Country Sampler's Prarie Style - - Pioneers -

OP­PO­SITE: A child­hood fas­ci­na­tion with flea mar­kets paid off when Alex Wi­j­nen be­gan sell­ing an­tiques. Items like this gro­cer’s scale—too heavy to cart to shows—be­came a per­ma­nent fix­ture and a per­fect pedestal for bou­quets. LEFT: Hus­band Todd’s aunt Claude gifted the cou­ple with this Kitchen Queen—now dis­play­ing apothe­cary jars, pitch­ers, mus­tard and pots. ABOVE: Dutch wooden shoes are typ­i­cally filled with gera­ni­ums and hung along­side a front or back door in Alex’s na­tive Hol­land. BE­LOW: Rus­tic grain sacks and a wash­able white quilt top a free Craigslist leather sofa. Alex didn’t re­al­ize the chest pur­chased on lay­away when she was young was the top of a Kitchen Queen un­til she got it home.

OP­PO­SITE: A pen­chant for nat­u­ral woods like these stacked cup­boards and chippy painted bench add charm to Alex’s home. Found at Farm Chicks, the up­per cab­i­net is filled with Eu­gene, Ore­gon, artist Bev­erly Soasey’s quaint houses. Leaded-glass doors be­low mimic a pic­ture win­dow. LEFT: A turquoise panel adds depth to white enam­el­ware dis­played on a metal medicine cab­i­net; man­zanita branches bring the out­doors in. ABOVE: Tucker (left) and Annabelle have couch priv­i­leges. BE­LOW: The white fire­place got a coat of olive green paint for con­trast against white brick. Alex adorns her man­tel with an enamel “A” from Bruges and items in the same color fam­ily. The leaded-glass win­dow ties the dis­play to­gether; a bird­cage and nat­u­ral el­e­ments add tex­ture.


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