We’ve Moved! (but not far…)

This past couple of months, Coach and I have been working really hard to create a new fresh look for our space in the Barn at Todd Farm. Well, actually, its my new space…but I didn’t move far- just across the aisle! Our friends and barn co-inhabitants from The Laughing Cottage moved down to the front entrance of the barn, leaving their space available. So, Coach and I decided that because of its size and orientation (it is wide rather than deep) it made sense for me to make the move to give us a lot more wall space to hang our artwork and decorative stuff. We moved into a blank slate, basically plywood walls and floors, and set out to create a warm and welcoming space with a slightly nautical theme. We painted the back chipwood wall, first with an undercoat of white,

Barn Booth painted wall

and then I dry-brushed over it in shades of grays and blues. (woops, I forgot to take the after picture, but if you look real close behind the whales, you can see the finished wall).

Barn Booth Back Wall Styled

The bookcase wall, which had been covered with rustic shutters, took on a mid-century modern look once I painted random squares with pops of color and stained the rest.

Barn Booth Painted Shelving

Then, we filled it with all sorts of curated items, hung a ladder and some fish net and patio lights for ambiance. So cute!

Barn Booth Bookcase Wall Lights

Then, the floor! Well, what was once a dusty, plain brown plywood

Barn Booth Plywood Plank Flooring

is now a striped and stenciled masterpiece that continually draws customers’ attention and comments-who just love it!

Barn Booth Old Trunk

The painted floor stripes were simple to do-measured, then taped off, followed by painting alternating stripes of General Finishes Milk Paint in Coastal and Federal Blue. You can see in the photo below that I did create more of a paint-washed look rather than a solid color. I wanted it to look old and worn, not shiny and new, so I used a brush rather than a roller- an arduous task, but worthwhile in the end.

Barn Booth Painted Stripe Flooring

By the time I was finished with the stripes, they were already dry and ready for the stencils! I created a large pattern on my handy-dandy Cricut machine and cut it-so large, that I had to piece it together with tape!

Barn Booth Cut Stencil

Stenciling was done with a large sponge and some random acrylic paint I mixed together in a pale chartreuse.

Barn Booth Spacing Stencils

Spacing was a bit tricky- I started in the middle in front of the beam (which I thought was centered, but not quite) and worked to the left and right. Along the way, I gave up the measuring tape and just eyeballed it to make sure I could fit it all in. As is sometimes the case (but not always), the stenciled design fit perfectly! So now my space is filled with pieces that I have refurbished and lots of cool junk that Coach has picked along the way. Actually, quite a few of these pieces sold on our flea market opening day this past Sunday- but there are plenty more where those came from!

Barn Booth Styled

If you haven’t been up in awhile, or have never been to The Barn at Todd Farm, come on up and visit us in our sweet new space.

Barn Booth Bookcase Wall

(and Coach is now in my old space with the rusty bedspring light)- with a new name- American Vintage GoodsRusty Bedspring Marquee Light In Shop PM

So stop on by and say Hi!! And have a wonderful (albeit WET) Wednesday! Susan xoxo

Hello…again.

It is been three months (and a day) since my last blog post on June 25th. During these past few months of summer, we sold my mom’s condo and moved her into a sunny new two bedroom apartment, which she loves. Obviously, this is the before…”afters” coming shortly!

Moms Apartment 1We hosted the bridal shower,

Shower Marquee Chalkboard Signthen spent the summer prepping for the Kennebunkport wedding (more of that coming shortly but I will tell you that those sun umbrellas came in quite handy…)

Kennebunkport Wedding Pic Sunshineand Coach and I spent the weekends at the Barn at Todd Farm selling our “junk-tiques”.

American Flag Coffee Table VignetteWe managed to fit in a James Taylor/Bonnie Raitt concert at Fenway Park-absolutely incredible!

James Taylor at Fenway Park 2015I completely redecorated our guest bedroom

Nautical Bedroom Makeoverand finally finished both the Hall of Shame  (LOVING the new herringbone carpet-so soft!)

Herringbone CarpetAND the upstairs bath (that’s what happens when you have international guests coming to stay and the pressure is on : 0

Oak vanity with vessel farmhouse sinkDuring this time, I kept thinking that perhaps it was time to say goodbye to this blog because frankly, I really didn’t think I had anything left to say. Every time I was working on a new DIY project for the wedding (or the barn) I would start to take photographs…but then I would get distracted and forget until the project was completed.

Painting Globes for weddingWhoops. Or I would see something very similar to my project on Pinterest or on another blog and think “It’s all been done before. How many ways can you decorate a mason jar (turns out there are millions…)?

Mason Jar Margarita Wedding Shower FavorsWhy would anyone want to read what I have to say?” The pressure of just thinking about writing, never mind actually doing the writing had me teetering near the edge. But now, after being idle (for a quarter of a year!!) I realize that my walking away was just the stress talking…I just couldn’t handle ONE MORE THING. Now that the summer has ended and our lives have settled back into some sort of normalcy (until we start gearing up for wedding #2 in 2016 with our son Chris and his beautiful bride-to-be, Ashley),

#Crashley 1

it occurs to me that perhaps I have a little blog left in me. And I am hoping that you still have a little blog reading left in you? I’m not promising much, just a few snippets of our lives here and there and any interesting DIY projects-if I remember to take the photos along the way! I am staying true to my country design roots, but adding some fresh new country style decorating ideas for your reading pleasure. Oh, and one final piece of business. My current gmail account-countrydesignhome@gmail.com-has been repeatedly hacked and I’m sick of getting spam emails-FROM ME-selling Viagra and promising me millions of inherited $$$ from a king in a foreign land. Thanks, google. So I’m in the process of shutting it down entirely. My new email is changing to newcountrystyle@countrydesignhome.com, so if you’re trying to reach me (other than within the comments section of this blog) that’s where I’ll be. Thanks for being a patient and faithful follower…we’ll talk again soon, OK? Susan 

The Barn at Todd Farm

Greetings!! Back from my blogging break and ready to start sharing some very exciting news! Beginning Sunday, August 3, Coach and I, along with Lisa from RitaJosVintage will be setting up shop in the Barn at Todd Farm!! Woo Hoo!

Barn Postcard no emailsMany of you already know about the historic Todd Farm in Rowley, Mass-the amazing Sunday flea markets with hundreds of vendors selling everything under the sun-and even a kitchen sink or two. (to read about our outdoor selling experience, click here)

Todd Farm SignBut what many of you may not know is that the beautiful huge yellow barn

Barn View Closeupin the center of the property has undergone a restoration and has been transformed from an antique functioning dairy barn

Todd Farm Dairy Cows Phototo an antiques co-operative. Inside the barn there are many vendors (with more to come) that have filled each of the old cow stalls with antiques, collectibles, junque and recycled, refurbished and reloved furniture and accessories. So, what will we be selling?? Some of the items you have seen me transform on the blog will be there,

Vintage Painted Cabinet PMalong with an ever-changing stock of old and really old and newly old stuff from our barn (and porch, and yard, and deck, and dining room and living room…) along with Lisa’s vintage kitsch collections. I will be posting pics of new items and stock each week on this blog, but also on my Facebook pages, as well as Craigslist (look under north shore garage and yard sales and just search Todd Farm). For now, we will be open at the crack of dawn on Sundays…or by chance…or by appointment. But, for now I have to sign off-the truck is arriving shortly and the packing and moving begins now! See you at the Farm

Rusty Bed Spring Arrow Marqueejust look for the stall with the rusty bedspring arrow marquee : ) xoxox Susan

 

 

Pillowtex Pillow Giveaway!!

And just like that, it’s Monday, and what better way to start off a week that may include a springtime Nor’Easter!?! How about with a giveaway of a Pillowtex Duck Down and Feather Pillow to help you sleep through those stormy nights!?!

Pillowtex Triple Core Pillow Giveaway

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The Pillowtex Triple Core White Duck Down & Feather Pillow is a luxurious, high-quality down pillow that features a unique design to insure a superior support for a great night’s rest. The Pillowtex Triple Core Pillow is made up of 3 chambers to provide excellent support combined with comfort. The inner core is filled with 5% White Duck Down and 95% White Duck Feather, and the two outer cores are filled with 25%  White Duck Down and 75% White Duck Feather. The three cores are then covered with two plush layers of 230 thread-count fabric made of 100% cotton, with double-stitched seams to insure the durability of each pillow.

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I Heart Mason Jars

Post #5. I recently published a Pinterest page I entitled “A-Mason Jars”. (a-mason, amazing…get it?). Creativity knows no bounds when mason jars, a can of paint and some glue is concerned. Lights, vases, drinks, candle sconces, even Valentines are just some of the many, many ways that mason jars have been transformed by amazing DIY’ers. In true Valentine fashion, here are a couple of painted vintage jars that I just finished for the Vintage Thymes Monthly Market  coming up this weekend. Mason Jar Painted Valentine HeartThey are painted with Behr Naturally Calm (lol-most definitely NOT named after me) and Behr Ridge View

Behar Lavender Paint Samples

Allowed to dry, then lightly sanded off around the raised writing to highlight the brand names: Ball & Kerr. Added a burlap tie glued with a couple of little fabric hearts I purchased at the Dollar Store. Cute? Here are a few other inspired designs from some very creative DIY’ers! From the blog Shaken Together, this Corny Valentine Mason Jar has a message on a jar filled with pink candy corn. Super Sweet! Shaken Together Mason Jar ValentineFrom Crissy’s Crafts, these popcorn-filled jars with free My Heart Pops for you Labels from Bird’s Party.com-adorable! Mason Jars Valentine Popcorn by Crissy's CraftsMake Something Mondays (LOVE her tag line…”keep your head open, something might fall in” : ) made Mason Jar Valentines Hot Chocolate Mix-yum! Make It Mondays Valentine Hot Chocolate Mason Jar From the blog Vintage Street Market, this sweet Jar Full Of Love created by Vicky Chrisman using a vintage Bingo card and a photograph. Mason Jar Full of Love by Vicki Chrisman More sweets for your sweetheart from The 36th Avenue. These candy-filled jars are simple-DIY instructions included-PLUS free printable Valentine tags! The 36th Avenue Candy Mason JarThese hand-painted Valentine Mason Jars are from Lemon Tree Dwelling. Super easy, super cute and you can see the treats inside too! Mason Jar Valentines from Lemon Tree DwellingAnd finally, if you’re not into that whole glass and paint and glue thing, how about some Sprinkled with Love Mason Jar Cookies from Munchkin Munchies-LOVE! Mason Jar Cookies from Munchkin MunchiesFor many more sweetly-inspired mason jars, check out my Pinterest pages- Be Mine Valentine and A-Mason Jars. Hope you are having a warm and toasty Wednesday, everyone. XOXOX Susan

Seasonal Scenes from the Market

This weekend marks the November edition of the Vintage Thymes Monthly Market, Farmhouse Holiday.

Stockings Were Hung

It seems like we just wrapped the October show with pumpkins and Halloween, and here we are barreling into the holiday season!

VTM November

I was blown away when I walked through the double red doors

Joy

on Friday morning. So much sparkle and Christmas cheer!

Pink Tree and Santa

(Of course, I was thinking Thanksgiving, not Christmas, because I am most definitely a one-holiday-at-a-time kind of gal.

Country Design Home

So when I conceptualized my booth, I was planning Thanksgiving dinner and making pies! So my space is a little less sparkly

Green Tree Sparkle

and Santa-inspired than many others…

Santas Clogs

but I am pulling out my cans of sparkly snow and adding some bling for the December market!)

Get Your Holiday On

If you haven’t made it to the Vintage Thymes Market yet

Berries in Barrel

and I can’t imagine why not!?!

Skates and Skis

This month’s market is a great introduction

Christmas Country

to view all of the extremely talented artists,

Simplify

craftsmen

Fleurish Home and Garden

and designers

Screen Door Vignette

who create amazing pieces for their magazine-worthy vignettes,

Peace on Earth

using simply vintage everyday items that they’ve dolled up and made beautiful,

Baby It's Cold Outside

and it’s all for sale : ) Something for everyone on your shopping list!

Fleurish Home SIlver

The Vintage Thymes Market is open today, Saturday from 9-6 and tomorrow, Sunday from 12-5.

Owl in Snow

And owl be seeing  you in December! Susan

It’s High Time to Shop!

In an early High Five for Friday!, I wanted to give you a sneak peek at all things country being offered in my shop at the Vintage Thymes Monthly Market. After what seems like a year (actually its only been 6 weeks since I agreed to join the market- but boy my arms are tired!) of sanding, staining, waxing, painting, cleaning and hauling loads of great vintage stuff in my poor car-soooo many dings and bumps : ( CRV Hauling Stuff

 I am finally ready to debut my collection!

Country Design Home: A Carefully Curated Collection of  Simply Casual Country Style Furnishings & Accessories.

Market Sign

This was the before:

Market Space Before

And this was during (I really thought I was going to need a bigger booth!)

Market Pre-Staging

And this is now:

Country Design Home Shop

In my shop, you will find hand-crafted items, like these very cute shutter chalkboard signs,

Chalkboard Signs

refurbished beauties like this pink and gray Victorian commode that was featured in a previous blog post: Coming Unhinged

Market Pink Commode

and of course, my newly created wrought iron shutter top patio set! Shutter Patio Set If you get there early, you might find this amazing aqua blue vintage hinged and locking steel box Market Aqua Steel Box presumably from the back of my dream pickup truck

Vintage Pickup Truck

(but I have a feeling that one’s not going to be there long, judging from the oohs and ahs of anyone who saw it…), loads of creamy white stoneware and crocks, mason jars by the barrel, vintage tin milking pails, luscious yellow enamel bowls and these cute tin daisy canisters with cut glass knobs.  If you follow my blog, you know I am all about color. This month is pretty pastels, reflected in the paints and accessories I chose to highlight. I love muted grays and blues as much as the next girl, but for me, color brightens my world and makes me happy : ) market cupboard closeup The cupboard shown here was in my dining room for years. Moved around a bit, but finally landed back in the barn. What was once an old, tired dark brown stained wood was transformed with Annie Sloan French Linen Paint and Soft Wax Finish and Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint on the buffet top.  Or, if you have a hankering for some home-made ice cream, how about this vintage ice cream maker? market aqua ice cream maker If you are getting ready to plant, I suggest this 9 clay pot vintage iron rack. The pots are chalkboard painted, so you can erase my numbers and label them with the various plants and herbs you are nursing along.Clay Pot Planter I had a blast putting my shop together, with special thanks to Coach, who is my fabulous picker, Lisa Mokaba, my right hand girl and lover of all things vintage, Nancy Granese, who added her amazing artwork for my space and the fabulous ladies from Vintage Thymes Monthly Market-Robin and Nancy-who have helped me immeasurably with great staging and pricing advice : ) Vintage Thymes Market Shop The entire market is stacked to the rafters with great vintage finds, and ready for opening day-tomorrow!  So much to see, so much to buy! I hope you have a truck : ) The hours of operation are Friday, May 10 from 9-6, Saturday May 11 from 9-6 and Sunday May 12  from 12-5. The address: WinSmith Mill Market at the Norwood Commerce Center, 61 Endicott Street, Norwood, MA.  Google Map Here. Hope to see you all there! Now I’m going to take a breath and have a cup of coffee before I start getting ready for June. Happy Shopping, and a very Happy Mother’s Day everyone! Susan

“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree…”

“…at the Christmas Party Hop!”  (What exactly is a party hop, anyway??) Yesterday I decided to make a cake for a an amazing person whose birthday happens to fall three days before Christmas. I imagine that it’s not always fun having your birthday so close to the biggest holiday of the year- your special day may totally get forgotten in all the hustle and bustle of the season. So I pulled all these ingredients out, and turned this:

Cake Ingredients

Into this Winter Wonderland Cake:                Christmas Tree Cake

It is a pretty simple cake, although it looks like  you spent hours and hours creating it! Here’s how:

1. Bake a cake in a bundt pan. Cake Bundt Pan

Here is a great recipe for turning a box mix into a pound cake with the additions of butter, water and pudding mix!

Cake Mix Recipe

Cool the cake, and invert in onto your serving plate.

2. Frosting: you certainly can use the kind in the tubs, I did for this, but I added some more confectioner’s sugar, cream and vanilla to boost the flavor. Then I added the green food coloring, but I saved a little of the white for the top layer of drizzle. Fill a pastry bag with the colored frosting.

3. Make your trees from ice cream cones. Take a “star” tip in a pastry bag and fill it with whatever color frosting you want the trees to be- green is good, pink or purple is fine too! Holding the cones at the tip, and starting at the bottom, pipe rows of stars, pulling them out a little so they look shaggy.  Cake Frosting Trees

As you go along, every fourth or fifth row, turn the cone sideways and sprinkle with decorations-cute, huh?

Cake Trees

When you get just to the top, put the cone down on wax paper and then add the frosting tip of the tree.  Frost your forest, then allow to dry.

Cake Frosting Forest

4. Take whatever colored frosting you have remaining, and put it in a microwave-safe bowl and begin to melt it. I use the high setting and check it every 15 seconds until it is a runny consistency. Don’t burn it!!!!

Cake Drizzle

5. Now using a spoon or fork, drizzle the icing back and forth over the cake until it is covered. It sets quickly so you have to work fast. Then take the white icing and melt it the same way.  Doing one section at at time, drizzle the white icing onto the cake, sprinkle some coconut, place a tree into place and push gently to secure it. Repeat with remaining icing and trees until you have a wonderland!

6. Final step: take confectioner’s sugar and a little sifter and sprinkle all over the entire cake to give the illusion of snow fall…pretty!! Now serve it to the very special birthday girl : ) and sing a little “Happy Birthday Party Hop”     Cake Sprinkling Sugar   Hope you have a sugary sweet Sunday everyone!! Two days until Santa arrives!! Susan

 

The Glidden Project-Complete!

Soooo, how did I do?!? If you remember the before pics, dark and dreary, not much light, kind of drab. But now… bright and cheerful, lighter and fresher-just in time for the holidays!! A few things I did for this makeover:

1. Repainted all the walls, including the tired blue fireplace wall, which immediately brightened up the entire room.

Completed Room

2. Transformed the bookcases/media wall. Fresh paint on back wall, repainted all the shelving from dark, stained brown to creamy white. I also painted the niche with the Steel Blue for a focal point- where the hand-carved whale now sits. Backlighting it with some LED lights gives an aquarium-like transformation-kind of cool, right?

Glidden Bookcase Whale Wall

3. Edited the shelves by removing most of Coach’s old books and keeping the ones that have some meaning (or the colors looked pretty : )

Bookshelves Edited

4. Had this old chair and ottoman re-upholstered in a light blue linen with creamy white trim.

Family Room Chair Before

Here is the brighter, fresher, newly transformed chair and ottoman! I have a great company in Lynn, just in case anyone needs a remodel…

Glidden Chair Redo

4. We kept the rugs the same, but change out some lampshades, added some colorful throw pillows, some soft fluffy blankets for those chilly winter evenings and re-arranged the pictures and mirrors.  This is Daisy’s chair. She would be really upset if we got rid of her chair, even if she really isn’t able to get up there to curl into a ball : )

Daisy's Chair

Wall Completed with Sofa

5. I also used the Steel Blue to re-paint the arched mirror so it would stand out against the Antique Beige background.

Arched Mirror Steel Blue

And then I decorated for the holidays, of course!

Decorated Fireplace and Tree

Arched Mirror Steel Blue Decorated

I would like to again thank the folks at Glidden for their paint, and their patience in allowing me the time to make this happen and write about it in my own words. I hope this story inspires you to try something new, break away from the known and do a little experimenting of your own!  Susan

A Lousy Im”Press”ion

So, it appears as if you all received an email from Country Design Home yesterday that held no content, just a link to a post that was password protected. Apologies for that! Apparently, if you privately publish a post, Word Press (my blog hosting site) still sends out an email with the link to all of your followers, even if they cannot view it! I am not sure what the concept is there, but I will tell you that the blog post in question is now live, and I would love for you to read it- it is part 1 of 2 posts! Here is the link: https://countrydesignhome.com/2012/12/18/thegliddenproject/ This is a project I have been working hard on for the past couple of months, and would love any comments or feedback! Again, I apologize for the snafu…and I hope you enjoy the blog! Susan

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