Decorating

February 26, 2013

Sprinkles

This time of year I begin craving color, light, and happy things. What can you find around the house that can add a little cheer?

How about sprinkles? This week, I'm going to show you some happy little things you can do with these sweethearts of the pantry.

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Sprinkles make pretty confetti. Sprinkle them all about the table.

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It's like an instant party. Just because.

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And that makes me happy.

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Sources:

Star sprinkles can be found in most supermarkets.

Jar: Walmart

Tablecloth: Pottery Barn

Pink Dotty Paper Cup: Bake it Pretty

Letter Candies: Hope and Greenwood

Pink Square Plate: Martha Stewart, Macy's

White Square Plate: Target

Button Candies on plate: Jean Philippe

Miniature Plastic Fork: Target

October 05, 2012

Fall Fills Our Home

I went walking around our property to gather bits of fall to bring inside. My first stop was the wild little apple tree by the road.

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Golden autumn leaves were next. Gather gather gather.

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Then some oak leaves from one of the scraggly little oaks along the fence. The leaves are fire-like.

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I trudged through the thick dusty field to the backside of our property where pumpkin harvest is in full swing. A little basket of minis was all I needed.

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I stopped by the garden for a few cornstalks too, then back inside to plug it all in.

I started with this beautiful antique runner from my friends Dustin and Christian of Uber Chic Home.

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Cornstalks were added in to create a base.

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Then some leaves

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and little pumpkins.

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I like to incorporate just a few elements. I think a display is more impactful that way.

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All the remaining gathered goods were added onto the shelf in my kitchen.

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Now, fall fills our home.

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The table runner is from Uber Chic Home.

The dining room table was made by Antico.

The dining room chairs are from World Market.

The dining room light fixtures are all from Pottery Barn.

The basket on the shelf above my stove is from Roost Antiques in Spokane, WA.

The mortar and pestle was found at a little bargain shop in San Francisco's Chinatown.

The tile in the kitchen is from Dirk Elliott Tile.

May 21, 2012

Lilacs

I'd been dreaming of a lilac scented home. There's nothing quite like it really. So I headed out with my picnic basket to fill to the brim.

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And then, a sprinkle.

Drip. Drop. Drip.

So I wandered back home.

A canning jar and a pretty tin were all I needed.

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A little dream come true.

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April 27, 2012

My Laundry & Mud Room - Part 2

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April 26, 2012

My Laundry & Mud Room

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April 19, 2012

Organization For Your Home Office

HGTV recently asked me to participate in a project for decorating home offices.

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I think it's always great to try and use what you have to help organize your life - especially your office space. You can see lots of great ideas by visiting the HGTV site here.

March 02, 2012

Flower Purse

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December 22, 2011

A White Christmas

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Another way to make a beautiful holiday display is to group all of one color together. I happen to love white.

It's surprising how these items, none having anything to do with the other, can look so pretty together. Look around your house and see what you have in like colors, and then pull it together for a display.

It will be beautiful!

Image by John Granen

December 08, 2011

Making Something Out of Nothing

Growing up with very little was a blessing because I was able to see the beauty in the everyday objects that are often overlooked. That's what you do when you don't have much.

When you take the time to look around at what you have, you can make anything special. Take this collection of syrup dispensers for example:

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It's really simple:

1.) Gather together clear, like objects that can be used as vessels.

2.) Fill with Christmasey items such as little trees, ornaments, and fake snow or objects in a color to fit your Christmas theme such as old game pieces and glitter. (This can be done with anything you love, any time of the year!)

3.) Display as a grouping.

You can find this Christmas inspiration, as well as decorating ideas, recipes, and Christmas cheer in my book, The Farm Chicks Christmas.

Special thanks to my friend, Nancy, for letting us into her home to play and display with her collections. You can find more wonderful objects such as these at Nancy (and friends) shop, Forget-Me-Not, in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho.

Image by John Granen.

December 02, 2011

Adding Christmas To The Cupboards

One way to add Christmas cheer (or any season for that matter) to your kitchen is to add wrapping paper to the cupboards.

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You can line the back of the cupboards, inside the doors if they're glass, or line the inset panels on the front of your doors.

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Simply cut the paper to fit the spaces you'll be covering and attach with removable double sided tape. It's quick, simple, and darling!

You can find this project and many more, as well as decorating ideas, recipes, and Christmas cheer in my book, The Farm Chicks Christmas.

Images by John Granen.

December 01, 2011

The Perfect Little Bench

I always find it interesting to watch the trends that come and go in the world of antiques. I remember when trunks were popular. Now they're not. But these old pieces shouldn't be overlooked. In fact, they are so useful for turning into entryway or mudroom benches. (And they have storage space!)

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I bought this old trunk/box from my friend, Hollie, at her antiques show.

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I simply topped it with a standard pillow covered in my favorite vintage Christmas pillowcase and it was instantly transformed into a little bench.

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I can easily change the pillowcase to fit the season.

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Have a large trunk? Use two pillows or several toss pillows. It's as easy as that!

I found the trunk here.

My floor tile is from Daltile.

My beadboard wall tile, tile base trim, and tile cap is all from Dirk Elliot Tile.

I purchased my wallpaper from Wallflowers in Spokane. I'm sorry, I can't remember the brand.

November 30, 2011

Christmas Around The House

We've been decorating for Christmas and I love it when I add some cheer and the boys notice it first thing when they come home from school.

Today I decorated the bookcase in the kitchen. I organized the cookbooks by color and then just added in happy little bits I have on hand. I love that about the holidays. Just making things special with what you have.

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As you know, I love displaying sprinkles, and Christmas is no exception. Little old milk bottles are the perfect receptacles. Since they have no lids, I simply capped them with cute mini cupcake wrappers.

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Little vintage ornament boxes fit right in.

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A vintagey looking Christmas tree cake topper adds the perfect touch to the old toy sedan.

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Who says treats can't make you happy?

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Cupcake wrappers and cake topper from Bake it Pretty.

Mother's brand Christmas animal crackers are from Fred Meyer.

Cheer Up canister from Fishs Eddy.

My Christmas Book can be found here.

November 17, 2011

My Old Crafts Space

At one point in our last home, I got tired of not having a crafts space and got a crazy idea to incorporate it into my tiny office (World Headquarters) nook. Jenny Doh featured it in her wonderful book, Signature Styles. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of my favorite ways to re-purpose kitchen, household, and often overlooked objects for use, as I shared in Jenny's book.

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Sprinkles in a jar are perfect for holding pens:

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Pages from a vintage textile and ribbon sample book become artwork for the wall:

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Pretty fabric should be displayed for added happiness. Twine is easily accessible in a clear jar. Cakestands are great for housing an array of supplies. A vintage baking dish holds rick-rack. A disposable plastic Christmas tablecloth is better utilized as a shelf liner:

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A colorful old flour sifter is the perfect size for holding a big cone of baker's twine. Sturdy cupcake liners work as vessels for small objects such as twist-ties.

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The entire feature, as well as My apron pattern and instructions are available in the book.

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Special thanks to Jenny for creating such a beautiful book and featuring so many creative women, and to Christina G., who photographed this story. All images seen here are by Christina G.

The sprinkles, cupcake liners, and twist-ties are from Bake it Pretty.

The cakestands are from Martha Stewart for Macy's.

The disposable plastic Christmas tablecloth is from Martha Stewart Crafts.

My desk is from Pottery Barn.

The oilcloth covering on my desk is from Cath Kidston.

P.S. Don't forget to enter for your chance to win EARLY ADMISSION tickets to The Farm Chicks Show! Click here to learn more!

November 14, 2011

My Kitchen - Part 5 (Pantry & Built-In)

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November 11, 2011

My Kitchen - Part 4 (Sink & Stove Wall)

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November 09, 2011

My Kitchen - Part 3 (The Island)

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November 03, 2011

My Kitchen - Part 1

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October 13, 2011

A Pumpkin Here, A Pumpkin There

Want to know the quickest way to cheer up your house for the season? Tuck pumpkins here and there.

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a chandelier

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a coatrack

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the kitchen.

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A little or a lot.

Hooray for pumpkins!

October 10, 2011

The Miniest Pumpkin

IMG_9520 Hello! Welcome to Pumpkin Week! This week I'll be sharing pumpkin inspiration with you. Decorating, celebrating, and baking. It'll be fun!

Today let me tell you about this cute little pumpkin - the miniest of them all.

Isn't it adorable?

It's actually not a pumpkin at all, but a cute little seed pod called a Putka Pod.

These little pumpkin look-a-likes have so many decorative uses around the home - today I'll show you two ways.

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Our Realtor, Jack, stopped by to see our new house and brought me some beautiful fall mums. So I took out a little galvanized tub, some fabric, and putka pods to make a happy fall arrangement.

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1.) I removed the wrapping from the mums, saving the elastic band.

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2.) I re-wrapped the mum with fabric and attached it with the elastic string I had saved.

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3.) I placed the plant in the tub and surrounded it with the pods. They just add that extra bit of Autumn cheer.

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Now, how about some tea? Tea to celebrate the season. How should we serve it to our guests?

Let's start with this great little wooden box:

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Line with Putka Pods, and fill with tea bags, spoons, and sugar:

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So simple and festive.

Tips:

Putka Pods can be found in craft stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby, or online.

The pods are pretty delicate. They can last for several seasons, if handled with care. Once you're done with them for the season, seal in a ziploc bag or sealed container. Keep away from an area where there may be mice, as mice love seeds and pods.

 

October 02, 2011

The Party Table

I was having a party but my table needed some harvest splendor. Ho hum.

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So I went out and found some

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and brought that splendor in and washed it all up.

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Then I began to pretty up the table.

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But it wasn't quite enough so I added some more.

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And then I decided to just get carried away

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because the harvest comes but once a year.

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P.S. Just in case you wondered where warts come from...

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hee hee.

August 04, 2011

Collecting: Glassware

When I designed our dining room built-in, I wanted to make sure I'd have a spot to store all of my extra glassware.

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I love how something so simple can add such sparkle to a room.

My favorite source for glassware is estate sales. It seems that most people just pass them by. Most of the sets I find are quite large, which is a must for me. I usually won't buy any sets with less than 12 glasses. Although I couldn't pass up this set of 8 tiny juice glasses (shown at left) recently.

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The set was mine for $1. And I do really like how old-fashioned juice glasses are tiny. I think juice is more special sipped, not guzzled.

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I still have several shelves to fill and can't wait to see what I'll find next.

P.S. Have you ever seen Matthew Mead's Entertaining Simple book? I love his use of glassware throughout.

Post Edit: I ordered our table from Antico. It works really well for our big family because it seats 12. I love that their furniture is made from reclaimed and sustainably harvested wood. The chairs are from Cost Plus World Market.

July 21, 2011

Recovered

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When we moved into our new home, I took some of our furniture for World Headquarters. Our old kitchen table is now my sewing table, recovered with a sweet new oilcloth.

This was the table before:

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And I did love that oilcloth so much, but was ready for a change. I'm funny that way... looking at certain things makes my mind wander with the memories I have from that piece. So, for example, every time I saw that table, I'd be sidetracked with so many memories and thoughts from our old house, dinners, etc., that it was a distraction from what I'm trying to do in WHQ (World Headquarters).

Time for a tiny change.

And my fabric is slowly getting organized.

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And once I'm done with that, I'll be mopping the WHQ floor as my final move-in chore.

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Sources:

The desk in the background of the first image is from Pottery Barn.

The cubbies are from Ikea.

My oilcloth (before and after) and sewing basket are all from Cath Kidston.

My pincushions were Christmas ornaments from Martha Stewart.

Much of my new fabric is from Sandi Henderson (Hi Sandi!), Amy Butler, and Cath Kidston. The rest is all vintage.

My upholstered chair and ottoman are from Ikea and the slipcovers are from an old Ikea line named Rosalie that I was able to find on ebay.

Photo Credit: The before image of my table is from my first book, The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen, and was shot by John Granen.

July 13, 2011

Strawberry Fun

Let's have some fun with strawberries around the house!

Little cups of fresh strawberries are darling at each person's place at the table:

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An old strawberry ice cream carton turns an ordinary supermarket plant into something sweet:

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Strawberry Candies, like these marshmallows, make a lighthearted display:

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Sources:

The clear glass mini cakestand is from Pottery Barn.

The Italian Strawberry Marshmallows are from Wal-Mart.

May 26, 2011

Let's Talk About Antiques

For some reason, I have a real hang-up with the word "antique". I know what you're thinking.... She's the promoter of an antiques show. I know...

Let me explain.

I love old things. I find comfort in bringing them into my home. And I've always lived surrounded by them. For some reason, the word just seems so stodgy to me.

When thinking about what I wanted to name my show, I struggled with calling it an antiques show. But that's what it is. And antiques aren't stodgy. In fact, they're cool.

Antiques are actually the best way to add your own unique, one-of-a-kind style to your home. And they can be used in cool and unexpected ways.

I think when many people hear the word antiques, they think of treadle sewing machines, high-laced women's boots, and old dolls. (Don't get me wrong, I learned to sew on a treadle sewing machine). But to me, those are my grandma's antiques.

These are mine:

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And at my show, The Farm Chicks Antiques Show, these are not your grandma's antiques. They're yours. Because it's all about what you love and what you do with it. Antiques are cool like that.


Don't miss out! The Farm Chicks Antiques Show runs June 4th & 5th at the Spokane County Fairgrounds, in Spokane, Washington.

Inspiration abounds. And you don't want to miss out. I promise.

The first six images are by my friend, John Granen, from my first book, The Farm Chicks in The Kitchen.

The ice-cream image is by Ray Kachatorian, from one of my stories for Country Living Magazine.

April 18, 2011

Vosges

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April 13, 2011

Rhubarb Flowers

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January 19, 2011

An All White Palette

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December 14, 2010

Serena's "Sweet" Centerpiece

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March 25, 2010

Easter Place Settings

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January 18, 2010

Table Covering

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January 13, 2010

My Happy Home

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January 06, 2010

My Print, AD FC

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December 19, 2009

Christmas Star Cookie Wreath/Centerpiece

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December 03, 2009

Christmas Pantry

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November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving Garland

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October 22, 2009

The Laundry Room

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August 25, 2009

My Favorite Things

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June 17, 2009

Curtain Crush

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June 09, 2009

For Me?!

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April 03, 2009

Mary, Mary, How Do Your Flowers Show?

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February 03, 2009

Back to Normal

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January 02, 2009

Happy Home Office

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October 29, 2008

The Baking Center

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October 21, 2008

Patience is a virtue

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