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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Where To Buy Furniture For Old House Decor

I have said before that one of the MANY things I love about Ste. Genevieve is that the residents here--young and old--live in, enjoy and maintain the vintage and historic houses. . .There are a few newly built homes, but the largest percentages range from 1680s-1950s and 60s. . .

Most homeowners prefer to update the interiors with more modern-day decor, fitting in some of the rich history of the town. . .Then there are those such as myself. . .I prefer all the modern conveniences but enjoy living in an atmosphere of the past. . .You've seen that in my posts. . .so this is no new revelation. . .Yet, the photos of our Heil House has brought many questions from others about where did we find the furniture that fits so well with its history, for it has grown harder and harder to find period antiques. . .and the costs of such have sky-rocketed. . .We do have a few. . .but among them we have tucked newly made "primitive pieces" that look as old as the house. . .

 

I have mentioned before that individual pieces in our home are from White House Creations in Bernie, MO. . .but I don't believe I have shown you much of the store itself and the variety. . .Let me tell you, if you like the primitive or farm-style decor for your home, White House Creations is the place to go. . .You'll find none other like it in this area. . .It's a little bit of a drive but we take the back roads (Hwys 61 and 25 South) where there is plenty along the way to keep your attention. . .Not only will the store itself take your breath away, Dottie is a wonderful shopkeeper with much knowledge about the old farm life. . .She, her husband, and her daughter work together, crafting 98% of the furniture that they sell. . .Besides selling their creations from the store at Bernie, they also sell wholesale to other shops in a number of states. . .It is a 24/7 business. . .but Dottie loves every minute of it. . .Her enthusiasm itself will inspire you. . .

Besides furniture, there are many, many accent pieces. . .coverlets. . .rugs. . .signage. . .and just about anything you might want for your older home. . .It's one-stop shopping for me. . .I do suggest giving Dottie a call before you make the drive. . .She is normally open six days per week but sometimes a shop dealer arrives with a trailer and wipes out much her larger furniture inventory. . .There will still be plenty to see. . .but giving her a ring and asking what she has on hand will help you decide what day to arrive. . .

Bernie, MO is on Hwy 25 South. . .Watch for the White House Creations sign as you come into town. . .and follow the arrow. . .Easy to find. . .It's impossible to get lost in Bernie anyway!. . .But if you do, stop anyone and ask where Dotties place is. . .Everyone knows her. . .

Tell her Dru sent you. . .

 
All photos taken inside White House Creations store by Dottie Babb.
 
 WHITE HOUSE CREATIONS
704 OAK ST
BERNIE, MO 63822
573-293-5588

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Saying Good-bye

"The turning points of lives are not the great moments. The real crises are often concealed in occurrences so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved." George Washington

It has been far too long since I have posted and my heart was in it. You see, I lost a very dear friend suddenly and without warning last fall. . .and it has taken me some time to breathe again. . .

I ran across Washington's quote today, and it gave me food for thought. . .Certainly my friend's life wasn't trivial. . .but the loss was a turning point for me that I am only now seeing clearly. . . 

Loss is a part of life. . .My Daddy told me that years and years ago. . .but as I get older, it seems I feel it more. . .especially when I lose someone I knew and loved. . .So for the last several months, my heart has been sad and broken. . .But I have pieced and patched and healed it so that it is beating almost full strength again. . .I have stepped back and reevaluated my life. . .to make sure I'm on the right path. . .It hasn't been easy. . .but it has been the best thing that has happened to me. . .Out of loss, I have learned about life again. . .

So here I am. . .Eager to share my summer adventures with you in this lovely little town of Ste. Genevieve. . .While I must say 'good-bye' to my friend, who will ever remain in my memories. . .I can say 'hello' to the future with an open heart. . .

"Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do--then do it with all your heart." George Washington

Sunday, February 7, 2021

A Winter's Day On The Mississippi River

It was one of those nice winter days. . .when the temperatures were warm and the sun was shining. . .that we ventured down the road from our Ste. Genevieve home to forage for naturals and explore Ole Man River. . .For me, it was like many other winter days spent on the river, including during my childhood. . .My family has lived on or near the Mississippi in places south of Ste. Genevieve from 1795. . .New Madrid. . .Little Prairie (Caruthersville). . .Point Pleasant. . .Ruddle's Point. . .Haywood. . .Portageville. . .Blytheville. . .It's my heritage, and I never visit it that I am not in awe. . .of the river and its stories. . .

On the other hand, John was born and raised in Virginia and had never seen this magnificent body of water until I brought him home with me one October. . .We crossed at the Memphis, Tennessee bridge. . .going from rolling hills and cities to the flatland of the Mississippi Delta. . .He was speechlessly amazed and loved it. . .It wasn't long until we left Virginia to settle on my grandfather's farm. . .

I feel very much at home at any point of the river. . .but it was simply a thrill that our favorite French town in Missouri just happened to also be on the Mississippi. . .that our second home was just minutes away. . .where we can dress up as our ancestors and roam around the woods and along the water's edge. . .and pretend for a while that life is rolling as easy as the river. . .

It is an ancient river. . .that dates back thousands of years. . .

In 1758, the French ethnographer Antoine-Simon Le Page du Pratz published The History of Louisiana, in which he wrote that the Mississippi River’s name meant “the ancient father of rivers.” The Ojibwe words that gave us Mississippi (Misi-ziibi) actually mean “long river."

The river’s larger-than-life role in culture was perhaps inevitable. Until the early 19th century, the Mississippi marked the western border between Spanish and American territory, and it continues to give life to the cities that sprang up along its route. . .Mark Twain, the best publicist a river ever had, inspired 150 years’ worth of dreams about floating away from our troubles. And among members of the Ojibwe, Dakota and Chitimacha tribes, who still live on portions of ancestral lands in the Mississippi Valley, a spiritual connection to the river remains strong. . .from the Smithsonian Magazine


 I am never along its banks that I don't think about how it is an important part of this country's history. . .It has always been there. . .It will always be. . .as generation after generation passes through life. . .That's pretty awesome in my book. . .