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My Vintage Pad Home Tour: Patricia F. from a small Missouri town, just outside St Louis

Please help me welcome Patricia to Vintage Indie for another fabulous My Vintage Pad Home Tour & Interview

    Hi Patricia, thank you so much for welcoming us into your beautiful home. Can you please give us a little walk through of each room.


Sure, I'll start with the dining room pictured above. I painted this room, Sherwin Williams Interesting Aqua, last year. The ceiling is Topsail, also Sherwin Williams.  The color is a complete departure for me. I usually use earthy colors. The previous color was Laura Ashley Gold #3. 


My favorite part of this room is my mother's china cabinet.  Mother passed away a few years ago. This piece is very special to me.  The view to the front garden is also a favorite. That's the reason there are no window coverings in this room. This room is my favorite at this time, but that could change in a twinkling, to another room in our home.


(Powder Room Above)

The powder room makeover is the most recent.  It was completed very recently.  Previously painted Ralph Lauren Longjohn Red and decorated with prints and mirrors in ornate frames.  The new look is more casual.  I used Sherwin Williams Mink, a paint leftover from a project at our Lake of the Ozarks condo.


While I love every part of the makeover, the window is my favorite!

Where do you find inspiration for decorating your home?

Mary Carol Garrity, of Nell Hill's, is one of my sources for inspiration. I've toured her home a few times and visited her shops, as well. She is an amazing woman, with a lovely personality.  I own all of her books. Other sources of inspiration are design books and magazines and design blogs. I also enjoy going on home tours.


We have custom made hickory cabinets in our kitchen. We recently had the island painted black. Absolutely love it. It makes the room flow with the breakfast room, where a black cabinet and table are used.  


Next we move on to our living room. A favorite thing about this room is the Grandfather Clock.  We bought this particular model from Howard Miller because, among the chimes is, Beethoven's 9th (Ode to Joy). Other favorites are the pictures that hang beside the clock.  The top one is a sketch of our home, given to us, when our home was featured on a holiday home tour, in 2006.  The print below is from Nell Hill's Briarcliff (Kansas City, MO). It depicts a Black Labrador Retriever. I bought it, because it reminds me of our sweet Molly. I tend to purchase wall accessories and art, that have special meaning for us.  The print of Split Rock Lighthouse, on Lake Superior, was purchased when we toured the lighthouse, several years ago.  It hangs over the bench beside the stairs.


Another feature of the living room I love is the window, because it looks onto the back porch..  Back Porch Musings' name comes from this outdoor room, we enjoy using 3 seasons of the year.

How do vintage things play a role in your room/home?

We have several vintage furniture pieces in our home.  We recently acquired a double bonnet secretary desk, circa 1920's. It is used in the master bedroom.  I also collect vintage table linens and use them, quite often.  I would definitely recommend using vintage pieces in every room. Set the table with the "good" dishes, instead of just having them stored away or displayed.



Any advice on creating your look?

Remember to buy what you love, when creating your look.  Developing your style doesn't necessarily mean following trends or thinking about what is in or out.  Try using accessories in out of the ordinary ways.  I've developed my style over a period of over 40 years..  I find that many ideas I use now, I used many years ago. They still work today.


Patricia  writes a lovely blog Back Porch Musings, head over to view more photos of her home and a closer look at the back porch that started it all.

Thank you again Patricia for inviting us in your home.


Pat@Back Porch Musings

Thank you so much for including our home in Vintage Indie My Vintage Pad Home Tours. I am so appreciative of your kind invitation.



I follow Pat's blog and just had to come see this feature!! You did a great job on it, and I will be back to look at more homes!!
Have a great week!!


as usual -- Pat just rocks the house!!


Pat is so talented, and her home is as lovely as she is.

Thanks for sharing this feature...




I love Pat's blog!! Her home and decorating is amazing.
Thanks for the nice feature!


oh my goodness, this is divine

I love Pat's blog and I love the home, seems to team beautifully antiques and vintage pieces with still a comfort factor, hard to pull off I think



I just love Pat and her home is so gorgeous! Thanks for featuring my friend. Blessings, Celene


My first visit to your blog. Pat sent me over to see her house, and you've done a lovely job of showcasing Pat's beautiful home. laurie

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