Do you love Farmhouse Style but struggle to figure where to begin your transformation? Check out my newly renovated Room Recipes page for tips on how to bake true farmhouse style into your home. My first recipe, the Simple, Classic Farmhouse is the first of many to come! Let me know which one you would like to see next!
We ordered this PB Comfort sectional from Pottery Barn a few months ago. I was vying for a sofa in white(they have washable slipcovers), but The Enabler had a heavy opinion on this one, preferring a darker fabric, so we struck a compromise. We decided on canvas fabric in "Harbor Blue"and I think it's actually going to be very versatile:) Ps-this sofa is so comfy that I have literally fallen asleep for the entire night on it MULTIPLE TIMES since it was delivered in October. Highly recommend. I snatched these cute pillows up from Target! Nice and neutral, with just enough gold accent to add some "fancy" to my holiday decor in The Cottage. The gold-striped bow pillow is actually from the kid's bedding section! I bought the fuzzy throw at Home Goods a couple of years ago:)
Above: I bought this sweet little vintage record player a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised to find that it still works(especially since I only paid a few dollars for it!) We just happen to have inherited "Johnny Kay Sings the Holidays" so I've been enjoying listening while I'm decorating. I just love the sound of an old record player.......so comforting somehow:) The wooden crate makes a pretty substitute for a working fireplace, and it's a whole lot less work. I used those little copper wire battery-op LED lights in warm white to give the white birch logs and greens a little bit of a glow. I had a little leftover pretty ribbon I used to dress the tree so it will adorn some packages this year!
Below: So, you say you don't have a mantle to hang your stockings on? How about this idea? So cute! You can hang it anywhere in your home! I promise Santa will find it! Buy online from my shop at: SOLD OUT
Below:Looking for a great gift for a lucky lady on your list? Check out these bags by Mona B, available in my online shop. Mona B upcycles canvas and other materials sourced from military tents, truck tarps, etc into these fabulously weathered bags. Each one is unique! I'm totally crushing on that adorable studded denim clutch/crossbody!!!
Find them here: http://www.candleendscottage.com/store/c28/Tote_bags.html
Oh yeah! I almost forgot! Please join me at The Greater Columbus Antique Mall for our Holiday Open-House this Saturday, December 9 from 12-4 pm! I will be giving FREE mini-classes on chalk-painting techniques! Select a project FOR FREE from my unfinished frames, mason jars and terracotta pots, and finish it on-site! Everything you need to complete your project will be provided as well as light refreshments! Your project will be ready to go home with you by the time you're through shopping! Examples here(yep, those are my little monkeys):
Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year! XXXOOOOS!
Um.....what a welcoming entry? My sis says you can spot raccoon poop in these pics. I don't see it but I believe it!
So, you get the idea. Like my title says, it's a total shell on the shore. Sadly, this little home was a victim of Hurricane Sandy:( The upstairs is in a little less rough shape but still needs a good deal of work. I have been tasked to help with this project and I am super excited! We need to conquer this baby STAT so we that we can enjoy it this summer!! First things first, the entire house has to be elevated to add a garage. This addition will also serve to prevent this sort of disaster from happening again should another superstorm make it's way through the area. See examples of New Jersey shore homes being elevated here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/jersey-shore-residents-adjust-uneasily-to-raised-homes-1438077600
Wish us luck! Well, I guess wish them luck. I didn't buy this New Jersey Nightmare but I WILL be blogging about it regularly!
Now that I've introduced myself, let me introduce my favorite color duo in home décor....BLUE AND WHITE! Blue works in every season and makes a lovely statement at the holidays. I love blue in all of its hues, but here are my favorite vignettes from inside Candle Ends Cottage this month.
BELOW: A VIBRANT QUILT PEEKS FROM BEHIND THIS SWEET LITTLE SCOTCH TERRIER, WHILE WEATHERED ANTIQUE BOOKS NEST ON A BRIGHT BLUE STRIPED PILLOW MADE FROM VINTAGE MATTRESS TICKING.
ABOVE: THE MISMATCHED FLOW BLUE PIECES ARE IN VARYING CONDITION, SOME WITH OVERT CHIPS AND CRACKS, LENDING A WHIMSICAL SHABBY-CHIC TWIST ON A CLASSIC LOOK. BELOW: A FENTON MILK GLASS HOBNAIL CANDY JAR ADDS TEXTURE TO THE TABLE WITH THE APPLICATION OF A PRESERVED BOXWOOD BALL.
TIP: Do you love Flow Blue china as much as I do, but think you can't afford a set? Well frankly, sets of matching Flow Blue are kind of hard to come by, and thus, they are SUPER pricey. Why not create the same look by purchasing mis-matched and even damaged pieces? Over the years, I have picked up individual plates, bowls, cups, platters, etc. on Craigslist, local Facebook for-sale sites, and antique stores. Once, I purchased a plate from a man on Craig's, and when I picked it up he asked what I would do with it. I responded that I collect flow blue for my own table. He gave me a damaged plate for free. It's actually one of my favorites. It's pictured to the left. Even one piece of Flow Blue adds gorgeous, saturated color and history to your home. Just be sure to leave enough for me, because they don't make these anymore!!!
ABOVE: FRAGRANT PROVENCAL LAVENDER BUNDLES ARE TUCKED WITHIN AN ANTIQUE WOODEN TRAVEL CASE, TO BE GIVEN LATER AS PARTING GIFTS TO GUESTS. BELOW: BRIGHT BLUE ENDLESS SUMMER HYDRANGEA, WHITE HYACINTH AND CREAMY TULIPS ARE CONTAINED WITHIN A CHIPPY CANE-SIDED PLANTER WITH ELEGANT LEGS.
Left: This is the bed belonging to our "first baby", Brinks, the Boston Terrier. Now nearly 14 years old, the old boy wouldn't hop-in it on-cue, but it's a comfy little retreat, made from a vintage suitcase that I found in Millersburg, Oh. It's an easy and fun project! The best part is......it's portable, so you can tuck all of your pup's needed supplies in the pockets to take along on whatever adventure you are em-BARKING on(I know, that's bad lol). Comment here if you are interested in a tutorial! Below: Waverly fabric in blue and white is carefully tucked in around the cushion on this cane-backed barrel chair. I often tuck or drape fabric for long periods until I can commit to a permanent choice! Up until recently, this chair was housed in my bathroom, covered in a white terry cloth towel. I CONSTANTLY move furniture and decor around in the house. Usually, The Enabler doesn't balk at my changes, but there have been exceptions to this rule. I'm looking for an antique French linen for this chair(in blue and white of course) but I'm not sure that I'll find a piece that is large enough to cover the visible parts of the cushion. We will see!
BELOW: I HAD TO THROW IN AN UP-CLOSE PICTURE OF MY DINING ROOM CHANDELIER. I JUST THINK IT'S SO INTERESTING. I PICKED IT UP A FEW YEARS AGO AT THE GREATER COLUMBUS ANTIQUE MALL(WHERE I NOW HAVE MY BOOTH). IT RESEMBLES A FRENCH BASKET CHANDELIER, WITH IT'S CENTER RING AND WATERFALL BASE, BUT THE TOP OCTAGONAL CRYSTAL STRANDS DON'T CONNECT TO THE RING, AS IN THE TYPICAL BASKET SHAPE. I'M GUESSING THAT SOMEONE HAD TO MESS WITH THE STRUCTURE WHEN THEY WIRED IT FOR ELECTRICITY. ALSO, SOMEONE PAINTED THE BRASS WITH BRONZE PAINT AT SOME POINT(PROBABLY IN THE 90'S WHEN THE 80'S BRASS FAD DIED HARD). SOMEDAY I MAY TRY TO RESTORE HER TO HER ORIGINAL BEAUTY, BUT RIGHT NOW I HAVE TOO MANY PROJECTS THAT ARE HIGHER ON THE PRIORITY LIST!
SIDE NOTE: SPECIAL THANKS TO THE ENABLER FOR INSTALLING THIS, THE 15TH LIGHT FIXTURE HE HAS INSTALLED FOR ME DURING OUR TIME TOGETHER, AND THE 3RD IN THIS EXACT SPOT.
BELOW: I LOVE TO ADD SEASONAL BRIGHT COLOR IN WITH THE BLUE AND WHITE PALETTE TO ADD A NEW FOCAL POINT, AS WELL AS INJECT ENERGY INTO THE SPACE, ALTHOUGH I EQUALLY LOVE A VASE OF SIMPLE WHITE HYDRANGEA TO KEEP THE FEEL OF THE ROOM COOL AND RELAXED(JUST DEPENDS ON MY MOOD DU JOUR I SUPPOSE). THESE GORGEOUS FALL-INSPIRED BLOOMS WERE PURCHASED VIA OUR LOCAL MARKET FROM SUNNY MEADOW FARMS, LOCATED JUST OUTSIDE OF COLUMBUS. AREN'T THEY GORGEOUS???? SUNNY MEADOW ALSO CREATES THE MOST STUNNING WEDDING ARRANGEMENTS THAT I HAVE EVER LAID EYES ON. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THEIR HOLIDAY OFFERINGS! VISIT THEM HERE:
Well, that's it for Blue and White for now! Stay tuned for upcoming posts! I have planned a tutorial for SUPER CHEAP AND EASY DIY FARMHOUSE-STYLE OPEN SHELVING, as well as a trip to HONEY RUN FARM(honeyrunfarm.com)where I will soon be picking up my first order of candles and soaps! Also-here's a sneak peek on an exciting upcoming furniture projects! Look at these beauties! I can't wait to give them a new life with American Paint Company Products!
The last time I took "The Plunge" I was a LOT bit younger and without a wrinkle to speak of, but also a WHOLE lot less wise. Lucky for me, even having made this big decision at such a young age, I hit the husband "JACKPOT". Almost 15 years later he continues to support(or enable, however you want to look at it), my decorating habit. So here is the story of Megan and The Enabler(as he shall be called) and how Candle Ends Cottage has come to be!
Cliff diving in Jamaica, head- first(NOT SMART. This goes to the "less wise" comment above).
We were married in New Orleans (the place of our first meeting) in 2002 in a simple ceremony followed by a modest luncheon reception. We were in the company of about 100 of our most die-hard fans who were willing to make the trip to witness our nuptials.
No wrinkles to be found! The Enabler has hair!!!!! ATTENTION MILLENNIALS-note the glare on the picture as I took a shot of it with my phone. Yep. We were married before photographers went digital. Old school.
Aren't these ladies lovely?They will always be my BFFs!
My wedding was really my first decorating on a "shoe-string budget" experience. You might think planning a highly- budgeted New Orleans wedding from Central Ohio would be challenging, but it actually was the easiest, most fun experience ever! We were married in the courtyard of Maison Dupuy (hotel)in the French Quarter. We chose our cake, live music, minister, photographer and florist from the list that the wedding coordinator provided to us. We purchased our bridesmaid and groomsmen wear from JCrew . I did splurge a bit on the bouquets, and I will never regret it! They were simply, GORGEOUS! We stayed at a less-expensive but very nice hotel down the street to cut costs. My sister made my veil, and I grabbed a dress straight off the rack at a local bridal shop. Our meal consisted of a refined Cajun-style buffet and an open bar. We had a violin, harp, and flute trio play our pre-ceremony and procession music. We had a horse-drawn carriage ride for two after the ceremony, while the courtyard was being transformed into a reception. We provided hand-held fans and bead necklaces as favors. We had a 7-piece jazz band that played our favorite classics. After our luncheon, we all headed out for the real reception on the streets of the French Quarter. We partied all day and into the wee hours of the night. After we bid Adieu to our family and friends, we headed off to a lovely honeymoon in Mexico, at a brand-new small resort trying to attract new business during the off-season, on recommendation from a travel agent (yeah, we used those then). Over the years we have looked into returning to that Eden, sadly finding that the prices have soared far beyond our vacation budget.
Our friends and family still gush when they reminisce about our wedding! It was personal, fun, and the only major drama that occurred(that I'm aware of), is when one of our groomsmen was pick-pocketed of his wallet and then tried to board his plane the next day without ID, but with a carefully wrapped package of steak knives given to us as a gift. Airport security wasn't amused, however they still let him board the plane! Those were the days. Our wedding was a great time for all, and I'm proud to say it cost us less than 10k, including our amazing honeymoon. I'm proud because I accomplished everything I could have hoped for that weekend. I married an amazing man, entertained my nearest and dearest, and had so much fun doing it in great style and on a reasonable budget.
So, while I can't promise you an amazing man, and I will definitely not be coordinating your wedding, the mission of Candle Ends Cottage is formed along the same ideas. I want to marry you to unique treasures with great style and at a great price. It's as simple as that.
So here I go, I've left my nearly 20-year career as a Speech/Language Pathologist and I'm diving head first into this business. I'm nervous, but I have to take the chance on something that I love, much like I did on October 12, 2002. It worked out pretty well that time.
Take "The Plunge" with me(in other words, please? buy my stuff)!!!
Love and luck,
Hi! I'm Megan and I'm a decoraholic Also Mom to 2 young girls and wife to an amazingly supportive "Enabler." I sure do hope you find some inspiration for your home here! Many of the products featured here are also available for purchase on my website or in the paint shop, If you are searching for something in particular, whether antique, retail or paint-related, do comment here or message me via the "Contact" page. I will do my very best to procure your product or treasure!
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