Anyone else go weak-in-the-knees over the perfect chipped paint find? Occasionally, out here in the Minnesota countryside, we are lucky enough to have neighbors and friends who clean out their barns, sheds and attics. If you stop by on the right day, you will be the proud next owner of ‘vintage charm’.
It’s the season to add a bit of architecture among the gardens, fill the steps with pots or create a new-old vignette on the front porch. Call it shabby chic, country-french, cottage charm, romantic renovation, tattered elegance, rescued decor or just plain old and beat up. Most importantly, slow down if you see a ‘yard sale’ sign and let your friends know what hand-me-downs you might be willing to take off of their hands(and out of the basement). Sometimes I have to get my paint can out, brush a few layers on and do a little distressing to get the old-fashioned charm I am hoping for. White paint, well-worn wood, a few herbs or flowers tumbling out. . . .vintage charm!