It’s Friday! That means it is time for Field Trip Friday with Angie at Postcards on The Ridge. I have admired Angie’s blog, taste and home for a long time. She has so much talent to admire, and be influenced from.
I am very happy to have Angie, as I know you will be, too.
Hi! My name is Angie and I blog over at Postcards from the Ridge. I adore Meegan and her blog and I was thrilled when she asked to “visit” me on Field Trip Friday. What a fun idea!
A little about me: I’ve been married to my husband for almost 23 years and we have 2 teenage daughters. We live in a 1964 ranch style house that we’re constantly updating to reflect our style. Welcome to our humble home!
When decorating our home, I love to use natural items as well as vintage items. In the fall I like to use mini pumpkins, baby corn, pine cones and other items from nature in our breakfast room hutch and throughout our home. I have a variety of thrifted items and newer items that I blend together, rotating the mix at different seasons of the year. For some of my other fall decorating ideas, go here. To see other ways to use natural items in your decor, go here.
Preserved boxwood topiaries are one of my favorite things and I use them throughout the year all around the house. I don’t think you can have too many of them, do you? I sure hope not! In the entry above, I added some speckled plaster eggs and a glass flower frog for part of our spring decor.
Another thing you’ll find a lot of in our home is unique, vintage items like this section of an old rusted iron gate. It’s been in several rooms of our home and I just love the character that it has. For tips for decorating your mantel for fall, visit this post.
An old wire egg basket makes a nice place to put some decorative items in our entry. In the fall I add pinecones, leaves, seed pods and other fall-ish things.
Since moving into our home in 2006, we’ve had to remodel 2 of our bathrooms. Above is our master bathroom and the vanity we had made from our old dining room buffet. It’s a great way to repurpose a piece of furniture and get a stylish vanity all at the same time. To see how to make a vanity like this, go here.
Our hall bathroom had to be remodeled in 2013 due to a leak. Here’s what it looked like last fall after the remodel was finished. To see more of this space, go here.
And here’s how it looks now. I like to change out the rugs and towels seasonally. It’s an inexpensive way to make a dramatic impact on the way a room looks and feels. I love to accent with turquoise, and shared some ideas on how to use it (or any color) as an accent color here. And do you notice the wall hanging? My rusty iron gate is now in here to stay for a while.
Refurbishing and repurposing old furniture is one of my favorite things to do. This is currently one of our master bedroom nightstands, but used to be a desk! It’s the perfect size and even has a drawer for keeping things out of sight. Go here to see the transformation of this one and its twin.
One of my favorite furniture rehabs is this antique secretary hutch that I rescued from the 1970’s green that had taken it over. To see the before and after photos of this one, go here.
This Union Jack piece is currently in our basement. It came from a thrift shop and got a makeover with paint and new sisal rope knobs. You can see more before and after photos here. And you can see a collection of other pieces that I’ve given a makeover to here.
In our family room, the decor is changed out several times per year, depending on the season. For valentine’s day, I added some long stem roses from Costco, some glittered hearts, and some fun messages made with Scrabble tiles on the mantel. Go here to see the details.
For spring and summer, I added pops of turquoise and other fun colors to the mantel and hearth. Isn’t turquoise a fun color to use? Go here to see other ways I like to use it as an accent color.
Since our home was built in the 1960’s we have lots of paneling. 3 different types, to be exact. I’ve painted most of it, and share my tips here. It’s not near as difficult as you might think. Above is the paneling in our family room.
And this is our front door. Just kidding!!! We were blessed to be able to take a bucket list trip to Italy in June, and I took tons of photos of beautiful things like this centuries-old door. Don’t you love the patina on it? I do. And I love taking pictures like this one. I’m working on a post of some of my favorite photos from the trip. Be sure to stay tuned so you can see some of the beautiful Italian images I was able to capture.
Hanging out at the lake is another favorite pastime, and a place I love to photograph. The photo above was taken on a summer weekend when the dew was heavy and the rains had been plenty! Go here to see more photos like this.
So that’s a little sampling of what things are like over here in the Ridge. I’d love for you to drop by the blog for a visit. Click here to stop by. Or if you’d like to keep up with the happenings here, I’d be truly honored! Here’s where you can find me:
Thanks so much for having me, Meegan! It’s been a fun field trip!