Walla Walla….. What a week!!

I couldn’t wait to share a snapshot of my Rusty Romance Week!

I have been trying to expand my “Picking Territory” and really focused on getting out into some new areas. The past week has found me in Oregon, Vancouver, Chehalis, Olympia and Walla Walla.

Along the way, I met some great folks, saw some beautiful scenery and found amazing pieces!

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Incredible old Farm House, shockingly huge.

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Sad that it is empty, it is just so welcoming!

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Imagine taking the buggy to Church every Sunday.

Stop by the store to check out the new arrivals I picked up along the way! I can’t wait to share some of their stories with you!

Have a Great Week ~

Reece

 

A New Obsession Is Born…

If you know me then you know that “pickin'” is my addiction! I am always looking, keeping my ear to the ground, scouting out possible locations or day dreaming about what may lie behind the front door of every old home.

Since opening Rusty Romance Antique Boutique I have been very privileged to be approached by many lovely people looking to downsize, clean out or just clean up their lives. I have done quite a few house calls and have been honored to pick some local area barns.

You can truly find just about anything in old barns! It is like Christmas morning for me when that big old door starts to roll or creak open. The moment the dust meets the incoming beams of sunlight I feel at home.

More than just what may be lovingly preserved and waiting for me in the shadows, there is the Barn itself….my new obsession!

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My most recent experience was at this fabulous and shockingly HUGE barn! Built in 1934, it is on the Historical Registry and for good reason!

Every Proper Farm must come with a sweet old Lab to keep you company during your adventures and serve as a tour guide. This lovely old man was the perfect host!

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There is no real way to put this picture into the proper scale and show how massive it is! In the center is the old Antique hay pulley, which looks tiny from where I stand but in actuality is the size of a VW Bug!

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The architecture, craftsmanship, acoustics and construction is simply awe inspiring! I wish they could bottle the smell of hay, grain, dust, rust and years of hard work and aging wood. I would buy that essential oil by the bucket full!

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Barns shelter animals, house equipment and keep the secrets of first kisses in haylofts. They are the best place for big adventures for small boys, perfect for hide and seek and serve as a social gathering places. Their old wood slats make the best dance floors. Barns stand tall and strong, silent sentinels that watch over their Farms.

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The next time you drive down a back road or by one of these sun weathered beauties take a moment to daydream about its life well lived.

Warmly~
Reece

My occasionally, less than successful but always entertaining Evolution into Design, Décor & Style

When I was a child I was always surprised when I would visit the homes of my friend’s. Their houses were always so…interesting! There were colors and pictures hung on walls? Who did that? I grew up gazing at a blank pallet of white.

My mother was many things but creative in regards to making our home warm and welcoming was not one of them. There were no trendy accents, family photos or touches of any color other than …white.   Don’t get me wrong, our hand made school projects or coloring book treasures made it to the door of the fridge. I would marvel at our Art hung with brightly colored magnets shaped like fruit and daydream of what my home would look like, when I was all grown up.

I believe we learn what we want to be and more importantly, what we don’t want to be from our parents and I was hell bent on making my first home something bright and beautiful! No more drab and dreary walls for this girl, no sir!

The day finally arrived and as I unpacked my boxes I realized that I was back to staring at blank white walls and then it hit me! I learned why my mother had been in a “Decorating Paralysis” for so many years! This was stressful and challenging! There were so MANY choices what did I know about decorating? What did I really want to do with my new humble home? What if I messed it up?

The Library, that was where all the answers lied (back then)! For those of you, like me, that are flirting with 50! (GASP) You know where I am coming from…we had no gift of Pinterest or limitless decorating web sites to daydream in. Off I went, in search of Style and the journey to find my individual decorating taste began in earnest.

It started with Rag Dolls, Tea Cups, Toll Painting, Checkered Linen and Cows….oh, so many cows! I had a herd in my kitchen alone! No judging! Remember…..I am flirting with 50, that was very “IN” then.

My friends and guests told me that I had a “Knack” and that was all the fuelIdaho Homestead my fire needed, I was hooked! Over the next 20 years I followed every fad that raised its less than attractive head. Always focusing on what was trending. Now, I didn’t say I was overly fond of most of these styles, they always felt like they belonged to someone else. But, they were “IN” so I pushed on!

Time is a patient and wonderful teacher. As I aged and truly became comfortable in my own skin, my own sense of style was born. Like a full rich rose things began to open and bloom within me. I saw colors and textures differently and realized that the many small things that combined in my life to make me who I am are the things that I wanted around me always. My home became a HUGE hug for my heart and friends and guests told me I had a “Knack”. No longer a cookie cutter version of what was trendy, just what my heart found to be beautiful and it was enough.

I am thrilled to share my passion, humor and decorating disasters with you! If you like Thrift Store hunts, saving old pieces from the landfill and breathing new life into forgotten Treasures then you should find this entertaining! I hope you will join me in my new Journey….Rusty Romance Creations. I am sure we will learn a lot from each other!

Warmly,
Reece