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.


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Back of the Bag Recipes.

Back before the days of Pinterest, I used to keep a great big notebook filled to the brim of recipes, design ideas I loved, wedding details and even baby names all archived for me to one day pull from. I'd rip them out of magazines and carefully paste them in one by one. I still have that binder today.

My Grandma's version of this was similar, only she collected the recipes from advertisements, newspaper clippings and recipes her neighbors + friends would share with her from time to time.

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As I sift through some of our "old family favorites" it always strikes me how some of the recipes we grew up with from long ago are actually just go-old "back of the bag" classics from some of the brands we love.

Chocolate Chip Cookies are made straight from the Nestle bag, and the Hershey's Chocolate Frosting recipe is the best around. 

These are the tried and true ones that we go back to year after year, but in days past when folks didn't have the Internet to Google any recipe at a moments notice, they had to rely on what they had on hand. Scouring their pantry and thankful for those smart brand marketers that new by including recipe cards and recipes printed on the sacks they would garner some pretty happy housewives who would become long-time fans of their product.

The brand marketer in me loves this notion.

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Just before I went away to college my Grandmother gifted me with an amazing binder, broken into sections with pasted in recipes she had been collecting for me for years. She pasted my homecoming picture into it at the beginning and noted that these basic recipes would get me through while I was still learning to cook on my own.

I love this treasure and it still sits in my pantry next to my "professional" cookbook collection that I've amassed over the years. It's a wonderful reminder of the foundations she laid and while I don't pull it out too often to cook from any more, I do still grab that sack of chocolate chips off the shelf anytime I'm making Chocolate Chip Cookies for the kiddos.

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I'd love to know what "back of the bag" recipes you love to make as staples for your family! #HEIRLOOMED


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Dessert Round-Up for your Valentine.

If you've followed along here for any amount of time you know that I just love to bake. The precision of it is not really my thing but the nostalgia of baked goods brings me back to childhood.

If you're looking to make a homemade treat for your love this Valentine's Day, here are a few of my past recipes that I thought you might want to consider...

Nostalgic Whoopie Pies

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homemade French hot cocoa / heirloomed

Love to know what you're baking for your Valentine, or if you decide to give any of these a try! #HEIRLOOMED

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Hoppin’ John for the New Year.

A very happy new year to you! Last year was one of the best yet and I have high hopes and big plans for 2018 to beat it.

You know I love a good tradition so here on January 1st I'm celebrating this Southern dish, strangely called Hoppin' John. A dish that dates back to the mid 1800's and originates in the low country of South Carolina, this is about as traditional as they come.

As the tradition goes, I hope you've gotten in your collard greens, black-eyed peas + cornbread  for all the good luck + good fortune that can come your way this year. Below I'm sharing a recipe from my friends over at Dixie Lily from a fun styled shoot I did with them last year.

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HOPPIN' JOHN

  • 1 cup dry blackeyes*
  • 4 thick slices bacon, cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Generous dash each hot red pepper and black pepper
  • 3 cups cooked rice

Soak blackeyes by preferred method. Rinse and drain blackeyes thoroughly. Cook bacon in heavy saucepan until browned. Add onion, green pepper and garlic. Sauté until onion is tender. Add beans, 2 cups water and seasonings. Cover and simmer 40 to 50 minutes or until beans are tender. Remove bay leaf; stir in rice. Continue simmering about 10 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. As an alternative, beans may be served over rice.  Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Enjoy!

Happy new year to you! Love to know what you'd like to see more of in 2018


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Storing Your Holiday Ornaments.

It can be a challenge to find a way to store all of your Christmas decorations, let alone an aesthetically appealing away to do so. You know I'm a big lover of reusing antique and vintage items in your home and this is a pretty little hack.

That's why I use old Coca-Cola crates to store my ornaments and holiday knick knacks, and we even have a few in the Vintage Goods shop right now. It just reminds of me special attic finds and treasures you'd expect to see in a super old home.

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The slots in the crates are practically made for most ornament sizes and save you the time of making your own partitioned container. You can even store the crates in a more visible closet or on a shelf, rather than hiding a more unsightly plastic container away in the basement, etc. 

For super old + special ornaments I tend to wrap them in Kraft or archival paper for safe keeping and tuck them high away so they're not to be broken.

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This creative, cute and eco-friendly solution goes over well in my house and makes packing up after the holidays a much less daunting task.

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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