My friend Maggie and I are kindred spirits! I was joking with her today that we’re like Thelma and Louise, without the guns, law after us, and driving off a cliff. Haha! We have children the same age, we have the same faith, same values, and the same love for anything old and rustic.
We typically hit up flea markets together to decorate, but today we decided to go barn picking! We’ve been talking about this for awhile, but it’s hard to get strangers to open up their barns to two chicks! We do have an Amish contact that lives in the basement of a funeral home who has a barn we can pick…sounds sketchy right?! I’m assured he is a really nice guy. More on that pick later!
When I recreate decorating styles seen online and on TV, my goal is to show fans how to get the look for less. Not all of us have $10-20,000 to spend on furniture and decor. So when I recreate looks I try to find the best deals that are accessible to the masses. However, when I help people decorate or I’m decorating my own home, I try to shop locally. While Home Goods and Target are go to stores, I don’t like spending that much money on items so many people will have in their own homes.
I challenge myself to find the same or similar pieces on an budget by combing through booths at flea markets, antique malls, thrift shops, yard sales, and auctions. You would be amazed at how you can find an antique scale for cheaper (or around the same cost) as a reproduction sold in a store! It’s not for everyone, but it’s how I decorate! It adds character and history to any room.
Here are some pictures from our adventure today! We went to a farm dating back to before the civil war! The log cabin was used as a post for the Union soldiers.
Can you tell I love history?! After taking in the view and learning about the property, we headed to the barns.
We made out like bandits! Get the Thelma and Louise joke? Wink. Just look at the tabacco basket Maggie picked up! Now she’s on her way to recreating the look from Country Living posted above! I scored a scale that will help me recreate Joanna Gaines’ look in her dining room.