Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Hello Everyone:)
What have you been up to? I have been doing a good thorough cleaning of the barn. I want to get it done because when the weather stays nice I want to be out in the garden:)And with cleaning comes changing things up. You know how that goes;)

I finally put some vintage books and metal flowers under my old cloche. I found a silver tray that fits it perfectly.

                                       I am happy with how it came out.
 Also washed ALL of the slipcovers. It was time to put on my flowery, ruffly slip in the solarium. I bought this one a couple of years ago from Surefit Slipcovers. I haven't seen any other ones with ruffles since then but wish they would carry them. They are just so pretty don't you think?

Living in a barn means that every little critter from outside finds its way inside. And the fact that we don't have screen doors and I leave the big doors open for fresh air doesn't help. We have had mice, snakes, flying squirrels, birds and gray squirrels. They must have heard that I used to own a pet shop;) You would never believe all of the birdseed I found under my sofas and chairs! The critters: CHIPMUNKS!!!!!!! Oh, they come in and eat my birds' food while sitting on the pond watching the Koi. When we make eye contact they chatter at me and run for cover. The cat is so used to me bringing home pets she doesn't even go after them. The dogs on the other hand chase them.  But living with so many pieces of furniture they are able to hide so I have resorted to a nice medley of poison. Sorry PETA people but I just can't take their disrespectful chattering  and their digging up my plants not to mention the seed that they leave everywhere.  But I digress.
 I bought this millinery flower with bows at the flea market. Don't pass them up even if they are all wrinkly. Just put them over the steam of a tea pot and you can actually watch them curl back into shape like magic.
                      Cleaned the library too. Books get  dusty too.
 Of course I always have company. I love doves and will always have them. They are the sweetest birds. I love their happy coo:)
 Green rosy pillow with another pillow I covered with a pretty white vintage pillow sham. They work well together.
 I always buy little books. Dictionaries, Bibles and Poems are three of my favorites.
 I found this vintage table at the flea market about 3 weeks ago. I have been looking for one to put my houseplants on for my living room  window. This one is perfect.
                            My granddaughters love this typewriter.
 These pretty pillows were actually used for putting women's nightgowns in. I stuffed them and use them as pillows.
 You know how much I love architectural pieces. I used these two little ones as book ends for some small books.

 This is the old desk where I keep my collection of small books.  The cubbies are just the right size.
                                                Vintage green plant table.
                                       Love this window . Potted plants in vintage McCoy pots. Next room that will get done is the kitchen:) Are you getting all of your major cleaning before the nice weather starts? Tell me all about it.
'Till next time......
~Debra XXX


  1. Beautiful. I felt like I was turning the pages of a cottage magazine. Very nice, I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Debra! My hubby and I were just talking about the thorough cleaning that our place is going to get this weekend. I like to fill our huge chalkboard with all of the jobs that I would like to see get done and then everyone starts picking which ones they want to do. Works like a charm! I just love visiting here, your home is beautiful, minus the little critter visitors, I'm kind of a scaredy cat ;) xoxo

  3. So many beautiful things to look at in this post. You have such a way with vignettes. Your slip cover is awesome. It looks so fitted and perfect for your couch. LOVE it all!

    Take care,

  4. Hi Debra, I would love to visit your place one of these days....Ciao Rita Mammabellarte

  5. What a lovely tour for me this evening! So much to enjoy this lazy night :D


  6. Love all the changes...I think I'm going back for a second look!!!

  7. Hi Debra,
    Everything looks so beautiful and fresh! I've been cleaning around my house as well and moving things here to there. It's impossible for me to clean without changing things around.
    Your photos look lovely as well.
    Have a wonderful day.

  8. Oh looks great!
    I must go back and look again!!

  9. WOW! if that is your barn, can't even imagine how beautiful your house may be.
    XXXX Ido

  10. What a lovely post! Loved your story about all of the little critters! Some good and some not so good! :) You just have a lovely touch all over your home. I do like the teeny little books under the cloche!
    I'm popping in from Debra's today!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  11. your taste is divine! love every single thing in every single picture-
    noticed I am on your blog list- how grand =will do the same.hugs


  12. Oh how I love this blog,, ooo la la , beautiful beautiful.I'm your newest follower,,I'm a newbie,,this is great!

  13. What awesome pictures!! Looks like a boutique!! You certainly have a gift for putting things together!! Thanks so much for sharing! Can't wait to see your kitchen. I am so tired of mine being the same way for so long. I want a change!! XO Fran.

  14. I LOVE it cozy...and homey. I collect little books too...the cloche and cubbies are a great way to display. Don't blame you on the critters...not one bit!

  15. So beautiful! I feel like I MUST go back for another look. There were so many wonderful things tucked here and there.

  16. Debra, Your home is really an amazing place. Love all your wonderful touches. Birdseed under the it! Thanks so much for linking up to VIF! xoxo Debra

  17. thanks so much for following my blog,, I'm enjoying your blog sooo much,,

  18. oh, its alllll sooooo gorgeous!

  19. Everything looks so beautiful and all the animals? They sound kinda fun! Maybe they aren't tho ;-)

    Happy Friday Dear! xo

  20. OMG Debra you are the Queen of Garden Style Vignettes and Decorating! I must confess that I've saved some of your Barn House Photos to my favs for inspiration so I can look at them more often... I'm hopeful one day you might consider coming out with a Book?!?

    Thanks for stopping by and wishing me a happy Mother's Day, we'll be taking Nanna *my Mom* out today instead of tomorrow since she's wheelchair bound and its just easier without the crowds. Guess what else, beside my wonderful Belt created by my Friend Angela, came in time for Mother's Day? That fabulous Prairie Slip... oh I LOVE it... now to slenderize slightly so I can get into it. *winks* It's my weight loss inspiration piece right now. *LOL* Hey, whatever works, work it, right? Happy Mother's Day my Friend!!!

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  21. Cleaning, argh, no fun! Vignette, fun! Especially like the books in the basket. I have one similar I was wondering where it was the other day, you've reminded me to go search for it.

    I'd love to have doves. Are they alot of work?

  22. You are welcome to come visit me any time and do some sprucing up!

  23. Ohh; so many lovelies to look at! I live on a little farmstead, and we never know what kind of critter is going to show up at OR IN our place either! We've found all the critters you named inside our home, too, except gray squirrels. But I would have taken one of those over the snake ANY DAY. ;)

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage