Country style, country love, country life. Sharing my inspired, vintage, rustic DIY designs and decor on my blog.
Since today is February 29th of a Leap Year, it only seems fitting that I should talk about weddings. Why, you say? Because folklore has it that this day was set aside by St. Patrick, back in Ireland in the 5th Century, for hopeful brides to declare their love and propose marriage to their intendeds. Turns out that St. Bridget had complained to St. Patrick that women had to wait forever for the proposals they were hoping to get. So he offered this one day, every FOUR YEARS, for brides to pop the question. Seriously?
Fast forward to 2012. I am not certain about who did the proposing, but this year we have the honor of being invited to several weddings, including those of our niece and also the children of some of our closest friends-most of whom we have known since they were toddlers. The weddings are being held on a city rooftop a Caribbean beach resort a yacht club and a rustic country barn All unique, as are the brides and grooms, but with one thing in common-love. We wish each and every one of them a lifetime of happiness.
I have made many decorating mistakes over the years, primarily because I didn’t take the time to put together a decorating plan before beginning a new project. Taking existing pieces-adding and editing as you go-can be fun, but frustrating. Many times I have fallen in love with an item and brought it home, only to discover that it really didn’t work in the intended space. Pinterest makes it easy to put together a cohesive plan with a color board that springs from an inspiration piece- in this case, the yellow and gray antique maps.
Ah, the map story. My husband is, in kind words, a pack-rat. He is a collector of all things historical. We have a barn full of books, muskets, harpoons, political campaign buttons, old tools, posters and art. He loves yard sales, and came home one day with an armful-probably 20-of the aformentioned maps that he had purchased for a very reasonable price-intending to sell them for profit. What he didn’t tell me was that he went back later and purchased the remainder of the lot-over 160 maps!!! Two years later, they are still squirreled away in the barn, while he discovers that no one is really interested in his maps. Except me. But he won’t let me use them for decorating. Because someday somebody will want to buy them. Sigh.
via Map It Out.
I am the proud owner of a brand new 2012 Honda CRV. It’s a pretty silver color, has a moonroof, AWD, a backup camera and it’s Bluetooth enabled so I can talk and drive hands free, listening to my ITunes or Pandora. It’s super comfy and the back is large enough to hold anything I can haul out of HomeGoods. Even has a roof rack for the yet-to-be-launched kayaks! (but that’s a story for another day) Dream car, right?
Nope. My dream car is an old-fashioned, shiny, fire engine red pickup truck, a farmer’s best friend. Used for everything from transporting chickens to market to carrying hay, that truck is the vehicle I have wanted for years. Part of the allure is surely the color- RED – the color of fire and blood and one that evokes feelings of energy, confidence and courage. That truck of my dreams has served as inspiration for many of my bold home color choices, including the exterior, the barn and my dining room walls. I may never own one, but I can thank the red truck for shaping my design sense: bold, functional, country, pretty.
I realize that I have already posted today, but I was so excited to discover how to blog from my IPad that I had to share! In our family, collectively we own 4 IPads, 4 IPhones, multiple IPods and three Macs (one belonging to Eleanor, my 91 year old mother-in-law who is an inspiration to us all.) Have to thank Steven Jobs for having the courage to follow his dreams, bucking the PC trend and giving us MacIntosh.
Found a few more Mason jar photo inspirations on Pinterest, so I though I would update and share. Filled with flowers, covered in lace, stuffed with lights, Mason jars are being upcycled for wedding table centerpieces, outdoor chandeliers, photo holders. Trending in all kinds of design, they aren’t just for canning anymore!