French Ranch? A victorian Mantle and patina on china hutches

I went yesterday to Springtown Texas and we saw many affordable pieces of land build sites where horses would be just really got me to looking on pinterest to what home I would like to if given the opportunity to build.

I sway back and forth between French Rock/stone Farmhouse Acadian styles and the American Frame Farmhouse in our area of Texas most houses being built are Brick with mixed stone so the Rustic stone/brick would fit better and have alot less maintenance, Since we are just playing with the idea of building and may not even make a move I just wanted to go on pinterest and see images that really inspire me

 A home like this would fit in with all the European style homes Being built in Texas, pink flowers would thrive in the texas sun
 Blue shutters get me everytime I have a plethora of blue shutter  pics pinned on my interest
 This would be a dream come true........on say five acres of sandy loam with round pen and access to some trails.........

It would take alot of looking, saving and planning to make a move from where we are at .....the main reason to move would be horse facilities/and a large shop for my husband both of which we do not have room for at current location...

Until a decision is made I will continue to make my 1979 Ranch Style home on almost an acre be our dream home.  Projects I did this week brought a few discussions on to paint brick or not to paint brick.  I had never even contemplated painting the brick on my fireplace area, I like contrast and a rustic look balance out with glamour but this image of whitewash brick is beautiful
 I also love the contrast of natural exposed brick like the imagae below

My project this week was finally painting a victorian late 1800's mantle for my living area

 Awaiting a piece of bevelled mirror to complete the mantle
Mantle as I was starting  (the orange ceiling is going away this afternoon as I and family finish this project!)

After painting Mantle with Annie Sloan Old Ochre/WHite and using gold guild it made the flanking hutches just a little boring to me.....too much stark white in room so I created patina using French Canvas and a light whisper gray this time I used just a really good latex flat paint from lowes as that is what I had on worked wonderfully

Shantygirl is my name and heavy distress is my game......

I really like the look of the two tone grey and white and distress over just plain white, there is alot of other plain white in the room

So Next week I hope to have the finishing touches, no more orange, and chandy's hung,  and of course this winters quilting and pillow sewing will add alot of softer edges to the leather, I am starting to see the French/Ranch look that I have been dreaming of.....I will put family pictures in frames in the china hutches.  A few more blues and purples around and sprinkle with pink roses

 Some lavender and crocks that I have collected will compliment the look and add the right texture I am looking for
 Morning light coming through the room gave me the peaceful easy laid back feeling that I am looking to achieve
Chandy's I am working with to hang around house these were all either free or bought at a very low price......gotta love junkie... I know I know leather is a bit masculine, we are just not a slip cover friendly family I would be washing daily around here...  I dreamed of these couches and finally got them thirteen years ago they are worn in just right still look wonderful and so easy to care for that well I will keep them incorporated into my rustic french/Ranch look

Gramma's Antique Figurines were always  my favorite heirlooms along with her purple english water vase and bowl and latrine set....and I display these happily in my space
The colors/patina on the figurines were the inspiration for the colors on the mantle

I also used Annie Sloan's French Linen and Ochre and am putting the finishing touches on a curio that will house all Mine and My Mothers/Great Grandmothers and Grandmothers Figurines some go as far back as 1890! Some were bought in last ten years by hubby for me I love adding little shabby romantic touches to the French/Ranch style as well

Well thanks for glimpsing at my space

I hope you come back to see the reveal, my son and I worked on a ton of furniture this week for my antique retail space and will share that later in the week.

I will be linking to Miss Mustardseeds Furniture Feature Friday come see all the inspiration!s

Have a wonderful Sunday!


  1. Lovely pictures. Your room looks so restful. I love the set you finished for the twins and we've finally got some of their clothes put away.
    What a wonderful talent you have.
    Lovely to see you last week-end.

  2. Oh my, how beautiful. I love the blue shutters. Your livingroom is so pretty, and the white mantel on that wall, looks so great.

    Hugs from me

  3. Love what you're doing. That mantle is gorgeous! Can't wait to see it with the mirror.

  4. Oh, I absolutely love how this room is progressing!! The hutches look fantastic - great decision. Isn't it wonderful when you can finally start to see your vision begin to take shape - and how it all starts to come together - just as you knew it would!

  5. I would love to build a house on 5 acres with a barn for horses. Your mantel looks great!

  6. You've certainly been working your fingers to the bone, Sherry! And it all looks just fabulous! Those matching china cabinets are amazing on each side of the fireplace!! Great job, sweetie!

    xoxo laurie


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