Monday, October 1, 2012

I was on Anne Marie's blog today   www.nadafarmlife.blogspot.com  and was inspired by her blog posting of expressing your soul through the beautiful found treasures within our homes.  How store bought things aren't always the things that express who we are but more the reloved items we put into our homes.  Items rescued and reloved or given to us by a friends or family members.  They represent history and each piece tells a story.  This hit home with me because I love to rescue, repurpose and relove pieces of history into my home.  My most cherished items are items passed down to me from family.  When we moved and had to downsize I gave alot of family heirlooms to my two daughters to keep and cherish in their family homes.


This cabinet I have in my office was old kitchen cabinets taken out of an old farmhouse in Iowa.  I bought it from one of the great vendors of old vintage stuff at the Kane County Flea Market.  I loved that I scored this old chippy cabinet and it had a great story with it.  The vendor told me of how she saved alot of things out of the trash when they tore down this old farmhouse.  So glad she saved this little treasure from the trash.

I so so love old doors.  I just think of the history of who has walked through these doors and the stories they tell.  This door I got from  www.tatteredtiques.com  it was an old horse farm barn door. I fell in love the moment I set eyes on it in the shop.

This little chippy door was thrown out in the trash!!!What!!!! who would throw out such a beautiful part of history?  I loved the mail slot in this door. Such character and the little ledge under the window just too much for me to pass this up.  I hang her proudly in my home knowing this hung on a home and many family and friends passed through this door.

Another chippy door that I got at an estate sale years ago in a old lake house cottage they were tearing down.  Oh the fun summers the families of this place must have had on the lake.  I have a home in a lake town so I knew this was meant to be for me.  Now it hangs in my lake cottage guest room of my home.  It is amazing the love I feel for a simple old door with history.
I am sure some of you saw these chippy side lights I hung on each side of the entrance from my kitchen to the family room.  I loved that this one on the left had the old chippy mail slot too.

These chippy windows were out of an old farmhouse and I got them in a shop I like in Geneva called Denise's Adornments. Loved that these too hung in an old house.






I love these old doors I got at the flea market and my husband was able to make them into a great headboard in our bedroom.  I just love to be surrounded by history.





This old birdhouse hung outside an old farmhouse for many years. I just think about how many birds have lived and had their little families inside this cutie.

The old shutter off an old tear down and the old vintage birdhouse have alot of history between them. So glad I could hang them together to make this beautiful piece for my wall.

These cute suit cases and the places they have gone through the years.  Oh my I can only imagine.




Old gates for a headboards.  I can dream about the gardens these gave entrance too.

Old chippy gate to hang my stuff on in my office.  Another lovely gate taken from a beautiful home with a beautiful garden now has a new home and a new purpose.

Ok these next few pictures are of some of the vintage mailboxes I have inside my home.  I think of all the love letters and special and important news that went through these.

This was an old farm discard.  I can't believe someone would throw out a beautiful old and chippy mail box like this.  This one is special because it is so big.  The packages left in this alone such stories!!!

This is one of my prized treasures.  This mail box is from the 1900's cast iron and all.  Back before phones, cell phones and internet the only way of communicating was through mail.  Oh the wonderful history of stories and messages that went through this mail box.



This was given to me by a special friend years ago.  She made this chippy table for me and put these old baskets in it for all my magazines.  She knew my love of reading magazines for inspiration and she wanted to give me something special to store them in.  Thank you Paula for my gift from long ago. I love it.

This is piece is a really special piece for me.  This was my grandmothers old cedar chest from my dad's side of the family.  I love that when we were kids this chest always stored some of the most comfy blankets to curl up with.  My little friend is guarding the piece for me!!!!!!! She is nosey and wanted to be in the picture.

This little pillow means the world to me.  My 99 year old grandmother that just passed last year is in this picture with my grandpa.  This was actually their wedding photo out on their farm.  The beautiful charm bracelet was a prized keepsake for my grandma.  It has each of us grandchildren on it and our birthdates.  She loved this bracelet.  Also in the upper right corner of the pillow is my grandmothers watch that she put on everyday.  She always needed to know what time it was.  The picture, the charm bracelet and the watch are cherished and treasured pieces of memories for me of my grandma.  I loved her so much and miss her so much.  She was only a few months short when she died of reaching 100 years old.  She was a wonderful women caring wife, mother and loving grandma and great grandma.  I am so glad to have these pieces from her to hold on too precious memories.


 

Here is an upclose of the charm bracelet.

Well I just thought I would shoot some pictures from around my house today of some of the treasures with history that I love in my home. Thanks Anne Marie for the inspiration.

36 comments:

  1. What wonderful pieces and stories fill your home!!! Thank you so much for sharing them!

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    1. Hi Susan. Thanks for the nice compliments.
      Kris

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  2. oh my goodness is your house beautiful! wonderful things!!! i especially like the old white barn door...tattered tiques sold here last May! the nicest girls aren't they??

    I am so glad you got inspired - loving the imperfections and rescuing/re-purposing is a great way to live life...

    xo!

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    1. Thanks so much. I really loved your blog posting. It inspired me to share these pictures so thank you. I love Tattered Tiques. Julie, Anne and Nancy are the best. I look forward to when they are open. Such great treasures.
      Kris

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  3. this is such a great post full of chippy goodness! beautiful styling, kris:)

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    1. Hi Lynn
      Thanks so much. I hope you are doing better with your eye.
      Kris

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  4. Oh my word girl!! My head is spinning with all this white, and wonderful beauty you have posted.....

    I'm amazed every time I come here.....
    Love that old kitchen cupboard.....and well, everything!!

    blessings
    barb

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    1. thanks Barb I do love that cupboard too. So glad it came with a story. I love to relove things like this in my home.
      Kris

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  5. Lovely blog. I have lots of old furniture inherited from family but it is dark wood. I am about to embark on painting most of it and then making it look chippy. It will be a big job. The first piece to get painted will be an old dresser (without its top), which has flowers carved into the drawers and doors. I am interested to know whether you get many comments on your blog. I too have a blog (theshoestringgoddess)and I get hundreds of spams and very few genuine comments, yet my ananytics site indicates that lots of people look at it. Does this happen to you?
    Ros

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    1. Hi Ros,
      First I have painted alot of furniture and it is not bad at all. Get the new paints with the primier in them much easier to paint with that. The old dresser with the carved flowers sound beautiful.

      I once in a while get a spam but it does not print in the comment area but that is pretty rare. I know if you go into your comment settings you can change that to have people have to do different things to leave a comment so it usually gets rid of the spam stuff. I do not use that because it is an extra step for people to do to leave a comment but if it keeps the spam away maybe you should look into that. I am so new at this blog world so I am not as savvy about telling you how to take care of that. Maybe if you follow a more experienced blogger they could help you better than me. I will visit your blog it sounds really nice. Thanks for coming by.
      Kris

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  6. Love the old kitchen cabinets...and love the headboard doors!! Oh my...I just love it all...your home is beautiful!!
    ~Cindy

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    1. Cindy thank you so much. I always appreciate your sweet and nice comments. Thanks for coming by.
      Kris

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  7. Glad I found your blog.....I love it! Love all of your decor.....this is the way I wish I could get my home to look,I will bookmark your blog so I can refer to it, that is if you don't mind! Thank you and have a blessed day!

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    1. Hi Linda
      Thank you for coming by and your nice comments. What a nice compliment to me that you want to bookmark my blog. Thank you. I am fairly new at this blog world but it is nice to get the feedback on my decor. I love it but it is nice to see others think it is nice too. Thanks for coming by.
      Kris

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  8. Well girl, you have my heart with your style of decor! I can't decide which of your collections i adore the most! The doors with the mail slots or that chippy white gate as a headboard(I've never seen a gate like that..love it) Your mailboxes...(I have a few too)but I love the way you accessorized them.....The BIG WHITE FARM MAILBOX stole my heart...(my hubby even likes those)Beautiful post~~beautiful home! From one sweetie to another~~~Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie,
      It is always fun to hear from you. I know you would appreciate the history and reloving these things back into my home. You get it!!!! That big ole white mailbox was a trash treasure from an old farmhouse redo. I just do not get why people throw these cuties out. I guess their trash is my treasure. I put that cute white mailbox into my lake decor guest room. I think it looks cool in there. Thanks for coming by.
      Kris

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  9. I absolutely loved this post. You have so many treasures in your home. I am glad you took the time to share them with us. Thank you.
    *Smiles*

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and the nice compliment. I do love to relove old things back into my decor. I love that these pieces tell a story and have history. Thanks again.
      Kris

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  10. Hey Girl! I too was inspired by Anne Marie's post today. I love the history and stories behind all the antiques we find.
    Everyone loves a good story about where their new loved treasure came from. I particularly love your pillow with all your Grandma's things.
    How sweet! Thanks by the way for mentioning us again! Every little bit helps!! See you soon.
    Julie

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    1. Hi Julie,
      I love that the stuff I relove in my home comes with history and usually a story. . I am so glad I have those few things of my grandma's to cherish. She was so good to me in my life I miss her. I am so glad to mention you great shop. I love getting my tattered tiques fix!!!! You guys always seem to have stuff I cannot live without!!! Hope to come by and see you soon.
      Kris

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  11. reloved...... love that sentiment and your blog. It's very beautiful and your home is charming.

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    1. Hi Lynn
      Thanks so much. I do like to relove chippy old history filled things into my home. I love that the pieces have stories. I think it makes your home warmer and more comfy to have these things around you.
      Kris

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  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Linda

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  13. You have some awesome old doors! they look gorgeous and chippy!

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    1. Hi Jen,
      Thanks so much. I hope to see you at Kane today. See you soon.
      Kris

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  14. What lovely treasure you have found! I love your decor!

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    1. Hi Cindy,
      Thanks for coming by. Thank you for the nice comments.
      Kris

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  15. Cute signs. I pinned some of them so I wouldn't forget. The printed word on old wood gets me too every time.

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    1. Well Hello and thanks for stopping by. I love when new bloggers find me because now I have found you. I went on your blog so so cute and beautiful stuff. I will be back there to visit.
      Kris

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  16. I'm going to start making signs for our little ranch house (we really have horses, goats, and emu, dogs and cats and our 5 acres is on a huge ranch). I call our home 'the bunk house'. :-) You've given me some idea for a few of the signs I plan to make.

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    1. Welcome to my blog. I hope you will have a blog so I can visit and see this beautiful home and all your furry friends!!!!! It sounds beautiful. Thanks for coming by. If you start a blog please let me know so I can follow you.
      Kris

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  17. I keep coming back to this post and looking at it over and over! Love your style. . . .Love your ideas and imagination. . . .I'm sure I'll come back again and again! So many sweet touches, such as the charm bracelet on the pillow. . .Love it all. . .

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    1. Thanks so much. You are so sweet. I am hoping to have a new post this week.
      Please come back again and again!!!!
      Kris

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    2. PS!!!!!! I want that tub you have. Wow that is so amazing. I bet fun to take a bath in. Love it.
      KRis

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  18. It may sound superficial but a lot of what we own is a expression of ourselves. The art we own is part of our tastes.

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