Monday, June 26, 2017

The Original Farmhouse Sink


When we started building our house almost three years ago I knew that I wanted to incorporate older pieces into our new home. Even though the walls, windows and floors were going to be brand new I wanted it to feel as if it's been on the farm for 100 years...



I added little touches like a transom glass in my kitchen doorway, wallpaper in the hallways bath and big, thick, old style trim throughout the home. Adding all of these certainly helps make the heart of my home feel much older than just three years. My Farmhouse is an old soul - sort of like me. ;)

My farmer has this wonderful office at the front of the house with custom cabinets and a nice desk, large canvas' of the farm fill the walls. I knew he needed a space that was his, and let's be honest, a place where he could throw his mail and I could close the door to keep from losing my ever loving mind. My "office" naturally is in the laundry room (don't feel too bad for me yet, it's a pretty great laundry room) A little built in desk where I can sew, craft, pay some bills, drop some mail, etc. It's a great little room, and I always get so many compliments on it.

                                   




When "designing" the laundry room I wanted a very mature look. I didn't want blank white shelves with brightly colored accessories. I wanted warm, easy and cozy.









Absolutely the focal point of this room is the old farmhouse sink. They are all the new rage. I knew I wanted one for our Laundry room, I just didn't know it was sitting in a shed on the farm. When my father in law showed me this sink in his shed I fell in love.

It was beautiful, it had a great story, it was in good shape.... it was perfect. (this photo was taken after we had it re sandblasted)


I keep the d├ęcor of my home fairly simple. In the fall I add some pumpkins around, the summertime gets flags, and the spring is usually fresh spring flowers. For Christmastime it's usually fresh greenery.

I grew up looking through my moms Southern Living magazines, and dreaming of decorating my own house even when I was just a little girl.  So in a way decorating has always came very easy to me. I was not one of those kids who wanted posters of boy bands or movies on their walls, I loved my wallpaper with little purple violets all over it. But decorating isn't that way for everyone. Or sometimes maybe you just need little help or inspiration.  I'm guilty of it too, but a lot of times we add too many things in our home that are "trendy" and not a true reflection of ourselves. That's where Havenly, an online interior design service would be beneficial. When you are ready to make a change in your decorating, or really dive in and find your style - this is the place that you really need to start.


Back to my sink - here is a look at my sink during the summertime.


I love the "legs" to the cabinets, it makes it look like an old piece of furniture.



The antiqued brass fixtures were a tad over budget, but were also perfect for this sink. 







My farmhouse laundry room.


The sink in the springtime. It get the perfect amount of light in here to help my indoor hyacinth bulbs.


When designing our home I searched magazines and the internet for ideas almost daily - It took a whole year for us to build and I spent every spare second I had on this home. Making it what we want, making it a true reflection of us and our future generations. if you are in the process of building or remodeling, I do reccomend you check out Havenly - I will certainly reference it when I get questions about my home decor.

There are so many wonderful things and pieces for our home that we have gotten over the years. But this sink, Grandma Lichte's sink.... will always be our favorite. It's where she washed her hair, and where grandpa warmed up the livestock medicine. It's where I water my indoor flowers and where my farmer puts his clothes that need stain treated. Someday we will wash babies and grand babies in this sink. I'll tirelessly look out he window while I'm scrubbing grass stains out of little boys clothes, or carrots off of baby bibs. The sink is beautiful and it's trendy, it fits nicely and it's useful. That stuff doesn't matter. How I use my sink matters. The things that happen around this sink matter. They matter to us and they will matter to them.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Herbed Lemon Goat Cheese Dip with Toasted Baguette

 
I'm always looking for easy recipes of things I have on hand to throw together at the last minute. Nothing beats an old (or new) friend coming over for a glass of wine, delicious snack and great girl talk.
 
 
That's where Herbed Lemon Goat Cheese Dip and a toasted Baguette comes to play. Delicious, sort of fancy, and so easy. 




Start by zesting and juicing your lemon.




Add crumbled goat cheese, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper and gently mix in a medium sized bowl.


I bake and serve in these adorable little ramekins. I purchased these last summer from Target - and at just a few dollars each I use them for everything... Dips, dressings, sauces, snacks...








I gathered up several different herbs I had from my little herb garden on the back porch. You can use a combination of whatever you have. I have rosemary, thyme and parsley. Quite the combination.  Isn't that beautiful.


All prepped in a little ramekin.




Meanwhile I slice a baguette, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with a touch of salt.

Right before baking I add a touch of olive oil to each of my ramekins.


Bake on 350° for 15-18 minutes or until cheese becomes golden brown on the edge.

 
A couple of glasses of Pinot Gris later and I lave such an elegant and more importantly easy snack for girlfriends.







RECIPE:
 
Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
  • juice from 1 lemon + lemon zest
  • Fresh Herbs
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • toasted baguette slices or crackers to serve

  • Instructions
    1. Heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
    2. In a bowl add the softened goat cheese, lemon juice, zest, leaves from the herb sprigs, pepper and salt. Mix together.
    3. Transfer to an oven safe ramekin and drizzle the olive oil on top
    4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown and bubbly and the cheese is heated all the way through.
    5. Serve warm.









    Monday, June 12, 2017

    Farmhouse Memorial Day



    We do a little Memorial Day Party every year - it's a fun kick off to summer. Sometimes we just have our family, sometimes we just do friends.... This year we did a Low Country Boil (and some fried fish at the request of my farmer)....It's a fun, fun menu, kinda pricey, but super easy.

    I add flags ALL OVER the farm for Memorial Day - take a look at the house all decked out for the party plus some new landscaping.



    Love this view of our house  - it's always been a favorite of mine.


    Bunting added to the front porch. 







    Anyone spot my sweet little girl ? 





    Anyone spot my farmer ;)


    The day I was taking pictures my farmer was being silly and posed for a couple.... I love how fun he makes this life of ours.










    Some new landscaping.... lots of boxwoods, a couple of hydrangeas, and more white impatient (which get entirely too much sun here).... 











    Don't mind my white cushions.... They are needing to be upholstered, these are just the bare cushion. It might be a good fall project if we can make it through the summer.




    Those little gingham Ralph Lauren pillows add just the right little touch.


    The swing bed - full of fluffy pillows. I have a twin sized mattress that is in the middle of getting upholstered. I have read a book and swayed on that swing bed more times thing Spring than I can count.






    And now for a few party pictures....



    These cookies were such a hit. I love the extra little charm that they add to the party. And see how cute they are. Potatoes, corn, lobster and lemons... 


    Sliced watermelon with popsicle sticks - super easy for kiddos. 



    I had some clothe and some paper napkins.... I just love the red gingham.

    The main event..... Shrimp, crab, bread, lemons, sausage, corn..... I am getting hungry just thinking of it. 





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