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Jennifer OBrien

Flea Market Chic-Outdoor Bar Ideas

Flea Market Chic-Outdoor Bar Ideas

Summer really wouldn’t be summer without time spent outdoors enjoying the company of family & friends. Backyard parties & weddings have become a chic venue these days as well as using flea market finds to create stylish outdoor spaces perfect for such events. Whether you are a planner or a last minute party kind of person like myself everyone needs an outdoor bar. When you have versatile pieces to use for serving drinks and food then throwing together a summertime soiree seems effortless. The great part about using vintage items to create an outdoor area is, not only will it give a casual rustic charm but it will also be affordable.

I recently decorated my front porch for summer and used some flea market touches along with some new items to make the space feel inviting. I created a beverage station with a simple tray & stand but it got me thinking about using a luggage stand and making a simple tray to fit. Anything that has good height and easy mobility is perfect especially for a small space.

Summer Farmhouse Front Porch & Bar Cart

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Another great design element to look for when shopping for vintage items for outdoor use is anything with casters. The idea of being able to transport a piece from indoors to out can be bring functionality all year long. And when you do find that perfect piece you aren’t afraid to give it a pop of color that gives it some character, like these below.

Antebellum Bridal Luncheon Vintage Mint Bar Cart

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Pretty Screened Porch by The Chronicles of Home

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BHG Outdoor Beverage Cart

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A larger piece like a dresser or buffet can also be ideal for outdoor entertaining. It can give you ample space to host a variety of items for serving. I love how these creative hosts used the draws for extra storage and made use of every inch of space. Although pretty, these pieces will weather so be sure to either bring them inside or keep them protected against the elements after the event.Creative Beverage Station from Southern Weddings

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Summer wedding decor idea for outdoor receptions from Archive Vintage Rentals

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Stone Gable-use an old dresser as an outdoor beverage station

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If you are tight on space the perfect solution is to go vertical. What a clever idea to use an old door for a beverage station. Adding shelves completes the piece and gives it that functionality every bar needs. Painting it all one color makes it feel fresh & cohesive.

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Are you inspired to go vintage for your next backyard party?

Thanks for stopping by, have a beautiful week!

Jen-City Farmhouse


Jennifer OBrien

Vintage Living: 10 Coastal Wall Trends

Vintage Living-10 Coastal Wall Trends

Someone please pinch me. Can it be that summer is just around the corner? Dreams of salt water air, sand in my toes, dips in the ocean & beautiful beach side sunsets kept me going through this long & harsh New York winter. Lucky the long winter months are behind us and we have the most playful season ahead of us. Whether you live coastally or not, everyone wants to infuse some seaside elements into their home in the summertime. One of my favorite ways to change things up for this glorious time of year is through my wall décor. Being a lover of vintage & timeless details I have found some easy & inexpensive ways to follow the coastal trend this season, here are some fun ways to get the look…

Add a little driftwood in with your décor. Nothing says summer like some found pieces of driftwood sprinkled in with your accessories. Living along the coast of Long Island I can walk out my door and find a plenitude of weathered beach wood but if you do not happen to live coastally, don’t fret, take a look online, you can find some local shops selling authentic driftwood for a steal.

Coastal Driftwood Signs-City Farmhouse

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If you have ever come across vintage swimwear in a thrift store, antique shop or maybe from your own family treasure chest and not known what to do with it, now you have your answer. Framing colorful swim suits from days gone by is a genius idea and gives a whimsical touch to any space.

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By simply layering in some nautical roping elements you can transition your décor seamlessly and be a part of the coastal trend this summer. You can find these items at your local salvaged shops or you can even do a DIY with some rope bought from the hardware store. Either was it is an easy way to add that nautical flair.

A Beach Cottage-the rustic rack with nautical rope gives that perfect coastal feel

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Hanging large signature pieces such as oars or a surf board on your walls instantly makes your home feel like a beach retreat. Often we think larger pieces like this would cost a fortune but that is not the case, many times you can score these items for the same price as some smaller nautical accessories, the key is to just look around and keep your eyes open.

Nautical entryway with wood bench and wall oars-The Lily Pad Cottage

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Beach House designed by Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design

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Woven materials such as hats and baskets are an essential accessories this season so why not add them to your walls. This is a decorating idea that brings tons of coastal charm to your home for very little cost.

Craftberry Bush-wall of woven hats

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BHG Colorful woven baskets contribute to the room's intriguing mix of smooth and rugged surfaces

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You can find nautical maps just about anywhere these days, I have found some for only a few dollars. You can use them in a traditional frame as shown, add some wood trim at the top and bottom for a scrolled rustic look or simply use some washi tape at the corners. This is a timeless trend that can be added to any room of the house to make it feel like summer at the beach no matter where you live.

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Layering vintage nautical oil paintings in with your stylish décor can make these once dated treasures seems stylish and super chic. You can use this trend as a collection or add a single piece to open shelving or an existing gallery wall for a little coastal flair.Primitive & Proper-Decorating Nautical with Vintage Seascape Paintings

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Life rings and buoys can transform an ordinary wall into a rustic seaside focal point. These casual elements can be used informally to get that coastal look. They can be easily found at your local salvaged shop or on Etsy.

Red, White and Blue -American Flag Decor Meets Nautical Style

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Now that you have some clever coastal wall ideas you are ready to hit the thrift stores and flea markets. This is the perfect time of year to score some deals, just be patient and most of all, have fun!

Have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse


Jennifer OBrien

Vintage Living — Displaying Your Collections

EditVintage Living-Dispalying Your Collections

Open shelving has become a hot home trend, although a classic idea it has recently made a come back in a big way. You can find this trend in kitchens & pretty much every room in the house. I do love the look of open display and having the creative freedom to style in dimensional way. Open shelving is used throughout my home and through the years I have changed the look countless times. I must confess though, in the beginning I was a little intimidated by displaying my collections. My mindset was that everything had to be perfectly styled but as I realized the perfect part comes from self expression. With that being said you do want to create a visual connection through balance and repetition. Here are a few of my favorite examples of that….

This is a piece I just styled for my kitchen nook with function as a main priority, that helped me narrow down the items I wanted to display. Finding purpose gave me a visual direction.

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Creating balance through symmetry is always a good rule of thumb. This vintage piece highlights a collected look of natural elements and repeats color & texture through the glass jars, plants and wire baskets.

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This is also a great example of bringing function to your piece while displaying your collections. The warm wood tones, with white ceramic, wine bottles, glass details and aged metal tell a story of simplicity and purpose.Our Vintage Home-Rustic Open Shelving

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Displaying a collection of books never gets old, it brings texture and can be a grounding element. The great thing about books is they are very easy to find used for very little money if you don’t feel you have a large enough collection for display. Thoughts from Alice Styling an Eclectic Bookshelf

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Another example of creating balance with color, texture and worn details. The transparency of the repeated glass gives a sense of spaciousness

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These next two images also highlight a sense of continuity through there collections but also are aware that less is more. If you want your treasured pieces to stand out then don’t be afraid to let them be a focal point.

Styled Dining Room Shelving - The Wood Grain Cottage

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So Much Better With Age Rustic Open Shelves

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This open display of vintage items above a bed couldn’t be more perfect and purposeful. You can find balance here through the repeated color tones and theme.

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An important part of displaying your collected pieces is finding balance through height. Don’t be afraid to go vertical and display on your walls as well. You see a small risk pays off as the art hung on the wall brings the height needed to give continuity.

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Displaying a collection doesn’t always mean on shelves, nor does it have to include home accessories. This pipe rack/wardrobe is a perfect solution to a space that may be lacking storage. Here a creative solution is met visual appeal.

Vintage Pipe Clothing Rack via Etsy. Something like this might be useful in the future.

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Have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse


Jennifer OBrien

Vintage Living: A Fresh Look at Doors

Vintage Living-A Fresh Look at Doors

Spring is finally here! This time of year brings out a renewed sense of adventure in myself and once again I am ready to hit my local go to salvaged & antique shops to scour for time worn treasures. One thing I am currently obsessed with is salvaged doors. They bring character and charm to a space on a large scale and can make a huge style statement when used as its intended original function. The best part, usually you can find these sort of pieces for a steal, if you know where to look. I live on the east end of Long Island so when I feel the urge for a good hunt I head out to the country where there are tons of older homes and farms. I am convinced I will find the perfect salvaged door this season. I am not sure where I will put it, nevertheless I am hopeful.

Currently there is a huge trend towards replacing builder grade doors with sliding doors. Although hanging the track can require some patience I do love that the size of the door is more forgiving. Finding the perfect size door to fit your exact opening can be a daunting task but using a track system insures an outside mount, which can give you more flexibility when looking for that perfect piece of originality to add to your space.

BHG Sliding Barn Doors

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BHG Vintage Sliding Pantry Door

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You can choose to use your vintage doors as is, in the original condition or alter them by painting them and/or adding trim or other details. Either way you are bringing a rustic aesthetic to your home and creating a conversation piece that no doubt your guests will love.

The Hunted Interior -Traditional Sliding Barn Door

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Bathroom Designed by Carla Aston

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The Lettered Cottage Sliding Library Door

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Thinking outside the box when it comes to using salvaged finds is always a home run in my book. I love the way this large window is used as a room divider between the living room and dining room.

Jones Design Company Old Window Converted Into Sliding Room Divider

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Using vintage doors to fit your existing door frame is also a great option. If you are building or renovating a home you can even build your frames to fit your door. Keeping exact measurements on you or in your phone for if & when you find that perfect piece is a helpful tool to be able to make a decision. The doors can always be shaved or cut slightly so having your measurements insures you will find the closest fit for an inside mount. What a style statement these beautiful rustic doors make upon entering the room.

Beneath My Heart Vintage Frosted Bathroom Door

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My Lovely Things Vintage Doors

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Happy hunting! Have a beautiful week!

Jen-City Farmhouse


Jennifer OBrien

Vintage Living-Repurposed Lighting Ideas

When it comes to designing a space, lighting is one of those essential details that should never be overlooked. I have a bit of a fascination with this design element. A year ago while browsing my favorite shop on Long Island I found this beautiful rewired vintage schoolhouse pendant. I had no idea where I would put it, as we already had all of our permanent lighting in place but I just knew it would be perfect somewhere. My family room was always in need of more illumination so I hung it over our desk area & wouldn’t you know it, that it is the first thing people see & ask about as they walk in. A great light fixture can set a mood, create conversation and give that aesthetic you are looking for. Repurposing something old and worn into lighting is an affordable way to express your signature style & achieve a custom look in your home. Here are some of my favorites…

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It can be as simple as rewiring an old fixture with a beautiful patina. The aged texture gives a warmth to this bright & cheerful kitchen.

A clam basket has been transformed into a visual masterpiece. This modern and updated kitchen has blended new with old seamlessly. No doubt this generates fun conversation.  This perfectly aged basket has made for a living room showpiece. The aged texture brings the whole space together and makes it feel unified.

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Original vintage pendants have been redesigned together for one unified piece and is attached with an aged piece of reclaimed wood. This creative, one of a kind DIY gives an authentic farmhouse feel.

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Another fabulous idea using reclaimed wood and vintage blue mason jars. This fixture anchors the space and brings a warmth with the original wood tones.

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Transforming this brass bowl into a kitchen pendant is a brilliant idea. All of the textures and tones work seamlessly in this kitchen to give a unique and one of a kind look that is classic & stylish.

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Even a trash can makes for a showstopper of a fixture. The modern look, geometric design and warm finish blends nicely in this hip family room.

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Repurposing materials can also yield a great result. Who would have thought chicken wire could look so chic. Combining this texture with the warmth of the embroidery hoop gives a true farmhouse aesthetic.

I hope these inspired you to look twice at some cast away items at your local thrift store or flea market, I know it did for me.

Have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse

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Jennifer OBrien

Vintage Living-12 Amazing Repurposed Storage Ideas

In my humble opinion, two things a home can always use more of is, extra storage & vintage charm. Being a lover of all things old & worn and a mom of 2 busy boys, I am always looking for clever ways to add storage that will keep me on budget and add warmth to my space at the same time. Repurposing vintage & salvaged items into storage can add style & character, create conversation and bring function to your space without breaking the bank. The best places to look for these items are flea markets, estate & tag sales, thrift stores, local antique shops and yard sales. Some things to look for when shopping for these items are size, shape, style, patina, condition & price. My feeling is anything can be transformed for the right price. My best score to date is a vintage stereo I bought for a SUPER steal that I turned it into a TV console table {see below}. Another favorite score was a large rolling cart that was once used for storing mason jars that is now mudroom storage for my family’s footwear and apparel. Here are 12 amazing repurposed storage ideas to inspire you to see the potential beyond old & worn…..

12 Amazing Repurposed Storage IdeasWhile rummaging through a thrift store I found this very large vintage stereo case. My first thought was, how would I get this home? But then I saw the price tag, $10! Where there is a will, there is way, needless to say I got it home. By pulling it apart & taking out the mechanics I was able to create pretty & purposeful storage for our fire wood and the media components.

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The possibilities are endless when it comes to repurposing vintage pieces. I love how this homeowner turned this chicken coop into a stunning coffee table perfect for storing collectibles.

Repurposed Storage-Chicken Coop Transformed Into A Coffee Table

You can also use vintage items by simply repurposing the function. This vintage rolling cart & tool box with it’s rustic patina serves as storage & display for beautiful family treasures.

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A chicken feeder makes for a perfect console table to hold magazines and display a collection of weather vanes.

Repurposed Storage-Chicken Feeder Holds Magazines

Vintage crates can create instant storage in a bedroom or family room. You can even add casters for easy movability.

Repurposed Storage-Crate at the end of bed holds bed linensThinking outside the box can have a big pay off. This empire dresser now serves as functional kitchen island storage. The original finish & caramel tones gives instant warmth to the space.

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This industrial bar was found at an old farm and now serves a new function in this rustic-modern kitchen as a center island.

Repurposed Storage-Industrial Bar Found at Farm Serves as a Kitchen Island

Storage can also go vertical, by mounting vintage crates & baskets to a wall you can increase your storage without sacrificing square footage.

Repurposed Storage-Metal Baskets Hung on the Wall For Sports Equipment-Genius!

This old rustic shelving unit serves as extra storage for this basement but can serve a variety of functions, possibly even a home office.

Repurposed Storage-This vinatge metal shelving unit serves as extra storage in the basement

Blending metal with the warm wood tones of these crates creates a beautiful balance in this kitchen.Repurposed Storage-Vintage Crates as Kitchen Storage BHG

Vintage wood boxes are a useful find, they can serves as extra storage for a variety of things within the home such as this beautiful coffee table centerpiece.Repurposed Storage-Vintage Crates Holdes Coffee Table Essentials{via}

Vertically stacked crates for wine storage is a genius idea, it’s pretty & functional and what a conversation piece!

Repurposed Storage-Vintage Crates Serves as Storage in Wien Cellar

As you can see the possibilities are endless when it comes to vintage living.

Have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse