Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Little Corner of Our Old German Barn

Hello lovelies!  As always, I am working on making our 130 year old (rental) barn in the German countryside a home. Our cozy country kitchen is almost all done (yippee!), I just have a few finishing touches that I have to add before I show the final reveal! I finally completed a wall in our family room with things we already had (of course). I love how using the same exact things that I always use, in a different arrangement and home, changes the look of everything. I don't have my fall decor out yet because I wanted to reveal my home without a ton of seasonal chachka.
Our family room used to be buttery yellow and we painted it a greige color that I created myself. It actually brightened things up a lot! The room has wonderful vaulted ceilings and beams. The beams have been covered over (not cool) however, we are either going to paint them or add old wood on top of them so they stand out more.
I placed our two Ikea bookshelves (that used to be our t.v. stand) together for storage, it sure holds a lot! Around the shelving is an arrangement that includes some of my FAVORITE curiosities. An Italian wine jug from my dad rests on top of a wooden rocket box with hydrangeas in it and beautiful coral sits to the left of it. The WWII rocket box was a gift from our German friend and landlord. Our monogram from our wedding hangs inside of a gold frame our friends were tossing out. I re-painted an antique mirror my friend's mom was getting rid of which looks lovely with the finials I purchased in my folks home town. I threw in my french (artist's or designer's studio) sign and some antlers (which is always a must in my home, especially now that we live in the country) into the mix.

I love the print, drips of aqua colored paint, the metal latches and heavy duty rope handles on this shabby old box. When I received this box it still had the old straw inside of it! This would also look awesome resting on a luggage stand to be used as a side table. I adore how the ammo box looks blended with the frilly mirror and candlestick holder. The mirror reflects the light of our new chandelier beautifully! This helps a lot since we only have one little window in each room.
Here is the old light that was in the room....
And here is our new smoked (60 Euro) chandelier!

Here is the mirror before it was painted....
and here it is after it's been painted and distressed....

On a different note, I would like you to meet some of our neighbors! These friendly little (big) guys live behind our home and there are also some more of these gentle creatures near the castle.We enjoy feeding them when we take the Penster (my dog Penny's alter ego name) for a walk.


I hope you have enjoyed seeing a little corner of our new place!
Penny and I are going to relax and I am going to enjoy a cup of coffee in our comfy new living room... Until next time, 



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25 comments:

  1. Awww thank you so much Kristen! I hope you are well!! :) Have a lovely night!

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  2. Aloha Molly! It looks lovely! Can't wait till the final reveal!
    Considering you are now living in a historical barn, I just thought of another place you should visit. There is a museum village in Cloppenburg. They dismantled a bunch of old houses, shops, churches, windmills and barns and put them back together to get the feel of a village. You'll love it!

    http://www.museumsdorf.de/

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    1. Thank you so much I will definitely have to check that place out!! It sounds completely amazing!!!! I really appreciate you sharing that with me! :)

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  3. So Beautiful Molly!! And that box! If I ever come to visit you, and it goes missing, don't look at me :) You did a wonderful job on the mirror too. But I think you totally won me over with the hydrangeas (My favorite, and we used them in our wedding). I'm on the search for some antlers. We do live in the woods, so it only makes sense. Can not wait to see the kitchen!

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    1. Hey Heather! Isn't that box fantastic!? You must seriously get a pair of antlers every home needs at least 1-4 pairs especially when you live in the woods! ;)

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  4. Looks fantastic! You make me want to go shopping for some wall paint!!! ;-)

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    1. You totally should! I am a big believer in paint... I just hate actually painting lol!

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  5. Ha ha ha.....I knew you used to live close to us, so I was wondering...where in the world do we have horses and animals in our area...but then realized you have moved! Wow - what a timing!!!! ;-))) You painted the place and then you moved. Mr. Arning and people that will move in will be happy !! ;-) Have fun on your next project ;-)

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    1. Yeah the new tenants love it and so does Arning! I think he would be ok if I moved through all of his houses worked than went to the next haha!

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  6. That is such a fantatic corner! All the elements work so beautiful together and I love how you mix things that sparkle with things that are more rustic.

    Angela

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    1. Thank you so much Angela! I love to blend things that are complete opposites! It is my absolute favorite look :) I hope you have a lovely day!

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  7. What a lovely little corner :) I love what you did to the mirror - I love the much more rustic vibe!

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    1. Thank you!I find that I love how clean modern looks but I am way more comfortable in a more rustic environment... This place is definitely more my cup of tea! I hope you have an enchanting evening!

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  8. All looks so lovely, Molly! Love your style.
    I'm happy to be a new follower, Mary Alice

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    1. Thank you so much Mary Alice I am so thrilled to have you! I hope you have a very blessed day!! :)

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  9. It is quite lovely indeed! And, what cute little neighbors you have. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from French Country Cottage. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-15.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thank you so much! Sounds wonderful! I shall come and post! I hope you have a blessed day!

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  10. Hi there Molly! Im so in love with this! I also am in love with your blog and so Im totally following you girl:)

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    1. Hey there Deidre! Thank you so much, and I am so thrilled to have you as a follower! I hope I can provide you with a ton of tips and tricks that will be useful to you! I hope you had a lovely weekend!

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  11. Gorgeous corner! You are so good at putting vignettes together! I am in love with your smoky chandelier! What a great piece!

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    1. Thank you so much! I am really having fun with this barn... more my speed than all that modern..

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  12. Everything looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.

    Holly

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  13. Love everything! Especially the shabby wood box!!
    Susan

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    1. Thank you so much Susan! I really appreciate it!

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