Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Caddy Full of Foliage

There's something serene about decorating with plants that are all about the foliage and not the flower. When you have attractive foliage there's no need to fuss or deadhead all season. Dusty Miller is an excellent example. Though Dusty Miller (Senecio Cineraria) is supposed to be an "accent plant", I think she looks outstanding just by herself packed into our Galvanized Tin Caddy. The soft greyish-green foliage, which is very much like Lamb's Ear, has a calming quality, and it coordinates perfectly with the galvanized tin. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Gift Idea for Mom

Our new Cafe Paris Tea Towels make a charming gift for Mother's Day. They feature French dinner and dessert menus, printed on 100% cotton in classic black and white. They've got a crisp, clean style that is perfect for farmhouse kitchens.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

As Seen In Country Living

See our Vintage Style Herb Boxes in the May issue of Country Living. They look pretty fabulous in Emily and Michael Knotts' gorgeous North Carolina lake house.

Monday, April 16, 2012

how does your garden grow

Things are starting to pop around our little farm yard. We've had such a dry winter and spring, so you can really tell the plants are struggling. We have very few lilac buds this year, which is really too bad because I love to pack my house with them. The garlic that we planted in the fall is looking good. Onions and lettuce are also showing promising signs of a soon to be salad. This is my favorite time of year because it is so filled with hope and potential. It takes a lot of hard work to make a garden grow, but the results are so worth it. Now, we just need Mother Nature to give the soil a good, long drink, and everything should be fine. How does your garden grow.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

My Bathroom Makeover

We recently gave our bathroom a much-needed makeover.
I've been putting up with our outdated bath since we moved in
to our little farmhouse over 15 years ago.
Now, I think of any excuse to go visit by new bathroom.
Call it cabin fever, but every spring I get the overwhelming desire to tackle one big interior design project. We went top to bottom with this bathroom makeover. We pretty much gutted it and started with a clean slate. My favorite design change was adding the beadboard wainscoting. It transformed the entire room. We also added a vintage style vanity light, as we had never had a light over the vanity and it drove me crazy.
The vanity and matching mirror are from
the Martha Stewart Living Seal Harbor Bath Collection. The vanity has a gorgeous farmhouse style sink and plenty of storage space, which we needed. We gave the floors a country pine look and happily said "ba-bye" to the old worn out vinyl. The toilet is new, too. It's a Kohler high-efficiency toilet with water conservation. Who knew a new toilet could bring so much pleasure?
The faucet is also from the Martha Stewart Living Seal Harbor Bath Collection.
I really like that the polished nickle has a warm tone to it
unlike some metals that appear too cool and dark for my taste.
We're still working on the accessories, but my rocks from York, Maine have found a happy home here, and they seem to fit right in with their seal harbor companions.
I am so in love with my new bath that I couldn't stand looking at our other bathroom, so....look for that makeover post soon.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Bee Happy

The shop is brimming with fresh, new finds, and you'll find plenty of vintage style for your garden, too. We're restocking the shelves with favorites and new items are coming in daily.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Galvanized Water Bucket Planter

This gorgeous galvanized water bucket will add charm and whimsy to your home and garden decor. Handled, with a vintage style spout, this planter celebrates country living and the art of transforming old country farm wares into repurposed treasures.

Monday, April 2, 2012

A Farmhouse Wares Easter

We think Easter is the perfect time to add a little farmhouse style to your decorating and gift giving ideas. Create a rustic, country style Easter Basket with our Wire Gathering Baskets or kids can put them to use while on their egg hunt. The cupcake is the perfect Easter treat because there are so many decorating options. We like the idea of just adding a simple johnny-jump-up to the top. Use our individual Cupcake Stands to show them off. You can create easy place card settings simply by adding the name of your guest to each cupcake. Finally, we think our Fondue au Chocolat makes a unique gift idea. We all love a basket that's brimming with chocolate, and this sweet treat is a crowd pleaser.