Friday, April 26, 2013

Show Off and Inspire - White Lace Cottage

Today I have the pleasure on Show Off and Inspire to brag a little about Anne of White Lace Cottage.
If you havn't met Anne @ White Lace Cottage you have really missed a ton of talent.  She also has the greatest personality and is cute as a bug.  She has so many wonderful decorating, diy projects and craft ideas it is hard to try and pick just a few.

Thank you so much Marty for inviting me to share my home on your beautiful blog.So excited to be a part of show off and inspire. We built our home 7 years ago.  Hard to believe the time has gone by so fast. When we first moved in I thought I wanted to change my style.  My previous home was more romantic shabby chic. But I fell in love with the farmhouse style .Which for me is a little bit French, farmhouse,romantic cottage,Nordic,industrial. Yes I am a bit eclectic. DSC07365farmhouseliving

Using white as a backdrop for my home allows me to add bits of color here and there.The white I used on my walls is a warm white and works great with wood. I shop mostly at thrift stores,garage sales and antique stores. I love finding architectural pieces like old doors,windows and columns.They are so interesting to me.    DSC07375rosesfarmtable

These old farm tables are a favorite of mine.Chippy painted pieces are perfect for my home.  It is the texture of the paint that adds a bit of character to a piece and really makes it unique and one of a kind.  I cut the legs down on this table to use as a coffee table.  White ironstone or white dishes are another favorite of mine! I love finding these pieces.And I use them everyday. DSC07374farmhousetable This dormer vent was a fun find.This room has a high ceiling and this piece works perfectly here,and adds a bit of the unexpected too! I added the slipcover to a very old sofa.So easy and a cheap way to change the look of a room. I reupholstered those two chairs to give them an updated look too.  They were both painted with chalk paint

DSC07244diningroom This dining room set got an update last spring.I used a primer on this table and chair set and painted it white.I finished it off with a glaze.The hutch was painted Paris gray and Antoinette in Annie Sloan paint. I even painted that chandelier while still hanging with Annie Sloan chalk paint. Yes paint can do wonders! It is a very inexpensive way to change just about anything! The fabric I used on the dining chairs were heavy fabric used for pillow shams.I simply cut off what I needed and recovered the chairs. Very easy and cheap to do. DSC07252farmdiningroom

DSC07272farmhousekitchen My kitchen cabinets are maple and were a cherry stain when we moved in.I painted these with Annie Sloan pure white chalk paint.  Did I tell you I was a risk taker when it comes to decorating :-) .I love how these turned out and after almost a year they are holding up great! This added so much light to my home! Even on a cloudy day it is nice and light! I did distress mine just a bit when I painted them.  I took those doors off the cabinets to give it an open feel.And added that ladder just above the two cabinets to join them together.It's fun decorating that and changing it out too!DSC07278farmhousekitchen That farm table works perfectly in our home.  Found at a resale shop in town.  It was painted gray and I repainted it white.  A mismatched set of chairs but very similar style work.  The other side of the table is a bench.  That French cabinet was found where else a thrift store for 45.00, and yes I painted it white.It stores more of my white ironstone and white dishes. That old barn door in the corner balances the room out, and is fun to change too. The French bottle rack makes a nice display but also stores my favorite cups that are used
everyday. DSC07290barndoor


Cabinet knobs and pulls were found at a thrift store.They were all brass.I painted them to look like verdigris. DSC07325farmhousetablekitchen

DSC07333familyroomfrench I painted my builders model mantle with Annie Sloan chalk paint and Miss Mustard Seeds milk paint.I wanted an aged look with a bit of patina.Those posts were cut down to fit on each side to add a bit of interest. That gate in front of the mantle is not old but new.  Found at Hobby Lobby on clearance.I just painted it white. DSC07339familyroomcottage An old screen hung sideways is hung to my wall.  I added an antique painting to add a bit of color.  I just love the patina on it!    A wire basket found while out antiquing displays some of my white ironstone.The blanket chest is perfect for storing our blankets.It does get chilly in the winter months and can be additional seating too! DSC07149chandelier A chandelier was found for 10.00 while out thrift shopping.I thought it would look perfect in our foyer leading into our master suite. DSC07151mastersuite

DSC07089beddroomfarmhouse My bed was painted Miss Mustard seed paint in linen.It is a pine bed that needed an update from the 90's. Behind the bed is a pair of curtain panels.I also added the faux metal piece's for pretty wall art. DSC07095frenchfarmhouse One piece I have not painted yet is this antique vanity.I do like having some wood mixed in with white. I found that vintage scrap piece of metal at an antique store.Love the color and patina. DSC07107whiteroses

DSC07116frencharmoire Another piece painted with Miss Mustard Seeds milk paint is that armoire. DSC07129frenchbedding That tall linen dresser was found for free and I added the hardware found at a yard sale. Recently I redecorated my daughters bedroom. 048sideviewshabbyroom She still loves pink and frills even though she is a teenager.The bedding is Rachel Ashwell found on clearance for 10.00 a year ago.The blanket at the end of her bed was found many years ago at a flea market. Her desk hutch was a roadside find.I cleaned it up including all the stickers that were plastered all over it and painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint old ochre. 039shabbyfrenchbedroom

038vintagefrenchdresser The bed and dresser were pieces I was planning on painting and selling so I already had these on hand. They were both painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint old orche and old white. That mirror for the dresser was found separately I made a jewelry display for her dresser made from a frame and wire screen. 025earringholderframe A towel rack is also used for her jewelry. 037towelholderjewelrydisplay Her vanity table was a thrifty find.A Rachel Ashwell vanity table found at an antique store.I just changed out the fabric on the bench with retro looking French fabric. 031shabbychicvanityrachelashwell

030retroparisfabricfrench The chandelier was found at Menards for 60.00. 019shabbychicchandelier The bedside table was found at a thrift store.Full of stickers.After cleaning all that off I painted it the same color used on the bed and dresser. 032frenchnightstand

024Jazzphoto I love using frames to enlarge a portrait.Just placed around and existing portrait gives it more emphasis. 010shabbyfrenchbed

Thanks Anne for letting me brag on you just a little. Don't you just love her style, and how creatively she has decorated her home.  Pop over to White Lace Cottage and follow her, you really don't want to miss a post.  

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Alison at Stuff and Nonsense for Friday's Unfolded
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
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Jane at Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday
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  1. So pretty and bright. I am adding a few more cream and white touches but will always need lots of red.
    Her bedroom is gorgeous.

  2. What an adorable home! So bright and charming! Thanks for sharing, Marty...Christine

  3. Thanks for the tour Marty. I love Anne's style.

  4. Enjoyed the tour... And her her style is great. Loved the idea of the jewelry display. Thanks for showing

  5. I just love Anne's home everytime I see it and there is always something new that I notice. Love that adorable stool with the French fabric.


  6. One word to describe your home Anne is HEAVENLY! Love that the rooms looks so airy and light even with all the things you have! Thanks for this lovely tour Marty!!! HAve a great weekend dear!

  7. Anne's home is just so beautiful...a reflection of it's wonderful owner! :-)

  8. Beatutiful home..very romantic and love all the white gives it such char! Thank you dear Marty for your generous comments, you made my day!! Have a super weekend.

  9. Marty,
    Thanks for featuring Anne today!
    Great Farmhouse design!
    Have a great weekend!!!

  10. Wow. Truly amazing and beautiful. Very bright and romantic. I love Anne's understated elegant style.

  11. Marty....Beautiful feature here. I love Anne's style and her home is amazing!

  12. Thanks for the tour of Anne's gorgeous home. I follow her blog, but it was nice to see her whole house tour in one post!

  13. thank you for the tour of Anne's lovely home. Lots of ideas to mull over. x

  14. Oh my goodness! You were NOT exaggerating about Anne at White Lace Cottage. It's lovely. What a great imagination and creativeness. I loved all of it. I painted my coffee table and end tables white in the living room..and found myself eyeing other pieces of far have left them alone.

  15. What a beautiful and serene home! Thanks for sharing with us.


  16. Great tour Marty~
    Lot's of inspiration here.
    The daughter's room is my fave!
    Hugs friend,

  17. Anne has a lovely home, Marty! Her kitchen is one of my favorites!

  18. anne's home is simply gorgeous! tfs:)

  19. Darling! :)
    Thank you for sharing her gorgeous home.

  20. Couldn't' resist taking the tour...thanks to both of you for sharing...I will be back soon with my own adventures and decorating from our new home!

  21. How beautiful. I love her daughter's room.
    Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home.

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