Monday, February 13, 2017

What Farmhouse Style Means To Me ~ A Continuation

A couple of years ago I did a post about what farmhouse style means to me...I thought I would do a follow up post to it. Farmhouse style has definitely become very popular these days and certainly encompasses a broad spectrum of looks from very modern to very primitive.

As for me I don't necessarily set out to have a certain style but what I do set out to do is create a certain feeling in our home. I strive to create a home that is reminiscent of the past but is also cozy, comfortable and calming at the same time. It is also very important to me that our home is clutter free, cohesive feeling and reflective of the time period it was built.

I love an overall collected look in a home and I love collecting. I usually know just how I want a room to look in my mind and find the greatest joy in searching for the perfect pieces that will create the feel and look that I imagined. I am drawn to things that are old and love filling the house with them ...whether it be old spoons and rolling pins or worn quilts and white linens. I love displaying things that were useful, beautiful and simple when they were created and that still are 100 years later.

I can't seem to get my fill of white ironstone pitchers and love displaying them but also using them for flowers or utensils.

Simple and rustic hanging cupboards are also one of my favorite things to put in our farmhouse. Neal has built us quite a few in the last couple of months. It is usually hard to find a hanging cupboard that is affordable and also fits in the space we need it for so I just buy old cupboard doors when I see them and then he builds the cupboard to go around it depending on the size of the space we want to hang it in.

Another thing I can't get enough of are old baskets, they are just so pretty and can hold so many different things. I tuck one just about every where I can.

Soft, white and washable linens with lots of texture are also a must in every room for me. 

We still have a ways to go as far as renovating/restoring our farmhouse goes, especially on the exterior,  but I am starting to feel like it looks representative of what is important to us in a home and I must say that is a really good feeling. I would say that if you are in the beginning stages of renovating or even just changing your decorating style don't get discouraged and stick to what is important to you in a home instead of focusing on a "style".

It is still cold and snowy here but there is something about the evening sunshine streaming in the last couple of evenings that speaks of spring. It won't be long now and my wheels are turning about all of the things we want to accomplish on the exterior of the house and the spring Springfield, Ohio Antique Show. Before the outside work pulls me away from the inside work I promise to show you the dining room since we renovated it and Millie's newly redecorated room and to do a full post about our the fireplace we had put in. Until next time sweet friends!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Farmhouse Winter ~ 2017

It is the dead of winter here in the Pennsylvania snow belt region and I must say I am enjoying every minute of it. Seems like every one is eager for Spring but not me, I love being snowed in with a fire going and the candles lit. I love all of the seasons equally for different reasons, but I love how much I can get done inside the house in the winter. All of the other seasons involve inside and outside work but other than stacking the wood pile there isn't much you can (or want) do outside here in the winter.

Winter means getting the house scrubbed clean, the closets organized and just overall decluttering...some of my favorite things to do. 

You have probably noticed that I painted the fireplace brick, more on that in another post, bottom line the red brick wasn't working for us. This room is so small and it was just making the room look smaller and overall too busy for our liking. One thing we are loving though is having a fireplace and being able to have a warm and crackling fire every night.

I love keeping things really minimal this time of year, all of the white snow outside is just so beautiful and I like the inside to be calm and white just like the outside is.

Winter also means sitting by the fire in the evenings under a warm quilt and not feeling guilty about it. The rocking chair is a family hand me down and has become Neal's favorite place to sit, I told him he just needs a cigar now (not really, ew). 

This giant antique wooden bowl is a recent find from one of my favorite local antique shops, Yesterday's Best Antiques , and I just love it.

Neal built us this long bench for behind the couch, it is perfect for stacking extra quilts and pillows. He actually surprised me with it, I came home one evening and it was sitting there, my kind of surprise all right:) I am going to have him build a bunch for us to sell at the spring Springfield, Ohio Antique Extravaganza (May 19, 20, 21).

Winter also means lots of time spent in the kitchen, making comfort foods and baking lots of goodies. 

I was so excited to find another one of my very favorite things to collect, scalloped ironstone bowls, on ebay recently. This ones a true beauty with all of her discoloration and I think my favorite so far. And I found another old wooden spoon, another thing I love collecting, while shopping with my mom last weekend. 

I also just got the most beautiful items in the mail from PCB Home.  Simple and creamy white this beautiful egg holder and small crock are just perfect for our farmhouse kitchen. 

I hope you are all doing well and until next time...stay cozy! If you ever have any questions please email me directly for a faster response versus using the comments section! And make sure to follow me on Instagram for daily pictures!