Hearth and Hand: Magnolia Collection

As Amanda and I dream up our perfect imaginary farmhouses, we love sourcing inspiration from Hearth & Hand the new(ish) collection at Target with Chip and Johanna Gains and Magnolia.  This collaboration brings Fixer Upper‘s  “Modern Farmhouse” look to the masses. For now, we live in small one-bedroom apartments in the Upper East Side Neighborhood of Manhattan, but we are always looking for pieces that add a farmhouse feel. Below we handpicked our favorites that function well in small city dwellings while adding a ton of personality.

Shop in stores or online!  A few of our picks from the Hearth and Hand Collection below.

Row 1: 1. Knit Wool Throw Pillow (18″) – Black – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia, 2. Textured Sack Vase – Cream – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia, 3. Textured Stoneware Pitcher – Cream – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Row 2: 4. Smoke Glass Jug Vase – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia, 5.  Metal Storage Bin Large – Black – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia, 6. Measuring Spoons 5pc – Black – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Row 3: 7. Live-Edge Acacia Cutting Board with Leather Handle Small – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia, 8. Kitchen Towel – Cream/Black – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia, 9. Plaid Floor Cushion (22″) – Black/White – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Row 4: 10. Flatware Set 5pc – Matte Black – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia, 11. Faux Leather Storage Bin – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia, 12. Double Wall Vase (8″) – Green – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Row 5: 13. Stoneware Dinner Plate – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia, 14. Triangle Dinner Bell – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia, 15. Canvas & Leather Tote Bag – Gray/Tan – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Row 6: 16. Pillar Candle – Cedar Magnolia – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia, 17. Brass Library Floor Lamp – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia, 18. Stoneware Pitcher – Black – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia


Riha Manor: Bathroom Addition

Farmhouse bathrooms got some major design attention in 2017 so we decided to finish out the year with our own rendition of this classic style.


Our design was influenced by simple materials including subway tile, porcelain fixtures, polished chrome mixed with rustic farmhouse elements and a sliding barn door concept. All of which were found in images we had saved to our Pinterest board, Riha Manor.
Inspiration to Reality:


With our laundry room already on its way, shown in a previous post, we already had the unique entrance to the washroom decided. A large school house door affixed on an industrial barn track sets the stage for our farmhouse bathroom. Once inside the space is bright with a window that runs the length but placed high to ensure privacy. We framed the space with black crown molding, baseboards and subway tile with black grout. One of our favorite quirks is the existing tiny door that once led to a blanket closet in the original footprint. We finished the space off with an antique apothecary cabinet for storing towels and toiletries and a few of our collections including the framed silhouettes found locally. The Recessed medicine cabinet is from Pottery Barn, and the pedestal sink is from Kohler Memoirs Collection.

Our Ebth Picks

Our new online vintage shopping obsession is Ebth. We love it because you can browse and bid on high end estate sale pieces from the comfort of your own home!  Each sale starts at $0, so it’s easy to snag a deal.  Check out a few of our cheap and cheerful picks below.  But hurry, sales expire quickly!
1. Bill Angressano Oil Painting on Canvas Portrait of a Woman, 2. Hooker Glass and Paint Venetian Wall Mirror, 3.Vintage Wilardy Lucite Purse, 4. Teacups and Saucers Featuring Nippon, 5.Vintage Pair of Brass Cranes, 6. Duncan Phyfe-Style Upholstered Love SeatSlide2
7. Mineral and Rock Specimens, 8. Burroughs & Mountford Floral Pitcher, 9. Antique Eastlake Oak Parlor Table, 10. Silver Plated Tray and Trivets, 11. Vintage Wicker Side Tables, 12. Marble Table Lamps, 13. Hand-Woven Accent Rug, 14. Bill Angresano Oil Painting on Canvas Board Portrait of a Woman

House of Hackney + Bergdorf Goodman

Maximalism is a term we see popping up on design blogs and magazines.  This style is combines intricate pattern, rich colors and adornment.  It is an abandonment to the minimalism that has reigned in interior design for the past several years.  House of Hackney is a London textiles, wallcovering and accessories brand that encompasses this trend.  The company was founded by a husband and wife team in 2011.  We are inspired by House of Hackney’s modern vibe while still maintaining an ode to the past.  And who doesn’t love a good botanical layered on botanicals?! Erica and I took a field trip to the 7thfloor of Bergdorf Goodman to see the collection in person.  If you are in NYC, pop in and check it out for yourself. The House of Hackney-Bergdorf’s takeover is available through May 10th.

Riha Manor: Washroom

As a follow up to our previous exterior post we wanted to share the interior starting with the new mudroom that is now the main entrance to our Iowa Farmhouse.
We wanted to combine the washroom and entry to corral dirty boots and clothing from working on the farm.  We also wanted it be a place to welcome guests on the back side of the house.  We looked for inspiration on pinterest.  The laundry rooms above are by Studio McGee, Johanna Gaines and Muskoka Living
The original laundry room was dark, dingy and small which didn’t make the task of doing laundry any easier.


Our design combined white shaker cabinets, painted black wood floors to hide dirt and exposing the original brick exterior wall.  Beadboard was used on the ceiling to bring architectural interest and craftsman style moldings replicate the original moldings found throughout the house.  Farmhouse details included the sliding black barn door into the new bathroom which was originally from a old schoolhouse.   Industrial pendants add warm lighting and a schoolhouse fixture from Home Depot provides general lighting.

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