amy’s house.

If you’ve been following me since last Christmas, you may remember when I featured a tour of my friend Amy’s house (part 1, part 2 and part 3).

Her Christmas decor was so fabulous!

She has an adorable farmhouse style kitchen.  Those rustic wood floors are to die for.

I loved the way she cozied up her living space with plaid wood throws and vintage snow shoes & skis.

I know it’s a bit early for Christmas though, and the real reason I’m reminding you of Amy’s home tour is because her house is now for sale!

I thought you guys might enjoy checking out the virtual tour of her home put together by her realtor.  It’s fun to see how bright and summery her home looks in the virtual tour.  It just goes to show you how easy it is to switch things up from season to season.  Also, I know you guys will appreciate all of the adorable vintage touches throughout her home.

The full listing for Amy’s home can be seen {here} if any of you local readers are in the market for a darling home in Stillwater!


amy’s amazing home, part 2.

Welcome back for part 2 of Amy’s home tour.  Today I’m sharing the kitchen and just a quick peek into the bathroom.  I’m saving my favorite room for tomorrow’s post on the Reclaiming Beautiful blog, so be sure to check back for that.

The kitchen is just through this archway.


If you look closely you can just see that Amy has an awesome vintage phone tucked into the little nook in the wall that I assume was always intended to house a phone.

If I’d been thinking with both brain cells, I would have moved the lamp in this next photo so you could see that amazing phone.


Here’s that quick peek into the bathroom that I promised you, which is just through that door in the photo above.


The best part is actually behind the door, and that’s this fabulous cupboard that she has filled with vintage first aid stuff.


Continuing down the hallway takes you to the kitchen, but just before you get there you pass this sign on the wall.

My in-laws would just love that sign!  My father-in-law was a boat captain in New Orleans back in the day.  I wonder if any fancy women signed up with him?

And now we come to the kitchen.


Like many of us, Amy is not exactly thrilled with her kitchen.  She doesn’t like the old cabinets or the size of the room.  She’d love to enlarge it or add a pantry and get rid of the old cabinets.  But I think her kitchen is positively charming.

I love the corner sink with the big windows above it.  It provides the perfect spot for the kitchen Christmas tree that is tucked into an enamelware basin.


This cupboard on the opposite wall above a radiator has such a farmhouse kitchen feel.


I know my friend Meggan is going to be drooling over that collection of vintage thermoses on top of that cupboard.  Especially the “Holiday” thermos in front.


You’ll find another of Amy’s fabulous scales on top of the fridge.


And here is a great idea for filling a 3-tiered stand with little glittery houses, greens and pine cones.


There is an industrial metal shelving rack just inside the kitchen door and Amy has loaded it up with lots of adorable vintage kitchenware.



There’s another fabulous scale!


Tomorrow we’ll head over to the Reclaiming Beautiful blog to check out the last room on our tour of Amy’s amazing home.  I’ll post a link here tomorrow morning as well so that you all can find your way over there easily.  I hope you’ll check it out!

amy’s amazing home, part 1.


I think I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating.  One of the greatest benefits of having a blog is having an excuse to tour other people homes for the purpose of featuring them here.

There are so many people out there that have the most amazing homes, but they’ve never been in a magazine or featured on a home tour.  They are just regular people like you and me and they just have a knack for decorating.  I love being able to share them with you!

Amy is a fellow Reclaiming Beautiful vendor.  Earlier this year she mentioned to me that she really does it up for Christmas, so I asked if she’d let me feature her home here on q is for quandie for the holidays and she agreed.  I’m so glad she did!  The Reclaiming Beautiful owners asked if I’d feature Amy’s home over on their blog as well, so I’m splitting the post between the two.  The first two posts will be here today and tomorrow, and the final post over there on Friday.  But I’ll be sure to include links between the two blogs so that you can be sure you see it all!


My sister Debbie came along as my ‘assistant’ again this time, and as we were approaching Amy’s house we were in a neighborhood full of new and very beautiful homes, but somehow I just hadn’t pictured Amy living in a newer home. As it turns out, I was right.  Amy, much like myself I might add, lives in the original 1936 farmhouse for what was once the Amundsen dairy farm.  The land around it has since been developed with newer homes.

As soon as we pulled up I knew I was in the right place!  Christmas tree in an old wringer washing machine?  Old sleds with vintage skates hanging from them.  Yep, this had to be the right house.

The fact that last Sunday, when I took these photos, was the perfect snowy winter day just added to the overall ambiance.

And by the way, if you haven’t thought to put a small tree and some ice skates inside a bird cage outside your door, get on it.  It’s fantastic.

As soon as I walked in Amy’s door I knew I was with a kindred spirit.  I missed getting a photo of the vintage lockers in her mud room, but here’s what you see upon entering the home proper.


If you look closely at the photo above you can spy Amy’s adorable dog, Birdie.  See him?  Seriously, he’s so cute he almost looks like a stuffed animal (he’s on the sofa on the right in case you still can’t find him).  Amy also shares her house with with her husband Zach and her four kids, Lucy, Gus, Alex and Greta.

Just beside me to the left of where I am standing for the above photo is Amy’s dining room.


I love her collection of ‘yard-long’ photos, don’t you?  And I’m really not sure what the original purpose was of that thing she has sitting on top of her radiator filled with books, but I love the way she’s using it.

Amy purchased her pair of matching sofas  for a rock bottom price off Craigslist and then had them reupholstered in drop cloth material.


For any of you who know me well, it probably goes without saying that I thoroughly approve of Amy’s aqua blue walls.  She’s added lots of red plaid for Christmas, as well as some snow shoes and skis.


 And I love this adorable little red camper on her coffee table.


Amy had a really unique spot for her TV on these chippy old metal factory shelves.  If I was a true professional I would have taken the time to hide all of those cords behind the TV, but I never think of that stuff in the moment.  Plus, I’m so busy admiring all of the incredible stuff that I don’t even notice things like cords until I seem them in the photos.  I hope you’re ignoring them too!


She says that thing weighs about 600 lbs and she and a friend lugged it into this spot themselves.

Look at the row of vintage radios under the TV …


Keeping a collection like this in one color family is a great idea!

And look what I spied tucked under one of the sofa’s end tables …


Do you recognize it?  It’s my old Structo truck!  Amy purchased it from me at my Carriage House sale.  It’s really fun for me to see it in its new home.

Everywhere you look in her house there is something awesome to see, like this mid-century TV ornament.  Check out the tiny Christmas scene inside.


I think I may have gotten a little drool on the this Christmas tree and the scale it is sitting on.  I joked with Amy that I was going to have my sister distract her while I tucked that thing under my coat.

And just above that scale is this fabulous old cubby on the wall.


According to Amy this cubby started out at twice this height.  It stood on the floor and she had it in this same spot, but it sat in front of the radiator.  Her husband finally put his foot down and said they needed to cut it down and mount it on the wall and quit blocking the heat (here in Minnesota function pretty much has to take priority over form when it comes to heating).  So Amy gave in and agreed, and now realizes she loves it even more mounted on the wall this way!

Before we conclude today’s portion of our tour we really need to talk about the elephant in the room.  The gorgeous Christmas tree.


Amy is a firm proponent of placing your tree in a unique container and in this case she’s used an old metal crate.


So creative!

I hope you’ve enjoyed day no. 1 of our tour of Amy’s home.  Be sure to check back tomorrow for part 2.  And hey, if you have a minute, leave a comment about your favorite detail in Amy’s living room.  I challenge you to pick just one!

stone hill farm, part 3.

As promised, today I’m back with the final leg of my Stone Hill Farm tour.  Although everything at John & Kim’s house is amazing, I feel a little bit like I’ve saved the best for last.  You’ll have to let me know if you agree.

stone hill farm

Kim and John are blessed to have several outbuildings at Stone Hill Farm including a barn, potting shed, outhouse, grainery and a small creamery that they have turned into the chicken coop.

Let’s start at the chicken coop.

chicken coop

While Debbie and I were there the chickens were out and about.  Those darn birds would not hold still for a photo!


Kim says these chickens lay about a dozen eggs a week, and they love corn on the cob which is how she bribed them to come together for a photo.

Kim’s potting shed has to be one of the most darling I’ve seen (the smaller building on the left is the outhouse).

tool shed

Seriously, could this be any more adorable?

motel chairs

Kim has it set up so perfectly.

shed door

shed window

The outhouse is a crack up.


It’s big enough to seat three!

3 holer

 There is a pretty little garden between the potting shed and the house that is enclosed by a white picket fence.

watering cans

garden gate

enclosed garden

tea pot planter

John built a pizza oven at one end of the garden and now he and Kim have lots of pizza parties.

pizza oven

They can serve everything up on this outdoor buffet that John built from salvaged barn wood and metal roofing.

outdoor buffet

Never mind pizza, this looks like the perfect spot for a morning cup of coffee to me.

deck dining set

Let’s head out towards that fabulous barn next.

barn distance



barn side

Before we leave John & Kim’s beautiful property, I have one more thing to share with you.  It’s out past the barn, and then beyond this fence.


Here they are …

hops 1

Any guesses at what you’re looking at?  Nope, it’s not a maze.  John grows hops.  He’s also the president of the Hop Growers Association of Minnesota.

To give you a better idea of the height of these hop vines, here’s a photo that includes John.  Yep, those babies go way up there.

John and the hops

In addition to the hops, John & Kim also have a vegetable garden, a pumpkin patch, an orchard that has pear, plum, apple and cherry trees and they have some bee hives too.


Are you getting the impression that they like to keep busy?!

Well, this concludes the tour of John & Kim’s home and farm.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.

 Remember, the Barn Chic Vintage sale starts this morning 9 a.m. at 2946 Oakgreen Avenue N in Stillwater (cash and checks only, fyi).  The sale runs from Thursday to Saturday 9 – 5 each day, rain or shine (or ridiculous heat and humidity).

If you come home with some fun goodies, I hope you’ll share them in a comment!

On another note, I’m blogging a second home tour over on the Reclaiming Beautiful blog today.  It’s another lovely home in Stillwater, but this one belongs to Monique, one of the owners of Reclaiming Beautiful.  Her 1892 home is located ‘in town’ rather than out in the country and it has a charm all of it’s own.  I hope you’ll pop over there and check out that post too!

stone hill farm, part 2.

Welcome back for part 2 of the tour of Stone Hill Farm.  Today we’re going to check out the upstairs.  Although originally there was just attic space above the main living space, Kim and John raised the roof and added out to the side to make space for the master bedroom and upstairs hallway, which includes laundry facilities.

Just at the top of the stairs is this little landing area.


Those of you who know me well will know that I gravitated right towards that darling little cupboard.

tiny cupboard

So sweet!

vintage books

The clothes washer and dryer are tucked away behind this sliding barn door.

laundry door

The master bedroom is tucked away to one side.

master bedroom

Kim has several beautiful vintage quilts including this lovely example.

master quilt

The marble topped washstand that Kim & John used in the master bathroom is gorgeous.

master washstand

There are two additional bedrooms upstairs.   The first has a masculine feel with a sportsman theme.  The twin headboards were made from wood salvaged from an old log cabin up north.

boys room

Kim salvaged the “cabin 4” sign above the window from the trash pile when a place they rent up north was remodeling.  They always stayed in cabin no. 4.

cabin 4

Those dishtowel curtains are adorable!  As are the vintage fish plates hanging on the wall.

fish plate

The second spare room upstairs is set up as a sewing room/girl’s bedroom.  Let’s pop in there for a look around.

girls room 2

I love Kim’s wall color choice in this room, it’s the prettiest robin’s egg blue.  And isn’t the collection of mirrors that are hung on the wall over the bed fab?

girls room bed

Kim painted this gorgeous white dressing table herself.

girls room vanity

I absolutely love how she has it styled with the pink lamps and the blue hobnail decanters.  So pretty.

girls room vanity top

This washstand with bowl and pitcher work perfectly beside it.

girls room wash stand

Here is another of Kim’s lovely quilts.

girls room quilt

There is also a stack of pretty quilts that sit on top of a cabinet in the room.

girls room quilt stack

She has the sweetest touches in unexpected places, like these vintage pieces hanging from some hooks behind the door.

girls room hooks

There is also a shared bathroom upstairs between the two guest rooms.

upstairs bath

The classic black and white hex tile floor is perfect for a farmhouse bathroom.  I really wish I had chosen that for my own bathroom when I re-did it several years ago.

This concludes part 2 of our tour of Kim’s house.  I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at her upstairs.  Be sure to check back tomorrow to see the outbuildings and gardens!

stone hill farm.

When I started this blogging thing a couple of years ago I really didn’t think about what I might blog about aside from my furniture makeovers.  I started my blog in November, so I added a few posts about holiday decorating into the mix.  Then when spring came, I added a few posts about gardening.  Then one day it occurred to me that I should share my friend Sue’s house on the blog.  I’ve always loved her style, and I knew that my readers here would love it too.  Since then I’ve done a couple of other house tours (select the ‘house tours’ category on the right to see them all), and I have to say that it has turned out to be one of my favorite things to do.  An unexpected bonus to having a blog!

A few weeks ago my sister and I had the pleasure of touring Kim’s house at Stone Hill Farm.

stone hill farm title

I was introduced to Kim by Lisa, whose home I featured on the Reclaiming Beautiful blog a while back (if you didn’t see that one, you should check it out {here} and {here}).  Kim and Lisa host an occasional sale together in Kim’s barn.  Coincidentally, I had been to their sale several times, but I just never knew them personally.  Remember these suitcases from last year?  Yep, I bought them at their sale.

example of black watermark

Anyway,when Lisa mentioned that she knew Kim and that her house was gorgeous inside and out, I jumped at the chance to take a tour.  In exchange for letting me feature her home here on the blog, I promised to help promote Kim’s barn sale which is coming up on Thursday – Saturday.  I’ll be sharing more info on that at the end of this post, so be sure to check that out.

But let’s start our tour, shall we?

Kim’s beautifully restored farmhouse is located in Stillwater, Minnesota.  Kim and her husband John are not new to the home restoration game, this is the 4th home they have restored.

There is a lovely porch on the front with some fab bentwood furniture.

front porch

After buying the other pieces, Kim & John had the swing custom made by the artisan.

bentwood swing

Debbie and I entered from the back side of the house though which also has an equally lovely porch.

back porch

The first room we came to once inside is a pretty little sun room.


I just love the bead board walls as well as all of the architectural salvage that Kim has used in this room.

architectural salvage

I think the simplicity of this stained glass window is just perfect.

sun room 1

Leaving the sun room behind, we head in to Kim’s kitchen which is spectacular.  Adding a tin ceiling was a great way to give this room a vintage farmhouse feel.


Those are the original fir floor boards.  Kim and her husband had to remove 7 other layers of flooring to get to them!  That’s dedication.  Mr. Q and I only had to remove one layer of linoleum from our kitchen floor and that was hard enough.  I can’t imagine doing seven!

There are so many gorgeous details in the kitchen that I don’t even know where to start.  How about the fantastic farmhouse style sink?

kitchen sink

depression glasskitchen scale


And just get a gander at this stove.

kitchen stoveKim and her husband purchased this from Elmira Stoveworks.  Just for fun check out their website {here}, they have some seriously drool worthy stuff.  If money were no object their Northstar model would be perfect in my kitchen!

One of my favorite features in the kitchen in this gorgeous built in cabinet.

kitchen built in

Just off the kitchen is a pantry with another amazing cabinet.  Kim made a decision to retain the original painted finish on this piece and I’m so glad she did.


Isn’t it fantastic?  Kim mentioned that it took a bit of scrubbing to clean it up, but I can see it was totally worth it.

Kim’s choice of red gingham wallpaper is perfect for this small room.  She’s used a lot of red vintage kitchen items to accessorize the space.

pantry dustpan

Using a ladder is a clever way to display a set of vintage ‘day of the week’ dish towels.


There is a sweet little powder room just off the pantry.

powder room

 Somehow I neglected to get a shot of the dining room as a whole, but I did get photos of two lovely cabinets that reside there.

dining room hutch

You can also admire the gorgeous pine floors in this next photo.

dining room hall tree

We’re heading into the living room next (more of those gorgeous floors).

living room

living room rocker

Kim has a number of lovely pieces of furniture in her living room.  This one came from her husband’s boyhood cabin and he remembers keeping crayons inside.

living room secretary

Kim has some art in her home that had me positively drooling.

barn painting

The gorgeous paintings of barns were painted by John’s grandfather, Robert Brach.

living room paintings

There is also an original Andrew Wyeth hanging over the fireplace.  To me it has an almost haunted quality.  I wish I could have captured a better photo of it, it is quite beautiful in person and I’m not sure I did it justice here.

living room fireplace

This giant cabinet is one of my favorite pieces in the whole house.  My sister suggested that if I got my hands on it I would likely paint it, but no, she’s wrong.  There is such a lovely original patina on this cupboard I’m pretty sure I couldn’t bring myself to paint it.

living room cabinet

Tucked away next to the living room is John’s office.  It can be entered through either of the doors on each side of that large cabinet.  The whimsical deer with the plaid scarf brings a smile to my face every time I look at this photo.

office 1

I fell in love with the original color and patina on this sweet little stool.


John built this bank of cabinets on the opposite wall to incorporate an old piece used for storing nuts and bolts.

office 2

You can still see the various hardware sizes written on each cubby hole.

nuts and bolts

This is where we conclude our tour for today.  I hope you enjoyed it.  Please leave lots of comments for Kim to see, I know she’ll love hearing from you.

Also, for you local readers, Kim & Lisa’s Barn Chic Vintage sale starts on Thursday July 21 at 9 a.m. at 2946 Oakgreen Avenue N in Stillwater (cash and checks only, fyi).  The sale runs from Thursday to Saturday 9 – 5 each day, rain or shine.  This weekend is also the St. Croix Valley Vintage crawl, so why not make a day of it!

Please check back tomorrow to see the upstairs at Kim’s home, on Wednesday I’ll share the gardens and out buildings, including the barn where the sale is held.

I’ll be heading back over to Kim’s place this week to get some actual photos of items in the sale, which I will share on Thursday.  I also am blogging another house tour over at the Reclaiming Beautiful blog on Thursday and Friday, I’ll be sure to provide a link to that one then.  Finally, I also have a great furniture makeover to share with you all on Friday.  I’ve been busy, busy, busy here at q is for quandie!  Stay tuned.