I've been working with a friend to help the parents of another friend to facilitate a barn sale that will help the parents pare down a lifetime of collecting and gathering as they prepare to downsize sometime in the next year(?).
Did you catch all that?
The couple who own the house have lived there for over 30 years. They are both artists and craftsmen in every sense of the word. They have been making (heavy emphasis on making) and collecting beautiful things for their entire lives.
In many ways they make me look like a minimalist and untalented as well!
In this very picture heavy post you will see bits and pieces of the home they built - much of which with their own hands - and the things that we are NOT selling in the barn sale.
Please forgive the rushed photography. There were so many things to see.
Have you noticed the talent yet?
This is them.
The woodwork. The textiles. The pottery.
She is a decorator, too.
And they've laid a tile or two.
He's been making some tables lately.
And THIS table that makes me faint with envy...
They have a whole solarium with just shelves of things they have found in nature.
Well, mostly in nature.
I want to watch TV in this room (maybe without the vertical blinds)
with my TV on this TV stand.
And put my (not yet conceived) grandchildren to bed in these beds.
and weave and sew in this studio
and store all my tools and supplies in this basement work area (you should see the rest)
and cook meals in this kitchen - which would have been designed by me and handcrafted by my husband -
and an open pantry filled with beautiful and unique storage
and I would decorate with old nails (which I have been collecting since I saw this)
and have beautiful storage solutions
and then I would design and build a magnificent metal sideboard.
and have beautiful and unusual architectural elements above my bed.
I would have only the sparest and most natural of window treatments.
and a different antique doorknob on every door
My creations would be everywhere
and I would have perfectly balanced gallery walls.
I would store my office equipment in a beautiful antique cabinet
and when I wanted to make a mirror out of whatever latest cool thing I found,
well, my husband would just fix that right up for me.
When I needed a candlestick for my dining room table? Simple. I would just use that old brass fire hose nozzle I had stashed away.
Not everything in this house is my style. But I have nothing - absolutely nothing - but amazement and admiration for the lovely and talented people who built it.
Tomorrow I will show you more bad pictures of the barn sale itself. If you live anywhere around Ortonville, MI and are interested in checking out the sale or just stopping in to say hi, you will find us at 385 State Park Rd, Ortonville, MI 48462.
In addition to the antiques and decorative items, there will be more live-edged tables as well as some other beautiful wood creations available for purchase. You could probably also make a custom order.
Make something wonderful today!
Miss Mustard Seed
DIY Vintage Chic