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What a week it was!

We got snowed in while staying in Vermont over MLK weekend and got over a foot of snow!

It was so pretty but SO COLD!

The whole weekend was in the negative temps.

My family did a lot of skiing and it was just nice to get away.

Chris and Stacy Ling at Mount Snow

This week, we hosted some good friends over for dinner and enjoyed an amazing meal with our new neighbors.

It was so fun to see their beautiful vintage farmhouse.

I love older homes with a lot of character, don’t you?

Vintage Farmhouse Dining Room

Yesterday, we finally took down the padded fabric off of the dining room walls.

And let me tell you – it was a chore!

Even Koda thought it was no joke.

cute black Labrador retriever dog

It was a lot of work and I’m glad we didn’t try to just do this on the fly because it was a mess.

There were so many staples, lots of piping and some of it was glued down.

There was fresh sheetrock behind most of it.

Vintage Farmhouse Dining Room Demo Day

Some of the portions were not in the greatest shape.

And when we (i.e. Chris) carefully removed the trim used to tack the fabric down, it was glued so some repairwork is definitely needed.

dining room demo day
I was not joking about the staples.

But I have to tell you.

Despite all that it looks so much brighter.

And this room is going to be gorgeous when it’s done.

Even with the walls in the shape they are in, the room looks so good!

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Aside from the dining room demo, I ordered MORE SEEDS.

I might have a problem because I already ordered like 20 packs of seeds already and just ordered 10 more!

While I ordered a lot, I’m not going to sow them all and will save them for future use.

7 lessons I learned from growing a cut flower patch

I’m really ready to get out there and start planting things.

So starting seeds indoors is happening soon!

We are setting up the shelves in the sunroom today!

After we get all those staples out of the dining room wall first though. LOL!

sunroom in my vintage farmhouse

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week but super busy week on the blog!

I shared 9 garden treasures you should never pass up at the thrift store.

There are so many great finds that can be used in the garden, look for these items the next time you go bargain shopping.

bricks n blooms thrifting

In addition to thrifting, I joined up with 9 other home decor bloggers to share some winter DIYs.

For my part, I shared how to arrange a china cabinet and hutch.

Break out your favorite collections and learn how to show them off on some open shelving.

And if you want to following along with how I arranged my china cabinet, you can watch it in the video below.

There’s something oddly satisfying watching it come together in real time.

YouTube video

To keep these cozy, I shared my FAVORITE go-to winter recipe.

Wait until you try this super easy and delicious dinner idea that the whole family will love.

vintage farmhouse home tour front entry with stair railing

We also toured my new home where I shared the whole main living floor and what we are planning to do with it.

Our 1850 farmhouse has so many great bones with a lot of character.

And there are so many great projects coming up in 2022!

The library heading into the formal living room in my vintage farmhouse

So consider this, the BEFORE home tour.

I can’t even wait to get started!

Well, I guess technically we already did because the dining room makeover has already begun.

Vintage Farmhouse Dining room travertine floor tile

Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.

My good friend Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home shared some cozy winter decorating ideas.

I am in LOVE with this brick floor in her kitchen!

Isn’t it awesome?

white farmhouse cottage kitchen with wood countertop
Photo by Follow the Yellow Brick Home

I love this pretty idea for a DIY cork board organizer by my good friend Amy from Amy Sadler Designs.

It’s such a great idea!

decorative cork board in frame with thumbtack notes
Photo by Amy Sadler Designs

And my good friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse shared a gorgeous tour of her industrial farmhouse style loft.

She has so many great ideas and I love her style.

antique shelving display with tv
Photo by The Ponds Farmhouse

And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!

THESE thrifted finds for the kitchen.

THESE tips for making decorating trends work in YOUR home.

I love THESE winter table entry ideas.

THIS story is hilarious and not at the same time.

vintage farmhouse living room

Thank you so much for following along.

Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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    1. Thanks Rachel! The padded fabric is really something! The installer was not joking with all those staples! It is taking SO LONG to get those out.

  1. The dining room is going to look so different! I can’t wait to see it all done!
    Thank you for sharing the cork board!

  2. I can’t imagine but can imagine the work and staples.

    It’s exhausting but it looks better even the way it is.

  3. First of all, I’ve never heard of a padded wall. Secondly, I would have never guessed that there would be so many staples. It’s going to look amazing when you’re finished. I can’t wait!