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White Cottage Farm – The Unseen Footage Pt. 2

I’m back again today with part two of the unseen footage of our 1800’s farmhouse. You know, the parts of our farmhouse that I’m not blogging, instagramming, & face-booking daily. I started this series so that you could see more of our house than just the pretty spaces or just the rooms we are currently working on. It’s always fun to see the behind the scenes especially in an old farmhouse in my humble opinion. Last time I showed you guys the upstairs hallway that I had never shared with you guys & that is untouched. Today I want to show you one of the rooms at the end of that hallway, our upstairs guest bedroom…


Ps. Remember this bed from our last house master bedroom?

This room has nothing in it, but a bed that was from our last house. The only reason this bed is in here is because when we are working on our master bedroom at times we sleep in here. This room was the most shocking when we came to tour the house. only because the rest of the house had been mostly “neutralized” but the hallway, guest bathroom, & guest bedroom upstairs were all left alone. The blue carpet and blue wallpaper are so charming & I actually appreciate the cottage vibe that is in this space. The views in this room are the best in the house. The back window looks over the pastures and has the best view of the sunrises. The side windows look over the barn, orchard, & now our bee hives. Honestly I talk about wanting our master bedroom back here all the time now because the views are so much better than the current master bedroom. I also think I like this room because its cozy and smaller. The master bedroom now is triple this size & is so much bigger than we are used to.

 

Our dream when we moved into this house was to hopefully have this room be a nursery some day & I often dream of what we will do to this space once we get our hands on it. Don’t tell Jose, but I already ripped up the carpet in the bedroom to see what kind of flooring is underneath the carpet, but all I found so far was subfloor & I didn’t feel like going any further. We will save that for a later day. So, there you have it, more unseen footage of white cottage farm… the upstairs guest bedroom. Aren’t you so excited for me to get my hands on this space?! I’m kind of dying now as I write this post… I want to start re-doing all the rooms!! Maybe once we finally get a kitchen we can start haha. Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today & for following along with our 1800’s farmhouse fixer upper. Be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes.

See more unseen footage of our home…

See unseen footage of our upstairs hallway [HERE]

LMB Snail Mail – Pt. 1

Hi guys! I have kind of a fun announcement today. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, but just never took the time to do it. I opened a P.O. Box [see address at the bottom of this post]. I never knew I needed one until I opened a shop. It was the oddest thing. Of course before if a small shop or a company wanted to send me something I would give my address away, but when I opened the shop [The Found Cottage for those who didn’t know we own a shop] without anyone ever telling me I started receiving the nicest random packages and letters there. You guys.. it was so sweet. I was floored by the kindness that was sent to me & honestly had no words for the kind letters about our fertility, miscarriages, the blog, & the shop. It made me really start thinking that I would love to talk to you guys about all of this. I would love to share with you some of the packages that I get [if the sender doesn’t mind], & show some small shops off that send packages [I already do this, but do it even more in a designated area], answer questions that readers send in, and just use this as an open forum for snail mail. Since these people had just found our shop address online and kindly sent the packages I figured I would make it easy and open a P.O. box for those wanting to send some love. I love reading comments, chatting with you guys on social media, & being online pals, but there is something about holding something in your hand & getting to know you guys that way that is so special.  I wanted to share with you some things I got this past week from some lovely blog readers that made me smile ear to ear [and one made me cry]….

Linen & Ivory– Formerly known as So Vintage Chic, Kendra just re-launched her new shop name & branding recently & I’m so excited for her! I lover her new sleek look & as always… I love her pillows! I have had many of Kendra’s pillows in our home. This week she sent me this lovely lemon pillow that cheered our home right up & made me want all the lemon things!

Heart Of The Farm Planner – I have been a long time fan of Cory & her Heart of The Farm Planners for a while now, now they have a recipe book [more like a massive recipe binder] that is filled with dividers, blank recipe cards, plastic sleeves to keep everything clean and tidy, & labels to help you quickly find everything. This recipe keeper makes me SO MUCH MORE EXCITED to actually have a kitchen! I can’t wait to get all our recipe cards in this baby & start cooking as a family in a beautiful new kitchen… some day!


Miss Mustard Seed Doodle Book
– If ya’ll don’t know, I am a HUGE fan of Marian Parsons aka Miss Mustard Seed. Like, when I met her I actually cried and was a shaking mess. Ask her, it was embarrassing, but she is such a great inspiring light in my life. She recently came out with this “Home Design Doodle Book” that is so much more than that. It’s a place where you can record goals for your home, doodle, & draw room designs, write inspirations for your home decor, & so much more. Throughout the book she shares tips on decorating, interior design, & my most favorite part is that throughout the book she shares inspirations & verses from the Bible that inspire her. A must get for any home decor enthusiast & I believe it’s less than $12 here [HERE].

Carolyn’s Collection – I’ve been following Honey Holden for a long time now & she always posts photos with this lovely young lady named Carolyn. I love reading about Carolyn & what she is up to & Honey & Carolyn’s friendship made me want a friendship like theirs so badly! Fast forward to recently I was contacted by Edna Grayces that they wanted to send me some bracelets from Carolyns collection & I have never felt more special in my life. YES! This week they came in the mail & they are my new favorite accessory. I will now think of Carolyn every time I wear them & I hope she knows how thankful I am for these & how much I admire her. The best part of her collection with Edna Grayces is that a portion of all their sales goes to charity. You can’t go wrong. These bracelets & the hand written notes [yes she wrote me more than one that actually made me start crying in the car with Jose because I felt so loved] that Carolyn sent me made my whole week! I will keep the notes forever along with the bracelets.

This whole blogging thing brings me so much joy. It’s being able to connect with people who I would have NEVER known & getting to meet the most special people who change my life in so many good ways. I also love being able to cheer on fellow entrepreneurs & show them off. It’s the greatest & I will never ever take it for granted. Thank you all for making me love sharing here on the blog!! Want to send me snail mail? Here is the address below & you can also now find the address all the time in the sidebar of the blog…

Thank you all for making my week & thank you for stopping by the blog today, it means the world to me! Be sure to find me on Facebook & chat with me on Instagram. xx

DIY Market Bag Wreath

The term “DIY” is used loosely here. Very loosely. I mean, unless you call buying a market bag & collecting flowers out of your yard a DIY… well, now that I think about it. That is a DIY project & I’m pretty proud of it! Also, I didn’t feel like making a wreath for our front door & couldn’t find a wreath that I loved for this space, so this will do for now! It all started when I was at the shop the other day & I spotted this market bag hanging on a vintage bike we have there. I was thinking I needed it for something, but couldn’t quite think of where I needed it. I was thinking hanging in our entryway would be super cute on a coat rack, but that isn’t hung yet so I kept thinking… what about on our front door? & it’s adorable if you ask me….


I don’t really share this area of our house much because it’s about to get a huge facelift. New front door & new windows & also Jose wants to paint the porch, but more on that later. For now we made our door look cute for spring in as much time as it took to clip some florals in our yard. To hang the market bag on the door I used a simple 3M hook on the glass. I filled the bag with fresh florals from our yard which you could put an oblong vase inside the market bag with water for the florals, but I simply placed them in the bag to enjoy for two days. I will most likely be putting faux florals in the market bag after these are gone so they are low maintenance & will stay pretty for as long as I leave them up here. & don’t you think this little lemon pillow from Linen & Ivory goes so well out here on our porch? I’m a little obsessed with it so I’ve been styling it all over our house. I also styled this little space with my little lime tree that I’ve somehow kept alive & that faux boxwood tree & planter from Ikea [HERE].

 Such an easy way to liven up your front door & you know I love those quick & easy DIY’s & that I can’t keep them to myself. What do you guys think of this market bag wreath? Let me know what you think of it in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram! Thank you guys SO MUCH for stopping by the blog today & for always sharing it with your friends and family. xx

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Vintage Cotton Prints

There is one plant that is really nostalgic to our marriage. Nope, it’s not our wedding flowers, its a plant that grew bountifully where we lived in the south. Cotton. Every fall when the cotton would bloom Jose and I would take long drives by the cotton fields which resembled snow covered pieces of land. Cotton fields are in the top 10 things I miss about living in the south since moving back to Michigan. Now every time I see something with cotton it brings back so many great memories & some of the things I even have to get for our home like a few cotton stems & these framed vintage cotton prints that I’ve had shoved in a closet for over a year that I finally found a spot for in our dining room….

I picked these cotton prints up at our shop, The Found Cottage, even before I had a place for them. Apparently it took me over a year to find a place, but I think this little corner in our dining room seems like a great place to hang them. I’ve wanted to bring in more black accents into our home & I think this is a great place to start in this room with the rustic black frames. Before I hung these prints this weekend I kind of tore apart this whole corner & simplified it… there was so much on top of that cabinet, but I kind of wanted it to be more simple and relaxed looking so here we are…

Here is a photo that my friend Rachael took of Jose & I one time in the middle of a cotton field in NewBern North Carolina when we lived there… I’m so thankful that we have this memory captured of a special moment in one of our favorite places…

I think these photos go well in our 1800’s farmhouse & go perfectly with our cozy cottage farmhouse vibe that we have in here. These prints make me so happy every time I walk by them now & bring back such great memories. What do you guys think of them? Have you ever seen a cotton field in real life before? I wish we could grow it here in Michigan because I would make a mini cotton field on our farm in a heart beat! I’m excited to add more black accents to our decor & I like the way these framed cotton prints added that dark vintage vibe to this space. Let me know what you think of them in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. xx

 

Vintage Panoramic Photo Gallery Wall – The Beginning

I started something fun in our front living room this week & I wanted to share it with those of you who haven’t seen it on my Instagram stories [I share a lot of random things I’m up to there.. let me know if you want to see more!] I have been collecting vintage panoramic photos for a few years now & before we moved to this house they honestly wouldn’t fit in any room in any of our homes, but I finally found a little corner to gather them in & like I always say, it’s the little things that make me happy…

I’ve found most of these at flea markets & antique stores & this isn’t the whole collection, but I’ve decided to only put military themed photos on this wall. My pan is to hang two more below the current bottom photo & then above the top one I want to hang an architectural piece or something to top off the collection. If you have any fun ideas… let me know! I love how this collection is adding a wall treatment to this area & also bringing our love for the military into our cottage style living room. My veteran husband is quite proud. So are you wondering how big the bottom panoramic photo is going to be? 6ft. Yup, a 6ft antique panoramic photo. Can’t wait to get this gallery wall finished & share it with you guys!


Honestly… to hang these I used my Ryobi nail gun because that’s usually how I roll. I maybe should hang things the proper way, but I love using a nail gun & we know it’s not moving after that… so you better measure twice & use a level so you know it’s exactly where you want it. I’ll update you as soon as I get the wall done… what do you think of the gallery wall so far? I’m just so excited that I got some things up on the walls in one part of our home. That’s a good feeling when you are living in a fixer upper! Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today & be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes! xx

How to make a farmhouse floral arrangement [HERE]

Some room sources:

Basket: World Market
Lamp: Magnolia
Photos, chair, pine cabinet: antique finds
Pillows: Target
Floral arrangement: [HERE]

 

Antique Toolbox Centerpiece

You guys know I love to switch things up a lot. Like a lot a lot. re-decorating & playing with decor gives my brain a little break after a long day at the shop. Sometimes it’s a big change & today’s centerpiece isn’t. I literally took greens out of jars that were on the table & put them in my new vintage tool box I picked up at our shop the other day. The Family roost, who are vendors at our shop The Found Cottage, brought in this mint tool box & as soon as it came in the door I knew it wasn’t going to go out on the floor. I was taking it home with me…

I have this love for antique tool boxes. & this one is massive.& it’s mint. This one is so big that I could hardly lift it… I mean, or farmhouse table is quite large & it takes a big chunk of the table. I guess you can compare it to the coffee mugs for perspective. If you remember our antique bottle centerpiece [here] than you saw these florals, I simply just removed them from the glass jugs & put the bundle in this antique tool box. You can’t get more simple that that folks… you just can’t. The nice thing is you can easily remove the centerpiece by simply taking the toolbox off the table.. if you can lift it. You can find antique toolboxes at your local thrift stores, vintage stores, & more. If you can’t find one, you can DIY one. I just love the simplicity & the laid back vibe of this spring & summer centerpiece.


Sometimes I wonder if I sound share these random decor moments with you. I wonder if it’s worth putting my random decor adventures here on the blog, but then I remember that’s why I blog. To hopefully inspire others in the smallest and biggest ways whether it’s decorating or lifestyle. So I hope you were inspired by this simple antique toolbox centerpiece today & I want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to stop by my blog daily to see what I’m up to. I mean that. Thank you. xx

 

Some room sources:

Table, toolbox,cupboards,ladder: antique finds
Lights: Lowes
Chairs: All Modern
Florals: The Found Cottage
Plates: World Market
Mugs: Home Goods
Cutting board: World Market
Church pew: Joss & Main

Farmhouse Blanket Cupboard

Some dreams are big in life & some dreams are small, but either way when a dream comes true it feels pretty good no matter the size. With our 1800’s farmhouse I have big dreams & I have smaller dreams, but each time we accomplish something in a room it’s like a little dream come true & that is what keeps me motivated through this whole renovation of our farmhouse. One of my small dreams that I have had since even before we lived in this farmhouse was to have a a lovely large cupboard in our living room that we would fill with cozy quilts &  leave the doors open to display all of them. A small dream, but one that has come true & made my farmhouse loving heart happy…

I found this cupboard last year right after we moved into this house. It came with tags on it stating it was built in the 1800’s and had amazing dovetail detail on it that made me instantly fall in love. Also the fact that I paid next to nothing for it didn’t hurt either. It sat in our garage for a quite a while & collected dust because I really had no place to put it since every room was under construction. After we started on our front living room I knew that I wanted to put the large cupboard in between the two front windows so after a marriage testing time we finally got it into this space & I was able to stack some of my quilts in the cupboard & I couldn’t be happier…


So there you have it one of my tiny farmhouse dreams. It may seem small to many, but it’s these little things that keep me motivated to keep on going with all of our renovations. Another side note is that today I’m going to call my dad about turning these two windows into two doors that lead out onto our porch.. what do you think? More on that later. This room, although it looks bright in these photos, needs some more light. Oh the projects, they never end & neither do the dreams… Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today & for sharing the blog with your family & friends! Be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram to chat. xx

 

Some sources from this space:

Cupboard, chairs, metal basket, trunks, laundry basket: antique finds
Rug: World market
Pouf: Joss & Main
Lamp: Painted Fox
Word pillows: With Lavender and Grace
Wool quilt: Modern Wool
White quilts: Antique finds
curtain rods: target
Curtains: Ikea
Planters: Target
Greenery: Michaels

Kitchen Makeover Update: Repurposed Ceiling Boards

I thought I would update you guys on our kitchen because it’s been a while & even though we are no where near finished, we have made some progress. If you guys remember [this update here] where we decided to go with exposed ceilings, well that is still the plan & we found a way to repurpose those ceiling boards that we took down in the kitchen….

Here is the kitchen before we took the ceiling boards down….

& with the ceiling boards down showing the gaps towards the ceiling that need to be filled….


That partition from the kitchen to the sunroom has to stay unfortunately [the partition on the right side of the photo above]. I was really hoping to take it out so the rooms seemed more open and seamless together, but it’s load bearing so it will be staying. You can’t always get what you want in a fixer upper that’s for sure! After we took the ceiling boards down they were just sitting on our kitchen floor until we decided to recycle some of them & use them on that beam. Do you see the holes on the top of the wall by the ceiling where the joists meet the walls on either side? All those gaps have to be filled so we decided to fill them in with the boards by placing them vertically in those areas & it’s now looking like this…


We will be closing all the gaps by the ceiling around the entire room now in the kitchen before we paint everything white. Please excuse the way these boards look now with just primer on them. We had primed them when they were on the ceiling when we thought we were keeping the ceiling up, but soon we will be painting the entire room from the ceiling to the floor so it will all be looking seamless. It’s also so nice when you can use free material that you already have and repurpose it in another spot. That’s a fixer-upper win folks! The kitchen is no where near finished as you can clearly see in the photos, but as soon as we get some new windows in this place we can get moving quicker. Y’all I just want a kitchen…. that’s all I really want. It’s been months without one & I’m so so so ready! We plan on making some other major progress this weekend on a few other projects in this space so I will keep you posted on those. Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by the blog today & for following along with our farmhouse fixer upper.. I can’t say it enough. Thank you! xx

See where we started in this kitchen below…

Click [HERE] To see the kitchen when we started.

DIY Trunk Coffee Table

So excited to finally share with you guys today a DIY coffee table that Jose built a few weeks ago that we accidentally forgot to blog. We do that from time to time. Jose is always working on a project of some sort here on the farm & so it seems normal & then we remember oh hey.. maybe someone will want to see that & how you did that! So today I wanted to share with you the DIY trunk coffee table that Jose built for our little gazebo outside…

If you missed it, we blogged how we gave this gazebo a little makeover [HERE] last week. Jose built this table so that we could have storage for our outdoor items like pillows and blankets either when we are not using them or when we want them out of the weather, but also so that we could have a coffee table for our porch as well. I love things with more than one use! Practical & good looking.. just like Jose. This piece would make an amazing toy box, window seat,  & so much more. I personally love it as a coffee table myself inside or outside. He shares all the directions & information you need on how to build one of your own over on our farm blog today TheWhiteCottageFarm.Com [HERE]. I love how he chose to paint this piece as well. Jose has this way of painting pieces that is his own technique and I love how it always turns out different on each piece, but is his own style. Is it fair that he is good at everything? Nope.

 

Be sure to head on over to let him know what you think of his DIY coffee table. I’ve been sitting here with my feat propped up on this coffee table as much as I can these days. I love how this little gazebo on our porch has become an extension of our house since the weather has warmed up. When you live in a fixer-upper & the whole house is a mess, it’s great to be able to have a spot that feels like an oasis in the middle of chaos & this coffee table Jose built just makes it that much better. Be sure to check out our farm blog [HERE] for more details & for more of our patio sources & into go [HERE]. & also find me on Facebook & Instagram to see what else we are up to. xx

Guest Bedroom Barn Door

On Tuesday didn’t I just post about an item that I had lying around forever that I had plans for? Well, we did it again. We finally hung something this week that I have been holding onto for well over a year or two. It’s large & gorgeous, & if my dad hadn’t stopped me I would have hung it as an exterior door to our house. But my dad is a very wise man & this time I listened to him. I also wanted to keep out the cold winters in our drafty farmhouse & I’m not sure this door would have done that. So, I hung it inside & it’s now our new door to our guest bedroom….


There she is! Ok, she’s unfinished, but she is looking amazing so far! This room has been kind of a hodge podge of projects.. for example I ripped up the carpet & didn’t put any flooring down to replace it, but just laid a rug down for now. I also half painted the walls, but now I have decided to do another wall treatment yet I hung things on the walls before I do the wall treatment.. I’m a mess guys & so is the room, but I have a vision & know it will be pretty one day. & now we have our barn door hung! How cool is that? I think I found this door in an old barn one day right when we moved to Michigan & it’s been my favorite door ever. As far as guest bedroom privacy? We’ve talked about frosting the glass, hanging a curtain, & also who knows when we will have guests over, but this side of the house probably wouldn’t be used when they were here anyways so it might not matter because they can shut the door beyond this one for privacy if that makes sense. Actually I haven’t cleaned the glass yet so the dirt is adding privacy at this point haha.. sad but true. Anyways, that’s for a later day… for now the door is hung & I’m happy. Here is what the other side looks like from inside the room. I love the pop of green in the room & just by hanging the door it has motivated me to work on this room and get it finished…..



The door needs some hardware & I still need to take the other door off the hinges and throw it out. There will also be another sliding barn door in this room as well on the other side that connects to the bathroom off this room.. sliding barn doors help save space in a room & also add a touch of charm which is perfect for this little space. Now I need to decide on flooring. I’m thinking tile maybe? Or wood planks. I can’t decide. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Also, what do you think of our door so far? It’s turning out pretty good if you ask me! Be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram as well to chat. Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by the blog today! xx

 

 

Front Porch Gazebo Makeover

There is one spot in this farmhouse that was a HUGE selling point for me. The front porch gazebo. I loved how unique it made the house, how wonderful it was to sit in it with its high ceilings and rounded exterior, & I pictured our kid getting married under it some day. It really is truly magical. Anyways, this winter we had it all pretty with a Christmas tree & tons of snow, but when January hit it was automatically ugly & kind of in rough shape again. The truth is, the gazebo needs a lot of work, some of the spindles are falling off & some porch boards need to be replaced, but in the mean time we wanted to do a little refresh on it & this is what we came up with with some help from good old Joss & Main who we partnered with for this project…

 

 

The gazebo before….

& a few hours later….

Before again…

& after…

What a crazy difference huh?! It’s so awesome what an hour or two and some new home decor can do for a space. To give this space a quick and easy makeover we first swept down the whole area & laid down a rug that I had in our storage room. We removed the old light fixture & hung this light fixture up [HERE] We then got down to the fun part of adding in all the lovely decor & styling the space at one of my all time favorite spots for style & savings…

I like to shop Joss & Main with every new season change because of the fresh new items they put out at that time & let’s face it the prices are great! Last fall & winter I started shopping with Joss & Main & now that it’s spring again I found myself back on their website. I got this patio set [HERE] as seen above for less than $400 & it came complete with two chairs, a sofa, a coffee table, & the outdoor cushions in the cream color. I am obsessed with it. The only con I would say about the set is it is a little smaller than I thought it was going to be, but it ended up being perfect because any bigger & it would have been too much for in our small gazebo space. I also got the small white buffet [HERE] with a few pots [HERE] that I plan on planting succulents in once my current succulents start having babies haha. I love how aged those pots look already & seem like they’ve been on the farm forever. That pom blanket [HERE] is so cozy & has been used many many times already because it’s been quite chilly here in Michigan, but we’ve also wanted to utilize this gazebo now that it’s looking all pretty. To add a little privacy to our gazebo since you can see the road from it, we added this faux boxwood willow lattice [HERE] to the front & it adds a little charm & actually a whole lot of privacy which surprised me! The finishing touch was some greens from our store, The Found Cottage, from our lovely vendor Passiflora.


All in all this was a super quick way to spruce up our porch for spring & I’m sure I will be updating it tons as we head into the summer months here, but it’s finally looking alive again after winter & I’m so happy about that. A porch really extends the house & if you guys saw the huge mess we have going on in there right now with renovations, you would know how nice it is to have this little outdoor retreat area. You can see [HERE] how we weather-proofed this area so that everything will stay looking fresh & new. Want to spruce up your outdoor spaces? Joss & Main teamed up with me to give away To enter, simply snap a picture of your spring front porch, patio, or backyard and tag @jossandmain and #designtheoutdoors to enter. Winner will be chosen on 7/1 to win a $500 shopping spree to Joss & Main. You could get the patio set we have and a few more items for that amount.. how cool is that? Anyways, I would love to see your outdoor spaces so tag me on Instagram so I can check them out! Thank you so so so much for stopping by the blog today & for checking out our front gazebo spring refresh! xx

 

Some more sources for the space:

Click [HERE] to see our back patio makeover a few houses ago.

 

Antique Chicken Feeder Plate Rack

You’ve probably seen this one thousand times across pinterest & social media. A chicken feeder that holds plates. Rewind to about two years ago when I bought a giant chicken feeder at a flea market & raced home to put some plates in it in our last home. What do you know when I got home the chicken feeder fit no where. Not on our kitchen cupboard as planned, not on our dining room table, not anywhere. Story of my life. My design eye is usually bigger than my spaces, but the dream still stayed alive & when we moved I dragged that chicken feeder along with me. We’ve lived here for almost a year, but the other day after we moved this buffet here in the dining room I finally dug out my chicken feeder & by golly it fit…

Yup! She found a home. & I have a few tips if you want to use a chicken feeder as a plate holder in your home. First… you are going to want to power wash that sucker. I mean, chickens ate & did other things around it. This one was super clean when I got it, but it still got washed. A few times. After that I sealed it with some spray polyurethane so that everything on the piece was sealed up. This piece isn’t holding our everyday dishes that we eat off, but it is holding some pretty special dishes to me. I started collecting some ironstone about a year ago & this is some of the plates that I have & display them here. I love the combination of ironstone and the chicken feeder so much.

I like sharing the big things with you guys here on the blog, but sometimes it’s the littlest things that show us where we are & how far our journey has taken us. Sometimes living in a fixer upper house that is torn up from top to bottom can be annoying, but honestly this chicken feeder this week reminded me that we are living our dream, in our dream house, with our dream chicken feeder.. haha it’s the truth! Anyways, I’m so glad you stopped by the blog today & I’m so grateful for each and every one of you who follow our journey here on the blog each day. Now the question is.. what do you do with your antique chicken feeders? I must know! xx

 

 

 

White Cottage Farm – The Unseen Footage Pt. 1

I shared on my Instagram stories a few days ago about how there are so many places in our  1800’s farmhouse that I never show you guys. There’s basically the whole upstairs the laundry room, the guest bedroom, our master bedroom, all of our bathrooms, and one very large hallway upstairs that I’ve really never shown on the blog because we haven’t done anything to those spaces yet and they’re just not my favorite. And let’s face it they’re mostly all a mess. So, today I thought I would start a new series here on the blog called white cottage farm ‘the unseen footage’ where I share things that you don’t usually see in my every day blog posts and social media posts whether it’s rooms that we are not currently working on, rooms that haven’t been touched since the 1980s, or just parts of the farm that you haven’t seen yet that I thought that you might enjoy. Today I thought we would start in the upstairs hallway. It may seem like an unlikely place to start or a really uneventful area of the home, but it’s actually one of my favorite places in this house for many reasons…

This hallway is what you see when you come up the stairs to the second level of our farmhouse from the front entryway and the front living room. It connects the bedrooms and the bathrooms. When you walk up the stairs you pass my favorite mora clock as you climb the carpeted stairs that are now stained & ready to be ripped up. The first thing you are greeted with when you get to the top is some windows with a beatiful view of the farm & a whole lot of wall paper. First of all, I love how long of a hallway this is. Want to know why I really love it? Because I see the potential in it. I see what it could look like. Honestly this is the one area right now that I don’t mind the wall paper. Paired with the lights I think it’s charming. I imagine the history this part of the house had since the 1840’s when it was built & I kind of wish I knew what it looked like in its original state. But one day I see it lined in shiplap or another wall treatment in a bright white with farmhouse style lights mounted to the walls. I see our kids running down the hallway from their bedroom to ours. I see it all & I love it. This area is going to be one crazy before and after project when we finally get to it.

 

 

 

 

 

The funny part about this space is when the painters were here to paint the front living room that is right at the bottom of these stairs they moved up into this space as well and painted the railings which now look totally out of place up here being bright white. As you go down the stairs you will walk into the front living room, the front entryway & the stairs lead directly towards the dining room as shown here…

So, there is today’s “unseen footage” of White Cottage Farm. It’s very floral & I can’t wait to put our touches on it. & did you catch that room at the end of the hallway with the blue carpet? That’s more unseen footage for another day…I truly hope this new series gives you a new perspective on the farm we live on, gets you excited for future projects, & let’s you know what’s beyond all those normal shots I’m sharing daily with you guys. Thank you guys for stopping by the blog today. I hope you enjoy this new series to really get behind the scenes & get a glimpse beyond the pretty footage I’m usually showing. Let me know what you think in the comments below, find me on Facebook & chat with me on Instagram. Xx

 

Come take a video tour of what our farmhouse look like before when we first moved in…

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Simple Glass Jug & Branch Spring Centerpiece

I had some friends over to the house today & as they were looking at the work we were getting done I commented about how my mood is a product of my surroundings. I truly which it wasn’t, but it is. & that got me thinking… I think that’s why I decorate spaces even if it’s temporary.. even if we are about to rip it up and re- do it.. & yes even if it’s a rental home and we are only living in it for 6 months, I will paint the bathrooms & re- do them. Yes, I did that. My mind is just so much more clear when I’m surrounded by pretty spaces, but that being said.. it doesn’t have to be crazy complicated, crazy expensive, or even crazy beautiful to make me happy. It can be the most simple thing on the planet like this simple spring centerpiece that is currently in our dining room….


I had these antique jugs lying around the house that I have collected over time & I wanted something simple & dramatic on the dining room table so I placed them in no particular order in the center of our antique farmhouse table & put some unruly branches that I picked up from our shop in the bottles to give that unkept and freshly picked off the farm vibe. It’s honestly that simple. Some bottles & some branches, but it’s perfect for that spring vibe in any room on any table. I’m all about bringing the indoors inside & what better way to celebrate those budding trees outside.

It’s crazy what two simple little elements can do huh? Like I said, it doesn’t have to be complicated & crazy to make a beautiful statement. The rooms just beyond this one are a crazy mess with construction, but while all that is going on at least this little dining room is looking pretty for spring. I have to know.. do you feel like some of your mood is dictated by the spaces around you? I’m wondering if I’m alone on this. Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram... Thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by my blog today! xx