Tag Archives: Vintage

Harvest Brown #9

Dec 11, 2015 | Posted by in BP Recommends, The Home | 0

Gather. A word encapsulating what “Harv” is all about, and a wonderful phrase to celebrate Harvest Sale #9 in Becker,MN. Throughout the season Pat gathers hidden treasures near and far. As the sale draws near, fierce  gathering within her own home, staging, beautifying, preparing, and harvesting for the nearing rush of enthusiastic buyers. Ask any onlooker or customer during the three day sale what gather means to them – they would tell you how impressed they are with the kinds of people that gather to the event. Forget rude Black Friday crowds cutting you off in the parking lot and turning up their noses as they scurry to the sale racks. This folk’s a different kind. Nostalgia and the smell of fresh coffee linger in the air. Each unique piece beckons for attention and awe. Conversation is rich between oldRead more …

5 Affordable Kitchen Updates

Jul 30, 2015 | Posted by in DIY, The Home, Thrifted | 0

We are at the one year mark in our home. One year of remodeling, dust, paint on my hands, paint in my hair, paint on my clothes, sledgehammers, nail guns, more dust and every tool imaginable gracing every square inch. Which is why, I am SO thrilled to share with you our 5 affordable kitchen update ideas that we implemented! Granted, some of which were only made possible by my handy husband. While others offer H U G E impact for a little time & money. We are very pleased on how it come together. Of course, homes are always a work in progress, but it finally feels “post worthy” and ready to serve in your kitchen quandaries. The first and greatest decision we made was to tear down this sucker wall that separated our kitchen and living room. ItRead more …

The Chelsea Chair

Jul 9, 2015 | Posted by in DIY, The Home, Thrifted | 1

Meet “Chelsea”. She started off as a shy recluse hiding in a muddle of junk at a thrift shop. Daily folks passed her by without a second glance, her beauty muted and long forgotten. My eyes sparkled with joy when I saw her, and her potential soared when I took a sit and discovered she was as sturdy as ever. I took her home, put some elbow grease into striping the varnish finish on the wood frame, and christened her with “color” in none else than… WHITE! Now she sits prominently in our living room – prestige and glory restored. I don’t know why I dubbed this chair “Chelsea”, because it sounds like a cheery and strong name. Appropriate for this chair’s brand new lease on life! I was quite pleased with this discovery, you are welcome to come haveRead more …

Dresser Makeover

Jun 3, 2015 | Posted by in DIY, The Home, Thrifted | 0

Benefits of summer include finding garage sales out on runs, hence, this killer dresser I spotted last week during my regular “loop”. Fellow thrifters understand, NEEDING something is not a prerequisite to look.  Consistent scavenging leads to the treasures. Consistent thrifting also builds up self-control to pass “good”, and wait for the great. I am NOT about collecting junk! My personal motto is if it doesn’t have a function, it’s gotta get. Since my husband was in need of more dresser space, this little find fit the bill. Here she was, staring back at me. Tired, old, and in need of TLC. I took her home, used leftover Rustoleum Transformation Kit I recently used for my cabinets, and mustered strength for elbow grease… I thoroughly cleaned &  prepped all surfaces, inside of drawers, and removed all hardware. After debating purchasingRead more …

DIY Massage + Edison Bulbs

Apr 13, 2015 | Posted by in About, BP Recommends | 0

Foam Rolling In my perfect world, I would have a full body massage scheduled every week like clock-work, right after my mani/pedi. Especially after intense work out days for active recovery. The truth of the matter, neither time or money will allow this activity frequency… Enter F O A M RO L L I N G. Benefits of professional massage without the time or price tag. Can I get a “woot woot”? We picked up a satisfactory foam roller here on Amazon. They are about double to purchase in the store. So what’s the big deal with foam rolling?  Increased blood flow Better body movement and range of motion Faster work out recovery Lengthening of muscle tissue Reduces pain I’m finally starting to value appropriate recovery and warm up methods into my work out routine, instead of blasting through long workouts, sweating,Read more …

Temporary White Statement Wall

Nov 7, 2014 | Posted by in The Home, Thrifted | 0

Do you have an awkward wall in your home? We do! I cannot wait to post the “home tour” when our home is complete! Until then we are living on one level of our home while our downstairs gets completely revamped. Patience. Breath in, breath out. Thanks for bering with us during the dusty, unorganized journey. This particular wall separates the kitchen from the living room. We started by painting it from a deep red to white. FRESH. After a big sigh of relief with the fresh white wall , the blank wall was staring at me crying for some direction. SInce this is not a permanent solution, I went for cheap! I already had several frames in which I took out the glass and back boards. I picked up a few more from a thrift shop. I also sprayRead more …

A Tribute: Harvest Brown #8

Oct 27, 2014 | Posted by in About, Journal | 2

Have you ever met someone highly skilled in their craft? It probably wasn’t too long until they mentioned the “who” behind their success or inspiration. Nothing new is under the sun. All ideas stem from inspiration at some point already established. It is my intention to live with humility by giving credit to where credit’s due. Each of us have “pioneers” in our lives. Some demonstrate consistent encouragement, others have their life on display for us as bold examples of excellence. May I introduce you to one of my inspirations? Meet the beautiful, & original “Embellish-er”, Pat R. Brown. To me, she’s Auntie Pat, vivacious sister to my Mother. To the vintage living world she is known as, “Harv” because of her smash hit Annual Vintage Living Sale, Harvest Brown. If you spent an afternoon with my Aunt Pat, youRead more …

Inspired Office Chair

Oct 23, 2014 | Posted by in DIY, The Home, Thrifted | 0

                            I stumbled on this upholstering thing and can’t seem to get enough! It all started with this office chair and has snowballed from there. My Aunt is the Founder of one of the premier occasional sales in Minnesota, Harvest Brown. If you live in the Midwest, you seriously CAN NOT MISS THIS. I had a goal of recreating an old office chair to contribute at this Annual Sale. During a typical browse through Goodwill I spotted an old, sturdy office chair for $4.99! It was made in MN, and all its original parts still in tact. Solid metal with great wheels! It was all black besides the legs when I got it. The one thing I kept the same was the leather backrest. I spray paintedRead more …