Antique of the Week

van 1I found so many wonderful treasures over the past week but if I had to pick a favorite, this Antique Vanity/Commode would be it!

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Solid and Sturdy, featuring a beveled glass mirror and one of the prettiest tile backsplashes I have ever encountered!

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When people cut old marble like this to install a sink I usually cringe but not this time! This beauty would make the PERFECT bathroom Vanity!

I am in love with the idea of turning this into a Coffee/Tea Bar. What about your own handsome Cocktail Bar to show off gorgeous crystal decanters, the options are endless.

What I do know is that I get to enjoy it and help to find its next forever home.

 

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

 

I Heard the Call

From the day Rusty Romance opened I heard one similar statement – ”Where is the Chalk Paint?”

The business that had occupied my space before me had been a chalk paint haven, selling chalk paint and chalk paint accessories, and even teaching chalk painting classes.

My customers’ want for the product and their desire to be able to purchase it locally rang out loud and clear. I was on it!!

I have been making my Chalk Paint, using my own “Secret” Formula”, for years, and now I had the opportunity to share it with my community! I rolled up my sleeves, burned the midnight oil and Rusty Romance Chalk Paint was born!

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Over the years I have worked hard to find the perfect colors: A cream that wasn’t too yellow, a white that wasn’t grey or blue, a pink that wasn’t too Pepto-colored, etc. I believe I have achieved just the right balance and I hope you do to!

My Rusty Romance Chalk Paint line features 19 curated colors, lovingly crafted for the perfect finishing touch to your unique piece.

I put my paint to the true test in my own store. I have a tiny bathroom in the back of my shop that was painted in a very old high gloss paint. Nothing would stick. It left brush marks and was an overall mess!

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I used an 8 oz. jar of Longview Haze, which is a lovely medium grey tone, and the result was far better than I could have dreamed – one coat, full coverage, no brush marks and a lovely soft matte finish!

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I painted the cute shabby table in my “40’s Farmhouse” green, and the old wood floor I did with a durable outdoor patio paint.

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I love the end result! Just a cute simple little bathroom that is clean, fresh and charming!

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Stop by and we can chat about Chalk Paint!

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