Made some decor changes here at the farm last week, so, naturally, wanted to include you in the loop. New kitchen/dining chairs arrived for the Big House (which isn’t big at all, but it is bigger than the Tiny House, “Casa Chiquita.”)  Four of the annoying slipcovered chairs we’d been slopping wine and gravy on for the past dozen years or so went to Reno, to the fabulous but still rather sparsely furnished condo of the amazing Mizz B. Those wrongheaded slipcovers will be bleached and  stretched back over the chairs, for future staining and abuse by Mizz B’s band of artistic pals and wonder pets.

The new chairs, ordered sight unseen from Overstock.com (I told you how cheap I was, but you didn’t believe me!) came packed in enough foamy papery material to set the local ecosystem back a decade or so. Cardboard, lethal metal staples flying everywhere, styrofoam bits — a nasty business that took 4 of us a good bit of time to unravel and sort out. These chairs were pre-approved from online photos by Catherine Grison, by the way, in case you were wondering, as well as Kelly Greenwood, daughter and staff designer par excellence. Catherine had told me some time ago that the offending slipcovered chairs were blocking the chi in our dining area. We can’t have that. Our kitchen table is very much the center of this crookedy old farmhouse, where important magic goes on. Storytelling, life reconstructing, health analyzing, baby rocking, literary critiquing, world event discussing, bad joke retelling, singing, sniveling, laughing, what have you. So we couldn’t risk a blockage of chi. Nor could we continue to struggle with those damn white slipcovers, so chic and fabulous looking when clean, which are too tight for the chairs, and take a team of people and lots of cursing to get back on once they’re off. Not to mention liberal use of my favorite household tool: the bleach pen.

New chairs in place, 4 old chairs off to their new lives in Reno, the four remaining Old Chairs have now nestled into Casa Chiquita, where the chi situation is totally different, as is the frequency of use. It occurred to me to show them to you in their new spots when Destiny posted pix of a room she’s Pinterested, or whatever you call it, and it looked kinda like this.

We love having a place for our guests to crash, in the most positive sense of the word, especially as we hope it avoids the need for them to drive home — normally quite a drive from here, no matter where home is. It’s also swell to have a resting place for an oddball collection of items inherited from people we’ve loved: Aunt Frostie’s footstool and pitcher; Betty Reinhart’s sweet chair, and her grandmother’s quilts; my mother’s favorite book, “I Married Adventure“; my uncle’s suitcases; the saddle I bought at auction with my first horse, Miss April; and the pieces de resistance — Dynamite Bob Reinhart’s bear and deer skins. I know, I know, not everybody’s cup of tea. But there among the ghosts of our departed family, they seem right at home. Both The Husband and I descend from scrappy folks who walked/drove/hunted/fought their way West generations ago, so those bears and deer and coyote furs represent spiritual ancestors, too.

       

Here, then, are the updated pix. No stylists were harmed in the making of these photographs, by the way; nothing was buffed up or edited. The crack in Aunt Frostie’s pitcher has not been airbrushed out. The rug and mini-couch, which makes into a bed, are from Ballard Designs; the fish pillows were mail ordered, too, from Wisteria. Everything else is pretty much crap that I dragged home and repainted. Oh, the bed was purchased for this space. I tell you this because I have become especially irritated of late by snooty decorating magazines — not so irritated that I stop looking at them, mind you –who present rooms that you or I will never be invited into, nor could we ever afford.

 

So, come on in, and know that when you spill your moderately priced red wine on these chairs, we can get it out with a bleach pen. Know also that you need to put up with all the dear ones who are in permanent residence.


114 Comments

  1. Noelle C says:

    I love bleach pens and stain stick, and I love these blogs! The new chairs look marvelous in Casa Grande, and the old chairs look like they belong in Casa Chiquita. I love how you are able to repurpose items and make them look fabulous in their new spaces. You have a real talent!

  2. stephl says:

    What a beautiful home. Very welcoming, and inviting. Even if it must be shared with ghosts, er guests!
    Aren’t packing materials beyond ridiculous?! I mean, it’s great that they get our items to us safely, usually, but what a pain to get rid of!
    Is sniveling around the kitchen table different then whining?!? Just checking…lol.

    • Lynne says:

      Oh, yes, some sniveling and some whining do go on here. There is also a frightening amount of procrastination, discombobulation and consternation. We just have to do our best to “encourage” the positive and insult the negative. Right?

  3. Jodie B says:

    Love the chairs in C.C., what a perfect place for them! What I’ll always remember about sitting on those white slipcovers, which were still damp btw, was getting up and seeing that my dark jeans had become way too friendly with them! Thank goodness for the towel I spent the rest of the day on! Maybe B should consider dying them some fabulous color? Just a thought!
    Casa Chiquita is the perfect mixture of dear things from loved ones! All their things just work together so very well.
    Of course my favorite piece on the whole farm is the wardrobe in Mizz. H/Dee’s room! Simply love it!

  4. Kara says:

    I think I wanna live in C.C. I totally ‘Pinned’ that photo! Fell right in love with it..and your place totally matches it! Too funny. Love the decorating and love the choice of adding decoration through lineal/ancestry stuff. Really cool. Wonderful style..very home-y. My fave. Thanks for sharing. xo

  5. Lynne says:

    Can you guys see the pix well enough? On my screen, they’re a bit small, so not sure if the details come through ok.

  6. Lynne youu have FABULOUS taste!!

  7. ClaudiaM says:

    Love this blog!! Looks beautiful. I love your decorating style so much. The rooms are lovely! xo

  8. Lynne says:

    Okay, Leigh is telling me how to get pix bigger in future posts. I’ll get this eventually!

  9. Lynne says:

    I’ll find an excuse to repost some of these soon, with more detail, bigger. I know I always want to see MORE than the magazines show.

  10. Chrissie says:

    Love all the changes you made Auntie L 🙂 Change is good x

  11. cda says:

    Love the style because of its eclecticness (If that is not a word, I am making it one) and repurposing. Reminds me of a special place/retreat in my life. The best part for me are the spiritual ancestors. Yes, bigger pictures would be most welcome.

  12. Rose says:

    Love your home, Lynne. It looks so southern! So beautifully decorated! It’s okay to be cheap, if you can make inexpensive things look expensive.

  13. Larissa says:

    Lynne, you have such great taste. It is Defintely cozy and comfortable. It seems like a great place to eacape from the world . Overstock.com is great!

    • Lynne says:

      I ‘m pretty sure this was the first order I’d ever placed with Overstock. It was all good except the packaging was a bit overwhelming. The chairs were in perfect shape, though!

      • Jodie B says:

        I bought an awesome bed from Overstock. What appeared to be the exact same bed was in Pottery Barn for $600! I paid $99 and got free shipping. Was very pleased!

  14. Kelley Marie says:

    Love the dinning area! The chandelier is adorable and I think I love the color on the walls (small picture but looks plum to me??). Great taste for sure!

    • Lynne says:

      Thanks, Kelley Marie. Maybe you missed all the earlier posts…..don’t remember how far back…winter?…about plum walls, melon living room, grey kitchen, blah blah blah, when I redid it recently with Catherine Grison’s help.

      • Kelley Marie says:

        I missed that or forgot. I think I would remember plum, it looks very similiar to color on my kitchen walls. Love that color! Looks great with the bright white trim (or at least from the picture it looks bright white). My trim is a cream color, think I will go brighter next time.

    • LaurieandDeeAnn says:

      Your rooms are just lovely, Lynne! Thank you for sharing your photos! 🙂

  15. This is a gorgeous post! I’ll comment on the blog post later as i’ve not figured out how to do it from my phone yet lol. I did also want to inform you that I will be moving into Casa Chiquita with, Kara! Don’t worry, we are excellent roomies, and you’ll love it cause you can pop over anytime for live entertainment or a hair foof!;)

  16. amandahawking says:

    Thanks for sharing once again! I love your home, very inviting and cosy! If I was to come over I’d prob spill on your beautiful new chair covers, be warned. Lol. Xx

  17. Diana says:

    Beautiful rooms…I love the fish pillow and the Bear rugs/fur thingy’s … they add some mystery!

  18. LaurieandDeeAnn says:

    Your rooms are lovely, Lynne! Thank you for sharing your photos! 🙂

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