Come join French Hen Farm and friends - The Vintage Songbird, Uptown Antiques, Hott Workshop, 2123 Home on May 12 & 13 for our annual Mother's Day Barn Sale Barley 31 will be there serving up some delicious local food. Also visit Horsey Hall not for from us for their wonderful open house! Hope to see you!
We are planning our Annual Spring Barn Sale Mother's Day Weekend! May 12 & 13 Please join French Hen Farm and our special friends from The Vintage Songbird, 2123 Home, Uptown Antiques, and Hott Workshop We will have Barley 31 Comfort Food Truck there both days, so bring your appetite for some delicious food using the freshest local ingredients!
One of the things I have been wanting to do since we moved in to this house 23 years ago is break a doorway through from one side of the house to the other.
Our farmhouse is two separate houses joined together.
The original brick farmhouse was built in 1850.
The addition was built on in 1913.
The is only one way into the front part of the house was through the doorway on the left and there was one room in particular that was always my favorite room but so far away we made it the kids play room.
Then it became the workout room....
Then it became the catch all room. ...
So we decided now is the time!
Kids are grown and don't need a playroom. I could finally get my pretty room!
So we hired Andy (our barn builder) to break through to the other side. It was quite complicated because we had to move an electrical box (which is now hidden and you can't see!) Andy did an AMAZING job!!
Our family room space was originally 5 separate small rooms.
We broke down those walls about 10+ years ago in that remodel.
So here is the finished product that I LOVE coming home to now!
So with a little paint, shiplap, some new furniture, new blinds, and repurposing what I already had,
I now have my dream house! Finally!
The amazing door has original gold lettering on it.
Found in our friend Jim's barn!
Blinds from Lowes.
Farm prints from JBS Mercantile
Here is our office....
Beautiful Feather photography prints will be available at Spring Sale.
From Barloga Studio.
Here is the pretty room that we broke through to!
I love it!
Pretty shaggy rug from Lowes!
Cool light fixture from Lowes.
Magnolia wreaths will be available at Spring Sale!
Vintage subway signs will be available at Spring Sale!
Here is our kitchen
Bar stools from World Market.
Lazy Susan's from hubby - will be available at Spring Sale.
New chandelier over the island.
Island was a purchase from Scotts antique show many years ago.
Got a steal on the rug. Kittles was going out of business.
Most furniture from Arhaus warehouse sale, or antiques.
It's Christmas and it is time to make your holiday Christmas list!
I am having a hard time making my list because I think I have everything I need! So I started thinking about some of my favorite things so maybe you could come up with your own list! Here are my top 10 favorite things this year (plus one bonus one because I couldn't narrow my last choice!) Not in any particular order....
#1 -My iphone battery pack charger. (this one actually is my #1)
I use my phone all day long for business – taking and
My battery used
to drain all the time.With this
battery pack I can go all day without a charge.
My hubby bought these for me last year and when I unwrapped
them I was like “huh?”
They weren’t my style.He said he had heard on the radio they were the world's softest pj’s
and he thought they might help me sleep.I put them in the box and probably didn’t get them out of the box for
another week.That night I slept
oh so good!I am now, a year later, the owner of 7 pair of these pj’s and as I drive home from work I can not WAIT
to put them on! I contacted the company and suggested they do them in a more sophisticated color and guess what - they did a pretty grey! I love these! $69
So once I get my pj’s on, I then slip into my ugg
I love these!!I would wear these to work if I could!
#4 -Adirondak fire starter
This is brilliant.
I subscribe to The Grommet which is clever inventions. And
this is amazing. I used to HATE
starting a fire in our fireplace.Kindling, newspaper, smoke, wood, smoke, fire alarm going off… ugh.
This little invention makes
it so easy. No kindling, no
newspapers. Just roll the ceramic
wand in ashes and light it.
Instant fire. LOVE this! $125 Great gift! www.adirondak.com or www.grommet.com for this and hundreds of other great gift ideas
#5 -Blue Apron
This has CHANGED our world!I can not tell you what a life changer this subscription has
been for us. Fresh meals,
premeasured and delicious delivered to our door once a week.We are eating healthy low cal delicious
meals.We started doing the meals
for 4over the summer, but once
the kids went back to school we went for the meals for two – 3x a week.
You pick what kind of food you like.Seafood, veggie, meat, etc. You pick the day you want it delivered
. We chose Friday.3 premeasured meals arrive at your door
in a refridgerated box.
So I have to tell you.9 times out of 10 when I see the recipe cards I'm like ...eh…
These are not things I would ever order in a restaurant.But once you eat them they are
delicious!!They are fun to
cook.They are AMAZINGLY
delicious!I have been turned on
to so many new things.We were so
boring and eating the same thing every week.
And the great thing is we have cut our grocery bill in about
1/3 AND we aren’t throwing away the tons of food we used to every week.You only get the ingredients you need,
so you don’t have all this left over stuff hanging around in your fridge not
Highly, highly, highly, highly recommend! For you or for a gift for someone special.
I live in these ALL summer long.I discovered these several years ago when I was in Japan
unknowingly walking around with a broken foot.I stopped in Hawaii on the way home and discovered these
flip flops.They are based on your
foot print in the sand and are the most supporting shoes I have ever worn.I can doshows and walk for hours all day, day after day in these when
other people are complaining about theirfeet hurting.I will wear
these up until November if I can.They are that comfortable! My favorites are the Ohanu. $65
I carry this light weight calendar with me wherever I
go.I am old fashioned and still
need to look at a calendar (versus my phone) to see my week.Enough space to write what you need,
but light weight enough to slip inot your bag. $22.95
My Athleta back pack - this is currently my favorite purse. It is light weight so it doesn't add any extra weight to my already heavy stuff. carry it with the back pack straps or regular handle. Love it!
We started as sisters from Ohio who got "bit" by the antiquing bug thanks to our parents. Then, when we bought a farm in rural Ohio, the whole family got involved.
French Hen Farm is the big, red barn surrounded by perennial and vegetable gardens, an old willow tree, and 100 acres of farmed land. We have semi-annual barn sales featuring everything from antiques, homemade baked goods, recycled, repurposed vintage jewelry, fresh produce, flowers,herbs and pumpkins...the list goes on and on!
This blog is about the many things that inspire us here on the farm. From everyday life to the events that we have here on the farm. We would love to see you at our next sale!