...because there is a little country living in all of us

Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy Memorial Day

Good afternoon, everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful week!  Do you have any special plans for the Memorial Day weekend?  I love summer holidays most because they are so carefree and laid back.  I am very excited to take a trip over to the Burley Park Flea Market on Monday!  I try to make it there at least once a year.  It is held Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and the first Sunday of August and October.  I hope to bring home lots of wonderful treasures that I will be sure to show you later!

Today, I want to share with you some pictures of my living room!

I snagged this cute barrel at a local garage sale.  It makes the perfect end table!

This wonderful french basket is from Maria at her Dreamy Whites online store.  She sells the most amazing french farmhouse antiques.  I would buy one of everything, if I could!

I made these Allium blooms from dark purple yarn and twigs picked from my yard.

I love all kinds of glass bottles and how the light shines through them when they are grouped together.  I picked these antique seltzer bottles up from Yasmine's home and garden shop, Maison Reve!

Last, but not least, my favorite find of all... a huge rose painting framed with antique ceiling tin tiles.  I love the shabby and chic look it adds to our living room.
Well, thank-you for showing interest and coming back to check in!  I love sharing with you and you are greatly appreciated!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

Maria ~Rusty Hinge

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Spring Garden

Good afternoon!  It is finally spring in northern Michigan and I can't wait to share my spring garden with you!  Gardening is one of my favorite things to do and I could spend hours working out here.

I took this first picture about a week ago, and with the warm sunshine and thunderstorms it has since burst into bloom.

Here is my garden house made from six old windows!  Karl helped me put it together last year.  I love using old architectural pieces in my home and garden.  I am in search of some larger windows that I hope to make into cold frames to lengthen my growing season!

I have so many other pictures of my garden, maybe I will sneak in a few next time!
Have a wonderful day,

Maria ~Rusty Hinge

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

It all started with a Rusty Hinge...

Let me begin by telling you a little bit about myself and why the blog name Rusty Hinge...
I am a 30 year old who loves all things decorating, gardening, antiques, linens, flea markets... let's just say if it has chippy paint, I love it!
I am married to my wonderful husband, Karl, of soon to be five years.  He is very tolerant of my love for rusty and chippy treasures, although I do get rolled eyes when I beg him to stop by the side of the road for "junque" and garage sale signs.

I grew up on a small dairy farm in the country, and when you are surrounded by nothing but fields you get kind of used to the open spaces, so my husband and I moved out of the nearby town and into our hundred year old farmhouse in farm country.  I love it's charm and character.  I can't wait to share pictures!  We have not been blessed with children yet, but we pray some day soon!

So why Rusty Hinge?  You all probably love and remember the decorating magazines such as Country Home, Home Companion, and Country Living...  well, when I was younger, I remember the first time I got my hands on a Country Home magazine and opened it.  I instantly fell in love with the pictures of country homes and the distressed furniture.  Some day, my home would look like that!  I know all of you can relate!  I began to collect stacks of decorating magazines given by my aunt and cut out favorite pictures.  One of the pictures was a rusty hinge repurposed into a napkin holder.
One day my dad surprised me with an old rusty hinge that he pulled off the wooden door of our old red hay barn.  It was perfect!  Thank-you, Dad!

That old barn has since been taken down but I still have memories of sleepovers and hay forts in the barn loft and I still use my old hinge to catch my linen napkins (and wait until I show you the bench that my husband made for me out of the old barn beams!)

So there you have it... the story behind the title!

I hope you all have a wonderful day,

Maria ~Rusty Hinge

Thursday, May 5, 2011

What a Wonderful Day... A NEW Blog!!!!

Hello bloggers!!!!  Yeah, I am finally here!! 
This all came about from my passion for decorating and the inspiration from Maria of Dreamy Whites!  She is most talented and I am in constant awe of her work.  Thank-you, Maria!

I love how Maria repurposed two old doors as her master bed headboard.

This is a picture that Maria took of her industrial soap tub.  She is an excellent photographer!

Maria also sells wonderful french farmhouse treasures at her online store.  I can't wait to tell you about all the wonderful things that I have purchased from her!

 I want to share a sample of pictures of my home to give you an idea of what we will be getting into here.  I hope you enjoy!

This is my bedroom... As you can see, I love antique grainsacks and linens.  I have them all over my home!

 Here is an old seed rack that I use to store some of my vintage linens.  The little cubbies work perfectly for storing vintage french tea towels!

This is all so new and exciting for me, I hope that my blog can be a place where I can exercise my creativity and hopefully inspire some of you along the way.

Thank-you again for stopping by,

Maria ~Rusty Hinge