Our travels this summer have taken us to beautiful back country roads. More often than not we’ve found ourselves without cell service which is welcomed. The name of the game has been picking in uncharted territory. The further from home, the better as far as I’m concerned.
Typically there are more chickens than people. Oh, there have been so many chickens. Caged, penned, free range. You name it. We need more chickens in our life. That’s for sure.
There have been creeks, peaks and rivers. One gargling right by our back door at this cabin by the woods. Glamping at its finest.
Barns and dilapidated out buildings too.
And one memorable barn-red, covered bridge.
We’re getting ready for another adventure as we continue to check items off from our summer bucket list. How is yours progressing?
Ryan and I recently went away to beautiful Vermont. I really, really love New England and our increasing trips north. That part of the country boasts so many beautiful old homes brimming with character and antiques. No wonder I feel right at home there.
We stayed in a circa 1900 home that encompassed the style of the region so well. It was at the end of a snow-covered mountain road within walking distance to town. Every detail was perfect from the stacks of old books to the antique church pew and area rug. I had serious rug envy! I’m also coveting French doors.
While Ryan skied in the below freezing temperatures, I explored back roads, dug through little shops and read. I had very limited access to the online world. Sorry friends but it was great to disconnect for this vacation.
However, it is always nice to get back home to our own routine. So long for now, Vermont!
Let’s talk New Jersey for a minute. Cape May specifically. A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was milk painting a cedar closet a rich navy – Artissimo. Well, here it is!
This started off as a generic old thrift store cedar closet. They’re a dime a dozen. I particularly liked the size of this one as I had a space for it in the cottage we’re working on.
The closet required very little prep work as the wood was mostly raw. I used two coats of Artissimo without bonding agent. I love the richness and depth in this color. I probably could have gotten away with just one coat since this wood soaked up the paint so nicely. I anticipated some chipping milk paint where there was a bit of varnish left but only one area across the front chipped. I couldn’t have planned the placement better myself. The entire piece was finished with furniture wax.
I took this opportunity to hand paint the “on the way to Cape May” lyrics across the flat closet front which is always a hit in these parts. We finished off the front with a new glass knob.
I left the inside unpainted and I swear it is not that orange in real life! We get beautiful natural light in this room which is mostly a blessing but in this case, a curse. This closet will function perfectly for guests to use. I can’t wait to pull the rest of the room together. The room will have a bit of a mid-century vibe. You’ll die when I post pictures of the beautiful vintage dresser…
Ok, it wasn’t long at all. Ryan and I were gone for about 36 hours over the weekend.
But it was strange.
We decided to hit the back roads of Pennsylvania and New Jersey to quench our junking thirst. We quite literally took the roads less traveled. Passing rolling hills of farm land boasting the most perfectly dilapidated old barns. Followed by the swampy marsh land dotted with the most perfectly dilapidated old boats.
We scored all sorts of vintage treasures hitting junk shops, flea markets and yard sales.
The junking trifecta if you will.
We even stayed at what seemed to be a trucker motel…
I’m not sure I’m ready to talk about that experience yet.
We had dinner in a swanky drape lined lair where men apparently wear fancy hats.
Ahh, yes, the things dreams are made of…
The wide open road, an empty truck and no real agenda. I’m so glad we chose this strange career.
Perhaps it chose us.