The Farmhouse

Weekend updates to the old family farmhouse in Navasota, TX

I’m excited to share my very first Christmas Farmhouse tour with you!  I’ve joined together with other Blogger friends to bring you lots of inspiration in a Christmas Tour of Homes and since this post has a lot of pictures, I’ll stop all the blah blah blah and get right to – a Christmas Farmhouse Tour.

Farmhouse Front Porch

Christmas Farmhouse front porch by CountyRoad407.com

The porch is where I try and spend the majority of my time while visiting so I want it to be cozy.  We double up on blankets for the night time chilly air and try and have a surface within reach for everyone’s hot chocolate.  I also want to surround myself with Christmas cheer and lights so both cranberry trees are lit up as are the trees in the yard.

Farmhouse front porch Christmas by CountyrRoad407.com

Yes, I tend to go a bit crazy with the fresh greenery cut from the surrounding pastures. I’ve added it to the embossed metal stocking and the iron tree.  Can’t forget about the dogs.  They hang with us too so they enjoy the cowhide rug under their bellies.

Rock away on this cozy Christmas porch by Countyroad407.com

One of my favorite things is the DIY light fixture.  It hangs there all year round so it had to have a few Christmas embellishments too.  Look at those ginormous pine cones.  Actually they’re sugar cones found at Hobby Lobby.  I’ve never seen such but they got a little fresh greenery as well.

Fabulous light fixture done by CountyRoad407.com for Christmas

If you can stop yourself from sitting down on the porch, you’ll walk through the front door right into the one and only living area.  I find it calming to sit there now.  Before, not so much.  If you want to see the oh-my-lanta before pics, check them out here.

Farmhouse Living Room

Christmas banner greeting you as you enter the farmhouse living room in Navasota. Countyroad407.com

You’re greeted with a banner, touches of red decor and fresh greenery all around the room.

Farmhouse Christmas decor by Countyroad407.com

Christmas decor at the farmhouse by Countyroad407.com

 

Farmhouse Dining Room

The last room I’ll show you on the Christmas farmhouse tour is the dining room.  Gratefully it’s in the middle of the house now.  When it was the Mister’s great-grandmothers home it was located on the back of the house.  You can tell that from the windows.  Then when it was his grandmothers house they added indoor plumbing and a bathroom off the back porch.  Thank heavens for that!  If you’d like to see the no-one-could-have-had-an-appetite-in-that-dining room, you can see those before pictures here.

Cozy farmhouse Christmas Dining room with farmhouse tour by CountyRoad407.com

The back porch is now an enclosed mudroom which makes it so much nicer when you come inside through the back of the house.  Now you aren’t immediately walking into the kitchen.  I love old houses but sometimes it boggles the brain.

Dining light fixture with fresh greenery by CountyRoad407.com

I told you I go crazy with the fresh greenery!  Look at that light fixture.  I LOVE IT!  It makes you feel as though you’re dining in a romantic restaurant.  Minus not having a cook, a waiter, and having to do the dishes but I still LOVE IT!

Simple Christmas centerpiece by CountyRoad407.com

To keep the centerpiece simple, I used an old ironstone serving bowl and added candles, plastic ornaments, antlers and greenery.  The woodland plates came from Hobby Lobby.  They were actually the inspiration for the entire table decor.  The plaid table cloth isn’t a table cloth.  I couldn’t find one I liked so I bought 2-1/2 yards of flannel fabric to use instead.

Woodland table setting by CountyRoad407.com

Last but not least, when we have visitors, there’s a fun “snack” table.  Don’t you want one?  All you need is a separate table decorated nicely with whatever your little heart desires.  Hint: We use cups instead of plates for easier handling.



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Snack table in the diningroom in a farmhouse tour from CountyRoad407.com

Fun Christmas Snack Table in a farmhouse tour by Countyroad407.com

That’s what has kept me busy the past couple of weeks and I truly enjoyed every minute.  I thought of my hubbies family and how they would have decorated.  I’m sure they would have enjoyed how bright and cozy and fun and colorful it is.  Also thought maybe I should string cranberries and popcorn for the Christmas tree.  Then I came to my senses and said how about a trip to Hobby Lobby instead.

Hope you enjoyed this Christmas Farmhouse Tour and like I mentioned before, I’ve joined in with several Blogging Friends to give you lots of inspiration every day of the week!  You won’t want to miss visiting their pages below in the Christmas Tour of Homes!

Merry Christmas

 

Christmas Tour of Homes 2017

Monday

Deeply Southern Home | Poofing The Pillows | Noting Grace

The Red Painted Cottage |  Love Create Celebrate

Tuesday

 Simple Nature Decor | Houseologie | At Home With Jemma | Paint Yourself A Smile

County Road 407 | Art and Sand

Wednesday

Celebrate Creativity| Celebrate and Decorate | All Things Renee

Nourish and Nestle

Thursday

Savvy Apron Hey FitzyCamelot Art Creations

Weekend Crafts  |A Home To Grow Old In

Friday

The Summery UmbrellaLove Your Abode | Twelve on Main | Bluesky at Home

Sweet Parrish Place | The Aspiring Home

 

Good Morning Sunshine!  I have a fun and colorful post for you today.  Do you remember a while back I added a Coffee Bar in Navasota just for the Mister?  If not, you can check it out here.  Well for Christmas I’ve turned it into a Christmas Cocoa Bar with the anticipation that it will actually get cold soon – although it’s now December and I’m still wearing short sleeves… Can someone please tell Mother Nature it’s winter already?!  Ugh.

Christmas Cocoa Bar from CountyRoad407.com

I have an antique/repainted tea cart I used but honestly you don’t need to use a separate table or need much space really.  You could use a 3 tiered dessert tray, a serving tray, a wide basket or even a large serving platter.  It’s just something to section it off from the other items you may have sitting on your counter already and to make it seem a little bit special.

A Christmas Cocoa Bar from CountyRoad407.com

Here is what I have on my Christmas Cocoa Bar but I’m sure you can come up with several things I haven’t thought of.

Christmas Cocoa Bar

  • Instant Cocoa/Hot Chocolate
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Peppermint Sticks or Candy Canes
  • Cups and Stir Sticks
  • Napkins and Dessert Plates
  • Candy and/or Desserts

Placing things on multiple levels adds more interest and makes it easier to see and get to.  I’ve used antique cream and sugar bowls and a cake plate for added height.  Ooh, I just thought about using a cupcake tin.  That could hold several mints, marshmallows, or sprinkles and look cute.  Oh I just thought of something else… You could add bottles of flavoring.  Hmm, I might have to get back to the store for some of that!

Use vintage items for a fun Christmas Cocoa Bar by CountyRoad407.com

You know I’m all about decorating so don’t forget to dress up the Cocoa Bar.  Choosing a theme ahead of time helps pull it all together.  I wanted my theme to be “peppermint” so I chose a couple of tea towels in a red and white stripe, a striped Christmas bell ornament for something fun, napkins and cups in a red and white pattern too.  Even the added sugary items were red and white; like the red velvet cookies, the Hershey kisses and the Andes mints and candy canes.

Use vintage creamer and sugar bowls for a fun look on a Christmas Cocoa Bar by CountyRoad40.com

A few other cute Cocoa themes could be Winter Wonderland where everything is white and silver.  Or a Snowman theme with items in different shades of blue.  How about a woodland theme with a campfire/outdoorsy look or using Santa or Christmas ornaments as your theme?

Christmas Cocoa Bar ideas from CountyRoad407.com



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For added color, I used sprigs of cedar I had left over from making the fresh garland for the front gate (which you can see here).  It makes it look filled in and a little more grown up.  That’s it!  We are ready for some cold weather and for welcoming any invited guests or the pop-ins.  Let me know if you put together a Christmas Cocoa Bar.  I’d love to see it!

Full Christmas Cocoa Bar by Countyroad407.com

I’ve teamed up with several of my Texas Blogger friends to bring you a wonderful and inspiring tour.  There’s a lot of talent in this big ol’ state!  Just click on the links below on the specific days and you can see more of the Cozy at Christmas Holiday Blog Tour – You won’t be disappointed!

Cozy at Christmas Holiday Blog Tour

Yay, we are back in Navasota soaking up the country life and enjoying the little things that make this place special.  Well special to me, the Mister couldn’t care less about the “special” things.  He enjoys being outside with the animals and just piddling.  Okay, he’s usually having to fix something but at least he’s here.

I on the other hand, not being the outdoorsy type, need more.  I need little details that make me smile.  Niceties so I don’t feel as though I’m tolerating what the Mister’s great grandmother did when she lived here.  So while I’m here this week, I’ll show you what makes me feel more refined while hangin’ out in the farmhouse kitchen.

 

 10 Farmhouse kitchen details I need in my life.

 

Farmhouse kitchen details in Navasota, TX by CountyRoad407.com

I’ll show you the entire kitchen one day for but now, here is the left corner.  Yes it still has white laminate counter tops which do not bother me (yet) and an old microwave that takes up precious counter space but look beyond that.  Look at the walls.  It’s the real deal.  Real board on board shiplap.  Finding that behind the upper cabinets we ripped out was a glorious day.  Anyway, that’s detail #1 on the list.

Now for detail #2.  It’s the framed vintage coffee bean sack.  The frame was $10 and the sack only $7!  HAHAHAHA – I love a bargain and need nice things to look at.  Remember, I’m all into decorating?

Detail #3 and probably a favorite.  I use vintage teacups as scoops for the sugar and flour canisters.  The matching saucer to this one sits on the stove.  We use it as a spoon rest.  You might also notice, the purple coordinates with the purple mason jars we use.

For farmhouse kitchen details, use a vintage teacup as a sugar scoop

 

Detail #4.  I use a metal bowl/basket to house the paper plates.  They look so much prettier in there – don’t you think?

Decorating with farmhouse kitchen details like grain sacks and adding details like wire paper plate holders

 

Detail #5 is over at the sink area by the windows.  I made a dish towel holder and used one of our forks for the hook.  I also found a silver plated wine chiller at an antique store (for $9) and decided to use it for cooking utensils because we only have 3 drawers in the kitchen to hold things – Detail #6.

Farmhouse kitchen details like a handmade hand towel holder and a silver plated wine caddy for utensils

Handmade dish towel holder by CountyRoad407.com for added farmhouse kitchen details

 

For detail #7 I came across this cast iron table top bird feeder at Hobby Lobby (hello 50% off) and thought it would be so cute sitting in the window holding sponges and the drain stopper.

Using a cast iron bird feeder as a sponge holder for farmhouse kitchen details. By CountyRoad407.com

 

Oh yeah, another favorite and detail #8 is… Here in the “kuntry” we use actual silverware for everyday.  It’s a pain to wash and polish sometimes but the vintage pattern is so cute.  And of course it totally makes us me feel more sophisticated. 😉

Silver plated utensils used for everyday for a farmhouse kitchen detail by CountyRoad407.com

 

Look at this adorable milk bottle measuring cup which is detail #9. Macy (my daughter who has taken residency while attending college) found it on Amazon and I think it’s perfect for the farmhouse kitchen!

Ceramic measuring cup speaks to farmhouse kitchen details

 

Last but not least, detail #10 is a vintage cake plate that I use as a napkin holder.  It sits over by the Coffee Station that you can read about here if you missed it.  The lid keeps the napkins from flying away when we use them outside.  Of course it’s great for cupcakes and cookies too.

Vintage Cake Plate used as a napkin holder for a farmhouse look by CountryRoad407.com

 

All of these things make life here so much more pleasant.  I’m not sure if it’s really because we aren’t down here as much so the mundane everyday life isn’t as annoying or if it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

It could be because the Mister does everything in is power to make me happy and feel cherished.  He works hard to keep snakes and bugs away, to keep it cool inside while it’s super hot outside.  He keeps the well water from smelling like rotten eggs (mhmm it did, bleh), the internet running as fast as possible, and so many other things.

Either way, we make a good team.  He’ll keep making this old farmhouse better and better and I’ll keep making it cuter and cuter.

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One thing I’ve noticed at thrift stores is the plethora of used books.  I can usually find them costing ten cents to a dollar.  Sometimes they’ll have a BOGO sale or a BOG2 sale and I can’t pass on a bargain like that.  Why do I need so many books you ask?  Well, I use them almost everywhere!  So today I’m going to show you how I use books in my decor at the farmhouse.

Deconstructed Books

De-constructed books embelleshed with scraps of fabric and twine

I deconstructed the set above by using a sharp blade to cut off the covers.  Then I simply stacked and tied them together with scraps of fabric, ribbon and twine.  The little burlap doily is just another embellishment to make them even cuter than they already are.  These sit on my bedside table/chest. 🙂

deconstructed books used in farmhouse decor

Wow, would you look at that?  No wait, don’t!  I can see dust on the table above!  Goodness, now you know how I roll – blogging before dusting and decorating before baking!  But in my defense, I don’t live here on a daily basis.  Just certain weekends.  Getting back on track – these books are a little more rustic looking and highlight the antler and vintage door knob (hopefully not the dust) .  Ugh.

Painted Books

Painted book with Glidden Paint with Primer that didn't work even after 5 coats

I’ve painted some books with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  That stuff worked like a charm with only one coat.  With the red book above I wasn’t so lucky.  I used left over Glidden Paint with a built in Primer and gave up after 5 coats.  It’s still pink.  See it in the picture below?  I do like pink but not for this project.  The navy and green books turned out fine with the Glidden paint.  In Glidden’s defense though, it doesn’t say it’s for “books”.  But who uses paint only for it’s labeled purposes?  Hello, not me.

Painted books for farmhouse decor

With these lovely painted books I simply used a Sharpie Marker and wrote PRAY on the paper edges.  You could also turn them around and write titles, numbers or anything else really.  These books are sitting above the TV.

Books that were painted and had the word PRAY wtritten on them with a Sharpie pen for farmhouse decor



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Below are two of the other painted books used only to blend in with the table and elevate the clock a bit.  I’d rather have the antique box with hydrangeas and the clock be more noticeable than the white painted books.

White painted books used in farmhouse decor

Color Clumping

If you’d rather not paint or deconstruct books, you can clump like colors together like these below.  I turned them around because the bindings were distracting and I wanted my sons school project to get highlighted rather than the busy bindings.  Isn’t he a beauty – in a weird, crazy kinda way?   Even though it has bulgy googly eyes and a broken tail, you know this momma doesn’t care.  It’s special memories.

books in decor highlighting special objects

I love the cartoon below.  It’s totally me.  But if I had all of the books turned around facing forward or had the book jackets still on, you’d probably not see it.  That’s why I keep similar colors together or turn them around.  It’s less distracting when the book covers and pages are related in color.

Layering books for decor

Layering items in the front and back gives the display depth and excitement.  Like the books below.  All I did was switch out the pale green comic with a coordinating colored sign and then include a wreath behind the books.  Just the added layers make this book vignette more interesting.

tan books with layers for decorating

Different Ideas

Books don’t have to sit on a shelf.  Below I wanted some red so the living room looked more patriotic during the fourth of July celebrations.  So by adding a few books in key areas, it sends your eyes around the room instead of stopping in one place.

red books used in decor to add color for a patriotic display

Different Ideas

Don’t forget cook books can be used in decor too!  This one by The Gathering of Friends is so pretty I don’t want it hidden between stacks of others.  It sits on the counter in the kitchen looking all dainty and sophisticated.  I have about 5 of these recipe books.  If you can find one, get it.  They are beautiful!  The book holder is from them as well.  I added the silver spoon with hot glue to the top.  It’s so stinkin cute – I love it!

recipe book used for decor in kitchen

Well there you have it, that’s how I use books in my decor.  Next time you’re at the thrift shop or at a garage sale, pick up some books and go crazy implementing them into your decor.  I bet you can come up with a few ideas I’ve not thought of.  And if you do have a brain surge, don’t forget to tag me when/if you share them on Instagram!

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Hanging out in the trees

Since it’s officially summer and hotter than Hades around here, my only outdoor inspiration is what I can see from the windows hanging out in the trees.  You won’t find me enjoying the outdoors because the bugs are extra large and in charge.  They think it’s their porch and will fly straight toward your face until you move.  No kidding and no thanks.

One of the beauties is the Spanish moss.  I think even though its pretty, it’s killing the trees.  The Mister has a different opinion.  He hates it and says the moss covered trees have been there way over 100 years and look the same as when he was young (he’s 50 now).  It’s kind of hard to argue with that but we’ve decided to agree to disagree on that subject because neither one of us are Arborist’s and googling it gives me all kinds of different answers.  Some say it’s a fungus, others say nope.  I say whatever – for now.

Front view of Navasota House

Another inspiration was an idea I had that turned out to be a favorite.  I hung chandeliers from the tree limbs.  Yep, chandeliers and of course they are painted white.  They give a bit of whimsy and elegance at the same time.  When people see them they’re all like Hmm, that’s unusual.  I hope that’s in a good way and not in a wow-that’s-ugly-and-weird way.

chandelier painted white and hung in tree in Navasota, TX

chandelier hanging with trees covered in Spanish moss



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I have a more chandeliers in the works and will show those to you later on.  We also have a few birdhouses hanging around.  The usual wooden birdhouses and some not-so-typical tin pots I had the Mister fasten to the trees.

vintage pitcher used as a birdhouse

vintage tea pot used as a birdhouse

cottage style birdhouse

Texas hole birdhouse

Painted Texas Flag birdhouse

Aren’t they cute?  We’ve actually had several different kinds of eggs and baby birds.  It’s fun helping out nature by giving them little vintage condo’s/single family housing. 😉

We hope to work on the landscaping around the house in the fall when it’s much cooler.  Mr. Wonderful says putting a skirt around the outside of the house will help with the cold drafts on the inside of the house.  Sounds good to me.  I’d love some boxwood, hostas, peonies, catmint, hydrangeas, lavender and maybe some roses around here!  I can see it now – fabulous roses hanging around the windows like a canopy – mmm.

For now though my muse is the chandeliers.  I deem myself a bit more sophisticated by having them.  Kinda like having a tea party with Mrs. President George “Dubya” Bush or  Mrs. Kelly Clarkson.   I think they’d both adore the idea of chandeliers hanging in the trees.  I bet I could even invite them to a tea party and they wouldn’t mind having paper plates and store bought chicken salad.  Yep, that’s right, we Texan’s can do it down with the home girls and do it up when we feel flashy and sassy. 😉  That’s how we roll.  Who’s with me?!

 

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