Saturday, August 23, 2014


Our cabin project is foremost on our minds these days and traveling to other parts of Utah has given me even more ideas. I'm spending a week with family in Salt Lake City, which has no shortage of fabulous old houses and old historic buildings and landmarks-- all sources of inspiration that keeps my imagination humming along at full speed!  By the end of the first day I had already taken a ton of photos of old farm buildings; rusty, beat up vintage equipment and tools; weathered grainy wood; old barn lights (my current obsession- more on that later); tidy green vegetable gardens that make me want to rush to our property right now and plant a few peach trees and whatever flowers will grow at 7,000+ feet; and dozens of farm animals.  All of this will surely make its way into the design and decor of the cabin- one way or another.

I got up very early the first morning (too early, couldn't sleep-- ugh) and went for a walk with the camera and ended up exploring the Wheeler Historic Farm, which was within walking distance from my brother's house.   The Wheeler Historic Farm is a living history museum that was once a farm and dairy that had been established by a pioneer family in the mid-nineteenth century.

The museum is a working farm which means there are vegetable gardens as well as sheep, cows, turkeys, chickens, pigs, horses, goats, and rabbits in pens and corrals throughout and numerous ducks and geese waddling around looking for handouts or swimming in the farm's ponds and irrigation canals.

Ambling around trying to get some good photos in the early morning light, I was nearly run down by a large stampede of geese and ducks rushing to gobble up the pieces of bread being scattered by a woman who looked like she was a regular there.  Here they are milling around hoping for more goodies.

I went back later in the morning when it was much warmer to visit the farmers market and to get more photos.  This piggy was taking a cool bath in his (or her?) water trough to escape the intense mid-day heat.

The rabbits on the farm live in a little red house.  This one looked hot and worn out-- it's awfully hard to have a permanent fur coat when it's so hot.  

Here is one of the many irrigation canals that can be found throughout the Salt Lake City valley-- this one is providing water for the vegetable gardens.  

By mid-day the farmer's market was in full swing. Lots of vendors selling produce, bakery goodies, jewelry, pet tarantulas (!??), clothing, hand-made soap, food, pony rides….

These days my eye automatically goes to old buildings and structures, especially barns, out-buildings, fences, stables, and so on-- forever looking for inspiration for our cabin.  We would like to use salvaged wood for the floors and ceilings in the cabin (it will be fiber cement siding and shingles for the outside for ease of maintenance and low flammability).  Brian has been periodically looking through Craigslist and other online sources for old wood that has been salvaged from some tear-down and is for sale.  Usually the best deals are at least a couple states away where the delivery costs will be prohibitive, so we'll see…..

I had a lot of fun getting photos of the old ice house (unfortunately someone has been defacing the signs).

And had lots of fun messing around with different effects in Photoshop later  (with the help of my brother, who is an excellent photographer).    Nice sign below-- not sure what those things are at each end (wheels?).

I'm looking at barn lights old and new for the kitchen and possibly in other places in the cabin.  I can tell that my brother-- who is a little unfamiliar with the whole farmhouse-chic, re-purposed-junk craze that has so many in it's grip these days-- is a bit puzzled by my fascination with these old things.

Couldn't resist getting a photo of this old lantern-style sconce and including it here, even though this wasn't at Wheeler Historic Farm.

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