Saturday, December 24, 2011

Warmest Wishes from The SHR Gang!

Wishes to all of you for the Merriest Christmas, Happiest Hanukkah, Happiest Kwanza, Warmest Solstice and the best of everything in whatever you celebrate at this time of year!  The entire Johnson family - along with the whole SHR Family want to pass on our wishes for good health, good cheer, family, friends, laughter, prosperity, growth and much, much love to all of you!  We couldn't do what we do without all of you - so we are mighty thankful to all of you that keep coming back to see us month after month!  We are taking January off - but we will see you at 9am sharp on February 2th!  Until then............much love!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas with Kris and Mike!

 Come on up to St. Cloud for a visit to our home!  I just got my Christmas tree up today finally and still have more inside decorating to do - but I do have some outside things done!  This is next to my front steps - greens, cones, birch bark, some dried stems from the garden and a simple sign.  In the summer this piece is filled with flowers.
 I used this great old fishing net piece on the wall next to my front door instead of a wreath this year.  Again, simple greens, twigs and rose hips.
 Greens tied to one of my pieces of garden art - and at night it is lit up with multi-colored lights.
 The gate to my front garden
 I have a thing for windmills of all sizes - I love the red rose hips and the dried clematis growing up it.  In the summer the roses and clematis fight for space on the windmill!
 On the other side of my front door my bicycle gets greened up too!
 Next to my back door...........
 At the back of the house beneath my kitchen window.  A big old grain scale sits in the garden with my favorite bird house on top of it and a wreath hung from it.  In the summer it is surrounded by perennials and vines that grow up behind it.
 Now my planters are filled with cones, greens, twigs and small pots.
 Our living room is teeny tiny and our skinny tree is actually standing in front of the front door that we never use!  Since I was so behind this year with my decorating and I haven't started shopping or baking yet I didn't take the time to dig out any of my beautiful Christmas ornaments and decor.  I just used stuff from my "junk" boxes to decorate!
 We have a thing for horse stuff at our house - these great ribbons and vintage ice cream boxes made for fun decorations!  I sprinkled glitter on pine cones and grabbed some of Mike's many motorcycles from his collection (he is a Harley owner!).
 Love the colors and graphics on bingo cards, vintage toys that I already had and some vintage reflectors.
 A piece of beautiful old horse tack!
 The heart is another piece of horse tack - and since our last name is Hart...........
 I used vintage burlap sacks as a tree skirt and set a pail of pine cones and greens in the corner in front of ski poles and a single ski.  The log cabin was a gift from me to Mike many years ago.
 I love this old Sears Roebuck tag!
Our tree topper this year is a vintage sign from a hardware store!  Mike is an antique tool collector and had a few great old signs - so it seemed to be a good idea!   Well, as you can see - we never do anything too expected at our house!  I miss my beloved ornaments - but I love my junk tree!  It is so much of who we are now!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas with Barb!

 I am going to try my best to get to a few homes this week and share Christmas with some of the SHR family.  Gonna start with Barb - cuz she was home!  I love Barb's home and her decor.  She is kind of a traditionalist, kind of a minimalist, with contemporary and primitive thrown in!  Didn't get a photo of her tree - which is decorated with the most beautiful vintage ornaments - but these other ideas are wonderful in their simplicity!  This is the bell on her garage - just simple greens tied on it.
 The bench on her back porch.  Don't you just love it?  Looks like she's ready to sit down and put on her skates!
 In her garden - the greens and the red berries are all this little cherub needs.
 The swing on her front porch - love the wreath sitting on the swing instead of on the wall!
 Her Merry Christmas sign - do you see what it was?  A side rail from a bed!
 A piece of Rose's art - with her own little garland!
 I love this hanging scale of Barb's.  Some day I am going to sneak it out of her house!  And I love the simplicity of the pine cone!
 On the dining room table - the mix of gold and shiny with pine cones.
 The mantel in her living room - I LOVE the two gray pillars (I gave them to her for Christmas hehehe!!!).  Everything Barb does is so simple and so elegant.
 One of her vintage ornaments - don't you just love her?
The top of the hutch in her dining room.  Notice how Barb just adds a bit of sparkle and greens to her every day items and the whole house becomes Christmasy?  Thanks for letting us share Barb!

Friday, December 16, 2011

We're OPEN Saturday December 17 for one last shopping day!!!

 The last weekend of Christmas shopping - so of course we had to be part of it!  Come on in Saturday, December 17 for great gifts for you, your friends and family, home decor, holiday decor and we still have fresh greens available too!  And DON'T forget to pick up lots of SHR gift certificates - the best gift of all!!  We have everything you need for holiday entertaining - furniture, crystal, silver, dishes, linens, decor - every thing except the meal itself!  We have brought in tons of new items and slashed prices on many items  - and not just the holiday items either!
 Love the simplicity of this wreath!
 Great centerpiece ideas abound!
 I think this Minnesota map is a great gift idea!  (hint, hint, hint!!)
 Love the fluffy don't you?????  How cozy can you get?
 You are gonna see lots of items marked down like this - and in Rose 's area that means almost everything!!
 What a great shelving unit/bookcase!
 This red tray would look so awesome on your buffet or coffee table!
 Love this lighting fixture - barbed wire shade on vintage pulley!
 We still have some of Jean's incredible hand knitted and felted handbags!  Each one unique and handcrafted - a true piece of art!
 I am in love with these vintage ice cream containers!  They look great on the tree - make great gift bags - fill with greens and sparkles and lights for a unique centerpiece - and then save a few to make some incredible 4th of July centerpieces!
 Gorgeous birch bark pieces - love them as is - or use your imagination!
 Beautiful pillars, sparkly pinecone garland, and fun doodads!
 Can you go wrong with vintage toy trains at Christmas??
Come on in and spend one last day celebrating with us!  We'll all be merry and bright!  Hey - don't forget to check out our Facebook page for more photos!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Decorating Ideas from Brad and Amy's Home

 Brad and Amy were kind enough to host our SHR Christmas party at their home - and were also kind enough to let me take lots of photos to share with all of you!  You are going to have to excuse some of the photos tho - a new camera and I am still learning about settings - but you'll get the ideas anyhow!!
This was taken in their office - these very tall square columns are on each side of the desk with an old barn door as the back drop.  Their western collection of saddle, horns, hats, and chaps help adorn this wall.
 Don't you just love this great old garage door as the headboard?  It is incredible!
 Again in the master - they have white furniture and linens mixed in with the old dark woods - it is a great combination of old and new!
 Love the nite stands - his side with a vintage fur man's cap.....
 And hers with a vintage woman's fur hat!
 At the foot of the bed this beautiful old trunk!  Love the tote as the picture holder!  And I kept trying to figure out how I was going to fit the huge gauge in my pocket!
 In the dining room over the buffet - this huge old window, a pair of shutters someone was tossing and a feather wreath they bought at a garage sale!
 The fireplace in the dining room was so festive!  Love the large glass of ornaments - and the great old wheel as art!
 The fireplace in the living room - very simple mantel!
 The Christmas tree in the living room - and I am most fond of the vintage water ski's just hanging around!  The tree was filled with white lights - and what was most interesting about it was that they had used 3 sizes of lights and it looked amazing!
 Warehouse cart as coffee table - you know how much we love our warehouse carts!!  You can kick them, jump on them, sit on them, spill on them - and they just keep looking better and better!
 On the stairway landing - the buffet/storage piece they found at a garage sale, bought the pink pony at SHR and a new mirror - what a great combination!  Add some greens, hang a few ornaments from the chandelier and you have instant Christmas!
 The window over the kitchen sink looked fabulously simple with clear ornaments and greens and lights on the sill.
 They have some of the greatest vintage fans ever - and this one on top of this great table - yep, I tried sneaking it out but just couldn't make it happen!
 Fireplace mantel in the basement family room!  It was so funny to walk in and see the Holiday Inn sign - one that I had done years ago and they bought long before they were part of SHR!
 A built in desk/game station area on one side of the basement housed this great small bike in the corner!  Thought it was a great idea!
 A new piece for game storage and family photos - and I love the vintage skis and suitcase just plopped in the corner!
 Vintage piano and another of their great vintage fans - and a piece of an old windmill as art!
 Over the bar area was this great architectural piece and three vintage boat cushions - love, love, love!  Unfortunately, I couldn't reach them or they would have been in my car too!
 Build in buffet/storage in the eating/gaming section of the basement with an old keg as art.
 Just gotta love this toboggan table in the hall!  It simply rests on a long console table - when you don't want the toboggan - take it off!
One of the 2 tables in the eating/gaming area!  They re-did this one and just added mix and match chairs to it and the banquette!  A perfect combination!
Thanks Brad and Amy for sharing your home!  They had some great outdoor ideas too - next time I am there in the day time we'll share those with you to!