Come on in for a chat and some Americana

Would you like to see our finished living room?

This is the doorway you enter from the dogtrot.   I bought the salvaged architectural piece from the Texas Sampler antique store in Georgetown that went out of business years ago.

view of the living room from the dog trot

You can see that my antique rocking horse fit perfectly on the top of the entertainment center.

The rocking horse that we used to display in our master bathroom now lives on top of the cabinet I use to display my dog collectibles.

Our living room reveal - head on over to see more!    Living Vintage

I just love my dogs.    Here are a few photos that I’ll share with you now.  More later …

the cabinet where my dog collectibles are displayed -- head on over to see our living room reveal - Living Vintage

closeup of antique dog collectibles - head on over to see our living room reveal!

closeup of antique dog collectibles - head on over to see our living room reveal!

closeup of antique dog collectibles - head on over to see our living room reveal!

The folk art above the horse was salvaged from the old house in Jacksonville.  I was going to sell it, and I will eventually, but it fit so well on that wall.

our Americana living room - head on over to see more!  Living Vintage

I’ve owned the blue trunk between the sofas for years.  I don’t remember when or where I bought it, but I remember it was an antique show that my sister and I met up there for the day.

our Americana living room - head on over to see more!  Living Vintage

We bought the 48 star flag from an estate auction in Nacogdoches.  The trunk below it we bought at an antique store in Crockett, a favorite stop anytime we’re in the area.

After the above photo was shot, we cleaned up and hung two more folk art pieces, again from the old place in Jacksonville.

our Americana living room - head on over to see more!  Living Vintage

I’ve owned the ‘apple basket parking’ sign for years and was intending to sell it on Etsy, but for now, it looks good on that wall.

an old apple basket sign displayed in our renovated living room - click on over to see the full reveal!- Living Vintage

I’m happy with the way the entertainment center turned out.  We added a little bit of salvaged goodness to the new cabinetry by hammering up two vintage corbels.

old corbels decorate the entertainment center - click on over to see the full reveal!  Living Vintage

I was afraid that I wouldn’t have enough books and antiques to display on all the bookshelves in our dogtrot and living room, but I somehow managed.

For example, my old tin reels from a fortune teller’s machine found a home on one of the shelves.    I scooped them up at a Citywide Garage Sale.    It just makes me smile.

I hope you’ll take a minute or two to read some of them.   The questions and the answers are really quite hilarious.

these old fortune telling bands crack me up every time I look at them - click on over to see our living room renovation!


Our living room certainly has an Americana vibe which I do like.  In small doses.

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  1. Love it all, Kim! When will you be published in Country Living is what I want to know?? Is that on the fortune teller’s roll?
    Love the ceiling. Love your dog collection. And your blue trunks.

  2. Love everything! With your great sense of style and Mark’s wonderful photography, you’re the perfect couple!

  3. Beautiful Kim! I especially love the collection of dogs.

  4. I love it! It surely gives your kitchen a run for it’s money for best room in your house! I bet you love speeding time there. I also have a dog collection. They are so much fun to collect!

  5. irene Smith says:

    Love all of it , Kim!! So enjoy seeing your work .

  6. Cheryl Johnson says:

    Kim I was so excited to see your dog collection on this post. I too collect dog items. I will share pics one day. Merry Christmas.

  7. I know you are so glad to have your livingroom finished. It looks amazing! Sure wish I could come go antique shopping with you one day!! Do you ever go to Canton for First Monday?

    • Mark and I have been talking about coming to Canton ever since we moved to East Texas, but we haven’t made it there yet. Maybe when our last two salvage projects are done. I can’t wait to go there!

      Let me know if you ever want to go shopping near here. I’ve got several antique stores that are my favorites!

  8. OK! I found something I just have to have to go with my dog collection….and they are soooo hard to locate…and that’s the 3 gray schnauzer puppies! I really love them! If you ever come across anymore schnauzers, please let me know!
    Everything is really looking great and I know that you and Mark are really loving it!
    Mike and I just have to get back over there one day soon…and if you notice those schnauzers missing after we leave….I will have NO idea where they went! HAHAHAHA
    How much longer will you be in Crockett? Between our schedules/obligations and the bad weather, we just haven’t been able to get there but do still want to and hopefully get together for lunch.

    Hugs to you and Mark, Drue

    • Drue,

      Consider them yours. I feel I owe you the world for your patience in letting Mike help us with our siding project so long ago! We still think about it (and I’m planning to blog about it soon), and we are still so grateful that we met you both when we salvaged that old house in Grapeland!

      We will be in Crockett for just a few more days. By Thursday, we should be done, a good thing since rain is forecasted for Friday. It was such a small house. It’s coming down very quickly!

      Mark and John are working today. I’ll be there with them on Wednesday and Thursday.


      • OH, Kim!, I couldn’t take your pups from you, but if you ever come across any more schnauzers, please let me know!

        What day would be best for y’all to meet for lunch? Wednesday or Thursday? and what would be a good time?

        Love ya, Drue

        • I want to give them to you. Consider it a Christmas and thank you gift.

          Concerning lunch, either day will work just fine, and we normally break for lunch around 11:30 or noon.

          Do you want to come to the house or us meet you at the restaurant you’ve been recommending?

          By the way, we will be dirty, but will clean up as best we can. If you don’t mind, we don’t mind. :)


  9. I just found your blog from a comment you left on my mantle! Thank you so much. Your blog is amazing and I’m following thru email now. I love everything your blog is about!

    • Thank you so much! I’m so delighted to hear that! I haven’t had time to look at your blog yet, but I will! I’m sure I will love it and subscribe. :)

  10. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Love everything about you eclectic style. My favorite thing is the fortune reels. Made me smile.

  12. Hi Kim,
    What a bright and beautiful living room! I have just come from your pretty kitchen, in which I could probably sit, motionless for hours, just staring at all the rustic charm! My goodness, your house must be huge! Every room seems so spacious, and although that can be difficult to decorate, you have done a wonderful job of filling each room with personal sentiment and welcoming warmth! Thanks for sharing, it’s been a pleasure visiting!


    • Thank you so much, Poppy! We’re very happy with how it turned out. Our home is a fairly standard size, I think — 2,500 square feet — but right now, it’s only 2 bedrooms, 2 baths with another room that could be a bedroom, but we use it as an office, so yes, all the rooms are quite large. Plus, the high ceilings add to the perception that the house is big.

      Thanks for dropping by! I hope you’ll come by often. :)


  13. You are truly a talent! I adore all of your vintage touches and antiques… I bet we would make a great shopping duo! Beautiful reveal. :)

  14. Hey Kim,
    Wow.What a great interior!! It reflects your creativity and excellency.Keep it up!!

  15. My goodness, how tall are your ceilings??? My old farmhouse has 10′ tall ones but your ceilings look like at least 14′???? How do you keep the house warm?

    • Yep, they’re 14 foot. We run our ceiling fans on low and we blew in foam insulation in the walls. We stay pretty warm, considering the house is so old.

  16. Boy Kim…you all did a fantastic job! It is absolutely lovely…the perfect balance of everything!

  17. Dear Kim,
    HELLO from Germany!! I am so lucky that I have found such a lovely blog like yours in the www.
    Like your style & vintage passion and this wonderful dog collection. :-) Adorable!
    And I envy your high ceilings!!! 😀
    Best wishes and read you soon!

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