Thursday, May 17, 2018

CREATIVELY LIVING | Ah Nature ... It's Inspirational

I'm really excited to share a series of inspirational home and decorating ideas.

Close to a year ago, we came from living in a 1920's one bedroom four-plex apartment, right into a house!

Our newly furnished home and decor inspiration came from two western picture frames we scored four years ago in an upstairs room at an antique store called Antiques On Main in Cambria, CA. 

We did some research on these two picture frames we purchased and found out they are original A. Brandt Ranch Oak picture frames with 1940's era hand-signed Charley Paris rodeo lithographs. Titled Warming up and Riding High.

The more we discovered about these pair of A. Brandt Ranch Oak picture frames, the more we fell in love with the history and style.

Once we moved into our new place, we decided to sell all our Mid Century furniture and replace it with A. Brandt Ranch Oak pieces throughout the house. 

A. Brandt Ranch Oak is pretty solid and nearly indestructible furniture and what we like to call now, "Our forever furniture".

Here's a piece of history referenced by Wolf Ranch Oak:

About A. Brandt Co.

A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture was made for nearly fifty years in Fort Worth, Texas and has been out-of-production for more than two decades. A. Brandt Company, Inc., debuted the Ranch Oak furniture line in Fort Worth in 1938 and continued manufacturing Ranch Oak into the 1980s. In 1986, the Brandt family sold the furniture company, which went out of business not long afterwards. In the fall of 1988, the entire contents of the factory sold at auction. Patented "Ranch Oak" furniture was one of many lines of furniture produced by A. Brandt Company, Inc.
German immigrant August Brandt established A. Brandt Company, Inc., in 1900, but it was August's son Paul who engineered the Ranch Oak furniture line more than 30 years later. Paul Brandt served as company president for approximately 50 years. He passed away in 1999 at age 87.
Many of the earliest furniture designs depicted icons of ranch life carved into oak. Pictorial carvings included horses, horse heads and horseshoes, longhorns, campfires, saguaro and prickly pear cactus, and even a western scene of a cowboy riding a bucking bronco. By 1970, it seems likely from looking through factory catalogs that very few if any western motif-carved pieces were still being produced. However, some of the longhorn (or steer head) and horse head lamps are still seen in some of the later 1970s catalogs.
Fortunately for new and old collectors alike, a variety of styles and types of Ranch Oak pieces can be found steadily trickling onto the market today. Both the older and much newer pieces made for dining room, living room, bedroom and game room can still be had for those who are willing to search and wait. A. Brandt also produced a number of decorative Ranch Oak accessories to compliment Ranch Oak furniture such as picture frames with reproduction art by well-known artists, waste baskets, coat racks, mirrors and lamps. Mainstay household furnishings range from dining tables, buffets, hutches and corner cabinets to sectional sofas, divans, couches, lounge chairs, end tables and coffee tables. Night stands, chests, dressers and beds remain popular although king and queen headboards are more difficult to locate. Reliable information about exact production numbers of factory items is scanty at best, but it is said that at the height of factory output, some 50,000 pieces per year were made.
Many pieces were produced under government contract to furnish military bases around the U.S. A number of national park lodges and motels are also known to have selected Ranch Oak furniture as an attractive, durable, rustic type of decor for their guests to enjoy. Of course, there were many dozens of retail furniture distributors spanning the country that carried the popular A. Brandt Ranch Oak furniture line for several decades.

My husband and I both decided on the light oak color with white wax, which is the most desirable and the most western looking.

Our search for these beautiful ranch oak pieces still continues.

When you’re fixin’ to do something, it’s going to happen, but you also may decide to take your sweet time.

In the end, the completion will be as southern as sweet tea!

Photograph Source: Tim McMurdo

Aside from searching for A. Brandt Ranch Oak pieces.

I've been working on a lot of sewing projects for around the house.

I have been a bustling busy bee!

So stay tuned and have an inspired day!

~ Old Southwestern Trails

Sunday, February 11, 2018

MY LATEST VINTAGE FINDS!| C.1940's Vintage Valentine's Day Cards!

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I love February … No, not because of Valentine's Day ... perhaps because it’s my Husbands birthday month! We decided on a new tradition. To celebrate life with Birthday getaways. What better way to celebrate life than to create new experiences through travel.

Below are two estate sale C.1940's Valentine's Day cards with amazing illustrations. They are currently listed on my Old Southwestern Trails Vintage shop on Etsy. Happy February! I hope you have a love-filled month!

~ Old Southwestern Trails

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

MY LATEST VINTAGE FINDS!| C.1930s Cowboys' Prayer

"Cowboys' prayer." Big Spring, TX: Johnson News Agency, 1930's -. "Made only by Tichnor Bros., Boston.Mass" 12 / 64280

~ Old Southwestern Trails

Friday, January 12, 2018

FOUND VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHY | C.1952 Simplicity Is Happiness

The beginning of a new year is here, whether we are ready for it or not. For me it represents big changes in routines. I hope that this new year is wonderful and prosperous for all of us!

~ Old Southwestern Trails

Sunday, December 24, 2017

FOUND VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHY | 'Tis the Season For Family, Friends & Good Health!

Found photograph C.1947 A family enjoy an impromptu snowball fight in the serene and stately setting of a still and snow covered town. 

November was a very busy time of the month for us. I visited my family in Texas for Thanksgiving. The few weeks that I was in Texas was amazing. My family were very kind to give us a great tour around town and neighboring towns of Texas. November pretty much consisted of traveling and getting back to good health which is always very important.

Now we're Finally in December, Christmas Eve has arrived. My Christmas decorating is sparse this year, but just enough to lighten up the place with the Christmas spirit. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Until next time!

~ Old SouthwesternTrails

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! | Time For Some Treats!

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Happy Halloween readers!! 

I can’t believe it’s finally here!

The day of Halloween finally arrived! 

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This year my Halloween decorating is pretty simple.

Just a few decoration accents here and there.

It has been very busy around here with house renovations.

I'm also getting ready for my trip in two weeks.

So I had to pull back on decorating.

Here I am, very festive in my orange cape poncho.

Admiring my very first home grown pumpkin.

The only one out of six seeds that flourished.

It was pretty exciting to watch it grow over time.

This colonial Spanish fireplace in our living room is my favorite part of the house.

Displayed in front of the fireplace are three metal crinkle pumpkins and two twine and berry stems from Hobby Lobby .

Here in our music corner is a gray chevron fabric pumpkin from TJ.Maxx.

This nicely displayed  little Pumpkin lady on our hutch...

 I purchased at Jack Creek Farms in Templeton,CA  a year ago.

The lighted pumpkin glass jar I purchased at Home-Arts in Cambria,CA a few years ago.

I also added a few pumpkins on our dining room table.

On our kitchen counter I have a Pumpkin on a Stick - Ornamental Eggplant from Trader Joes.

This ceramic burro vase I found at Country Roads Antique Store in Orange circle, CA.

I call it my seasonal burro.

This burro changes with the seasons.

I got creative and I decided to use Fall/Halloween colors.

I decided to add a touch of western theme by adding some lasso rope.

I think the overall display turned out nicely.

All floral arrangements are from Joann's.

My very festive orange cape poncho and I had fun passing out candy tonight.

Our window displays were a hit! The kids loved it!

It made me very happy!

I hope you enjoyed this small Halloween decoration tour.

Stay safe and Happy Halloween to all!

Shirt & Culottes: Levi's
Orange Poncho Cape: Estate sale
Vintage moccasins: Ebay

~ Old Southwestern Trails