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Classy Farmhouse Home Office Inspiration

November 6, 2015

Hi! I had a random moment of inspiration to blog so here is the result of that. It’s a little ironic really that I chose workspaces for the theme today. Last week the office for which I have been the administrator of for the last five years closed and I moved to my company’s corporate office down the road. Now instead of working at a receptionist desk I have my own private office, so that’s awesome. However the current state of said office resembles a storage closet… so that’s less awesome. Haha. But we are working on cleaning it out and will get me a “big girl desk” as my boss put it. I don’t know yet how much I will be able to personalize the space, but it’s pretty exciting to be able to do even a little of that. I doubt I’ll get a lovely rustic worn wood desk, but I still love the inspiration in these photos and products today. Hope you do too!

Classy Farmhouse Home Office Inspiration

Classy Farmhouse Home Office Inspiration

Classy Farmhouse Home Office Inspiration

Classy Farmhouse Home Office Inspiration


one | Melissa and Keye Lee via Design*Sponge
two | Ann Street Studio
three | original source unknown
four | homedit


Beautiful Country House Exteriors

September 25, 2015

I have some gorgeous, perfectly shabby houses for you today. It seems I have entered a dry spell as far as motivation to blog goes, though I have had no shortage of inspiration lately. Since I became a vendor at an antique store earlier this month a lot of my “mojo” has been going towards schemes related to it; sourcing, buying, pricing, dreaming, etc. I have had dry spells like this before and still came back full force, so we’ll see where this takes us.

In the mean time if you’d like to keep seeing what I’m into, I’m more active than ever on Pinterest and Keep. If you’re not familiar with Keep (I’m assuming you’re familiar with Pinterest because come on now) it’s sort of a similar concept except everything on it is a purchasable item. You can “keep” items from any online store. I save virtually everything that catches my eye, so there’s a lot on there. I actually have more followers on Keep than on Pinterest which baffles me a little. But it kind of points to my strength: shopping. 😉

Have a fabulous weekend!

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one | original source unknown
two | Nicole Franzen
threeFreunde Von Freunden
four | House and Garden UK
five | original source unknown


Serene Bedrooms (and an Announcement!)

September 3, 2015

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I have a little announcement for anyone in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. I’m opening my own antiques booth! This idea occurred to me several months ago, but it didn’t feel like the right time then. Then a couple weeks ago I learned about some changes being made at my day job, and my first thought was that the right time had come. I did a little research and ended up signing up for a booth at Vintage Plus More! I’ll be stocking my booth tonight, just in time for the store’s 2 year anniversary party tomorrow.

To be real with you, I have no idea how lucrative this endeavor will be, but I am hopeful. Some of you may recall I attempted selling vintage a few years ago with an Etsy shop. I had a lot of fun with that, but I found that I did not have the time (or patience) to really make it profitable. Particularly with selling online there are so many steps you have to take with every single item: photographing, measuring, writing descriptions, determining postage costs, purchasing shipping supplies, and actually shipping things. It’s a lot. Now the internet of course has the advantage of giving you a potentially worldwide audience, so it’s got that going for it. But I’m really excited to give a brick and mortar store a try! Shopping, especially shopping for vintage home decor, is probably my number one favorite thing to do. So if I can work out a way to make even a little bit of income doing that, I’ll be living the dream.

Here’s an Instagram sneak peek of some of the items I was tagging last night. If you’re in the area I do hope you can check Vintage Plus More out, look for Booth #43! 🙂

Very excited about what I’m preparing for right now. Sneak peek. 😉 #vintage

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Simple Rustic Indoor Plants

August 19, 2015

Simple Rustic Indoor Plants

Has anyone else noticed that my taste in interior design has started to lean heavily towards this simple rustic look? When I first began blogging years ago the style I was most inspired by was Scandinavian, which now seems far too sterile to me. Then I got really into a playful mid-century inspired look, and now it’s a sort of bohemian rustic sensibility that’s captured my heart. I can still find inspiration and delight in lots of styles, but what I’m really craving over and over is old, beautiful, worn, natural spaces. And in those spaces plant life is often what makes things sing. Even the simplest, most humble potted plant or a single sculptural tree can bring so much life to a room.

Simple Rustic Indoor Plants

Simple Rustic Indoor Plants | Daniella Witte

Simple Rustic Indoor Plants | Daniella Witte

A solitary branch plucked from the yard can serve as a really good shortcut to getting this look. There’s a lot of good faux options too if you don’t want to wake up to find your lovely branch has wilted and gone all sad looking over night. Yes, that happened to me. I really want a long branch for this vintage jug I have but it’s one of those huge ones and it’s not realistic to put water into it, so I think faux is the answer for me.

Simple Rustic Indoor Plants | Daniella Witte

Simple Rustic Indoor Plants | The home of Bunny Mellon.

Do you have much plant life in your home? I only recently made my foray into the world of potted plants, I have two little guys on a table in the living room. They are going strong despite the fact that I only think to water them maybe once a week. I’m hoping soon to share with you more of the progress in our condo so you should get to meet them. 🙂

one | original source unknown via Georgina Lee Stuart
two | original source unknown via coco+kelley
threeDaniella Witte
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six | the home of Bunny Mellon via NY Times

A side note: I learned recently that since the redesign of the blog the comments section may not have been working for everyone. I made some changes and it should be all good to go now! There’s also a new “Like” button at the bottom of each post. So you can make my day and click “like” when the mood strikes. 🙂

Dining Room Home Products

Get The Look: Vintage Farmhouse Chic Dining Room

August 13, 2015

Get The Look: Vintage Farmhouse Chic Dining Room | The home of Daria Souvorova via Design*Sponge.

The home of Daria Souvorova via Design*Sponge.

I thought I’d try something new today and pull together a “get the look” round up of products inspired by the above vintage farmhouse chic dining room. Too many adjectives? Possibly. But it really is all those things. When searching for these products it became clear that to really get this look you have to use a lot of vintage, nothing can replace that age and character. So for several items I’m including both a new and vintage option for your consideration.

Get The Look: Vintage Farmhouse Chic Dining Room

New Chandelier $320 | Vintage Chandelier $1,300
Art by Valdas Misevičius | Frames by Framebridge
New Table $250 | Vintage Table $650

To find chandeliers like this, search for “Williamsburg chandelier”. I don’t particularly love most chandeliers in this style but the unique detail on that vintage number definitely caught my eye. These chandeliers also totally lend themselves to modernization. They can be spraypainted (both the body and/or the faux candlesticks), and the bulbs can be switched out for round bulbs which completely changes the personality of the piece.

Get The Look: Vintage Farmhouse Chic Dining Room

New Chair 1 $260/pair | New Chair 2 $170 | New Chair 3 $149
Vintage Chair Set 1 $275 | Vintage Chair Set 2 $1,200
Rug $1,135 | Trunk $510

When searching for chairs like this try “windsor”, “bentwood”, and “farmhouse”. Or if you love that vintage set of 6 as much as I do add “Thonet”. The rug is a “Geometric Kazak Oriental Rug”. This very charming type of trunk can be found looking for “barrel stave wood trunk”. A lot of these items can be found at antique stores, flea markets, and even thrift stores. Happy searching!

So what do you think? Did I replicate the inspiration room pretty well? Would you like to see more posts like this? Let me know! 🙂

Kitchen My Home

Planning Our Kitchen Remodel

August 7, 2015

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It’s been a long time since I blogged about my own home. Just over a year. While it doesn’t feel to me like a lot has happened or changed, there are definitely some things I could share with you guys. For starters I’m excited to say that my husband and I are just starting a kitchen remodel! This is by far the biggest project I’ve taken on in our little condo since I bought it in back in 2010. It’s awesome not just because we’ll have a much nicer kitchen but also because I really wanted to get this taken care of before trying to sell the place, so we’re taking a big step in that direction.

Just for fun, here’s the shot of my kitchen from the real estate listing when I purchased it. I’d completely forgotten about those orange walls! That I inexplicably painted yellow when I moved in.


Other than a new dishwasher that I had to get several years ago, everything about the kitchen was original to the home which was built in the ’70s. A couple weeks ago we started things off with a new stove and range hood (not pictured). Going from a decades old bisque colored appliance to a modern, much more powerful one in stainless steel… wow. For now we still have an old off-white fridge, though I do hope to replace that too.

The next step in our remodel is getting the cabinets painted! I’m quite excited. We have a painter scheduled for this coming Monday. We are going from that same yellow off-white color to a true bright white, specifically Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore. It’s a classic choice and it’s what we have on all of our trim throughout the condo. It will make the room feel so much fresher, cleaner, and more modern. Painting is much more affordable than replacing all the cabinets, but will still have a huge impact.

We’re waiting for some quotes on new counter tops. The current counter is ’70s laminate that is literally peeling at the seams. What I’m hoping for is the white marble look without actual marble. Our counter top lady said she has everything from laminate (which can be much much better these days) to granite to quartz that has that marble look, so it will just be a matter of what works with the budget. While real marble is stunning, it has weaknesses as far as maintenance and durability. My parents got a marble-look quartz in their new kitchen and you would never know it isn’t real marble. Seems like the way to go if you don’t want to worry about staining and scratching. Not to mention certain types of marble can be prohibitively expensive.

Along with new counters we’ll be getting a new sink and faucet. When I first started searching for these things I really wasn’t sure what I wanted. Stainless steel sinks seem to be popular so I looked at those first, but I ended up picking out a white undermount sink that I think would be lovely. The faucet was even more difficult. Nickel? Bronze? Brass? There are lots of options that all could probably work. I love brass faucets but it is very hard to find a good one under $300. I am now leaning towards a black faucet, which I think is a good compromise between being a little out of the ordinary while still very neutral and easy to pair with other elements. I may still change my mind about either the sink or the faucet. We shall see!

At some point, hopefully in early September, new hardware will arrive for the cabinets that I am pumped about. Here I indulged my love of brass and ordered the Riverwood Knob and Greenwood Pull from Schoolhouse Electric (shown below).

Finally there’s the backsplash. This is even more up in the air than the sink and faucet. There are so many directions you can go with a backsplash and we also need to wait to see how much money we still have after everything else is taken care of. While I love a good classic white subway tile, you may have noticed that there is already a lot of white in the plan. An all-white kitchen can be fantastic but I thought it would be fun to do something else with the backsplash. Colorful backsplashes have a very hard time winning me over. For example I can not stand the colorful mosaic glass tile trend. While I think something with color could potentially work, the idea of a dramatic black tile is very appealing to me. The only possible concern is that it would of course make the kitchen very high contrast, with all that white broken up by a strong horizontal band of black. Do I want it to be high contrast? I still have to mull that over. The small dining room that is directly adjacent to the kitchen is in fact already high contrast with a nearly-white gray above the chair rail and a near-black below. So it might end up making perfect sense to continue that theme.

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Knob | Pull | Tile | Faucet | Sink

So that is the loose plan right now! I just can not wait for the painter to start the process. It will really be “real” once that step is complete I think. Hopefully everything else will follow swiftly and I’ll have shiny after photos for you soon!