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Thursday, December 24, 2015

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Silent night, Holy night, all is calm, all is bright.

  Merry Christmas Eve!  I know I had previously mentioned on Instagram, I'd be sharing photos of our master bedroom all decked out for Christmas, well as it so happens, I sold our bed frame right out from underneath us to raise money for our planned adoption!  Although a mattress on the floor will do for now, it doesn't make for great photos so I will have to postpone showing you until a later time.  




Instead, I thought I'd share the significance behind the blog name Rusty Hinge!  Here goes: you all probably recall the well-loved magazine, Country Home.  Well, I still remember the very first time (when I was much, much younger!) that I got my hands on a Country Home magazine and opened it!  I instantly fell in love with the lovely photos of beautiful homes with all that chippy furniture!  I vowed to myself that someday, when I grow up, my home would look like that.  And from that day forward, I was hooked and began to collect stacks of decorating magazines given by my aunt.  I cut out all of my favorite pictures and stored them in a binder notebook.  One such photo was of a rusty hinge repurposed into a napkin holder.  'I can do that and it looks easy enough,' I thought to myself.  One fine day, my dad surprised me with an old, rusty hinge that he pulled off the wooden door of our red hay barn.  It was perfect!
So you see, it all started with a rusty hinge and I haven't looked back since!






As you may have already guessed, I love decorating with architectural salvage!  These vintage wooden finials tucked in a garden caddy make a great coffee table conversation piece.


























Merry, Merry Christmas!


"And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."
Luke 2:7




Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Countdown to Christmas with Balsam Hill

THREE more days!  Can you believe it?  Are you ready?  I have yet to wrap a few presents under the tree, but all my shopping is finally done!  Yay!




I have the great pleasure of joining 23 other fabulous and follow-worthy blogs in Balsam Hill's Countdown to Christmas blog hop!  Want to read up and check in with any of the other bloggers on the tour?  Please *Click Here* for the complete blog hop.  If you are visiting from Angie at Knick of Time, welcome!  It is so good to have you and thank you for swinging by!


Rusty Hinge Christmas message board


I love this Balsam Hill Countdown To Christmas calendar complete with metal number tags.  Hanging on the message board fashioned from a vintage crib base, it sits right at home with all our friends and family Christmas cards! 




Rusty Hinge Christmas message board


Rusty Hinge clip pant hanger Christmas card display


An old trouser hanger, complete with red clips, displays our Christmas cards perfectly while a vintage dust pan corrals keys and other mementos.






Balsam Hill Christmas tree decorated with sentimental ornaments


Balsam Hill takes great pride in the lifelike foliage of the Christmas tree products they provide.  What better way to demonstrate this to you than with a photograph of our decorated
Balsam Hill 9' Sugarland's Spruce Tree!  Isn't it incredibly realistic?


Balsam Hill Christmas tree decorated with sentimental ornaments


I do love all those themed, magazine-worthy Christmas trees pinned on my Pinterest boards, and I know our's probably looks a little hodgepodge compared to those beauties, but here's why: each Christmas, Mom and Dad gifted an ornament with the handwritten year to hang on the tree.  Now in our own home, each one of those special ornaments adorns our Christmas tree.  Although out of the nest, this favorite tradition continues on, my parents still gift us with an ornament each Christmas!




This completes my Countdown to Christmas blog post, but Balsam Hill would love nothing more than to include you in on all this fun so now it's your turn to share your favorite Christmas traditions and what Christmas means to you!  I would so love to hear!  AND as an added treat, Balsam Hill is giving away twenty-five $100 gift cards!  Simply *Click Here* to enter.




Don't forget to head over to Sharon at Mrs. Hines' Class tomorrow for the continuation of our Countdown to Christmas blog hop!  



Merry Christmas, my friends!  


"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
John 1:14




Wednesday, December 2, 2015

2015 Holiday Housewalk Stop #14 ~Rustic Meets Refined

I am simply delighted to be back again with so many lovely Christmas homes featured in Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday Housewalk 2015!  You just found your way to Rusty Hinge, Stop #14 of Day 3 in the tour.  We welcome Good Housekeeping Magazine and Joss & Main this year as well!


Rusty Hinge Holiday Housewalk Stop 14


Oh boy, oh boy, if you are coming from Craftberry Bush, we can only exclaim WOW!  Let's all just take a moment to pick our jaws back up off the floor!  I am a huge fan of Lucy's style and her home is sure to become a favorite of yours as well!  To take another peek, please *Click Here* or on her
Joss & Main button below.




Want to head back to Day 1 and start the tour from the beginning?  Simply *Click Here* or on
 the Joss & Main Holiday Housewalk button below!




Now that you are all caught up, without any further introduction, please do come in and enjoy our little Christmas tour!


Christmas vignette of vintage bottle brush trees in a Dutch tulip crate


Front entry room ready for Christmas


Vintage bottle brush trees


Vintage Merry Christmas postcard


Vintage Shiny Brite ornament on a Victorian plant stand


Vintage Shiny Brite ornament on a Victorian plant stand


Vintage Victorian patio garden table


Rusty Hinge 2015 Rustic Meets Refined Christmas Home Tour


Vintage porch post coat stand with grainsack bow and sleigh bells


Vintage church pew painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint


Rusty Hinge Christmas living room


Christmas antique French linen armoire


Antique French linen armoire with red Christmas stocking


Rusty Hinge 2015 Rustic Meets Refined Christmas Home Tour


Rusty Hinge Christmas living room with antique French linen armoire


Stacks of vintage French linens


Vintage French enamelware


Rusty Hinge 2015 Rustic Meets Refined Christmas Home Tour


Tiered stand filled with architectural salvage and Shiny Brite ornaments


Tiered Victorian stand with architectural salvage and Shiny Brite ornaments


Architectural salvage with vintage Shiny Brite ornament


Rusty Hinge 2015 Rustic Meets Refined Christmas Home Tour


Cozy leather chair with Merry Christmas pillow



Come snuggle up by the fire with this cozy throw from Joss & Main!  I just love the unique detailing on it.  It is perfect for cold Michigan winter nights!


French pottery Tian bowl filled with vintage porch post finials


Rusty Hinge 2015 Rustic Meets Refined Christmas Home Tour


Vintage Christmas red tractor seat


Look at what I found, a red, vintage tractor seat!  I thought it would go well with the Christmas decor!


Vintage Christmas red tractor seat wall decor


Vintage red tractor seat Christmas wreath


Vintage church window Christmas vignette


Red and white vintage Christmas vignette


Red and white Christmas vignette in a divided metal tray


Collection of vintage pink Shiny Brite ornaments


Red Amaryllis in a vintage French enamelware canister


Christmas vignette in a red metal divider tray


Decorating with Christmas ribbon


Christmas Trees For Sale sign above chicken nester filled with ironstone


Christmas dining room with harvest table and Tolix chairs


Rusty Hinge Rustic Meets Refined Christmas dining room


Rusty Hinge 2015 Rustic Meets Refined Christmas Home Tour


Christmas vintage chicken nester ironstone display


Ironstone bowl filled with vintage Christmas ornaments


Vintage French trug filled with red and white antique French linens


Vintage factory shoe cart ironstone display


Vintage factory shoe cart Christmas ironstone display


Vintage bottle brush tree in a French ironstone creamer


Antique French ironstone on a vintage factory shoe cart


Antique French ironstone Christmas vignette


Factory shoe cart ironstone display and vintage cupola


Antique French cheese safe filled with ironstone


Vintage Sainsbury Bloater Paste pot


Vintage bottle brush trees and ironstone creamers


Vintage French cheese safe with antique ironstone


Rusty Hinge vintage Christmas cupboard


Grandpa Case's workshop cabinet finds a new home in the dining room filled with a few of my favorite things.  We miss you very much, Grandpa, but for those whose hope is in the Lord, good-byes are not forever!  We shall see you again!


Christmas decorating with vintage bottle brush trees


Christmas decorating with vintage bottle brush trees


Rusty Hinge vintage Christmas cupboard


Rusty Hinge 2015 Rustic Meets Refined Christmas Home Tour


Rusty Hinge Christmas bathroom vignette


Even the master bath gets a Christmas makeover!  An old apple picking backpack corrals towels while a vintage hardware lumber apron filled with candy canes adds a festive touch!


Christmas vintage lumber hardware apron


Rusty Hinge Christmas vintage lumber hardware apron


Christmas bottle brush tree in a vintage light cage


Vintage Christmas ornament in a favorite soap dish


Vintage apple picking bag towel display


Rusty Hinge 2015 Rustic Meets Refined Christmas Home Tour


Rusty Hinge red and white Christmas kitchen


Collection of vintage sleigh bells


Rusty Hinge Christmas red and white dish drying rack


Christmas red and white dish drying rack


Rusty Hinge red and white Christmas kitchen cupboards


Have I mentioned that red is my favorite color?  Pair a little (or a lot!) of red with white, of course, and you get my blood pumping!  I found the perfect matching mixing bowls at Joss & Main to complete the look.


Decorating with vintage bottle brush trees


Rusty Hinge Christmas kitchen cupboards


Decorating with red and white dishware


Rusty Hinge red and white Christmas kitchen cupboards


Rusty Hinge 2015 Rustic Meets Refined Christmas Home Tour


Christmas vintage red step stool


Christmas red kitchen aprons


Vintage oven mitt collection


Christmas antique French red transferware


Rusty Hinge kitchen EAT sign


Christmas topiary tucked in a French soup tureen


Rusty Hinge Christmas Cupboard Eat Sign


Rusty Hinge 2015 Rustic Meets Refined Christmas Home Tour


Rusty Hinge Christmas decorating with flea market finds


Rusty Hinge Christmas decorating with flea market finds


Rusty Hinge Christmas kitchen cupboards


Rusty Hinge red and white Christmas kitchen


THANK YOU for coming along with us thus far on the tour!  It has been wonderful having you along!  The tour doesn't end here, next stop is Town and Country Living to Jennifer's gorgeous Victorian cottage!  She is a real treat, hurry don't linger and get over there to say hello!  Please *Click Here* or on the Joss & Main button below to head over!




Merry Christmas, friends!