I'm an Iowa girl, born and raised, and am pretty proud of that fact:) We moved to Ohio in 1994 because of my husbands work. Heartbroken I was, leaving my family and friends behind, and my dream home (more on that later).
I am a very simple girl, I love simple, easy styles. I'm very easy going, hard to get to know because I'm quiet, until you get to know me, then it's hard to shut me up:) I love picnics, taking walks, camping in the great outdoors. It takes very little to make me happy, I'm not a high maintenance type of gal. My favorite date night consists of dinner and a movie. Sushi and pizza are my all time favorite foods. I love ice cream too! BUT.........I don't eat the later two because every pound shows on my 5'2" frame:)
My family and God come before anything else. I have three gorgeous daughters and eight beautiful grandchildren that keep me super busy!
I think I developed my decorating style very early on, when our money was very tight, we bought the bulk of our furniture at auctions. The rest were hand-me-downs from our parents. I learned to refinish furniture just because I had to, I needed to make these second/third hand pieces look pretty for my home.
I remember too, in the early years of our marriage, going to all these home decorating parties. You know the ones, someone has a party and you feel obligated to buy to help them get free stuff!?! At the time I thought it was pretty cool, but I did not like the fact that everyone else in my circle of friends had the same wall decor that I had. So I think that was the reason why my taste now differs just a tad.
I love one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture built using repurposed stuff. If there's something I want that costs more than I think I need to spend, I will learn to make it myself, and usually do.
Everything I have done has been self taught, murals and painted canvas floor cloths and all my Pennsylvania Dutch chests. When I used to decorate in a more dark and primitive style, I learned to do these things for myself and went on to paint them for clients and local shops. I had the whole primitive finishes figured out, time to move on.
Now that my decor style has changed I am eager to learn how to finish furniture using other techniques that I have been seeing. Using paints in different ways, oils, and experimenting with other finishes like plaster to recreate rustic old world and French antique finishes.
So, I think that covers the important parts of me, I do wish I could show my personality more when writing my blog. I am so darn serious when it comes to this stuff, and to be honest.........I'm kinda goofy:) In a good way!!