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The White Barn Styling Consultations

The White Barn Styling Consultations

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Love your space, it’s your refuge!  The White Barn is now offering in-home interior  styling consultations.  I will help build a plan for short and long term goals that meet your budget.  Think of The White Barn as your “go to” styling center – Maybe you need to choose a paint color or pictures hung on the wall in a fashionable way or how about using your existing furniture but rearranging your room for a quick change.  This and more is what The White Barn can help you with.  Give us a call for your consultation.  530-848-9798.

Yummy Layered Italian Dip

Yummy Layered Italian Dip

With the 4th of July right around the corner, I thought you might enjoy this new recipe that I have been making.  My family and I love this dip.  You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to make this but with the upcoming holiday it is the perfect time to try it.The White BarnLayered Italian Dip
8 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup basil pesto sauce
1/4 cup chopped artichoke hearts
1 cup chopped roasted peppers
1 cup shredded Italian blend cheese

Mix cream cheese and mayonnaise together.  Spread onto your dish.  Add the layer of basil pesto, then artichoke hearts and roasted peppers.  Top with cheese.  Serve with your choice of crackers.

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Enjoy this amazing dip and the Fourth of July.

God Bless Merica!

Grain Sack Inspired Accent Table

Grain Sack Inspired Accent Table

French grain sacks have been in style for quite some time.  As of late, it’s popularity is flowing over into many types of home decor.  It’s influence can be seen in fabric, table runners, throw pillows etc., and now accent tables.IMG_0045




I will show you how I updated and transformed these worn out side tables to have a fresh new look with just a little paint.

I got ahead of myself and forgot to take a picture of the whole table, so use your imagination and you will see the whole table at the end of the post.

First things first, the table had some water damage which caused the wood to separate slightly.  I needed to add wood filler to fill in the gap.  This is super easy.  Just squirt the filler into the gap and scrap off the excess with a flat edge or putty knife.The White BarnThe White BarnAfter letting the filler dry I sanded the area just slightly.  I then painted the piece with Maison Blanche Ivory Chalk Paint, which I sell at the store.  After the piece thoroughly dried I found the center of the tabletop as a reference point to where I wanted to add my stripes.The White BarnMark the center.  You can see in the photo where the wood had separated but when the piece is completed it will barely be noticeable.The White BarnAfter the center has been marked it is time to add the tape for your stripes.  I just had to eyeball it from here, making sure my tape was even.The White BarnI chose grey paint for my stripe.  It is the perfect neutral.  I applied 2 coats.The White BarnAfter it is dry remove the tape.  The next step is optional.  I wanted to add numbers for a little more interest.  I cut the numbers out of thick card stock on my Cricut Machine.

Using a stencil brush I tapped/pounced black paint onto my stencil.  Remember to not have too much paint on your brush or it will bleed.The White BarnAfter the stencil dried I sanded the edges and top of the piece to add a worn appearance.  I then added a light brown wax to created a more aged look.The White BarnWaalaa!  These tables would make great night stands or side tables.  This project was fun and easy but with great style.

Hello Ms. Teresa

Hello Ms. Teresa

About a month ago I introduced you to one of my talented vendors, Betty Rickard.  I am so happy to announce that Teresa Dodge, a talented decorator and treasure hunter, has also joined team White Barn.

Teresa and I initially met in my store while she was shopping.  We struck up a conversation and the rest is history.  We both love to hunt for treasures and good deals.  When she heard I had space to rent in the new store it was a no brainer.  She was onboard.

Teresa is not a Woodland native and has only lived here a couple of years. She and her husband, Mark, bought a beautiful home on the corner of Buena Tierra and Jimeno.  The house had great bones but with Teresa’s decorating expertise made this gem really shines.

Her husband, Mark, retired from the Military, where he was stationed at Travis Air Force Base.  After that they lived in Suisun, Vacaville, and Dixon, where they raised their two boys. Mark’s work took him to Florida and then they eventually landed in Seattle were they stayed for the next 16 years before heading back to this area.

Teresa really developed her love of thrift stores and bargain shopping while in Florida and Seattle.  She loved decorating their home and her husband’s office.  Teresa has a very eclectic style but it works, she manages to pull it all together.

Her home is a classic ranch style.  I love the inviting exterior.  It is simple and clean.IMG_7815Once inside the front door you are greeted by a lovely front entry display and it gives you a feel for the wonderful things to come.IMG_7800Right off the entry is the Family Room, which is my favorite in the house.  It houses all of Teresa’s collections which she has a real talent for.  Check out the ceiling.  It is just heavenly with it’s whiteness and beams and shiplap.  I could live in this room.  Right away you see one of her collections, black vases and containers above the window.IMG_7799To the right of the window is this adorable secretary.  This cabinet contains Teresa’s shell and white pottery collections.IMG_7810To the right of the secretary, but on the same wall is another cabinet of collections, suitcases, bottles, corks, etc.  I love her use of dark furniture pieces with light colored walls and ceilings.IMG_7811Off of this room is the guest bedroom.  It is simple, clean and inviting.  The architectural salvaged piece above the bed was found in Seattle.  She thought she overpaid for this piece at $100, but it could easily go for 3 or 4 times that amount now.IMG_7801Next stop is the living room, where her collection of books and pottery resides.  Comfy chairs make it easy to grab a book and take a load off.IMG_7803On another wall is Teresa’s collection of antlers and horns.IMG_7804Last stop on our tour was the backyard.  Last November and December we had our light up sign class at The White Barn.  Teresa did her last name for her patio and it turned out adorable.IMG_7807So now that you have a glimpse into Teresa’s style head down to The White Barn and check out her space.  She has great stuff and I am always shopping her booth.IMG_7817

Summer Getaway

Summer Getaway

One of our favorite family getaways is the ocean. More specifically, a tiny campground about an hour past Bodega Bay called Ocean Cove.  Most people haven’t heard about this little gem, but it has been a favorite of ours.  It is a hot spot for abalone divers.  Since Tom ab dives this has become an annual Memorial Weekend tradition.

Having said that, this Memorial Weekend will be our last.  Apparently the word is out and we took the last camping spot on Thursday night at 5:00pm.  I forgot to mention, they don’t take reservations.  Typically this wasn’t a problem, but this weekend it was packed.  So, in the future we just won’t go on a holiday weekend.

In addition to the beautiful surroundings, I believe the increase in popularity is due to the low cost of staying there.  It is only $27.00/night.  Some campgrounds are over $100/night making it difficult for a lot of families to camp.  There are coin operated showers and a little general store.  It has a boat ramp as well.  In addition, it is very family and dog friendly.

If you just can’t handle the whole camping thing  they have a little hotel across the road for $100/night.  They are by no means fancy rooms, but they are clean.The White BarnTom and Dylan suiting up.The White BarnDylan and his friend Ace, heading to the water.The White BarnFresh catch.The White BarnCleaning the fish.The White BarnThe White BarnTom is not camera shy.The White BarnMe and my shadow.The White BarnWhen we aren’t fishing or diving we head to Hippie Cove.  It’s my favorite place to look for sea glass.The White Barn The White BarnThe biggest stick he could find.The White BarnTime to pound the abalone.The White BarnThe White BarnFishing and diving buds.The White BarnJust thought this was funny.  When you gotta go, you gotta go.The White BarnThe best part about camping is the fire.The White BarnMe and Sugar Burger.The White Barn The White Barn The White Barn The White BarnMe and my hubby.The White BarnThe end to the perfect weekend getaway.

Head to Ocean Cove for a long weekend this Summer.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

Pink Panty Dropper Summer Cocktail

Pink Panty Dropper Summer Cocktail

My niece by marriage, Meredith, is pregnant with her second child.  Her first, JD, was a boy and since this baby is a girl we of course had to celebrate.

I am not alone in my love for deer, antlers, and pink camo.  Just about everyone in my family is just as fond.  So it was fitting that a baby shower for Maci Mae, my mother’s namesake, should have this theme.The White BarnThe prettiest pregnant mama ever.The White BarnPaper and tulle pom pom’s.The White BarnGold glittered deer embellishments.The White BarnA clothe diaper cake.The White BarnThe White BarnWe wrote an inspirational note on the butt of a diaper to encourage the parents for those late night diaper changes.The White BarnThe cake, with chocolate antlers.The White BarnCupcakes.The white barnLast, but not least, my favorite part of the shower.  This amazing adult punch/beverage.  With summer parties right around the corner I thought you might enjoy this summer cocktail that is a crowd pleaser.  It is delicious, refreshing, and pretty.

The fitting name of this cocktail……………

Pink Panty Dropper
2 cans frozen pink lemonade concentrate
refill each lemonade can full with vodka (24oz total)
4 cans light beer
1 (2 liter) bottle of 7up
Mix and serve. Delish!

Try this recipe.  You won’t be disappointed.

The Big Move

The Big Move

Last Saturday was the big day to move the store.  A lot of people asked how I was going to do it.  Was I nervous or scared.  It needed to happen in one day.

One of the great advantages of coming from a big, tight nit family is that everyone pulls together when help is needed, and it was needed.

I packed up all the littles on Friday so that the guys would just have to move the big pieces and boxes.

So 9:00am Saturday we started in and by 12:00pm 95% of the store had been moved.The White BarnThe White BarnThe White BarnThen it was time for a lunch break.  My sweet Mama was in charge of that. She knows how to cook for an army.The White BarnOf course the kiddos had fun running around.The White BarnThe White BarnWatching videos.The White BarnEating lunch.The White BarnMy oldest son Tyler and youngest son Dylan also helped.  Cody had to work.The White BarnBefore Ricky Bobby came down Lindsey had to do a yoga pose.The White BarnI missed taking pics of Ricky Bobby coming down.  In no time he was up again in his new home. Wa La!The White BarnEveryone was gone, the dust had settled and it was time to celebrate our new location and the next chapter.The White BarnSo many friends and family helped with building improvements and the move.  My hubby, Tom, also worked tirelessly to get me ready to open in the new location.  He works all week in SanFrancisco and then had to come home and work even harder. So thank you Tom for the sacrifice you made helping make my dreams a reality.

I signed a five year lease for 510 Main Street, so we are in for the long haul.  I look forward to seeing the evolution and growth of the store over the years to come just as I enjoyed the changes and growth over the last 3 years at 424 First Street.

Last but not least, thank you to the customers for your patronage, your encouragement and compliments.  You are what drives me to be creative and make your time in The White Barn an enjoyable experience.

Please Welcome Betty

Please Welcome Betty

One of my visions for the new, larger White Barn location was to bring on a few women who have the same love of vintage home decor as I do.  Welcome, Betty Rickard.  Here is a little something about Betty:

Betty and her husband Tom, relocated to Woodland from Tracy in 2003 when their daughter graduated from Tracy High School and moved to Chico to attend CSU.  After searching for classic old homes for 3 years they found the perfect house to buy on College Street.  It was one of the “3 Sisters” built by Reverend J.N. Pendagast in 1876. You may have toured their home during one of the historic strolls.

Besides wanting to live in a historic home they also loved the feel of Downtown Woodland; the old buildings, quaint retail shops and eateries.  After living on College Street for 13 years, they had the opportunity to downsize and buy a beautiful 1906 Queen Anne Victorian, built by R.B. Cranston, a prominent hardware dealer at the time.  The home was still in its original condition and they are only the 3rd owners.  Their current home is a work is progress, as they work to maintain as much originality as possible while updating behind the scenes with new electrical, plumbing, kitchen and general repairs.  They hope to be done by 2018, but with an old house you really are never done.

A few months ago Betty responded to a Facebook posting that I put up looking for help on Mondays.  Betty retired from Hallmark Cards in 2015 and was looking to work a few hours each week.  She thought this sounded perfect.  Betty also had aspirations of finding a shop to rent a space to sell her antiques and vintage finds.  She had no idea that I wanted to add other vendors in a new space and I had no idea the she wanted a space of her own.  Funny how that works out, right?

I thought you might enjoy seeing some of Betty’s home and her style.  Although we both love vintage, Betty’s palate is darker than mine.  I like that.  I like that whatever your color palate, you may find what you are looking for at The White Barn.

The kitchen.  All new cabinets and new-old island.The White BarnOne of Betty’s many talents is putting together vignettes.  She has done a great job of staging in her home as well as displays at the store.The White BarnA little bar area.The White BarnA hallway vignette.The White BarnA display in the pantry.The White BarnThe sink inside the pantry.  How many people have that?The White BarnThe laundry room.The White BarnA cabin themed guest bedroom.The White BarnA collection of fishing lurers.The White BarnA gallery wall in the upstairs hallway.The White BarnA little vignette in the upstairs hallway.The White BarnThe Master bedroom.The White BarnIMG_0123 The White BarnAnother guest bedroom done in a child’s theme.The White Barn The White BarnThe wonderful thing about old homes is they have basements.  Basements that can be made into makeshift wine cellars.  Great idea.IMG_7193IMG_7195So after we open in the new spot you will have to swing by and see Betty’s booth.  She will be there every Monday.IMG_7307 (1)This is Betty with her husband Tom and twin grand babies.

New Location Update

New Location Update

This is not a very exciting post, but I thought you needed an update.

We finally got all the glue off the floor and it is sanded.  This week we hope to stain the floor. Walls have been painted in Benjamin Moore’s Beachcomber.  It looks really dark right now, but imagine all the chippy white accents that I am gonna add.  Everything will pop.Processed with VSCO with kk2 presetThe White BarnThe display stage has been built.The White BarnI promise wonderful things to come.  Thanks for your support and patience.

My Granny’s Chocolate Cobbler

My Granny’s Chocolate Cobbler

With Easter right around the corner, I thought this recipe might come in handy.  My step-daughter, Tori, found this recipe on Pinterest.  I’ve traced the recipe back to its origins, see here.

Much to our surprise, it has become a family favorite.  It reminds me of a molten lava cake.  Served warm with ice cream…well, I just don’t have the words to describe how amazing it is.  You will not be disappointed.  No Pinterest fail here.
Processed with VSCO with nc presetMy Granny’s Chocolate Cobbler

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
7 TBL cocoa powder – divided
1 1/4 cup sugar – divided
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup melted butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar packed
1 1/2 cups hot tap water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
First stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, 3 tablespoons of the cocoa, and 3/4 cup of the white sugar.  Reserve the remains cocoa and sugar.
Stir in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla to the flour mixture.  Mix until smooth.
Pour the picture into an engrossed 8-inch baking dish.
In a separate small bowl, mix the remaining white sugar (it should be 1/2 cup), the brown sugar, and remaining 4 tablespoons of cocoa.  Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the batter.
Pour the hot tap water over all.  DO NOT STIR!
Bake for about 40 minutes or until the center is set.
Let stand for a few minutes if you can hold yourself back.  Serve with ice cream.

I doubled the recipe and used a 9X13 or larger dish.  I also put a cookie sheet under the dish as it sometimes bubbles over.Processed with VSCO with nc presetEnjoy!!