Thursday, March 22, 2018

June Taylor's Country Kitchen

June & I were were on the hunt for a little kitchen for her bedroom when moving into the house, but had to get creative when we couldn't find what we were looking for. We created this sweet little diner/kitchen with a nightstand and shelves we already had, and antique dishes & linens we've collected. The stars aligned just right for us on this project, but it would be really simple to recreate.

(She uses her white pitcher & basin as a sink, making the project much easier than it could have been.)   

I just happened to find this mirror at a silent auction & it MATCHED! Had I not found this, I was planning on using a pretty rectangular mirror with small handmade curtains mounted on a rod just above.

Mini everything. SO CUTE! These are my favorite treasures to find on the hunt.

She hangs her antique tablecloths on the wall next to her window & keeps her smaller "kitchen linens" (vintage hankies) in the kitchen drawer.

I also bought her an assortment of faux-flowers, trimmed them, & put them all together in a pretty little box so she can create her own floral arrangements in these mini vases. (This Church Lady Luncheon Vase set is from The Bluebell, I'll make it available online ASAP.)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Spring Refresh | Tiered Trays

It's been a busy couple of weeks freshening up the house for spring; purging, cleaning, simplifying & decorating. I've been wanting to add a tiered tray to the kitchen island & here it is! I LOVE the look & the functionality of tiered trays:
  • They're a pretty way to put all of your favorite decor elements on display in one arrangement 
  • They give height to smaller pieces (candles, tins, plants)  
  • They can be re-styled seasonally  
This may be my new favorite kitchen staple.

This tiered tray is available at The Bluebell (HERE)

These vintage milk cans; I add artificial plants & flowers to them and use them to fill decor gaps throughout the kitchen. They're available (HERE).


Monday, August 14, 2017

Faux Succulent Nesting Box

Natural + neutral.

Supply List:

Container - I used a small wood crate
Floral styrofoam to fit & fill container
A mix of 2 mosses - I chose a mix of a bleached/light & a natural color
Faux Succulents - I found these at Michael's
Assorted Faux Eggs

Simply fill your container with a styrofoam, the soft green or brown works best & is easily hidden under the bed of moss.  Mound the styrofoam-filled container with a thick bed of dried moss.  Place your succulents in the moss, working from the center, out.  I made a grouping of three.  Create small pockets (or nests) in the moss & fill with eggs.  You can use small drops of hot glue to keep the eggs in place.  I then added a light moss afterwards for a little extra contrast & texture.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Our Farmhouse Dining Room; Before & After

After over a year of renovating our 1880's farmhouse, the inside is almost finished! We have several small projects left in each room, but the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter each day!  I'm starting in the dining room because as far as renovations go, this room is complete.  As far as decorating goes, I don't know if I'm ever truly finished with a room.

Nick has a great eye for opening up a floor plan.  I couldn't see beyond the walls, but the day we walked in, key-in-hand, he quickly showed me with a sledge hammer.  It filled this place with new light & new life!  I'm so excited to show the remainder of the main level, as you'll be able see this old house transform from an awkward layout of few small rooms to one large, functional & open living space.  

Before the walls came down, the posts & beams went up, the skylights were taken out & replaced with a chandelier, the old windows were replaced, the floors were leveled, the new flooring was installed, & the ceiling was replaced.

Voila!! Here it is; open, bright, & inviting!

I'll be back soon with more renovation posts! & a few decorating posts in between.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Bluebell Mercantile & Co.

Welcome to The Bluebell Mercantile & Co.!

A dream come true.

My love, Nick, & I just opened our little country store just north of Marine on St. Croix, Mn.  I'm selling a collection of my favorite brands, along with some of my hand-picked antiques - you can find all kinds of country collectables, gifts, housewares, kitchenwares, etc.  We're rurally located on MN 95 (a popular, scenic drive along the St. Croix River Valley) just 14 miles north of downtown Stillwater, MN, a great starting point for a beautiful drive up the river! It's worth every mile, especially during the fall season for the unbelievable fall color along the river valley.

Once you drive by historic downtown Marine on St. Croix, heading north, you'll pass through the forest & prairies of William O'Brien State Park.  From the prairie you'll see your destination up on the right.  Our little white schoolhouse (with a light blue metal roof) & bell tower is a sweet sight to see, coming from both directions!

We hope you'll visit us soon.  

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Also, the website:

Here's a little peek at what we've got going on inside:


Rose bowls & other home decor classics..




Nick built this beautiful checkout counter.. He's amazing.