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Dear House on the Mill

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Fall tour

I was able to sit down and enjoy an almost spotless home for about 15 minutes yesterday before I heard the first, "Uh Oh" that came right after a dropped cup of milk - lucky for me my dog licked it right up...  This preceded the sandy footprints, crumbs on the floor, and toys thrown about in every room.  But, that's life and that's my style. 

I've had several people ask how I can manage to decorate with a son who likes to climb, crawl, run, and jump on everything!  I don't purchase expensive items for a reason.  I have a two year old and many of my friends that visit have children the same age.   That doesn't mean I don't like nice things, I just keep things simple.  My decor fits with our life and our home.  Small items that are clean and simple with pops of color (usually teal haha).  I also really like old pieces that go with the feel of our 1923 home. 

More times than not if you visit you will see dishes in the sink, toys everywhere and smudges on surfaces.  But, you'll also hear a lot of laughter, little feet running and songs being sung.  Occasionally you will find my home "presentable" but those times only last for about 15 minutes! 

But, here is one of those 15 minute moments from yesterday morning...welcome to my Fall home tour.

 

Thank you for stopping by - I truly appreciate it.  You took time in your day to come here and that means so much to me.  Have a blessed day!

Love,

Nicole

My Thrifty Road Trip | Part 2

Our mini-road trip was a lot of fun and a huge success.  Not only did we stop at 10+ different shops (and roadside barns) but we also had time to take our son to a fun hands on museum. 

We traveled to Hendersonville, NC and stopped at all the small towns along the way.  Some of my best finds came from the roadside barns selling antiques - the type of places that don't show up on Google!  But, I did hit the jackpot at a HUGE warehouse called Needful Things.  This place is over 50,000 square feet and holds over 200 antique and thrift vendors.  I needed more than just a few hours to go through everything so I'm already planning a trip back.

I've been on the lookout for an old tobacco basket for quite some time now but I haven't liked the price tag on many that I've found.  So when I scored this one for only $30 and the teal paint was already splattered on it, I was more than excited!

And a cute, white chair for under $10 - YES please!

There were many smaller finds too - blue mason jars, wooden spoons, wooden bowls, books, trays, etc. 

And let's not forget the amazing shutters I found and all the photo session props!  Our truck was definitely overflowing with all kind of goodies.  I even fell asleep on the way home and woke up to the hubby pulling into another roadside antique shop that he found for me :) It's the little things... :)

We are gearing up for vacation soon so I'm sure I will find some more interesting places to stop at.

Thanks for reading,

Nicole

My Thrifty Road Trip | The Pink House Antiques

My style is based around being thrifty, simple, but pretty.  I love spending Saturday afternoons searching thrift stores, antique shops, yard sales, or flea markets to find anything I can use to re-purpose for our home.  That's why I was completely ecstatic when my husband agreed to take a short road trip for our anniversary to visit several antique and thrift shops.  I've started planning our route and picking which places I would like to stop at but I also want to leave time open to finding those places that aren't mapped out!

That got me thinking - why not show you the places that are local to me and that I visit often?! 

First up: The Pink House!

The Pink House Antiques is located in Williamston, SC and it is literally a pink house.  There are two floors, 10 rooms, a huge porch, and yard all filled with great buys.  This is the type of place you could spend an hour in one weekend and come back the next and spend even more time looking around.  The owner, Joan, does a great job finding items to sell.  There is a wonderful mixture of low-budget/needs a little work items and high-end antiques. 

Make sure to look up, down, under the tables, behind the doors, and all around so that you don't miss out on anything.  I've purchased so many things from here - old windows, antique chairs, kitchen items, milk glass, books, photo props, etc. 

Since the items that fill this store are older, they all have a story.  Joan knows those stories and if it isn't written on the tag already, just ask her and she'll tell you all about it.  It makes purchasing those items even more special knowing where they came from. 

This is such a fun spot to stop by - so add it to your list!

Thank you for reading,

Nicole

 

Table and Chair Set

This morning my husband and I got up a little early to go check out some local yard sales, thrift stores, and antique shops.  Our first stop was a yard sale at one of my favorite houses in town. As we drove past I immediately noticed several child-size antique chairs, a table, highchair, etc.  Already in love with the table and two chairs, I walked right up to ask how much those were.  Before answering, the woman explained that not only did these belong to her grandmother but she and her sister grew up playing with it.  She loved this table and chair set and was reluctant to get rid of it.  But, they were selling the home and they didn't have a need for this so it was time to let it go. 

I purchased the set for $35 (her full price) and before she handed me my change she looked at me and asked, "Do you have children?"  I knew this question was only to make sure that this table and chair set was going to a home that would use it and love it just as she and her sister did.  My answer made her smile, she gave me my change, and said "Thank you." 

The paint color had darkened with time, some paint was chipping, and it was a little covered in dust and dirt.  But, a little cleaning and some fresh white paint gave a new life to this set. 

I love that we are able to continue to use a piece that has been around since the 1930s for our home. 

Our son will enjoy eating meals here, reading books, coloring, and more - which is exactly why she asked me if I had children, to make sure it was going to be used and loved.

 

As always, thank you for reading.

-Nicole

Patio Seating for $65!

Now that the weather is perfect for cookouts and late night talks under the stars, it was time for me to look for outdoor furniture.  Last year we built a new deck and decided at the same time to get rid of our old patio furniture.  So, that meant I had NOTHING!  I of course loved everything in the catalogs I looked in but didn't love the price.  So instead, I just kept my eyes open to discounts or yard sales. 

I first found a beautiful garden bench (on Craigslist) from a local antique store owner.  I jumped at the price (only $40) and immediately called the hubby so that he could pick it up that evening.  It's a pretty shade of mint green and fits just right on one side of the deck. 

A few weeks later, a friend was having a yard sale and just happened to post some of the items on Facebook.  Something caught my eye so I texted her.  That text turned into me buying SEVERAL items - including two cute wicker chairs.  She was very upfront that the chairs needed some work and cleaning but for $15, they were definitely worth it!  That very day I decided that pressure washing them was a good way to start.  It did wonders by stripping the dirt and paint.  Ten dollars and four spray paint cans later these "Ocean Mist" chairs were ready for family cookouts, early morning coffee and prayer sessions, and late night talks.  The best part is they were easy on the wallet and still look cute!

Don't underestimate a diamond in the ruff - it's fun to see what you can create with a little work!

New and Old

Dear House on the Mill...

I was a little undecided about how I would design the living room.  I started with a sea foam color on the walls but it divided the space too much.  Mill homes don't have an open floor plan and our home specifically doesn't have a wall that could easily be taken down to create an open floor plan.  So, I brought the same color walls from the kitchen (Frappe by Valspar) into this space as well so that it would flow better.  And it certainly helped! 

BEFORE (The door with the wreath was the one we moved behind the computer desk)!

AFTER!

I also painted the mirror above the mantle...and of course I chose to paint it TEAL!  What you can't tell in these Before and After photos is that the area under the mantle actually used to be black.  I painted it white and it lightened the space so much.  I'm thinking now that I'm going to tile that area in white marble...but that's a story for another day...

Here is what this area looked like before I painted it all white! I think it made a BIG difference.

 

When we started shopping for a new couch my initial thought was something lighter in color and maybe a small design on it as well.  But, my husband brought me back to reality by reminding me we have a son under 18 months old and a dog...I could see myself now constantly cleaning up cheesy hand prints, muddy paw prints, and milk stains.  So, instead we bought something durable, easy to clean, and a little darker to help mask those types of everyday life stains.  It's definitely comfortable and we love to lay around watching family movies together on it!

Even though we are bringing new items into our home, I've loved using some of the original elements in my designs.  Not only are some of the original doors still used (as actual doors and as decor) but we also have all of the original windows in storage.  I've used two so far and I have so many ideas for the others!  But, my absolute favorite - the original hardwood floors!

 

This space is always evolving and changing...new throw pillows, baskets, curtains, photo frames, etc. and that's possible because the colors I've chosen make it easy for those changes.  By going with a color that's light but also neutral, you an add and change the details of your space to bring in the color and texture you want.  And, by having the two largest areas of my home the same color, I can take items from one area and put them in the other!

As always, thank you for stopping by.  Next time it's all about the antique pieces left to me by my Great-Grandmother!

- Nicole

 

 

Thrift Store Score

I am constantly checking by thrift stores to see what I can find - props for photo sessions, weekend projects for my home, or things that others have asked me to keep an eye out for. 

When I invested into a new desktop computer for my business, I needed a place for it.  Before this we only had a laptop so with only 1200 square feet to work with, I had to find something cute but small.  It took me a few weekends of searching different thrift stores to find the perfect desk! 

It's a great size and has two drawers for storage - score!  Being a little rough around the edges didn't bother me - that was nothing a little sanding and a fresh coat of paint wouldn't fix.  The only place I have for this desk to currently go is in my living room, so I needed to create a space that was both functional and charming. 

I've decided I like the door sitting behind the desk - it's original to the home and it gives it a new purpose.  I can hang wreaths for each season, photos, fresh flowers, or leave it alone and it still adds a little something extra to the space.  My husband also agrees that it's staying there (most likely because it weighs a TON and he's not moving it again)!  Either way, I adore it!   

This was definitely a thrift store score since it only cost me $20.  I'm still searching for the right knobs and I'll update once I've added those.

Don't be afraid to put a little elbow grease into a project - it makes the finished product that much better knowing that you transformed it into something beautiful. 

-Nicole

 

This is the BEFORE ... this cute little desk was just waiting to be found!

 

 

The AFTER!

Eva HigginsDIY, Desk, Thrift Store