It’s time! It’s time to show you what I did with our living room. (Last pic is before move in.) Short answer...next to nothing! I’m painting most of this circa 1920 house but turns out I love this soft blue gray with the old wood floors! Truth is, I didn’t like the bookshelves at first. I never would have put them in the front room jammed up against that beautiful old fireplace. I’ve thought about moving them to an office room or painting them white. But in a house that needs so many other fixes, those ideas quickly fell to the bottom of the list. When we moved here at the end of April, I decided just to decorate the room and then see how I felt about the bookshelves. Turns out I love them! There is a story behind them...previous owners had them Amish custom built. The wood is solid and in wonderful shape. (I have a hard time painting beautiful wood.) I just started taking books and things out of boxes and working with what I had. I love the results! It’s a super cozy living room that fits our vintage cottage look! Everything on the shelves has a history and story. Here are just a few: My dad’s old cameras Great Aunt Effie’s 1920-30s National Geographic Mags My dad and grandpas Little’s old clocks...the kind you wind and they fold in a case. Grandpa Mast’s hat Grandpa Zook’s clock (on the wall) Old farming and theology books My collection of horse books Breyer horse and a painting both Man-o-War Most of the pillows I made Denim rugs my mom had made Old pictures Family pictures New treasures Also in the room is a loveseat I deconstructed ❤️ And an old metal trunk for a coffee table with a glass top and black and white photos of our 4 children under the glass. 😍 I’d like the shelves a little more book thick and am thinking about adding some children’s books which are still in boxes. I took these pictures with the morning light streaming in...best spot for morning coffee and my Bible! And lots of football and other sports get
“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” ― Ernest Hemingway • This cute little antique cabinet was becoming a catch all, so I sorted it out and have once again fallen for this corner! A great little cottage/farmhouse tip I heard from someone is to turn your books so that the pages are showing. No, not practical at all, but if you are like me you know your cookbooks by shape 🤔😻
Current favorite view- can’t wait for this space to be decorated for fall, with all my home grown pumpkins everywhere! And you can bet I’ll be sharing photos with the new island soon. Still finishing it up.
🌿met•a•mor•pho•sis: a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural powers. 🦋 God our this word on my heart.. Can you imagine how a caterpillar 🐛 feels when he’s in his cocoon?! Trapped, hopeless... I’ve felt this before, and I questioned why God was leading me through it. I couldn’t see the bigger picture, the butterfly that would come from the process. Then one day God puts a crack in our cocoon and the light begins to shine through. But wait, change is SCARY! I would cling to what I was familiar with. How crazy is that?! I didn’t feel capable or worthy to live in the light. BUT God does NOT intend for us to stay in the valley, and when we trust him, he will hold our hand on the highest mountain top and show us things we never thought possible. 🏔 No matter what darkness you are facing, God does intend to bring you out of it better than ever before. Just like a butterfly 🦋