It’s Finally (Almost) Thanksgiving!

It’s Finally (Almost) Thanksgiving!

Judging from our Instagram feed, I think we all agree that Thanksgiving is one of the very best holidays.  It’s cozy and warm and loving, like Christmas, but without all of the stress and presents and parties that come along with “the most wonderful time of the year”.  So, to reflect that cozy, warm, loving, and easy-going feel that Thanksgiving brings, we pulled together a casual Thanksgiving tablescape that is unfussy but still very pretty to look at.  The key to this look is incorporating the texture and natural colors of wheat and flannel napkins against the bold graphic of the buffalo plaid runner.  Plaids are THE trend of the moment, just take a look around Target, Pinterest, and your friend’s family Christmas photos that are popping up on facebook…. PLAIDS.  And we love it. Most of the items used for the tablescape were gathered from around the farmhouse, which makes this holiday even more stress-free and easier on the wallet.  Heck, our “vases” are actually lanterns.  When it comes to these kinds of things, a little thoughtfulness/creativity is what matters.  It doesn’t have to be perfect.  So even if you just find a piece of fabric to use as a runner and set the table in advance with a couple of candles or a vase of flowers, it will add to the ambiance of your meal shared with family and friends. If you want to take the thoughtfulness and yumminess even further, we’ve added a recipe for some delicious pumpkin pies.  Whip these up and tuck them in a cute little bakery box on top of a square... read more
Barn Door Blinds

Barn Door Blinds

We have been dreaming of adding these Barn Door Blinds to the modern farmhouse ever since the build was over. The windows in the master bedroom are floor to ceiling windows and were the perfect width apart to have one long barn door track. We kept the design classic since there was going to be two fairly large blind/doors covering the windows.   Once we got the boards aligned we started the process of putting the tongue- and- groove pieces of southern white pine together.           We cut the 1X8’s to 38 inches and used  trim screws to put them into place.        The next phase was to put wood filler in the holes and sand it down really well.               After the sanding was completed it was time to paint. We decided to go with Sherwin Williams white trim paint. We first stained the wood with weathered gray stain. After the final coat of white paint was applied we sanded lightly to give a distressed look.       The hardware being installed.        The blinds turned out better than we could have imagined.              ... read more
The Old Mill Farmhouse Mantel

The Old Mill Farmhouse Mantel

Mantels can add so much character to a home. I knew from the start that I wanted what I call  the “white chippy paint” finish.  The wood we choose actually  came out of an old mill that had been torn down.  The top of the mantel is an old mill beam cut down to size and the legs are pieces off  various old buildings. Every piece of the mantel had the “white chippy paint” finish I had been on the hunt for. The neat thing about this mantel is that it has a story and a history. The wood is 100 something years old and we were able to give it a new purpose.                             Here is a close up of the beautiful aged paint. Nothing but age can make paint look this amazing.                      This is the bottom portion of the mantle. We actually designed the mantle on the site of the lumber yard in Bostwick, Georgia. They had everything I was hoping to find and more. The fireplace as it was being built. We chose to pick the mantel after the fireplace was built. That way it was custom to our fireplace and it was the perfect size. The mantel added so much to this area and we are very happy with the way it turned out.                 ... read more
4th of July Farm to Blanket

4th of July Farm to Blanket

“Going anywhere for July the 4th?” An innocent question of course, but it has the potential to send you spiraling into mental turmoil.  There’s a lot of pressure to “do something fun” or “go somewhere” for the holidays!  Sometimes for no other reason than to just have a good answer when the question is asked.  So, here’s the answer – go nowhere and do nothing.  The key is to have FUN while you are going nowhere and doing nothing.  The pressure is off you guys.      In our attempt to create a perfectly fun and relaxing July the 4th activity that does not require tons of money or packing bags, we gathered our quilts together, picked some fresh fruit, veggies, and flowers from my grandparent’s garden, and poured some ice cold water into mason jars. BAM.  July the 4th.  In my opinion, there’s nothing more American than a beautiful quilt, beautiful landscapes, and fresh picked ‘maters.  We literally took most of this food from the garden straight to the quilts.  I did have to take the tomatoes inside to clean and cut them, but there’s something really satisfying about eating fruit straight off of the bush, tree, or vine.  You should try it if you get the chance. This green bean was really soaking up the sun.   I know that a lot of times you see these pictures and think “sure that’s beautiful, but I would never spend the time to pull that together”.  I wouldn’t lie to you, this didn’t take a ton of work.  Once the food is gathered, whether you are doing that at... read more
Making Old New Again

Making Old New Again

Adding a little paint and new knobs can completely revamp a piece of furniture. This nightstand and dresser were hand-me-downs and needed some tender loving care.  A new coat of paint and new knobs completely made them new again. These are the pieces of furniture without the knobs.              After adding the knobs the furniture came back to life.            These knobs have amazing texture. The off white and rust color really go well with the light gray... read more