Happy Friday! I have thoroughly enjoyed having fresh flowers in our house over the past week. I purchased these tulips for the home that I photographed last week. These flowers have brought a little life to our home while adding a little touch of spring.
It seems as if we are all looking forward to the changing seasons. In a few more days we will bid farewell to Old Man Winter while we say "Hello" to Peter Cotton Tail. As spring approaches, we become excited about warmer weather and longer days. We will start to see new life beginning to break through hard soil after a cold and dormant winter. There will be new buds on the trees and flowers starting to bloom. The changing of seasons are exciting and we look forward to the change and something new.
Last week, I was privileged with the opportunity to photograph this beautiful home constructed by Old Oak Construction located in Wendell, NC. I came across Old Oak Construction a few weeks ago while scrolling through our Facebook news feed. After visiting their Facebook page, I learned more about the owner Ben and his passion for using salvaged and reclaimed items in his construction projects. I contacted Ben and asked if I could do a feature on his newly constructed home and he graciously accepted.
Happy Wednesday! This weeks Why I love It feature is thrift store books. Up until a last year, I never used books in my decor especially since I am not an avid book reader. However, over the past year thrift store books have become a common staple that I use in my home decor. Here are a few reasons why I love them.
I love typography signs. They have become very popular over the past few years and are fun way to add art to your home. More importantly, typography signs are a great way to express yourself in your home whether it is sharing a favorite quote or scripture. Other popular signs are favorite vacation spots or song lyrics. The possibilities are endless.
Two weeks ago we had a storm system that came through our area that left us with about ¼ inch of ice. We have experienced some of these storms in the past few years and they can be a nuisance. Fallen power lines, black ice and car wrecks are just a few of the things that can happen during one of these ice storms. Not to mention, the craziness that comes from running to the grocery store for milk and bread. HA!
Happy Monday! I had the opportunity to do a little thrift store shopping during the past week. I am trying to control what I bring into our house now. I purged a lot of items over the holiday break and want to continue to simplify our home. I made a rule that for each item that is brought into our home that one or two items will have to leave. Hopefully, this will help reduce the clutter and allow me to think about my purchases before making them. I will keep you posted on how this works.
Happy Friday friends!!! I know I have missed another Why I Love It Wednesday post. I am still trying to slow down but it is hard with life and our commitments. Thank you for bearing with me. I hope to have one ready for you next week. If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you probably have seen where I posted a picture of our dining room and our new rug.
Charles and I unloaded our inventory into one of our smaller bedrooms upstairs where it sat for a few months. Fortunately, we had some family members who were sympathetic and took some of our inventory off of our hands. We had discussed selling our items at markets and knew the amount of work involved with transporting and setting up. However, we were still trying to make our business work. We scheduled markets in March, April and May.
I remember back in August 2012 when Charles and I decided to start The Refined Relic. We had discovered our passion for refinishing and re-purposing old things while working on a few small pieces of furniture and my grandmother’s sewing cabinet. We loved transforming something old into something new. There was a sense of pride and accomplishment by taking something that had been discarded and giving it a purpose once again.
Happy Wednesday! I am trying get back on track with my posting and my "Why I Love It Wednesday" feature, I thought what a better time to start this series back again than after the premier of Fixer Upper last night on HGTV.
I have been fortunate to have the past 2 weeks off from work. I always look forward to spending this time of year off especially the week after Christmas. It allows me to slow down and focus on a new year with new goals.
After living with unnecessary clutter and stuff over the past 2 years, I have realized the amount of unnecessary stress that this has caused me and Charles. I have created stress and frustration by looking for something that I can’t find or remember where I put it because I was in a rush when I put it away. We live in a time of constant stress and chaos with our jobs and events that are occurring in the world daily. I have added to that stress with some of my bad habits. There is an old saying that goes “A cluttered home equals a cluttered mind!”.
I have shared with you a few of the homes that we toured in Historic Edenton in previous post (Part 1 and Part 2). The annual Candlelight Christmas tour featured approximately 15 homes in addition to the annual Christmas parade and Christmas caroling in the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse. Our time spent in Edenton was filled with daily Christmas activities and enjoying the beauty that Edenton has to offer.
Good morning! Charles and I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and that you had the opportunity to spend time with your loved ones and friends. Now that Christmas is over, we are planning for a new year with new goals. Since we are still in the holiday season, I wanted to share a few more photos of our trip to historic Edenton. If you missed part 1, you can read about it here.
Merry Christmas! I can't believe the day is already here It seems like I have been chasing after December for the entire month. I am looking forward to slowing down over the next few days and enjoying my time off and spending it with the family.
The other day while cleaning my bedroom I came across this picture of my great grandmother Lake's home. This was my favorite picture of her house. The snow covered roof tops, the smoke coming from the chimney, and the walk bridge that allowed us to cross from one side of the creek to the other are just a few of my favorite things about this photo. To me, there is so much beauty captured in this picture of a wintery scene of a simple farmhouse. What is the most beautiful thing about this photo is not the scene on the outside but what was on the inside.
Wow! I can't believe that Christmas is just a week away. I will have to say that the past few weeks have been a blur. I am looking forward to having time off over Christmas to catch my breath. In the midst of all of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, Charles and I had the opportunity to get away this past weekend with his parents to Historic Edenton, North Carolina.
Happy Monday! After a busy weekend visiting historic Edenton and working on finishing my dining room Christmas decorations yesterday, I had a few moments this evening to take some pictures of our dining room. Most of the items used to decorate this room was either found in the yard, handmade, or items that I already had on hand.
Happy Friday! If you are a blog follower then you know that this time of the year the internet is filled with Christmas Home tours. I love sitting and looking through each home tour gathering inspiration on different decorating styles from rustic to glamorous.
I have been MIA for the past couple of weeks and that wasn’t my intent. I know that things get very hectic around this time of year and I like to plan and prepare for it the best I can. However, sometimes things don’t always go as planned.