“I supplement my outdoor decor with colorful, durable elements that brighten my day.”
Living in a small space means making the most of every square inch, so at KearceCrafted Farms we love our great outdoors.
Here in northwest Florida, we spend most of our summer outside, and while I love pretty flowers, my green thumb sometimes goes dormant. So, I supplement my outdoor decor with colorful, durable elements that brighten my day. These pops of color and fun do not, thank goodness, need to be expensive. The copper-colored sunflower above, was a hand-me-down from my mother, and she probably bought it at Ace Hardware years ago. It wears its age well and is a cherished addition to my outdoor decor.
Believe it or not, someone abandoned this broken boogie board on Panama City Beach last year, so, of course, I salvaged it. What a perfect tray table for the redneck hot tub, a 100-year-old claw foot tub that we bought at T&W Flea Market and have cherished ever since.
While this round chaise lounge has been with us for quite some time, it’s original upholstery was bland and boring, so I dressed it up with an old bedspread and throw pillows. Now it brightens my back deck and my day!
“We don’t want to make them shiny or chic. They have become a part of our life and our decor as they are. So, I’ve decided to call this style Rustic Renaissance. ”
For years James and I have been collecting old things that we use for purposes other than what they were originally intended. Some become art while others take on a new life with new purpose. From old camera equipment to a bird bath rusted through, we find them beautiful as they are and use them to decorate KearceCrafted Farms.
During the past few weeks I’ve been trying to decide what that style of decor is called. We see it everywhere: restaurants, retail stores, television, photography… But it doesn’t seem to have a name.
Shabby chic is the closest style I can find, but even that dresses old items up with paint and accessories to make them “chic.”
We love these items when we find them and don’t want to reinvent them.
They have become a part of our life and our decor as they are. So, I’ve decided to call this style Rustic Renaissance .
In the course of the past week, James has rebuilt the Treetop Loft’s front porch, a.k.a. the Upper Deck, which is now bigger and stronger than before.
The Treetop Loft was built with a ship’s design in mind. There are custom built bookshelves, cubbies, nooks and crannies throughout the house. We have porches on the front and back, which serve as fore and aft upper decks.
Downstairs we have a 1,000 sq. ft. back patio (the Lido Deck) made of brick pavers, forming a cobblestone patchwork. However, there will be no photos of that until after the KearceCrafted Clean Up when we get the grass cut and the patio ready for the summer season. Maybe next week.
For now work continues on what James calls the “Stairway to Heaven.”
This week James is applying his home-improvement skills to our very own Treetop Loft in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, overlooking our 50-acre farm.
I use the term “farm” loosely, since we have no livestock and usually only a small garden. Most of the property is planted in pine trees, so it is (sort of) a tree farm, and we have a large population of animals who choose to live here with us.
We have deer, at least two turkeys (named Crispy and Thursday), quail, alligators, at least two hawks (named Comanche and Geronimo), three dogs and a host of other residents too numerous to count.
Unfortunately, the front porch of the Treetop Loft has recently succumbed to the elements, becoming unsafe and in much need of some Redneck Renovation. So, James demolished the original porch by cutting it loose from the house and deconstructing it piece by piece.
“Those guys who go in with sledge hammers and demolish everything aren’t working alone, 10 feet in the air and thinking about salvaging their materials,” he says, “But I am, so I’m careful.”
After two days of careful demolitions, all that remains are the stairs, leading to a 10 foot drop. Needless to say, we’re keeping the front door locked….