house tour tuesday: my new friend

i am so excited to show you all this house!

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i spotted it a couple of years ago when i was taking my son for a walk. there were cute little buntings hanging in the windows and i somehow just knew i would hit it off with the mama of the house.

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fast forward to this last weekend and i finally got to meet that mama and her sweet family. they were having a yard sale and had the most adorable old farmhouse chair in the sale that i couldn’t pass up. (side note: we had our own garage sale that morning and after ours was done, i hopped on my bike to see what the neighborhood sales had to offer. it’s a sickness i tell you. i’m addicted to old furniture and junk).

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so, after a few minutes of chatting and bonding over our love of decor/diy blogs, i got to take a tour of their cute old house.

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there are so many fun, amazing details of the inside that i think i became speechless. (which if you know me, does not happen often!) πŸ˜‰

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like this giant pendant lamp that they made (they MADE! oh.my.gosh!). i want one now, too!

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or the cute artwork that she just “threw together.” (M, i want to order some artwork for my house!)

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and pieces of art that she used potatoes to stamp pops of color onto.

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my favorite art piece in her house was this little saying that she did freehand with a pen. (SO cute! and i LOVE its message!)

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there is so much eye candy it’s hard to have a favorite.

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and then before i knew it, i was onto another room. mesmerized by the furniture.

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like this old french iron bed that her parents’ found in Northern California. (swoooooon!)

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and this adorable old keyhole dresser.

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and oh! the details in the kids’ room!

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like a baby mobile made out of twigs and fabric birds that gently sways from the ceiling.

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and look at the artwork, my new friend made for her daughters’ room that she once again, “just quickly threw together.”

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and just when i thought it couldn’t get any better….

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we headed into the dining room and as i turned the corner i noticed….

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this beacon of light coming from the next room.

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the light was coming from a light fixture that the man of the house created (i nearly died).

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everything in the space is just perfect.

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from the antlers on the wall,

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to the shelves made out of wood and old thrifted belts,

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and a mini statue made out of old wire hangers.

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and, of course, another intriguing piece of art that she “quickly threw together.” (M, please throw one together for me! i love it!)

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as i was walking to the front door…i caught a little glimpse of her kitchen (they’re wanting to remodel it, so it’s not quite ready for its reveal). her lovely collection of pyrex was playfully calling my name. i love the pop of color it brings to their space.

i also love that i made a new friend. (and a creative one at that!)

can’t wait to hang out, M, and make something cool out of hangers or wire or something. thanks for the inspiration!

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for the love of burlap

remember the burlap craze!?

if there was a project to be done, there was burlap included.

first, i made a door hanger, from burlap of course, for my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary

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i was all over the burlap trend.

my hubby, not so much. he said it smelled.

it did.

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i still loved it and its vintage, rustic texture and neutral color.

it reminded me of being on a farm. tending to the animals and walking through the cornfields. (i’m not sure how i got all of that from burlap.)

see i had to buy burlap because it was affordable (*ahem* cheap *ahem*) and most of my projects were quick diy-ers that i just didn’t have time or money to mess up on expensive fabric.

i wasn’t entirely sure how to use my sewing machine at the time, so i used my hot glue gun (gasp) to make burlap pillows. i loved them!

my hubby hated them. he said they were scratchy.

they were.

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those pillows had to be kicked out and find a new home.

they did.

on our front porch.

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i made ribbon out of burlap to hang my wreaths

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(it’s there. can you see it?)

yup. i used burlap on almost everything i could find. chair cushions, bunting, lampshades, as a matte in picture frames.

and then one day my love of burlap turned into my love of old paper. So…

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you guessed it.

everything. everything was made out of old paper.

but, i still love you burlap. perhaps we’ll meet again someday. if only i can convince the hubby of your charm.