there’s a chill in the air.

How is it that we always seem to go from summer to fall so quickly here in Minnesota?

One day it’s 92 degrees and humid, and the next it’s blustery and 55.

Well, on the bright side, it makes it easy for us to jump into fall decorating with gusto.

We actually need gorgeous wool blankets to ward off the chill on these crisp fall nights.

But even if we didn’t, they are still perfect for adding a touch of fall to your decor this time of year.

You can just drape one over a chair on your three season porch …

Or use one in place of a tablecloth to set a lovely autumn table.

Of course you can always just add a couple of throws to your sofa or chairs to instantly warm up the feel of your living room like our vendor Amy did.

I can’t think of a simpler way to add a little fall coziness to your bedroom, can you?

So many of the vintage plaid throws come in the perfect colors for fall.  I love the idea of just displaying them on a ladder where they can be easily grabbed if you need to warm up a bit.

Years ago my husband and I visited Copenhagen in early spring and we were delighted to find that many of the cafe’s had outdoor seating that was open despite the cooler weather.  They just provided a cozy wool blanket with every chair.  It was so fabulous sitting there with a glass of wine, wrapped in that blanket, just watching the people go by.

What a great way to extend the patio season just a little bit longer!  I’m still holding off on putting my patio set away for winter, how about you?

If you don’t happen to have a few vintage plaid wool throws on hand, you should stop in to the shop.  We have a few of them scattered about, plus some great pieces that are upholstered in plaids.

As always, our inventory moves quickly so stop in soon for the best selection!

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a pop of black.

There is a saying in decorating; every room needs a pop of black.

I’m not entirely sure what the science is behind that thought, but I love the idea.  Especially when it’s a pop of black in an otherwise very light and airy room.

It’s a very sophisticated look, don’t you think?

And it translates well no matter what your style is.  Do you love primitive pieces?

Or maybe you prefer a more traditional look?

Even a mid-century modern room benefits from a pop of black.

It works for every room in the house too, even the bathroom can handle a gorgeous pop of black.

I absolutely love Liz Galvan’s bathroom with it’s perfect mix of white with pops of black …

If you’ve never seen her blog, you should check it out here.

A gorgeous antique bed painted black makes the perfect statement piece in an otherwise mostly white space.

But pops of black aren’t reserved for just all white rooms, you can pair it with green.

Or how about black with aqua?

If you’re really brave, you could always go with a black wall in one of your rooms.

But if you’re not quite ready for that drastic of a step, maybe just start with adding one gorgeous black statement piece.

There were quite a few stunning black pieces at Reclaiming Beautiful the last time I checked, like this one …

 And isn’t this black and white dresser gorgeous?

Love this black desk too …

And how about this gorgeous beauty?

Maybe a black console table would be just the pop of black you need for your foyer.

These pieces were all available as of Wednesday, but things sell quickly at Reclaiming Beautiful so if you’re interested in a particular item you should stop in soon to find the perfect pop of black for your home!

a June wedding.

Welcome back for the final segment of our series about a June wedding at Redeemed Farm.

Today I’m sharing the barn itself which contains the ceremony and reception space.

Believe it or not, this barn was moved from another location into this space in January 2016.  They have a really interesting video of the move on the Redeemed Farm website, you can check that out here.

The upstairs of the barn can be set up for the wedding ceremony.

As you can see, the space was still being decorated while I was there.

There was a basket of vintage hankies at the entrance to this space for those of us who always seem to cry at weddings.

The main floor is where the reception is held.

It’s such a beautiful space.

I love this row of sconces all down the wall filled with windows.

The day before the wedding several of us from Reclaiming Beautiful helped Monique decorate this space with some gorgeous vintage touches like mismatched floral china for the place settings.

Don’t you just love to see old floral china put to good use?

The chairs at the main table all got pretty pink swags of tulle …

Naturally the bride and groom had reserved seating.

I think Monique had been saving up milk glass vases for years in preparation for a wedding!

She’d ordered dozens and dozens of gorgeous flowers to fill them.

Roses, hydrangeas and peonies … all three of my favorites!

While the rest of us were busy arranging the flowers, Monique and her husband hung old ladders filled with greenery over the main table.

They add just the right touch.

Tags strung on some old barnwood let everyone know where they were seated.

Normally one probably doesn’t share photos of the bathrooms in a blog post like this, but I just couldn’t resist.  The men’s room had a vanity made out of an old workbench.

The floors were stenciled concrete!

And I just loved this beautiful framed print on the wall.

I hope you enjoyed touring Redeemed Farm with me over the past four weeks.  If you’ve missed any of the other posts be sure to go back and check them out (here, here and here).

Before I leave you I want to share this beautiful photo of Monique’s family from the big day.

And check out this beautiful video on the Redeemed Farm Facebook page.  But I’ll warn you first, you might need one of those lovely vintage hankies when you watch it!

the groom’s stable.

Last week I shared the gorgeous bridal cottage at Redeemed Farm.  Since the bride has such a beautiful spot to prepare for the big moment, it’s only fair that the groom has somewhere to hang out as well.

The grooms stable is a housed in a rustic old barn that has been totally kitted out for the guys.

It comes complete with leather couches and a flat screen TV.

There’s a Foosball table …

and a great spot for cold drinks.

And the perfect vintage prop for photos … an old car!

What guys wouldn’t love to spend a little time here?

I’ll be wrapping up the June wedding posts next week when I’ll share the 85 year old barn that was moved onto the site and is now all set up to accommodate both the ceremony and the reception.  Be sure to check back!

the bridal cottage.

We’re back for the 2nd segment of our tour of the gorgeous wedding venue, Redeemed Farm.

Today I’m sharing the absolutely lovely bridal cottage.  This is a small outbuilding on the property that was originally a granary.

The inside of the building has been completely whitewashed to create a bright space filled with light.

That makes it an amazing spot for taking gorgeous photos of the bride before the wedding.

And isn’t this a pretty spot for the bride to touch up her makeup?

  I know that Redeemed Farm purchased several pieces from Reclaiming Beautiful for their venue, but I’m not sure exactly which ones.

They definitely have some amazing painted vintage pieces throughout, but I especially love all of the white pieces in the bridal cottage.

This amazing dress form helped inspire me to makeover a dress form of my own.

 

There is a charming little loft area above the main floor that’s also perfect for photo taking.

And just in case all of that gorgeousness isn’t enough, here is the view as you’re leaving the bridal cottage.

So lovely.

Be sure to check back next week when I’ll be sharing the Grooms Stable!

a summer wedding.

Last Saturday Monique’s daughter Ashley got married.  Monique is one of the owners at Reclaiming Beautiful, so as you can imagine the wedding venue and decorations had a spectacular vintage flair!

Monique asked me to come by and help with the set up a day ahead of the wedding, and also to take some photos to share with all of you guys here on the Reclaiming Beautiful blog.

I was more than happy to oblige.  So last Friday I drove up to the venue, Redeemed Farm in Scandia, MN.

As soon as I pulled onto the grounds I knew it was going to be amazing.

Redeemed Farm is situated on 40 fabulous acres and includes not only the amazing barn but also several other outbuildings that I’ll be sharing with you later.

I ended up taking so many awesome pictures that day that I’ve decided to break it down into four more manageable posts rather than one really long post.

For today I’m just focusing on the gorgeous grounds.  Although it’s kind of way back there in this photo and thus hard to see, there is a beautiful stone archway in that field (below) and this space can be used for outdoor ceremonies.

I enjoyed spotting the fabulous little vintage details spread out all over the place including this adorable bike which makes a great prop for wedding photos.

There are lots of pretty little spots where one could sit and relax for a minute and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

It really was a perfect summer day when I was there taking the photos.  I could just imagine kicking back in this chair with a glass of lemonade.

As I was wandering around the grounds, this butterfly decided to sit still long enough to pose for a photo.

The house itself is not open to the public, but it sure is pretty.

And you’ve just gotta love the classic windmill.

This next building also wasn’t open, but I just loved the traditional red and white paint job.

The machine shed (below) is available to guests at the wedding.  What an amazing spot to warm up by the fire!

It’s enclosed on two sides, but open on the others so that you can take in the amazing view while sitting there.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour of the grounds at Redeemed Farm!

Be sure to check back next week when I’ll share the incredible bridal cottage!

garden furniture.

Based on that title you might be expecting this post to be about actual garden furniture.  You know, weatherproof pieces intended for outdoor use.

But I love the idea of using indoor furniture in unexpected ways in the garden instead.

There’s just something whimsical about seeing a traditional piece of furniture out of context that really appeals to me …

whether it’s a piece on a somewhat sheltered covered porch, or one that is just right out in the elements.

Of course, most pieces of furniture won’t last forever outdoors.

But why not take a dresser that is no longer functional for storing clothing and turn it into a planter instead?

Yes, you’ll probably eventually have to discard it because it won’t be salvageable after several seasons in the garden, but if you have an inexpensive piece that is on its last legs anyway, why not?

Maybe you aren’t quite ready for a dresser or a table in your garden, but how about chair re-purposed as a planter?

I love this simple way of getting a little more life out of an old chair that has gotten too rickety to sit on.

Another idea is to just use a chair in the garden as a makeshift trellis.

And who can resist the charm of using a vintage metal bed in the garden?

They make amazing gates …

Or trellises …

And hey, if you really want to go for broke, why not move the piano out to the garden and turn it into a water feature?

Or just fill it with plants.

OK, I’m guessing most of us probably aren’t ready to be quite that bold.

But a planter chair might be a good place to start!

It couldn’t be easier.  Just find a chair with a hole in the seat and fill it with a hanging basket.

Reclaiming Beautiful has a selection of chairs just waiting to become planters.  Be sure to stop in this weekend to get yours!

Reclaiming Beautiful turns 3!

Reclaiming Beautiful is turning three!

To celebrate, they are hosting an open house from 3 pm to 7 pm today.

They want to celebrate their anniversary and they are hoping that all of their amazing customers will join in.

Well, maybe with something a tad more subdued (although I do like the addition of the swim goggles).

But perhaps something like this is more appropriate …

So come in and share a toast and enjoy some yummy treats.

There will be special discounted prices, a FREE candle with every purchase of $20 or more (while supplies last) and some great door prizes.

it’s easy being green.

OK, I know what Kermit really said was ‘it’s not easy being green’, but I disagree.

Green has always been one of my favorite colors, especially when we’re talking about vintage goodies of any kind.

It’s so fresh.  And this time of year it reminds us that spring is just around the corner!

Even though the 2018 Pantone color of the year is purple, I think that green is the color that is really making a comeback.  Maybe we’re just a little behind since the 2017 color of the year was called Greenery.

Green is perfect for adding a pop of color to otherwise neutral decor.

But green can also be mixed into a more colorful palette.

Don’t happen to have a green velvet sofa?  How about adding a green painted piece?

dresser from Miss Mustard Seed.

There are so many gorgeous shades of green to choose from.

But currently my favorite shade is Fusion’s Park Bench, a vibrant emerald green.

This color works beautifully with any style ranging from shabby vintage …

dresser from ellen j goods.

to traditional …

dresser from Lost & Found Decor.

to modern …

and anywhere in between.

Be sure to stop by Reclaiming Beautiful this weekend to check out the new window full of green just in time for St. Patrick’s Day and maybe pick up a bit of green to add to your own decor!

getting organized with vintage flair.

It seems like everyone is thinking about getting organized after the holidays.  It’s time to put away all of those Christmas decorations, and figure out where you are going to store all of the fabulous new ones you found this year.  Plus it’s so cold out, why not spend a little time indoors getting everything in order?

So I thought that I would share some of my favorite ways to get organized with a vintage flair.

Toolboxes.

I love an old metal toolbox with plenty of patina.  They are great for storing craft supplies.

In this case I’ve wrapped lengths of ribbon around old address card dividers.  Each divider has a particular color of ribbon; green, purple, blue, etc.

If your vintage toolbox is gunky and rusty when you bring it home, I suggest washing it with a grease cutting cleanser (dishwashing soap or TSP Substitute), sanding down the rust a bit and then sealing it with Fusion’s Tough Coat Sealer.  It doesn’t change up the look of the rustic patina much, but it seals it so that rust doesn’t rub off on anything.

If your toolbox just isn’t pretty at all on the outside, consider painting it.  This toolbox has been painted in Fusion’s Laurentien.

Line the trays inside with pretty paper and now it’s a great option for replacing a traditional jewelry box.

 

Vintage suitcases.

Another favorite of mine, vintage suitcases work well for storing things that you only need to get to occasionally.

They are a great option for storing your Christmas ornaments.

I also store my stickers and rub-on’s for scrapbooking inside an old suitcase.

I recommend using caution with suitcases that smell really musty inside.  You can tried one (or all) of the many suggested remedies, such as adding a dryer sheet or sachet, spraying with Febreeze, or sprinkle with baking soda and then vacuum, but I’ve found that if you keep the suitcase closed up most of the time the musty smell is hard to get rid of.  In which case, be sure not to store fabric items (or other items that will take on the smell) inside.

 

Kitchen ware.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend using vintage kitchen ware for its originally intended purpose, but it’s great for organizing your stuff.  I love using old muffin tins to sort small bits like crafting supplies or screws and such.

The same with old enamelware refrigerator boxes.  I don’t think I’d necessarily use them for food in the fridge, but they are great for storing non-edibles.

I used some rub-on letters to identify the contents of each container so that I can put the lids on, stack them, and still know what’s inside.

I hope I’ve inspired you to look at vintage items in a new way and to use them for organizing or storing things.  If you’re wondering where to go to find these sorts of pieces, head to Reclaiming Beautiful to see what they might have.  As with all shops that carry authentic vintage items, you have to check back regularly to see what might be currently in stock.  The vendors at Reclaiming Beautiful bring in new merchandise every week, so it’s a constantly changing array of goodies.  Be sure to stop by soon!