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.