Our Local- ‘Gather’

You guys, if you haven’t been to Gather located at 23 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee WA you have been missing out! It is one of my favorite spots to shop and gather.

img_1399This store is packed full of beautiful things.  And all the while gorgeously displayed on creative vintage pieces.  There is home decor, seasonal items, clothing, jewelry, lotions, candles, and more.

img_1391This display of lotions, candles, and decor greet you atop a massive vintage spool. So amazing.  The warm glow of the several gorgeous chandeliers make you want to stand still and take in all in…slowly.

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img_1396I purchased this Linen Water spray “Washed Cotton.” It’s a lovely ‘freshen-up’ to our sheets, as well as, in preparation for the guest bedroom.

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Another amazing feature about Gather is that they have a space in the back to host events… bridal showers, baby showers, work parties, birthday parties, ladies night out etc.  Isn’t it lovely?!  I was in on a day she was switching out the linens from an even the night before, but you can still see the beauty in this space.

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Head on down to Gather this season or plan your next event there, you won’t regret it.  Or for those of you out-of-towners shop the online store .  Merry Christmas and happy shopping! Thanks for coming by “Our Local” today on the blog, I’m so happy you did!

Farmhouse Friday

Thanks for coming by today for Farmhouse Friday. I’m always glad you’re here, truly.  Greenery, greenery, greenery, and more greenery.  Thank you very much Miss Christmas Tree 2016.  She is a massive beauty so I was able to add her glory all around our house this season. Adding fresh cut greens not only looks adorable tucked into mittens, skates, vases, or table settings but it also smells wonderful! Now all this wall needs is some shiplap, right?!  That’s on the top of my Christmas list this year.  We’ll see what Mr. Santa delivers, wink.

A bit about today’s vignette: I actually wore those ice-skates growing up. Now they are laced with some Christmas cheer.  That cute little Christmas suitcase is what stores all of our Christmas cards from friends and family.  Each December it is fun to look back and sort through the life happenings of those we love.  Also, the vintage laundry basket was my grandmothers. My mom actually remembers tossing her clothes to be laundered into that basket growing up.  Isn’t it just so vintage and so adorable?!img_8552-1

“Rooms in the Inn” Home Tour- Master Bedroom/Bath

Welcome into a glimpse of our home!  This week I will be giving you a tour of our bedrooms all decorated for Christmas in a series called-“Rooms in the Inn”. I’ll give you a look at some of our farmhouse features in our bedrooms in hopes to inspire you to keep creating beauty and rest within your own homes, as always.

Let’s start off our “Rooms in the Inn” Home Tour with a look at our master bedroom…

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Of course if you put a massive FARMHOUSE sign anywhere it will shout out, “Hi I’m a farmhouse and I like being a farmhouse here.”  So you can never go wrong with adding that word to your home on a sign or pillow cover if you share a love for the same combination of letters as I.  Also, adding any rustic barn wood accents is another great way to bring a cozy homestead feel.  As you can see we have the barn wood feature with our headboard.  Some others options for you are a rustic wood framed mirror, artwork, or picture frames.

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Our matching nightstands are painted in SW Alabaster.  I kept the original hardware on them to add fresh vintage symmetry to our room.

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A frosted green wreath with silver balls and a glittery reindeer bring a cheerful presence to our room with its simple, yet completely Christmas farmhouse appeal.

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Classic white linen curtains casually hang on a black rod. The rod rest on rustic hooks mounted on our matching barn wood.  I like them much better than your standard wall mount hooks, how about you?

And now for our Master Bath…

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We went with a simple timeless look by having white subway tile throughout, tobacco stained cabinets, and chrome finishes.

*Our knobs are from Restoration Hardware

*’Everyday I love you’ sign is from Hobby Lobby

*Fixtures above sinks are Pottery Barn

*Fixture above tub is Joss and Main 

*Wall color is SW Agreeable Gray

That wraps up my “Rooms in the Inn”Home Tour-Master Bedroom/Bath.  I’ll have the kids’ room next so be sure to check back in soon!

Bless your home

Our Local- ‘The Kitchen Sync’

Welcome, thanks for coming by today! It’s just in time to wrap up some final Christmas shopping that you may have.  Our Local business to highlight today is The Kitchen Sync.  Located at 21 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee WA.

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This darling shop is where you can find all things related to…you guessed it, kitchen;  Including dishes, utensils, knives, dish towels, aprons, cookware and more!

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There are tons of great Christmas gift or stocking stuffer ideas too!

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Check these out… I mean, mixed metals in cookware! Wouldn’t we all say, “Yes please!”

So if you know anyone who…hmmm, let’s just say, eats, then head downtown and support this local business.  Merry cooking to you!

Christmas Craft

Every year we have created a homemade Christmas ornament for our friends and family.  I thought I would share what we did this year in hopes you will enjoy it too.  It is simple, non messy(can I get a woot woot), country farmhouse inspired, and easy on the pocket book.  Here is what you’ll need:

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Twine- 1$ spot at Target / Glass ornaments, tiny jingle bells, gold wire S hooks- Craft Warehouse / Fresh clippings from your Christmas tree… or your neighbors if you have an artificial 🙂 .

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Gather your supplies and I’m sure you can figure out the rest! Have fun and create an adorable ornament to be enjoyed for years to come.  They are also very cute laying in a dish, bowl, or tray for a center piece or as a guest party-favor.

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Here it is all completed with that cute little piece of our tree inside.  I like that we will have a part of the tree to carry into next year too!  As a final touch we always add a tag with the year on it so we remember each creation in the years to come.

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This year’s ornament is definitely on of my very favorites.  Merry Christmas and happy crafting friends!

Festively Farmhouse Table Setting

Budget friendly, simple, and festively farmhouse.  How could you not love that?!  Here is how we are welcoming guests here at our home this Christmas season.  I took some snippets here and there from our Christmas tree to add some true farmhouse beauty to the table this year.  And for those of us who have a surplus of mason jars on our pantry shelves (happily guilty), simply place fresh greens in them and it will give an immediate farmhouse welcome.

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Adding a piece of greenery at each place setting is a warm way to greet your guest and a subtle way of saying “Merry Christmas, welcome to our table.”

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Whenever the outside comes in there is that much more of a rustic ‘homey’ feel.  I love that.

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As shown above, I also found these darling name/place holders and I can’t wait to write the names of each of our guests here.

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Adding a bouquet of white flowers, berries, and fresh greens is another gorgeous means of making a table scape complete this Christmas.  Although not a must by any means. I realize it’s not always financially an option to get fresh bouquets.  If the budget does allow, fresh flowers are a beautiful addition. Check your local market for any seasonal fresh cut flowers, and like I did above make your own arrangement (I’m no professional, obviously. Just find a vase, snip the ends, and add some water). Someday I do hope to have my own fresh cut flower garden so I can enjoy them more often. I absolutely love having fresh flowers at the table, or anywhere around my home for that matter! Doesn’t everyone?!

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Lastly, the soft glow of a candle or two is another beautiful way to welcome the warmth of conversation to the table. I found these candle sticks at a local antique shop in town and they have quickly become a favorite addition to our table each evening. I am thankful for this simple, yet lovely way to bring ‘home’ to the table each evening. Tip: Don’t be shy to light a candle every night for your family. Too often we think of it only for our special guests, but I like to bring this beauty to the table each night as our family sits down together. After all, these are truly the most special people in our lives, right?!

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I hope this inspires you that it is possible to be light on the budget, simple, and lovely at your table settings this year.  The main importance to remember is the joy in opening up your home to friends and family this season by making memories when sharing a meal around the table.  So from our table to yours… Merry Christmas to you!

 

 

Gingerbread and Star Eyes

My mom, fondly called Nani, visited us recently and brought an edible Christmas surprise ‘craft’ to do with the kids.   img_8346

This is one of our traditions to do together as a family each year.  Nani jumped in on the fun with us this year too. And let me just say, those costco kits are incredible if you don’t have an architectural itch for the day.  The gingerbread is pre-made and the walls are already frosted in place. No, rather glued into place. Lots of hands on it, and that house was solid!  There was enough candy for the four kids to each have a small dish full and they could all design and taste test to their hearts content (wellll, to mommy’s hearts content rather)

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It’s always fun to make memories together during this time of year. Especially stary-eyed ones you can eat!

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Kids Advent Garland and Tree

The Christmas traditions are being prepared around here at The White Barn Farm.  I’ve spent the last couple nights getting this sweet little flocked tree’s garland filled with our 2016 December treats and adventures.  I found this burlap pocket garland at Craft Warehouse a couple years ago and every year since this is a favorite Christmas tradition.  Each pocket has a number corresponding to the date they can ‘open’ or take out the note that greets them inside.  With shrieks of excitement they find out what special event/treat awaits them for that day.  Honestly, they are still young enough that simple pleasures go a long way.  Oh to be young again!

Here are some of what our December adventures entail.  I hope this gives you some ideas of what to do with your family and/or friends in preparation for the greatest day to celebrate of the month… December 25th!

*Hot chocolate date with daddy

*Ice-Skating

*White Christmas Play at community High School

*Girls Date Night with Daddy -(they usually go to The Nutcracker)

*Cookie Baking Day

*Christmas Craft Day

*Look at Christmas lights in Leavenworth, Wa

*Special surprise once in your P.J’s (of which we will take kids out of bed and go see Grandma and Grandpa for Christmas treat late at night!)

*Check your stocking for a hidden treasure

*Go sledding

*Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach, WA

*Christmas Party- Dress up tonight!

*Read The Christmas Story

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Once I have the garland finished the kids get to decorate the tree. The ornaments, ribbon, nor picks are perfectly and precisely placed during these young years, but I don’t mind. There is so much joy in their gleaming eyes for them to have a chance to help and be apart of making memories.  It’s definitely worth all the ‘imperfections’ in decorating as we build traditions together, right?!  What are some of your traditions around this time of year? Do you have any similar advent traditions at your home too?  I’d love to hear and thanks for coming by!

DIY Christmas Window

Ever want to change it up a bit and decorate with some new layers, textures, colors etc.  Well I sure did this year when I looked at my mantel.  I am always having to cover over some outlets of which are there for a fancy mounted tv (of which we don’t own)…So this year for Christmas I hung a wreath with an old window frame, but that wasn’t enough to cover them because of the open panes. MmmK, bummer.  This lead me to get my creative-craft-on and gather some items I had around the house.

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As I ‘shopped’ my home to figure out something to do with the the mantel outlet-monsters I spotted this paper I had just picked up the day before. Perfect.  Some scissors and tape is all I needed.  I simply cut a portion of paper to size of the window frame, taped it on the back, and viola!

img_8373If you’re anything like me then you also have a love for old windows.  Adding some vintage paper or fabric is a simple way to make a big statement (or hide some unwanted outlets as in my case. wink).

Here’s what it looked like when all finished. I’ve already made a few adjustments on the surrounding decorations since taking this picture, but the main backdrop is still there and my outlets are hidden. Success.

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And here’s a look into our living room with our tree in!

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Have a fun time decorating and creating beauty in your home!