No this little missive has nothing to do with our furry friends, but with a book I recently purchased on the sales rack. It’s a lovely read with glorious photos by Leslie Linsley (between you and me, I would have paid full price). The author delves into the ease of using “junk” or “salvage” items to give your home that farmhouse feel. What did we do before Joanna Gaines? Anyway, Leslie offers wonderful tips and cost-saving ideas on how to beautify your abode. Starting with the unexpected (lol, I have always wanted to use that abbreviation when writing, you’re just lucky I didn’t add emojis) reclaimed woods and beams (which are now premade by every flooring and tile company so skip the chill in New Hampshire) to add that certain patina that ages a home in a unique and creative way. She, like many designers today, prefers a kitchen with open shelving and thus allowing for more areas of display. (I assume they have cleaning people coming in once or twice a week).
Good lighting plays an important part in any room and one should occasional shock by doing the unexpected. Personally I am huge fan of anything galvanized but I also fancy a lovely crystal chandelier.
Try the unexpected like mixing wood with copper. A proper industrial looking aged bronze fixture can not only be functional but a tremendously wonderful detail. The author recommends using baskets and vintage tin boxes (here we come Hobby Lobby) to hold fruits, chocolates, tea bags. And let’s not forget the apron sink and workable island. Things to display include small appliances, wedding flatware, cookbooks, wooden spoons and bowls, vintage cookie presses, blue Mason jars, antique wire soap dishes, metal canisters, colanders, wall mounted wood spice racks, vintage teapots, enamelware, and chopping boards in wood (of course) To go even further, you could mix and match your island stools, barring the fact that you have an island. Leslie is a proponent of using open shelving on narrow walls which allows one to display collectibles such as breadboxes or scales.