I had been a strict Pottery Barn devotee for years. Long before becoming a magazine addict, Pottery Barn catalogs were my strict go-to guides for decorating. Even if pieces weren’t from Pottery Barn, they had the look and feel.
When we bought our house and were packing to move in, I nearly fainted over the above Pottery Barn layout featuring a small space dining area. It had to be. With the exception of the table (because we had a pedestal table already and my tall husband was growing tired of knocking-knees at meals) I bought it all.
"Before" with the Pottery Barn set
Once we settled into our new home I hung blue paint chips all over the walls to determine the right shade. And then it happened …
Country Decorating Ideas Presents #91 • Romantic Country
I bought this lovely magazine and it featured the most beautiful kitchen and dining area in an article entitled, Vintage Vision.
I couldn’t get the green Depression glass hardware out of my mind. I swooned over the same two pages for months over breakfast. I decided I would get the hardware in blue but when viewing it online, I didn’t have the same reaction as I had to the green. Green?
This changed everything.
I painted directly over the mossy cabinets and then sanded them for a distressed finish.
I ordered the hardware from the source listed in the magazine: House of Antique Hardware.
I painted the walls a pale green and everything else white ...
including the ceiling fan (to which I also added decals).
Plates were displayed
Floral fabrics were hung and crystals were added
And through the article showcasing Elizabeth Holguin's beautiful home, I was even lead to one of the first blogs I'd ever seen, The Shabby Romantic (although I think it has ceased).
Amazing how one magazine article lead me to so many things including shabby style and blogging (which then lead me to reawakened creativity, my Etsy shop, and many new treasured friendships). Warmest appreciation for the editorial inspiration of the Fabulous Fifi!