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Red Barns and Milk Paint

The Ironstone Nest Barn 2

It is a symbol of Americana: the red barn.           But have you ever wondered why barns are red in color? Why aren't they yellow? Why aren't they orange? Well it all comes down to (1) farmers wanting to protect and preserve the wood they used to build the barns and (2) necessity. They had to use what they had on hand. … [Read more...]

Whose Broad Stripes and Bright Stars

Store Window GO

I'm not generally a seasonal decorator in our home, but now that we have our store, it'll be fun to re-stage for each new holiday.   We redid our storefront window from our Grand Opening Window:     To this window for the 4th of July holiday:       My favorite part of this window is the reclaimed wood flag. And … [Read more...]

Sunday Inspiration – June 22, 2014


Strength.  We all have it.  Some times more than other times, but it's always in you.   … [Read more...]

White on White


I'm getting the itch (again) to change up our living room. "Hi, my name is Laura and I'm addicted to redecorating".   When I moved into this house 7 years ago, the walls in the living room were painted white. At the time, I really hated white. I was more into bohemian and earth tones so I painted the walls an earthy terra cotta color. We lived with it for a … [Read more...]


June 2014 Buffet

I have a furniture transformation for you! I haven't shared one in quite a long time, and I am very excited about this one because I absolutely love her color.   I picked her up in the dark of the night and within 2 days of bringing her home, I gave her a whole new look. Now let's be honest here: she wasn't too bad to begin with:     I … [Read more...]

Sunday Inspiration – May 25, 2014


Hubby here, with a quick pinch hit post.  As most of you are aware, we are prepping to re-launch The Ironstone Nest shop front in a new location.  Consequently,  life has been a complete chaotic whirlwind over these last few months.  I apologize for taking Laura away from the blog, but we both hope this is the start of something even bigger.   I know she has … [Read more...]

Getting There

The Ironstone Nest Window

We've been working tirelessly to get our store ready. There will be a lot of blog posts over the next couple of weeks about how this came about, the renovations, before and afters and much, much more.   We finally revealed our front window today, and although our Grand Re-Opening isn't until May 29th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., we wanted to let you in a … [Read more...]

Sunday Inspiration – May 4, 2014


I'm going to keep this short and sweet: I hope for you that wherever you are today, and whatever circumstances you may have been dealing with, that you're able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. … [Read more...]

Tea Stained Easter Eggs

Easter Egg tea staining

Renovations of our new retail space have consumed our days so it was very nice to take a little bit of a break over this past Easter weekend. When it came time to color our eggs for the holiday, I decided I wanted to do something a little different with mine. I grabbed 3 of the hard boiled eggs and set them aside just for me!   I didn't bother looking … [Read more...]

Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Color and Top Coats


Have you ever wanted to see what each of the colors in the Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint line looks like with each of the Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint top coats?   Well now you can!     Aren't they fabulous?  These graphics and sample boards were put together by Allison over at The Golden Sycamore.  She's a talented blogger and fellow … [Read more...]