"I collect things I love and they live happily together. . ."
MY FAVS. . .
AND A. . .
'NUF SAID. . .
. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .
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What? Not Plain and Simple Farmhouse Style?. . .Not today my friends. . .Today there's a spotlight on Debi Rosin's REAL SIMPLE STYLE. . .but I think you'll see an awful lot of similarities. . .
It was a chilly, gray day Sunday afternoon. . . I needed something to cheer me--some small effort of change that wouldn't be an all day affair--but something big enough that it brought smiles. . .The first thing I did was clear out most of the Winter decor. . .Our Spring is getting close. . .I hope. . .Then I stood back and looked at the empty spaces, thinking to myself that I needed inspiration. . .hopped onto the internet and checked out Debi's blog REAL SIMPLE STYLE. . .It's often my go-to place. . .Our styles are so similar. . .She says she borrows ideas from my blog. . .What she doesn't know until now is that I do the same with hers. . .
Her home is so lovely. . .It's simple. . .uncluttered. . .farmhouse. . .You'd never guess that she lives in Montana and not right here on our Delta farm. . .
Have you spotted my inspiration piece, yet? . .As I scrolled through the posts, my eyes spied the aprons hanging from pegs on Debi's back porch. . .
Made my heart flutter. . .A good place to start, I thought. . .I couldn't match her display exactly. . .so they are not 'two peas in a pod'. . .but very close, don't you think?
LEARN FROM OTHERS, YET MAKE IT YOUR OWN. . .that's the real secret to decorating in any style. . .
I was interested in getting to know Debi a little more and how her REAL SIMPLE STYLE came about. . .Here's a little of what she said:
"We live in my husband's grandparents 1930's bungalow. I have done all the remodel and refreshing projects myself. I have power tools that would make most men jealous. My most recent was the bathroom. (It is explained in a blog post. . .) I'm a lover of all things vintage. I like you and many decorators. . .am constantly changing, rearranging, painting and fluffing."
Debi has seven grandchildren who live close by. . .three dogs--all senior citizens--a Rottweiler and two pugs. . .She spends a lot of time in her yard tending to flower beds when the Montana weather allows. . . Whee. . .Where does she find the time to decorate?
If you hop over to REAL SIMPLE STYLE to see more of her amazing decorating inspiration, be sure and click on the links from earlier years. . .She began with almost a blank slate and documents the ever evolving farmhouse style in her home. . .Thanks so much, Debi, for permission to use your photos. . .Whether we call our styles PLAIN AND SIMPLE FARMHOUSE or REAL SIMPLE, we sure seem to be cut from the same fabric. . .Thanks to your inspiration, seeing the aprons hanging in my kitchen makes me smile. . .
TRANSFERWARE AND MISCELLANEOUS COTTAGE DISHES are always a good choice for a farmhouse. . .Alas. . .I must give up some of the now vast collection. . .maybe not a lot of the blue (grin) but definitely some of the other colors. . .maybe give YOU a chance to purchase a few. . .What do you think? . . .They need a GOOD NEW FARMHOUSE HOME. . .
The kitchen cupboards didn't escape the clean-out. . .The collection of white dinnerware was overflowing. . .These are our everyday mismatched stacks of bowls, platters, pitchers AFTER purging (grin). . .The rest to the sale pile. . .Some are ironstone. . .some are simply white. . .Did I tell you I'm planning to contract out an estate sale this year? . .White dinnerware will be included. . .My collection has gotten out-of--hand. . .It grew and grew without me knowing it. . .A platter for 50c here. . .A plate for 25c there. . .No JUNKER can pass by those bargains, can they?
As I divided and conquered the kitchen collections, I also began gathering together possibilities for the living room make-over. . .and that included vintage tablecloths, cotton sacking, and linens. . .more about how I'll use them later. . .I'm working on a plan. . .
Overseeing all this activity was my Boo. . .Each time the ladder moved, he moved with it. . .If Boo is anything, he's the King of Play. . .His constant antics remind me always to take this change in my life with a light heart. . .Pets are such amazing creatures. . .