A neighbor popped in the other day and noticed the candle ring I have hanging on a tray and she asked what it was.  This got me to thinking.  Maybe I have other friends that don’t do this – that don’t put candle rings all over to add touches of fall around the house.  So today I’m showing you what else you can do with candle rings.

I actually bought a package of 6 candle rings at First Monday Trade Days in Canton TX a few years ago for $2.00.  I loved them.  They are rustic and colorful and I’ve definitely gotten my $2.00 worth.

Other ways to use candle rings around the house by countyroad407.com


This one hangs in a frame in the guest bathroom.  Doesn’t this frame make a 33 cent candle ring look more sophisticated?


Add a candle ring to door knobs for fall interest. Countyroad407.com


This one hangs on the coat closet in the entry.  The door everyone sees and uses just about everyday.  Not from coats but shoes and backpacks.


How I use candle rings around the house for added touches of fall by Countyroad407.com


Just hanging them here and there simply adds a little more color and a little touch of fall in different areas.


Hang a candle ring on a lamp shade for a touch of fall. Countyroad407.com


Hanging one on a lamp shade is a little out of the ordinary.  🙂


Even adding a candle ring to a rooster makes it more festive for fall. CountyRoad407.com


I’ve even smooshed and squished one into a necklace for the rooster.

Now you know what else you can do with candle rings.  I know each of these decorating ideas probably aren’t in a magazine but I choose to think it’s because they haven’t thought about it, not because it’s weird or ridiculous.

Easy touches here and there show people you’re creative and it’s the little details that make a difference.  It’s a tiny thing that catches someone’s eye and makes them ask what it is.  Oh wait, maybe she was asking with a turned up nose?!  I didn’t think to look at her face when she said it.  :0

If you’d like to see the candle ring she was talking about it’s in the kitchen along with one more.  You can see them in this Fall Home Tour post.

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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.






Super cute DIY chicken wire cloche!

Have you heard of a Cloche?  It has a few different meanings but I’m going to talk about the one Merriam-Webster defines as – a bell shaped dome cover made of glass or plastic used to display or protect ornamental objects.

I have a glass cloche but really use it more for highlighting things rather than protecting them.   This weekend I decided to make one out of an old lamp shade and chicken wire.  I know what you’re thinking – that’s going to be wacky and you hesitate to look.  Almost like the person in the circus with two heads.  So weird yet intriguing that you can’t help yourself.  I understand.  I had a similar reaction when I thought of it.

But it turned out so cute y’all!  I think you’re going to want to make one for yourself.  So here’s the 411 on the DIY.

Supplies for a Chicken Wire Cloche:

  • Old Lampshade
  • Chicken wire
  • Drawer pull of knob
  • Zip ties
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters

Start with buying or using an old lampshade.  This one was $2.49 from the thrift store.  I thought it had a nice shape and was the right size for what I needed.  Cut off the entire fabric cover.  Hopefully you’ll get one that has the attachment at the top.  If it is separate, it’s okay, you can still use the chicken wire to secure it together.

Step 1 for making a chicken wire cloche out of a lampshade

We started with a 40 inch square piece of chicken wire.  Place the shade on its side along the edge towards the middle of the 40″ piece.  Roll it into a cone shape.  You’ll have extra but this seemed to be the easiest way to cover the shade with minimal zip ties and pulling.  Once it’s rolled, use the zip ties to secure it in several places.

step 2 of making a chicken wire cloche

Cut the excess off of the bottom leaving plenty to wrap around the bottom of the base to secure it together.  Do the same to the top.  Be careful not to cut too much off.

The chicken wire is wrapped around the lamp shade ready for trimming

You’ll want to cut 18 – 20 small pieces from the excess chicken wire.  We used the pieces like clips to curl around and secure together the lampshade base and chicken wire.  They are barely noticeable.

Cut extra pieces from chicken wire to use for securing the cloche

Attach extra pieces of chicken wire for clips to secure wire to lampshade

Excess chicken wire was used like clips to attach chicken wire to lampshade base for cloche

When you have everything attached, you’ll start shaping and bending the chicken wire around to mold it to the lampshade.  It’s really easy.  Once you like what you’ve done, cut the zip ties off and curl the base under.  We used the needle-nose pliers for the bending and saved our fingers.

I had left over drawer pulls from other projects so I chose one to use as a handle for the cloche.  I got all of these from Hobby Lobby (50% off of course).

extra drawer pulls can be used to make the knob on the chicken wire cloche

Different ideas to decorate a cloche

There are so many things you can do to decorate your chicken wire cloche.  I intertwined a black silk ribbon for this look and sat the cloche on a silver tray to make it a little more elegant.

silk ribbon wrapped around a chicken wire cloche

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This has a more rustic look with four layers of twine wrapped through the top.

Twine is used for a rustic look in this chicken wire cloche

You can also wrap strips of old fabric around it for a shabby chic look!

Strips of fabric used to make this chicken wire cloce have a shabby chic look

And anything goes when it comes to putting things under a cloche.  I think items seem to be emphasized or look a little more special.

Iron finial under a chicken wire cloche seems a little more special

clay pot with moss ball can easily look more important under a chicken wire cloche

It took us about an hour and a half to put this cloche together.   I love it and will put it to good use.   Let me know if you plan to make one and what you think you’ll do with yours?  I bet you have great ideas!














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Decorating around the ugly thermostat

A while back, I posted about the vintage cabinet that got a makeover.  Today I thought I’d share what we did with that corner since we moved the cabinet to the opposite wall.  I’ll admit it took me a few days to decide what to do because there’s a thermostat and a large a/c return vent to contend with.  My Mission: Decorating around the ugly thermostat and minimize the huge A/C return vent.  My solution:  Incorporate it and do it on a budget.

Decorating the corner around ugly thermostat

Would you look at that?!  The walls were the color of a dirty baby diaper filled with pea soup and mustard.  I know you’re thinking you can see for yourself and don’t need a description, but the picture doesn’t do it justice my friend.  Trust me when I say dirty. baby. diaper.

To go along with that scrumptious color was all of the stuff that came with it; heavy dark furniture, a few antique goodies, linens (oh my a lot of linens), a fan, boxes, junk, animal tea pots, etc.   Nothing that really said vintage charm or farmhouse style that’s for sure.

After the new paint job, here is what the corner looks like now – fresh and bright.

How to decorate corner walls and ugly thermostats

The tea cart had been shoved in the small pantry area.  Before I painted it black, it was white with a green sponge painting technique.  Sorry, I don’t have a picture of that loveliness.  It was changed before I ever thought about blogging or trained my brain to think about recording everything I do.  Even so, it was obviously from the days back when sponge painting was a thing.  A trend I have to say will not be missed.  I replaced the wooden knobs with two mercury glass knobs from Hobby Lobby and now I think it conceals the ugly A/C return vent a bit better.  Don’t you?

decorate the corners with unique items

My mother-in-law already had the iron plate rack so I reused it and added vintage white plates and a couple of old lids from broken pots.  Found the “EAT” print in a booth at an antique store for $4.00.  It goes along with the dining theme and felt it was perfect for the thick bulky frame which I got at a neighborhood garage sale for less than $10.00.  Mhmm, that’s me, bargain shopper!

Make a hook out of an antique fork

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Besides budget queen, you may also know by now that I have an obsession with antique silver, especially if you’ve checked out my Instagram account.  Well because of that collection, I was able to make the hook that holds the flat bucket filled with lavender.  The Mister bent the fork for me and screwed it into a scrap block of wood.  Okay, I guess he really made it but I told him what I wanted so that must count for something.  Oh yeah!  The lavender is real and man does it smell delish.  There’s actually a pick-it-yourself lavender farm in Chappell Hill, TX which is super close to Navasota.  They have everything from lavender jelly and lavender lemonade to lavender linen spray and soap.  Definitely worth the visit.

decorating around the ugly thermostat

I gathered various frames from different garage sales and painted all of them white for consistency.  Keeping the same color is important for a fresh look.    I added a mirror to one and left the other empty so I could change things out.  Right now it has a vintage looking card with cupcakes on it.  You know, because of that whole eat/dining theme and I’m a total cake (cupcake) eater so I think it’s cute.

Dollar Store tray with chalkboard paint makes cute wall art

The silver tray was purchased at the dollar store.  Yep, it cost a whole dollar.  I hot glued a scrap piece of ribbon to the back to use as a hanger.  Painted the inside with left over chalkboard paint and drew on it what I was feeling at the time – thankful.  Another cool piece I can change depending on my mood.

Cotton is a big farmhouse style décor item.  You can find artificial cotton just about anywhere – even Magnolia Market.  Got mine in Round Top, TX and the cotton ends are huge.  They came in a bunch with 6 stems but because they are the real deal, I had to clean them a little.  It was quite messy but totally worth the $5.00 cost.

Incorporate ugly thermostat into wall decor

There you have it.  Mission accomplished.  The corner is decorated, the two eyesores aren’t as ugly as before, it’s different, it was a very inexpensive collage, and I think it now says farmhouse style.   The room is definitely brighter after the new paint and now when we’ve walked through it for the hundredth time in a day, we grin instead of grimace.

Next time I talk about the other corners, I’ll show you the new light fixture… she’s a looker! 😉

If you ever need some help decorating your difficult area, send a quick email with a picture.  I’m not shy about spilling my opinions and I’ll do my best to help.

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