Throwback: The 1970’s at Warrenwood Manor

Today we’re taking a break from centerpieces, wedding cakes and color palettes to reflect on how far Warrenwood has come over the years.  We always talk about how we started restoring Warrenwood in 2014, but really the effort began long before we came along [like a long time before I was even born :)]  Let’s throw it back to the 1970’s.

This old house has gone through phases of glory and then vacancy with a corresponding roller coaster of restoration and dilapidation.  On April 4, 1976 The Kentucky Advocate Newspaper published an in depth story of one such restoration of Warrenwood in their Sunday edition.  It tells the story of how the H.C. Abbott family saved this historic house in the mid 1970’s.  You can see photos from 1973 where the house is need of major structural repairs.  Then you can read about the completed renovations.  This article, written by Brenda S. Edwards, celebrates every detail of Warrenwood.  It is amazing to see how different, yet the same, the property was over 30 years ago.

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Within a year of this article, Warrenwood was added to the National Register of Historic Places alongside two other homes in Danville, the Mound Cottage and the Helm-Gentry House.  The below photos were taken by Mary Cronan Oppel on behalf of the Kentucky Heritage Commission as a part of a Kentucky Survey of Historic Places and accompanied Warrenwood’s application to the National Register.  The Federal Historic Preservation Act of 1966 required states to make a record of their historic properties and these photos were taken to inventory Warrenwood’s property.  The first thing I think when looking at these images is, “Where are all the trees?”.  I bet it was much easier to care for this minimal landscaping as opposed to our tree-lined drive and flower-filled beds.  In the background of some of the images you can see at least two barns that aren’t around anymore.  If you have been to Warrenwood you will be able to pick out countless changes made since these images where taken, but the grand essence of the property remains intact.  We hope to continue to restore Warrenwood so that people can enjoy it for many, many years to come.

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History & Highlights: The Grounds at Warrenwood Manor

Warrenwood Manor is nestled in the heart of Kentucky on 100-acres of rolling green hills.  The land was originally purchased in 1785 by Captain William Warren, a Revolutionary War soldier, and later developed by his descendants, John Fouche Warren and Samuel Wilcox Warren.  Now, cattle roam the majority of the land while events are held at the front of the property.  Large, mature trees cover the grounds giving year-round character and color to the landscape.  The historic home is the foundation of the property, but several out buildings, new and old, also dot the estate.

The cottage, located directly behind the main house (#3 on the map), is said to have been one of the original structures on the property.  The Warren brothers lived in this tiny, three-story cottage as the main house was being built which would have been several years.  We haven’t been able to restore the cottage yet, but we hope to eventually.  For now, it serves as the backdrop for many of our outdoor ceremonies.

Behind the cottage is a garage and carport (#4).  This building was added in the 1970’s or 80’s for practical purposes and is now usually used for event extras like a kids area, photo booth, etc.  It doesn’t match the style of the house exactly, but attempts were made for this building to compliment the other buildings.

Not much is known (to us) about the barn at Warrenwood, but you can read about it in our recent blog, History & Highlights: The Warrenwood Manor Barn.  A corn crib and running shed stand next to the barn.  This space is used for event extras just like the carport.  Sometimes it even houses the bar.

Beyond these buildings, you can look in any direction to see pastures, ponds, and trees galore.  Warrenwood changes drastically throughout the season with each offering something special.  Event photographers use every inch of Warrenwood to creatively capture the beauty of the property, the people, and the event.  Below is a curated collection of images that will make you feel like you’re strolling the Warrenwood grounds.  Enjoy!

Outdoor bridal portrait at central Kentucky wedding venue
Traditional Southern Wedding Party in navy, khaki and ivory
Soft photo of wedding party, blush and gray
Vibrant spring wedding ceremony at Warrenwood Manor
Soft southern glam wedding ceremony outside at Warrenwood
Refined rustic outdoor ceremony, coral, teal and khaki
Sunkissed bride & groom during Kentucky farm wedding
Wedding party on the steps of historic cottage
Southern glam bride in field with black fencing
Couple at sunset in field during their Kentucky estate wedding
Bride & Groom on the farm during fall wedding
Couple during Kentucky wedding
Umbrellas covering guests for an outdoor wedding ceremony
Bride and her flower girls at sunset during southern glam farm wedding
Bridal party in marsala with fall leave
June wedding at Warrenwood Manor
Outdoor minimalist ceremony on the grounds at Warrenwood Manor
Bride and Groom on a Kentucky cattle farm
Couple in a green pasture with black and white barn
Outdoor ceremony under a large tree with flower petal lined aisle
Bride and groom exit their outdoor dapper southern wedding
Fall Floral arch and alter flowers
Intimate backyard ceremony
Guestbook and wedding sign in backyard for wedding
Groomsmen in khakis and suspenders on central kentucky farm
Refined rustic country bridal party in coral dress and boots
Wedding party in navy, purple and ivory
Illusion back wedding dress
Farm wedding in central Kentucky
Flower petal toss as Bride & Groom exit their fall outdoor wedding
Navy and Ivory bridal party
Bride with pastel florals on cascading steps
View over the farm at Warrenwood Manor
Groom and Groomsmen in Navy, Black and White
Long Marsala Bridesmaid dresses for fall farm wedding
Bride & Groom in front of cottage
Outdoor pastel spring wedding ceremony
Creative wedding party photo
View of back of bridal party dressed in light purple, bride with long train
Dapper bridal party in navy and white
Seafoam and champagne bridesmaids dresses during fall outdoor wedding
Arch Wedding Backdrop with greenery
Bride & Groom at sunset during fall Kentucky wedding
Blush flowy bridal party
Champagne bridesmaid dresses at outdoor wedding in central Kentucky
Bride & Groom during intimate destination wedding in Kentucky
Assymetrical ceremony backdrop with garland and hydrageas
Fall wedding color palette: blush, marsala and Ivory
Spring wedding at Warrenwood Manor, a central kentucky wedding venue
Perfect Fall wedding photo
Sunset photo of bride with fur shaw
Bride and groom in a field of flowers
Southern prep bridal party, getting ready photo
Black and white portrait of bride and groom during spring outdoor wedding
Perfect lighting for fall outdoor ceremony
Red, white and blue wedding for the Fourth of July
Soft southern color palette for outdoor wedding ceremony
Blush, navy and white color palette for outdoor wedding in central Kentucky

Photography By:

Leah Barry Photography, Christy Lee Photography, Unveiled Studio, Cassie Lopez Photography, Honey Heart Photography, Kevin and Anna Photography, Daring Tales Darling Bones, Hilly Photography, The King’s Daughter Photography, Emily Wakin Photography, Becky Willard Photography, Erin Trimble Photography, Ben Keeling Photography, Rainwater Photography, Sarah Katherine Davis Photography, Grant Aumiller Photography and Legacy Art Photography & Videography

Do you want to have your wedding at Warrenwood Manor?  We’re now booking events for 2018!  Check out our website for more information then contact us to arrange a tour.

History & Highlights: Warrenwood’s Historic Home

At Warrenwood Manor, we like to say that we honor the past by celebrating the future.  We celebrate marriages, babies, birthdays and all that these occasions mean for the future.  Meanwhile, guests get to experience and appreciate first hand the beautiful, craftsmanship and charm of what the past has made of the Warrenwood estate.  As so many old homes are being demolished, we are thankful to have found a way to keep Warrenwood thriving.

The Beginning of Warrenwood Manor

In 1785 Captain William Warren, a Revolutionary War Soldier, purchased 304 acres of land.  This purchase included the 100 acres upon which Warrenwood Manor now sits.  It wasn’t until 1856 that descendants of Captain Warren, John Fouche Warren and Samuel Wilcox Warren, would commission the construction of the house.

Warrenwood is one of three Gothic villas, including the Helm-Gentry House and the Mound Cottage, constructed between 1852 and 1856 in the Danville area.  All three homes were modeled after the Elley Villa of Lexington and roughly based on sketches published by A. J. Downing and A. J. Davis.  The builder of these villas is unknown, but they were probably designed and built by the same architect due to their similarities.  It is believed possible that the houses were constructed by Robert Russell Jr., a local Danville builder, who is attributed with the construction of most of the early brick structures in the area.

The home rests on a foundation of stone allowed to settle for two years before the bricks were laid.  The dark red bricks that make up the home’s exterior and interior walls were made on the property and laid four deep in the thinnest parts of the walls.  Lumber, cut from the property, was used to construct rooms measuring eighteen feet square and ceilings fourteen feet high.  The front door, surrounded by leaded, Venetian glass opens to a large hall lit by two Venetian hall lamps.  Solid walnut details include doors throughout the house, window facings, massive mantels and the banister ascending to the third floor.

The Warrenwood home is full of elegance and southern charm around every corner.  Warrenwood, along with the Helm-Gentry House and the Mound Cottage were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 for their architectural and historical significance.  Over time additions were made to the back of the house, but the main structure has remained remarkably intact and serves as a snapshot of the past.

The Recent History of Warrenwood Manor

Warrenwood Manor was loving restored in 2014 before opening for it’s first wedding season in 2015.  It is and will always be a work in progress, but that is part of the charm.  After sitting empty for almost a decade, we like to think that Warrenwood loves being filled again with love and laughter every weekend.  By the end of it’s third year of operation, Warrenwood will have hosted nearly 100 weddings and countless other events.  Below we share some of the most stunning images taken in and around the Warrenwood home over then past two years.

Bride & Groom in front of Kentucky historic mansion
Bride & Bridesmaids in the Warrenwood Manor Bridal Suite
Groom and groomsmen get ready in Warrenwood Groom's Quarters
Banquet-style reception with bud vase centerpieces and burlap runner
Wedding party with horse-drawn carriage
Bride in Warrenwood Manor bridal Suite
Large floral arrangement in entry hall of historic Warrenwood Manor
Picnic style backyard wedding reception
Intimate wedding ceremony in Warrenwood entry hall
Bride in the second floor hall of Warrenwood Manor
Banquet style wedding reception table with floral box centerpiece
Vintage inspired tablescapes at Warrenwood Manor wedding reception
Groom in groom's quarters at Warrenwood Manor, a central Kentucky wedding venue
Bride & Groom in front of rural Kentucky estate
Bride & Groom in front of historic Kentucky mansion
Reception setup in Warrenwood Manor
Bridal portrait in mirror of bridal suite
Ivory wedding reception in historic home
Dresses hanging in bridal suite
Bride and Groom in front of gothic style historic home
Back of historic home with porch and stone patio
Navy suit hanging in Warrenwood Groom's Quarters
Groom getting ready in Warrenwood
Brown leather shoes in blue and white tile bathroom
Portrait of Bride and Groom against vintage wallpaper
Bridal portrait at Warrenwood Manor, a central Kentucky wedding venue
Wedding party dressed in navy in front of home built in 1856
Sparkler send off from wedding reception
Summer spring outdoor wedding reception
Historic mansion on the Warrenwood Manor estate
Bridal party in the entry hall of Warrenwood Manor
Bride with train on the steps of Warrenwood Manor
Back of Warrenwood with tent
Bridal party getting ready for wedding in bridal suite
Entry hall of historic home with greek revival details
Bride & Groom in Warrenwood Manor viewed from staircase
Blush flowy bridal party in front of venue with southern charm
Ivory wedding reception in Warrenwood Manor
Reception food display in the Warrenwood dining room
Bride and groom dancing in Warrenwood
Bride and groom with vintage car in front of historic home
Cobalt, pink & ivory tablescape
Ivory, rose gold and pink tablesetting in Warrenwood Manor
Bride getting ready in Warrenwood Manor
Pink and teal reception tablescape in Warrenwood Manor
Bride and Groom with horse-drawn carriage in front of Warrenwood

Photography Credits to: Unveiled Studio, Daring Tale of Darling Bones, Ben Keeling Photography, KM Russel Photography, Christy Lee Photography, Jessica Moore Photography, Emily Wakin Photography, Leah Barry Photography, Rainwater Photography, Becky Willard Photography, Honey Heart Photography, Cassie Lopez Photography, Erin Trimble Photography, Hilly Photography and Legacy Art Photography & Videography

Recap of Our Spring Open House

When you try something new you just never know exactly how things are going to turn out.  So on April 8th, we had no idea what to expect when we hosted our very first open house.  Would people come?  Would vendors be interested?  Would we get support from the Danville community?  Luckily, the answer to all these questions was yes!  We had over 200 guests tour the Warrenwood Manor grounds during the event and we couldn’t be more thankful to everyone! The weather was absolutely perfect and we couldn’t have ask for more support, love and encouragement from everyone who attended!

  • Couples who are already booked at Warrenwood used the open house as an opportunity to meet wedding professionals and discuss the floor plan and logistics for their event.
  • Couples interested in having their wedding at Warrenwood toured the property and got more information about what Warrenwood has to offer.
  • Wedding professionals were able to see what’s new at Warrenwood and mingle with potential clients.
  • The general public was delighted to see what has become of this treasured local landmark.  It was amazing to hear stories of how different people in the community have a connection to the history of Warrenwood and it’s former owners.

We couldn’t have done this event without our event sponsors.  We all worked together to make Warrenwood look amazing and provide an experience that every guest could find something of interest.

Stems LLC provided 16 beautiful floral arrangements to dress up the venue.  The large urn arrangement she did for the entry hall was just stunning.

Bryant’s Rent-All showcased four different table settings of varying styles and color palettes along with several linen and furniture rental options.

Chaplin River Catering, Dupree Catering + Events and Southern Plate Catering gave guests a sampling of what they do best.  There was a fruit tray, veggie tray, cheese platter, finger sandwiches and mini hot browns just to name a few of the options.

Sweets by Cindy brought a tasty three-tier ivory naked cake along with mini cupcakes of three flavors.  My favorite mini cupcake was Death by Chocolate, but the Butterscotch Bacon flavor was a hit too.

Keith & Melissa Photography were on-site during the event to capture all the details of the event. We have them to thank for all of these beautiful pictures! If you haven’t liked their page on Facebook or followed them on Instagram get on over there and do it!

If you weren’t able to make it to our event, here are some photos to give you a taste for what the day was like.  Enjoy!

Spring at Warrenwood Manor, a central Kentucky wedding venue
Sponsors for Warrenwood Manor Open House
Entry Hall at Warrenwood Manor with large floral arrangement
Tulip, ranuculus and hydrangea centerpieces with rose gold vases by Stems, LLC
Small arrangement by Stems LLC for cocktail table
Ivory, gold and blush table setting in Warrenwood Manor by Stems LLC and Bryant's Rent All
Gold and silver place setting
Cheese platter by Chaplin River Catering
Fruit platter at Open House by Chaplin River Catering
Warrenwood Manor Dining Room
Dessert platter at Warrenwood Manor Open House
Finger sandwiches at Warrenwood Manor Open House
Sample ceremony setup at Warrenwood Manor Open House with benches
Warrenwood Manor Barn
Appetizers on pallet bar in Warrenwood Manor barn
Cheese platter by Dupree Catering
Mini Hot Browns made by Southern Plate Catering
Cheese Platter by Dupree Catering
Mint, Purple & Gold Garden Inspired Table Setting
Mint, Purple & Gold Garden Inspired Table Setting
Mint, Purple & Gold Garden Inspired Table Setting
Orange Floral Arrangement
Copper Table Setting from Bryant's Rent-All and Stems LLC
Vineyard table and chairs with copper accents
Vineyard table and chairs with copper accents in Warrenwood Manor Barn
Pink and Ivory tablesetting at Warrenwood Manor Open House by Bryant's Rent-All and Stems LLC
Pink and Ivory tablesetting with Hydrangea and Rose centerpiece
Pink and Ivory tablesetting with Ivory plates and silver utensils
Open House Idea: Print photo books to showcase photos for events in wach space of the venue
Three-tier ivory naked cake with pink roses by Sweets by Cindy
Cupcakes by Sweets by Cindy
Cupcakes by Sweets by Cindy
Cupcakes by Sweets by Cindy

 

You’re Invited to Warrenwood Manor’s 2017 Spring Open House Event

You’re invited to:

Warrenwood Manor’s Spring Open House
April 8, 2017
1:00 PM -5:00 PM

EVENT DETAILS

Come tour the Warrenwood Manor property!   Soak up the stunning spring views as you stroll the grounds.  Get a peek inside the historic house and be some of our first guests to see our barn renovation.  Whether you’ve been here a million times or it’s your inaugural visit, you won’t regret your visit.

If you need more convincing, we will also have:

  • Sample ceremony and reception setups will be on display for you to get a feel for what a wedding day is like at the manor.
  • All kinds of wedding professionals will be in attendance for you to meet.
  • Light appetizers and desserts will be provided by some of our favorite wedding vendors for you to taste.

WHO SHOULD COME?

Couples interested in having their wedding at Warrenwood can tour the property and get more information about what Warrenwood has to offer.

Couples already booked to have their wedding at Warrenwood can bring family and friends to show off their venue selection and get their help planning their big day.  This is also a good time to meet with your existing wedding vendors and find any vendors you still need.

Couples who have already had their wedding at Warrenwood can come back to where they tied the knot to reminisce.

Wedding professionals who want to check out what’s new at Warrenwood and mingle with potential clients.

The general public is welcome to come to see what has become of this treasured local landmark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To attend this event, please RSVP by registering on our Eventbrite page.

 

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Barn Renovation Update: It’s a Mess!

So if you haven’t heard, the renovation of the wedding barn at Warrenwood Manor is in full swing! The addition to the barn will include men’s and women’s restrooms as well as a prep area for caterers. A new roof is also going to be put on the original barn, a structure which we believe dates back to the late 1800s or early 1900s. As we’ve renovated the barn, every effort has been made to keep as much of the original character as possible, while making it a more functional event space that meets or exceeds all state building and plumbing codes. Doing so has been an adventure!

Wedding Barn Renovation

Rain, Rain Go Away!

I love a good rainy day here and there, but for the sake of this barn renovation, the rain has got to stop! Everything is so muddy you can hardly walk around the barn and there’s no way the guys can even do much of anything outside, much less get on the roof. Just curious, I looked up the weather for this month and what’s yet to come…

Renovation Update: Weather

Not one day of sunshine? Are you serious? I realize I just took up half the blog post with this, but c’mon! We have a roof to put on people!

Always Thankful

Let me just say, my crew is the best! These guys have been working in terrible weather, putting in long hours and they’re always just in such great spirits. You never really know what you’re going to get when you hire people, but thankfully, I couldn’t have ask for a better crew to work with! I even get a little sappy when I think about it because they just take such good care of me and always try to do the best they can. Thankful for all the hard workers in my life.

renovation updates

The concrete slab for the addition was poured just before Christmas and since then everything has been moving so fast! The walls are framed in, the roof is on, windows are in, and electrical and plumbing are roughed in. This past week we had electrical and plumbing inspectors visit and both signed off of the project. Yay! Now time to put some insulation in those walls!

Wedding barn renovation update

I’ve been working on selecting finishes for the project. I decided to go super dark in the men’s restroom, so hopefully it looks good! Not that they’ll really care. My guy doesn’t even notice stuff like that. But, for the girls who notice everything, we’re going super girly with a pale pink kind of blush color on the walls, with white and brushed nickel finishes. I ordered both sets of mirrors from Antique Farmhouse and I just love them! I also ordered commercial changing tables, toilet paper holders, and paper towel dispensers. Not quite as fun as picking out paint colors and vanity fixtures. Below is a quick Instagram pic of all the fun goodies coming together.

Wedding Barn Renovation Finishes

I really had intended to blog more about the wedding barn renovations, but there’s just been so much to do and it has gone so fast the whole project will be completed before you know it! And that’s a good thing! Check back soon for an announcement on a date for our Spring Open House. You won’t want to miss this!

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Thankful And So Much More

2016 in Review

Can we all just agree that we can’t believe another year has come and gone? How did it happen so quickly? I want to take some time to slow down and look back on 2016. But most importantly, I want to thank all of you for your love, encouragement, and support. I’m so thankful that the word “thankful” just doesn’t even feel like enough! Seriously, thank you, thank you, thank you! I am 100% sure I couldn’t make it through the highs and lows of small business ownership without the encouragement from so many wonderful people! Especially, my husband, I definitely married up…he’s the best…maybe I’ll tell you about my hunk, Nick, in a Valentine’s Day post 😉

Anyway, we started 2016 with a big project and we’re finishing 2016 knee-deep in another project. Even though Nick’s mantra to me is “no more projects.” Oops!  At the beginning of the year we were feeling so hopeful, ready to really make our second wedding season at Warrenwood Manor special and thankfully we’re really ending on a high note! Concrete was added to the barn in March and it was so exciting to see how pleased couples were with the progress. I mean, that’s what I’m here for, to make people happy!

Throughout the year we enjoyed numerous weddings, some great publicity and prepared for our largest project yet, an addition to the barn. The barn addition is in full swing and we’re excited to soon have restroom facilities and a prep area for caterers down at the barn. But, what’s most important is that we couldn’t do it without the couples who choose to trust Warrenwood Manor with their wedding day!

Goals for 2017

Y’all, we have been so blessed! 2017 is already completely booked! How does that even happen? I’m convinced that Warrenwood is just some sort of forcefield attracting couples from all over the United States and it really doesn’t have much to do with us at all. Honestly, it’s like the Warren Brothers (the guys who built the house), knew when they built it that this house was going to be full of love for years to come. It brings me so much joy to know that this historic home is part of so many love stories! We’re honoring the past and celebrating the future with every single day that passes.

But, sometimes I feel our lives are flying by, so fast, too fast. Flying in a way that we can’t keep up and that precious time is slipping away that we can never get back. Do you ever get that feeling? I get it all the time. So, for 2017 my goal is to slow things down and create more balance in our lives. I’m going to strive to focus on relationships and engaging more with our clients. To do so, I’ve committed to only doing one wedding a weekend so that we can fully serve those who have chosen Warrenwood for one of the most important days of their life. We’re also planning to implement more ways to serve our clients before their big day. The possibilities of 2017 couldn’t be more exciting!

Our life looks so different from what it did just three years ago before we were married, before we had a ton of farm animals and a bazillion pets (that’s another story for another time), and before we owned an amazing property that brings such joy. But, we still feel like two lil old souls trying to make it in a big world full of highs and lows, just praying that the highs outweigh the lows. Thanks to hard work, sacrifice and a whole lotta love from a whole lotta people, the highs of 2016 definitely outweighed the lows. We’re thankful for this wonderful, crazy life we live, but most importantly, we couldn’t be more thankful for you.

 

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Decor Shopping: Outlets and Online

Decor Shopping- Outlets & Online

Decor Shopping: Outlets

  • Ballard Design, Frontgate and Grandin Road share an outlet location in West Chester, OH.  Of the three we have had particularly good luck at Ballard, where we purchased accent chairs, large mirrors, an upholstered bench, bar stools and side tables.  Many of the items here are simply surplus items without any damage.  However, there are a lot of damaged items as well, so look everything over really well.  Don’t forget to check out the websites before you go!  Ballard actually lists their sales for the week under each location AND you can call with an item number to see if they have it in stock…they don’t like to do this, but they will 😉
  • The Pottery Barn Outlet in Jeffersonville, OH has a large selection of furniture with minor damage and surplus decor.  They actually have a large nursery and kids section, which wasn’t helpful for us, but may be of interest to you.  It’s a great place to pick up pillows, throws, picture frames and mantle decor.
  • Arhaus recently opened an outlet near Colombus, OH.  You can find key furniture items here such as couches, beds, tables and accent chairs, but they had very few decor items when we visited.  Many of the chairs and side tables we looked at were damaged, but a lot of the couches seemed to be in pretty good shape.
  • Though we haven’t gone yet, an Anthropologie outlet called Final Cut does exist in Augusta, GA.  It looks like they have a nice mix of apparel and home furnishings at affordable prices.  When we do go, I believe renting a U-Haul will be necessary.

Decor Shopping: Online

Copy Cat Chic and Racked have both shared excellent go-to lists for finding furniture and decor items online, but we wanted to share some of our finds too.

Peer-to-Peer E-commerce

  • Etsy showcases on handmade or vintage items and supplies, as well as unique factory-manufactured items from all over the world.  Etsy is also a great place to find tons of wedding related items…more to come on this in the future.
  • Custom Made connects customers who want one-of-a-kind creations with professional and passionate makers of those goods.
  • On Chairish you’ll find vintage furniture, decor, jewelry and accessories featuring curator-approved treasures in a full-service and trustworthy environment.  LOVE this site!
  • Craigslist provides local classifieds for the buying and selling of many things, amount which are furniture and home decor.  Always meet in a public place with good lighting and try to take someone with you!
  • Everything But the House = latest addiction.  Allowing you to shop a multitude of estate sales online, it’s really everything a lazy yard sale shopper ever imagined.  Surprisingly, there are lots of options for those located in the Kentucky area and are willing to travel.  There are sales in Lexington, Louisville, Cincinnati and Nashville.

Discount Retailers

  • Zulily is a flash sale deal website offering Home items in a category organized by either collection or brand.  If you are in need of something quickly, Zulily may not be the best option since your item will not be shipped until the flash sale is complete.
  • Overstock brings together high-quality surplus products from a wide variety of companies and puts them  all on one site at a discounted price.
  • Wayfair has one of the largest online selections of furniture, home furnishings, décor and goods, including more than seven million products from over 7,000 suppliers.  Wayfair also includes a portfolio of other brands including Birch Lane, a collection of classic furnishings and timeless home décor, and Joss & Main, an online flash sales site offering inspiring home design daily.
  • One Kings Lane launches new daily sales on furniture and decor at 8am PT/ 11am ET and evening sales launch Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 6pm PT/ 9 PM ET. Quantities are limited so shop early.  Sometimes they even have vintage pieces.
  • Home Decorators Collection has a ton of variety and constantly updating sales.  Some of the many purchases from there have included preserved boxwood topiaries and table mirrors.

Specialized Retailers

  • We used Lighting Direct and Lamps Plus to find affordable lighting options for the bathroom we completely gutted and the barn.  Lamps Plus also offers furniture and home decor.
  • House of Antique Hardware offers original vintage and authentic reproduction hardware, as well as hardware restoration and custom manufacturing services.
  • Rejuvenation sells hardware, lighting, fixtures, furniture and restored salvage items for indoor and outdoor projects.
  • Van Dyke’s has a selection of 50,000 hardware and restoration supply products to complete a Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Mid-Century, Retro, Traditional, or Transitional look.

 

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Local Furniture and Decor Shopping

Local Furniture and Decor Shopping

To continue our discussion of furniture and decor shopping, we thought we would talk about some of the places we found and loved as we were shopping for projects at Warrenwood Manor.  We’ll start with local retailers and department stores in the central Kentucky area.

A booth at Not Just Antiques
A booth at Not Just Antiques

Second-Hand Furniture and Decor Shopping in Central Kentucky

  • The Peddler’s Mall and Not Just Antiques are large multi-vendor stores with a wide variety of new and old items.  Great pieces can be found, but you have to be willing to spend the time to find them and maybe even alter or fix them once purchased.
  • The Blue Bird Market  is a large non-profit second hand furniture and decor store open only on Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm.  Their proceeds support the Wilderness Trace Child Development Center.
  • The Sycamore Shop, located on Main Street in Danville, is filled with interesting vintage and classic reproduction pieces.  The
    The Sycamore Shop
    The Sycamore Shop

    owner is very helpful and willing to place special orders if she doesn’t have exactly what you are looking for.  We have purchased items such as vases, door stops, mantle decor and coasters.

  • Another Man’s Treasure, in Lexington, buys and sells new, used and antique furniture.  They have some really unique items as well as very traditional pieces.
  • Feather Your Nest is a multi-dealer store with antiques and eclectic vintage items located off Main Street/Leestown Road in Lexington.  Here you can find decor, clothing and much more of all eras and styles.
  • The Wooden Nickel offers architectural salvage and antiques in Cincinnati.  If you are looking for large items this is the best place to find them.
  • Cowgirl Attic is all about recycled, reclaimed and repurposed pieces. At their store in Lexington, they have a massive inventory of old building materials, antiques, lighting and garden decor.  Everywhere you look there is something interesting.
  • Joe Ley Antiques in Louisville has a huge, constantly changing inventory of antiques and architectural salvage.  Even if you aren’t ready to buy, Joe Ley Antiques is in a really cool schoolhouse built in 1890 so it is worth a visit.
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances.  All proceeds are used to build Habitat homes locally and around the world. There are several locations so be sure to find the one nearest to you.
  • If you’re really adventurous, you can find some really unique decor and furniture at the 127 Yard Sale.  Held every August, and known as The World’s Longest Yard Sale, it’s 690 miles long covering 6 states and attracting crowds from all over the US.  Anyone can sell anything at any price.  It will take no time at all for you to find plenty of things you never knew existed, but it may take some time to find what you are looking for.

Furniture and Decor Shopping at Department Stores in Central Kentucky

We like to support locally owned stores whenever possible, but for basic items we had to rely some on standard large stores such as Hobby Lobby, Marshall’s, Kohl’s, Tuesday Morning, Pier One, Home Goods, Target and Macy’s.  Everyone is probably familiar with these stores, so we won’t waste words on them!

In our next post we’ll cover furniture and decor shopping at outlet stores and online.

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Decor Shopping 101

Decor Shopping

At Warrenwood Manor we are trying to find the balance between old southern charm and modern functionality.  The goal is to create a home where visitors feel comfortable.  To accomplish this look we shop all over the place for the perfect decor at a reasonable price.  We are still a work in progress; doing a little bit at a time, unless, of course, we happen to win the lottery.  In upcoming posts we will share with you some of our favorite places for furniture and decor shopping, but first here are some basic decorating and shopping tips.

  • First and foremost, set a budget.  Even if you have all the money in the world, there is no need to be extravagant.  A budget for the entire project as well as separate budgets for each section of the project is best so you can prioritize spending on key items that matter most to you.  Having an idea of what you plan to spend will help to determine where you should shop.
    We are starting to collect ideas on Pinterest for the renovation of our tiny cottage.
    We are starting to collect ideas on Pinterest for the renovation of our tiny cottage.
  • Use Pinterest to gather inspiring ideas, but be realistic and practical.  Yes, that $7,000 dining room table is gorgeous, but wouldn’t you rather have health insurance for the year.  Yes, a hanging bed in the center of the room looks cool, but just imagine your three-year-old demolishing the rest of your bedroom with just one swing.  Not practical.
  • Be able to describe the feel you want the room to have.  Do you want the room to feel comfortable or formal, feminine or masculine, calm or energetic.  Cater your colors, materials, style and texture accordingly.
  • To pull our Bridal Suite look together we brought in a rug from a different room in the house and recovered the settee.

    Try to work with what you already have before purchasing something new.  Consider painting, recovering and other alterations that update the look of old items.  This doesn’t always save money or time, but reworking a family heirloom or quality piece is usually worth it.  If you don’t want to keep what you have, try selling it so you can use the cash to buy new.  A yard sale is always an option, as well as selling online through Craigslist or one of these nine websites.

  • Make a list of everything you need.  The key word here is NEED.  I don’t know about you, but without a list I usually leave the store with a bunch of extra stuff, not what I really needed and no money.  OR I spend a ton of time shopping an get absolutely nothing other than frustrated.  Plus, I get lost and sidetracked easily, so I write a list to give myself direction.
  • The measuring tape is your friend.  Be sure to take the appropriate measurements before you leave home so you know what you’re looking for and while in the store so you don’t buy something that won’t work.  It may also help to take photos and sketch out the room and specific spaces you are shopping for so that you can visualize new items in their place.
  • Do your research in advance.  To save time and money, call ahead to stores to see what sales they are running.  Also, visit store websites prior to your visit to make a list of items that you want so that you can ask about them if you don’t see them.
  • Take your time.  Take snacks.  Decor shopping is hard.  You aren’t going to be able to get everything you want, in the exact shape, style, size and color at the first store.  You’re vision may change as you shop and that is okay.

Check back tomorrow for a post about decor and furniture shops in Central Kentucky.