Chuck is finishing up the installation of all of the tongue and groove and beadboard ceiling boards in our farmhouse and I’m so happy with the job he’s done. Here he is just getting ready to get all safety geared up. That ladder is high!

I went with wider boards in the high point of the living room ceiling, and narrow beadboard in the rest of the main floor. Here’s the kitchen so far: (All of the ceilings have yet to be caulked and painted).

Hallway: (Can you believe how straight Chuck’s lines are)?

I opted for “butt joints” in the wood where the boards meet up, rather than the flat edges meeting together.  Because every house experiences some settling and movement, inevitably the boards will not stay perfectly butted up to one another.  By using “butt joints” when there is some movement, it will be very difficult to notice with the naked eye.  (And for the record, who in tarnation named them “butt joints”? Couldn’t they be called something cuter than that? Just saying….)

Dining Room:

Into the kitchen from the dining room:

The tile installation has begun, windows and doors are getting framed out, and I’ve been working on finding some key light fixtures.

It’s beginning to look like home – in my mind at least.


In 2002, I was dreaming of creating a fun and happy little event to sell my vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, I held my first event in my neighbor's barn along with a handful of friends. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today The Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fair fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces packed with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best event of its kind in the USA. I describe it as the best weekend of the year!