Simply ReMARKable Finds

Two weekends ago I visited the WinSmith Mill Market and, as I usually do when I find something awesome, I blogged about it. Because I really didn’t fully understand the size of the place and the amount of vendors doing business there, I spent many hours shopping and researching, and did my best to make sure I covered all the bases when giving out the information. In a couple of instances, I got it wrong, so I would like to correct that now, once and for all. Upon entering the parking lot at 61 Endicott Street, I saw the first building, where I encountered the shops called ReMARKables and Gallery 2.

Gallery 2 Entrance

Perhaps it was due to the mild head injury I experienced with the snow/sun roof incident prior to my arrival, or the sparkly stars hanging above the entrance, but I got the signs confused and used photos from one space that were actually of the other!

Remarkables Bed Springs

I received a lovely email from the store manager Arlene, who had seen the blog and noticed the photo mixup. (I mean, who could confuse where this sofa came from?!)

ReMARKables Sofa

She, in fact, informed me that she had spoken to the owner Mark (more about him in a moment) about making the signs clearer, as many customers are just as confused. So, I returned to the scene this past weekend, met Arlene and got a little background information about the two shops: ReMARKables (the large warehouse filled with stuff owned by- you guessed it- MARK Waters)

ReMARKable showroom

and Gallery 2 (which is a little vintage shop in the same warehouse building, curated by Deb, the owner). ReMARKables Cleanouts is a family-owned cleanout service with over ten years of experience.

ReMARKables Cleanouts Truck

What started as Mark hauling stuff out of houses and into his garage has morphed into the enormous warehouse space you see in these photos.

Remarkables Sofas

You name it, they have it- lots of it- and its anything and everything, both vintage- like this amazing Maytag Washer,

Remarkables Maytag Washer

and modern- loving this  dining set: )

Remarkables Dining Set

can be had for a great price (Edith actually bought the shelf itself-minus the china!)

Remarkables Shelves

ReMarkables also holds a monthly auction, and some of the goods are set aside for that purpose- you cannot purchase them until the auction. The next one is scheduled for Friday, March 22 at the Norwood Commerce Center, where the Mill is located. For more information about the auction, you can contact them at 781-352-3162.  Gallery 2 is a small shop that is filled with vintage pieces, like these glamorous furs,

Gallery 2 Fur Coats

these adorable children’s books

Gallery 2 Children's Books

and these vintage office supplies (loving the table fan!)

Gallery 2 Vintage Typewriter

Deb , the owner, says that she started out with hats and bags, and has grown her shop into a warm and welcoming space that offers jewelry, vintage gowns and some pretty, pretty vintage decor.

Gallery 2 Showroom

Below is a legend that is on the WinSmith Mill Market Facebook Page. Once again, this market is housed in the Norwood Commerce Center @ 61 Endicott, and is open on weekends only.

Winsmith Market Legend

Although it is difficult to see, you can identify that there are 4 separate, but adjacent builings that house all of the shops listed. Some shops, like Vintage Peacock and Vintage Thymes, which are downstairs in building 23/24, are actually more of a co-op, where many vendors share the space to sell their wares. Other shops, like  The Old Bean Antiques, are separately owned and operated.

Mill Old Bean Wagon

I can also tell you that many of these shops do not have websites, but some do have Facebook pages where you can find general information. According to the WinSmith Market Facebook Information, the hours of operation are: Friday and Saturday 9am-6pm and Sundays from 12-5pm. (this is directly from the information page) For additional information you can contact them at Sre@61endicott.com One exception: The Vintage Thymes Monthly Market is just that- a MONTHLY Market, and is generally open on the second weekend of every month (Friday through Sunday).

Vintage Thymes Monthly Market

For more info about their upcoming schedule, you can click here. So, I hope this clears up any confusion about the hours of operation and the shops. For any additional information, my best advice is to contact the WinSmith Mill Market email listed above or better yet, take a ride down  (or up) there to see what all the fuss is about- you will NOT be disappointed! These past two weekends I visited more shops that are not listed on the legend above, but are included in the one below I found while shopping on Saturday.

Mill Map

So I am assuming that means that new shops are opening quickly as the word spreads, which is a good thing for you! Hope you are having a remarkable day! Susan

The Emerald Isle

Enjoy this old Irish Blessing with a sampling of some of my favorite photos from our last visit to Ireland…

Irish Foothills

Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you

Kinsale

May the wind be always at your back

Blarney Castle

May the sun shine warm upon your face (yup, that’s me kissing the Blarney Stone!)

Kissing the Blarney Stone

And the rains fall soft upon your fields

Ireland

And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Irish Abbey

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!! Susan

Going Green

Since it is almost St. Patrick’s Day, and I just recently did a post on green (it is, after all, Pantone’s Color of the Year!), I thought I would share some eco-friendly products from companies that are committed to “going green”. All of these companies earn our High Five for Friday!!

Going Green Redwood Forest

We hear that phrase in marketing and advertising all the time- but what, exactly does it mean? This quote, from the website Save The World states it perfectly: “Living a green lifestyle – or going green – can begin in small, easy to manage ways. Recycling is a huge, obvious part of helping to save the world through green living. Reducing one’s reliance on oil-based energy sources is another popular method employed in trying to save the world. Purchasing only all organic, chemical free products is another way that many people begin going green, and is considered a very effective method at trying to save the world and all of its resources. Green living is infiltrating all parts of daily life, and the planet is sure to be better for it.”  So, I searched around for some readily available products that do just that- use only plant-based, chemical free and recycled products.

Method Cleaners (available at Target)- Developed by two young roommates- Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan, “their powers combined, they set out to save the world and create an entire line of home care products that were more powerful than a bottle of sodium hypochlorite. Gentler than a thousand puppy licks. Able to detox tall homes in a single afternoon”.

Going Green Method Cleaner Orla Kiely

Mrs. Myers Clean Day  “Inspired by Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer, an Iowa homemaker and mother of nine. It all started when one of her daughters was walking down a cleaning aisle, eyeing all the products with their harsh, stinky chemicals. Right then and there, she had an idea: “Let’s make cleaners that smell nice, like my mom’s garden, but still work like the dickens on daily dirt and grime.”

Green Mrs. Myers Soap

Karen Quinn Organics  “…we pride ourselves on our commitment to fair trade and the earth. We use only certified organic cotton, grown using sustainable farming practices that maintain and replenish soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers. Our garments are made of ultra soft, all-natural, organically produced cotton certified by Control Union Certifications (formerly SKAL), a USDA Accredited Certifying Agent. Our garments are also made using Fair Trade practices under Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS). Every little garment supports our vision and hope of a cleaner, kinder earth.”

Going Green Kate Quinn Organic jumpsuit

Bambeco- Hot Style for a Cool Planet  “Bambeco was founded in 2009 by Susan Aplin and Carolyn Wapnick; it was inspired by a trip to Alaska where they saw extreme glacial recession and other impacts of climate change up close. That’s when Aplin set off on a personal quest to understand her impact on the planet, which led to several carbon reduction changes in her life. After making household, energy usage, and commuting changes, Aplin wanted to extend her environmental values to eco-conscious home décor & furnishing purchases and discovered that fashionable, environmentally responsible home products were not available in the marketplace.”

Going Green Bambeco Apron

Of course, you can shop organic at any of your local farm stands or grocers. Just make sure you bring along your eco-friendly bags! This company showcases a wide variety of attractive shopping bags for stylin’ while you’re shopping!

EcoBags.com Cleaning Up the Planet, One Bag At A Time     “EcoBags opened 1989 with a simple goal; to produce quality bags at great prices so that “Reusable becomes a way of life.” We started with the ECOBAGS® Brand Classic String Bag, a simple lightweight, expandable cotton net bag used in Europe for generations, long before paper and plastic bags.” LOVE this French Woven Basket

Going Green Organic Tote from EcoBags

And, of course, for the designers with a conscience, Benjamin Moore makes a NO-VOC paint called Natura– even the label is beautiful!!

Going Green Natura Benjamin Moore

“Natura Waterborne Interior Paint continues  Benjamin Moore’s commitment to providing the most environmentally friendly paint.  Natura Paint emits lower total VOCs than other national zero-VOC products on the market, all without compromise to performance or color selection. Natura is truly “Green Without Compromise®.”  Again, a marketing term we hear quite often, but what are VOC’s? Volatile Organic Compounds that are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and
long-term adverse health effects-yikes!

If you have a favorite, eco-friendly company, drop me an email and I will be happy to share with everyone! The more we know, the more we can help our planet! Have a green Friday everyone! Susan

Capturing Color Palettes

It’s Wanderlust Wednesday, and this week we are returning to Wakefield, Mass to join the throngs of walkers circling the 3 mile path around the lake for their daily exercise. Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, with a hint of spring in the air, hundreds-no, thousands-of walkers/runners begin the migration back to the lake to shake off the winter layers (fleece and fat!) and start the annual pilgrimage to beach time fitness. While walking along, the scenery surrounding me constantly catches my eye, and each season brings a fresh new palette. In the fall, it was all about oranges and reds and yellows and golden sunsets.

Autumn on the lake

With the spring comes budding birch trees,

Benjamin Moore Birch Tree

dormant greenery springing back to life,

Benjamin Moore Hartshorne House Exterior

and melting ice floes with gray horizons.

Benjamin Moore Melting Lake

I have a new toy on my Iphone this season: Benjamin Moore Color Capture. You know when you see a house and you think “I wonder what color that is- I love it!” Would you ever put it past me to actually go knock on some perfect stranger’s door to ask what the color and paint brand their house was painted? Yup, done that!  Now it’s a little simpler- I just snap a shot with my Iphone and the Color Capture Analyzer instantly produces all of their paint colors in that particular shot! Then you just go to the Benjamin Moore website, type in the color in the search box and there you have it-brilliant! So the melting ice and the dark sky over the open waters produced this palette in shades of grays with a purplish hue like Faded Violet and creamy whites from the cloudy sky called Chantilly Lace.

Benjamin Moore Faded Violet

As you move the cursor around on the picture, it will pick up the subtle differences in the palettes- this one has more greens like Quarry Rock

Benjamin Moore Quarry Rock

The birch tree scene produced softer blues like Sweet Innocence, more whites and grays with hints of ambers and gold and a touch of coral from the ground cover that is still hidden under layers of mud and dirt.

Benjamin Moore Birch Tree

The Colonel James Hartshorne House , built in 1681, sits on the corner of the lake by the ball field. It is one that I have always admired, and recently they painted it this gorgeous blue-which color blue, you ask?  Well, according to the palette, the closest is Bachelor Blue. But the lighting and time of day changes the hue, so best make sure you take several shots to get the perfect match!

Benjamin Moore Wild Blue Yonder

Even on the grayest, cloudiest day it still stands bright. And what blue house isn’t complete without a cheery red door? The color of this one? I’m going with the sexy, spicy Caliente.

Benjamine Moore Caliente RedWhile I love that red door, which creates its own color palette, my eye was also drawn to the bright green shrubbery in the front that creates a stunning contrast to the rich blue. Dark Celery-the color in the budding shrub tips-is a great contrast to the blues and reds.

Benjamin Moore Dark Celery

As great as that color scheme is for the Hartshore House exterior, wouldn’t it be great for interior space as well? I created this room on the Benjamin Moore Personal Color Viewer. You know all those colors you just captured outside? Go to the website and you can use them in all types of rooms- using their galleries or your own pics! For this one I used the colors from the lake and house photos: Quarry Rock, Bachelor Blue, Caliente and Chantilly Lace– the possibilites are endless!

Benjamin Moore Personal Color Viewer

 Just make sure that when you are choosing your exerior colors, like the ones on the Hartshore House, you factor in the landscape and background- whether its the sky or water or the surrounding greenery, they all play a part in your palette!  Hope you capture a Wanderful Wednesday everyone!  Susan

Vintage Thymes- Hours Update!

Vintage Thymes- Hours Update.

Vintage Thymes- Hours Update

Update: Since many of you were confused about the operations hours at the WinSmith Mill Market (me too!), I contacted the owner of Diggin’ Daisys for clarification. Her response: “With the exception of Vintage Thymes which is a Monthly Market,  all of the other shops are opened EVERY weekend.  Most are opened Friday-Sunday, others just Saturday and  Sunday.  Let me know if you or anyone else has any questions.  Thanks, Deb” So there you have it! If you venture down on Friday, you may find a few of the shops closed, but Saturday and Sunday are a sure bet! Happy shopping! Susan

 

Since it was such a beautiful day yesterday, I decided to take a ride down to the south shore to visit a shop that I had been following for awhile on Facebook. When internet browsing recently, I had discovered Vintage Thymes– a Monthly Vintage and Antiques Market

Vintage Thymes

that has its home in an old, refurbished tannery at 61 Endicott Street in Norwood, Mass. What I did not realize, until I actually arrived there, was that Vintage Thymes is a huge co-operative market that shares space inside the WinSmith Mill Market-which has many, many more shops housed in this old mill building! WinSmith Mill Market

Pulling into the parking lot, I immediately spotted a sign for Gallery 2, so I stopped there first. You know it’s gonna be fun when this is the entryway that greets you!

Mill Gallery 2 Entry

Floor after floor of any kind of vintage you can want or imagine! As far as the eye could see, there were sections for lighting, dining, sofas (could have picked up this orange chenille beauty with silver threads for $50!)

Mill Gallery 2 Sofa

clothing, tools and essentially anything else under the sun.

Mill Gallery 2 showroom

Exiting that first building, I made my way over to the WinSmith Mill Market, vintage nirvana. First stop was The Old Bean Antiques, chock full of amazing one-of-a-kind pieces,

 Old Bean Wagon

including this horse-drawn carriage! As I was standing there chatting with the owner, I was contemplating how I was going to get that home, and how nice it would look in front of the barn…do you think Coach would notice?

Mill Old Bean Carriage

From there, I walked through the double doors into Vintage Thymes, which is a giant showroom with little booths set up side by side.

Vintage Thymes

Kind of like Brimfield but without the tents and hot sunshine and muddy shoes.  I met one of the owners, Nancy Murphy, who gave me a tour and chatted about the concept. Being open one weekend per month gives the dealers time to refresh and redesign their spaces. Vintage Thymes changes up the theme as well-this month is Vintage Kitchen-so each visit will be like your first, with all new offerings and merchandise. You’d better get there early, though-apparently the local designers and dealers hit the ground running on the Friday mornings for first pickins’!  Each vignette had its own unique character, but all with a common theme: reclaimed, recycled, refurbished vintage furniture and accessories.

Vintage Thymes  Hanging Frame

Most had a small sign or business cards available to ID their spaces, but they all blend seamlessly together into a beautiful showroom with one centralized cashier area.

Vintage Thymes

A couple of my favorites (although by no means a complete listing- there are so many great booths!!) Modern Vintage Design Studio– the gorgeous pastel hand-painted distressed signs caught my eye.

Modern Vintage Design Studios

Sadie Wyatt is an adorable space filled with a soft, natural look of old time charm.

Vintage Thymes Sadie Wyatt

Exited through another doorway into a long hallway where I discovered room after room filled with more beautiful finds! Some of these shops, unlike Vintage Thymes, are individually owned, with proprieters having previously been part of the co-operative, then being so successful they branched out on their own. The Queen of Olde’s welcoming space was so sweet and country pretty, all decked out in pinks and blues.

Mill Queen of Olde

Down the hall was the Vintage Peacock-loving that painted mustard dresser!

Mill Vintage Peacock

From there, I met Deb, the owner of Diggin’ Daisies, another shop I had discovered online. As I was browsing, I overheard her chatting with some fellow shop owners about “the girl from Wakefield who is coming all the way down here!”- they were amazed that people were travelling from the North Shore and Cape Cod to check out this newly opened marketplace (since November 2012). I can assure you, if you are a lover of vintage and antique collectibles, it is well worth the trip.

 Diggin' Daisys

She was so gracious (as was everyone I encountered!!) and she took me on a tour, explaining all of the booths and introducing me to many of the vendors. It was difficult to keep it all straight! Upstairs I discovered the Salvage Angel, Salvage Angel

Winsmith Mill

Furnichicks, and Renewed, Reloved, who was celebrating her grand opening, offering beautifully painted furniture. Best of luck, Krista!!

Mill Renewed Reloved

And finally, POSH Vintage Upscale Boutique, comfortably decorated rooms with everything from vintage clothing to refurbished furniture.  POSH Mantel

Obsessed with this aqua painted cupboard…if only I had another wall in my house.

POSH

So that’s my virtual tour of WinSmith Mill Market. It took me a few hours to make my way around to all of the shops, but everyone was incredibly friendly and eager to share their story and offering refreshments too. There are so many more that I just didn’t have room to mention in this blog post. From the looks of the throngs of people streaming into the buildings and heading out with their treasures, it is a huge success! Today is the last day for this month’s Vintage Thymes Market, so head on over to see for yourself, and tell Nancy that Sue from Country Design Home sent you : ) Just remember to Spring Forward, everyone!! Susan

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So…It’s Not Just Me

Yesterday I wrote a very well-received blog about the WinSmith Mill Market in Norwood, Mass. I had a great time meeting many of the owners and vendors, and enjoyed browsing through all of the amazing vintage finds!

Modern Vintage Design Studios

The part of the story I ommitted was this: As everyone knows, we had a pretty major snowstorm Thursday into Friday, leaving our yards and cars covered with over a foot of snow!

snow pile

As the sun started shining and things started to melt, I managed to remove most of the snow from my car, with the exception of the pile that was sitting in between the roof racks- just couldn’t reach it! So, I set off on my journey on Saturday, confident that the snow would harmlessly slide off the car roof onto the side of the road as I was driving along.
Since it was a warm, sunny day, I decided to open my sun roof for a bit of fresh air. As I was pulling into the Dunkin Donuts parking lot to grab a cup o’ joe prior to my shopping expedition, I heard a faint “swoosh”, and then the entire contents of the snow pile that I thought had blown off the car was now sitting on my head and lap!!  snow in lap Yup, those are my legs…

Are you freakin’ kidding me?!? Instead of sliding off the back end of the car, that big pile of wet, slushy snow slid forward and into my sun roof, soaking me and my seats, dashboard and Iphone.

Snow in car interior

Luckily, it didn’t hit the GPS I just got for Christmas, but not so luckily, there was a guy sitting inside DD watching the entire thing! So I grabbed whatever I had handy to wipe up the mess- tissues, napkins, blankets. Of course, now my jeans were soaked and my hair was matted to my head, so I had to sit for awhile with the heat on high until I dried out enough to start shopping!

snow on head

The reason I am sharing this with you? Well, first of all, it’s pretty funny stuff, and who can’t use a good laugh?! (even if it is at my expense). Secondly, I just wanted to make the point that things don’t always go according to plan-a botched paint job or a busted lamp, no-show contractors or crashing computers can make you crazy-if you let them. What I try to do is just shrug and think “I cannot be the only person this has happened to-or the “So It’s Not Just Me” theory. There is safety in numbers, and sometimes imagining that others have dealt with the same issues and gotten over it helps to lighten the load. So the good news? I made it to the Mill Marketplace and had a great time. A bonus? My car interior is nice and clean : ) If you have had a “So…It’s Not Just Me Moment” and would like to share, please send me an email and I will be happy to post it- pictures included if you have them! Today is “Have a Nap Day” due to Daylight Savings Time- so grab a quick siesta everyone! Susan

At the Corner of Joss & Main

Joss & Main LogoJoss & Main LogoI receive so many promotional emails every day from designers, design companies, design websites and design bloggers that it is difficult to keep up with them all! So many ideas, so little time… but there are a few that I sooo look forward to receiving, including Joss & Main emails, because I know that when I click on their link, something fanciful and wonderful will appear! For those of you not familiar with Joss & Main, they are a free-to-join, but members-only, online discount retail design store with a flash-sale concept…this week’s High Five for Friday!

Joss & Main Street Sign

From their website: “For those who delight in discovery, the thrill of the find, and a daily dose of design inspiration, Joss & Main is a premier members-only site that offers limited-time sales on the world’s best brands for your home and life. Our carefully curated events – usually lasting just 3 days – showcase distinctive designs and trends, along with the talents of noted influencers from the interior design community.”  Todays’ ad? An inspired collection of furniture and accessories based on the dreamy, brilliant colors and styles from the classic movie The Wizard of Oz.

Joss and Main Ad

I pulled a few of my favorite pieces to create a virtual room here, but to view and shop through the entire online store, click here. (you may have to join by adding your emails, but no worries, its free! And, if they ask, tell them Sue from Country Design Home sent you!)

Somewhere Over The Rainbow Rug by Dash and Albert-where my room gets its inspirational colors.

Joss & Main Rainbow Rug

Add a brilliant red Jasper sofa (it’s only $452.95!!!),

Joss & Main Jasper Sofa

this emerald green Leeds Cabinet

Joss & Main Leeds Cabinet

and these fanciful high back Bacall gold wing chairs (could you just imagine the wizard kicking back in one of these?!).

Joss & Main Bacall Wing Chair

This ruby red glass slipper toss pillow, along with the “No Place Like Home” pillow tell the story

Joss & Main Blossom Pillow

Joss & Main Pillow

and are the perfect accessories, along with these gorgeous Isis Glass Table Lamps.

Joss & Main Isis Lamp

And this Cowardly Lion Table Fan! (gotta say, loving this little guy)

Joss & Main Lion Table Fan

And back over at the Wicked Witch of the West’s abode, how perfect are these Distortion Candlesticks!?

Joss & Main Distortion Candlestick

So you see, design inspiration can come from anywhere, including an old favorite movie.

Joss & Main Balloon Rides

But just remember, no matter where your journey leads you to down your own yellow brick road ,

Rug

at the end of the day “there’s no place like home”. Susan

Mellow Yellow

Just sat down at my computer and my new March screensaver calendar caught me eye. Yellow, green and red tulips are sooo cheery!

American Greetings Wallpaper

Makes me happy that spring will truly be here in a few short weeks. Taken from nature, these bright colors work well together, in an analogous color scheme on the color wheel, meaning that they sit next to each other.

yellow color wheel

Although I don’t have any yellow walls in our house, I found a few inspirational spaces to share with you this morning- hopefully it will get you into the spring spirit too! This gorgeous country kitchen by Witt Construction is in a barn/art studio (oh, one can only dream…)

Yellow Witt Construction

This eclectic kitchen by Echelon Custom Homes is so bright and cheerful- who wouldn’t want to wake up and start their day with a morning cup of coffee in this space?!

Yellow Echelon Homes

 Speaking of kitchens, if you haven’t seen the new West Elm “Market” product line, you have to take look at this!!

 West Elm Market

Lots of vintage look, diner-inspired dishware and appliances in yummy colors.

West Elm Market Plates

Obsessed with these refrigerators! Can you imagine this brightly-colored SMEG Italian beauty as the focal point in your yellow kitchen-LOVE!!

West Elm Smeg Fridge
The decor on this porch by Dear Daisy Cottage Blogspot is vintage but so modern with its glossy painted furniture in more trendy hues.

Dear Daisy Cottage

This one is also from Dear Daisy Cottage– I sense a theme going on…cute, colorful, country pretty.

Dear Daisy Cottage setting

I am always blown away by interiors by Anthony Barratta– so dramatic and over the top!

 Modern by Anthony Barratta

Loving this clean and simple, yet rustic and fun interior featured on the Houzz.com pages of Kailey J. Fynn Photography.

Cafe by Kailey Flynn

And, of course, we cannot forget my favorite in this room by Savvy Southern Style– Buffalo Plaid!!

 Yellow Buffalo Plaid Savvy Southern Style

So whatever style of interior you favor, whether its sleek modern, victorian glam or country charming like this adorable bath by Crisp Architects

Yellow Bath by Crisp Architects

a yellow-red-green color scheme can make it pop!

Yellow Victorian Kendall Wilkinson

Have a “springy ” Saturday everyone! Susan

A Big Thank You!

Zazzle Thank You

So, I didn’t realize until Word Press (my host server) sent me a little congrats card that this week marked my one year anniversary of this blog-unbelievable!! What started as a simple marketing assignment has blossomed into a full-fledged, time-consuming, educational, inspirational, often-times ridiculous look into the daily lives of myself and Coach and my family and friends. At 150 posts and counting, some of my personal favorites have included guests spots for New England Home Magazine featuring the works of Interior Designer Rachel Hazelton

 Rachel Hazelton

and photographer Paul Granese,

 Paul Granese Photography

my work on the Glidden Project,

The Glidden Project

my posts from some of the amazing weddings we attended this past yearWedding With A View

The Whale’s Tale, a refurbishing D.I.M. story

Ann Whale's Tale

the special tribute birthday cake I created for my sister in Faded Photographs

Ann Faded Photographs

and of course, my most recent post about our mission trip to the Dominican Republic.

Laundry on Barbed Wire

Over the years, I have always looked for new challenges and adventures-whether its traveling, cooking or creating art or design- and my motto is “I can do that”. Or, at the very least, I can try that (see Kayaking…The Launch)

Kayaking- The Launch

This blog has given me a voice, otherwise unheard, to share my successes and my abysmal failures (of which there are soooo many). Looking back over this past year, it is clear by your responses that you have enjoyed many of my posts about interior design, whether country pretty- yay Buffalo Plaid!

Buffalo Plaid

or chic and glamorous.

Green With Envy

Also big on the hit lists were my ventures to the SOWA Vintage Market

SOWA Market

and the Vintage Bazaar @ Pettengill Farm (can’t wait for that one again!)

Vintage Bazaar

and the Brimfield Antiques Show.

My Sister's Garage @ Brimfield

And, then, of course, there is that whole are you freaking kidding me, I dropped the whole can of paint?!?!” posts,

Hall of Shame Color Splash

where I have been sharing our crazy lives, living in, decorating and preserving our 1850’s farmhouse and barn- featured in Rejected and Dejected

Rejected and Dejected

and so many other posts. Those of you who know us personally have been hearing and witnessing those stories first hand for many years. For those of you in “blog land”, it has been great fun sharing those follies and receiving responses letting me know that you have been there too! For the coming year, I am hoping to expand my horizons and find new places, new spaces and new ideas to share both here and on my Pinterest pages. Endless adventures await, and I never go anywhere now without my camera and iPhone in my pocket. I love comments- so please feel free to weigh in on any subject and “like” a post (the button is at the bottom of the page) so I know you are reading! And if there is something you would like me to feature, check out or write about, drop me an email @ countrydesignhome@gmail.com. Thanks for following my blog everyone! Susan

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