questions about anything you see in my photos, please let me know.

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Have a lovely weekend, and stay COOL!

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Friday, June 10, 2016

French Fruit Crate

You may remember, a few months back I had a crate hanging above our island.

Well, just to change things up a bit, I took it down for a while.

But when I got this French fruit crate from Elsie Green House & Home, I decided

it would look great above the island.

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This is a view of our kitchen that I rarely show…mostly because I feel like it’s kind of plain.

But, as you can see, we do have a nice amount of storage, even for our small size kitchen. The area beside the refrigerator is where I keep our small appliances…that way our limited counter top space stays open.

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The gray door is our pantry. I painted the door in a gray weathered stain. I’ve always wanted to add a vintage screen door in it’s place, but I haven’t found one that fits just yet.

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I love to hang small baskets and herbs from the crate. I have lavender and lemon balm…but I will probably add other herbs and flowers throughout the summer.

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The vintage rolling pin also came from Elsie Green House & Home…it’s a beautiful online shop with French farmhouse antiques. And the white hydrangeas are from our garden. They look so pretty this year! I do love the white ones!

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Run for the Roses

A few weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to receive a piece of Fine art by Deann of Deann Designs. This painting is called Run for the Roses...and you can find details HERE.

I had so much fun moving the piece from room to room, finding my favorite spot for it to reside.

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It was a little too large to place on my mantle, measuring in at 36x36…but looks pretty perfect sitting in front of the fireplace during the hot months of the year. And did you notice the gorgeous colors in this painting? The prettiest grays, whites & creams, with a touch of teal & turquoise that really looks amazing paired with my chippy wooden cabinet.

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Wondering how it would look in our family room, I leaned it against the wall behind one of the white sofas, on the sofa table. It makes a statement, alright! The colors just pop against all the white. And there is just a slight hint of a pink swish down in one of the roses, that made it look right at home with pink hydrangeas! Of course, the blue striped grain sack pillows, seltzer bottles and barn door tie it all together. I think it was created for this space!

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And, you may remember last month, when I shared Our Spring Bedroom Makeover HERE, where I first shared the gorgeous roses painting. Our walls in the room are Silver Drop by BEHR, and make a nice backdrop for the painting.

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So…if you are perhaps looking for a piece of artwork to add to your home, check out Fine Art by Deann! Her story of moving to Franklin, Tennessee will inspire you to follow your heart and passion. She is an inspiration to me and many ladies who know there is something to dreaming big by letting go and letting God work. I just know one day I’m going to get to visit the shop and give her a big hug!!

I’d love to know which room you like the artwork best? Dining room? Family room? Bedroom?

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Blueberry Scones for Summer Holidays

 

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Happy Farmhouse Friday everyone!

We’ve got summer holidays on our minds over here, what about you?

Time to celebrate Memorial Day and the 4th of July…

perfect occasions to visit your local farmers’ market and buy fresh blueberries…so, today I’m sharing a yummy Blueberry Scones recipe!

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I adapted the RECIPE from La Petite Brioche HERE:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, grated
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • extra heavy cream for brushing the tops
  • raw sugar for sprinkling the tops
  • I made two simple changes… 1/2 tablespoon grated orange zest and salted butter

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In the bowl of an electric stand mixer add all the dry ingredients, including the orange zest. Then add the grated butter.

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Whisk the egg and cream together, and add slowly to the mixture on low speed until blended. The batter will be lumpy. Add the blueberries on low speed.

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Lay the dough out on a floured surface and knead.

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Form the dough into a square 3/4 inch thick.

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Cut into 8 triangles and bake at 380 for 20-25 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

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I should mention, this was our first try at scones…and they turned out moist, and delicious! They always seemed intimidating to try, but they were very simple actually.

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What are making for the summer holidays? Have you visited your farmer’s market yet?

What’s your favorite blueberry dessert?

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