I truly believed I knew exactly what I wanted when it came to our home remodel.  Honestly…I did.   I knew where pictures were to be hung, where couches, chairs and tables were to be placed.  I had it all planned out in my mind.
What I forgot is that we are remodeling a 100+ year old house, some things just won’t work.  Some products can’t be found in my neck of the woods, some times my ideas are pretty crazy! LOL!!
It has become a huge test of patience and a huge learning experience.  Symmetry is over-rated anyway and I’ve even learned a new term {generational architecture}. :0)  I’m working on loving my asymmetric, generational architecture home.  I’m working on letting go of my need for perfectionism and having things just so.
One area that has caused complete heartburn is roofing.  Have any of you ever tried to get just a bare metal roof?  A weathered bare metal roof?  I’m not talking the weathering steel or rusty metal as it is some times referred too, just a pre-weathered zinc roof.  That is all I wanted and couldn’t find it anywhere without having to sell of the whole farm for a truck load of it.  So onto plan B, which with the perfect picture of our prairie home in my mind, there wasn’t one… :0/
Can i just say what a blessing Houzz has become for me?  I finally found some roofing examples that could help alleviate the heartburn and give me a plan B…
I’ll share what I finally decided upon soon, it should arrive today and if it doesn’t snow should be installed within the week!  I’m hoping I don’t blind the whole county with the color or sans color of my choice.  It should be interesting!
What are your thoughts on metal roofing?  Likes, dislikes, advice??  Please share!
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  • January 10, 2013 - 4:10 pm

    Rachel Schindler - I can’t wait to see it!!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2013 - 4:32 pm

    Rebecca - Ah the joys of renovating a 100+ year old home…ours was built in 1854. When was yours? As I write the sounds of crow bars, hammers, lath and plaster are flying in the air in what will be our “New” kitchen. I am not in there right now as I am the designated “clean” gopher.
    I love metal roofing! Gray galvanized metal that eventually fades and changes ever so slightly with a patina all it’s own.
    I love how the rain falls upon it and how you can hear the swoosh of the snow and ice sliding off as the sun warms the metal in winter. :)
    The “Old House” here on the family farm still has some left on one section (the contractors refused to put on new metal when my grandmother wanted the roof redone…so “talked” her out of it….I still argue that they figured they would earn more in time and labor by installing shingles and not putting on metal) It still doesn’t “look right”.
    I have been eyeing the gray metal galvanized roofing at the local home improvement store and that is what will be going on my studio this next summer. Someday our garage and maybe our home…if I can convince the hubby. Luckily, I have found if I make a suggestion far enough in advance, it has time for it to bounce around in his head long enough for him to believe that it was his idea in the first place so after 21 years of marriage I now have less heartburn.
    All the best and don’t stress too much. Everything will work out and be just as you want with the pictures in the perfect spot and tables and chairs that were made to fit. Hugs ~ RebeccaReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2013 - 6:07 pm

    kimberly - I could not love metal roofing more if I tried. So envious and can’t wait to see!!

  • January 11, 2013 - 8:04 am

    nicoleigh - There are LOTS of metal roofs in Iowa. Especially on older farm houses. They will hopefully last longer than shingles. Most look nice. But I’ve seen a handful that makes me wonder if they really looked at the color first.
    I can’t wait to see what you selected!ReplyCancel

  • February 1, 2013 - 7:49 pm

    Tim - The sound of rain on it.ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2013 - 9:32 pm

    Molly - Love, love, love me some metal roofing! I’m trying to convince my husband to put it on his “man cave”. I’ll inspire him with your gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing and I say go for it!

  • April 15, 2013 - 10:04 am

    Cheryl - Hello! I love this house! The roofing is amazing! It reminds me of the houses that are in Wilmington, NC. The roofs are metal (Sheet like). They are gorgeous! My husband is always saying when we move back there, we will buy one of those homes, plus, they are in a perfect location! Best of luck to you and your family. (Hope you get them back after trading them for a roof;) hehe. Follow along with my blog..http://bullseyeoncanvas.wordpress.com/.
    D. VintageReplyCancel


welcome twenty.13 and a brand new start.

it has been awhile since last post, things are finally getting back to normal around here.  we are busy calving cows and heifers; the new little ones are busy playing chase and trying to buck like the pros.  really there is nothing cuter than a new born baby calf!  if you follow along with me on instagram you know my love for these tiny fellows! :0) {you can follow here: Follow @fadedprairie}

when pondering my {one little whisper} for 20.thirteen i believed a phrase might be better suited for me.  i recently purchase this piece of chalkboard art for our home and thought why not include the whole family in a more focused year.  as you know though, whispers need to be listened to, they need remembering and they need a voice.  over and over this word was whispered to me…




this one little whisper holds so many possibilities and directions.

{2012} was a hard, hard year for me and my little family.  we were tested in so many ways, i am so thankful and humbled for these tests though.  without them i wouldn’t be who i am today and i wouldn’t be able to show my kids a {different} way of life.  we are seeing with new eyes, we are soaking up each moment and living with grace and humility. we are truly living and i am so, so thankful.

with 2012 behind us i am able to release it all;  lay it down, lift it up and let it all go.  by releasing the negativity, the drama, the heartache i am making room for new.  it with great relief that i do this.  the heaviness inside was choking all the joy and beauty out of my life and i am ready for something different.

not only will this little {whisper} help me release all that i don’t want present but it will help to remind me to {release} my dreams.  it will help give them voice and help make them a reality. it will allow a direction to my life that i didn’t have before. i am completely {blessed} by this still small {whisper}.

i am already working on a new collection that will be arriving here on the prairie the first of march.  there is a story to be told and i am listening.  this tale is about one girl {releasing} her braveness while feeling as if she is completely broken.  {releasing} her wishes and hopes while feeling as if there is nothing left.  her tale is raw and beautiful.  i cannot wait for you to stop and listen, i hope you will be moved by her story as much as i am.

so with {one little whisper} a new direction, a new way of living, a new tale to be told.  what courage and strength these small {whispers} can give.

have you picked a word for twenty. 13?  i would truly love to here…





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  • January 7, 2013 - 11:10 am

    Rebecca - Kristin I am listening to the whispers myself….and I will be here to listen to yours as well. Many days I wish we lived closer so that I could help you more physically rather than by offering words of encouragement and support through typing.
    Love your latest images of the babies. Keep them coming as I miss the birth of new little ones here on the farm since my father sold the last of the Beefers.
    No word for 2013 but a promise to be true to myself. HugsReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2013 - 3:27 pm

    amy of four corners design - Kristin – release seems to be a perfect word…I like how you relate it to so many things swirling around you…and can’t wait to read about your new ideas percolating…
    I picked a word for 2013…essence…read about it here…

  • January 7, 2013 - 3:54 pm

    nicoleigh - Have you written a book yet? You should. I’d be your first reader for sure…or even your proofreader. Your words always inspire!
    My word for the year, it’s a little different….surrender. :)
    It’s a big deal for me!ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2013 - 7:15 pm

    Katy @ Lolly Linens - I love your post, lots to think about.ReplyCancel

  • January 12, 2013 - 7:10 pm

    Leah C - An absolutely beautiful post! You are such an eloquent writer, Kristin, and I love your {whisper} release:) The word I chose for 2013 is “enough”.ReplyCancel

  • January 23, 2013 - 2:35 pm

    Cindy - Beautiful Post. I love your word RELEASE…ReplyCancel

I can’t believe that it has been five weeks since my little sister was blessed with a daughter of her own.




What a wonder and joy she is!  She is a gentle reminder of His greatness and purity.  Our little family was so in need of this sweet blessing sent directly from above.



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  • November 1, 2012 - 10:03 am

    Rebecca - How absolutely adorable she is Kristin! Congratulations to your whole family. :)ReplyCancel

  • November 1, 2012 - 5:15 pm

    marci - oh she is so soft and sweet…the picture is beautiful kristin.ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2012 - 12:45 pm

    Leah C - Oh so adorable…and just the sweetest photo!! Congratulations to you all!!!ReplyCancel

  • November 22, 2012 - 12:53 pm

    susan - She is just beautiful…..babies are such blessings! hope you are well! susanReplyCancel

  • December 2, 2012 - 3:55 pm

    Lara - She is incredibly beautiful! What a blessing :)

Could it really have been June when I first talked about remodeling our home?  sheesh….I never realized how s.l.o.w.l.y. things would go.  We have had things torn completely to pieces all summer and are finally putting something back together {well stairs at least} hey, at this point anything is better than what it has been! :0)

This small slideshow shows what will be the loft area, Clancey’s room, and also the entrance way….use your imagination as you view please! :0)





{P.S.} Some posts and images imported really wonky from blogger…needless to say this is giving my complete heartburn but I’m not ready to go and edit over 700 posts! LOL!

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  • October 25, 2012 - 10:40 pm

    marci - i am so excited for you dear girl! it’s going to be amazing.ReplyCancel

  • November 1, 2012 - 10:01 am

    Rebecca - I am so excited for your Kristen. As crazy and as long as Renovations can be they really are a time where you can see so much hope and potential mixed with awe in the real craftsmanship of an old home.
    Love the slide show. Thank you for sharing ~ RebeccaReplyCancel

Hello dear readers!

I hope you have all been able to find me on the new site!  There are still some tweeks that need to be made so hopefully you will be patient with me as I get everything finalized.  Also, any suggestion or tips would be greatly appreciated!  :0)

I wanted to quickly share that Creatively Made Home is now live!  What a joy to wake and talk decorating, style, and inspiration with these beautiful ladies!




They have created a community where beauty is found in what you have, a place where ideas flow freely, and a place where we all feel that we are enough.  It truly is amazing…

I believe there is still time to register and if the time just isn’t right for you to participate in the class you can still join the creative community and take part in the forums there…

Hopefully I will see you in the Creatively Made Home community!




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  • December 31, 2013 - 10:50 am

    Kelly South - Hi! I was searching on Pinterest for wallpaper designs and I came across a picture that someone pinned of wallpaper you had I’m a cabinet. I’ve been searching for the name or a similar wallpaper!? Can you please tell me where that wallpaper is from!? I think the pin was from 2 years ago! Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 3:27 pm

      kristin - hi kelly…

      do you have a link to the picture? i can’t think of any cabinet i had with wallpaper in it? if i saw the picture it just might refresh my memory :0)

      xo kristinReplyCancel

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