December 5, 2015

Front Porch Christmas Decorating

The other day my husband and I decided to go for a walk in the neighboring woods near our house after we had one of our notorious (and scary!) wind storms. With Washington being known as the evergreen state, there is always an abundance of branches of all sizes broken off everywhere after these storms pass through! So I grabbed a bag and my husband grabbed his pruner!

We gathered a mixture of greens and I've used them both outside and inside in my decorating.

Our front porch isn't very big so I always try to keep it simple and uncluttered. I have also been on the hunt for a table to put out here to have something of bigger scale.

For pops of red I tied some red bead strands around my milk can. Some of these pictures almost didn't make the cut to share with the moss I didn't notice at the time of these pictures! It just grows on everything in this state!!

My mom gave me a pair of these large tin candle holders many years ago, and they open to hold three tea lights, but I usually have a strand of white lights in them instead to illuminate. It was also starting to get dark out when I ran out and snapped these pictures today (3pm it's starting to get dark out! I don't remember it ever being that early in the winter time!?) But it helped with showing my lights I suppose! 

I added pine branches and pine cones to my white planter box. My husband had the idea of laying a strand of white lights beneath the branches, it looks so pretty at night!

And of course my favorite pine cone wreath is still hung in the front window!

We also have an ugly lock box on our front door (hence the angled pictures!) as our landlord has decided to sell the townhouse we rent, just in time for the holidays …. But that is okay, as I have said 100 times before, this house is just not my "style". We have been doing a lot of searching and are excited for the upcoming change!

As you can kind of see the old bushel basket behind the white column below, that is where all our electrical cords are for all these lights, that I then covered with burlap and more pine cones. I hate seeing cords! :)

Years ago my mom also gave me this lighted garland. It looks almost real with the pine cones attached. I always try to incorporate this in my Christmas decorating.

My style has changed so much over the years and now I just strive for simple, rustic touches in my decorating, and honestly, the only things I think I have even bought this Christmas so far for decorating is a few bags of cinnamon pine cones, burlap ribbon and cinnamon sticks from Michael's. Oh! And this pretty cross stitched ribbon from the Etsy shop that I just love!

We still haven't brought in our Christmas tree yet, I "planned" on doing that today … but it just didn't happen!

I will show some of my indoor decorating in my next post, but in the meantime you can see some in my Instagram here too!

And I thought it was time to put a face to Farmhouse1711 …. I tend to be a private person, but I figured with my showing my home and all that I put out on the web as it is, what's a picture of me too :)

Until next time! Happy Holidays!
- Shannon


November 15, 2015

New Cupboard

I was going through some of my pictures I had taken recently and thought I would create a little blog post on this gloomy Sunday and share a bit of what I have had going on around here. Starting first with the last of my hydrangeas :) They are such a pretty color this time of year, I'm sad to see them go!

I bought this antique cupboard this Fall that I found on Craigslist, and I have been struggling with what to do with it ever since! It was filthy with so much grime and multiple layers of paint in all colors of the rainbow, that I decided to strip it and repaint it. I was originally going to leave it as it was, but I was also worried about lead paint, even though I did seal it at one point but I still didn't like the look of it after. Here are some before pictures before I stripped it.

 I just love the old latch on the front. There is just no replicating old hardware!

So much paint was barely hanging on by a thread, and after I cleaned it up a lot of the paint whiped right off! That was really the deciding factor in my repainting it. I love the look of chippy white old furniture... but there was sadly no way of saving it on this piece. 

Here are a few "afters" that I have taken recently of the cabinet. I have put a couple coats of paint on it, but I am not liking it such a bright white now, so back out to the garage it will be going this week for a darker shade of white, more so I am thinking a creamy white now. Plus my husband was out to sea while I was refurbishing the cabinet and I need his help to really make this the way I envisioned it :) So I am sharing just a few pictures of it how it is now. More will follow in another blog post!

             The below is what it looks like for now….

            The drawer pulls will be painted over soon as I'm not a fan of their brassy color.

The antique wooden spools in these pictures I just love! I got such a good deal on them and now I wish I would have bought more before they sold out!! If you are looking for this type of thing, you can always find them on Etsy or Ebay. I also have a local shop that is online that I check into here and there called Komedal Road, some things are a bit pricey, but these were sold in sets of 3 for $9.00! 

I have gone back and forth in how I will be using this cabinet. I have (for now) decided that it will be used in my future craft room to hold some of my supplies. As it is pretty good sized and will hold a lot! I cannot wait :)

The guy that I bought the cabinet from also had a bunch of old jars and crocks he was selling, and while I was picking through them he asked me which one I wanted! I didn't want to say "All of them!" so I grabbed this one and asked about an old 3 gallon Red Wing crock he had….. Surprisingly they are now mine for no extra cost! I couldn't believe it! 

I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is almost here! The best part is my husband will be home for the holidays this year! I haven't done a lot of decorating so far, as we have started to declutter and box things up we don't use regularly or need out while we are planning to move in the next few months. 

I did come across my ironstone turkey platter though that I found at the Goodwill last summer! So this will be staying out until Thanksgiving! And I compiled most of my small pumpkins from Halloween and put them all in a basket on our front porch :)

I truly wish I could post more often here on my blog, but between the dark and gloomy Washington weather (not easy for picture taking!) and honestly…  I'm just not very inspired in our current home (pretty sure you have heard that before too haha). I am hoping that our next home will be the perfect backdrop to start sharing more of my home and the farmhouse style that I love! 

**I do post more often on Instagram if you're interested in following along there :)


September 25, 2015

A Touch of Fall

I've slowly begun to add some simple touches of Fall to our home, and I had taken a few pictures for my Instagram this week that I thought I would share here on my blog as well.

The above pinecone wreath I bought at Jo-Ann's last Fall on clearance for $10 due to it missing one pinecone! I actually left it out front all year long too, because I liked it that much!

I still need to get pumpkins and I will then mix the mini's in through my ironstone pieces. I actually saw a picture come through my Instagram feed of pumpkins at Trader Joe's and they have what looks like heirloom pumpkins! The faded light greens and light orange pinwheel looking pumpkins! They were good sized for $5.99 too! So I am going to check those out, those prices are much better than Lowe's and Home Depot (And sadly the grocery store) where we always end up going ….  Just another reason I need to move out to the country! To grow my own :)

This beautiful old potting bench I always display some of my ironstone pieces on in the dining room, and I am all too often "putzing" around with what's on it! (I always use that word whenever I am moving things around and rearranging, when my husband asks what I am up to haha, he loves that non-descriptive word so much! :)

Last weekend we had to run to Lowe's and I saw they had some of their mum's starting to be put out so I grabbed a few oranges for a change this year. I usually try to buy white or light yellow mums but I couldn't find neither, maybe it's too early…

I have the WORST time with these guys though. I know they aren't meant to last a long time, but within a few weeks mine always get so sickly looking … but here's hoping these won't!

This weekend my husband plans on baking some apple crisp! He is an awesome cook too, lucky me! :)

 I so love this time of year though with the cooler temps and beginning of the holidays. Autumn is by far my favorite season, but honestly being from Minnesota where there are four very distinctive seasons compared to Washington state, where half the leaves don't fall off the tree's in the so-called "winter" and even the grass stays GREEN all winter long! Wintertime here is Washington's rainy season and the temps don't usually drop below the low 30's. Just more reasons why we want to move back East - I can't believe I am saying this, but I miss snow too!

Happy Fall!

September 17, 2015

Autumn Bedroom

Today I decided it was time to bring out some of my Autumn bed linens, and I thought I would take a few pictures of the bedroom to share.

I usually don't use bright and bold colors in any of my decorating, but these pillow cases added just the right amount of Fall-like colors.

It is a rainy day here today, which I am now thinking maybe I should have waited for a brighter day to take these pictures …

We recently ordered this bed frame, and although it is not a true "antique" it looks close enough for me. Sadly, antique queen sized bed frames are apparently non-existant …. so this works!

The below quilt across the foot of the bed is also a recent buy (with the matching big pillow cover on the bed) and I honestly bought it not for the top side of the quilt, but for the backside, which is a solid plaid design with my favorite creams and whites. Plaid and gingham design I have always been drawn to, whether it's bedding, clothing, linens …. if it's in my color palette, I want it : )

Below is a picture of the top side of the blanket, it's not terrible, just not me :)

The below bench I found last weekend and I am so thrilled with it!! It was a steal too, I got about 75% off what the shop was originally asking for it :)) The bench seat lifts for extra storage too, which I never have enough of so that was just an added perk!

One of my other slowly growing collections is antique baskets, I have then scattered everywhere around the house!

Happy "almost" Friday!