Having just arrived back from a hectic trip to Philadelphia this week with the hustle and bustle of the city preparing for the Pope’s arrival then driving straight to the Janet Jackson concert (she was awesome!) from the airport, I couldn’t wait to sleep in my own bed and wake up in the morning with the familiar surroundings of home.
For the most part, Dean and I have similar home decor styles and one of our favorite styles is the rustic industrial decor as many of you know. Our home is slowly getting there and who knows if it will ever fully transform to the dream of white shiplap walls and barnwood beams on the ceiling in every room but little by little and room by room we are incorporating the rustic touch.
It is important to us to add things to our home that are meaningful and actually serve a purpose, if possible. Today, I thought I would take you on a ‘mini’ rustic touch tour of some of the items in our home that add a little character. When we look at the majority of the rustic items, it is a gentle reminder of a special time or experience in our lives.
The story behind this authentic wood barrel drum that Dean brought home from one of our favorite salvage warehouses is that it was a barrel drum from Chicago that people packed and stored their old dishes in when they were moving. Once we did a little more research, we found that it’s original purpose was for storing bottle caps. Dean placed a glass top over the top of the barrel and we use it as an end table in our family room. The writing on the side of the barrel says dishes and on the top of the barrel is says W. H Hutchinson & Sons, Chicago, Illinois. W. H. Hutchinson & Son, Inc. was a major manufacturer of beer and soft drink crown caps when the firm was sold to the International Silver Corporation for $9 million in 1962. This piece is meaningful to us because it came from Chicago where Dean was born.
I love this newer rustic “look” that I purchased on the sale aisle at Home Goods and right now it is probably my favorite item in the house. I am just saying that this clock was meant to be mine. The same week that I was inspired on Pinterest by a photo of three individual clocks that were hung horizontally on an office wall showing different time zones was when I found this beauty. I even fell in love with it more that all the clocks were vertical because we had the perfect spot to hang it where we could easily see it everyday. My vision and purpose for wanting (needing) this was to keep track of the 3 time zones we are operating in our home. One for China, so I could keep track of the time where our daughter and son-in-law moved to teach English this year, one for Los Angeles where Dean’s company is headquartered and the other for our time zone. I had some extra chalkboard labels in my craft supplies so I had my daughter label them with her handwriting before she moved to China
This authentic vintage wood crate here is from an antique mall that we stopped in near Ocala, FL on our way back from a trip to Kentucky, We had to get this one because Scotland is where many of my ancestors came from.
Yes, we love wood crates and this is not the last one you will see. We have curbed our addiction to picking one up every where we go now, however, the wood crate addiction may have turned into a wire basket addiction for me. As you can see they definitely serve the purpose of tidying things up and in this case, my yoga mats and dvd’s. I really wanted to show you what is next to the wood crate any way. Do you know what these seat cushions are made of? If you guessed old seat bealts, you are right. How cool is that? We picked these up at a boutique that is no longer there in downtown Sarasota. I am sure we paid way to much for these, but I have to say this purchase was all Deano! He had to have them. They are good to have around for extra seating when we have our masses of company, so they serve a purpose and are probably considered more retro than rustic.
Dean surprised me with this gorgeous piece of art, with one of our favorite scriptures, for Christmas last year. He knows how much I love Chip and Joanna Gaines’s Fixer Upper Show so he actually purchased it from their store Magnolia Market. This sits on a wood beam above our television in our family room.
I told you there were more wood crates. I picked these up at Old Time Pottery store and got plain lucky on the size because I did not measure the space. These are lightweight and great for organizing our DVD’s, remotes and video game equipment.
And… there was wood crate number, I lost track! This looks old and rustic but it is totally Home Goods material. Two reasons this came home with us. First, we don’t always find wood and metal together on a wood crate so that was love at first sight and secondly, we have been to Copenhagen, Denmark together so the original spelling of the city was pretty special to us. Plus, it makes a great magazine holder. You can spot Dean’s album collection in the background.
We will definitely have a ‘Rustic Touch’ tour again as I look around and see that we have many more rustic decor items we can share with you. If you are interested in similar items, I have listed them below.