Vintage Market Design

Vintage Market Design

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God does have a sense of humor, after years of infertility, we adopted 2 beautiful babies, I later had the "surprise baby"! In the very spare time I have, I love to decorate, paint, and make all kinds of things. I do repurpose old furniture and custom paint furniture for clients. I work with all types of vintage items. I love to make our house a home. I like to see how others do it and share what I do also. Contact me at alittlecountryhouse@gmail.com if you are interested in any products I have posted or if you are local to Atlanta and want a furniture face lift! Love your old junk again!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tiny Bathroom Makeover


I have another bathroom re-design. My client, who loves color, vintage and a little mod mixed in, found this great shower curtain. The design was inspired by that curtain. A tiny little bathroom for a growing boy and girl. Guests use this bathroom also, so we didn't want it to be too kidsy, but cool and kid friendly. Not a major reconstruct, but we added some elements that make this space bigger, more functional and definitely prettier! Thank you Katie for letting me design for you and always being open to fun and getting out of "the box".... I will stop yacking, enjoy the pics!


some builders could care less about the finishes they choose...

                                               
you can make better choices and still profit, this re-design is on a budget, but we can make a room cool the first time around, boys...

vanity found at a salvage place, we wanted it to feel like furniture, not a bathroom counter, we added the paint to tone down the super modern look, we are using brights colors for these kiddies

Martha Stewart, flagstone on woodwork and whetstone grey on wall, the beadboard is gorgeous..thank you Mike! and thank you Amy on the painting and Chad on the floor, lights, and plumbing!

cute Target rug!

cool curtain and the right hooks for little people towels!

more bright color playing off the curtain, i love against the grays...

hung mirror lower for kids, but going to hang a vintage sign above it to fill spot...

the vinyl was ripped up, floor prepared and concrete stained..looks great!

we used outdoor light for indoor..fun! thrift store mirror, painted to match faucet and hooks...

little kids aren't changing a roll, but they can handle this....

light in center of ceiling we chose from home depot, I couldn't photograph, but it's cute
Indian arrows on grey chevron, fun for boy or girl

Client made this sign, love it!!

Enjoy your new bathroom Kallie and Cree!
                                                    
                                                   

Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring Ahead!

Wow, I am really springing ahead, cause I haven't shown any new work since November! My computer crashed and had to get a rebuilt one, and had to learn how to work everything again, but now I have figured out my daughter's Ipad, so , I'm trying that too. Christmas was so busy and I am a home school mom, so in between doing paint jobs, we were focused on school. None the less,, I still love to write a little, and love to read all my favorites like Nesting Place, Life in Grace, etc...

 My sister Kate has a blog called Burlap Street. She makes upholstered headboards. Really beautiful! I want to show you the new one she did for my master bedroom and give you a link to her site. Incredible prices! She can do any fabric and she does ship too! Check her out www.burlapstreet.com
Now a lil eye candy. I have some fun projects to show you next time too, been playing with pallet wood!



These are very comparable to Pottery Barn








                    

She uses a better linen and they are half the price

You can choose any ribbon or nailheads...
                                          



this came from a hotel liquidation center, 39.00!
                                           



Got a total make-over! I got 2, and love them!
                                                


My fav bed we have ever had!
                                                  
Our Ikea dressers made over too. I wanted the nightstands to reflect the feel
                                       

Don't forget to contact Burlap Street!


Friday, November 22, 2013

3 Dressers Done 3 Ways



 I was given 3 dressers from a client, 2 were very old and one was in poor shape, but I love making stuff good again so this was total satisfaction. She had a massive, wood dresser in her master that has a huge mirror attached, heavy wood etc...the other 2 were from her husband's childhood and I did those masculine for her teen son.  Here they are, restored glory....enjoy!



first chest, turned sporty TV stand!



golf is the theme for the teen golfer!

stripped orange wood top, opted for ebony stain
to go with black body...cream knobs and lettering

i love this top! ebony wood, yes please....



I like this for myself....


too orangey, dark and heavy for her room...

you will get new hardware too!



Hello Lovey.....

Light, bright, and airy and feminine...
Girls, it's your room too, don't be afraid of
elegant...He really doesn't care....

this is much more my client's personality...

new, oil-rubbed bronze hardware...

a new/old mirror hanging above is  also more suitable here..
                                             This room got a little bigger just from this change....
                                   


look 3, bachelor chest

chose color, graphite, not deep black, softer black

distressed with ebony stain wash...
kept old hardware cause I loved it...



Linking up here!



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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Pallet Love



I have been inspired by all the pallet stuff on Pinterest and decided to put my spin on some pallets. I thought these could be cool for a lake house or in front of a fireplace or hanging on a large bare wall.....My hubs found me a couple of larger size pallets and I made a template of a deer silhouette I liked on Pinterest. I did one with a deer and then I did the lake letters and background on the other and my hubs painted the canoe. I have sold the canoe but we can make more! I have a few more designs I am experimenting with so, I will share those later. Thanks for looking!


Maybe put this on front porch for Christmas!

or fireplace screen...

or in a boys room.....or back  porch/deck/wall hanging

Friday, November 1, 2013

Captivated





31 days of Women of Authenticity has ended. If you took the time to come here and read any of these posts, Thank You! You were a part of this too!  As I look back over the past 31 days, I am beyond words. A challenge to write and stay on topic for 31 days turned more into a personal journey than I could ever have imagined. It feels like a revival in my heart. I am so glad I listened to God's prompting. Reading the stories of all these incredible women have been inspirational and healing.  For each journey revealed could not take place with out His hand, could not find a resolve without His hand, and could not impact others without His hand. He has been real and touchable during this series in ways I have not seen before. Every trial and tribulation and triumph over obstacles can only be credited to His work in the life of each person, who shared here. If I did not know Him before, there is no way I couldn't now. If you did not know Him before, you have met and seen his works full well. The main point I have taken away from 31 Days goes back to this verse,
    Romans 8:38-39
    For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  I want to thank each and every woman who participated and agreed to be vulnerable for God's glory and work in the body of Christ. You are all so precious and beautiful and gracious. It was a privilege to work with you on this. To explore authenticity in the lives of these women, is to meet the one who made us authentic. A reflection of Him. To be a daughter of THE KING, is the greatest thing we could ever be. He is irresistible and captivating. He has captivated us......










If you have missed any of the 31 Days series click here for all the links to each days posts!

31-days-of-women-of-authenticity.html

What did you take away from 31 Days?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Vulnerability

Sherry Lewis gifted me with one more of her honest and thought provoking writings on this 31 Days. She has given a spiritual wisdom and perspective that helps us to reign all of these beautiful stories into one commonality, the gospel-centered life.


31-days-of-women-of-authenticity  here is the link if you missed any of the 31 Days Series!

The topic of authenticity is in lots of conversations these days. It’s definitely been a theme in many Christian circles, but also in the secular world. Its been said that Millennials are looking for authenticity when looking for a church. As consumers, as church-goers, as students, as voters, this generation is looking for authenticity and marketers are capitalizing on that.  

Does anyone really value inauthenticity? Surely not. No one is drawn to phoniness. No one values dishonesty in a relationship (I don’t think). At the root its because authenticity is not just a value, but a need.

Now, sometimes “authenticity” and “vulnerability” are used interchangeably. While they are in the same category, they have very different meanings as well as implications. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word authentic is defined as “real or genuine, not copied or false”, while vulnerable is defined as “capable of being physically or emotionally wounded.” We should be authentic with everyone, but vulnerability can and should be reserved for those with whom we desire a relationship. In a way, one hinges on the other. You can be authentic without being vulnerable, but it’s pretty difficult to be vulnerable without being authentic.

How can you be authentic but not vulnerable? Think about the people who boast in their authenticity but are too fearful to let anyone get really close to them. I’ve seen Marilyn Monroe’s famous quote on lots of facebook walls. You know the one, “I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I'm out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as h@*l don't deserve me at my best.” She was being authentic but what I see under that thin veneer of confidence is fear- a fear of rejection.

Some people feel like the remedy for this fear and insecurity is to keep telling yourself, “You’re enough.” Enough for what? The world tells us that when we aren’t feeling good about ourselves, we should just think happy thoughts. So, we’re trying to hide our true selves from others while thinking happy thoughts. But, sadly, those happy thoughts don’t last very long so we try to numb the negative emotions with food, alcohol, shopping, medication, maybe even pornography. According to researcher Brene’ Brown, we are the most obese, addicted, in debt and over medicated generation in U.S. history. You can’t numb these negative emotions without also numbing the positive ones: like joy, peace, love and happiness. It’s a destructive cycle. It doesn’t work.

Again, the biggest hindrance to vulnerability is a fear of rejection, especially if you’ve experienced repeated rejection over the course of your life. We long to be known, really known, with all our weaknesses and failures, cellulite and wrinkles, and still be loved and accepted. No wonder we’ve been burned by rejection over and over again. What human can see us, and all of our “junk”, and still love us unconditionally? Very few. And the thing is, no other human, not even we, ourselves, sees all of us. But there is One who does. The One who made us. The One who sees all and knows all. He sees our hearts and like the oncologist who is about to give us the bad news that the cancer has metastasized to every part of our body, He says, “Dear One, its much worse than you think.” 

We are much worse than we ever thought. Our selfishness runs deeper, our pride runs wider, our inadequacy is off the charts. We even have a difficult time looking at it and really accepting ourselves. God looks on it and says, “You are not enough.”……… What?! Why would God say that? He is supposed to believe in me. He is supposed to think I’m great. Really? He continues and says, “But My Son is enough. He has met all the standards. He has followed all the rules. He has resisted every temptation. He has remained perfectly adequate…. for your sake”.  That’s why Jesus came. He didn’t come to save a healthy, clean perfect world of people. He came because of our severe need for help and redeeming. Jesus sees our hearts and He offers ultimate acceptance and love.

So, for the person who doesn’t have a relationship with the Creator of the World through faith in Jesus Christ, He is the answer to all your fears. You can be known and loved and accepted by the only One who really matters, the only One who gave you life and the only One who can take it from you. Look to Him, confess your need for Him, your sin against Him and ask Him to forgive you and replace your weakness with His strength, your failure with His perfection.

For the believer, the gospel has to speak into our need for vulnerability as well. To live in close, intimate gospel community with other believers, we have to remember that we have already received our identity and acceptance by our Father. We don’t have to fear not receiving it from our sister. Let’s stop accusing others of not being authentic enough. Let’s stop fearing that others will not accept us. Instead of being insecure and defensive, let’s rest in the love of Christ. Rather than demanding acceptance and grace from others, let’s give it freely. Our vulnerability invites others to be vulnerable and results in intimacy and true community. What am I afraid of? My brother or sister in Christ will be disappointed with me at some point, but what does that matter when El Shaddai is in love with me? What do I need to protect myself from? I am complete, I am whole, I am secure in the redeeming, all sufficient love of Christ. The assurance of His love brings freedom so that I can be vulnerable with others, loving and forgiving them freely as He has loved and forgiven me.  

Jesus gives us the ultimate example of vulnerability. He didn’t just come into this world taking a risk that He might be physically and emotionally wounded. A risk implies that there is only a possibility in a negative outcome. Jesus came, with joy, knowing there would be rejection from those He loved, but He laid down His life in spite of it. He was freed to give of Himself without fear, without reserve because He had the ultimate love and approval from His Father.







Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Julie's Story



I am so glad Julie is sharing her struggle with us. Every story is different and God works and weaves so differently with each woman. Julie went down a similar path as me, but with some very different obstacles. I have always seen her firm in her faith. I have loved watching her with her precious family and I am proud to call her friend. If you have missed any of this series, please check out the link below and go to our introduction, there you will find a link to each story that has been shared over 31 days.


31 Days Women of Authenticity


                                                               Julie's Story


 After our first year of marriage we moved to Georgia and started to think about starting a family.   We traded in the sporty two-door car for the four-door family car and started moving forward with our plan.  Our plan, don’t you know God finds humor in us thinking we are in control.  Unfortunately, this girl likes to be in control and God has to remind me (often) that HE is in control, not me. Getting pregnant was evidently not as easy as I thought, or at least this was the case for me.  I worked at a school and was asked daily if I had children, which of course led to the why questions.  I finally started answering, “Tell God.”  That shut people up pretty well.  After years (11 to be exact) of not getting pregnant, we moved forward with testing and surgeries.  The last surgery showed that I had stage 4 endometriosis.  The endometriosis was so bad that nothing could be done.  When I woke up from surgery, I remember the look on my husband’s face; he does not hide his emotions very well.   I was told that I would never get pregnant on my own and a total hysterectomy was suggested.  What? Never conceive?  Really God?  Needless to say, we were devastated.  We didn’t talk much about it at first.  I think we were both in shock.  I was referred to an infertility specialist to see if anything could be done.  He was not optimistic to say the least.  He told me that due to my age (36), and health, that IVF was my only option and even with that, I had less than 8% chance of conceiving.  Wow, not the news we expected to hear.  It seemed like everyone, but me, was pregnant.  The young, the old, the single… you know how it goes.  God, why not me?  Do you not trust me?  Am I being punished?  Satan loves to put these doubts in our minds.  Question God, who do we think we are?  But let’s be honest, we all do it. My husband and I prayed for clear direction between adoption and IVF.  It was such a battle and so many crazy thoughts go through your head.  One evening we decided to meet with my parents and spend time praying about what direction to pursue.  I remember my Dad saying that He and my Mom really felt like we needed to do IVF, that they had a real peace about it.  My husband and I really prayed that we would have that same peace, and eventually we did and our sadness turned into joy and expectation.  We finally had the peace that passes all understanding.  You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.  (Isaiah 26:3) During the process of IVF it was if we knew the outcome, before we really knew it.  I tried to explain it to the doctor, and he just didn’t get it.  He kept telling me I needed to be realistic.  Well, God did show him..... the IVF took and I was pregnant.... with TWIN girls.  I had a fairly good pregnancy.  My water broke at 32 weeks and I was hospitalized to try to stop the labor.  I had such a peace.  The neonatal specialist came in to talk to me about all the “what ifs.”  I told him the girls would be just fine, that they were going to come out kicking and screaming.  Funny, he told me the same thing other doctors had told me, that I needed to be realistic.  You know, doctors can really be downers.  I went into full labor at 33 weeks and had caesarian delivery, and the girls were just fine.  They were small, 4lb 6oz and 4lb 7oz, but no real health issues.  I was in the recovery room waiting anxiously to see them.  After what seemed like hours in the recovery room, the nurse came in and I could tell that something was wrong.  Was it the girls?  God, you can’t let anything happen to them.  No, it was me.   After two days of testing, blood transfusions and numerous doctors in to see me, they determined that I had cardiomyopathy (congestive heart failure).  Again, the look on my husband’s face told it all.  I could see on his face that he thought I was going to die and leave him with TWIN GIRLS.  How quickly that perfect peace turned in to question and doubt.  These girls were a true miracle and now you are going to let something happen to me??  I told you that this girl has a little trouble letting go of control and I felt totally out of control.  I was not able to see my daughters for days and there were things that I wish I could have changed, but I was reminded once again that God is in control.  He has a plan and often it is different than our plan, but HE IS IN CONTROL.  And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28) How true this is.  We KNOW that ALL things, period!  My daughters are vibrant, healthy, full of life little girls and my heart has healed.  I had a year of testing and cardiologist visits with all my blue haired friends (always the youngest patient by about 20 years) and after a year, I was able to come off all of my cardiac medications and to date, my heart is fine.  God is good, even when we are on our knees crying out to Him, He is good.  His ways are always best, regardless, and we have to trust Him.   
A couple of things that I have learned ( I’m still learning):
1.       Being a woman of authenticity is a work in progress.  God is continually working on me, and that’s a good thing!  When your life is going too good, you better check yourself.     
2.       Tell God how you feel and be honest!  Too many times we try to pray “spiritually” forgetting God knows our heart.  We can put on our mask for everyone else, but we can’t hide from Him.  Proverbs 13:12    
3.       Everyone has a story, something in their past that they wish they didn’t experience.  Let it be used for the glory of God.  You never know the impact you can make in someone's life.  Beth was an awesome example to me, and I hope I have been an example to others who have struggled with infertility.    
4.       Don’t hold on too tightly.