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Colour me Happy and Penelope Trunk

By 08/06/2011January 23rd, 201712 Comments
Here I am in Madison with Penelope Trunk! We emailed back and forth months ago and she invited us to come and visit her and the farmer on the farm in Wisconsin. 

The cornfields go on and on here in Madison! We took a walk on the property to find the cows. Along the way, Penelope asked what I thought of the idea to turn this rusty metal into a coffee table (below). I think it’s distressed enough, what do you think? 

Photos by Maria Killam
She wanted me to critique her decorating at the farmhouse but I found that hard to do because she has a great sense of colour (I helped her tweak them on-line when she first moved in) and Steampunk style and I think it works.

Image via Penelope Trunk

Penelope is just as real and expressed in person as she is on her blog and her kitchen looks just as charming in person as well. We picked eggs today and she says they can sit for weeks in a wire basket (above) on her kitchen table.  I have imagined sitting in her kitchen having a conversation with her for so long it was a little surreal to be watching her make rhubarb pie as I sat and drank wine and talked. The farmer said when she makes pies it makes him feel loved so she bakes a lot of pies 🙂 
Stay tuned, I’ll be taking photos with my iphone going forward this weekend!
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  • Erin @ The Impatient Gardener says:

    Um … You're 90 minutes from my house! Why couldn't you have taken this little trip 8 months ago before I painted everything? I would have hired you to come on down and tell me what to do in this joint. Now it's already done and I don't really want to know if it's wrong. Anyway I do hope you have a chance to explore the non-cornfield parts of Madison. It's is one of the best small cities in the U.S. (although having lived there for four years I'm partial). Enjoy!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nice kitchen! At first I thought that was a dog, but I think its a goat!!! Is it? lol!

  • Anonymous says:

    what a hoot! good for you, hope you two have a great time.

  • Karena says:

    Maria I am so happy you are visiting Penelope!!

    Have a great time ( I can tell you already are!)


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  • Victoria - Ozarks Crescent Mural says:

    That is the sweetest post! How neat to go visit someone you met in the blogworld. And thank you for allowing me to discover a new blog.

  • Upscale Downhome says:

    Welcome to Wisconsin! I'm an avid reader of your blog. Too bad you couldn't have done a mini color workshop for your readers in Wisconsin! Enjoy your visit and I look forward to checking out her blog…

  • guylaine rondeau design says:

    i stayed in madison the first time i crossed america on i94 with my little jeep! ~ now you need a new iphone! wait ’til september, the iphone 5 is apparently coming out. the camera will be blog-worthy! ~ and ps. i’m glad penelope painted the dark wood… it’s nice and happy! and that kitchen looks indeed very inviting!

    have a great weekend!
    (i’m working ~ and you know on what… 🙂

  • Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} says:

    Now, don't go talkin' bad about my iPhone! That's how I take all my pictures…or could you tell!? Maybe the photographer had a case of the gigglies? Happens to the best of us! Enjoy yourselves!

  • pve design says:

    enjoy yourself! looks like a fun spot where life is lived to the fullest. a farm takes that. my dad grew up on a farm. a farm always seems to have such happy colors!

  • Donna says:

    Maria, Thanks so much for sharing this 'real' moment in your life. (One of many of course.) I like seeing her house which is gorgeous! What fun meeting a blogger in 'real life'. Hopefully that will be us this January! :o)

    BTW, I'm not going to be blogging for awhile and wanted to let you know. I wrote about it today but of course, I'll still be visiting here and keeping in touch. I will miss you and Anita and so many others.

    We've jut got soo much going on with my youngest finishing highschool and needing more help than the other four did.

    It was time to take a 'real' break…and it's pretty much until I'm done with Christian's school. That's two years from now. Yipes!

    Who knows..maybe next year, he will be independent enough for me to do more blogging. We're just taking it one day at a time for now.

    Love you!

  • Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!) says:

    I'm a serious fan of Penelope's and hope to hear more of your impressions of her farm, her life, her home…..

  • Carolyn says:

    Bah! I'm a little behind on my blog reading so I was scrolling through and first saw the Frank Lloyd Wright post and then this – you were in Madison!

    I don't know you at all, but that's never stopped me from being hospitable to strangers/new friends in my city. I could've shown you the awful tones of green & blue (normally awesome) they're putting in a huge gathering space where I work – bummer! (No one consulted me) 😉

    Anyway, I'm glad you got to experience some WI goodness – I do hope your hosts offered you some fresh or deep fried cheese curds, though. And a visit the Memorial Union Terrace?

    If not, you'll just have to swing back some day!

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