jodie’s house, part 4.

Welcome back to the final segment on our tour of my friend Jodie’s house.  All that we have left to see is her master suite, so let’s get started!

I have to say, there are lots of great features in Jodie & Doug’s master, but it’s very hard for any of them to compete with the view from that amazing wall of windows.

 Can you just imagine how gorgeous that view is when there is a freshly fallen snow?  Or, like the first time I visited, in the fall with brilliantly colored leaves on all of the trees?

I had to tear myself away from that view to get photos of the rest of the room.  I also had to shut the drapes because the room was drenched in sunlight and I was having trouble getting good photos!

I’m really quite envious of all of the beautiful light in this room.

You’ve already seen that Jodie has a Christmas tree in the living room, each of her boys has a tree in his room, and yes, there is one in the master bedroom too.

You see, Jodie has been collecting (or should I say non-collecting?) Precious Moments since 1984.  She received her first one from her pen pal in New Jersey!  Living in a household full of men, she thinks maybe the Precious Moment ornaments are just a tad too … well … precious for the family tree in the living room so she keeps them all on a tree in here.

Not only does she have lots of ornaments, she also has the Sugar Town.

I can see why they call it the Sugar Town because some of the pieces are just adorably sweet, like the free Christmas puppies.

Obviously the driver of this car couldn’t resist one of the free puppies!

I love the way that Jodie has displayed the nativity scene on a stack of vintage suitcases.

But then, I just have a weakness for vintage suitcases period, and these are awesome.  This is a pair that I would definitely never paint.

Jodie and Doug’s master bath is fantastic.

So much space!  Have I mentioned that I have the world’s smallest bathroom?

I always wonder, do people get cold in the winter when their bathroom is this large?  I mean, the steam from the shower just isn’t going to heat up the entire space, right?  Maybe Jodie will answer that question for me.  I’m sure those heated concrete floors help.

Isn’t the tub area fab?

I saw the idea for ‘get naked’ on pinterest and shared it with Jodie.  I love that she used it, doesn’t it add a bit of whimsy to the space?

And hey, there is the rest of that ladder!  Remember we saw a section of it hanging from the ceiling in the laundry room, and then another section leaning on the wall in Blake’s room.

Doug turned it into a bathtub caddy by adding a plexi-glass bottom and shaping it to fit the sides of the tub.

I really love this jar next to the tub, isn’t it gorgeous?

There is plenty of built in storage …

And hey, what is that I spy on top of the built in?

It’s one of my very first painted hat boxes!  Jodie has amazing taste, doesn’t she?  Wink, wink.  By the way, the dried roses in the container next to the hat box are from Jodie’s dad’s funeral.  She has kept them for all of these years.

A big thank you to Doug & Jodie for letting us take this tour of their house.  Jodie has incorporated so many clever decorating ideas, I hope some of you have been inspired by some of those ideas yourselves!

But wait, before Debbie and I head back across the border to Minnesota, no trip to Ellsworth would be complete without stopping at the Creamery to buy cheese curds.  After all, Ellsworth is the cheese curd capital of Wisconsin!

(Debbie left, Jodie right).


jodie’s house, part 3.

Initially I thought I would be able to fit the rest of our tour of Jodie’s house into one more post.  However, after working on it I realized I have so many more great things to show you that I’m going to have to make it two more posts!  If you missed the beginning, be sure to go back and check out part 1 and part 2.

Today we’re going to take a look at the boy’s bedrooms.

Doug & Jodie’s younger son, Carter, has a sports themed room complete with a basketball backstop as his headboard.

And check out this fab nightstand, it’s a basketball hoop mounted to the wall and covered with a piece of round glass.  How clever is that?

With this design on the opposite wall, I’m guessing that someone likes basketball.

There is a trio of lockers just as you come in the door which adds to the sports theme and provides extra storage for boy stuff.

And I love the way Jodie mounted this Scrabble board to the wall in Carter’s room.

There is one thing that all of the people who’s names are on the board have in common.  I’m debating whether I should just tell you what it is, or see if anyone can guess.  I’ll tell you what, I did a google search to see how hard it was to discover and it was pretty easy.  So I’ll leave it up to you!  Be sure to leave a comment if you figure it out.

I have to admit to a bit of a flub up now.  You see, both of the boys have their own small Christmas tree.  Each year Jodie buys them an ornament for their tree that represents something particular from that year.  When the boys leave home they’ll have ornaments to take with them for their own homes (my sister did the same with her kids).  Jodie had to coerce her boys into putting up their trees this year just so that I could get photos of them for the tour, and guess what?  I totally missed getting a photo of Carter’s tree.  I feel kind of bad about that.

The boys rooms are connected by a shared bath.

Each of the boys has his own sink area, with more of those Granicrete counters we saw on the earlier parts of our tour.

Around one side of the wall in the next photo is a shower, and around the other side is the toilet.

I wish I’d gotten a better photo of that ‘art’ on the wall (you can see it a little bit better in the next photo).  It’s designed like Scrabble and says “flush, brush, wash, aim”.   Ha, once again, definitely a boy’s bathroom!

There is a sliding barn-style door between the shared bath and their older son Blake’s room.

And hey, look!  I managed to get a photo of his Christmas tree, as well as some of the ornaments.

Jodie gave this next ornament to Blake the year he had his first girlfriend.

Awwww, isn’t that sweet?

Blake’s room originally had more of a hunting theme, but since he has gone off to college Jodie has toned it down a bit.

The headboard is made out of pallet boards.

And remember the ladder that was hanging from the ceiling in the laundry room?  I said you’d see more of it, and here is another section of the ladder in Blake’s room.

I had to share this bear with you …

Jodie had it made out of one of her dad’s old work shirts.  You see, Jodie’s dad was killed in a motorcycle accident 14 years ago.  Jodie’s boys were very young at the time, so how awesome that they have this reminder of their grandpa even though they didn’t get the chance to really know him.

This cute little desk sits next to the ladder.

Blake is currently a pre-med student at the U of M in Rochester.

I love that Jodie kept this board in it’s original condition and mounted it on the wall with a few nails for hanging hats and baseball gloves.

Just outside in the hallway hang these ribbons with all of the boy’s sports pins on them.

There are so many that they actually hang from ceiling to floor, but I wasn’t able to get far enough back to get them all in my frame.  What a great way to display them all though, right?

I hope you enjoyed today’s post.  Next week I’ll share the final segment of Jodie’s house tour, and I’m also working on a pair of nightstands that I hope to finish up this weekend.  So have a great weekend, and be sure to stay tuned!

jodie’s house, part 2.

Welcome back to part 2 of our tour of Jodie’s lovely home (if you missed part 1, you can see it here).  Today we’re going to take a look at the kitchen, the enclosed porch, the laundry room and the garage.  Yep, we’re even including the garage!

We’ll start in the kitchen where I’m pretty sure my sister got drool all over everything.

Especially the giant refrigerator.  My sister could easily fill that thing up, but I think my two bottles of wine, ketchup and other condiments would look pretty lonely in there.

I know my sister was also picturing just how many different kinds of Christmas cookies she could make if she had that huge island to spread out on!

As I mentioned in part one of our tour, all of the counter tops in Jodie’s home are made out of Granicrete, a concrete like product that can be colored to look like other stone materials.  Jodie chose a paler shade of brown for her island, but more of a dark granite color for the rest of her kitchen counters.

Just outside the window over Jodie’s kitchen sink, you can catch a glimpse of her enclosed porch.  Let’s head out there next.

Jodie and Doug did some really cool things out on the porch using salvaged materials.

The walls are a combination of old barn wood and sheets of galvanized metal.

The metal was salvaged from storage buildings on a friend’s property.

Isn’t the ceiling amazing?

Jodie has some great upcycled pieces out here on the porch as well, including the old military trunk turned coffee table.

I love what she has done with this old mailbox …

as well as the way she added a little pop of mid-century madness with this hanging light fixture.

Next let’s head back through the kitchen and into the hallway that leads to the laundry room.  Here’s another of Jodie’s window creations hanging on the wall.

I’ve got to keep that idea in mind the next time I see a pile of old windows for sale!

Also in the hallway is this giant ruler for keeping track of her kid’s growth.  Looks like they are both pretty tall, huh?

We’ve all seen this idea before, but I’ve never seen it done with the school pictures alongside.  Isn’t that clever?

And here is the laundry room.

I love this little arrangement that Jodie has on her counter top with the vintage iron in the old enamelware container.

 While I was admiring the arrangement, Jodie reminded me that I gave her the cross-stitched Noel towel.

I’d forgotten all about that!

This milk can arrangement in the window is also adorable.

That milk can has been in the family since Jodie was a kid.  Her grandparents owned a dairy farm just down the road and Jodie would use this milk can to get milk right out of the bulk tank.  I don’t believe that I’ve ever had fresh milk right off the farm, have you?

One of my favorite features in the laundry room is the old ladder hanging from the ceiling.  I’m a sucker for old ladders.  This particular ladder belonged to Jodie’s uncle and was much longer at first.  Doug cut it down to fit in this room, and you’ll see two more pieces of the ladder in other rooms before our tour of Jodie’s house is over.

Back out in the hallway we can take a look at Jodie’s gallery wall.

The use of horizontal stripes on the wall is perfect in this spot.

And what a great way to display many family photos all on one wall.

Before we finish part 2 of our tour, I just want to show you the garage.  Normally there isn’t much to see in the garage, but since Jodie took a couple days off work a few weeks back to paint her garage, I felt like I should be sure to include it.

Yep, that is the garage.  I think Jodie & Doug’s garage might be decorated better than some people’s living spaces.  Doug was working on building some sliding barn doors to close off one side of the garage while we were there that day.

Debbie might have drooled over the kitchen, but I drooled over the garage.  What I wouldn’t give to have a clean, bright, large work space complete with modern conveniences like plumbing.

Before we leave the garage I have to share this unique fishing rod holder that Doug made.

It’s made out of old clothes pins mounted on a board.  Isn’t that clever?

I hope you’re enjoying the tour of Jodie’s house.  I’m planning to share the final segment later this week, so be sure to stay tuned!

jodie’s house, part 1.

My co-worker Jodie and I have worked together at the day job for over 20 years now.  During that time Jodie has lived in a few different houses, but 3 years ago she and her husband Doug built their latest home out in Ellsworth, Wisconsin.  Jodie and Doug have two sons, the youngest is still at home but the oldest is off to college in Rochester, Minnesota.

While her home was under construction, my co-workers and I would hear frequent tales from Jodie about the process so I felt like I’d been there.  However, I’d never actually seen it in person until a month or so ago.  Mr. Q had a wedding to officiate in Ellsworth, so much to Jodie’s horror, I basically invited myself and my sister over to check it out so we could kill time while Mr. Q was doing the wedding.  I think Jodie was worried that I would notice every little detail that wasn’t perfect, but she couldn’t have been more wrong.  Both Debbie and I loved her house so much that I instantly asked Jodie if she would let me come back after her Christmas decorations were up to photograph it for a house tour here on the blog.  It has been a while since we’ve done a house tour and I’d been thinking about trying to find a willing victim for another one, so the timing was perfect.

And fortunately for us, Jodie agreed!

So last Saturday my assistant (a.k.a. my sister Debbie) and I drove out to Ellsworth again to get lots of pictures and more details about Jodie’s gorgeous home.

I have to admit, I was sort of hoping for a festive, snowy, winter day for our photo shoot, but instead it was bright, sunny and 45 degrees.  I shouldn’t complain, because a couple of days later not only did the snow show up, but so did the sub-zero wind chills.  I should have enjoyed that 45 degrees while it lasted!

But last weekend there was not a lick of snow in sight, yet Jodie’s house was still festive from the moment we walked up to the front door.

I ended up finding so many fab things to take photos of that I’m going to have to break this tour down into multiple parts.

  Today we are starting in the foyer.

Jodie’s husband made the console table that is just inside the door.  Jodie had been looking for just the right thing for that spot and when she showed a picture of what she wanted to Doug, he said “well, I could just make one.”

So, Doug made the table and Jodie painted it with Folk Art Home Decor chalk paint in Tuscan Red, and then she added a wax top coat.

Jodie and Doug’s home office is just to the left when you come in the house.

Are you wondering what’s on the floor?  At first glance it looks like an amazing old oriental rug with a very worn and muted pattern, but no.  The floors throughout the house are heated concrete!

The entire house is built on one level and is on a slab, so no basement.  The concrete has been stained with a concrete stain and then sealed.  The sealer has to be re-applied periodically.  The manufacturer recommends every year, but Jodie has only done it once in the three years they’ve been in the house.  She used a semi-gloss sealer, but says she would not do that again.  Scratches are just too obvious with the gloss finish (very similar to wood floors I’d say).  The next time she adds sealer she plans to use a matte finish.

One of my favorite things in the office are these globes that Jodie has hung from the ceiling.

I also love that she has an old family set of Encyclopedias on the window ledge.

These things might be totally defunct as far as researching your school paper goes, but they make awesome decor.

And hey, guess what’s over on the other side of the room?

Does anyone recognize it?  It’s the Old Pickup desk I painted back in July 2016.

The ladder leaning against the wall might also look familiar.

 Yep, Jodie has a few quandie originals lying around her house.

But the real pièce de résistance in this room, in my opinion, are those windows behind the ladder.  Jodie found them at a shop in Luck, WI called Junque in the Trunque.  She wanted to use them in the wall between the office and her dining room to allow more light to flow through.  So Doug framed them out.

I love that she retained that chippy white paint, isn’t it amazing?

You’ll see the other side of these windows when we get to the dining room in just a minute.

But first, let’s take a look at the small powder room that is also just off the foyer.

Hanging on the wall opposite of the toilet is this whimsical sign that Jodie made with a metal frame that she found at a junk shop.

I’m guessing that metal frame was once part of a first aid kit, but it is perfect for the powder room.  The message it contains is perfect for a house full of men too!

Before we leave the foyer, I also want to share this amazing ‘tree’ made out of barbed wire that hangs on the wall.  Jodie purchased the tree at a local occasional sale.  Then she cut the wording out of vinyl using her Cricut machine and added that to the wall.

I love the saying she chose, it works perfectly with the tree.

Just around the corner is the dining room.

And there is the other side of those fab chippy windows, only this side is red!

She has tons of storage in this giant built in cupboard along one wall.

By the way, all of the counter-tops in Jodie’s home, including this one, are made out of Granicrete.  Granicrete is a modified concrete mix that can be colored to look like granite, marble or any other stone material.

The dining room is open on two sides, one faces the kitchen which I’ll be sharing in a later post and the other faces the living room.

There are so many cool things to see in Jodie’s living room that I barely know where to start.  Let’s start with the window that is hanging on the wall next to the tree.

Jodie makes these window/signs out of salvaged windows.  When I come across suitable windows at garage sales, I try to snap them up for her because she is always working on another window for someone.  Now that my sister has seen this, she wants one next!  Jodie uses a combination of vinyl letters cut using her Cricut machine and hand painting to create her designs.

By the way, one glance at the Christmas tree reminds me that we are no longer in Minnesota!

Dang, those Peterson’s are a good looking bunch, aren’t they?

Jodie has lots of festive touches throughout her living room like this pretty snowflake pillow.

And this arrangement on the coffee table.

When Jodie was looking for the perfect table to place between the two chairs in front of her living room window, she couldn’t find exactly what she wanted.

So she made one!  She purchased a large round clock, and then Doug attached it to a table base to create the table she wanted.

The clock still works too!

In case you haven’t already figured it out, Jodie’s house is out in the country.  She and I are quite opposite in this regard.  She loves her country living and thinks it would be somewhat nerve wracking to live in the city (crime, neighbors looking in your windows), while I think living out in the country would be a bit unnerving (bears, bears looking in your windows!).

But, I can’t argue with the gorgeous views looking out from her windows.

Can you?

Be sure to check back next week for the rest of our tour!


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!