Monday, February 29, 2016
Seriously, I felt like a tornado had ripped though our kitchen! It had been taken down to the studs to undergo renovation only to reveal a very impressive post and bean structure looking more like my barn than my house and created more dust and dirt than I could have ever dreamed. Kitchen renovation is every bit the nightmare people say it is. You hear it ALL before embarking on such a project and I have to say, we felt it ALL to be true. We took on the renovation of this 192 yr old house as part of The Makeover Takeover Project, Country Living Magazine did at our house. It was very challenging to say the least to try to "survive" the living conditions. We set up temporary camp in the living room and office area and actually went to the camping section at Walmart to do so. We had no running water on our first floor for 3 months and silly me in the middle of it all got a very large puppy to add to the chaos. We were doing dishes out of the upstairs bath and at one point my daughter asked, "How much Panera can you eat in a week?" When I would complain, my family and friends would encourage me to 'Hold on because it would all be worth it" and in my times of disbelief, now coming out on the other side, I must say I agree.
I never imagined that my kitchen could be so great and look the way it does. Even though I can easily go into someone else's house and give advice for design change, when it comes to my own house, I get stuck and can't move past what is there already. Especially, when thinking of such an old house. Country Living brought on Cindy Black, an architect and designer from Hello Kitchen in Austin, Texas and I cannot say enough nice things about her and her design. She worked with me and the editors of Country Living to create a kitchen in which I did have some say as to how it would feel. The results for me are so pleasing and almost everyday since the renovations have been complete, I feel grateful and blessed to have such a beautiful space and to have been selected to participate in the project. My pictures are less than pretty here and I apologize in advance for that. I am learning life on an Apple computer. If you would like to enjoy more photos, please visit Homegirl Shop Pintrest page under Makeover Takeover for much prettier images!
Monday, August 17, 2015
COUNTRY LIVING FAIR - COLUMBUS, OH 2015
Super excited to be participating as a vendor at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH September 18-20. Please come see me! I have a ton of stuff from my personal collection due to Country Living's Makeover Takeover project at my house and no spring barn sale this year!
If you are in the Latrobe/Pleasant Unity (Western Pennsylvania) area, my parents house and the contents are up for auction on Sept 12. My mother, who is a huge inspiration to me with my style and her collecting has wonderful things for sale at her 1830's farm house. The home is also being auctioned along with a barn and 13 acres. To learn more or to bid online, please visit www.auctionzip.com. Their zip code is 15650 or the auction number is 4025.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time to vote for Country Living's Makeover Takeover... Master Bedroom. Follow this link and help us vote for key design elements. It really needs it! http://www.countryliving.com/content/makeover-takeover/
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
How lucky are we that our family was selected by Country Living Magazine to be their first ever Makeover Takeover? As many of you know, I have been a vendor at the Country Living Fair in Columbus for many years and I have read Country Living since my mother first got it. I still covet old copies with dog eared pages of inspiration and my dream house can be found in one of those old magazines as well. We have lived in my house for 9 years now and when we moved here the girls were babies. Now they are 13 and 11 and with two girls this age our needs have drastically changed and I feel like we are busting at the seams. They need their own space to hang with friends and Brian needs his own bathroom! We have only 1 shower which we all share and no master bath. We were going to be remodeling and when Country Living asked if I would be interested in involving them and their readers, of course I said yes! You will have the chance to vote on your choices for our room and help with certain design elements. First up is our family room (pictured below) that readers voted on via Facebook on the color choices for the built in's we had constructed to hold our TV and catch all of our coats and shoes. Check Country Living's Facebook page today or tomorrow to vote on our added master bath color and soon after that our master bedroom will follow. The story will first appear in the June/July issue and will be in 2 more times throughout the year ending with our kitchen/laundry remodel in the December Issue!
So glad to say "Goodbye" and "Hello" to NEW DECOR! Dos our white kitty does stay!
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
I find my favorite Christmas Decorations are the ones that are either vintage or vintage inspired because they remind me of my house and my Grandma's at Christmas growing up. My Mom and Aunt were crafters and my Aunt used to make my Mom a set of ornaments every year. My favorite were handmade Peanuts Character's - and of course Snoopy was my all time favorite! I wanted to share with you some of my own Christmas decor that I cherish this time of year. I wish you all Merry Christmas and hope you are enjoying making your homes merry and full of memories this holiday!
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Edie actually let me make her a costume this year... Usually, She needs to look pretty or cool so it has been store bought for her! So much fun to make this costume and really not hard at all. The "tricky" part was the iron on transfer Starbucks logo. Lila helped me with that which we got the logo from the internet and printed it from our printer at home onto transfer paper found at JoAnn. It is fleece and could be no sew if you wanted to do it even more simply by using fabric glue. The batting was glued and the lid and batting were also glued onto a simple white headband also found at JoAnn. I took a marker and drew the back of the sleeve and Starbucks gave us the lid and stir.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
A few years back, I made this owl for the barn door at my sale out of recycled materials. One of my customers from that sale had always admired it and shared with me at the Country Living Fair a few weeks back that she loved the owl and bought it from me. Here it is hanging at it's new home. Thank you for sharing Jennifer. It looks wonderful!