A Look at Modern Farmhouse Lighting.

I must admit having your own signature style and sticking to it certainly doesn't come without some setbacks.

Over the years, my design aesthetic has changed and grown with me - from a little bit shabby chic to overly rustic but always with a common thread of vintage and the simplicity of farmhouse. Much like my style, my design doesn't chase the trends and the song "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" pretty much sums up my vibe.

With "modern farmhouse" being all the design-rage in 2018, I thought I'd share a round up of a few of my favorite light fixtures.  I'm on the hunt for a new fixture for Wyatt's room and these caught my eye in the search.

Click on the fixture above for the source or to shop the light.

Love to know if you have a favorite, or any other fixtures you're loving out there right now. I need one in a bedroom that give off a lot of light.


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Thanksgiving Dining Room Tables + Chairs.

Thanksgiving is probably one of the top days of the whole year where families actually gather around their dining room table. For some, one of the only days. 

the best dining room tables and chairs roundup for thanksgiving / heirloomed

A few things to keep in mind when you're selecting new furniture. Your space should be accommodating for either a round or rectangular table, both the size and light fixture can make all the difference. If you generally entertain with a lot of guests, you'll want to decide if you can handle or need a table that is expandable with a leaf, and also how many chairs you will end up purchasing to host all of your guests comfortably. 

You know I'm a big proponent of gathering around the table together for a #FamilySupper any day of the week so today I'm sharing a little round up of some of my favorite dining room tables + chair out there. A little refresh in your dining room might just inspire you to use it all the more!

As you know, I tend to have a skew to a bit of a farmhouse style with my furnishings, then mix and layer them in with vintage pieces. Love to know some of your favorite ones too or styles you're looking for. #HEIRLOOMED


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Hand Drawn Sketches.

This time of year I'm scrambling to squeeze in a little photo session of my family so I can knock out my Christmas cards as early as possible. Which pretty much never happens. I'm generally rushing at the last minute to put them together, get my address list updated and cards out before the season is over. Maybe this is my year.

One reason I wait until the last minute these days is because my kiddos are at such a fun, young age and before my very eyes I wake up and they seem suddenly older overnight. I say that to mean that I hate taking the family photos too soon before the season because I love to capture them and their age + wonder at that very moment in life.

As I started thinking about my card this year it made me reflect on how we are capturing them as children forever. One way to do this beyond photography is a bit more old school through sketches and paintings of your children.

hand drawn childhood pencil sketches / heirloomed

I'm so thankful that my mom is an amazingly talented artist who can create just about anything I throw at her (which admittedly is *alot*). For each of the kids 1st birthdays she did these gorgeous pencil sketches of them, forever capturing that special first year for us there on paper. Such a special keepsake that I know they'll cherish later in life. 

When you're taking your family photos for your own holiday card this year, you may want to consider having your photographer capture a few individual photos of your or your child to keep and later have turned into a piece of art.

While some artists prefer to work with live models to capture the spirit and personality of the person, many work from a photograph so you'll want to plan ahead and keep in mind the style of art you want at the end of the journey. For example, if you're looking for more of a traditional oil painting, you may want to go with a sweet seated pose in a little chair in your home in a sweet little smocked outfit. It's great to do this around age 3-5, generally before your child starts loosing their teeth and still has the essence of childhood in their little face. Mom, get ready.

vintage red charcoal sketch of grandmother / heirloomed

I love the beauty of a sketch and this gorgeous bust of my Grandmother was passed down to me with a special caption handwritten at the bottom "Cecile Longley, my daughter a drawing."

I just love this so much because I see the artist has signed it, so I know the text handwritten below was probably added by my great grandmother, who I never had the pleasure of meeting. I love that she probably had this piece commissioned of my Grandmother, who is much older than a child so I often wonder if there was a certain occasion this piece was created to celebrate. A graduation perhaps?

I also have some paper cut silhouettes that my mom had created for me when I was very young, and I did these for the kids as well when they were younger. They're so sweet and classic.

I'd love to see some of your sketches, painting + family photos from your own family #HEIRLOOMED


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How to : Style your Book Shelf with Vintage Books.

As part of my mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation" I must take time to step out of my bubble of kitchen + entertaining and into the rest of the home from time to time.

If you follow my Instastories then you know I spend a lot of time sourcing unique, vintage treasures. Vintage books are one thing I just can't help buy buying, especially when I find something with a design detail to die for.

Because I've collected so many books over the years (with more to come each trip) I thought I'd share my best tips for styling your book case with vintage books in your own home.

how to style a book case with vintage books

Turn It Around

If I have one rule about design it's to keep it as neutral and clean as possible, allowing the textures, details and uniqueness of each object to really pop. Because my own collection of vintage books ranges wildly in shape, size and color my go-to tip for styling a bookshelf that comes together beautifully is to actually turn the spines backwards on the shelf. 

The white to off-white papers are the only variation you see then which is especially nice on a large wall case like this one in my living room. And, it allows me to display other special treasures on the shelf, like paintings and family photographs, and have them pop visually without getting lost among the books.

Show the Collection

My other go-to tip for making vintage work in your home is to show the collection. This is an especially handy tip when it comes to books because of the novel series, encyclopedia sets and National Geographic magazines that you can find out there.

Keeping an entire collection together is so special, or starting a collection of your own and always being on the hunt for the missing pieces is such a great tribute to the books themselves. The collection below is a family heirloom of mine that is displayed in Waylon, my youngest son's, nursery. It's a set of fairy tales that were once my dad's when he was little and they are truly such a special part of the room design.

Another way to make a collection visually is to simply source books in a single color range. Some of the most dramatic cases I've seen have stuck to a single color story (which for me tends to be black, white or some neutral shade in between) but I've seen a range of greens, blues, blushes or yellows work so beautifully to make a collected statement on a shelf.

vintage storybook collection

Find the Hero

When all else fails. less is more. If you have one or two books that are simply too amazing design-wise to blend in with the others, make it the hero of the book case. I will generally do this by having a stack of books with the best one being on top, so you can see both the spine and book cover detail.

This works great too for a side table next to your bed or a coffee table where you're truly wanting the book to be the focal point. I also love finding some relevance to the book besides it being just another "pretty face." For example, in a beach house it's always great to have a vintage book on sea shells or the local lighthouse to really make a deeper design connection for the story of your home.

I'd love to see some of your own favorite vintage books and how you're using them around your own home. #HEIRLOOMED

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Farmhouse Florals.

One of my favorite things about this time of year is being able to walk outside into my garden and put together a beautiful, fresh floral arrangement at a moments notice. Whether I want to drop a bouquet of flowers off to a friend, or simply bring a bundle inside to make it entertaining-ready, I know I can always pull together something special.

Today I'm sharing a little "how-to" on creating a Farmhouse Floral arrangement of your own.

white and green farmhouse florals with hydrangea and herbs / heirloomed

THE VESSEL

When creating a great arrangement I always start with the base. I love mixing and matching tones and textures when it comes to vases, like pewter, glass, crystal, ceramics, stonewares and enamelware.  In keeping with the farmhouse approach, using a slightly unexpected vessel like a pitcher or an urn makes a great home for your florals.

And, truth-be-told, vases are some of my favorite things to find at thrift and antique stores because they are always something people have multiples of and tend to get rid of, and they are almost always such a great price compared to buying new. Not to mention finding something truly unique.

In choosing the vessel I also consider what greens and florals will be going inside to ensure the structure and size of the arrangement is properly displayed and can withhold the balance.

vintage glass and pewter vases / farmhouse florals / heirloomed
how to create a farmhouse garden / heirloomed
clipping fresh coneflowers / heirloomed

THE GARDEN

The next step in creating a Farmhouse Arrangement is actually creating the garden to support it. When we built our house over two years ago I knew I wanted to do something special with our yard that didn't feel neighborhood landscaped but instead felt thoughtful and cottage-inspired. 

I like to call the approach a "Farmhouse Garden." We have edible elements, like blueberry bushes, a fig tree and and a huge abundance of herbs (like, everywhere) that I use in the kitchen almost daily.  Because of my love of neutrals, I tried to stick to mostly whites + greens as a palette with a variety of hydrangeas being the hero. We pulled in some traditional elements, like boxwoods, and finally mixed in some sentaimental picks that I remembered from my Mom, Grandma + Great Grandmother's gardens, like camellia, tea olives + roses. 

Crafting just the right garden to pull from at a moments notice also meant I had to have things in my garden that practically grew themselves. Native plants and those that grow like weeds, like the mint or rosemary in our garden, was key to ensuring I didn't kill everything before I got the chance to take clippings. After just two years we have a plentiful enough supply to cut anytime I need to.

I absolutely love using herbs in my floral arrangements. I think it's unexpected, has an amazing aroma in your home and who can resist the beauty of a large bundle of rosemary or lavender anyways?

growing rosemary in your herb garden / heirloomed
white hydrangeas / farmhouse garden / heirloomed
how to make a farmhouse floral and herb arrangement / heirloomed

THE ARRANGEMENT

Once you've gathered your vessels and taken your clippings from the garden it's time to start getting your arrangement together. Now the thing I like most about a farmhouse approach is that it doesn't have to perfect to come together. By definition it means simplicity, from the fields, unstructured and has a utilitarian nature to it. You're pulling together what you have an making it work beautifully together. I pretty much take that approach to life.

I like to start by taking a quick overview of what I've cut and make piles of the flowers and greens based on which will go together in a vase. For each arrangement I begin with the largest, hero pieces of my arrangements and in this case it's always my Limelight Hydrangeas. I cut them longer than needed because you can always take away, and because I kind of like them when they're just slightly "too" long as they droop over the sides of the edges. 

I then layer in the taller elements to give it a little height if needed, and for me that is greenery 95% of the time. I think it serves a great base and gives your bouquet the density it needs to be substantial. 

Finally, I'll scatter in the specials. These are often smaller florals like white coneflowers or sprigs of echinacea to give it a little accent, variety and texture, and to appropriately fill in the low to medium height area of the arrangement.

Keeping it simple often means using a lot of one thing, so even just a huge vase full of one thing can make the most gorgeous, dramatic statement. Just keep adding, clipping, fluffing and admiring until you love it. Like most things, it's all about the layers.

how to arrange a farmhouse floral arrangement / heirloomed
white hydrangea with herbs and greens / heirloomed
vintage garden clippers / heirloomed
vintage crystal cut vase / heirloomed
Arranging a farmhouse floral with lavender and white hydrangea / heirloomed
farmhouse floral arrangement / heirloomed

Another trick to perfecting your Farmhouse Florals is in bouquet form. It makes a special story and more meaningful gift when the recipient knows you not only dropped off the flowers but took the time to plant and grow them too. 

I love gathering the bundle and wrapping it in a swath of Kraft paper, tied with a few simple rounds of white bakers twine and adding a quick handwritten note. Nothing makes me more proud than delivering an armful to a friend.

Love to know some of your favorite tips + tricks to your arrangements, or other plants and flowers you love to use from your own garden #HEIRLOOMED

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