true confessions

It’s true.

I have a confession to make.

I have a woodstove.

It has been a love/hate relationship from day one.

It is quite possibly is the best heat source you could have if you live in a region with winter. However, it is a decorating/design nightmare!!

So imagine to my surprise finding images on pinterest of living rooms with a woodstove!

My number one issue with a wood stove is trying to decorate the mantle! You always see lovely vignettes atop a fireplace mantle but with a wood stove that big black pipe is hot to the touch and quite frankly, ugly, right smack in the middle of everything.

This one below is a nice compromise, still allowing a mantle to decorate.

This one is off to the side of the room and not the focal point….. which is a little better.

Although I like the texture and warmth (no pun intended) of firewood, this stack would be definitely regulated to the outside shed and not something I would stack in my living room!

Glass doors do allow the mesmerizing flicker of flames to radiate throughout the space.

And here is the pitiful display of my wood stove 😦 and I have tried to make the best of it. We originally planned to put in stove insert with an actual fireplace surround, however, when we went to pick it up the cost did not include doors (really????? we have to pay extra for doors??) not to mention several other “added” costs.

Also, on a sadder note, we had just received news that my brother-in-law had passed away while at the store, and we had to rush to the hospital.

So there it is….. at 10% of the cost this little stove came home with us that day, we had waaaaaay more important things to do and think about than how pleasing to the eye this would make the room look. And that’s the plain truth. Some things don’t really matter at all. We love people and use things, and not the other way around.

So, with Thanksgiving approaching, I am grateful for my family and all the good memories we have had, and will continue to have, around my humble hearth and home.

May the Lord bless you and keep you, and make His face shine upon you!

With sincere thanks,


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white and wood

Hello friends,

Yes, it’s me.

I have been MIA in the blogging department, and I could offer you some long list of lame excuses….. but I won’t.

I have however been working my booth at the Montana Antique Mall, going on some wild buying trip adventures, purchased my first can of Annie Sloan Chalk paint ( the closest store is 200 miles away) and succumbing to my autumn nesting instincts! And….

I am embracing the fact that I have a lot of wood and some white in my home.

I love all white rooms, but my paint is linen white which is a little more yellow than I really want. On decision day I picked off-white windows instead of white and now I am stuck with them.

We have wonderful pine floors throughout the house (no carpet please) and lots of wood furniture. I am embracing the ‘old world’ feel and fighting down the urge to paint everything white or grey.

Well, mostly.

In a perfect world I would love my floors to look more like this…. with a washed finished.

I would like all my wood finishes to have that washed grey look, however mine are more like this cool wood industrial cart island..

Here are a few more images from pinterest that are helping me be content with what I have! Why fight what cannot be changed! Pinterest is for inspiration, not condemnation that our homes do not “measure up” to the perfectly decorated, perfectly styled and perfectly photographed!!

The warmth of wood can help things from looking kinda sterile, but still fits in with the tone on tone effect that I find so appealing!

I found one of these round French bread/cheese boards and I am afraid it may have triggered a collection, nay, an obsession with the French farmhouse look!!

Of course, white and wood would not be complete without linen.

Now I know very few people can actually go out and purchase everything they want to decorate their home all in one shot. Most of us have accumulated furniture and accessories over time, or make a few big purchases a year and pick up stuff here and there. And, if you love vintage style, what you can actually find will dictate what direction your overall “look” is headed.

Which brings me back to wood and white.

If you will excuse my “un-perfect” pictures ( I am having camera issues….but won’t bore you with the details!!) I will share some of my recent finds and changes.

The bread board and French style bottle rack.

And my cupboard did succumb to the paint brush this summer!!

Here’s the before….

I was actually taking a picture of some of my ironstone, but you can see the primitive cupboard in the background.

So…….as you can see, there is a wood and white theme going on, but like everybody else, I have a vision of what I would like to work towards. To me, the thrill of the hunt, the refining of style and taste is the fun part of the journey, and what makes feathering our “nest” so satisfying!!

Hope y’all enjoy your autumn and the changing of seasons as we head into the holidays and embrace your hearth and home!



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natural elements~ sticks and stones


I have been a bit negligent in the blog posting department……my apologies. With my family all coming home for the Labor Day weekend and all the preparations for our little reception…….excuses, excuses, excuses.

Thought it would be fun to look at some sticks and stones (although it is pretty hard to not keep saying the rest of this childhood rhyme in my head)!!

Sticks can be so dramatic and so easy, and will add visual height to a room or vignette! Here they are placed in an urn with a chandelier and vintage tolix chairs.



Love these smaller ones placed in a glass vase on a rustic coffee table against the french grey fireplace.




Finding stones was a little more difficult to find as an accessory, but place them on the floor or wall and ….voila you have beautiful design element in your home!

I really love the rustic feeling of stone of the floor.


The stone floors are beautiful with the steel doors and windows.


This is my idea of a log home!

I happen to know that this home is not very far from where I live. Wonder if I could pull off the Ball Park Frank move and say “could I come in, I used to live here?”!!

Probably not.


There’s a feeling of fall in the air……

My favorite season.



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natural elements~objects from the sea


I hope everyone is well! I thought I would continue on my natural element phase. We’ll call it a “series” since phase sounds a little flaky and obsessive!

Objects from nature are a wonderful way to accessorize a room adding texture, color and beauty.

I like a subtle color palette of greys and whites, and have a tendency to collect objects within that palatte, and recently it has been things related to the sea.


I saw one of these giant clam shells at the Farm Chicks show in June and have been pining after it ever since. Unfortunately the price was a little steep, and since I had already blown my budget, I didn’t pick it up. However, I have been hunting down coral and managed to pick a few up pieces. Good thing people travel to the mountains and drop their coral along the way!!


I love how it looks combined with the antlers in this display.


The beauty in creation abounds in texture, architectural form, size and shape. Once your eye is open to the possibilities that nature provides, it is limitless to what you can find, drag home and proudly display on your dining room table!




Coral looks stunning with this sea fan and amongst these gorgeous urns!


Here, natural elements have been added in with white ironstone….



I love the drawings on the wall that carry the theme from this tabletop display…



Well, it has been a fantastic week for me,

my son and his new bride were able to come and stay for a  week and the time has just gone way to fast!

So, as I wave them off to begin the new chapter of their lives,

I can focus on reworking my booth at the Antique Mall and maybe finally get some pictures! So much has sold in my first month that it has taken on a whole new look.

I can see that the challenge is going to be restocking and keeping the “look” or mood that I originally started out with!

Maybe I’ll start a mood board or style file and keep it with me  to stay focused! Can’t always have pinterest with me……

….or can I?

Hope you have a wonderful week!



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natural elements~antlers


I will be the first to admit that I didn’t exactly, how do you say, “like” them for a very long time.

But, I am a person (though I don’t really like to admit this) who is influenced by media.

More specifically, design publications.


Now, I have always loved objects of nature. Bird nests, pine cones, driftwood, lichen covered rocks and twigs, and more recently sea shells and coral.

But antlers?

These have always represented big game hunting to me. And I am surrounded by big game hunting territory! People travel from all over the world for the opportunity to hunt elk, mule deer, moose, etc. in what seems like my backyard. I even know guys who go antler hunting in the spring to find sheds that the animals loose every year.



So naturally, the local decor is influenced by the region……

Lodge style.

Very lodge style.

I have been in some extremely beautiful high end log homes, and they are stunning…..  however just not my personal style.

When I started seeing antlers in these type of settings, well then, I could get on board!


I do appreciate the natural rustic, faded and textural element that antlers add to a white interior.



Dear local wildlife,

Please feel free to walk by my yard any time and “drop” you antlers!


A newly appreciated fan.

So what do you have staring at you, where you live, that you can have a renewed appreciation for?

And pssst, don’t tell my brother in law, he may just faint!

Have a fabulous day!



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s is for symmetry

Hello friends!

Summer just seems to be flying by and I feel like it has just finally gotten started! I enjoyed cool ocean breezes and came home to upper 90’s and forest fires….. ugh! Wouldn’t it be nice to live somewhere that has balance in the weather?!

Speaking of balance…. (how’d you like that lead in, hee hee)

Symmetry adds balance to design in all areas, especially the garden. While I enjoy a good cottage garden with it’s riot of movement and color, I think symmetry is needed in the “bones” of good garden design.

                             luxury landscapes

                                 traditional home

It can frame a focal point that otherwise would get lost, and helps draw the eye to what lies beyond.

We built our builder grade home in the middle of a pasture that had been subdivided into 1-1/2 acre parcels. Placed on an angle on the lot has caused me some design dilemmas. By adding fences and gates I’ve been able to create garden rooms, thus giving some sense of symmentry.

Now, if only I could find a hardy boxwood to create a garden like these!!


Symmerty can be created with well placed urns, trees, shrubs or chairs. Notice how the furniture is equally placed, and the pool is the focal point or the dividing line.

I certainly could remain “balanced” lounging around this pool!

                                  via pinterest

Okay, okay…..

My spell check is demanding that I correct my spelling of “symmetry” and after reading the dictionary I love the definition…..


Similarity of form or arrangement on either side of a dividing line or plane; correspondence of opposite parts in size, shape, and position…

…excellence or beauty of form or proportion as a result of such correspondence

…with the reference to the interrelation of parts to form an aesthetically pleasing whole

…proportion implies a gracefulness, harmony implies an agreement, and balance to produce an aesthetic equilibrium in the whole

The perfect example is an entrance….

                                    ralph lauren

                                              via pinterest




via pinterest

Symmetry in interior spaces is especially pleasing to the eye! You can start with a pair of windows, a fireplace or any other focal point and build around it. domestic bliss


 Chairs, pillows, mirrors and lamps, when placed in pairs, will add that touch of balance, harmony and proportion to your home. Where have you added this design element to your home?

Lastly, I leave you with an image from Atelier de Champagne. They create some of the best vignettes using symmetry.

atelier de champagne

Have a great weekend!

I am going to pick up two topiaries at my local nursery sale, and any thing else I can find in pairs!



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the two shall become one

Hello Friends!

Well, a lot has been happening around here, but by far the most exciting thing has been getting ready for my son’s wedding!

And it is going to be at the beach!

This former beach bum has been living in the mountains a long time, and I am uber excited to not only be at the ocean, but to watch that “once in a lifetime” moment when a groom beams as his bride walks down the aisle!

Here are some inspirational photos to share in the excitement!

Have a great weekend, I know I will!!

Oh, and I now have a booth at the Montana Antique Mall!

More to follow, but for now, it’s family time!



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