Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pinterest Roundup: January 2013

Holy moly, we are already broaching month number 2 of this crazy year.
I am getting set to do a decor reno on our dining room amongst all the other madness around here, so I have been pinning away with inspiration. Check out my dining room resto board to get a glimpse.

Here is some of those ideas and some other greatness I have come across:

i love this dining table from Restoration Hardware. We are looking for a larger table than our current one and a farmhouse harvest style. this kitchen is awesome too, definitely worth a long look.

totally crushing on this light fixture. it may pull me away from my basket.

the colour of this hutch is fabulous

oh this table is perfect. love it paired with white chairs. not these in our home obviously but you get the picture

gorgeous green, white and aged brass in this bedroom

very pretty front hall with amazing sideboard

this bathroom remodel is fantastic. green vintage glass and lots of brass accessories

just made these little scrumptiousness'  (i know that's not a word, don't judge) with peanut butter and honey and they did not last long! darn Trevor!

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to visit me on Pinterest.

Have a great chilly night,


Monday, January 28, 2013

Chartreuse bathroom reveal

After Christmas comes down, I love getting our house back to normal and maybe giving it some tweaks. I can't handle a full reno right after all that insanity so my real tweak this year came into out main floor bathroom. I found a gorgeous towel at Anthropologie in November and hoarded it until it could come out in January.
I love the chartreuse mustardy colour and wanted to add it in little bits in the room.
I then went on the hunt for new yellow accents that would blend together to help the awesomeness of the towel shine through.


has anyone else heard of billy balls? they are a preserved floral and match the towel perfectly. it was like someone heard my thoughts. i mixed them in with tallow berries.
the embroidery hoop ring on the lamp is an original design by me. 

the anthro inspired wreath now fully visible into the room. thank you for your patience on that one.

i changed out the small wood mirror for a larger gilt mirror i found for next to nothing at a local antique store. this bathroom is not seeing a full reno for quite awhile yet and the current faucets have chrome and brass. instead of fighting them i say join em. throw in the brass and the silver. somehow i think it works.


our little shelf vignette saw some rearranging as well. sliding around those awesome boxwood wreaths all over the house and adding in some billy balls for more colour.
and don't forget all the birds. i have a serious collecting issue with bird figurines in white, stone or brass.


there's also a little yellow doily under my tub candle with milk glass and a boxwood wreath ring.


the whole room. a hard shot to get because of size and light blasting in the window. the architectural fragment over the window is actually a broken piece off of an antique bed.
 the "trees" on either side of the tub make if feel like a forest.


another of my hoop designs. these will soon be available in my store. i also made some book page bunting to go with it.

who are all the black and white family photos of you ask? i have no idea but they're watching you while you're in there!!! 

the arch window was a local find and adds to the architectural flair i was going for.
lots of chippy goodness there!
Thanks for taking a peek
Have a great day,

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Speaking of Thrift Shops..........

Good Sunday morning everyone!
If you didn't read yesterday's thrift shop post then that title made no sense to you.
Just popping in today to show a "lovely" I found at the thrift store recently.
They cost me a whole 4.00. 2.00 each. I know big spender.

Fabulous sage green matelasse pillow shams.
They are in great condition and fit in wonderfully with all the green in our spare bedroom.

Have a lovely day,


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Thrift Store Humour and Instagram

A few good things mostly thrifty silliness today. I am posting a warning at the beginning of this post. If you are not into a sense of humour, this post may not be for you.I came across the blog Young House Love yesterday. I was obviously living under a rock as it is a "biggie" blog and there is a lot of inspiration to be had. Yesterday however, they were the source of me having to change my clothes because I accidentally spit my coffee on myself from laughing.
Anyone who knows me, knows my sense of humour runs right around the ridiculous meter. It's a slim line though. I could watch Superbad and Paul multiple times and still be the loudest laugh in the room (easily lol). I can't hear the tv half the time while watching 2 Broke Girls. Dumb and Dumber still makes me happy,  but when you start throwing in the "poo" humour I turn things off. American Wedding, you know the part, it ruined the end of the movie for me. Hall Pass? yuck. Bridesmaids? love the movie, left the room.

That list could go on and on but onto the source of the new clothes. Young House Love is having a Macklemore thrift shop challenge. You know I can't resist anything thrifty. It's called Pickerista syndrome. So then I thought what's a Macklemore? This is a Macklemore. 
This is the cleanish version but come on, we know what they're saying. This video is hilarious, to me. If you don't like white rappers or crude language don't push play.

Wow so I apologize if the same thing happened to you.

I was so excited I even instagramed this video in the midst of laughter. Did you notice that happy new plugin on my sidebar? I post moments from our life a little more frequently than the blog and interesting things that may not warrant a full post. Get to know us a little better.
Follow @oliverandrust

Have yourself a delightful laughter filled day.
It's still freezing here in Canada.
Almost time to start longing for spring.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A Barnlight Feature

I was recently contacted by Betty Lynne at Barnlight Electric
to see if  our new barnlight addition would mind a shout out on their blog.
Of course I agreed and am excited and thankful for the mention.

Check it out here.

Have a great night,


Friday, January 18, 2013

Elegant and Romantic OR Homely and Frumpy

I have had a dig around in an antique trunk moment and rediscovered a love of gorgeous crocheted doilies. My mom dug a bunch out of her cedar chest before the holidays made by my nonni, and I have been scattering them around our house. I have got to say, I am loving the vintage romantic touch they are adding.

new soft coasters for the table? sure why not.


I also did a quick troll around pinterest and found some really neat ideas for these doilies. I think I may need to try some of these out.

this banner is amazing in linen and of course doilies


I am definitely on team elegant and romantic.

Where do you land?

Frumpy or Elegant?

Have a great day,


Funky Junk Interiors  

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Gluten free peanut butter cookies

 A little health history on me. I figured out in the last year that the stabbing knife, want to die and rip my intestine out pain I had been experiencing was actually me developing a gluten intolerance. As sad as it is for me to say, I am actually limiting myself to about 1 bread product every 2 days or so. Cutting it out entirely was just not an option. That's like asking me to give up red wine, or air. There was a bread funeral and memorial, I sent flowers. Very sad. Artisan breads talk to me at the grocery store and market. Anyways.... back on track!
I have been hunting neat recipes that don't taste like cardboard and/or take 60 extra ingredients to make them gluten free. 
I came across this peanut butter (I have confessed my peanut butter affection here previously) cookie recipe and thought I'd give it a shot.
They are AwEsoMe!!! nice and chewy(the way I like cookies)
Therfore, I thought I would share the recipe. I have not conquered the printable recipe gadget but here it is. 

Flourless peanut butter cookies:


  • 1 cup natural peanut butter, smooth or crunchy
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Using a hand or stand mixer, mix the peanut butter, sugar, egg and vanilla on low speed until well combined.

Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough 1 1/2-inches apart onto the baking sheet. If you don't have a cookie scoop, drop the dough with a spoon.

Flatten the dough balls the tines of a fork, making a cross pattern on the cookies.

Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until they are golden around the edges. Allow the cookies to rest on the counter for 2 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

the pile did not get smaller while this next picture got taken. purely your imagination.

The original recipe I found was from here

late addition: January 2014, I have made these cookies multiple times and don't usually get to eat too many as my darling husband eats the whole batch in 4 hours. He is my resident cookie monster without blue fur. I added 1/2 cup of oatmeal a few times to the recipe to make them peanut butter oatmeal cookies and it turns out just as fantastic.

Have a great day,

Monday, January 14, 2013

Pom Pom Wild!

Awhile back, like before Christmas, I was perusing the Anthropologie catalogue and fell in love like so many others with the yarn wreath. I also like many others thought that I might have to sell my soul to pay the price that they wanted especially because I knew I could make it myself.
I grabbed some of the fisherman wool in two tones from Hobby Lobby and went to wrapping. These pom poms could get addicting. I could stick the things everywhere. Of course the resulting puff of fuzz everywhere may eventually deter me.

The first one was made from a cream wool hanging on the antique door in our bedroom with a brown and white grosgrain ribbon bow. I made the pom poms in different sizes for some randomness.

 The second wreath is hanging on the door to our main floor bathroom. I'm only showing you the door right now because I did some re-arranging and haven't quite finished to show you the details yet. I used the same ribbon as upstairs and I love how snuggly this one looks. If a wreath could be snuggly, this one is right in there.

I made these and then realized I should have taken pictures along the way for a tutorial.
I also realized the iso on my camera was set higher. whoops, you'll forgive me! 
This lady made very similar wreaths and her tutorial is pretty much the same as what I did except I used a crystal light box to wrap my yarn around.

Have yourself a pom pom filled day,

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Still stocking up...

I am still adding more new stock to my store Oliver & Rust on etsy.

Be sure to stop on by for a peek.

Have a great day,


Monday, January 7, 2013

Now the middle...

More fluffing and floofing after the crazy Christmas removal. I always feel like we're missing half our house after we put our Christmas decor away. It's almost like Christmas morning all over again when you dig out your regular decor from the plastic bins. However, right now I feel like I don't want to see a rubbermaid tote again for many months.  

Continuing on with boxwood and brass.....

i added a fur shawl to this african bronze to keep her warm for the winter months.
simplified the vignette on top of the dresser with some green (of course), brass and an antique tobacco tin 

our entryway console. the small handled tin is actually an old peanut butter can. i live for peanut butter. seriously love. i would have to go to the store daily to restock. thank goodness they advanced the size of the jars.


love me some gears.


i spy an oliver on the back of the sofa


wine bottles everywhere right now. someone might try to assume i drank all of them just to place around the house. never.
you can see close-ups of our winter mantel here


this vignette benefits from a grainsack as a runner and a mixture of metals and glass. i also found some metal baking tins  that work great as tealight holders.
this area just sparkles and glistens at night when lit.


that book on top of the stack is miss mustard seed's. if you haven't the opportunity to read it yet you should. 


i found this hunk of wood a few months back, dug it out of the garage and now it makes a great candleholder. i lined up some of our tarnished silver and i love the way it turned out. i'. bordering on minimalism here. **laughing**


more doilies....


trev helped me revamp the tops of our cupboards in the kitchen. we removed all the green items and farmhouse chic'd it. i added some galvanized items, a dough bowl and our large toolbox(below). i grouped all our green dishes on the shelf above the toaster. i think it reads in a better flow. plus i can now use all the green bowls on a regular basis without climbing a ladder to get them down. nothing makes me feel short like our kitchen cupboards.

squeaky clean. makes you feel like progress has been made.
now to keep it that way for awhile. it won't make a day. this photo is missing my electric kettle that is a permanent fixture on our stove because i am a green tea addict.

Are you making changes after winter in your home?

Have a great day,