Rachel Ashwell Inspirations and More Romance to the Ranch

I have been picking up where I left off and taking my ideas and  Inspirations slowly putting them together to give our Ranch style home a little more "Romance". 

Here are this weeks projects/thoughts/finds

Being inspired by  Rachel Ashwells Rennaissance Mirror
Image from shabbychic.com

I bought a ten Dollar mirror at a yard sale it was gold not old but had alot of potential

Ten Dollar previously gold painting white to lighten up the wood wall!

Mirror needs one more coat of "white dove" and cleaned (I hate taping of.....easier for me to clean......)  it is my beautifully detailed 10.00 yard sale find!

The mirror will be hung on the wall just above this leather loveseat to add brightness and some feminine frill
to our living room!  (I picked up the muslin pillow shams at local antique mall, I also got muslin curtains to put on my wall of windows............hope you come back to see how they are hung when I get my vintage wood clothes hangers from ebay in the mail.........................

I love to read Rachel's blog, books and watch her video's
So when looking at what she has done to her "prairie inn"

Image on Rachel Ashwell's Blog @ shabbychic.com

It made me not so eager to replace this, hmmmmmmmmm maybe I can keep the
wagon wheel light fixture that is original to my 32 year old house.....after all
Mind is working on how to make it just a bit more feminine!
Ceiling will be painted to lighten up the room!

Okay here are a few other things I completed this week.....

I had one of the cabinets for over ten years and found the other a few months back these are flanking the fireplace
I am looking for a large white victorian era fire place mantle and will have tv hung above, the window planter will then have to find a sunroom spot. The area these are flanking was wasted space as it is brick raised up 18 inches so no furniture could set in that area, now I have alot of family heirlooms, family pictures etc to display.

This was another 10.00 find at same yard sale as mirror I really scored that day I spent 60.00 and came home with my suv full! coolest yard sale I have been to and it was not advertised I happened by it in the early am

I primed then painted a light gray, shantied it up a bit with sandpaper, applied a wipe on poly and a new knob
(this will reside in sunroom but walls are still unpainted so it displayed better here for picture)

That Enamelware washbasin was a 2.00 yard sale find............

This was my big splurge, Anthropologie knob  8.00
it was the perfect color sunroom reveal not far off......I hope!

Just another view of the rennaisance mirror available at Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture New York, London, and Santa Monica!  (or you can DIY for 10.00 like me)

I wanted to share with you a couple of newly acquired family heirlooms that I received When my Sweet Mother passed

This lamp was my Grandma Sharps and fits perfectly with my Sunroom decor (reveal soon)

The sunbonnet Sue and overall Sam Quilt was Done by my
Great Granny Lee, and is probably 1930's The other Postage stamp quilt was given to me
by a friend whom was cleaning out her mothers things and told me they had plenty that her mother made to remember her by but this was one she had picked up and would I like it............Ummm I treasure it. It does need to be top quilted and that will be done by me this  year!!!  Oh and the shabby chic white quilt rack Hubby brought home two days ago and said honey I think it is worth the 5.00 I paid for it.......Gotta love my hubby he has quite an eye for my decor!  So sweet....

So I am continuing to work on my living room and sunroom, sew, read 100 year old letters and cards that were found in my mothers things, sort 100+ year old pictures to share................

 Thanks for reading my friends!



  1. How come I can never find such great deals at yard sales? Love how the mirror & table turned out! Great deals too!


  2. I would have arm wrestled you for that awesome mirror. Just love it all....:))

  3. nice shabby inspiration post! thanks!

  4. Love your mirror!
    The wagon wheel is cool ...have you thought of painting it white?

  5. I think the bear on the rug needs a girlie bonnet on it's head! Now THAT would be romantic! jk, lol......;) Having fun. Nice yard sale find!

  6. Oh just look at all of the lovelies. . . You have some very pretty things. I love the quilts. And the mirror, what a beauty. The little table is also a treasure. Very pretty. Thanks for sharing your loveliness. Hugs, Karie

  7. Beautiful mirror! You have to love yard sale season. What a deal! You did a nice makeover on the side/entry table too. Paint is a wonderful thing :)It's fun to see all the changes you're making.
    Have a great week! :)~Michelle

  8. lovely blog..thanks so much for stopping by mine!
    cheryl x

  9. I love that mirror!
    And that lamp from your Mother!! LOVE!

  10. love that table! and your cabinets, too- gorgeous!!!

  11. Wow--amazing story about those cabinets! You've got some amazing finds here!

  12. How cool! Love that mirror you did an amazing job!!

  13. Your inspiration in action has paid dividends... love it all! And I'm positively swooning over that chippy door in your Banner that has the Cowboy hat hanging on it... aged to PERFECTION!!!

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  14. Fabulous Treasures & Great Transformations....

  15. Love all of your projects. That mirror is just gorgeous!

  16. Gorgeous mirror Sherry...love it!!! ~Deb~

  17. FABULOUS finish on your demi-lune table!! Looks GREAT and LOVE the Anthropologie Knob! xo

    :D Lynda

  18. GREAT!
    I have given you an award! Congratulations!

  19. Hi, I wanted to let you know you can find the pink toile lampshades at Home Goods in the baby decorating department! I bought mine a few years ago, but I often see them.

  20. I love to visit you! So much eye candy today!

  21. Such great things you have going on! Nice to visit with you. Amy

  22. What a great post! I never find such good deals as that.

  23. Fabulous mirror and table - everything is looking wonderful. Happy Show and Tell Friday!

  24. Ummm? I am loving this blog1 A little shabby...a little rustic! You are my kind of girl! :) Come by & sign up for my continual giveaway...this week a $100 giveaway! And a few of my recent posts about furniture and bird cages...and a hilarious story about me! I am off to read more on your blog!;) Meme

  25. Hi Sherry, The mirror is beautiful and I can't believe the price. I adore the pillows and the Pantry door. You found some really great things.
    Thanks for joining my Open House party.


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