Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Gather 'Round The Fire

Welcome friends!

Today 's post is especially appropriate since Sunday we had a blizzard warning for our area.  What could be more appropriate and cozy during a blizzard but a fireplace?!

This is our living room fireplace at Easter in 2018. Wisconsin fieldstone is a very popular choice for fireplace surrounds where we live. Not my first choice, but my husband caught me in a weak moment when we built our home years ago and well, we made it work. Honestly, I never liked it in our home.

Here, you see we went neutral with our paint this spring and I'm loving it! My main purpose for sharing this picture is to showcase the lasting results of our housewarming party catastrophe: wax candles raining down onto our hearth stone! Oh no. I never got all the wax removed and we were left with a huge, ugly stain. That's why you will often see a little rug on our  hearth. A sorry (and not so great) attempt to hide it. I did this since 2001!

I am happy to report that I won't need to hide that stain ever again. Last week we had the entire fireplace removed and we started over from scratch!

Taking the old stone off was a messy (and dusty process), but our fireplace contractor tried their best to minimize the dust.

Here it is - almost done and our dog  Palmer gave it his approval.

 We just love our new fireplace and love how it changed the entire feel of our room. The brick is called Chilton Red and comes from the little town of Chilton, Wisconsin. I just love the color - warm, but neutral enough to embrace most any color scheme I may come up with in the future.

Our sweet dog absolutely loves toasting by the fire and you can find him lounging by it every chance he gets. I joke we put it in for him, not us. (Seems logical to me!)

I think my family is going to enjoy relaxing by our fireplace for years to come.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Holiday Corner

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Amid the construction chaos in our living room, I did find time to add a little holiday charm to a corner of our master bedroom - seemingly the only spot in the house not covered in dust or boxes right now.

If nothing else, it looks like a peaceful place to lounge around.

Have you jumped on the Christmas decorating train yet?

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Going Up!

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I gave  you a bit of a sneak peek in my last post of the area I am sharing today - our stairway!

I apologize for the pictures - this is a dark, windowless space and is tough to photograph! But anyway, bad pics aside, this is our staircase - the first thing you see as you enter our home.

My favorite, favorite, favorite thing about this area is my new wool carpeting! We had it installed at the end of August. I know it's not for everyone, but I have wanted this carpet from the day the first nail was driven when we built our house. It just covers the stair way. Once you get up to the hallway we have neutral carpeting. It is just what this simple area needed.

I found this little door at one of my favorite flea markets this past summer. It's my door to nowhere, lol - but I think it looks quite charming. I added a cute and inexpensive sconce above it just for fun.

I have a few vintage mirrors showcased here. I just love their patina.

The hardware on the door is just stunning. It has a Star of David on it. I wish I knew the history of this piece!

I bought this cute saying from an Etsy shop a few years back. It was one of my daughter's favorite songs when she was a little girl. Passing by it every day just warms  my heart!

My house is currently a wreck as we are having our old fireplace, brick and mantel removed and replaced - a very messy undertaking, resulting in me moving everything out of the room to help keep things clean. We aren't hosting Thanksgiving this year or else I would really be stressing!

Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving with many blessings.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

A Fall Flirtation

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I hadn't planned on posting today, but as I passed by a little washstand in my front entry, I was taken by the sun light shining on the wreath hanging in the mirror.

This wreath is so pretty and I just loved the soft pinks and taupes of the florals. It is a bit of a departure from my deeper color scheme, but I think it co-mingled quite nicely. My fall flirtation with pastels!

I'm thinking about painting this piece white. It is a very orange golden oak, and is kind of a mish mash of parts and repairs. I have had it for about a year now and keep threatening to take the brush to it!

Something about this taupe flower...be still my heart!

If you look to the far right of this pic, you can see a glimpse from something I will be posting about soon.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Let's Start At The Beginning

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I'm so excited to finally get this blog up and running. After a few introductory type posts, it's time to get to decorating.  When I began thinking of what I should share first, I had a few ideas. The one that made the most sense was to start at the beginning.

So, here is a photo of our home from early May of this year.  We built our house in 2001, a simple and classic saltbox style. We would have loved a front porch, but it just wasn't in the financial cards at the time. I've always loved the saltbox style, so porch or not, I was delighted with our new home.

Fast forward 17 years later, we had the opportunity to completely redo our front entry and driveway this past summer. Here you see our front patio and sidewalk removed, with just the concrete stoop remaining. Beautiful things happened to this old stoop.

Our contractor was able to save our daughter's signature and  handprint from our original driveway. He worked it into a little side patio off of our garage. So happy we saved this treasure! I love it so much.

Here's the full view - isn't it cute?

And now back to the front yard! We installed a pretty front patio.Our contractor covered over our existing concrete stoop with pavers. My favorite part of the redo! I've dreamt of a brick stoop since  we first built the house. We added the window boxes - they will be so much fun decorating for the seasons.

Another teaser of our finished entry area. The stone wall has such a presence. It really makes our simply shaped house shine.

A night view of the entry. I'm not going to lie, it is very charming at night. This was after a rain showrr.

 We have a new front door scheduled for installation just before Thanksgiving. That will be the finishing touch of our front re-do. I will share that and additional views of the front once it is all decked out for Christmas.

I hope you all are enjoying this November weekend. Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away?

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Ladies & Gents: We Have A Winner!

Welcome Friends!

Thanks so much to all of you who left a kind comment and follow Far Ago Farm. Your response truly warmed my heart.

I used the Random Number Generator to select the winner. Without further ado, I'm pleased to announce Diva Kreszl is the winner of the giveaway!

I will be back on Saturday with a decor post about my master bedroom closet. I hope you will come by and check it out.

I'm blessed and grateful for your visit today.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

What My Blog Is Not & Decor Sneak Peek

Welcome friends!

As I thought about starting this new blog and all of things I wanted it  to be, I also knew what I didn't want it to be.  That is what I want to share with you today.

I love to read decorating blogs, don't you?  I've got my favorites. I also have stopped reading a few. Not because I didn't enjoy their beautiful homes and talents. I stopped reading them because they became shaming blogs.

You know the ones: they publish lists of what they deem outdated or passe. They snub their noses at chevron or burlap or Tuscan style, etc. - the very styles they at one time touted as the best thing since the invention of sliced bread. "What was I thinking?"
" My style has matured so much since then. " Or they make statements such as,  "My house was so builder basic until I did this, that or the other thing to it." to my 3,000 square foot, whirlpool in the bath, granite countered home. Blah. Blah. Blah.

I am guilty of saying some of these things on my old blog, Bluebird1959. But, I won't do that any more. Here's the deal: I've decorated in a lot of different styles and color schemes over the years. From country blue & mauve, wallpaper borders, stenciling, to Tuscan and more - at one time or another. What was I thinking? I thought they made my house look great. But, like hair styles and fashion, times and styles change. I'm not embarrassed or ashamed that I once had ceramic chickens everywhere, or a wallpaper with cats on it in my kitchen or mauve gingham Formica counters.  They were awesome!

There are still people today who decorate with what some bloggers say are styles to be ashamed of.  Don't listen to them! Decorate your home with what you love. Every day. Without shame. Without ridicule. I've lived in apartments, a condo, a little house and an average sized house. They all felt like home and I was proud of them. You should feel the same way about your space, be it a room, an apartment, tiny house, average house or mansion. Far Ago Farm is a non shaming blog and always will be! Positivity and celebration of home is the name of the game!

Don't forget, follow and comment on this post for a chance to win my welcome giveaway. The winner will be announced tomorrow night, November 5th.

Decorating posts start Saturday! Please join me. Here's a sneak peek:

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