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Painting Again and Vulnerability

The Ironstone Nest November 4

With owning a store comes a lot of responsibility and tasks that have taken me away from how this all began: with me painting and refinishing furniture. There are business tasks that need to be tended to on a daily basis that have taken me away from my love of painting furniture. Well this week, I made time for it. I rolled up my sleeves, put on my painting apron … [Read more...]

City Farmhouse Show Recap 2014

City Farmhouse The Ironstone Nest 2

As some of you know, we made the trip back to Nashville, TN this year for the 2nd Annual City Farmhouse Pop Up show with a trailer full of goodies. We had had such a great time last year that it was a no-brainer to return for a second round. And I was lucky enough to be asked to return to do another Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Demo as well.   One of the … [Read more...]

So far behind

fusion sale

There are a lot of changes going on right now and we're adjusting to the changes and one of things that has suffered is my blog. There just aren't enough hours in the day sometimes. And then there's a little thing called sleep that I heard is kind of important once in a while. I have a lot of posts coming up, including before and after photos our store which I've … [Read more...]

Crossroads – Sunday Inspiration, November 9, 2014


We all have moments where that little voice won't stop nagging us. Is it worth it? Do I? Don't I? Should I? What if?     But you'll never know what's on the other side of the question if you don't try and see what happens . . .     I encourage you to try. I hope you will. No matter what the outcome, you'll be better … [Read more...]

Two Roads…

The Road Not Taken

  Hey everyone, hubby here.   I didn't even ask permission to post this blog, but lately, with how busy we've been, I don't think Laura will mind.   As some of you know, it's been a hectic few weeks here. We returned from Nashville and jumped right into the holiday ordering and decorating for the store. If you work retail, you know how … [Read more...]

City Farmhouse Pop Up Show 2014

City Farmhouse

The time has arrived! We are leaving tomorrow and heading to Nashville for the 2nd Annual City Farmhouse Pop Up Show! We love doing pop up shows and we had such a fantastic time last year. We can't wait to get there and see the beautiful show grounds at the Buddy Killen Estate, the Folk & Folly exhibit, all of the fantastic performers, Kim and David Leggett (some … [Read more...]

Curio as a Stain on Our Shop Floors – Guest Blogging at Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint

Curio Floors 6

I'm guest blogging over at Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint blog today about how we used Milk Paint as a Stain in Curio for our shop floors.     I noticed that I never mentioned in the post how much Hemp Oil it took to seal 1500 square feet of wood and the answer is: 2 gallons. We love hemp oil! Before the nasty winter weather arrives, we'll apply a … [Read more...]

Sunday Inspiration – October 5, 2014

Youve failed many times

I saw this come through on my timeline on Facebook tonight and I just needed to share it with you. It speaks for itself and I hope you feel encouraged by it:     The credit for this post comes from Jeff Dunham, shared earlier on his Facebook page. It stopped me in my tracks. Powerful words!   … [Read more...]

People You Meet

Maierle Furniture

I've met a lot of great people since beginning this blog in 2011. Some are other vendors, antique dealers, antique lovers, furniture refinishers, photographers, interior designers, you name it! But my favorite people are the ones that come to me with a story to tell. I've heard a lot of them, but today's story goes to show how you never know what might happen when … [Read more...]

Beautiful Autumn


As much as I could leave the cold weather behind, I absolutely love the Fall season. I love the turning of the leaves, hayrides, pumpkins, hot cider, cozy nights, and the feeling that we're all slowing down a bit. Fall is also harvest time and a time to enjoy the bounty of the season and gather around our tables to reconnect and share.   So when I began … [Read more...]