Hello lovelies! As always, I am working on making our 130 year old (rental) barn in the German countryside a home. Our cozy country kitchen is almost all done (yippee!), I just have a few finishing touches that I have to add before I show the final reveal! I finally completed a wall in our family room with things we already had (of course). I love how using the same exact things that I always use, in a different arrangement and home, changes the look of everything. I don't have my fall decor out yet because I wanted to reveal my home without a ton of seasonal chachka.
Our family room used to be buttery yellow and we painted it a greige color that I created myself. It actually brightened things up a lot! The room has wonderful vaulted ceilings and beams. The beams have been covered over (not cool) however, we are either going to paint them or add old wood on top of them so they stand out more.
I placed our two Ikea bookshelves (that used to be our t.v. stand) together for storage, it sure holds a lot! Around the shelving is an arrangement that includes some of my FAVORITE curiosities. An Italian wine jug from my dad rests on top of a wooden rocket box with hydrangeas in it and beautiful coral sits to the left of it. The WWII rocket box was a gift from our German friend and landlord. Our monogram from our wedding hangs inside of a gold frame our friends were tossing out. I re-painted an antique mirror my friend's mom was getting rid of which looks lovely with the finials I purchased in my folks home town. I threw in my french (artist's or designer's studio) sign and some antlers (which is always a must in my home, especially now that we live in the country) into the mix.
I love the print, drips of aqua colored paint, the metal latches and heavy duty rope handles on this shabby old box. When I received this box it still had the old straw inside of it! This would also look awesome resting on a luggage stand to be used as a side table. I adore how the ammo box looks blended with the frilly mirror and candlestick holder. The mirror reflects the light of our new chandelier beautifully! This helps a lot since we only have one little window in each room.
and here it is after it's been painted and distressed....
On a different note, I would like you to meet some of our neighbors! These friendly little (big) guys live behind our home and there are also some more of these gentle creatures near the castle.We enjoy feeding them when we take the Penster (my dog Penny's alter ego name) for a walk.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing a little corner of our new place!
Penny and I are going to relax and I am going to enjoy a cup of coffee in our comfy new living room... Until next time,