Must-See Historic Southern Homes.

We've traveled the South photographing small town squares, big and small. Capturing stories, discovering treasures and unearthing the roots of history along the way. If walls could talk I'd sure have a whole lot more stories to tell, that's for sure.

We've amassed such a collection of beautiful places that I thought it would be fun to put together an on-going archive of some of the most wonderful homes from across the South. I'd LOVE to know which are your favorite of the homes.


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3 Ways to Use Vintage Floral Frogs.

When I first picked up this collection of vintage floral frogs from a local antiques market I was visiting, I posted a photo to my Instagram and asked folks to guess what they were. The answers were pretty funny but so many people guessed it right.

floral frog

The flower frogs reached their popularity in the mid-twenties to thirties, which is rather apparent by their sturdy nature and craftsmanship but they date back to as early as the 16th century. The frogs are used to make floral arrangements more productive, by stabbing the flower stems into place with the spikes below, also allowing for separation and thoughtful placement of the sprigs.

They are generally made of a heavyweight metal, though you can find varieties in glass, ceramic and porcelain too. Ball ® has also made these floral cages pretty popular over the years too. They come in all shapes + sizes with the most common being the rounds, but you’ll also see rectangular and even these sweet caged frogs that I just love.

vintage floral frog

Now that you know, you’ll definitely begin seeing these at vintage and antique shops (or you can shop from our Vintage Goods collection here) so I thought I’d share a few ways in which you can get creative and use them in your own home.

 

3 CREATIVE WAYS TO USE VINTAGE FLORAL FROGS

1.  SPONGE HOLDER

The little metal spikes and solid base provide the perfect rack to set next to your kitchen sink for drying a sponge. You may way to set two next to each other for a maximum area, but this would even work for setting a bar of soap atop the spikes

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how to use floral frog as sponge holder

2.  PHOTO DISPLAY

Again the little spikes are so utilitarian and the frogs make a beautiful way to display single photographs on a bookshelf, desk or hallway table. They’re especially great where space is limited as they’re much more compact than your average picture frame and I of course love them for displaying beautiful black-and-white vintage photos – the perfect pairing. They're fun to stack too so you can play with the scale and height easily if you have quite a collection of them.

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how to use floral frog as photo holder

3.  RECIPE CARD HOLDER

Along the same lines, the floral frogs are super helpful in the kitchen as a recipe card holder, keeping  those family recipe cards a bit less splattered. Simply insert the card into the spikes and you’ll have the flexibility of being able to view both the front and backside of the card while cooking or baking those family favorites. If that’s not for you, you can shop our Wooden Recipe Card Holders instead.

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All in all, these sweet little floral frogs are so beautiful for display in a collection on a bookshelf or coffee table and make great conversation pieces. If you have a potting table or craft room, they make the perfect presentation. Or of course you can use them just as they were intended, for putting together beautiful floral arrangements for your home

Love to know any other ways you can think of to use or display these vintage treasures. #HEIRLOOMED


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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.


heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com

 

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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.

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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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heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com