Who doesn’t love a good cliché?  Ok, here I go with mine:

2013 is the year where my dreams become realities.

Maybe not all of them, but some of the big ones.  2012 is when I got a dream job: Hospitality Coordinator at Soter Vineyards.  And January of this year is when I got my dream house: a turn-of-the-century farmhouse on a vineyard.  I get to live with a dear & kindred friend Jackie.  We’ll hopefully be getting a dog soon.  And since I’m holding onto hope for my dreams this year, I’ll just go ahead and announce that I’ll meet my dream man sometime in the next 9 months (with an air of skepticism).

I may not post as many recipes on this blog in the upcoming year, but you’re all invited to come to the farmhouse and live life with me.  To start, here are a couple photos of the new digs for you.  This house inspires me–the bones, the floors, the light, the surroundings, the people, everything.  And it’s only just begun.  I’ll be raising many glasses to this upcoming season.  Hope you can come over and sit on the porch with me soon.

Isn't she lovely? Photo cred goes to Jackie.


Scored the end table at Goodwill for $12.99!

Crazy for this Kilim rug. I'm obsessed with finding fun ideas on Pinterest. I'd love to be featured on the Apartment Therapy blog soon. New sofa coming soon, too!

OBSESSED with Kilim.

Love this old green frame. I strung twine behind it and put up postcards, photos, fun prints, and any momento I've collected along the way--old hymns, brother's save-the-date for his wedding, watercolors my grandpa painted, etc.

Beautiful birthday cards, a coaster from my visit to New Belgium Brewery in Ft. Collins, CO, the sunset from my parents house a photo of Toni Morrison taken by Annie Liebowitz, ...

Another Pinterest inspired design idea: using pant hangers for prints. Love the old map of Manhattan on the right.

Old trunk, new lamp, bold prints.

Crafty housewarming love from my friend and old roommate Tayler from www.awkwardolive.com

Apartment Therapy recommends jazzing up a rental by replacing the switch plates. I got these beauties from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I have them all over the house and I absolutlely love them! They remind me of that magical city.

Your room! AKA the guest room. I snagged some wood pallets from work for the bedframe. So fun, SUPER easy, and cheap (of free:) ). Please come stay!

This is what you'll wake up too in the guest room.

The front porch...*sigh*. It came with the American flag and the heart cut-outs. The red rocking chair is mine and fits perfectly. I'll be drinking a lot of coffee & wine, and reading & writing out here on the daily when the weather gets good.

I loooove bathrooms with natural light....like this one.

Now onto the kitchen. The switch plate should look familiar. These watercolor plates are my color inspriation for the kitchen island and stools (which aren't finished so you won't see them today).

The patron saint of the kitchen. All the ladies in my family have him proudly displayed in their kitchens. He can only be found in San Miguel de Allende as well.

Glass bottles & vases, sunlight, and a jade.

My friend Liesl sent me the perfect housewarming card: The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.

Another mantra for the farmhouse: Love people. Cook them tasty food.

Morning glow in the kitchen.

This is definitely NOT our kitchen, but this is Jackie. And our nut butters. Homemade baby!





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3 comments on “The Unexpected Farmhouse

  1. Meghann on said:

    pretty ladies. and gorgeous place. the light really IS inspiring. LOVE! to you, and to this year. xo

  2. Vicki Friesen on said:

    Mari, your little farm house makes me swoon! Congrats on your cozy home!

  3. Rachael-Lynn on said:

    Delightful, Mari, just delightful! I need to come visit and enjoy some (or a whole lot) of good wine!!!

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