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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

the Greeting Card line

 I am still having fun with the greeting card line.
I am starting to think about expanding and changing some graphics. After all, 2017 is going to be a year of big change, so I might as well get on board.  I was working on packaging up a wholesale shipment this weekend and thought I would take a couple photos, throw it out there, and remind everyone about the card line.

They are fun little 4x6 inch cards that are everything you love.
Vintage. Chippy. Rusty.
Everything I love, photographed and printed on 18 little cards.
The envelope I also designed with a funky book page look on the inside flap.


This order is heading out to Devils Lake, North Dakota
The shop is a fun little brick and mortar called Rue 54 
This funky establishment will house home decor, of the vintage nature, gifts, jewels, handbags and a wine shop.Yes, you heard right... I believe you can sip a glass of wine...and maybe coffee too...while you shop. Please let Cyndy know I sent you!



If you are interested in perusing my line for your shop, or if you want to purchase just a few cards for yourself please check my other site here 
We ship to any state and International.
email me at 
loriatthebarn@ymail.com

as always thanks for stopping 
LM

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Farmhouse laundry room


There really is something to be said for a room re-make. Emptying a room, scrubbing it down, and giving it a new coat of paint is better then therapy. It is just what the doctor ordered when I redid my laundry room.  The laundry / mud room is right off the kitchen and where you enter from the garage, so if it is a pit, you unfortunately, see it on a daily basis.
The whole thing was bringing me down. 



We can close the door in the kitchen, but most days it is left open.  The room originally had yellow walls, goldish brown tile, red cabinet and black washer/dryer. 
(unfortunately, no before picture)
It was overflowing with coats, hats, shoes, boots, bags.... you get the picture... a PIT.


I painted the doors years ago and adorned them all with numbers or vintage babbles of some sort.


After scrubbing and removing everything I could, I then painted the walls, coat hook board and the cabinet.  Then I had fun scouring the house for some Farmhouse finds that I could fill my room with. Maybe not everyone has these extras just laying around, but I do. When you own your own shop for almost 10 years, you tend to have some extras just waiting for a new space to be displayed in.


The little cabinet was once my fathers little chest of drawers when he was a small child. I painted it and added hardware when my sister handed it off to me years ago. I was in a red stage back then. Now, not-so-much, but I like the little pop of contrasting color it adds to the room.



And then there is the rug!
I went in search of a rug, just like this, but when I saw it at the store I pretty much said "hell no" 
It was just too bright for my tastes.
After picking it up and putting it back half a dozen times, I finally talked myself into it.  After all, I could always return it if I got home, and it was was way off base. But I came searching for exactly this color, to set the tone of the room... why was I so afraid of it....
Color is Good.
... or so I reminded myself. 
Once home I loved it. Always go with your gut.


The cabinet, repainted gray *LOVE*


The GROCERY sign and the Cow were exactly the Farmhouse touches I needed.



New storage space for some of my large bowls and cake plates.
Perfect touch.... I think



This little vintage camera  was the color inspiration for the entire room makeover.




The door going out to the garage got a fresh coat of paint and my vintage flash cards got a new home.




I love to dry my Peonies and use them in displays when I can. 
They not only look good, but they smell good too.


Dry them
Gather them (three different colors)
wrap in burlap and tie with twine
ready to go!



That's the laundry room creation at the House of Miller.
The drawing around the cow on the first picture is black chalk.
It goes on well with fresh painted walls and when you are tired of it just wash it away.

Thanks for stopping
- LM

Monday, January 23, 2017

green Blooms


I just realized that even though I have not been keeping up with my blog, you are all still checking in. I apologize for my long absence.  As you can see, I am still trying to be creative and surround myself with beautiful things. In Minnesota, in January, you need growing, green blooms to keep your sanity.
AND loads of projects to keep you busy until it is once again garden season.
Besides doing a remake on my kitchen, I need to get you up to speed on the spare, guest bedroom and the laundry room make over.  I also spent a couple months rehabbing a townhouse that we were renting... and now since have sold.  

I will check back soon and get some inspiration flowing.

LM