Every once in a while life just presents something kind of magical. I think that’s what happened a week or so ago when I had the opportunity to tour Nancy’s house.
Nancy is a frequent shopper at Reclaiming Beautiful, the shop where I sell some of my creations in Stillwater, MN. I’d heard that she was a fan of my items and once I’d followed her on Instagram (@eike_nancy) I realized that she has quite a few of my ‘smalls’ in her home, like the black toolbox below.
So, I reached out to Nancy and asked if I could come and tour her home and take some photos to share with all of you here on my blog. She graciously agreed, and I drove out to her place on a pretty much perfect summer afternoon. Even just driving there was a total pleasure, motoring along beautifully curvy country roads with the top down on my car.
As soon as I turned onto Nancy’s street, I knew I was in for a treat. What an amazing setting. I love how just the grass immediately surrounding the house is mowed and the rest is left natural. I’ve recently been watching Gardener’s World on BritBox (any other fans out there?) and they had a segment that suggested this technique.
In my small suburban garden, this wouldn’t work at all, but I love it for a larger property like this.
Nancy and her husband, David, just moved into this house last August so this will be their first full summer. They didn’t have time to focus on much of the landscaping last year, but hope to get more planted around the house this summer.
In the meantime, who needs anything more than these beautiful rolling fields?
Walking up to the front door, I just knew I was going to be in for a treat once I got inside.
Just check out the old mop bucket with the fern, it has a section from re.design with prima’s Lovely Ledger transfer on it.
That’s not my work, but I love it!
I did spy some of my work on the porch though …
Remember when I added part of the Fresh Flowers transfer to that suitcase? It looks perfect next to the bench on Nancy’s porch.
Once inside I was immediately struck by the view out the back.
The house is perfectly situated on the lot to give the feeling that there isn’t another neighbor around for miles.
But I was quickly distracted from the view by Nancy’s decorating. Obviously she and I both love the same sort of look, which explains why she buys so much of my stuff 😉
Although that bench is not my work, I would guess that many of you might think it is. It’s totally me. But Nancy applied the Finicky Fox transfer to the bench herself.
Isn’t this sideboard fabulous?
I recognized a few things on top of it including the little bird cage that I revamped a while back.
Nancy’s home has an open concept, so the living room, dining room and kitchen are one big open space. But let’s start in the living room.
It’s super cozy.
Her dog Lucy seems to agree.
I love how Nancy has styled her built in shelving with fab vintage finds including a few of my favorite non-collectibles (because I’m in denial that I collect things) like old clocks …
and cool old shoe forms.
Including this one which was dressed up with some transfers by yours truly …
This just goes to show that I don’t include all of the smaller projects I work on here on the blog. I whipped this shoe form up one day, took a few photos, decided none of them were blog worthy, and I moved on to selling it.
Those of you who shop at Reclaiming Beautiful might also recognize this …
it’s one of their hand poured candles. Nancy has added her own touch with the cow tag. At least I’m assuming that’s a cow tag. Can any of you farmers out there verify that for me?
Nancy has quite a few old scales scattered about …
I love this little square one …
Nancy’s kitchen is just simply gorgeous.
It looks fresh out of a magazine, doesn’t it?
It has some beautiful personal touches though, like the framed family recipes hung on the wall.
I absolutely love that they are written on old numbered ledger paper.
I also spied a couple more of my creations …
I even spotted the apron that I stenciled!
I have to admit I’m a little envious of Nancy’s light filled laundry room.
It’s probably quite pleasant to do laundry here.
And hey, she has one of my ironing board signs!
Just out in the hallway, you might also recognize one of these chalkboards …
Here’s a quick look into Nancy’s master bedroom.
It was so fun to wander around Nancy’s beautiful home, and I have to admit I was pretty tickled to find so many of my pieces there. It’s really awesome to know that my things are being enjoyed by someone. It inspires me to continue giving old pieces a new lease on life. I’ve even managed to get to a few garage sales this past week, so I’ll have a few updated garage sales finds to share with you guys next week.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed this tour of Nancy’s house. If you’re an Instagram user, be sure to give her a follow @eike_nancy!