Saturday, January 22, 2011

Another Great Book from Country Living

Okay, first let me say I'm not compensated for this book review, I just love Country Living magazine, and have for many, many years.  The years I didn't subscribe, I bought it on the newstand.  This is the January issue.
I have always dreamed that my house would be a Country Living house.... decorated as if it stepped out of the pages.  So I buy their books regularly.  I am lucky, because a dealer at an antique mall I frequent (Front Porch Antiques in Ottawa, Kansas), often offers copies of Country Living books for sale in her booth, and I have picked up many there at bargain prices.

Before Christmas, I bought this one, on Amazon, brand new:
And I have to tell you, I loved it.  I wrote Serena Thompson, one of the "Farm Chicks" a fan letter and SHE ANSWERED ME!

This is a wonderful Christmas book if anyone is looking ahead to next year:

and of course, the house at Calamity Acres looked like this at Christmas... NOT!

It was full of wonderul decorating ideas, and recipes, and just generally good Christmasy stuff.

So now I have this one, and I am showing you the ad from this month's magazine on purpose:

Restore, Recycle, Repurpose was written by Randy Florke, a designer, with Nancy J. Becker.
This is a very good design book, in a pleasingly plain vernacular, by someone who obviously is not high-on-the-hog. 
The reason I show you the ad from the magazine is so you can see the title on brown in the middle.  I RIPPED THIS OFF, thinking it was a wrapper!!!!  DON'T DO THIS!!!!
Point made (laugh)
Inside are lots of good ideas, even for someone like me who has a very shabbily unchic house
I don't have a keeping room or mud room, but if I had, I would want it to look like this

The designs are not too frou-frou (frou-frou has it's place, but not here in our house, I'm afraid)

I had to show you the "pink" retro kitchen, though, just because it was so unique!
In two years, we hope to remodel the interior of this small house that we love so well.  It is approximately 1000 square feet, and was a dwelling place for workers who picked here on this strawberry farm before it became a home.  Several families have lived here, but it was cobbled together by people who were not great builders.  The family who proceeded us here, a father and three sons, were not attached to this land as we have become, it was merely a stopping place for them.
For four years we fought a leaky roof, until replacing it last year, the first big project.  We are continuing our outdoors projects, but will soon begin to concentrate also on replacing the things we need to, indoors.  We need to replace all the ceilings, and completely replace the soiled, stained rugs throughout.  We have decided to go with tile, it is easier to keep clean with the animals and muddy feet. We have begun replacing light fixtures, and will eventually paint all walls and replace the windows.  Our miniscule kitchen, six (literally) cabinets and a very tiny sink, will be expanded around one wall and I will finally be able to keep food in the kitchen instead of the steel pantry in the laundry room. 
I have picked up some good ideas from the above book for inexpensive things we can do to bring the country look to our "new" house, when we are ready.  If you have a chance to look at it, or buy it, I would recommend it!


  1. i use to love country living fress air for one but one of the things in the country over here farm houses are allways the best im a fan of everything pine plus there is another thing you get mutch better bedrooms and views of the country living in the town isnt as mutch fun as you would think it to be

  2. Thanks for the heads-up, looks like a very coold magazine!

  3. mary ann, i have that christmas magazine! love it! looks like a good book to get. sounds like you have a lot of projects lined up, it is fun to plan it all out and see you efforts become reality. good luck!

  4. Your blogs are very detailed and I love reading them. I have had a leaky roof every where I have rented an apartment (a total of 3.) I moved here in 2007 and you guessed it, the roof eventually leaked. Last year, they replaced the roof. Thank heavens it was in my bedroom and not the living or dining room. The only thing I have done eco-friendly is to replace as many light bulbs with the new eco-friendly kind. This makes sense since I hate changing light bulbs. I have to ask Chris since I'm not supposed to climb ladders at this late stage of my life. Keep up the good work. I like learning something new every day.

  5. This is the second time, I've seen a blogger say, that this is a great issue! :-)

    Hugs and ♥'s...
    'Cause Valentine Day is coming!

  6. Our house is a constant work in progress.


I love comments!