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Vintage Cowboy Kids Rooms

Raise your hand if you, like me,

really miss our beloved, old Country Home magazine.

I have tubs full of old issues, much to G.O.’s dismay,

but I just couldn’t bear parting with them!

Exhibit A — April 2000

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“But Kay, what inspiration can one get from a 17 year-old magazine?”

Turns out, a lot.

Exhibit A

From London designer (+ one of my style icons), Cath Kidston:

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Those framed maps are still very much on trend,

+ how much do we love those nautical quilts?

Look what I found from Fabric.com — this similar, retro-style fabric:

What’s not to love?

Tons of vintage goodness, with all that red + blue!  I’m in!

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But wait.

Do we approve of the theme for a room?

Yes, I do, (sometimes!),

especially when they’re done with so much skill + good taste.

These rooms are wonderful —

they inspired me to go find other vintage cowboy stuff online!

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There’s a lot of vintage barkcloth on etsy + eBay:

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More vintage barkcloth — drapery panels:

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Disclaimer: sorry there are no links.

Most of this stuff had been for sale on etsy + eBay,

+ by the time I got there, had been sold.

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Vintage blankets:

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OMiGosh, how cool is this vintage radio?

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What a darling lunch box!

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People.  You’re never going to believe this,

but this western-theme wallpaper is available

in our new, favorite designer, Cath Kidston’s, online store!

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She has brick + mortar shops, too,

+ they couldn’t be cuter!

I visited her NYC shop in the SOHO neighborhood:

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Sadly, that NYC store has closed,

+ it looks like there are no U.S. stores right now.

No worries.  Shop online.  I did already!

Here!  Have fun!

These cuties are just a fraction of what I want to get.

(Seriously, I had to force myself to stop for this post.

There’s that much cool stuff!)

So.  My 1st post from old Country Home magazines!

What are your thoughts?  Still worth seeing?

Because trust me, I have many more!

Stay tuned!


Imogene + Willie In Nashville

So.  We’ve had our look-sees at a couple of old gas stations

that were repurposed into awesome Ralph Lauren stores.

There’s yet another groovy gas station conversion in Nashville, TN.

It’s a high-end jeans store called Imogene + Willie.

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I love their orange cross or plus sign logo!

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The jeans are custom made + sell for $200+,

which is just another reminder that I’ve made bad life choices.

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Still, I’d love to visit the store + soak up all the hipness.

It looks like a very fun place.

Have you been to Imogene + Willie?

Do you know of another business that began its life as a gas station?


I Love Botanical Stuff!

Show of hands!

Who, like me, subscribes to Elle Decor magazine?

I’m not always a yooge fan, but each issue always contains 1 or 2 good houses,

like this one owned by this adorable family:

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Check out those cool glasses frames on the guy!

Coincidentally, we went frames shopping for G.O. yesterday!

That was conflict free.  Not.

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But stay tuned — I really like the frames I insisted that he get.

Meanwhile, I digress.

Let’s go back to inside this house in Elle Decor:

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Can I get a yay or nay for that espalier wallpaper?

I LOVE IT!

Espalier is a Frenchie word for training a tree to grow horizontally,

usually on a wall or a fence.

My plans include our having an espaliered tree in our yard.

Someday.

Back to the Elle Decor house.

Check out yet more botanical happiness:

redbird -- allium artwork

Our Elle Decor family has this very print of alium flowers!

Theirs is hanging on the wall above their freestanding tub.

This photo above, however, is from the Shabby Creek Cottage blog.

Pretty!

In closing, we went to IKEA the other day,

+ they had artificial alium blooms for sale, @ $8-ish.

Did you get some, Kay? — I hear you asking?

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Sadly, no.  I feared G.O. would get a little cranky.

He doesn’t understand!

.No worries, though — look what I found on etsy!

redbird -- allium from heavenlyhomeflowers shop on etsy

These silkies look a lot better than the plastic ones from IKEA.

Go here:  www.etsy.com/shop/HeavenlyHomeFlowers

I think it’s high time I make a morale boosting purchase.


2 Finalists For Our Bedroom Rug!

I’ve been shopping online for a rug for our bedroom for weeks!

The room is already sporting a dark gray accent wall + pale blue ceiling.

The walls + trim will be white,

 + I want to add a lot of blue accessories.

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The pine floor has been sanded + stained a nice, warm brown.

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The room measures 9’10” by 11″,

so of course, I am having math anxiety

+ cannot decide between a 4’x6′ or a 5’x7′ rug.

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Help!?

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Oh, never mind about that — for now, anyway.

Let’s talk about what I might order!

I’ve whittled down my favorites to these 2 rugs from Overstock.com.

Notice the blue + gray combination — excellent for my color plan!

They are both from the brand Safaveih’s Patina collection.

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As you can see, the name Patina refers to the rug’s aged appearance,

which is a ‘thing’ now — new-but-old-looking rugs!

Perfect!

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These are cotton rugs + soft,

which is kind of a must-have for our G.O.’s bedroom.

Now all we have to do is decide which rug + which size.

Stay tuned!


THE BICKERSONS GO REFRIGERATOR SHOPPING

Yesterday we went to IKEA + scored some amazing bargains for our kitchen.

You’ll just have to take my word for it, though,

because just like “ALL the professional bloggers”,

I left my camera at home.

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Oh, dear.  Let’s try to move on.

Check this out:

IKEA white fridge

NUTID S23 White counter depth refrigerator

Regular: $1,899.00 / Clearance: $699

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WHOA!!!  I know!!!  I still can’t believe it!!!

1. A mere $699 . . . AND . . . 2. counter depth . . . AND . . . 

. . . 3. the Kay-coveted WHITE!!!!???

Plus, 4. it does not say IKEA on it,

+ 5. it does have the acceptable (stainless) handles —

not those cheapie-looking white plastic ones.

I’ve got my standards.

“But why white?” you ask?

Stainless is what we have now, but I wanted to be different.

If you really must know, here’s why I went over to the white side:

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Yesh, that’s my designer lady crush, Sarah Richardson,

.who, in one of her most recent projects,

 chose white kitchen appliances.

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Sadly, I am not Sarah,

nor is G.O. anything like Tommy (Sarah’s main gay):

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LOVE him!

Nope.  G.O. nixed the idea of the white appliances!

The humanity!

 I’m kind of glad that I forgot the camera,

because the Bickersons in the IKEA kitchen department

wasn’t such a pretty picture, after all.

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He protested, as he does, + I just listened stared at him.

I then marched over to Mr. IKEA Man

+ asked if, at that price,

the (3 remaining) white refrigerators would be soon be gone.

When he said “today”, that was that — for me, anyway.

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OMiGosh!

G.O. color-shamed me,

right there in front of Mr. IKEA Man! —

 saying that “everybody on HGTV wants stainless + granite!!!”

I, of course, was mortified + refused to engage.

At this moment, however, Mr. IKEA Man,

who’s probably heard it all, at least a bazillion times,

brightly offered this patented conflict diffuser:

“I always tell people that, if they want white,

they should get white!”

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I couldn’t agree more . . .

. . . aaaaaand they’re delivering our white refrigerator tomorrow.

Thanks, Mr. IKEA Man.

Oh, + IKEA, too, for offering these at such a deep discount.


REDBUD CREEK FARM GARDEN CENTER

I’ve been working like a bee of late, + while I really love it/mean it . . .

. . . I feared that life might just be passing me by!

Time for an outing.  To here:

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I’ve heard good buzz about this place, + it did NOT disappoint..

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All this awesomeness is out in the middle of nowhere (J/K, kind of!) . . .

. . . SW of Chicago, somewhere close to Yorkville.

It’s definitely worth the trek,

but you’ll need to use your GPS or MapQuest to get there.

Trust me.

REDBUD CREEK FARM

2930 N. 4351 Road / Sheridan, IL

(815) 496-9400

http://www.redbudcreekfarm.com/

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 Sadly, I’m not yet in the market to buy plants,

as our Dutch colonial landscaping is on the way-back,

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Yes, this could have been a major buzz kill, but it wasn’t.

Here’s why:

IMG_4782(1)Lots of eye candy, of the garden center persuasion!

IMG_4752(1)All that red siding with pretty green trim!

 I felt a pang of siding remorse,

because I’d briefly considered said-same for our Dutch colonial!

 

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 Look at those sweet rafter tails!

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Look at the garage door, the lightning rod + the cool barn light!

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G.O. pointed out that light fixture, which had me mentally high-fiving myself.

It’s good when he digs the same things that I do!

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Look closely at what’s on the left side of the potting shed’s door:

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OMiGosh, it’s an old kitchen sink, which I totally love

+ which we totally have, languishing downstairs in our basement!!!

Gas up the truck, because it’s headed to its new home,

beside our blue garden shed

(a glimpse of which you can see here, to the right, behind our house!)

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But wait!  There’s more!

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Yes, that’s another vintage sink, + yes, we have one of those, too!

WOW, my head’s spinning with inspiration!

Speaking of which, this place was packed with repurposed vintage stuff!

Like these:

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IMG_4781(1)+ last but not least, there’s our dog, Dory, enjoying her day!

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Wicker + Bench Dining Room Trends

So.  Yesterday I mentioned that our new house dining room

will be half dining + half home office.

Let’s discuss the dining half, shall we?

We’ll have a round table here in the window bay:

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My inspiration:

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While these  homeowners chose to a build window seat,

I’d like to opt for a bench in our window bay.

I think that’s a ‘thing’ now.

See for yourself,

in my own dining room (from a while ago):

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And in this oh-so Scandinavian room:

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I like the office chair at one end of the table, too + might ‘borrow’ that idea.

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Next up, another dining bench in a glam** dining room:

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**Glam is not my favorite décor style.

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This, on the other hand, is more like it:

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I’m a fan of the striped upholstery,  the modern pendant + papered accent wall.

Notice please, the wicker dining chairs.

This, too, is a ‘thing’.

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I’d kill for that ^^ table.

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Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

I love the work of the Pottery Barn stylists, don’t you?

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Look closely at the lower front of these wicker beauties:

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Is that a number I see?

Okay, now my head is spinning with inspiration!

What on earth did we do before Pinterest?

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So.  Let’s recap.

I’ve been musing about the following 2 décor trends:

1. Dining bench + 2. Wicker dining seating

Well, coincidentally, my plans include using both  trends in 1 piece of furniture!

A wicker bench!

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This is the Himara All-Weather Wicker Wingback Settee

from World Market.

Was $349.99  Now $244.99

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I’m seeing some ticking stripes on the cushions in our dining room.

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Look at those lines!  I love it!

A wingback can’t get much more traditional,

+ the wicker makes it a little more modern!

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So, what do you think of my wicker hopes + dreams?

I think I’d like to save myself a $35 delivery charge

by finding it in a World Market store!

Road trip!  Stay tuned!


I Want A German Beer Garden Table!

SO.

Today it’s damp + cold, our furnace is roaring + I’m sportin’ a cardigan.

I am not amused, but let’s think summer anyway, shall we?

First up:

for alfresco dining at the Dutch colonial,

I want this from World Market:

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It’s  a replica of an old German beer garden/hall table.

Red = perfect!

It’s collapsible, too,

which means easy winter storage!

The table is $229.99, + each bench costs $139.95.

Keep those prices in mind.

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First, let’s take a look-see at couple of vintage beer garden/hall tables:

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Don’t you love the way it’s so slim?

One could put this in one’s small space — no problem!

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Meanwhile, here’s another:

Three Potato Four $425

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$425 No longer available

Um.  Check out the price of the old versus the new knock-off.

$425 for the vintage set

Approximately $510 (before shipping!) for the knock-off!

I could write an entire post about buying vintage instead of reproductions.

Stay tuned for that.

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Here’s what you need to know:

Three Potato Four

is a crazy good online source for all things vintage!

Go here, now!

http://threepotatofour.com/

You’re welcome.


My Latest Retail Adventure: True North

Lately, I’ve been working like a BEE!

10 + 12 hour work days, in fact!

(I didn’t know I could still pull those off!)

Anyway, here’s why:

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I’m joining this awesome co-op happiness

+ will soon have another retail space for

RedBird Vintage Home!

https://www.facebook.com/shoptruenorth

Please LIKE us on Facebook!

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SO.

I have been having the time of my life,

seeking out vintage stuff to repurpose.

Here are some photo ops of a few of my ‘finds’:

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We’ve not yet decided what to do with this great metal desk.

Stay tuned.

Wouldn’t it be cool in  my 9-year-old grandlad’s room . . .

. . .  paired with this equally cool vintage rolling stool (in progress)?

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Our plans include reupholstering the stool’s seat,

using vintage ticking stripe fabric.

Winning!

Meanwhile, here’s more chippy, yellow metal:

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Did we all get the memo that the color yellow is trending now?

I think it’s as cheerful as all get-out!

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Of course, I’ve been sewing like the wind, too.

What do  you think of this letterpress-style pillow?

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I’ve always had good luck with city ‘merch’.

Fingers crossed these will sell like hotcakes!

And now . . . a few close ups!

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I love the texture of the canvas!

I purposefully stencil with a light touch,

as I think it makes my pillows look more vintage.

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Speaking of vintage, I always use old buttons for my pillows’ closures.

Stay tuned for more True North updates on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/shoptruenorth

Thanks, in advance!

 

 


Farmhouse Wares Shopping Happiness

SO.  This a.m. began as it does every day.

I waste spend a whole lotta ‘quality’ time on the bozoputer!

Your Pinterest — Your Facebook — Your e-mails —  Your What Nots

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Any-hoo, today I spied the following cool item, from here:

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http://www.farmhousewares.com/

farmhouse antique style metal pie rack $59.95

Antique style metal pie rack $59.95

Despite the fact that I made a vow

to EDIT my countertops, over at the Dutch colonial,

I kind of want it!

Ditto for this:

farmhouse vintage style enamel bread box $42.95

Vintage-style enamel bread box $42.95

Oh, darn.  ‘Tis sadly out of stock.

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Speaking of stock, I used to stock these pedestals

in my late, great brick-and-mortar:

farmhouse galvanized tin pedestal $32.99

Galvanized tin pedestal $32.95

But enough, with the retail memory lane.

Here are a few additional cool items from Farmhouse Wares:

farmhouse apothecary soap dish $16.95

Apothecary soap dish $16.95

Seriously.  I don’t know what my deal is, but I’m crazy for soap dishes!

I already have more than plenty of said-same.

If I’m not careful, G.O. is going to stage a soap dish intervention!

Or I shall blog about my collection, whichever comes first!

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farmhouse fresh pie sign -- $64.95

Fresh pie sign $64.95

Cool sign — but that price is a tad steep, don’tcha think?

Disclaimer: I don’t really want it,

but I do wish to forward the photo to my sign-making friend,

because inspiring each other is what friends do!

Isn’t it?

Has today’s blog post inspired you to order something online? I wonder?

You’re welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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