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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Farmhouse style, my way.

 I have been gathering so much inspiration on Pinterest these days. (as I'm sure so many of you are)
My problem has always been that I like too many styles of decorating, for only one home. I wish I could have several homes and be able to decorate each in style that I love! (Hey, if your gonna dream, dream big!!!)
I am currently obsessed by the the very comfy and homey Farmhouse style that incorporates lots of pretty vintage elements with a little (or a lot) of rustic thrown in. Because it tends to be less foofy and girly than some of the other styles that I love, it's perfect for a happy home for hubby too.

One of the first images I pinned to my Pinterest board was this one from Take Out Photo.
I loved what he did here, and knew I had the perfect frame to make something very similar.

I used Dictionary pages and chose the appropriate page for each item. (For example my scale went on the "S" page, my clock went on the "C" page etc...) Instead of having the hard edges of the photos, I used Photoshop Elements to fade out the images so that the edges are all very soft.  I backed the whole thing with a piece of burlap and used decorative push pins to attach the printed pages.

 I got these numbers at the last Sweet Salvage sale, the scale I got last month at a garage sale for only $5.00 and that candle got a little rustic makeover of it's own too.

 I love to collect vintage scales. They are all over my house.

 Another thing that got a little makeover was the light fixture in front of the fireplace. I covered the glass with a light colored burlap, painted the wood and added a  little  furniture strapping around the candle sleeves.

 I forgot to take a "before" shot of that fixture, but this one is the same style and do for it's makeover soon.

 Another thing I'm loving on Pinterest is all the crates and pallets that are being re-purposed.
I found this one at a garage sale the same day as the scale. I didn't want to change it into anything other that what it was. It makes a perfect storage spot for magazines and books.

 The screens on either side of the window frame, also came from Sweet Salvage a few months ago. I just hung them on the wall and then added an arrangement of family photos and frames.
I even like frames with nothing in them!

 And lastly, I am on the lookout for old signage. I think it makes for wonderful and interesting decor . I haven't found any beautiful old store signs yet, but I did pick up this nice street sign recently. I really like the graphics of letters and numbers and think they look fabulous with the farmhouse style of decorating as well.

I hope you enjoyed my little show and tell. Have a wonderful weekend!


Unknown said...

Hey Karen, I love the farmhouse style, too! And that frame you made with the old window is so fabulous. Love your whole room. Looks so inviting :)

The Altered Bee said...

I love it all, especially what you did with the window.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Karen
Your new frame turned out very nice as did the chandy makeover.
Living in the country, I had done a country farmhouse style decorating originally with all kinds of cow things. They've finally gone in to storage but may become popular again.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Karen,
Pinterest does the same thing for me. I get so inspired but then I realize I can't have every style that I see.
I really love your old window with the photos. It looks perfect in your beautiful home.


afistfullofweeds* said...

Let me tell ya....I have the very same problem!! I love it all!!

Judy said...

I love everything you did! Especially the frame with the dictionary picture pages! Very clever! Thanks so much for sharing!

Blessed Serendipity said...

Love all your vignettes Karen. Sweet Salvage is on my list of to do someday.


Terri said...

I love Pinterest too. Such ideas!
Your home looks totally amazing the way you are decorating it. I know what you mean about loving so many different styles. I too always wised I could have more than one home to decorate. I love the cottage whites, but then my bohemian side craves color!
What you did with the window and dictionary pages is fabulous. I think it looks fantastic where you have put it too.
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us.

Art From The heart said...

Such great ideas,love your show.

JD/ Jill said...

I really like everything you have done here...it's all so creative...great job!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It all looks great, Karen! I love the idea of old signs. I think they work especially great to display when you have cathedral or vaulted ceilings.

Lily's Lace said...

And it looks even better in person! What will you find this month at Sweet Salvage to add to it?? I hope you have a great birthday on tuesday, wish I was there, I'd take ya to dinner! Hope you have a great week, see you soon! xoxoxox-cindy

Barbara Jean said...

all so gorgeous!!
wonderful framed piece with all the dictionary pages.

love the numbers too

barbara jean

KayC. said...

I have to agree with big dreams, I feel the same way. But I do have to say that my farovite style has to be "farmhouse". I like the romance of a simpler stlye...when everything has a purpose. When friends and family enter your home it is through the kitchen door. Your home smells of fresh baked cookies or bread. And there is alot of laughter and love to go around.

Cyn said...

Love it Karen. I am LOVING Pinterest. Spend alot of time looking..time to get doing!

Angela Richardson said...

Hi Karen,
I'm often torn between different looks for my home. Do I go soft and girly or do I like the quilty country look, it's so hard to decide!!
Your home looks comfortable and beautiful whatever the style.
Now keep away from pinterest for a while or it will be 'all change' again.
Hugs and smiles,

Bohemian said...

I have the same affliction of enjoying so many different Styles. But I have recently settled in my mind exactly the Style I plan to redecorate in and so I'm having a huge edit and purge in preparation for moving towards the Style that is closest to my Heart and Spirit.

Your Home is Lovely and I like your take on Farmhouse Styling.

Dawn... The Bohemian

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Love that frame!! What a great piece!!
A truly lovely room!


Vicki Boster said...

Hi sweet Karen--
I'm in love (!!!) with your newest design themes. Your photos show such a cozy place to be-- love the street sign and the scales and numbers. Your new photo crane is absolutely gorgeous. You inspire me ---

Unknown said...

some lovely changes to your already gorgeous home! I have an old multi-paned window that is sitting in my garage. time to dust it off!! Merci for the inspiration karen! ;)

Isabel said...

Loving all these wonderful treasures:O)

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

WOW! Very well done!

I love the perfectly designed reading area you have created - your crafts really hit the mark!

First time reader and new member.

Love your blog.

Unknown said...

This is really a beautiful style! I love the light colours an the absolutely gorgeous decor!


Sheila Rumney said...

I love what you have been creating! Farmhouse style one of my favorites!

Stephanie said...

Love how your window turned out - looks GREAT!

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Wow, it is just lovely. Cant wait for you to get here, maybe we will have time to redecorate?!

Holly Loves Art said...

Hi Karen!
I just love visiting here! Yes I am loving Pinterest too so much fun! All of your pictures are gorgeous!

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Your living room is gorgeous, Karen! I love your window frame, the other frames, the scale, the numbers, your armchair and much more. It's very inviting and comfortable looking.
Have a wonderful week!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

It is beautiful Karen....I have always loved your home. So warm and cozy and inviting....just beautiful! LOVE the screens and the window with the dictionary pages and photos is just stunning!

Love it!

Lou Cinda

StasaLynn said...

Beautiful home.... I too love the rustic ranch/farm style too. But you pull it off much better than I do....
Many blessings and much love!

Unknown said...

Love the new additions Karen, fantastic makeovers, in your next life you can be an interior decorator! Wouldn't that be fun making over homes in your favorite style with someone else's money! Hugs and Happy Birthday soon to be:) Marilou

Marlynne said...

Thanks for the farmhouse/victorian look! I've barely started on Pinterest too! There's so much fun stuff, it's overwhelming!

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Your room is just gorgeous!!!!

marc said...

I'm so happy that you were inspired by my post! It's so fun to see how you've put your own spin on it. I think your display actually looks better than mine. Great blog you have here.

Jennifer said...

Everything is so beautiful!

Anna said...

il tuo gusto nell'accostare oggetti e complementi è unico .E' come se ogni cosa parlasse di se,evocando suggestive atmosfere del passato. una scelta d'arredamento di vero charme! un saluto Anna

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