A girl and a cow

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Friday I went to lunch and did a little shopping with a gal pal of mine.

She took me to some local shops in her neighborhood that I had not been to before. I was happy to pick up a few doodads & what nots and was having a lovely time.

Then, it got even better. I saw this original piece of art by a local artist.

A cow in the snow, oil on canvas, with a frame made from barn wood by the Amish.

It was love at first sight, but I had to think it over for a minute. She was expensive. More than a piece of furniture expensive. I had to be sure I had a good place to put her and I didn’t NEED her, but I really wanted her.

Ok, enough thinking, she was an investment and I would have her forever.

Sold.

The ladies at the shop wrapped her up, and I brought her home.

I had three places in mind. First I tried her in the kitchen, but she got “lost” in there. Then I tried the second spot, the hallway, and that was it.

I took everything off the wall to accommodate her. She is not large enough to fill it herself, so I had to add some other pieces. Shopping my house, this is what I came up with…for now….

Simple Ironstone and naturals (as to not take any attention away from her) over a bench my Father-in-law made me several years ago. With a picture of my dog (that just passed) in the ocean and some antique doorknobs thrown in a bowl.

I think the whites and browns help the amazing blues in the painting stand out. What do y’all think?

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Barn market finds

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 When we moved into this house last October, I put a “Welcome” sign that I had over the kitchen fireplace because it fit the spot well, and I was really just trying to get stuff out of boxes. But I never loved it there, it was ok, but nothing great.

Since then I have been looking for just the right thing, but it wasn’t a priority. Sure, I have seen some really great things, but since I only work 2 days per week doing window displays, my decorating budget is tight. So, I was really happy to find some new wall art this weekend at a Barn Market sale in town, for a great price.

One of the vendors had been using these in her home, but was purging to prepare for a move ( I could totally relate), they are vintage reprints she bought at a shop in Connecticut. I don’t mind telling you I only paid $50 for the set.

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They really brighten up the room and I think they will work all year ( I will probably only change them out for Christmas). And the Ironstone pitchers stand out much better now with the colors behind them.

There is a nice distressing on the frames too.

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For the kitchen, I also picked up hand full of vintage silver flatware. This was a splurge, but I love them.

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For our Den, which has a slightly masculine style, I bought this beautiful vintage electric wall sconce,

I saw it and couldn’t pass it up. I think it was about $45.

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And some vintage bottles to add to a few I already had, that I was given by a family member years ago.

Some where inexpensive, others, not so much.

These are the new bottles;

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All in all, a successful day at the market. Hope y’all are having a great weekend too!

Karen

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