Sunday, January 12, 2014

Home Tour

I've had this post in my draft file since October from when Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours asked me to be a part of her How I Found My Style series. I thought I would post it here in case any of you missed it over at Pamela's blog. I hope you enjoy seeing our home and reading how I found my style and some of my favorite finds. 


It's difficult to narrow down one particular style for my home because I love so many! From cottage to farmhouse, rustic to industrial, and a few bits of nature thrown in, I have touches of it all in my house. If something speaks to me, I buy it and make it work. 

  



I'm particularly drawn to white, wood tones and metal. You'll also notice I love collections of things! There's just something so fun about a grouping of like items and I've got them all over my home! 




Most of my finds come from thrift stores, estate sales, garage sales and antique stores. I'm patient about things on my home wish-list and usually find them for really great prices. I splurge here and there, but it doesn't take a fortunate to make your home look beautiful.




I grew up in a family of vintage lovers who decorated with time worn treasures. It took me until I reached my early twenties to fully appreciate the beauty in the old and the history held in each piece. I've been collecting ever since. With the discovery of blogs several years ago and now Pinterest, I've slowly, over the last couple of years, truly recognized the styles and things I love. 





I used to decorate with lots of color and while I still love and appreciate color, I  have realized a white and monochromatic palette work so much better in our home. It makes our house feel bright, clean and soothing. 





My style will continue to change and evolve, but at the core of it all - white, neutrals, and woods - I have incorporated items into our home that will work well with anything. 





There are so many pieces I treasure in my home. I have a booth at an antique store, so I shop and buy things... A LOT. And I know, seeing all the collections around my home it looks like I keep more than I sell, but I'm pretty selective and sentimental about what stays. I don't think I could pick out one single item I treasure the most, but I can tell you my favorite things belonged to my grandparents. 





Ironstone pieces, a sewing sampler, a rusty scale from my grandfather's barn, a hand mirror on my bedroom dresser, the deacon's bench in the living room, and one of the tractor funnels we turned into a light are just some of the many pieces from them that I will treasure always. 




Decorating has been a learning process for me. We have been slowly redoing our home room by room, so it's still a work in progress. This has given me time to think about and find exactly what I want to fill each space with. It took me a year to acquire everything for my son's industrial style room! When I needed inspiration I turned to blogs and Pinterest. Learn what you love, follow your instincts, take risks and have fun. And most of all, surround yourself with the things that make YOU happy!!  







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32 comments:

  1. Your home is lovely Melissa. I adore all of your collections out on display :)

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  2. LOVE it all! Your kitchen is amazing! Everywhere I look I see something I love!

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  3. lovely - especially like your kitchen... some neat finds and displays! found you via keeping it simple

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  4. Very tasteful and beautifully displayed. You have a gift.

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  5. I Love your collections! All beautifully displayed.

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  6. You have a very quaint home. Not cutesy. Your collages look great and your wood floors are so beautiful.

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  7. Love how simple and light your home is. Your collections are beyond wonderful and displayed perfectly without looking cluttered. Love it all!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  8. Your home is beautiful--thanks for the tour!

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  9. Your home is wonderful with charming collections! LOVE this style! Your kitchen, the shelves with beautiful treasures in the bath, your mirrors in the bedroom, evrything looks gorgeous!

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  10. Oh my goodness, I love your home, it is fantastic. I love it all and would love to feature all of it. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  11. I love all of the vintage goodness. WoW, you have tons of eye candy. I've been hoping to get my hands on an old scale for my kitchen for my redo this year. I pinned your kitchen cabinet, love the doors. Thanks for sharing-Andrea@scrapality.com

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  12. your home is pretty amazing! lot's of inspiration to drool over! xoox

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  13. You have some wonderful collections, and you have styled them so well! I really love the same color and tone combinations for my house too! Love your kitchen and the wood floors.

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  14. I just pinned about a zillion pictures of your home! :) What a wonderful tour. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

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  15. Thanks for the tour and so glad to be a new follower…your home is lovely…please come on over and visit me too…have a great day, Mariaelena

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  16. I've enjoyed taking your home tour again!
    Your collections are wonderful and displayed perfectly!
    Oh and I LOVE your header!

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  17. tienes una casa encantadora , te invito a mi blog , un saludo. http://amorporlovintag.blogspot.com.es/

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  18. What amazing fun collections you have.

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  19. Your home is SO charming. I have things from my grandparents that I treasure as well. It's so wonderful to be able to incorporate those things into the story of your home. Thank you for the tour!

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  20. i love it when folks
    invite me into their home

    it stops me feeling so nebby!

    your home is lovely
    and i adore all the greys and beiges
    with smatterings of collected treasures here and there

    would love for you to share
    at Fridays Unfolded this week!

    Alison
    Nancherrow (formerly Stuff and Nonsense)

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  21. Your house is so charming with lovely collecables, very unique, warm and inviting! I always think, if I ever have a country house, I will certainly come over and get inspired at Shabby Love, as I'd wanted EXACTLY like this!!! Have a very happy and blesses 2014 sweet friend.
    FABBY

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  22. i am dying over your home! its so gorgeous. i love all the vintage touches, so beautiful. thanks for sharing :) http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com

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  23. Your home is delicious, full of decorating ideas.
    Absolutely LOVE your headboard!!!
    Hugs
    Silvia

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  24. I love so many of your collections! Fabulous!

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  25. you have so many wonderful elements, with a little masculine vibe going on. Love all the industrial, the silhouettes, and samplers. Your home has a great "feel" to it!

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  26. Your home is lovely...beautiful collections and personality! Hopped over from Be Inspired...I am a new follower...

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  27. What a beautiful home tour - and amazing collections - your floors are gorgeous too!!!!
    xox

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  28. Your home tour is beyond wonderful and amazing. You showcase so many great collections in such unique ways. I've had to visit several times to see your ideas and home again.
    Joy

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  29. Your home is beautiful! You have done a great job decorating it. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. I am loving the mantle as a headboard, and the wall of mirrors! Wow, really creative and amazing!

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