Perhaps it's the chipping gold paint, or the unique detailed pattern of each piece. Or even the imperfections that show signs of age and wear that draw me to these vintage Florentine pieces. I love detail, and all of these details combined have me smitten for this European style.
This past week I hit the jack-pot. Chris and I took a little drive to pick up a mirror I found on craigslist. When we arrived they had the mirror sitting right by the front door ready to go, but my eyes were quickly drawn to the next room where I noticed a gorgeous pair of vintage Florentine tables sitting oddly out of place. I asked if they were selling those as well, and she responded yes, 1250 each. I thought to myself, this lady is out of her mind. I then laughed inside and realized she meant twelve dollars and fifty cents. Luckily we brought just enough cash along to purchase and quickly get out of there before she changed her mind. I honestly felt bad for getting them so cheap! But as the saying goes, one mans trash is another mans treasure.
About a month ago while out chandelier shopping in St. Louis we came across these beauties. I instantly fell in love. What I love about the nesting tables is that its like a bonus buy. You get three tables in one. I love moving them about the house. They came from a favorite store of mine called the Emporium. They always have amazing European finds.
Now that I have shared my recent finds, I feel like I should share a few from the ones who have inspired me the most over the years.
One of my favorite Instagram accounts and blog to follow is Courtney's @frenchcountrycottage. She takes the most beautiful photos, and mixes new and old so well.
Rachel Ashwell of Official Shabby Chic
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Last but not least is my dear friend Larissa Jenkins. She has such a gorgeous historic home that she has filled with beautiful French pieces. Her romantic style is truly inspiring and something to see!
I hope you enjoyed and found some inspiration . I can assure you these vintage finds will continue to pop up in my photos <3 Have a wonderful weekend everyone :)
Hello everyone! Its been a while since I have posted. Chris and I just recently started over from the beginning with watching Downton Abbey, and I can't lie it's really been occupying my time in the evenings once Johnny goes to bed. Anyway, this past weekend Chris and I were finally able to wrap things up in Johnny's new bedroom. I'm going to share with you some before and after pictures, and I will fill you in on all things design and decorating! This was a fun one :)
When we got started, I had a pretty good idea of the look I was going after, and that was to keep everything light and neutral like the rest of our home. I always start by picking one space, or piece to focus on in the room and then let the rest fall into place. On this project I chose the wall where Johnny's dresser would be going.
When we bought our home the wall was covered in a textured wallpaper. Seeing this wall as an accent wall sort of inspired me to come up with an accent wall of our own. Since I naturally like to add lighting wherever possible, we planned to stud the wall out so we could add wall sconces. Once we had the wall paper down we realized the wall wasn't in the best shape so, Chris made the decision to tear the wall out and start over. That is what brought us to this point...
One of the most fascinating things about rehabbing old homes is finding things like this. Never would I have guessed there were originally two door ways behind this wall. We came up with a few ideas as to how things were originally laid out, but I guess we really wont ever know for sure! Back to the wall.....When it comes to ship lap I'm not saying I DON'T like it when it's horizontal I just personally like it best when it is vertical. The vertical shiplap has a more country cottage feel, while the horizontal looks more modern farmhouse. Personal preference it just depends on your style. So, vertical shiplap is what we went with. With that being said, Chris dove right in. He ran the wire, hooked up the electric for the wall sconces then started hanging the 1x6 boards. Chris then put his final touch on the room by adding crown molding. This is something he added in everyone room he did at our previous home. It quickly became his staple of completion. Then comes my turn. Decorating.
When decorating, I prefer to go "themeless". For Johnny's room I used a mixture of old furniture and antiques, along with new light fixtures. I wanted his room to have a timeless look to it.
So here you have it, Johnny's new bedroom! I shared links below pictures for where the lights can be purchased. I hope you enjoy! :)
We purchased this dresser a few years ago from a store in St. Louis called The White Rabbit. We used it on our previous home in Johnny's nursery.
When I said I like to go "themeless" when decorating I hesitated to get this piece, but once I had it at home and held it next to the wall sconces I knew it had to stay.
These lights are actually exterior wall lights purchased from Lowes.
This adorable antique laundry basket came from our local antique shop Keil's Antiques. I intended on using it for laundry, but I think I like it best to store Johnny's blankets.
Last, but not least! The main light. To be honest this was the hardest thing for me to figure out in this whole project. I obsess over crystals and chandeliers, and knowing that wasn't going to be an option for a two year old boys room was a bit of a struggle to accept ;) when I started looking I knew I wanted some sort of a pendant style light. Finding one that looked old and distressed wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. Then I came across this adorable Old Factory Pendant Light from farmhousefreshhome.com. This light completed the project.
I will be posting more photos of his new room in the days to come. Thank you for stopping in. I hope you all were able to find some inspiration. <3
I know I don't need to go into detail about how I obsess over old homes, I'm sure I have done that enough by now. BUT, one thing that I have not talked about would be my obsession with old abandon farmhouses. We have all seem them, but does anyone have a real answer to why so many sit empty until they crumble? With my husband being a farmer, his perspective is......it usually has to do with how things are written up in the will. A lot of times land can not be broken up, so families just let them sit instead. Or, possibly families feuding. Who knows. Regardless I hate seeing them fall apart and sit vacant when so many people are willing to buy them and bring them back to life.
When I was a little girl I remember sneaking up to an old abandon farmhouse down the street from where my dad grew up. The long overgrown driveway led to an old white house with a barn and some outbuildings. When looking in the windows you could see all of the old furniture that was left behind. As neat as it was, it also struck me as odd. I couldn't comprehend how a beautiful home filled with all this furniture could be left to fall apart, and honestly I still don't fully understand. This is when my curiosity and love for them began.
Years later once I could drive, my sisters and I would occasionally sneak out there. That unfortunately came to an end one afternoon when the owner of the property drove by, saw us, and chased us off. Below are pictures of this home. It is located right off of 159 on Schmidtt Lane between Belleville and Smithton Illinois. The picture on the left was taken in 2009, the last time I walked up to the property. To the right is what it looks like today in 2018. Its been pretty sad to watch this house crumble over the years.
The day I went out and took this picture I figured why not drive around and take pictures of all the abandon farm houses that I want to snag up. Although most of them are pretty far gone, I can still dream right?
Next up would be the house directly across the street on Schmidt Lane. It looks similar to the one above. Not sure if the same person owns the two properties or not. If they were willing to sell....I have a few ideas....one would be to add a porch going all the way across the top and bottom. STILL dreaming....
Below there is not a house pictured, just some trees in a field. I wanted to share this photo, because the summer after Chris and I met we would sneak into a house that was once there. It was a two story brick home. If I had to guess I would say it was built sometime mid 1800's. It was filled with old furniture, and the home needed LOTS of work. I searched the internet to get info on the owners. I never actually spoke to them, just distant relatives and after talking to them I was told they would never sell. So our hopes of buying and rehabbing it were over. A few years later it was torn down. This is located on Brenner Rd. in Freeburg Il. Unfortunately the phone I had photos on of the home still standing is long gone.
Just down the road a bit near Robinson School Rd pictured below is what remains of an old farmhouse.
Heading back into Belleville where S. Green Mount Rd. meets Old Freeburg Rd. stands this beauty pictured below. It wasn't until recently I was told its been sitting vacant for awhile now. I was told this one too sits filled with furniture. This one has been my latest obsession.
Last up is a home located in downtown Belleville, just a few houses down the street from our old home on Abend. Although it is not a farmhouse out of town, I always thought it looked like it should be. Six years ago when Chris and I purchased our first home it was in foreclosure we had to hop so many hurdles to get it we almost walked away and bought this one instead. Although it is no longer for sale, it has been sitting vacant for at least seven years that I know of. There are such great possibilities for this home, and I hate seeing it sit unoccupied.
When we put our Abend Street house up for sale we tried to remain hopeful on finding an old home on some land, although we knew it would be tough. But, the house sold and we still hadn't come up with anything. Instead of throwing our money away renting a place until the right opportunity would come along we decided to buy the home we are in now until we find our forever place. Since I am known to have zero patience this is kind of hard. In the near future I can see myself knocking on doors making offers on homes that are not even on the market. You.Just.Never.Know ;)