Upcycle Architectural Salvage Into A Unique Crusty Mantel

Upcycle Architectural Salvage Into A Unique Crusty Mantel

Last Saturday was a gorgeous, crisp fall day, full of unknown possibilities. I made a snap decision to ride over to the Chartreuse barn sale all by myself to wander. My goal: find a giant letter L for our daughter. You guessed it. No letter L. However, I spied a long architectural salvage piece thinking it was a unique crusty mantel, and that it would blend nicely with our rustic furniture and Moroccan rug.

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Our Tiny Rustic Powder Room Update

Our Tiny Rustic Powder Room Update

A couple of Saturdays ago I got up and decided out of the blue to do a tiny powder room update. How tiny is our bathroom? If anyone gains a pound, they’re out of luck. Imagine a laundry room as you come in the back door in our 70s ranch home. Now image a bathroom within it. There you go. I never appreciated this oddity until we had little girls running in and out of the house. And adults on the deck who had been drinking beer while babysitting barbeque.

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A Simple Summery Mantel Update

A Simple Summery Mantel Update

Honestly, I have not been shopping, or junking, locally for months. But last week I took myself for a little drive over to Thomasville, NC to the Chartreuse Barn. It’s been a favorite destination for years. Sometimes I find a treasure, sometimes I don’t. Regardless, the smiling faces and wonderful vendors are worth making the trip for a visit. The two barns are always stocked with treasures from near and far to suit many decorating styles.

Seems like I just posted about our den (see it here). On the mantel was a heavy, huge round gilded mirror. I have always liked it and had no plans to change a thing. Really!

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My Home Office Features Crusty Old Barn Doors

My Home Office Features Crusty Old Barn Doors

Years ago I owned a little recycled finds shop called Feather Your Nest with three of my best friends. For years we converged for coffee in the wee hours on Saturday morning, then headed out to junkin’ adventures hither and yon. After awhile our collections were taking over our homes so it only seemed natural to open up a shop to sell our overflow treasures. During one of our junkets, Laura and I each purchased one of two matching old barn doors, then joined them together with hinges to make a wonderful display at the shop.

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