It can be so unclear on the milk paint samples and bags in store. Schloss is actually a bit of a chameleon color much like grainsack, in my opinion. It changes with the light and based on the surface you’re painting. The latter is true with most milk paint colors actually.
Schloss is from Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint European color line that came out earlier this year.
It is named for German castles. The color itself is meant to represent old stone fortresses common in Europe much like the one pictured here. Sometimes it turns up gray and sometimes a weathered brown exactly like the patina of the castles.
Hopefully this clarifies the nomenclature of this color. Either way, schloss is a great neutral. I’ve been using it lately layered with other grays (coming soon) and on its own like in today’s feature.
Shown here is a vintage telephone table where two coats of schloss were applied without bonding agent. It was topped with furniture wax to protect and bring out the color.
The piece was a bit raw and worn as it was pulled out of a barn where it was in hibernation.
The side in sets are more than likely a veneer. Those areas on the side are the only place the paint chipped adding character.
Telephone tables are certainly becoming extinct, but why? This one serves perfectly as a nightstand or end table. It is available for sale at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown along with the great vintage carriage blanket and p.f. candles too!
I’m really enjoying pulling together photo shoots. In this case, I had a finished coffee table to share as well as new seasonal merchandise so it just made sense to style it all together. It is so much more interesting than simple before & after pictures, I think. Plus it has given me the opportunity to work with my new lens and continue to refine my skills in prop styling & photography.
At any rate, the coffee table base is painted in Layla’s mint over flow blue. Both are August’s colors of the month. Admittedly Layla’s mint looks very similar to Eulalie’s sky in this equation. The flow blue underneath the green made it sway more bluish if that makes sense. A bit of the blue is peaking through on the legs. The top of the table is curio with a bit of white wax. The table is available at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown.
We’re big on burlap as we transition into fall. Who am I kidding? We’re big on burlap every season! The bow front pillows are a new addition. Check out the adorable burlap pumpkins and daisies. You can find all of these at both Circa Dee shops. (The table shown here is not for sale but it is painted trophy with white wax.)
We’ve also introduced ferns to the mix at West End Garage. They are the perfect low maintenance interior plant for fall.
Are you feeling the pull to nest for a new season?
Being that we’ve reached mid-November, Christmas decorating is at full blast in the retail sector and even in some homes. Remember when Thanksgiving was strictly a fall decor holiday? Now it seems like it can go either way – burnt orange and crunchy leaves on the last Thursday in November OR a red and green feast. Me personally, I am ready for Christmas decor and have been decking our retail halls. The selling season is really short after all. However, I don’t switch our own home decor until after Thanksgiving. The best of both worlds!
Here are two fresh and fantastic wreath ideas that lend themselves to either holiday. Better yet, they can don your door for both – more bang for your buck!
Southern magnolia wreaths are pretty much season-less. Their rich green leaves dry out and get better looking with age.
The green leaves contrast against the coppery underside in such a beautiful way.
The silver dollar eucalyptus wreath is an oldie but goodie in terms of style. This silvery-blue-green wreath can take you from Thanksgiving all the way through the winter months. It can easily be dressed up with burlap or velvet ribbon.
Fall brings out the nesting instinct in so many of us. Definitely me. I found myself pulling out all of my favorite cozy wool throw blankets. Too many really. Although they do all get snuggled up against throughout the season. But still I have quite a stack of them.
The issue of too many wool throws combined with a corner begging for height and color brought about the idea of a repurposed ladder blanket rack. The paint splattered aqua ladder is one of my favorite treasures. I could have sold this ten times over but always knew it belonged with me and now, here as a blanket rack.
That corner is really shaping up to be my favorite, stacked high with vintage treasures. The captain lamp on top of that desirable card catalog table framed by those blankets and ladders. Yes, please! I think that the introduction of aqua in the corner has saved the card catalog from the white paint job that I was contemplating.
We had a prolific crop of bush beans this year. It was probably the best yield in the garden, second to lettuce, with no pest issues. We planted three rounds of bush beans in purple, green & yellow. The purple is my favorite simply because they turn green when you cook them. Right before your eyes! We’ve been eating them fresh for a couple of months and I blanched and froze some for winter.
As we continue to harvest more, I’ve grouped the pods together in bunches to dry out. Once the bean pods are all shriveled up, they’re ready for seed saving. The pods open up pretty easily along the seam with a fingernail or scissors. And boom, there’s next year’s seeds so we can do it all over again. A frugal little DIY…
I have repeated these steps with snap peas as well so we have a little stash of peas to plant next spring. This is a fun garden task to engage kids in. The seeds are big so they’re hard to lose although I’ve had a few pop out of the pod and fly across the room!
These seeds are, in fact, the actual bean. As in, the dry bean you buy from the store so we could always soak them and eat them this winter. It is just another way to preserve the bean harvest. I think we’ll plant a bigger crop next year so we can produce a decent amount of dry beans. At this point, we have a few dozen – enough to plant but certainly not enough for a bean soup!
Speaking of next year, The Old Farmer’s Almanac for 2015 is now available at The West End Garage. I took a sneak peek at the weather forecasts! Let’s just say that we may have been spoiled by our mild summer weather this year.
For the most part this season, I am decorating with elements inspired by nature. Rather simply too. I opted for a lighter, brighter color palette rather than the traditional warm, fall colors. This palette can also be found at the shop and many of these elements are for sale there. Typically I am decorating similarly at home as I am at West End Garage. It keeps things simple!
Cotton stems have been very popular and you can see why. They’re so easy to work with. Just plop them in a vase or in this case, a galvanized flower bucket. They really can be on display from late summer/harvest season through New Year’s. So many options! They look good alone or with an accent flower. I thought it was fun to pair them with twigs and vintage arrows for this vignette. I used just 3 stems in each bucket to get this look.
The other accessories include feather balls, mini pumpkins and antler ornaments. The antlers are small reproductions so they’re sort of guilt free for people who are into the antler trend but not a fan of decorating with animal relics. They’re available at West End Garage too along with a quickly growing collection of ornaments. Tis the season!
I got my wish of beautifully stacked wood after pining and pinning! Our wood burning stove has been installed and is ready for winter. I love how the seasoned wood accents this display and gives purpose to the mantel. And the faux bois planter certainly doesn’t hurt.
Peering past the mantel into the corner, you can see the Captain has something new over there and it’s not just the orange raffia pumpkin (also available at West End Garage). He’s perched up on a vintage 6-drawer card catalog which I am super excited about. I spotted this in an antique shop and spent a week dreaming about it for this space while fearing it would be gone by the time I got back. It was there waiting for me and it is the ideal fit for this corner. Plus the drawers are the perfect size to hold DVDs.
I am deciding where to go from here with it, aesthetically. It needs to be boosted up a few inches to true side table status. Probably with casters since I seem to put casters on everything in my home. Also, should I paint it? That corner seems dark and the wood isn’t anything spectacular. Linen seems like a viable option – maybe just the frame and not the drawers? Please do weigh in! Would you paint a vintage card catalog?
I had the opportunity to do a little wine-ing down this weekend. A much-needed girls getaway for sure! Have you ever been to Long Island?
I was completely blown away by the beauty. It boasts everything I love rolled into one, well, long island. We stayed in North Fork, Suffolk county on a harbor nestled amongst the wineries.
The majestic fall color was in its prime.
Vineyards galore. One right after another and then another and another.
Antique stores! Yes, Long Island had some gorgeous little shops full of inspiring displays.
Clever repurposing ideas. I’d love to replicate this wine bottle “wall” somewhere.
Beautiful old farmhouses and farm markets…all along the bay.
If you are looking for a getaway, I’d highly recommend a weekend trip out to Long Island. It is just another reason to love this beautiful country!
But back to biz! Next up, I will be at The Painted Home’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop with 2 of my favorite comical and creative bloggers. I’ll be alongside Kelly of Eclectically Vintage and Denise of The Painted Home this Friday from 2-8…or until we run out of wine.
Unfortunately, I can’t make it Saturday so be sure to come for Friday happy hour if you want to see a free milk paint demo! Good thing I just came back from wine country. There will be plenty to share plus some tasty treats to pair! Yup, I’m a poet.
Yep, I finally made my own healthy and light butternut squash soup. After hearing about my mom’s and mother-in-law’s versions. I decided to try my own spin and so Apple Butternut Squash Soup was born over here on a chilly October day.
It was simple, friends. There was barely anything left in the refrigerator except for a large butternut squash taunting me. Plus 3 golden apples – I can’t remember the variety. And 3 lonely, nearly forgotten about radishes. I know. Radishes. What do you do with these other than throw them in a salad? I found out that they taste pretty darn good in a warm creamy soup. Radishes seemed to give a little bit of bite where you might otherwise use an onion. An onion we didn’t have.
So that’s where I started. I chopped and peeled the squash, apples and radishes. Then boiled the chunks in a large sauce pan. Once soft I pureed them all in a blender.
Once the fruit and vegetables were a nice creamy consistency, I tossed them back in the empty sauce pan along with 16 ounces of vegetable stock and let simmer.
I seasoned with salt and pepper. A teaspoon of cinnamon, half teaspoon of ginger, quarter teaspoon of cloves and quarter teaspoon of thyme.
About 20 minutes later, we had this healthy soup for lunch!
Alongside the soup, I came up with a fantastic new smoothie that was a little bit more like dessert! It consisted of a banana, spoonful of peanut butter, spoonful of raw honey, 2 spoonfuls of vanilla Greek yogurt, kale and about half a cup of coffee.
Yum! It was a mid-day energy boost. And surprisingly, the flavor complemented the Apple Butternut Squash Soup so well. We’ll call this one the Java Green Smoothie.