Tuesday, November 30, 2010

dreamy white christmas...




I know many of you are not from the Midwest, so probably miss out on seeing one of my favorite magazines...Midwest Living.

I cannot tell you how crazy I am about this magazine!! It has everything I love. Gorgeous home photos, yummy midwest comfort-food recipes and some of the greatest travel info for long weekends and day trips I have every seen between the pages of a magazine!

This month featured a home in Kansas that I find to be amazing...so I had to share.



Deserae & Derek renovated this 1870s schoolhouse with their own hands...isn't that awesome!?




The armoire stopped me in my tracks. I have one very similar to this in my warehouse. Hmmm..I feel a project coming on!

* sigh *

It is just so beautiful.

Deserae found it on Craigslist and painted it herself!




LOVE the flocked tree! I never thought I would, to be honest. But I have to admit, this one is fantastic, and fits the personality of this home perfectly!




Those gorgeous hardwood floors were salvaged from the gym in an old school.

I can totally relate since I just spent a lot of time (and got a lot of slivers) salvaging the wide-planked oak floors out of an old barn. So much work to do get the job done, but they look so amazing when given new life!




Loving those urns...and that mirror...is gorgeous, isn't it??




I am soooo wrapping a few gifts this way...simple and so beautiful!










I love how the accesories and not traditional Christmas colors. They are so subtle and soft with an element of nature.




Heeelllo gorgeous grandfather clock!! Would you like to come home with me?? I have the perfect spot for you!



And I leave you with the kitchen.

Isn't it beautiful??

Can you believe the cabinets were a Craigslist find they fitted and painted themselves??

I love the power of DIY.




So there you have it girls, a little slice of the Midwest.

In all its beauty.

I am feeling a little inspired, how about you??





59 comments:

  1. I'm totally inspired. Especially by the exterior of their house. AMAZING! I love the architecture and aged beauty.

    And I love their cost effective, hardworking methods of doing their home. What an amazing work of art!

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  2. I'll SAY I'm inspired!! This is all so breathtakingly beautiful! I've never had a flocked tree, but I LOVE it! No way I would ever have seen this. Thanks so much for passing it along. Jacqueline

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  3. That home is absolutely dreamy....there is not a detail I don't love. Thanks for sharing! I think I also found a new favorite magazine - gotta love being a midwest girl.

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  4. Oh my goodness, beautiful! I'm loving that armoire and now feel like painting mine and throwing an antique rocking horse on top of it! And that kitchen is dreamy. I so, so badly want to paint my cabinets! Thanks for sharing this gorgeousness.

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  5. Oh my gosh, it's gorgeous! I love Midwest Living...I looked at these pictures over and over...and I'm totally copying some of her ideas.
    Thanks for sharing - hope your enjoying the season so far.
    Sarah

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  6. I love flocked trees. One of these years I'm going to get one. So far hubby has not let it happen - he thinks they are ugly!

    I also enjoy Midwest Living and have fallen hard for this home. Makes me what to rip everything out of my house and start over! LOL

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  7. This home is amazing! I love everything! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Health and happiness,
    Angela

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  8. I have never looked at Midwest Living {even though I'm smackdab in the middle of it, the midwest I mean}! Very inspirational, I love the flocked tree, and the urns, awesome.

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  9. ~*~*Beautiful home!! Im having my first giveaway on my blog too~*~* HUGS,Rachel ;)~**~

    *French Farmhouse 425*

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  10. I saw this in Midwest Living & thought it was amazing. Now I've got to go dig out that magazine & check it out again. Thanks for reminding me. Jan

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  11. As an Ohio girl~ I love Midwest Living. Since I am in NC now I miss it alot! THANK YOU so MUCH for sharing these wonderful pictures!!
    Beth

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  12. love that magazine and I LOVE that house!! I had to soak up every beautiful detail.

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  13. Simply beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  14. Such a great magazine! I wish it had a bigger readership, I too love this piece, really beautiful!

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  15. absolutely feeling inspired! i pulled down our christmas decorations and realized it was time to start finding pieces that would be timeless and fit our home. i've got a bag to donate and am on the hunt for sweet, simple pieces like the ones you shared! thank you!

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  16. Midwest Living is such a good magazine...the recipes always look so yummy. I'm thinking I have this addition with the house you are showing, that kitchen looks familiar...love it.

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  17. Would you believe that we DO get Midwest magazine in my itty bitty mountain town in the middle of Washington State? I flipped through it the other day, but didn't see any of THAT! Maybe it was my gloves...I'll have to go back & look. Thank you, Mary!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  18. I'm bowled over by suce a beautiful home and lovely decorations. LOVE the flocked tree!

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  19. I am totally inspired!!! The house is amazing and all the wonderful decorations are like poetry! Colors and textures flowing from one room to the next! Fabulous!!!!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  20. Best article in ML in a long time.
    I am a subscriber, but I wish there were MORE articles and less advertising.

    Kacey
    Shes.No.Martha

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  21. so beautiful! there is so much inspiration there...thanks for sharing this!

    xo,

    annie

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  22. I just love the Midwest Living magazine, and so glad it did not fall out of print like so many other great magazines!

    When I saw this house featured I nearly dropped my jaw. They live less than a half hour from me! How exciting! Their home is amazing and I'd love to see it in person someday.

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  23. Wow! Their place is wonderful! I would love to get my hands on a copy of that issue! Thanks for sharing!
    Theresa
    aka:TOT

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  24. Amazing! I used to get that magazine all the time. I think I may hav to pick it up again. : )

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  25. Love it! those cabinets are awesome

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  26. I ♥♥♥ the armoire!!!! I don't usually buy Midwest Living but I think I might have to now!

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  27. That magazine is on the top of my heap at the moment. That home is incredible!!

    From One Midwestern Girl to another... Thanks for sharing! Happy Holidays, Mary!!:)

    xo,
    Melanie

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  28. I'm on it ... and I have two full days!!!!
    can't you see the steam coming out of my ears?

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  29. This home is amazing! And that little dog is so cute!

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  30. W O W .....really W O W

    Tammy :-)
    JUNK WILD

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  31. the decorating in that house is so classic...and makes me want to spray snow on my Christmas tree!!!

    xo+blessings,
    anne marie

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  32. What lovely home. And what amazing taste they have! Score another homerun for us Midwesterners

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  33. What a dream home, wow!!!

    I think it would be a dream to live in a place like that. :-)

    XOXO,
    Anne

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  34. Your right, Maria... it's gorgeous!! What a magical, beautiful white wonderland Christmas they created... sigh...
    Have a great day my friend!
    xoxo,
    Jo :)

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  35. Beautiful post, so inspiring!

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  36. I just love Midwest Living! Beautiful inspirations that you found! I just love that kitchen!!!

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  37. WOW.....I am drooling over every single picture...YUMM-O!!!!

    I need that magazine!!!!!!!!:)

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  38. Did you know that Des has a blog-Peeking Thru the Sunflowers? It's one of my favorites-next to yours of course!

    Pat in Chicago

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  39. inspiring? totally! wow, this is a stunner, for sure! thanks for sharing!

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  40. SO many marvelous images - the flocked tree and the armoire are my favorites..and the kitchen...and the trumeau mirror...
    Hope you're having a good week,
    Mimi

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  41. Thanks for the sneak peek Mary. I haven't even opened mine yet. Pathetic huh?

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  42. GORGEOUS! I love the little bird pillow.

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  43. I am a midwest girl so I love the magazine too. Thought this home was very tastefully done and just downright gorgeous!

    xo
    LeAnn

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  44. that is absolutely beautiful...so inspiring....loooove it!

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  45. Wow.
    Wow.
    and wow.

    I would never leave home if I lived between those fresh white walls. Simply incredible..and even more so because they did it themselves.
    I love that!
    Lara

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  46. I love the tree! It looks like it was just picked up from outside and brought in. And the kitchen with the wreath at the window. sigh

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  47. wow, what a house! it's really beautiful and her Christmas decorations are lovely! hope all is well! susan

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  48. Seriously beautiful!!!!!! Wow! I live in the midwest, have seen that mag in the grocery store ---- and NEVER picked it up! What's wrong with me!!!?? I will certainly look for it the next time I'm there!

    I'm seeing more and more flocking on trees and just loving it! I'm buying some of that, too! :)

    Thanks for all the beautiful inspiring photos! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  49. Wow! Imagine my surprise to see my house featured on your blog....I am so flattered to say the least :o) Be sure to stop by my blog sometime to see what we are up to!!!
    www.peekingthruthesunflowers.blogspot.com
    ~Des

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  50. What a terrific magazine feature! I love that family's style. Thank you for sharing. I'm in TN and haven't seen that magazine.

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  51. Absolutely gorgeous home and her wonderful decorations and that kitchen, I'm drooling!

    Meg

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  52. That home is gorgeous! I saved every picture in my idea file. Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

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  53. I'll have to look up that magazine. We're in southern Maine, but I think Coastal Living was cancelled. I have so much to do in my farmhouse, but I'd like to keep a coastal feel to it.

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  54. SWOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing!!
    Lisa

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  55. I'm swooning.....and drooling just a little bit. Oh thank you for sharing!

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