Taking Decorating Cues From the Past

Today, I would like to present some pictures that were taken at my husband’s place of work: a National Historical Site and Museum featuring a Georgian frame farmhouse built by a Pennsylvania-German Mennonite in the early 1800s.  When Lily, Liam, and I went for a visit a few weeks back, I seriously couldn’t stop taking pics of all the incredible furniture.  Here are five fabulous decorating and design elements that I have to share with the world.  Enjoy!

ONE

PRIMITIVE DEACON’S BENCH: PERFECT FOR STORING THINGS IN A FRONT HALLWAY OR MUD ROOM

TWO

EXTRA WIDE PLANK FLOORING: YES PLEASE!!!

THREE

SIMPLE CURTAINS: A MONKEY’S UNCLE COULD MAKE THESE (THAT MEANS I MAY HAVE A FIGHTING CHANCE, HAHAHA)

FOUR

PEG RAILING: GREAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE MUCH CLOSET SPACE

FIVE

OPEN SHELVING IN THE KITCHEN: VERY PRACTICAL AND VISUALLY APPEALING (AS LONG AS YOU KEEP IT TIDY AND CLEAN, LOL)

Here is a picture of our family taken in front of the house.  No, this is not how Michael usually dresses. On the day of our visit, he was doing some interpretive work, so he was wearing traditional Mennonite garb.

OUR FAMILY  — IF WE ALL LOOK SLIGHTLY UNCOMFORTABLE IN THIS PICTURE, IT IS BECAUSE IT WAS SUPER HOT!!!

Just for fun, I thought I would include a few shots of a really cute and tiny bunny that was snacking on some grass near our picnic table in a nearby park.  The bunny did not seem to be afraid of us at all; it was the closest I have ever come to a wild bunny.  Look how close Lily got to petting the bunny!

Have a great weekend!!!

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2 thoughts on “Taking Decorating Cues From the Past

    • Me, too — It reminds me of Michael’s Aunt and Uncle’s kitchen in Holland…they are both potters, and their kitchen is full of their pottery…so beautiful and functional!

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