Sunday, November 29, 2015

Renovating before the holidays UHHH!

Hi Darlins,

Yikes....I had to skip my Saturday's "Designing with vintage" to help my husband put all the boards  on the ceiling in the Butler Pantry area. They are gorgeous even with out paint!!

Then I sanded the all the new dry wall in the same room.
Oh my... that's a job, Ihave done my share of sanding but this was a first for walls!
 I have a so much respect for the carrpenter trades, the work they do is TOUGH!!!

 I was giggling when I finished.
 I must of lost a few pounds sweating in the room. It was hot and all closed off with plastic. My triceps were burning!
Hmmmm, can I count it as a work out???

We are up against the clock to get the kitchen finished to the point of function. 
My oldest son is coming home for the holiday's = FOOD!
He will no doubt want his favorite things & we have to have our kitchen up & running!

So hope you don't Saturday I will continue the Design series!

Off to the prime & paint the first coat of paint!

On black Friday I bought Christmas greens! That's the only thing I buy on Black Friday!
 I love to have a few sprigs of cypress in the bathrooms!

Smells like Christmas...

I can't wait to decorate our home for the Holiday's!

Happy Sunday I hope your week has been special, it's almost December!!!

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving darlins.

I love this day.
My thoughts today are that you're in the midst of preparting a special meal for those you love.

A time for gathering, sitting elbow to elbow & telling stories over a meal prepared with Love.
I hope your day

I love this old photo, I'm not sure where it came from. But the message is simple....

Let's feed our families with more than food,
 but with Love, 
 nuture the young and instill what is truly important... Family...

 Let's trust we will remember these unforgettable moments together
 most of all how they make us feel.

Love you all.

I'm grateful for each of you who've taken the time to come over to my blog through the years.
 I hope in small way youv'e been inspired & will return to visit once again.

A wonderful & Happy Thanksgiving y'all to you & your family's.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday's Designing with Vintage No.7 Window to charm

Happy Saturday Darlins,

Welcome to No. 7 "Designing with Vintage" from my home.

Our home is being renovated & we are living in it...
We are in the drywall phase now so it shouldn't be alot longer!!!

I love out of the ordinary storage, I love charm with practical.

So here's one of my cabinets in the kitchen I've been using for storage.

SO.... yesterday I came across this window, I had to buy it $40 bucks!

I bet you can guess what's going to happen with this one!

Yes mam... another cabinet! I'm so excited to get this one made.

Designing with Vintage
what I love, 
my passion is organically to add charm to everyday function.

I hope you are inpired to look around for a vintage window or door and make something useful for your space.

A beautiful weekend to you,

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Saturday's Designing with Vintage No.6 Vintage Garden House

Hi Darlins,

Happy Saturday! Welcome to Saturday's "Designing with Vintage" No. 6.

Vintage Garden House

It all began when I found this vintage structure.

 I fell in love love love with it
 had to bring it home.

The yard needed a focal point from the kitchen and front of the house.

We fenced the property and cleared the area for the foundation.

It was dismantled and put on a flat bed truck and brought here, we poured a slab and faced it with stone to set the structure on.

I was drawn to these vintage doors,
 they looked like the Front door I had designed on our beach house.

This cast iron fireplace was found in Ireland. 
 I had it powder coated white and used this in my retail store for many years.

This vintage cornice is off the face of an old building. 
I have it hanging inside just because......

At night we have soft light washing the face of the structure, it's so pretty with a dark sky.
Can you see the moon peeking around the back ever so softly?

This vintage structure adds the casual elegance I dreamed of for our property.

I hope your inspired to have a vintage structure in your landscape sometime.

A beautiful weekend to you,

P.S we're re-landscaping with the new stone walls so I will share that in the future, can't wait to show it finished!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Saturday's Designing with Vintage No. 5

Hi Darlins,
We're getting  used to the new time change. 
I love it, what about you?

Finally beginning to enjoy the season with the cooler weather, by making a couple cozy fires.

Welcome to No. 5 Saturday's "Designing with Vintage".


 I love vintage lighting.
 I ponder the rooms those fixtures gave light to before..
 A sense of romance but simply utilitarian.

Today I'm sharing a few of my favorite vintage fixtures in my french normandy farm home.

Vintage pieces are so interesting as re purposed as lighting.

Can you guess what this was?
Can you see the spout in front of this coffee server?

No change needed... not in service anyomore!
This was a parking meter.

It's in my son's room, left of the bed.

A cool galvanized light from old parts. 
You can SHOP for it here.

Before it was electrified, I was told this was this light was used for candles.
  The handle was to carry it through the home. 

A glass table lamp is a family heirloom.

It is missing a few crystals, love it just the same.

A crystal chandiler in the foyer has delicate detail.

A tiny vintage sconce with crystals. Above my desk.

All time favorite sconce!

French sconces with the original blue crystals.
Missing a few of the blue crystals that sadly broke when moving.

These sconces are in the dining room.

ALL PIECES found as is at Antique shops and vintage markets, except the heirloom glass table lamp.

Today I hope to inspire you to think about using vintage lighting in your spaces. 

On a side note, I'm grateful for a new design client, I have my finger's crossed to use some vintage pieces and of course lighting in the project, I will be taking pics on the project to share with you!

A beautiful Saturday to you,