Home Sweet Homestead
“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder
I saw a piece on NBC who lives well on less than $20,000 (which is pretty close to what we get from living off our land and the produce sales) and it reminded me of our family and little house here in the city.
When you step into our 1917 home, folks often comment how nicely decorated and homey it is. Sis and I like to proudly tell them that practically nothing was purchased new. Yep, that’s right, most of the furniture and such were given to us, purchased second-hand or picked up free from the side of the road.
Prompted by the news piece, I thought it be an opportune time to give you a little tour of the house highlighting re-purposed, recycled and reused items that make our house a home.
Note: Sorry for the watermarks — these are NOT OUR PHOTOS but are by an independent photographer, so I had to make sure they didn’t get used anywhere else.
Second hand cabinet, old 18 year old gas stove our grandma purchased for us, baskets and other knick knacks all second hand
Energy efficient fridge (purchased new 10 years ago with rebate)
Handcarved leather art made by the guys, inherited antique whatnot and trinkets, neighbor's discarded tea tray, inherited china cabinet and working butter churn from salvage shop
Bedsheet curtains, salvaged pillows with new covers sewn, neighbor's discarded vintage chest, table and chairs found at salvage shop and plates that were being dumped because they weren't a full set. Second hand rug from my grandmother.
Second hand chair, hand knitted throws, clock from the old homestead in New Zealand, Jotul wood stove (the only heat source for the home) Collection of National Geographics given to us by a friend Old chest from the homestead in New Zealand.. The TV is a tad bit out of place but it was the only one that was ENERGY STAR rated.
Vintage chest from dad's old homestead in New Zealand, hand made leather basket by the guys, second-hand sofas with slipcover, oil lamp, and second bedsheets & hand lace valance reworked into curtain.
Oil lamp, second hand lace valance reworked into curtain, second hand sofa, handmade leather vase by they guys, hand knitted afghan on second-hand chair, homeschool educational books, hand knitted throw and McGuffey's Readers!
Care to share how you are “Living Well With Less?”