A Pantry Refresh

January 29, 2021

I love that I can see my butlers pantry from my kitchen when the barn door is open.

I have been wanting to display my collection of white serveware for sometime. I love white dishes! They don’t complicate a look & they go with everything. I love the simple styling of white.

When we built our house, I had other plans for this side of the pantry. I wanted it to be a real butlers pantry with additional cabinetry & counter space. However, the budget wouldn’t allow for additional costs & my husband made the decision to add the white shelving. I was somewhat disappointed.

My Farmhouse Style

Today, I love the idea of the open shelving & having a place to display my white dishes, serveware, and crystal. I love styling the shelves. This fit my farmhouse style and need.

I’ve added some collected pieces of copper, cake stands (the cake stands fit perfectly on the shelves), crystal, & a mixture of medals (copper & silver). I love all the white mixed with browns, creams, the bright pop of copper & wood. These are all great accent pieces and winter seems like the perfect time to really embrace that palette even more so than usual.

Seasonal Changes

One of the best things about a collection of white dishes? It is so easy to change the look with the seasons. For a little refresh, I added a burlap banner & stenciled the word ‘love,’ a pink stool, & a willow heart. Fresh & simple valentine decor.

Oh, & maybe a valentine cup;)

White dishes are so versatile.

A little rustic and refound

Quite often the barn door is open… to see storage that is doing double duty and is as pretty as it is practical.

 Styling

I’m learning this whole thing on shelf styling. I sort of just winged it. You can probably tell. I did try to group some like items & stack plates, bowls, platters, & anything else that might stack for more vertical height. I also considered how much use some items got and put those up high.

I hope that this grouping adds interest to the space and keeps the eye moving. That was my goal.

Basically, I didn’t follow too many rules to ‘perfection.’ I cleaned the shelves and placed items to try and please the eye. If I’m not having fun with this I can always close the door!

Mostly, I think I need some more white dishes!

I hope you that you enjoyed following along with me as I styled & refreshed my pantry.

Today’s tip: ‘Do what makes you happy!

Always sharing my “Wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin’.”

A Rustic Winter Table

Friday, January 22, 2021

A beautiful and warm table scape is something you always want when you are to have guests.

A little moody vibe.

When your home becomes your entire world, rediscover the joys of things that surround you—and the stories they tell. My story begins with a found elk antler shed. This shed antler had a few blemishes that did not add to it’s rustic appeal.

So with a little copper and white paint, It received a transformation.

I am the girl that’s all about rustic, elegant, and pretty and I have no inhibition’s to combining all of them on a tablescape. I’m always inspired by Ralph Lauren. His style often brings a contrast of elements to a space.

Today I used some elegant flowers, votives, and simple dinnerware combined with a rustic elk antler, for unexpected harmony.

Home for me has always been a place of warmth and security and enjoying simple moments with my family. During these times of uncertainty, I’m thinking of you and wanted to share some of the things that I love, that lift our spirits, that keep us connected, that give us hope—that make us happy.

Food and dinning bring us together along with great conversational pieces. Here I think I nailed the conversational piece. The jury is still out on the food.;)

I’ve heard it said that, “Our lives are shaped by the spirit of the home.” I think my home to speaks to my style, things I enjoy that truly lift my spirit. I enjoy the ‘refound’ in things and sharing them with others.

So, for this table I was thinking simple rustic charm. Warm & welcoming, earthy colors and textures…A natures tablescape that allows good friends & conversation to take center stage.

With my rustic and refound item that didn’t cost me anything, except for a little paint that I had on hand, I set a simple table setting.

I hope that this inspires you to set a table, even if it is only for two, with something rustic, charming, and brings you joy. Sharing my “Wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin.”

“It is in the spirit of togetherness that we will rise.” Ralph Lauren

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Some Hearts To You!

Monday, January 18, 2021

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Valentine’s Day reminds me that home is really a wonderful place to be. It isn’t about the possessions on the walls or the collected treasures. However, some of those collected items from family and friends remind us of the love we have for them.

I don’t decorate for Valentine’s Day, but sometimes you see something that inspires you to create. When the skies are drab, the ground is frozen, or covered in snow, my mantra for getting through what feels like the longest season…“Get Creative.

So, I found this posting by @vintagehome – Campsite about creating some DIY Yarn Wrapped Hearts. I thought her project fit my rustic and refound decor style so I followed the steps and viola, I made my own.

Just a DIY!

I used a neutral color jute twine and white yarn for my hearts because that’s what I had on hand, but it also fit my winter table scape decor.

My steps...

Step 1: To make these yarn wrapped hearts, you will need a piece of paper (to make the pattern), cardboard(I cut my cardboard shapes from a cardboard box), tape, scissors & yarn (jute) of your choice.

To begin, I folded my piece paper(ledger paper) in half & drew half of a heart shape near the fold of the paper.

I cut out the heart & traced it on to the cardboard. Then I cut out the cardboard heart shape.

Above: The heart pattern and several cardboard hearts used for my string hearts. Note: You will need a cardboard heart for each string heart.

Step 2: Begin wrapping your heart with the string. To secure the yarn, I taped the end of the yarn to the cardboard heart.
Now, you just start wrapping the string. Continue wrapping until you have completely covered the cardboard heart.

This is what your heart will look like when it is completely covered.

Step 3: When the heart shape is completely covered to your satisfaction, cut the string/yarn & wrap the string back through a wrap and tie a knot. You can use this side for the back. (Sorry, no photo for the tie off.)

That’s it folks! A fast & simple project!

I thought they turned out so cute to use for Valentine’s day decor. If you follow the steps at vintagehomedesigns.com she tells you how you can add some string/yarn to create a hanger so you can hang them up or add them to a garland.

I used my string hearts in this black dough bowl & added them to my winter table scape. I like how they complement my neutral decor & add another layer of texture.

I hope this inspires you to try this project and maybe to use some red, pink, and cream colored string or yarn.

I hope you enjoyed this winter project for ‘My wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin.’

A Rural Rustic Design

Thursday, January 14, 2021

A Foraged Vine and Berry Wreath

What about foraged vines? Not quite valued, but not quite worthless. My rustic design is of wild fielding clippings. A nature walk masterpiece. I started with gathering natural vines and loosely coiled them freely around in a circle and only secured the ends back into the vine itself. I then collected some interesting – dried flowers and red berries to weave in the vine. Just using what nature has to offer.

Completely organic in design.

I love building and creating with the old then adding the softness of the pretty brown silk ribbon – where rustic meets the refined. It adds to the cozy feeling and sort of warms things up, while adding texture and character to the space.

Winter often spurs me towards creativity. I often create with an edge, using decayed salvage. I’m intrigued with the texture of raw materials. You shouldn’t expect much less from me when designing such pieces. I layer with textures. Maybe I’m a builder with the decay and I deem it as art.;)

I don’t know… maybe it’s me being a bit sassy about winter decor. I like using natural elements. I love the clippings to use in my winter decor.

Tip: Forage your garden and yard to find dried elements that inspire you to create a gathered wreath.

This is a simple project that works well with my winter color scheme. A bit muted, calm, warm and natural. A neutral space for sure. Perfect for winter.

I love to bring out all those candles and enjoy that lovely warmth and ambiance they bring to the room. They truly do make everything feel more magical and add to the inspiration.

I hope this gives you some ideas for bringing in some soft, neutral & subtle tones as well as adding texture for the winter season. Just add some rustic decor!

Always sharing ‘my wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin.’

Cheers to a Happy & Healthy 2021

‘The Susie’

Friday, January 8, 2021

Even though I’m a week into 2021, Happy New Year!

Just going to touch on our year in review. Wow! It’s been one hell of a ride. There has been some positive that came of 2020 for me, but not sure how to sum that year up. We all became hermits for a few months -staying home and only connecting with family and friends via social media. How sad is that! Good riddance!

Twenty – twenty-one, hasn’t started off quite so well either. What is to become of all this? With all the negativity going on, I thought would share a bit of of sunshine. With that said, please let me introduce to you … ‘The Susie’ wreath. She’s a ray of sunshine for the best mom!

Bring a part of the West into your home! This item is handmade, which means no two are can be exactly the same. Add a statement to your door with a one-of-kind rope wreath. What a way to say howdy or welcome with this beautiful rope wreath full of warmth and sunshine.

**This is a custom order. Ordered by a sweet daughter for her wonderful – giving mother.

‘The Susie’ has a bold combination of yellow, red, and a pop of blue. She shows her real western heritage and cowboy values in the used quality of the rope. The red roses are a sign of love & pure passion setting her apart from the crowd right down to her chambray bow.

No two wreaths are ever alike. If it’s a custom order or just an inspiration on my part, the hondos will end or sit differently each time. Each rope wreath will not be exact, or duplicated. Each rope is different with individual lay, quality, & maker. The amount of use it was given will also add to it’s individualism. Some ropes will carry very dark marks on them from the dally to none at all. I will get as similar or as close as I can to your inspiration, but I can’t guarantee. If you have any questions, please reach out to me. If you wish for a dimension larger then 18″ please specify and be specific on your floral arrangement.

Cowboys from the ranch to the roping arena have used the ropes I use. Though not washed, they show the “used look”.

Rope wreaths can fit any reason, season, display, front door, back door, entry… they are so versatile… Choose to custom design your own rope decor into your shape, size, width, height, etc.!

Rope wreaths fit any room, indoor or outdoor. if you have an idea, it will be PERFECT!!!

‘The Susie’ looks great on any door.

I wanted this wreath to be big! You know the saying… “Go big or go home!” Well, that’s what I wanted for ‘The Susie.’ I think she says that. Big, bold, but not so big that you can’t see her western heritage.

I want to thank my lovely customer for ordering this custom wreath. It was a true pleasure to put it together, and I hope that her mother loves the design.

With that being said, I have great hopes and expectations for the new year and I’m hoping that ‘The Susie’ with it’s bold & vibrant color combos are a significance for what’s to come.

Sharing a bit of my wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin.’