And the Story Begins: Furniture with a new story to tell.

Things are going to start picking back up here at Vintage Indie. Now that we're getting settled into our new place, and learning what is like to live in a 89 year old farm house. We are enjoying the charm and wide open space here. 

Today, I'd like to introduce you to And the Story Begins. Local to Northern Kentucky; furniture artist Holly Carpenter, is creating new stories for once disregarded furniture. 

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She specializes in using Annie Sloan's coveted Chalk Paint

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Buffet in progress above. 

To learn more about And the Story Begins and to see more of Holly's work, please like her new Facbook page


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The Daily Swank: Vintage Wooden Chairs

We've been snowed in/frozen in, but with focus on getting our school work completed on time, so that we can take spring break a little later in our home school year. We're really enjoying our year-round schooling and snow days don't seem to bother anyone around here, it just makes for a busy week. It has also created long days of learning, but no one has seemed to mind. 

I hope to be back to supporting small businesses and handmade shops like today's Daily Swank again daily. 

In the mean time, pull up a chair and be sure to pin stuff you love! 

I love these vintage chairs from 86home . 


Let's Stay Warm in 2014: Wool Blankets

It has been a chilling -9 degrees here, but I know some of you are facing even colder temps. I say, we just hibernate and come out when it is summer! What say you? 








What about you? Where are you from and what is the current temp? 


My Vintage Pad: Home Tour Nicki Winkles of The Vintage Farmhouse

It has been awhile since I have published a "My Vintage Pad" home tour, these are some of my favorites to share with you. Please help me in welcoming Nicki Winkles of The Vintage Farmhouse. Her home is absolutely gorgeous. I think you will enjoy every minute of this tour. 




What is your favorite part of each room?

My favorite part of the kitchen is the mirror above the stove. It is unexpected and also helps the light bounce around in my small kitchen. 
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My bathroom has pops of blue and green that remind me of the ocean. 
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My Ektorp sofa from Ikea was found via Craigslist for only $25, it's super cozy and fun to change out pillows for each season.

My buffet in the dining room was an old dresser I found curbside and rescued and now it is my favorite piece of furniture. 

Where do you find inspiration for decorating your home?

Everywhere! I am particularly loving the French-Nordic style of decor right now, lots of white with pops of farmhouse cozy so I love to read Jeanne d'arc Magazine for ideas.

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

Vintage is the body of my home; heart, soul, and bones! Almost everything in my house was rescued vintage that has been given new life. 

Any advice on creating your look?

Go with what you love. Don't be afraid to bring in unexpected elements. I love white because it grounds everything and gives you more freedom to play with different styles. You don't have to be dedicated to just one type of decor in your home. 



A special thank you to Nicole Winkles for giving us a tour of your spectacular space. 

Please visit Nicole's blog at The Vintage Farmhouse and The Vintage Farmhouse on Facebook

The Daily Swank: Vintage Dishes from Miss Greenthing

Today's Daily Swank comes to you from Miss Greenthing in Alamo California. Beautiful vintage dishes that you can mix and match to create a one of a kind table. Think ahead for Thanksgiving, it is just around the corner here in the USA. 




Visit elsiegreenhh to purchase any of these dishes. Be sure to check out her other vintage goodies, she has some gorgeous oil bottles and silver! 


House & Home Fall 2013: Vintage Style Handmade Quilts from Gypsya

I admit it, I hate winter. It hurts my bones, chills me to the core. If I could, I would live in the tropics every day, every season. Alas, I don't live in the tropics, so I'm going to do my best keeping warm with comfy quilts. You know, the kind your mother would wrap you in, and keep you warm with. 


Here are a few of my favorites from Gypsya. 

Handmade (vintage style fabrics) from gypsya



What about you? Do you have any special quilt memories or one that has been passed down to you?

Back to School Organizing: Legacy Studio Mail Organizers

It is back to school time and with that means papers, mail, loose paper and did I mention more paper? At least we can get the mail under control and do it with a little whimsy and delight from Legacy Studio


I'm a huge fan of chalkboards in the house, we have a really big wall chalkboard and another in our kitchen. Not to mention this is a fabulous color! 


Please visit Legacy Studio to get your mail organized, and shop handmade! 

Handmade Crush: Modern Clocks

Although these come from a self professed modern clock company, I love the whimsical and "vintage doily" feel some of them posses. I couldn't help but put that sweet sheep in there too. Wouldn't that be adorable in a child's room!
Find this Handmade Crush at decoylab

Handmade Crush: Gifts & Stars

The sea calls my name. If I could pack up the family and live on the beach, I would do it in a heartbeat. Until I'm able to do that, I'll keep pulling from nature the things that I love about the beach. 
Towel or Jewelry Holder
Sea Urchin Candle Holder 
Driftwood Wall Hanging 
Moon Chart Jewelry Organizer 
Please visit GiftsandStars for more beautiful creations inspired by nature.