Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Well I'm pretty sure most of you know by now that the fabulous FIFI O'NEILL is the single most accomplished editor, international photo stylist, blogger and best selling author known for PRAIRIE STYLE. PRAIRIE STYLE is more a state of mind than décor itself. It's a combination of a making-do attitude, creating something unique from scratch, using natural textures, a softer side of rustic and rugged. It's a redefined country look. For your pleasure here is a link to Fifi's website FIFI
A lot of things have changed in the last (ahem) 20+ years, we can easily access beautiful photography at the touch of a button right on our computer screens and cell phones. BUT some things have NOT changed. For me, these images certainly do NOT replace finding a quiet spot, sitting in a comfy chair, flipping through a magazine, reading great articles about the home owners while sipping on a hot tea. Am I RIGHT? or am I RIGHT!! To order issues of Prairie Style or other Country Sampler magazines click HERE
We had a lot of fun with this exterior shoot even though it was a little hectic as lighting is always an issue. It is so nice to be able to have these beautiful keepsake photos. Special memories.
Also! a little birdy told me that Fifi just might have listed ME on the magazine masthead under contributors for styling!! WHAAAAAT!?
I don't know about you, but I sure can't wait to see my home in print once again!
Sunday, 15 May 2016
Friday, 25 March 2016
I knew it was a deal but when I checked the website and saw that they are 89.99 plus 13% tax ($101.68 ea or $406.75 total)
I WAS ELATED!!!!!
A savings of $346.75 because I chose to buy used.
They were very gently used in fact the girl told me they came with the house she just purchased and they were used for staging while the house was for sale. basically brand new! YIPPEEEEE!!!
So I will attempt some linen slipcovers in the future.
Even though it looks clean and crisp to just have the original white covers,
I threw a couple german grain sacks overtop for WOW factor. (and it will help keep the kids from mucking them up!)
I LOVE the ecru natural coloring!
I originally bought the new soft top version but I just didn't 'test drive' them enough in the store and once I wore them around the house for a while before leaving for town the next morning I realized they buckled and hurt the back of my leg so I went back and exchanged for a smaller size and had to go with this style which is certainly fine with me! THEY ARE SO COMFORTABLE!
Monday, 8 February 2016
Just thought I would share a few pretty photos with you.
the photo above is the fieldstone basement
of the house we are hoping to purchase soon.
(still working on it-there is a tenant involved yet-so it's all moving at a snails pace for me right now)
I am very frustrated living here in our temporary rental home.
I can't do a thing in it.
A lot of my décor is packed in boxes.
We moved from a 3 story home to a 2 story
which has not been fun at all!!
A whole extra floors worth of stuff has been packed in boxes and surrounding us!
I suspect I will soon be contacted by the producers of the show HOARDERS!
|Well, it's not THAT BAD! Maybe I'm just going a tad bit crazy with the whole ordeal?! |
Leaving our home and farm was very hard for us and we are still trying to get a sense of normalcy.
I have found that staging a room is like cheap 'therapy' for me.
I've been doing it for a few years now, heck I've been doing it for MANY YEARS really!
As long as I can do a little staging it helps me somehow? HEY! I know I'm not the only one out there that feels that way!
Even amongst all this clutter,
I recently managed to stage a couple things for photos.
|This photo was taken during the actual move.|
I thought it was a pretty pile of my bedroom stuff.
One thing I noticed was that as a lot of my belongings were being piled into the rental I got to see them in a new light. The different surroundings really made me appreciate them.
It was as if I noticed them again.
|As part of my 'therapy' I am also collecting new items|
that I find fit my farmhouse style.
Aged raw wood & antique linens for sure!
|I have created a 'My Neutral Palette' on pinterest where I am pinning a lot of the colour tones that I feel are similar to the colours from the stones in the basement wall and old door. They are the muted colours I would love to add to the home if we get it!|
You can check out the pinterest board HERE
|Isn't this pretty? Farmhouse whites and raw wood. Simple.|
|This is a huge French antique linen sheet with the the initials for me and the hubs. I think it's so pretty. I love that it has aged over the years and somehow made it's way to me. I am always so thankful for every OLD item I get. I always wonder what it's story is and who made it and used it. In one of the photos above (with cube of French soap in tub) there are 2 more antique linen sheets. I admire all the work that went into making them. They were all hand made. Each side is handmade on a narrow loom and the two pieces very carefully hand stitched together. |
|Thanks for hanging in there with me, while we figure out our future!|
I have all fingers and toes crossed that we will be able to purchase this house so very soon!
It would be so fantastic for our whole family!
Believe me! You would start to see some staging going on!! ;)