Decorating With Barn Wood

Decorating With Barn Wood

 
barn wood ladder decorating ideas

If you live in the country….

…..you probably know someone with an old barn.

Or someone who is about to tear down a barn.

Or someone who has stacks of barn wood or barn doors or barn ladders or barn troughs…..

…..just lying around.

Usually next to the spare washing machine parts.

barn wood ladder

In our county….any one who is ever trying to get rid of something calls us.

Usually it’s something no one else wants….like old windows or old doors or barn ladders or spools or old tires.

Except me.

Or maybe some of you.

Good thing I’m the only one in this conversation who lives here. :) Continue reading


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How to Jump

How to Jump

vintage decorating

About seven years ago we took the leap and moved from a very large metroplex to the country.

We closed our eyes….took a deep breath….

….and jumped.

You can read the rest of the story here.

Or just wait for the book. :)

I get asked all the time if it was easy to jump to the country and why we did it and if it was challenging to adjust and how we supported ourselves….

….and were we able to survive without a Target?Continue reading


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Blue and Yellow Farmhouse Bedroom

Blue and Yellow Farmhouse Bedroom

 

blue and yellow guest bedroom

Have you ever wondered where the name Thistlewood Farm comes from?

I know you will be totally surprised at this….

….but there’s a story. 

Are you rolling your eyes at me right now and nodding?

You knew it….right?

Because around here….it always begins and ends with once upon a time. :) Continue reading


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A Secret Garden

A Secret Garden

 

outdoor decorating ideas

“The Secret Garden was what Mary called it when she was thinking of it.

She liked the name, and she liked still more the feeling that when its beautiful old walls shut her in no one knew where she was.

It seemed almost like being shut out of the world in some fairy place. The few books she had read and liked had been fairy-story books, and she had read of secret gardens in some of the stories.”

~ Frances Hodgson Burnett

Today I’m so excited to be part of a really fun challenge…..Creating With the Classics.  If you stopped by from The Hunted Interior….so happy you are here.

Eight bloggers are partnering together to bring the classics to life through fabric and design.  We were each assigned a classic novel and then we designed a space using fabric and the novel as our inspiration.

And you know how much I love a challenge.

My classic novel I was given is one written by Frances Hodgson Burnett that is close to my heart…..

….A Secret Garden.Continue reading


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Summer Home Tour

Summer Home Tour

Today it’s the Summer Home Tour 2014 hosted by The Shabby Creek Cottage.

If you are stopping by from At the Picket Fence….nice to meet you!  

Let’s get this party started. :)

summer-home-tour-thistlewood

The other night I parked the car and walked up this sidewalk.

The stars were twinkling in the clear night sky to an entire chorus of crickets chirping in time….

….and with every step the smell of honeysuckle surrounded me.

And I closed my eyes just for a moment and smiled.

outside-summer-home-tour

outside-summer-decorating-with-peonies

And thought to myself…..hello summer…..

…..nice to meet you.

*sigh*

I’ve been waiting for you for like….ummm….ever.Continue reading


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Painted Wall Treatment Idea (on a budget)

Painted Wall Treatment Idea (on a budget)

 

how-to-paint-a-wall

This is the story of a blank wall.

I know.

I’m with you.

I can’t believe there was one left in the house.

This particular blank wall was behind the hutch in the dining room at the gatehouse.  It was white (which made me happy because it was so bright) and empty (which made me sad because it was not really living up to its potential).

Until now.Continue reading


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Industrial Farmhouse Decorating

Industrial Farmhouse Decorating

 

living room design ideas

A long time ago in a land far away….

….remember when I decorated a room for La-z-boy?

I called it industrial farmhouse decorating….which is a cross between the vintage style of a turn-of-the-century farmhouse and the simple industrial lines of an old warehouse.

And besides….it sounds fancy and extra official…..

….as if I thought the whole concept out in advance.

Exactly. :)

The whole experience was fun and exhilarating and wonderful and challenging…..

…and the room looked a little something like this.Continue reading


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It is a Red Red Room

It is a Red Red Room

 

red-english-inspired-office-deer-head

A while back Sherwin-Williams contacted me and asked if I wanted to participate in National Painting Week.

Ummm…is the sky blue?

Do I love red lipstick?

Do extraordinary earrings make an outfit?

Why….yes….Sherwin Williams….

….yes….I would.  :)Continue reading


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