Tag Archives: Country

We Love Character (s)

In All Forms

Maybe its because they’re so
warm and welcoming – so ridiculously charming.
Home is instantly more casual when you have
a few of these guys sharing your cottage.
(If you’re not into all the hair + drool +
tearful laughter.. just consider some little
vintage statues in your favorite flavor).

Smell Comes Along With The Face

But we don’t care (do we)!
Sweet, sweet angel.
Maybe in this case – a tattered old oil
painting (or two) might just be best.
Wouldn’t you love an entire wall covered
in old dog paintings! Sign us up!!

Preppy + Nostalgic

Little antique plates crave worn tartan plaid,
leather-topped tables + golden glasses filled-
just a touch.. after dinner. Amazing what an
antique scene can conjure up for the soul.
Hmm.. we may need to take a spin over to
Scotland – a vintage scavenge for some
bagpipes and argyle may just be necessary.

Refined Elegance

Quite the pose (usually the case when the camera is out).
TANK is our velvet bulldog here at Patina Vie.
He shares all the same qualities as our favorite treasures:
a bit dusty, a touch scuffed and tumbled, smells good when
you take a long draw in close to his face… endearing,
and always makes your heart come alive.
(Tank faithfully joins us on all of our vintage-seeking
escapades – he’s got a great eye for the unusual)!!

Here’s to living life in shades of lovely..
with all the characters that make it even more charming.

Keep It Simple

Heaven On Earth

Don’t you just adore the effortless glory of the country!
Shades of green dripping with the sweet scent of charm.
Its time to get some simple into your everyday.
Easy, carefree goodness.
Dig in and allow little pieces of tranquility to seep in all around you.
Life in shades of LOVELY!

Nature’s Canvas

The warm golden patina of a stack
of rustic firewood is simply tops for us.
Get your hands on a little bundle and stack it in vintage
baskets by the back door.. and make sure to have a stack
on the porch (just because you can.. who cares if you
don’t have a fireplace that burns wood!!)
We’ve even used stacks of wood as a backdrop for our
photography now and again…
Earthy and good. Get some. Savor it.
You’ll instantly feel a little more country.

We Encourage Standing On The Furniture

Kids, dogs, chickens… (+ more kids).
Thank goodness we had a camera at-the-ready for this chance moment in time.
Such a shame there were butterflies for her to chase in the field…
or she may have stayed for the afternoon.

The Most Glorious

… are usually the most simple.
Make a statement in your own natural way.
Drifts of tall grasses… yards of tweedy burlap..
rows of pebbles and sticks.. mirrors framed in driftwood..
bowls filled with shells. Breathe it in + take your time.
Here’s to simply living life more beautifully!


Why not?

They’re truly the most charming form of
entertainment a few acres can provide. They dance
about… shifting from one window’s view to another.
They adore apple skins (and the remnants of last
night’s popcorn). We simply delight in their
fanciful folly.. and if we’re being honest, their
folly inspires ours. Could there be a better reason
to adorn their coop with shed antlers… a vintage
copula + Mossy bricks (more to come)… .

Life is SIMPLY more GLORIOUS when we stumble upon it. Charm.

Dewiness at its finest

We’re fully aware that we’re
smack in the midst of the year’s twelfth month.
Snow is coming.. but not quite yet.. and we’re
still able to crave some color from the earth.
Some insanely good nibbles from our country’s
spring-time. For all you fellow-northerner’s…
doesn’t it feed your soul in the finest way?
Anticipation. Sweet memories…….regret
(oh why didn’t I plant more bulbs this autumn)??
Okay.. back to Anticipation.

why, oh why.. is moss so good?!!

A wee little garden shed tucked under the shadow
of an ancient Norway spruce is the best recipe
for country-divine. Some days, we’re tempted
to finally slow down… maybe even pause long
enough to toss a vintage plaid blanket next to
her… and relish in her country-ness.
Won’t you join us? Bring some wine?


Here’s a candid shot of our
favorite form of “casual” (sure, call us a little nutty)..
One fine day, the babes decided to toddle up the back
steps to help themselves to a cool drink from the
Bulldog’s water bowl.
Get your charm on!