HIDDEN TREASURE: Antique log cabin

It was Summer 2015 when Renaissance Man and I came upon this site . . .   We were looking at property, considering whether or not to purchase and restore its old farmhouse—to make it a NEW old house in the country.   Hidden in the trees was this small log cabin made of hand-hewn logs. This cabin—on the oldest farm in our East Tennessee valley. Could it be the original cabin from the 18th century?   We could tell it had been moved (and improperly rebuilt). It had also been used as a pig shed—and storage for junk—and the tin roof had caved in.   And yet, those antique logs called our names.     We didn't buy the property. The farm we already owned just across the valley had ... Keep Reading...

MY WINDOWS TO THE WORLD: Restoring antique windows—a labor of love

As I prepared this post for you, I came across pics taken the very first time we walked the land that is now our Wild Rose Farm. It was November 2011 . . . and we became its caretakers on January 6, 2012.     That was six years ago.   For the first five years, Wild Rose Farm provided an oft-much-needed respite a mere 10 minutes away from the old house we'd restored in town. It served as my "window to the world", in a sense, as I spent many hours here reading, journaling, praying . . . hiking, taking photographs, even tablescaping.   Over time, our hearts were drawn ever more often to this place of natural beauty, and we began dreaming about building a new "old" farmhouse.   Last week, we ... Keep Reading...

Things you probably expect to see in my Finally Farmhouse — but won’t!

Let’s play a game . . .   Which of these things do you think we will — or won’t — be including in the construction of our Finally Farmhouse?   Here’s a clue:  You may be surprised.  :-)   Claw foot tub Shiplap Shaker chairs Farm (or trestle) table Barn door Salvaged flooring Stained glass Subway tile Industrial lighting Antique logs Reclaimed windows Farmhouse sink Hex tiles Dutch door Bar stools Chrome Transoms Well . . . What do you think?     I hope you’re having a good week. We made it to Wednesday! I’ll see you soon with behind-the-scenes pictures. I promise!  I’m trying reeaally hard to finish a few non-construction projects so we can play! ... Keep Reading...