Decorating, living room, summer decorating, Uncategorized, vintage

Living room updates

IMG_1458I love designing spaces that are Easy to change up and most of all Simple & Clean but yet Cozy & Warm.

The living room in our 1950’s cape cod home was lacking warmth and personality when we’d moved in a year and a half ago.  White plaster walls filled with cracks and holes from years of being a rental house.  The woodwork was a stained wood color….I’m thinking maybe birch wood?  Sloppy painters over the years had taken their toll on the sad but still in tack woodwork that filled this room as well as many other rooms in our sweet little home.

A few coats of “Roman Column” paint color by Sherwin Williams and our windows started to breathe in new life AND LIGHT!

Since I like to change things frequently … I mean several times a year I chose simple furnishings in neutral tones and then add POPS of seasonal color in accessories like the yellow Pepsi wooden crate for spring/summer that holds our remote controls and my never-ending fresh supply of the decorating, lifestyle & fashion magazines….all neat, tidy and in a controllable pile. (I tend to want to hoard my decorating magazines)

The curtains are shades of grey, mustard yellow and off white…and can you guess what’s unique about them? Any guesses yet?  Well, I’ll tell you my little secret to inexpensive curtains that you can change for the seasons…..TABLECLOTHS!  Yep! They come in all sizes and colors!  You can add height to your windows by moving your curtain rod way to the ceiling and buying a longer tablecloth.  Easy and inexpensive!  It will add height TO your room and more light IN your room.

My pillows my sweet Mama made and I also change them seasonally.

The basket trunk I use as a coffee table a friend gave me and it has the coolest rope handles and metal iron strap hinges….she was tossing it out and I quickly said YES!  SCORE!!!

Our wingback chair I bought for $20 from my mom…who bought it from my Aunt Carol and the ottoman was something my mom recovered years ago.  A true hand me down…lol!    I have plans to redo both of these pieces in the near future for a clean modern but cozy look!  Stay tuned for updates on these two pieces.

In between the sofa and wingback is a little heater in which someday I hope to find a small piano bench or something like that to slip right over it.  To disguise the top of the heater and bring it up to end table height, I added an old wooden box with lid.  Rustic and the black strap and rusty hinge that encases the box add history and some vintage vibes into the room.  I store old church hymnals in there and old bible study materials I like to go back and study time and time again.

My old chippy baluster lamp has the grungiest patina…it makes my heart skip a beat!  The burlap shade is octagon in shape and this too I often change out especially near Christmas time, a red and black check shade always looks awesome!

I  need to add in summer greenery and seashells in the Pepsi crate and end table and then give my mantle a summer makeover but I thought I’d share today with you my living room, in its simple state….EASY~SIMPLE~CLEAN!

Warm hugs,


Little Prairie Girl

Christmas, Decorating, fashion, Little Prairie Girl, tabletop ideas, vintage

Downtown Ingredients in Cedar Falls this weekend!


Gather some friends and family and enjoy the amazing weather this weekend!

Stroll thru two levels of our store while sampling a complimentary holiday treat with coffee.



Cozy scarves & hats are in abundance as well as a FABULOUS array of jewelry.  We offer gift cards in any amount for those hard to buy people on your Christmas List!


Colorful sweaters & tops in all the hottest colors of the season….burgundy, olive, navy….plus they are in are signature flowy style that flatters your own unique body shape.  Comfy, Cozy & Flowy!


Check out the Ladder Tree in our GYPSY CELLAR….it has touches of vintage mixed thru out with adorable ornaments like tin campers and metal signs with fun sayings.

Our HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE is Thursday November 3 10-7, Friday November 4 10-5 and Saturday November 5 10-5….and just a reminder we are always open on Sundays 12-4.

Visit our Facebook Page for more pictures, a short video tour of the store, and our Events Page.

Warm Hugs & Holiday Wishes,


Little Prairie Girl


Barn, Barn Sale, Decorating, Little Prairie Girl, summer decorating, Uncategorized

Beach Cottage look coming soon to Little Prairie Girl Barn Sale June 8 June 9


You don’t have to live here to create some beach side cottage decor into your home; nor do you have to change all your decor to seashells & sand…just a few simple touches can take your home from spring into summer.

Take a look at this porch..


It reminds me a great deal of our enclosed screened in porch except for the wall and trim colors…unlike the photo above, I chose a dark brown for the walls and window screens to cover the unsightly fly droppings that nevertheless occur when you live on a farm with livestock.  I didn’t want to be continually scrubbing the windowsills and walls daily so dark brown was a great choice for me.

Add some light-colored pillows…cheap painters cloth works great to recover pillows you already may own; or spice it up with some orange, key lime green, red & aqua.  Pick a color or colors that remind you of the beach or the water.

Growing up I didn’t get the chance to go to tropical beaches so when I think of waterside cottages I think of Pine Lake, Clear Lake, or Red Rock….even the waters at George Wyth near Waterloo, IA.

Whites don’t always have to be a key color…I think of the colors in tartan plaids, deer antlers, moss and even minnow buckets.  Love me some browns, silver, shades of  whites, greens and blues.  My summers were spent at cabins in the Midwest for our yearly summer vacations….usually Iowa, Wisconsin & Minnesota were the highlights of my summer.

Usually we spent the week in a tiny cramped cabin with my aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, brother, sister and of course my good ol’ mom & dad!  Sometimes it was a multi-room cottage and sometimes a very small cottage; but no matter what the size it was always FUN and full of such great MEMORIES.

I remember the year we got my great-grandmother Ann Penning into a tiny old silver fishing boat..she was quite elderly at the time and I remember we had to first get her down a HUGE flight of stairs that led to the dock and then into the boat…never a grumble she did make though…just happy to be going along with the family.  I am guessing at the time she was in her late 70’s early 80’s …not sure though?

I remember them looking something like this:


and I remember our cottages usually looked like a fishing shack/cottage similar to this:


although they were usually white or dark brown on the outside and the inside looked something like this:


and the views were AMAZING and usually like this:

Scatter in vignettes around your home some seashells from your vacations or if you don’t have any then make sure to pick some up at our barn sale next weekend!


We will have boat oars for you to make one of these:


and we will have a variety of straw hats for you too!


We will also have some white sand, wooden boxes & glass jars for you to recreate

a look similar to this:



Well that’s all for now…just a few ideas to get you started on your way to a beach cottage look…

hope you can join me next week for Little Prairie Girl’s June Barn Sale!

June 8 10-6

June 9 10-4


20428 160th Street

Holland, IA 50642

We are not in the town of Holland…we are north of Holland near the junction of Hwy 14 & Hwy 20.

When you drive north past The Mill Welcome Center on Hwy 14, you will want to take the first gravel road west which is 160th Street.  We are 2.5 miles down the gravel road…look for the signs and the big red barn with silo!

If you get lost call Kevin at 319-240-8541

Nicole at 515-450-0562

Natalie’s (last scenario) 319-240-5060

Can’t wait to see you soon and Happy Summer!


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needing help

Hello bloggers,

We are redoing our laundry room soon and a few years ago I came across a photo of a black and white vintage inspired laundry room.

She had slim cupboards built into several walls and I am guessing they were about 6″ deep and lined them with pegboard and shelves inside to hold paint cans, paintbrushes, tools, dog leashes etc. They were built out of wainscotting and had large iron strap hinges I think on the outside.

The washer and dryer were an under counter model topped with a counter top and I think a ticking curtain hiding them. Vintage dog prints were on the walls and an industrial wall light on each side.

Does anyone know where to find this photo and the source? I am wanting to built something similar to this in our back entry way to hold tools, cans of paint, etc.

I’ve tried searching and am having no luck.

Decorating, kitchen

Eye Candy I bought for my new kitchen

From Ebay I ordered from Mexico a hand hammered deep farmhouse sink in copper and a hand hammered square sink for our prep sink.
Look at these beautiful adjustable swivel iron bar stools from Wisteria. They are called Cooper’s Small Draftsman Stool and it lists the information as follows:

This faithful copy of an iron draftsman stool from France in the early 1900s makes a great stool, and in our house, is Cooper’s favorite. Made with authentic vintage engineering.

  • Sleek finish
  • Inspired by a French draftsman stool
  • Functional design

They will be perfect for all the various ages of children in our home. They can raise, lower, and make themselves dizzy till their heart’s content!


Funky, Fun, Fresh Interior Designer

John Jacob Interiors

Photo 1:
Love the round wooden architectural pieces behind the sofa.

A large coffee table with lots of room for books, shells, lion heads, and greenery.

Photo 2:

Exposed timbers and glass vases are stunning.

Photo 3:
Pitchforks hang on the back wall and old clock parts hang in rustic triple frames.

Photo 4:

Love the ironstone plates on the wall.

The transom window over the french doors give added light.

Photo 5:

I heart the old wagon wheels that take up some space in this lofty room.


Shiver me timbers….

I love the timber beams and iron supports.

The arched window over the patio door mimics the arch in the fireplace opening.

This makes me drool….slurp!

Wood and iron railing. Very simple, very stunning.

Love the stonework and timber in this living room.

The timber beams have a slight arch just like the fireplace opening.

The horizontal straps on the wooden posts really give it a rustic character. Lots of wood going on, but yet it still feels open and airy with all those windows!