Thursday, April 28, 2016

Not So Simple Side of the Kitchen

Hey friends.

 

I usually keep things pretty simple in our home.

 

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I like practicality and ease…

 

I have come to truly love and desire more of a minimalistic look.

 

Having said that…

 

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My kitchen is far from simple and scaled down.

 

My kitchen is full to the brim…so to speak. 

 

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I try to keep it simple by using a very neutral color palette.

 

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Dark wood cabinets filled with all white dishes…

 

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I know appliances like the toaster should be kept out of sight when not in use, but we use it everyday…

 

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I do love the beadboard wallpaper that I used inside of the cabinets.  It’s a great contrast against the dark cabinets.

 

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Can you tell that I have a thing for wooden utensils?

 

Our bread stays in the metal cabinet…

 

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This three tiered piece has become a staple in our kitchen to hold our fruits and veggies.

 

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The barstools were all great vintage finds.

 

There are things I would love to change about our kitchen…. 

 

Hardwood floors…white cabinets…new countertops, farm sink… (just to name a few) 

 

But, you know what…

 

It’s all good.

 

I have made things work.

 

You do what you can do and then you sit back and smile.

 

I’ll continue to strive for simplicity everywhere else in the house…

 

but not in the kitchen.

 

Chat soon..

 

Blessings to you all, Amy

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Linens, Cotton, and Lavender

Hey friends.

 

If you know me at all, then you know that I love texture.

 

I also love layering.

 

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As you can see, I also love stacks of linens.  And these stacks are only a few of the stacks.

 

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And, then there are grainsacks. 

 

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Their nubby texture has stolen my heart.

 

Throw some cotton and lavender in with all of the linens, and I am one happy girl.

 

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Linens, cotton, and lavender…oh my.

 

Chat again soon.

 

Blessings, Amy

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

In the Kitchen

It’s me again. 

 

So glad to be back in the blogging world.

 

If you don’t follow me on Instagram, please do.  That’s where I post most frequently.  @farmhousedreamsabk is where you can find me.

 

I notice people don’t comment as much as they once did, but that’s totally okay.  I just hope you stop by and take a look around.  I hope while you are here,  you will smile, feel a twinge of joy, be inspired, and know that you are valued and appreciated.

 

I shared my love of Springtime in my last post and how I love to add fresh flowers around the house to help usher in the new life that is coming forth outside and inside.

 

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Wintertime can be tough.   For some, it’s a time of quiet, calm, and rest.  For others, winter can be a time of sadness and darkness. 

 

Spring and sunshine seem to stay away way too long. 

 

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And then, one glorious morning, you wake up and the sunshine has returned.

 

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The flowers outside are blooming.

 

New life is beginning.

 

Hearts and souls are awakening from a long winter’s rest.

 

God is in control of all the seasons and has a reason for all He does, but I sure do love spring the best.

 

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I bet I’m not alone.

 

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I am so thankful for the beauty of God’s creation and that I can bring His beauty inside to freshen and liven up our home.

 

What about you?  Are you thankful spring is here?

 

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After I had already done this post, I was inspired by my sisterfriend, Becky, from Buckets of Burlap and @becky.cuningham.home, to put something fresh into my grain elevator buckets.

 

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I love having fresh herbs on hand, so quickly cut some lemon balm and sweet mint to add to my spring kitchen.

 

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Chat again soon, okay…

 

Blessings friends, Amy

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Springtime

Hey my long lost blogging friends. 

 

Is anyone still there?

 

I cannot believe that it has been since August since I last posted.

 

Life, right….

 

I am actively on Instagram and Facebook and am going to try to work my way back into the blogging world.

 

Are you with me?  Will you join me again on occasion?

I figure since I’ve been gone so long and my blog has been somewhat dead, this post should be about springtime and “coming back to life”.

 

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Spring is the time for deep cleaning, rearranging, and bringing in fresh flowers.

 

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To me, spring is also about breathing life back into a somewhat cold, dreary home following a long, hard winter.

 

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Fresh flowers, dried flowers…ice cream buckets, French harvest baskets…

 

New life…

 

Springtime, I’m so glad you are back.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

American Hereford Association Dinner…Farmhouse Dreams Style

I truly love doing what I do…styling weddings, dinners, homes, businesses, or anything else that needs to be styled.

 

It’s strange for me to give myself a title, but I need to for my business sake. 

 

I am an Event Stylist.

 

Farmhouse Dreams Event Stylist.

 

I also need a purpose statement.  It’s easy for me to tell you my purpose, but not so easy to put it into a few words on a business card. 

 

My purpose would be to show Christ’s love in my styling.

 

My purpose would be to style each and every person’s event according to His perfect plan. 

 

My purpose would be to bring Him glory in all that my hands touch.

 

My purpose would be that when each individual person sees what I have styled, they know that I have styled it with great care, much prayer, much love, and with great attention to detail.

 

I am very purposeful in what I do and ultimately want to please God first and then my client.

 

So, that’s the problem.  I know my purpose but am just not settled on how to put that into condensed form.

 

Any great writers or entrepreneurs out there that want to help a girl out.  Feel free to share your knowledge and opinions, please.

 

While you are thinking, I would love to share a few photos of the latest event that I (along with my talented daughters) styled.

 

I was asked to style an outdoor dinner for the American Hereford Association Board Members.  The dinner was held at a beautiful home where the land actually took center stage and was the perfect backdrop. The homeowner is a nursery owner and had beautiful hydrangea bushes everywhere and welcomed me to use all the blooms I wanted in my staging. 

 

The atmosphere was very casual.

 

  The decor was chosen to suit the masculine and the feminine.

 

  The dinner was superbly catered by a local eatery, Ellie Michellies.

 

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Unfortunately, we didn’t get any photos of the tables with the delicious food, but trust me, it was outstanding to the eyes and the taste buds.

 

I prayed for this event from the day I was asked to style it.

 

I believe the Lord and the host were pleased.

 

I pray they were.

 

Blessings to you all.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Lamp Post

How is it that bringing in one new thing makes you want to clean and fluff and take pictures?

 

Hey friends!!  It’s been awhile.

 

I am still staying busy with the new journey God has taken me on.  I am styling weddings, shops, and other events.  I am buying and filling my “Farmhouse Dreams Shop” (my attic and playroom for now) with great pieces to rent for special events. 

 

These are exciting times and I am thankful.

 

Now, back to the new piece I just brought in.

 

Take a look at this great wrought iron lamp post…

 

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Pretty much anything I have in my house is available for rent. Because I do not have a store front, I store all of my rental pieces in my house.  Some of them I use, some of them I store in our attic, shed, garage, playroom…where ever I can find a place to put them.

 

Can’t you just see that beautiful lamp post used in an outdoor wedding or dinner?  I want to be able to offer unique pieces and I think this one qualifies.

 

Great to be back on my blog today.  I hope you are all doing wonderful. 

 

Blessings my friends.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Lavender and Sage Wedding

Hey friends.

 

Happy Sunday.

 

I wanted to share with you all what the Lord has allowed me to do recently.

 

I have been blessed to style three weddings over the last several months.  Three wonderful brides who wanted to have a vintage styled wedding and reception. 

 

Yes, please.  I am the girl for you. 

 

Farmhouse Dreams and I will get you taken care of.

 

I mainly want to show you a few photos from the last wedding I styled because this sweet bride loves everything I love.  And, when she said she wanted to use mainly lavender, sage, and ironstone, I knew I was all in.

 

She likes simple elegance, so that’s what I tried to give her.

 

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My bride is an author so I wanted to incorporate this vintage typewriter.  I tea stained a piece of paper with the words “My Beloved” typed on it.  Little did I know that my bride calls her groom by that very name.

 

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Bundles of lavender lined the railing in the sanctuary.

 

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The head table was filled with the beauty of lavender and sage.

 

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Each table was decorated with a different vignette. 

 

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I’m not sure that my bride ever knew this, but I placed the three ladders in representation of the Trinity.

 

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My talented husband built this piece for me.  The Devoted sign was added for a more personal touch, but can be removed.

 

My goal in styling weddings is to make the decor as personal as I possibly can.  I want it to be a reflection of the bride and groom.

 

I pray from beginning to end that the Lord would lead me as I make decisions.  I ask Him to give me a creative mind and that I would please the bride and groom and make them feel very special.

 

I truly love what I am doing and I am thankful for the opportunities He has given me thus far.  I continue to pray for open doors to do more according to His will.

 

Here’s to all my brides and grooms so far.  Thank you for allowing me to share in this most special day ordained by God. 

 

I am honored…

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