Play-date part 3: Bring nature into your home

This is the final installment of my visit to Tin Barn Market. I am sad! πŸ™ But, I am also very happy that I was able to have this phenomenal opportunity! Thanks so much, Errin and Vicki, you have no idea how special this time was for me!Β  You two are not only creative mentors, you have a gift to see the world in such a positive and uplifting way. You make, this here girl, think she can do what she’s only dreamed of. Thank-you! <3


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If you need to catch up on any of the play-dates, you can see them here and here.Β  Such a special place!

So ya, the bajilion photos I took, IΒ  didn’t know how I was going to round up this adventure, how do I show you the essence and vibe of my dream store? It hit me one night while I was sleeping! Ya, I’m strange like that – nature – it’s everywhere in the shop, each photo I was editing was full of beautiful and simple natural elements. A picture is worth a thousand words, right? I’ve decided to show you photos of my Tin Barn adventure & how they bring nature into their decor. One of my all time favourite thingsΒ  to do in my own home. Nature is full of patina, texture and warmth with so much colour and contrast, the true leader in originality. It’s so simple yet complex and can change the whole feeling of your space. Was that over the top? πŸ™‚ I think you get how nature fascinates and influences me… now let me show you.

HollyBerries | Vin'yet Etc.Stunning holly berries (Ilex verticillata cultivars)

I have been known to stop on the side of the highway to get that perfectly coloured twig, branch or even a whole tree (I do NOT recommend this practice).

I’d like to point out now that no trees were harmed in my quest for nature, I use already downed, broken and dead trees. πŸ˜‰

If I do use live, I trim according to the guidelines to encourage growth. I kid you not! Mr Meticulous and I have dismantled barns,Β  SO much work, but the pay off is that amazing barn wood, not to mention the beams! I’ve slipped down rocks to get at some bright green moss, I scan the roads like you would not believe. You name it, I’ve gone to great lengths to lug that different piece of nature home with me. I can literately hear the eyes rolling on a road trip when I say, “pull over”! They know what I’m up to.

Battersea, Ontario Barn | Vin'yet Etc.

I have a bit of a barn obsession, (as shared on Instagram) I also have a whole pin board dedicated to it on Pinterest.Β  I love the patina, the grain and colour, the whole entire look… all of it!Β  That’s not obsessive, is it? What would you do with barn boards? While some of you have a ton of ideas, some of you may be stuck in the, “what do I do with this” zone.

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The barn wood above, it’s used beautifully on the facade of Tin Barn. It adds texture, contrast and ties beautifully into their overall brand. I’ve used it as decor in so many different ways, too many to count, we’ve built furniture, hung it as art, used it as backing on cabinets… endless possibilities!

GroceryStore Collage | Vin'yet Etc. Don’t get me wrong, you don’t have to climb around in the woods and get filthy dirty to have simple touches of nature in your home (although it’s a blast and I highly recommend it) they sell beautiful natural decor at your, “go to” home stores & even grocery stores, it really doesn’t matter where it comes from.

AntlersOnWood Bring Nature into your home |Vin'yet Etc.

The grain and beauty in this vignette with the antique framed tin ceiling tile is very simple. Simple but full of texture, richness and natural beauty, not to mention that patina, swoon…

Magnolia Branches | Vin'yet Etc. These magnolia branches are a new discovery for me, I am totally coveting these gorgeous limbs. I want magnolia trees ALL over my property!! Great, a new obsession. :p Their shape, the way the light throws shadows on the walls, simply put them into a container and you add so much personality to your vignette! Nature truly is my inspiration.

Bring nature into your home | Vin'yet Etc. You can also layer different types of natural elements, varying the heights and textures, it really adds interest and movement to your vignette. Isn’t this Bunny awesome!?

Bunnie Focal | Vin'yet Etc.

Contrast of textures | Vin'yet Etc. Speaking of Bunnies… contrasting natural textures together along with pops of colour, that just ads impact! I love the white egg cups against the warm brown wood, with the round moss balls in the background contrasting both colour and texture off of the glass.Β  Play, play and play some more, don’t be afraid to use little hearts in an egg cup, or moss decorative globes in candle holders. If something catches your eye, texture and colour wise, put it in your home, chances are if you love it in nature, you will adore it in your home!

Enter Collage | Vin'yet Etc. Pretty spring flowers help to soften this vignette.

Lighting Collage | Vin'yet Etc.

As I stated earlier, Tin Barn is also heavily influenced by elements of nature, as you can clearly see when you enter their shop… theΒ captivating touches of nature are beautifully lit with these stunning lights, adding drama to your space with lighting and combining it with nature, that’s a win win in my books.

PussyWillowLetterBox | Vin'yet Etc.

Pussy willows are another simple way to add the character of nature to your space. Surround the stems with crinkled old newspaper put them in a treasured glass container, done and done!

AloeVera | Vin'yet Etc. Lovely aloe vera plant in a concrete planter, thank-you for brightening this spot.

Door Handle Goodbye | Vin'yet Etc. I could go on and on about this shop, about nature, both inspire me so… but for now, this is farewell, Tin Barn. Until next time… I sure hope you’ve enjoyed this shop and my styling adventures, if you are EVER in Almonte, you MUST pop in and say hello, you will be enchanted, I promise! xo


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  • Reply Sarah Wright April 11, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Wonderful post as always and gorgeous photographs. I love the door handle and the carved wood rabbits! Swoon.

    • Reply Laurie April 15, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Sarah! Isn’t that door handle super adorable & whimsical! Thank-you so much for the lovely complement, I love it when you stop in, good for the ego! πŸ˜‰ xo

  • Reply Maggie April 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Love your images. So right every home needs a little nature.

    • Reply Laurie April 15, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      Hi Maggie! I know, right? This post really could have been a series in it’s self… so many creative and fantastic ways to bring nature in. xo

  • Reply Cate Moore April 11, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Gorgeous pictures. I am saving some of them for inspiration!

    • Reply Laurie April 15, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks Cate! For some real live inspiration, you should pop in there for a visit, you’ll have inspiration falling out of your pockets! πŸ˜‰ xo

  • Reply Kathryn April 11, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    I love using sticks and bringing nature into my home! It gives it such a cozy vibe!
    I love that doorhandly too! So cool!

    • Reply Laurie April 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Hi Kathryn, isn’t that door handle perfect!? They have a lot of people wanting it! Ahhh, nature really the perfect home decor item. xo

  • Reply Barb April 11, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Well done Laurie! I’m in love with too many things in your pictures to list. You and The Tin Barn Market are a perfect match.

    • Reply Laurie April 15, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Awww, thanks sweetie! xo I don’t lie, it’s my dream store and what a treat that they are so awesome too!

  • Reply Dani @ lifeovereasy April 12, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Gorgeous pics once again! I do love all the natural touches. I find when you bring something natural indoors, you almost can’t go wrong – it always seems to work. I’ve been know to pull over by the side of the road too! I think we’d have the most fun road trip together!

    • Reply Laurie April 15, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Did I just hear you say, “road trip”, that my friend is a wonderful idea!!!!! Love it!

  • Reply E & V April 12, 2014 at 11:21 am

    We had a great time with this little project too! Thank you for spending a couple of data with us at the shop!

    Tin Barn Market

    • Reply Laurie April 15, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      Hey guys! πŸ™‚ Yep, a real treat… had a blast and would sell my first born to work there every day… do you suppose someone would buy a 24 year old? Is that wrong? πŸ˜‰ Heehee Thanks for stopping in! <3

  • Reply Inspire Me Heather April 12, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Wow, what a finale! I love your photos and ideas about decorating with nature as your inspiration. Very well done Laurie, what a treat!

    • Reply Laurie April 15, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks so much Heather! What a lovely thing to say! I am so glad you liked it! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Karen April 12, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Sumptuous! That’s how I want to describe everything here.
    You may hear the eyes rolling but he still pulls over. And yes, definitely plant that magnolia!

    • Reply Laurie April 15, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      LOL, yep he still pulls over! He loves this as much as I do! Shhhh, don’t tell anyone! πŸ˜‰ Ya, magnolia, everywhere! I really want to, I may be calling on my expert horticulturist! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Shauna April 12, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I think a touch of nature is important in every room. Again, love this store and the vignettes you created- just gorgeous! You certainly have a good eye for styling!

    • Reply Laurie April 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      Thank-you Shauna! Thanks for following the series! xoxo

  • Reply Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer April 15, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    I wish I lived closer! So many goodies!!

    • Reply Laurie April 15, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      I wish I lived closer to them too… but an hour and 30 min is totally doable! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tatiana Dokuchic April 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    What a beautiful post! Many thanks for the introduction to Tin Barn, I’ll be making my way to Almonte (I live in Kanata) next chance I get to see it in person πŸ™‚

    • Reply Laurie April 17, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      OH, you will love it there! It’s everything you will expect and so much more! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Thea April 16, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Laurie, I so enjoyed your post. Your photography and the way you presented it in different collages and formats is gorgeous. I love how you gave a big perspective on the shop starting with the front entrance and then showcased some of the delightful details inside. I think the Tin Barn Market is reeling with joy!

    • Reply Laurie April 17, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      Thanks so much Thea! You are so sweet! xo

  • Reply Wendi @ H2OBungalow April 17, 2014 at 11:55 am

    What a fantastic store …and a great write up as well! Love your photographs too.

    • Reply Laurie April 17, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      Thank-you Wendi! Very nice of you to say! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nadia @ Mama and the City April 19, 2014 at 4:02 am

    THAT Barn! I saw it in your Instagram feed and I fantasized with it immediately – perfect spot for portrait photography.
    Great collection here.

    • Reply Laurie April 22, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks Nadia! I have a bit of a barn obsession!

  • Reply Amy @ StowandTellU May 13, 2014 at 12:52 am

    I too stop along the side of the road although it’s usually to catch one of our native wildflowers in bloom, but I love your idea of going to such lengths to salvage something you have a passion for. You have really captured some gorgeous vignettes in this series. I’m quite positive that I would be hanging out at the Tin Barn a lot if I lived anywhere near.

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