Eclectic and Rustic Styleboard

I’ll be perfectly honest, my style has evolved over time. With my second home, I can tell you the best piece of advice I’ve ever received is to buy great staples and layer in your treasures for a more lived in vibe. Invest in a great couch, a statement piece, and furniture you use everyday (dining chairs, dining table) and then layer in things like curtains, lamps that you can swap depending on the season, or in my case, the direction the wind blows.

We’re really lucky in upstate NY that our Craigslist selection is AMAZING. Literally, you can find Henderon dressers, Lane furniture, and tons of antiques at crazy prices. If your Craigslist selection isn’t as stellar, there are a lot of different places online with interior design quality pieces. OnekingslaneJossandMain, and Chairish are all great sources.

But investing in those more expensive, well-made pieces will save you money in the long run. They are made to last, and take the hits that any family dishes out. Ikea furniture can only last so long.

Check out an example:


Investment pieces:

Carved weathered tableClassic chandelier | Grand cottage double cane arm chair | Lucite sconces

Personal pieces:

Antler candle holder | Painted hutch | Art

I would definitely consider adding a rug to the space. You could add a classic jute with fringe:


Or some unexpected options from Chairish:

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The space would definitely be more balanced with something masculine.

Happy shopping!!

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Farmhouse Summer Styling

Summer is in full swing, and I can tell you how important it is to lighten up your space when the weather is warm. Unfortunately, our 1856 farmhouse doesn’t have A/C, so I’ve found that swapping out curtains, decor, and even furniture has helped keep our space light and airy as the temperature rises.

Currently, we’re investing in some ‘drop cloth’ curtains. You may or may not know, but both Home Depot and Lowes have the equivalent of heavy linen bolts of fabric in the form of drop cloths. For only a hundred dollars or so, we’ve been able to slipcover our living room furniture- which is great for muddy feet and wet little bodies coming in from the sprinkler.

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It’s really easy to jazz these babies up with different trim

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Swapping out pillows is another great way to lighten up your spaces. Pottery Barn outdoor pillows hold up better to washing, and are cheaper:

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Whether you go light and muted or bright and colorful- it does make a huge difference. Adding indoor plants like ferns or fresh topiary is another great way to bring the outdoors in.

Enjoy the weather now, because before we know it, it’ll be over.

Now Offering Design Services


It’s been a long winter- we’ve made our way through lots of contractors here in Rochester, NY and have experienced more than the average bit of bad luck: no shows, sloppy work, tardiness, messiness, destruction of our property, stolen property, etc. (If anyone wants to us privately, we can provide you with a list). That being said, we came across the BEST contractor right before Christmas. Not only as he like a ghost, in and out, but there was never a trace of evidence that he was in our home. The work was sublime, and he handled all the permit work with our town. It was with this great relationship, combined with all the emails I get on a weekly basis, that Reed & Caudle was formed this winter.

We offer design and build services, along with furnishing services both online and in person. Projects range from small home renovations to new builds. Please feel free to check out our website, soon to be completed this spring, for more information. We are accepting new clients and are happy to answer any questions.

Wish us luck!

Farmhouse Guest Bathroom: Before and During

Anyone renovating will know it takes time and more importantly money to get things done. After a long beautiful summer, we’ve picked things back up. Unfortunately, the money we had been saving for our master bedroom went into renovating our guest bathroom.

What started as a drip in our bath-fitter, turned into a full on leak and we were faced with spending $500 to fix and replace a gross plastic bath-fitter…or spend our master bedroom funds and putting into our guest bathroom.

We decided to split the labor between professional and ourselves to cut financial corners.

If you can remember our bathroom when we moved in looked like this:

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As you can see the overall bathroom is a pretty good size for a guest bath, however, it’s an awkward back corner that housed the bath-fitter (I promise there was sweet frosted plastic sliding doors with handles that came off every time you pushed it closed). It also had an odd header above the shower doors, but once in the shower the real ceiling height was the same as the rest of the bathroom.


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There really wasn’t anything wrong with the wood/laminate vanity. I struggled with the decision of painting it and removing the countertop. Ultimately, I decided that I just didn’t like countertops that butted up against a corner wall. In the bathrooms that I loved, there were more free standing. The toliet is next to the vanity, and we decided to keep the same layout to save money.

Step 1: We did the came up with a plan to demo, and to renovate the vanity, toilet part of the bathroom ourselves.

Step 2: We hired (in true form) another horrible contractor to move some electrical, and tackle the shower portion. If you’re interested in a list of horrible contractors to stay away from, feel free to email me. I’m pretty sure we’ve had them all over at some point.

Step 3: Chose materials. We decided to go with the same slate floor that we used in the mudroom to go all over the bathroom floor and continue up/over the transition, as well as, the bath seat (I wanted the slate to be the flooring inside the actual shower, but Mr. Manor vetoed that for some tumbled pebbles). We decided to use subway in the same stacking pattern that we used for our kitchen backsplash and carried the same metal finish (brushed nickel) that we used throughout the house.

Step 4: Due to horrible contractor, blow the 4 day timeline to almost 2 months.

So here’s where we are at now:


The contractors gifted us with awesome white caulk around the pewter grout that at least I can paint.



We chose a semi traditional, modern exposed hand-held shower with sliding rail. It does have a 6-inch rain shower head and then we put a 10-inch shower head centered in the shower.



We took our antique pine dresser and lacquered it to be waterproof.




It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the bathroom feels much larger now that we included that whole back wall as the shower (76×48)

After we have the drywall added, we some final touches to add:








Stay tuned!

Antiquing in Upstate NY

One of my favorite things to do is hunt for amazing deals here in Rochester. We’re veerrrry lucky to have such an amazing selection of flea markets and vendors within driving distance. I thought I’d share with you some of the things that I find enticing when I go: This pine dresser was amazing. I actually went back the following week to buy this, but of course this was sold. I mean who wouldn’t want this.

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Super cute, mod mushroom bowl. Too pricy for me, but really cute.

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I’m a stickler for a raised brow in oil. I also thought the city scape below was really pretty!     2014-07-07 12.00.26

I LURVED this carved box. In fact, now that I see this again, I want to go back and get this.   2014-07-07 12.00.37

I actually bought this flower print. I know it’s not- but it reminds me of Hugo Guiness everytime I see it.     2014-07-07 12.01.52

I loved this for one of my bathrooms, but at the price they were asking, I could have bought that dresser.         2014-07-07 12.02.13

African mud cloth action.

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Acorn dresser- which I don’t really like, because I think they look like balls. Am I right?       2014-07-07 12.05.27

The mat and frame is all wrong, but that charcoal is allll right.

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I sort of liked the wood fruit.

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These corbels are AWESOME. And then I saw the price, and I said to myself, “not that awesome.”       2014-07-07 12.11.32

This is the part where my coffee kicks in and I just start touching things, and saying things like, “ooo stripes!”     2014-07-07 12.14.34

Cute stool, but my kids would break off that rattan one by one while I cried and watched.     2014-07-07 12.15.30

I couldn’t decide if I liked this poppy picture or not. I went back like 3 times. There was sometime too 70’s about it.             2014-07-07 12.16.30

It’s too hard to see, but the two framed sketch horse drawings are really cool and immaculately framed.       2014-07-07 12.17.00

I saw this wood object and thought it sort of reminds me of a clip board. Maybe I can drill clips, and we can keep our bills organized, maybe we can control the mass amounts of clutter that come into the house everyday…then I measured it and kept walking.

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I like free hand work…a lot.

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I liked this shelf. Then I thought that my mom has the same one in her bathroom. Then I thought am I my mother? Then I had a slight panic attack that the world is coming full circle.     2014-07-07 12.21.56

After I calmed down, I saw this and thought that I need hobbies like this. And legs and boobs like this.     2014-07-07 12.22.25

I want to serve condiments like this, but then what? Do you put this whole thing in the fridge? Confused       2014-07-07 12.25.11

This is my favorite vendor. His stuff is awesome, but I will never be able to afford it. I love that driftwood lamp.


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I wanted this table badly for my guest bathroom vanity. I would strip it- that paint job is horrendous, but the depth is perfect for a huge vessel sink with a antique brass wall mount faucet.


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Little Moroccan stool to sit next to my huge soaker tub that will NEVER get pulled out of storage.


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This is my favorite vendor for artwork. This was an awesome piece of the finger lakes.


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I saw this and I literally started crawling over his junk things to get to this rice paddle. I’m obsessed with rice paddles. They are super expensive, but so textually amazing. I have two tiny ones that I still need to hang in the guest room. I like to point at them and threaten the children- hehehehe.



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Kitchen counter stools that are sooo wide for people with huge asses like me…and in great condition, but only two. Why!? Why are there always only two.


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Saw this and thought of my mom who collects and hangs these in her kitchen- which I think is awesome.



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I love this table. I actually wish I could find it as a sofa table and that it had storage.


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Here’s the sad part- take a little tip from me to you- don’t EVER go to a new antique place where you don’t know what to expect when you are broke or in between pay periods EVER.

Because this sort of thing will always happen: these two headboards- no frame, but I’m assuming you could just use a standard twin frame….$100 PLUS 40% off for the both of them. GAH.




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Framed Russian guys



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Yoke- I love- hang it on a wall people, over a couch, a bed…awesome.



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Zinc letters



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This was sad as well…granted it did have a junk missing from the corner, which made me think maybe someone had pissed or died on the beds…$150 + %80 off….



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After that sort of rejection, I had enough and it was time to go home to enjoy the rest of my day off that looked like this:

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If it makes you feel any better- it ended up raining.




How to Recover a Stool

Look at me, I’m on a roll! Here’s a quick step by step on how to recover a stool.

Things You’ll Need:

– Staple Gun (I bought the ‘Heavy Duty’ on from Michaels, it came with staples, but I needed more because I messed up a lot)

– Fabric Glue

– Trim

– Fabric

– Scissors

– Stool



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(I bought this carved Lion Foot stool off Craigslist two years ago for $10. The fabric I bought from Goodwill for maybe $2.)

I measured the fabric to fall about an inch off the side of the stool. Choose a side that feels comfortable and lay the stool with that side facing up. TIP: push down on the stool sides and feel the construction underneath the existing fabric. You’ll be able to feel where there is wood, or a brace, or nothing at all. Obviously, staples won’t adhere to nothing, so you’ll know where to actually staple. I didn’t do this and just thought I would staple as close to the edge where the old fabric ended, but none of the staples would stick. I pressed down on the stool and realized that the structure didn’t have anything actually there. It was all a half cm above where I was stapling- which is why I stated I needed to buy my staples.

Pull the fabric tight and keep stapling. I literally stapled every other inch. If you come across the same scenario that I did where you’re stapling well above where the fabric meets the actual stool- don’t worry, you’ll just have to buy wider trim🙂


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You can see that I’m about a half an inch above the frame. I actually added more staples after this photo. It’s my first time people. Flip the stool over and do the other long side the same exact way. Now you’ll just have the sides to deal with. For the sides, I pulled the right corner towards towards the left as tight as it with go and then stapled the bottom. This will give you a nice creased boxed edge. I then cut a big chunk of that excess fabric off. I did the same thing for the left corner, bringing it as far to the right as tightly as possible and stapling. Then cutting the excess fabric. Then I pulled the fabric from the middle down and continued stapling over the entire side.  Repeat for the opposite side.


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(you can see the boxed edge above for the short sides)

Since I have no idea how to use piping, I went the super easy route- trim. I had to staple about a 1/2 inch above the frame, so I went with a 1/2 inch trim. I happened to find the exact color match in the clearance bin at Michael’s for only $1.49 a yard. I literally just put glue on both the trim and fabric and just made my way around the stool. I folded the very end over and glued that down to make it a more finished end.

UPDATE: it’s been 3 weeks since I’ve completed this project and Nothing has come apart yet or fallen off!!


Living Room Fabrics

Construction is still at a stand still. I aimlessly walk around the house staring at the 2×4’s  and drywall trying to convince myself we’re not too far behind *sigh. Yeah right. In the meantime, I’m trying to move the needle the only way I know how; by peddling off anything we don’t need and to slowly purchase quality pieces and finished textiles. On that note! Take a look at some of the great textiles that will be visiting our living room:

Cotton Velvet Leopard:

This beauty is going to reupholster this slate blue bench (see below).

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I’m going to be painting the legs dark and adding casters from Lowes to cap off the horrible saw job I did. It’s funny the before and after of this space. Before.

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AFTER. We finally drilled so we could move that cord- thank god.

Alligatory Ivory:




Subtle texture. Soft sheen. Yummy. This rockstar fabric is going on my 70’s Eames style chair seen here:


I’m going to be painting the frame Benjamin Moore Onyx (inky brown) so it will really show off the ivory alligator. We have a slate room in the back of the house.

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There isn’t anymore barn wood on the walls- we repurposed all of it for our barnwood island. We also had to remove our wood stove (mixed feelings on that). No one would insure the house with the wood stove without major renovations to this back room that would have eaten up 1/3 of our budget to a room no one uses and the children would be sleeping directly above it which I’m pretty sure I don’t think I would sleep a wink knowing there would be a live flame situation going on below them while we all slept. So we tore it out.  I have plans to remove the side exterior door (not pictured), concrete skim the floors and cover it with our tribal rug:


Paint the walls black. You can see the egg chair pictured- as my inspiration.




Linen Chinoisie Toile:



I found this awesome fabric on clearance at Joann’s of all places. I bought two 27″ inch ivory linen pillows from Christmas Tree Shop for only $9.99 a piece- which is crazy. I only needed 1 yard of this pretty fabric to cover one side of each pillow. These huge pillows are going to be so comfy on my couch.

Pictures to come next week!!