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Friday, August 23, 2013

Show Off & Inspire - Peeking Thru The Sunflowers

Today I am super thrilled to be able to Show Off and Brag about Des @ Peeking Thru The Sunflowers.  If you don't know her you are totally going to be blown away by her fabulous home and how she has transformed and decorated it.  I love every single detail.  She is such a wonderful and warm person also, you are in for a major treat.

Hi, I’m Des from Peeking Thru The Sunflowers, a blog about the adventures of renovating our 1870’s schoolhouse and home décor. A big thank you to Marty for inviting me to participate in her Show Off and Inspire Series. I am so flattered that she has chosen me to share with all of you!
It all started with a Sunday drive…….
Our current home had sold and we had to be out for the afternoon while the new owners did a walk thru. My husband asked if I wanted to go for a drive and see a house 40 miles away in a nearby town. He pointed out that we had nothing better to do that afternoon and I reluctantly agreed to go along for the ride. The minute we drove over the bridge I was in love. The house was so charming and looked like something you would see in the English countryside.
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As we walked up to the front door I could tell it was no ordinary house. As it turns out the house was originally built in 1870 and was a schoolhouse that served as sort of a town hall. During the week it served as a school and on the weekends three different churches took turns holding services…..and community dances were also held here.
In the 1880’s a new school was built and the school was then purchased by a family with ten children and turned into a private residence. Several families have lived in the home over the years. One family lived here for over 50 years and had a small farm.After the family sold the home it was rented out for many years before falling into disrepair. In 1985 two couples bought the house and it underwent major renovations to turn it into a B&B. Ten years ago my husband and I bought the house and turned it back into a private residence and have been doing renovations ever since.

The floors on the main floor are reclaimed maple and were salvaged from an old gymnasium that was torn down in a nearby town. The groove in each board was cleaned by hand and recut before being laid.
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The armoire was a Craig’s List find and is a reproduction….it is made of teak wood. Originally it was stained a medium color but I knew it would look stunning in a soft grey color. So, out came the paint brush and the transformation began.

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I have been collecting white ironstone for about twenty years. I really have reached maximum capacity for wall space but somehow I can never seem to resist just one more piece!

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The color pallet of our home is done mostly in greys and whites. I like the light and airy feeling it gives with the tall ceilings. Most people are surprised to learn that I decorated with bold colors for many years. However after living in the house for a few years I knew a softer pallet would really open the space up and would be the perfect choice.

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My husband made the coffee table for me after I showed him one in the Restoration Hardware catalog that I had fallen in love with. The top is made out of old concrete forms.

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As many of you know, I love my sparkly and have a chandelier in pretty much every room of the house! A girl can never have too much sparkle!


My husband also made the dining room table and then I painted and distressed the apron and legs. I searched for months for big chunky table legs and found the perfect hand turned set on eBay. The top of the table is protected with three coats of wax.
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The kitchen cabinets were also found on Craig’s List. They are custom made solid oak cabinets that were originally stained. We reworked them to fit our kitchen layout and added moldings, bead board, hardware, and seeded glass.

To see more of our home renovations or for inspiration in decorating your own home please visit my blog Peeking Thru The Sunflowers.
Thank you Marty for inviting me to share our home with all of your wonderful readers!
Isn't this place absolutely amazing.  The house is fabulous and her style is exquisite in every detail.  Thanks so much Des for allowing me to feature you.  Be sure to go over and follow her if you don't already, all of her posts and pictures are totally magazine worthy.  Peeking Thru The Sunflowrs.

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Don't forget the Kitchen Tours  are still going on here.  You don't want to miss any of them, some beautiful kitchens and fabulous inspiration and eye candy.

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Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Kate at Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
Jane at Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday
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  1. OMG, your home is simply divine Des!!! I'm inlove with everything but most especially that gorgeous armoire!!!! Why can't I find anything as great on our Craigslist?! Thank you for sharing dear!!

  2. I have ALWAYS loved your style! It was fun to get to see your home tour all over again and learn about the history of it too. I REALLY covet your dining room. I REALLY want to come steal those chairs and table. REALLY I do!!! LOL! I spied some pretty monogrammed pillows in your chairs too that I haven't seen before. Your home is such an inspiration to me. Wish you were my neighbor so I could go see it in person!

  3. Looooove Des' home! So, so beautiful! I was happy to see we have the same chairs (slipcovered, cream Ballards least they sure look similar!)

  4. Awesome tour Marty!! Des's home has always been an absolute favorite of mine!!

  5. I adore her home and her style.....her special pieces - especially the handmade ones by her hubs - priceless.

    This was a GREAT person to feature, Mary - I enjoy her blog often and love to see her brought to light in your nifty series.

    Have a WONDERFUL weekend. Hugs.

  6. Oh Marty, you are so right, it is truly magazine worthy! Great feature post!!

  7. Lovely home, Des! Thank you Marty for sharing her!!~~Angela

  8. Wow! What an amazing home -- love the history of it, too! Thank you for sharing, Marty!

  9. Marty, great choice - her home is drop dead gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing her post.

  10. Just beautiful! I love all the different resources where she found so many beautiful things! What a lovely home. Thank you for sharing with us at TTF!

  11. I've had Dez bookmarked for quite a while & love to look at her home! She has a beautiful style of decorating. I love that it is such an old home & it is on the Kansas prairie!

  12. Oh Des...I just love your home! I don't think I've ever seen the outside of it, and it's beautiful too! I loved hearing about the history of your home. I've always loved your wood floors, and hearing the story behind them makes me love them even more. :) And yes...a girl can never have too much sparkle! :)

  13. What a fabulous home, I am exhausted thinking about all that work they did themselves! Her hubs must be one talented man! Very beautiful indeed, thanks for the tour!

  14. What a treat to be able to view this incredible home. Thanks for sharing!!!

  15. I love this house. Tis wonderful!

    Jake's a Girl

  16. Oh my gosh! I LOVE Des' home! I live in a dogtrot built in the mid 1800s (and we salvage old homes), so I definitely appreciate vintage homes.

  17. Adorable! Now I will have to wonder over to her website. Also thank you for helping me with my blogger reader explanation last week - I do appreciate your input!
    Thanks, Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  18. What an amazing home!!! I loved the history of it. What a beautiful piece of history to own. Thanks for sharing. xxoo

  19. I have been in love with Des's house since I first found her blog. Every single element is gorgeous!

  20. Beautiful home, thanks for sharing.

  21. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great weekend.

  22. Marty, this home is so lovely and it was so interesting to read the history behind it. Thanks for sharing! Happy weekend!

  23. Thanks for sharing, Marty! I am just in love with Dee's home!!! ~Christy

  24. Thank you Marty for this feature tour! I am a big fan of Peeking Thru the Sunflowers and have been reading the blog for over a year now. Des is very thrifty and inspirational for finding great things to use to decorate a home.

  25. What a fantastic tour, Marty! Thanks so much for sharing. I love everything about her home, from the history to the decor. The armoire is beyond stunning! Wonderful post.

  26. I simply love this home. It is so beautiful and done just right. Love the light and airy colors that would look great with anything and in any season. Love the decor and all her 'finds'.

  27. Stunning! I love everything about this home. Just gorgeous...

  28. Absolutely fabulous! I love her style!

  29. Oh Marty,
    Love love love Dez's home. I loved every room. Just gorgeous. I love the history of her home too. That is so unique.

  30. This house is absolutely to die for!!!! I want one! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!

    Shelly @MinettesMaze

  31. I love your home, and I love the restoration hardware look alike table! Thanks for sharing at DIY Sunday Showcase!

  32. Des,
    Your home is absolutely GORGEOUS and so elegant!!! I love the history behind the house.
    Mary Alice

  33. Gorgeous!! I'm off to check out her blog ;) Thanks for sharing!
    Jamie @

  34. What a gorgeous home Marty! I will feature today at Home Sweet Home!

  35. Thank you, Marty, for showcasing Des's beautiful and charming home. I never get tired of seeing it or hearing the story..Happy Thursday..Judy