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CONTENTS Workbench 8 TOWEL TREASURE Make your own exclusive American Farmhouse Style tea towel to use and enjoy.

10 DIY UPCYCLED PLANTERS Turn old jeans and tin cans into a new home for your plants.

12 THE SCRIPTED HOME Use the power of the alphabet to decorate your American farmhouse.

Made in America 14 MEET THE MAKERS Learn about some of the artists and creators behind American-made products.

Farmhouse Favorites 18 BORN AND BRED Learn about 3 décor styles that are 100% American.

Barn Finds 24 HOME GROWN Fill your home with high-quality pieces that are made right here in America.

Essentials 30 DOOR DISCUSSION Do you need new doors? Here’s what you should know as you start your search.

Style 34 AIRBORNE This 1969 Airstream trailer brings American charm to the road.

38 SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING BLUE A Los Angeles kitchen brings a modern twist to American farmhouse style.

42 FAMILY RETREAT A New York farm remains with one family for generations, evolving over the years to suit modern-day needs.



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34 48 COUNTRY ECLECTIC Modern art and antiques come together in this fashionable New York farmhouse.

54 THE AMERICAN DREAM A couple builds their forever home on acres of beautiful Georgian farmland.

68 VICTORIAN FARMHOUSE This historic California home brings farmhouse design to Victorian architecture.

80 VINTAGE VISION This historic farmhouse outside Round Top, Texas, is home to a colorful, yet minimalist, collection of flea market finds.



A Florida tract home becomes a center for Southern hospitality on a working farm.

100 FARMHOUSE FRESH An airy palette and creative décor flourish in this Oregon farmhouse.

Farm to Table 114 LEMONADE LUNCHEON Follow these steps to throw a beautiful outdoor summer soiree.



On the Cover Photography by Time Inc. UK Design by Jesse Cao


DIY Your Décor…8, 10, 12, 37, 62, 85, 112, 126


American Made… 14, 18, 24, 30, 34, 42, 118

Learn how American barn styles have evolved throughout US history.


Working Farms with Country Charm… 42, 54, 90

Create the farmhouse of your dreams through practical décor decisions.

Boost Your Curb Appeal…30, 34, 42, 80, 130

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Exactly 160 years ago, in 1858, Mason jars were invented by American John Landis Mason. Though heatbased canning had been around since the early 1800s, Mason’s design of a ribbed neck and screwon cap made the process successful, because his lids were air tight.


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Turn old jeans and tin cans into a new home for your plants. If you’re looking for an attainable DIY project to brighten your outdoor spaces this summer, look no further than your own home. Blogger Claire Armstrong of Pillar Box Blue has repurposed old jeans and food cans into farmhouse-friendly planters. Here’s how you can do the same.

use blue jeans in different washes so there’s color variation.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: • Old jeans • Scissors • Cans (try soup cans, vegetable cans and paint cans) • Decoupage material, such as Mod Podge • Sponge brush • Pins • Pebbles • Activated charcoal • Soil or gravel • Succulents of your choice WHAT YOU’LL DO: 1. Cut the hems, seams and waistbands of the jeans into strips so they fit around the can. 2. Paint your decoupage material onto the inside lining of a denim strip, as well as the exterior of the can. Wrap the denim strip around the can and pin it in place. 3. Continue wrapping and pinning down the denim until the entire can is covered. Make sure all the seams line up with one another. 4. Wait for the decoupage material to dry. Remove the pins and disguise the seams by adding another denim strip vertically over the seam. 5. Line the base of your planter with pebbles, activated charcoal, soil or gravel, and plant your succulent into its new home!






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Use the power of the alphabet to decorate your farmhouse. BY TO N I K A R E E D PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CICO BOOKS

Words are fundamental to the design of civilization. In Clare Youngs’ new book, Letter Crafts: 35 Creative Projects for Stylish Home Decorations, she provides step-by-step instructions on how to create accents using elements of typography.

FIND A FONT The first step is to find the right letter size and font. This won’t be the same for every project. “It might be that the style and thickness of a particular letter work best for that specific project,” Youngs writes. Scour free font websites like and for scripts you can download.

SIZE AND SHAPE Once you’ve chosen your font, type the letter(s) in a document on your computer and print. You can either use the template as is or use your scanner to adjust the size until it’s as large as you want. This may take some time to get right. If you’re making a project that uses glue, clear adhesives work best, as they won’t clog or show up when dry.

For this wire cage letter, print out your letter shape, lay it over a sheet of galvanized wire and use wire cutters to cut out two copies of the letter. Cut strips for the width and attach the two letters to the strips one at a time, using the wire cutters to bend the edges into place.


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Words can inspire,

spark change and delight onlookers.


HANDCRAFTED LETTER IDEAS Use these ideas to add literary flair to your home. 1.

Weathered wood letters are a great way to add farmhouse chic to your home. Cut pieces of old wood to size, then glue them together, paint with chalk paint and sand to get a lovely patina.

THE FINAL SCORE For tracing and cutting out your letters, Youngs recommends using a hard 4 (2H) pencil to start, then work your way down to a softer 2 (HB). Once you’re done tracing, you can begin cutting along the outline. “Make sure the blade is sharp and that you always use a cutting mat,” she writes. After cutting out your letters, you can create your project.


PRINTS. Set the standard for what you want your home to say—whether a family motto, Bible verse or quote. 2. ENTRYWAY STATEMENTS. Spell out the word “Welcome,” or your family’s initial and hang it in the foyer. 3. BEDROOM INITIALS. Hang an initial over a headboard or rest it on an open shelf. This can be particularly cute in kids’ rooms. 4. FAMILY NAME GALLERY WALL. Add a few handmade letters of your family’s initial to your gallery wall for personalized charm. 5. ROOM LABELS. Designate bedrooms with a hanging letter on the door. It will make the room feel personal to the occupant and act as an indoor wreath. 6. PERSONALIZED GIFT TAGS. Attach a hand-painted letter to gifts to designate the recipient. This will work especially well for Christmas, and you can use the letters over again next year. 7. TABLE PLACARDS. Use foam lettering or smaller letters made of fabric to add a friendly farmhouse element to your party. 8. GARLAND. Add letters or words to a garland you can hang from the mantel, stair banister or on the wall. 9. LETTER PILLOWS. Spruce up your living room with letters that spell out the season, holiday or your family’s initial. 10. PERSONALIZED GIFTS. Use wire to make a hollow letter, wrap it with paper and fill with the recipient’s favorite candy.

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Learn about some of the artists and creators behind Americanmade products. BY V I C TO R I A VA N V L E A R

TROUTMAN CHAIR CO. A ROCKING CHAIR exudes peace and relaxation, and that’s what Champ and Jean Land want to instill with their business. “We want to encourage the world to take a minute and sit,” Jean says. Troutman Chair Co. has been around for almost 100 years, and the Lands still keep the production process local and simple. “Our products are handcrafted in small batches, so they don’t have the look or feel of mass-produced items,” Jean says. All the wood comes from local loggers, and Troutman Chair Co. has their own mill Because of the time and care of the production process, Troutman chairs will last. “Many owners of our chairs desire an American-made product that will last generations,” Jeans says.

to process it, which makes them one of the only vertically integrated furniture manufacturers in the US. The craftsmen take extra steps to ensure that each piece has a solid design and construction, too. They hand nail every seat slat, use no glue in the process and mortise the back behind the seat so you automatically kick back when you sit. “Sitting in a well-designed rocking chair sits you at an angle that eases pressure on your spine,” Jean says. “The most important consideration is comfort. Our theory is buy once, enjoy forever.”

Each piece is hand made by an American. “We unabashedly can say that it’s our attention to details that makes our chairs durable and comfortable,” Jean says.



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FARMHOUSE FROCKS FOR LENA SCHLABACH, her business stemmed from a practical need. “I wanted to have a resource for cute and comfortable clothes for my size, so on a whim I started Lena and her daughters model several of their designs, including the Finley Frock (left), Upcycled leggings (middle) and Rita Romper (right).

designing my own clothing, and the business grew from there,” she says. Lena and her two daughters design farmhouse-friendly clothing for sizes 5-28, and Lena has a team of 29 Amish seamstresses who hand make the clothes. Raised among the Amish herself, Lena has brought together her passion for fashion and her heart for the Amish. “My mission is empowering women, from the maker to the consumer,” she says. “I give jobs to people who wouldn’t normally be able to work—Amish mothers aren’t allowed to work outside the home.” Starting a small business of American-made products from scratch is no easy task. “When we first started, I had no idea how we were going to deliver this without loans or money,” she says. “But God provided.” Staying with local seamstresses has been advantageous as well. “The next generation has a big appreciation for American-made products,” she says. And when the clothing is as cute as this, it’s no wonder Farmhouse Frocks has been a success. Lena models the Rita Romper, available in multiple colors. (above) Besides their online store, Farmhouse Frocks has a brick-and-mortar studio in Millersburg. (right) All the Farmhouse Frocks clothing is hand made by local Amish women in Millersburg, Ohio.


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BOARD AND BRUSH CREATIVE STUDIO THE IDEA OF AMERICAN makers goes one step further with Board and Brush Creative Studio, which teaches workshops and classes across the country. “Our goal

(above) Many of the studio classes give you the option to make any project you can see on their online gallery. (right) Custom signs make great wall art, especially for farmhouse style because of the rustic wood background.

is to turn our customers into DIY masters by educating them to understand and appreciate the beauty of raw materials,” says Kelly Karcher, director of franchising and expansion. “The wood, the knots, the color variations and the simple imperfections will make each project unique.” Board and Brush has over 150 studios across the country, and also sells custom items such as signs and trays on their website. The studio brings the same care and craftsmanship as other American makers and infuses it into each student who

Not only can you make signs, you can also create custom items such as coffee table trays and window boxes to hold plants.

walks in the door. “Distressing, sanding with the grain and staining are a few of the important steps we guide the classes through to make a personalized wood sign,” Kelly says. “Our instructor-led workshops guide the students through our DIY process so everyone leaves with a timeless, classic piece they are proud to display in their homes.”



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Learn about 3 décor styles that are 100% American. BY V I C TO R I A VA N V L E A R

AMISH STYLE THE AMISH are a sect of Mennonite Christians who live in tight-knit communities in 30 different states, with larger populations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana. They have strong values of faith, tradition and self-sufficiency, and their dedication to remain apart from the world (James 1:27) leads them to stay away from modern technology. As a result, many

Mariner’s star king quilt, $950. (612) 963-9651 or

Amish men are farmers or craftsmen, and many of the women are seamstresses. Passing this quality craftsmanship down through the generations has led to a high demand for Amish-made furniture and quilts. Thanks to the Internet, you can now purchase Amish home products without physically traveling to their communities,

Modena dining chair, starting at $440. (888) 297-4555 or

though that’s a neat experience, too.


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Traditional Amish hickory rocking chair, $499. (877) 884-0248 or

QUILTS Amish quilts are hand sewn, and individual communities often have their own traditional patterns they’ve passed down to their daughters. You can get a variety of sizes, from bed quilts to lap quilts and even smaller wall hangings.

FURNITURE The furniture is unique in its make because the craftsmen always use solid, highquality wood and do all their sanding and finishing work by hand. They also use dovetail joints to connect pieces of wood, rather than nails and screws. When


shopping for Amish furniture, keep in mind that it can fall into several different styles, including Shaker and Mission style. What gives the piece its “Amish” label is the maker and the method.

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SHAKER STYLE SIMILAR TO THE AMISH, the Shakers were a Christian sect that wanted to remain apart from the world, and they broke off from the Quakers to settle in the US in the 1770s. Unlike the Amish, active Shaker communities have all but disappeared, but their legacy lives on through their craft, which includes furniture, cabinets and inventions such as the circular saw blade and spring clothespins. Today, original Shaker pieces are highly valuable as antiques, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art has a collection of furniture and other objects on display. You can also buy new Shaker-style furniture or incorporate Shaker style into your own home.

FURNITURE The Shakers believed ornamentation was a sin, which led to simplicity and functionality in their furniture with a focus on high quality and craftsmanship. To give the pieces visual interest without adding decoration, the craftsmen turned to form, such as subtle curves, tapered legs, asymmetrical lines and round wood knobs and pulls. Most pieces are stained, but there are painted Shaker pieces with a limited color palette of red, blue, green and yellow.

CABINETS Shaker-style cabinets are one of the most classic cabinet doors on the market, and they’re popular for farmhouse and cottage styles. Shaker cabinets have a single recessed panel in the middle of the door without any additional ornamentation. If you’re renovating your kitchen, Shaker cabinets have high value


that will keep your kitchen classic.


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Solid maple shaker peg rack, starting at $24. Visit

Mount a Shaker peg rail along the perimeter of a room below the crown molding, or add a short peg rail in your mudroom for convenient hanging.

Canterbury ladderback rocking chair, starting at $410 . (800) 780-6681 or

Enfeild shaker meetinghouse bench, $921. (800) 840-9121 or

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CRAFTSMAN STYLE ARTS AND CRAFTS was a movement that developed at the end of the 1800s in several countries, including Canada, America, Australia and England. Craftsman style was America’s particular interpretation of Arts and Crafts. While there is a technical difference between the two terms—for example, Craftsman style tends to have larger and thicker lines than Arts and Crafts—it’s not incorrect to lump the two styles


together. The other term you might hear in association is Mission style, which is interchangeable with Craftsman style.


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Celebrate the spirit of Craftsman style by purchasing pieces with handcrafted elements, such as in furniture and stained glass windows.

The Arts and Crafts movement began in the late 1800s in response to the massproduction of the Industrial Revolution and lavish ornamentation of Victorian design. Similar to today’s movement toward American and artisan-made products, homeowners wanted to stay away from factory-produced items. The result was a

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simple style, with clean lines and a focus on form.

FURNITURE The root of Craftsman style is the master craftsman. Unlike with Amish furniture, the craftsmen still used machinery for some

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of the production, but they did most of the finishing work by hand. The furniture is usually made with oak and stained rather than painted. It often has exposed joinery and brass or wood drawer pulls. Gustav Stickley and William Morris were the

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furniture makers to embody the style, and their original furniture is valuable today.

ARCHITECTURE Craftsman architecture first appeared in Southern California in the early 1900s. Gables are popular on these homes with wood or brick siding and covered or wraparound porches. This was the first time

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the kitchen was central to home layout, because fewer families had servants, and were instead doing the work themselves. It was at this time that kitchen nooks also became popular.

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USA cutting board, $48. (718) 285-0770 or



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Wayland half-bow counter stool, starting at $720. (520) 247-1820 or


Cloche, starting at $125. Visit


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3 elements for visual interest in any room BY V I C TO R I A VA N V L E A R PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIME INC. UK

PATTERN. This room has several distinct patterns, from the chevron rug on the floor to the striped blanket and wallpaper that looks a bit like brick. But they all work together because the patterns have different scales—the chevron is large and doesn’t compete with the smaller scale of the wallpaper. Don’t be afraid to pair multiple patterns in a room, but when you’re choosing them, look at them side-by-side to make sure they’ll complement each other rather than compete. TEXTURE. In addition to pattern, texture makes this room come alive. The rustic wood door exudes a roughness that’s smoothed out with the yellow dresser. Material is what provides texture: wood on the dresser, metal on the square basket and rope on the round basket. Think about texture especially when you choose accent pieces. If most of the large elements in the room—flooring, furniture, walls— evoke similar textures, mix it up with your smaller décor pieces. VINTAGE FINDS. From the collection of floral wall art to the vintage books and ceramic vases, this living room has a lot to look at. But there’s a fine balance between a well-curated collection and clutter. You can help control messiness even while you shop—when you’re considering a piece, ask yourself whether you want it because you love it, or because it goes with your collection. If it’s the former, go for it. If it’s the latter, put it back on the shelf.


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DISCUSSION Do you need new doors? Here’s what you should know as you start your search.




ome home improvement projects have an immediate wow factor, like new furniture or a backsplash. Other improvements are focused on function, such as new windows and doors. But these elements are just as important, as they’ll raise the value of your home and

keep it working well for you and your family. So if you’re looking for new doors, here are the considerations to make.


When you’re thinking about door design, don’t limit your ideas to exterior front doors. Also think about how the doors on your garage and shed will add to the overall appearance of your farmhouse.

“Interior doors aren’t as thick as exterior doors,” says Erica Garlock, sales and marketing director of Vintage Doors. “Exterior doors require seals and weather stripping, while interior doors don’t have

fluctuation rate, so it will be less likely to swell and warp in

to have sealing capabilities.” Though your exterior doors have

different types of weather. “If you’re in the South where it’s humid,

to deal with all kinds of weather and still function well, the good

wood choice is especially important,” Erica says. “Same in the

news is that the design can be cohesive between your interior and

North, you can get weather 30 below in the winter and 90 above

exterior doors. “In terms of design, we can build the same design

in the summer.”

for interior or exterior,” Erica says.

As you’re shopping, beware of the term “engineered wood.” This means the door isn’t a solid piece of wood. “The outside material


looks like wood, and on the inside, it can be hollow, or they’ll use a

One of the most important decisions is the wood type. This will

lesser grade wood like an inexpensive pine and then laminate it on

differ for interior and exterior doors as well. “For the exterior,

the outside to make it look like mahogany,” Erica says. These types

we recommend mahogany,” Erica says. Mahogany has a small

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"How many times

are you really going to order doors in your lifetime? We hope you only do it once, and that’s why we’re here.”


STEPS TO CHOOSING DOORS 1. DESIGN. Start here. “Determine what you like the look of. That’s always a critical step,” Erica says. Deciding what type of design you like will help you choose the type of wood. If you have a historic farmhouse, look around at other homes in the area to see if there are any key features to include. 2. WOOD. Interior or exterior? Painted or stained? Once you answer those two questions, you can narrow down your wood options to the appropriate type. 3. HARDWARE. The hardware will complement your door’s style and add a little bling. “I recommend selecting the door first, then talking about hardware,” Erica says. “There are different finishes and color tones, and then different designs.” The type of wood and finish of your door will help you picture what it will look like with the hardware.


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(left) Dutch doors have the added function of providing a cool cross breeze through the house during the summer.


(far left) Interior doors can provide a main feature for a room. This bedroom builtin cabinet looks chic and classy behind a set of pale blue sliding barn doors.

PAINT OR STAIN? “This is one of our most commonly asked questions,” Erica says. Both finishes look beautiful, so the decision will depend on your preferences, but will also affect the wood type. “For interior painting, you don’t have to pick the most expensive wood,” Erica says. “We recommend poplar, which is ideal for painting.” For staining, the wood becomes more important, because you’ll see the grain. “Match your interior wood tones to your doors,” Erica says. For exterior doors, you need a high-quality wood either way. “It’s exposed to the elements, so you need to be


conscientious of the wood, whether painting or staining,” Erica says.

CHOOSE A GOOD PROFESSIONAL The other important aspect to your door choice is to use a company you trust. “There are so many options for selecting doors, it can be overwhelming and daunting,” Erica says. You also may receive different advice from contractors and others in the business, so make sure you educate yourself. Doors are an important part of your home, and you want a quality product that will last. “How many times are you really going to order doors in your lifetime?” Erica says. “We hope you only do it once, and that’s why we’re here.” SEE SOURCES, PAGE 128.

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If your trailer is staying in one place for a long time, decorating the “front yard” will make it part of the space. Cover simple chairs or a shabby table with a colorful blanket or a linen tablecloth to give it a homey vibe.


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This 1969 Airstream trailer brings American charm to the road. B Y E M I LY I R B Y P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y N ATA L I E L A C Y L A N G E STYLING BY SARAH THOMPSON


intage Airstreams are the epitome of the American cross-country road trip. When Todd and Sarah Thompson acquired one, they decided to retrofit it with a California vibe, mixed with country western flair. Sarah wanted to ensure it remained authentic

and retro but with some necessary improvements. The carpet and wood is all original, but she replaced the plumbing and electrical wiring. The trailer’s remodel was a group effort: Todd painted the American flag on the inside of the trailer’s door, and Sarah recovered the couch and made the pillows. “We find, fix or make,” she says.

Ant i q ue t a mbouri n es and a vintage Pleasure Chest cooler add to the classic summertime theme.

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Sarah keeps the small interior space open by decorating with only a few special items such as a vintage drum, books and flowers for a pop of color.

The trailer

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HOW TO LIVE IN YOUR TRAILER If you’re planning on a taking a long road trip or want to try out the “tiny house” fad, keep these tips in mind. 1. AMENITIES. Make sure the water, electricity and plumbing are all in working order. While you can get by without these for a weekend camping trip, they’re necessary for any longterm living situation. 2. COMFORT. While it’s nice to have a stylish trailer, you’re also going to want to inhabit an inviting and relaxed space. Soft materials for the bed and chairs, minimal décor to keep the walkway open and curtains that block out the morning sun are all aspects to consider when designing.

Create a homemade awning decoration by stitching vintage doilies or fabric triangles onto a length of ribbon.

3. ACTIVITIES. Even if you’re taking your trailer on a trip where you’ll be spending plenty of time outside, plan what you’ll do with your down time. Bring along a small, portable television or consider books, board games and craft projects.

An awning is a great addition for summer days when it’s too hot to stay inside. It will allow you to enjoy a breeze in the shade.



To evoke the 1970s dreamy style of the Flying Burrito Brothers

While the trailer sits on the Thompsons’ Burton, Texas property, it

(country music star Gram Parson’s band that Sarah sites as her

looks like it would be right at home in Joshua Tree, California. The

source of design inspiration), Sarah took apart an old blanket

trailer has a Southern California look with a dash of Southwest

and created the white lacey banner across the awning. She also

style. With its orange and turquoise accents and laid back “front

sewed the curtains to match the original bright blue carpet to

yard,” it’s a fun guesthouse for visitors.

make it look like an existing feature. Other touches needed no

It was important that the trailer was stylish and functional,

alteration, such as the antique tambourines and vintage Pleasure

as Sarah and her family lived in it while their home was being

Chest cooler that add to the classic summertime theme. Sarah also

remodeled. Whether they’re out camping or letting it sit pretty, it

proudly displays her appreciation for Gram with a “Flying Burrito”

adds an element of retro charm to their Texas lifestyle.

metal sign hanging on the door.

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The bold blue cabinets in this Los Angeles kitchen make for an eye-catching focal point. “In certain lights, it looks more blue,” designer Jessica McClendon says. “In shadow, it looks more teal.” Underfoot, a Moroccan rug adds a spritz of Spanish flavoring.


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This Los Angeles kitchen brings a modern twist to American farmhouse style. BY S T E P H A N I E AG N E S - C RO C K E T T PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCOT T RICKELS


hen it’s time to repaint your kitchen cabinets, chances are, bright blue wouldn’t be your first choice. But this farmhousestyle bungalow in Los Angeles, California, wouldn’t be complete without its dazzling

blue cabinets. The homeowners, who love expressive colors, hired interior decorator Jessica McClendon of Glamour Nest to design the kitchen. “Not many people paint with such a bright color,” she says. “It adds a lot of personality.” Plus, the bold color melds with the 1920s bungalow. “We wanted to work with the architecture while infusing the room with style,” Jessica says.

INDUSTRIAL CHROME The classic kitchen evokes farmhouse tradition with a modern twist. While elements like the kitchen sink and Shaker-style cabinets are distinct farmhouse features, chrome accessories introduce an element of contrast. For example, the classic subway tile takes on a newfangled look, not because of the dark grout, but because of the effect of the chrome against the backsplash. “The subway tile looks more modern because of the things we put around it,” Jessica says. “Even with dark grout, the look is still classic and original, since subway tiles were originally placed on cement.” The chrome appliances also lend an industrial air to the kitchen. SUMMER 2018 • 39

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is a mixture of classic traditional with modern.”

Consider out-of-the-box designs, whether that’s a bright cabinet color, bold backsplash or unique layout. After all, it’s your home, and you should love the rooms you’re designing.

TRUSTWORTHY CAESARSTONE The homeowners were considering renting out the house, so they needed the kitchen to be versatile as well as fashionable. Jessica gutted the room to make extra storage space—a must for the tiny home. She installed upper cabinets and moved the refrigerator back to create more counter space. When it came to choosing the surface, Jessica selected Caesarstone quartz counters. “Caesarstone is super functional,” she says. “I love marble, but it’s not easy to maintain. You can put hot things on Caesarstone, and you can cut on it. The owners don’t have to worry about tenants messing it up.” SEE SOURCES, PAGE 128.


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SPLASHY STORAGE In addition to providing storage, cabinets also help shape the room’s aesthetic. Here are Jessica’s three expert tips for picking your cabinets.

(above) Jessica gutted the kitchen to make room for the cabinets, creating an abundance of space above and below the countertop. “There was originally no upper cabinet storage space,” Jessica says. Now, there’s plenty of room for all the kitchen odds and ends, as well as sundry household items. (above, right) You can’t go wrong with a well-loved antique. This gorgeous 1940s Gaffers & Sattler range stove is original to the home and continues to satisfy the homeowners’ cooking needs. Alongside more modern additions, the appliance contributes a rustic warmth to the room.

1. INVEST AND INDULGE. When it comes to financing your kitchen, Jessica recommends prioritizing your cabinet budget. Save money on other areas, such as the backsplash. “Subway tiling is super inexpensive,” Jessica says. Do the investing in your cabinets. That way, you can have them custom-designed to meet your needs. 2. PERFECT PANELS. According to Jessica, you should choose your panel types to match the room’s atmosphere. “For farmhouse kitchens, you can’t go wrong with Shaker-style cabinets,” she says. “They’re classic, modern, traditional and simple.” Jessica also recommends choosing real wood for the paneling. “Paint grade looks more rich and grounded, and you’re able to change things up,” says Jessica. (For more on Shaker style, see page 20.) 3. VISUAL VARIATION. Jessica chose white for the upper cabinets, offsetting the brilliant blue below. She also opted to leave some cabinets open, further breaking up the room. “It was a functional choice,” she says. “We wanted to break up the monotony of so many upper cabinets.”

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A New York farm remains with one family for generations, evolving over the years to suit modern-day needs.


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ere in the northlands, we do not forget how things were—back before the calm, when the courtyard still bustled like an apiary, and the bell tower sang itself awake.” This excerpt from a poem written by GennaRose Nethercott in honor of Maple Mount Farm encapsulates the essence of what makes this farmhouse so special. In a modernized world, how do we keep our familial history alive? This was the question

the team at Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders (PSD) faced as they worked on renovating this farm in upstate New York. Originally built in 1807, Maple Mount was founded as a dairy farm. Today, the farm continues to thrive, producing a variety of crops. Design Principal of PSD, John DaSilva, states that the primary goal of this project was to “create a house that was an ideal facilitator for multi-generational family gatherings and family togetherness.”

The farm is situated on a large expanse of land, which was originally used for cows to sustain the farm’s dairy production. Today, multiple smaller barns and silos have been rendered unnecessary as the complex changed from dairy production to a crop-based farm, producing items such as alfalfa, corn and fruit.

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(above) In the new addition to the farm, they built a modernized kitchen and dining area to facilitate large family gatherings. Two tables, multiple windows and an open design create plenty of space for the extended family to relax and enjoy meals together.

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ADDING MODERNITY TO TRADITION To unite the idea of family togetherness with the physicality of the existing farm structure, John looked to the great tradition of connected farm buildings. As the purpose of Maple Mount Farm changed over time, so did its structures. In 2015, John and his team focused on building an addition that connected the original Greek Revival house to the first barn, transforming what was originally a farm store into a new mudroom with a laundry room, bathroom and canning pantry. To keep the entire structure connected, they constructed a breezeway to join the new main house to the first barn, which the family now uses as a garage and workshop. John was conscious of trying to tap into the tradition of connected farm buildings, but wanted to do so in a way that was not simply a historical replication. “This is what I hope is a forward-looking use of tradition,” he says. To achieve this look, he used a vibrant red for the roofing of the additions and classic white for the walls. “These new buildings are a little more abstract, but they are respectful of what was there,” John says.

(above) White cabinets provide classy farmhouse style that will look fresh for another few generations. (left) Although the kitchen space was created for modern needs, it still boasts traditional aspects such as the farmhouse basin sink, complete with the original and still-functioning water pump.

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(above) A guest bedroom provides space for family members staying at the farm during holidays. The large windows give a great view of the courtyard and fields beyond, and PSD utilized space efficiently by creating built-ins under the eaves. (right) The old farm store that was part of the original structure was renovated and repurposed as a mudroom. It now serves as the main entryway into the home and provides space for the farm’s regular family visitors.


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The new additions to Maple Mount Farm stand out from the original structures with their bold colors, yet they blend with the overall aesthetic of the farm. They provide a new focus for the complex and serve as a common entryway for the family from the central courtyard.

Ori g i n all y bui l t i n 1807, Maple Mount was founded as a dairy farm. Today, the farm continues to thrive, producing a variety of crops. A FAMILIAL SPACE The primary desire of the owners of Maple Mount Farm was to create a space for their extended family to gather. John kept this in mind with the renovations, adding a new living room, large kitchen and dining room, as well as a new guest bedroom and master suite. He utilized simple but robust spaces that would be ideal for comfortable, informal family gatherings. “The farm building complex is really as much a family retreat as it is the center of a working farm,” John says.

INTIMATE RENOVATION THIS WORKING FARM was a unique opportunity for John DaSilva of PSD. A self-proclaimed architectural history buff, John is passionate about spaces that have been in the same family for generations. John had the opportunity with Maple Mount to tap into his love for architectural history and create a space inspired by the tradition of connected farm buildings. “Understanding what we do today, there’s no way that it cannot be connected to what came before,” John says. Having intimate knowledge of the home’s history can add a lot to the renovation process. John describes Maple Mount’s owner as “intimately woven into that history.” This invaluable historical connection helped make the renovation of Maple Mount Farm an unforgettable and successful project. The combined passion and history from John DaSilva and Maple Mount’s owner was a catalyst that gave birth to the beautiful creation of what Maple Mount has come to be today: an exquisite combination of history and family.


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Brian describes his entryway as “a comfortable blend of disparate elements.” The space combines the usual white walls and wood furniture of the American farmhouse with artwork such as “an Ashcan School painting and a Mika Rottenberg work on paper.” Over the threshold, a simple sign reminds inhabitants to keep things tidy.


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ECLECTIC Modern art and antiques come together in this fashionable New York farmhouse. BY S T E P H A N I E AG N E S - C RO C K E T T PHOTOGRAPHY BY FRANCESCO LAGNESE STYLING BY BRIAN McCARTHY


hen designer Brian McCarthy first visited Ulster County, New York, he was a horse show jumper, and the landscape didn’t make much of an impression. But that changed while he

was staying with friends years later. “I showed up at their 19thcentury ‘eyebrow’ Colonial home, with its commanding views of the Catskills,” Brian says. “I knew instantly this was the region for me.” Brian now resides in Ulster County, and describes his relaxed, modern home in his design book, Luminous Interiors.

FRESH FOUNDATION Homeowners Brian and Danny hadn’t anticipated building their home from the ground up, but when they began searching the region’s realty, their dream home was difficult to find. “We just assumed, like optimistic house hunters, that we’d discover a place encompassing everything on the wish list,” Brian says. As the search began, however, it became apparent that the picture-perfect farmhouse was more firmly rooted in imagination than in reality. Having already fallen in love with a certain plot of land, Brian and Danny decided to purchase the property, “put shovel in the ground and get started.”

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expresses that curious sensibility. It’s always evolving, and some things work better than others—but in a way, that’s what makes it home.”

Combine energy with elegance for an invigorating look that will refresh your farmhouse. Zebra stripes bring zest and vivacity to Brian’s living room. Beside the rug, a Louis IV armchair resides. “[It] looks very stoic, but it’s incredibly comfortable,” Brian says.


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For furniture that’s guaranteed to be one of a kind, consider commissioning a craftsman. Brian “had the twin beds made based on a Directoire daybed purchased years earlier,” and personally designed the cherry desk. Atop the desk, matching lamps lend parallelism to the room, while the cannonball clock and mounted butterflies bring an extra flair to the space.

Combine dark colors with gold accents for a sophisticated, countrygentleman look.

ECLECTIC EXTRAVAGANZA Designer and author Brian McCarthy’s country dwelling shows you can mix any other style with your farmhouse décor. WALLS THAT WHISPER Keep your walls quiet so the focus is on your décor—not the background. “I don’t want to challenge the green beyond the windows or de-emphasize the personalities of the objects and pictures with surface sumptuousness,” Brian says.

ZESTY ZONES Pair similar objects together to convey specific moods throughout your home. Then transition from space to space to create what Brian calls “zones.” Zones are “a series of overlapping experiences that shift the mood from place to place and reinforce the emotional temperature of each,” he says.

COMPELLING CURIOSITY If curiosity is key, then perhaps experimentation is the door that curiosity unlocks. “I’m always encouraging clients to just go and look at everything,” Brian says. “The more you’re exposed to, the more willing you’ll be to go in unusual, unexpected directions.”

EVOLUTIONARY EXPERIMENTS When you do take those risks, don’t be afraid to let your home evolve over time. Feel free to make changes as you go, keeping what works and discarding what doesn’t. “Some things work better than others,” Brian says. “In a way, that’s what makes it home.”

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(left, top) Brian’s charming bathroom combines traditional farmhouse style with a dash of eclecticism. The two styles converge overhead in the lighting fixture. While chandeliers are a normal farmhouse feature, Brian’s is far from conventional. “It was constructed by a New York artisan, Thomas Blake, from plumbing supplies,” he says. (left, bottom) Introduce quirky objects like this American sculpture to make a statement in your entryway. Not only is the piece eyecatching, but it also sets the tone for the rest of the home, which features a tidy art collection.

STRUCTURAL STRATEGIES Even with the advantage of constructing the home from scratch, the dream home didn’t materialize overnight. “The house’s design and construction proved to be a bit of a battle with the architect,” Brian says. “But ultimately we prevailed on the most important elements.” The home features “a twentyseven-foot-long unobstructed entry hall running nearly the house’s full width,” as well as “a wonderfully generous fifteen-by-thirty-four-foot back porch” and “a three-bedroom-plus-study plan.” Brian and Danny selected two types of window trimmings, as well as gorgeous pine flooring. The home also boasts a “grandly-shaped surround for the living room entry portal.” The edging, according to Brian, “elevates [the home’s] importance in the architectural hierarchy.”

INFORMAL INTERIOR While Brian and Danny elected a more formal exterior “in keeping with the region’s aesthetic traditions,” the home’s interior embraces a much more relaxed, eclectic farmhouse environment. “There’s a casualness to the way the design took shape,” Brian says, “an unfussy, unself-conscious ease that suggests a home that came together over a number of years.” SEE SOURCES, PAGE 128.


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(above) “For the first fifteen months, Danny and I were so preoccupied, we didn’t even think about the grounds,” Brian says. Then he got to work “over a long series of Sunday mornings,” sketching his ideas for the yard. “In a way, it’s the opposite of the house, in which the elements have strong individual identities,” he says. “Outside, everything feels soft and fluid, and right angles are few.”


Freshen your outdoor furniture with floral patterns. These happy patterns bring a pop of color to the portico, delightfully contrasting the deep brown sofa cushions. And, of course, wicker is the perfect summer seating choice for the American farmhouse.

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Although they originally referred to their home as their ‘barn,’ homeowners Fred and Laura Janning now call it Duke Manor Farm, originating from an old family nickname and the elegance of the home.



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A couple builds their forever home on acres of beautiful Georgian farmland.


uilding your dream home from scratch is a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity. When blogger Laura Janning of Duke Manor Farm and her husband Fred happened upon 25 acres of lush land next to a glassy lake in Pendergrass, Georgia, they knew they

had found the ideal place to put down roots and raise a family. “We


felt connected to the land the minute we walked on it,” Laura says.


They bought the land, sold their home and lived on their boat and


then in the guest house until the home was finished in 2003.

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STRONG FOUNDATION Laura was always a city girl, but she wanted her future kids to have a country childhood. They’ve put the land to good use, and now have two horses, five dogs, plenty of chickens and a goat who adopted himself into their family. “Every day is different,” Laura says. She takes all the challenges and triumphs of living on a working farm in stride. Laura also took advantage of her home’s location, using cedar wood from the surrounding trees on their property to build the structure.

(above) The vaulted ceilings, open floor plan and plenty of natural light in the keeping room make the home feel large and open. The flow from room to room makes entertaining guests and keeping an eye on the kids a breeze. (opposite) While Laura keeps the knickknacks to a minimum, her curated pieces prevent the home from looking modern or sparse. A portrait of a cow, fresh flowers and a “Stay Awhile” sign give her keeping room an inviting vibe.


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Laura took advantage

of her home’s location, using cedar wood from the surrounding trees on their property to build their home.

Starting from scratch isn’t always the easiest option, but it does ensure that the home you build will be perfectly suited for your family. Laura had a clear vision of her dream home and went to an architect and then a builder to bring her plans Don’t overfill your bookshelves. Leave plenty of white space so each item is featured and the overall look isn’t too cluttered.

to life. When they parted ways with their builder before their home was finished, it was up to Laura and Fred to complete the project. They put in the hardwood floors, painted the exterior, installed the trim and completed all the landscaping themselves. “We wanted this labor of love to be apparent in our home,” Laura says. The house effortlessly pulls off a balance of Southern comfort, rural beauty and an elegant interior.

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Mix and match chairs around your dining or kitchen table for an eclectic look. The upholstery on these dining chairs brings a formal element to the space.


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(above) Laura painted over the original cherry red cabinets and walls with a fresh coat of white paint in 2015 to give her kitchen a farm-fresh look. “Whatever is in my kitchen is what I use,” she says. “I don’t really like clutter.” (opposite) Laura’s beautifully textured dining table has a special meaning to her and her husband. The first time her husband Fred ever told her he loved her, he carved the words into the table, and they’ve kept it ever since.

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The breakfast nook is simplicity at its finest. The clear glasses, single vase in the middle of the table and stacked plates prevent the small table from looking cluttered. Large windows surround the space with views of their cedar trees, making dining indoors feel like an outdoor experience.


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Who needs art when the views from the windows are this beautiful? Laura tore out the butler’s pantry three years ago in favor of further opening up the space and adding a window.

SOUTHERN CHARM “The most significant part of our home is our front porch,” Laura says. “It’s very open.” She and Fred spend hours sitting on the porch sipping sweet tea, and with a view of the animals grazing in the pasture (which she says cuts down on landscape maintenance), it’s not hard to imagine why this is her favorite part of the property. But the openness doesn’t stop there. She designed her entire home to feel large and inviting. Her kitchen is connected to a “keeping room,” which is a staple in Southern homes. It serves as a sitting room and is a more relaxed and informal room than the family room. It’s perfect for visiting and lounging with guests while dinner is in the oven.

A HOUSE WITH A VIEW There are over 90 windows and pieces of glass in the home, and being a city girl, Laura had to resist her initial urge to install curtains over all of them. With one side of their home facing a 50-mile-long lake, and the other side facing a forest of cedar trees, there’s no worry that neighbors will peek in, so windows that welcome the Georgia sunlight and frame the idyllic landscape were a must. Laura opted out of a traditional butler’s pantry and installed a window and a cheery blue counter next to

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In her office, Laura uses a navy blue and white wallpaper along one wall, and also installed it into the back of her bookshelf, which creates continuity in the room and provides a fun pop of color for her books and other accents.

To keep your wallpaper from overwhelming a room, use it on one or two walls or use it to line a bookcase as an accent.


Add a pop of color or experiment with a quirky pattern without committing to an entire wall. WHAT YOU’LL NEED: • Empty bookcase • Wallpaper of choice • Small craft knife, such as X-Acto • Wallpaper adhesive, if necessary WHAT YOU’LL DO: 1. Pick a wallpaper style that will suit your room’s needs. If your walls are flat, add dimension with textured wallpaper, or for rooms with a neutral palette, consider choosing a statement color, like magenta or periwinkle, to bring life into the space. 2. Remove any shelves in the bookcase, if they’re not bolted in. Make sure the inside of the case is clean and smooth to ensure easy application. 3. Line your wallpaper up against the inside back of the bookcase. While in place, use the craft knife to trim the wallpaper to size. 4. If your wallpaper requires paste, apply a thin, even layer and smooth your wallpaper over it. Save yourself time and skip a step by using wallpaper with an adhesive back. 5. Insert the shelves and top off your masterpiece with some first edition books, an antique clock or family photos.


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Because Laura works from home on her Duke Manor Farm blog, an inspiring workspace is a necessity. Her desk faces a bright window, and she surrounds herself with photos of her family.

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(left) Laura and Fred have lived in their home for 15 years, so it’s no surprise they’ve changed things up since moving in. This guest bedroom used to be an office, but all it took was switching out a desk for a bed, and adding a bedside table, to turn it into a guest room. (opposite) Laura’s four-poster bed steals the show in the master bedroom. The piece is so well-loved that Laura plans on passing it down to her daughter someday. The wood nightstands and antique-style rug pay homage to classic farmhouse style.

ROOM BY ROOM Laura describes her home’s style as elegant with a dash of whimsy. Clean lines and glimmering chandeliers are offset with pops of colors and quirky patterns. However, each room has its own identity, even with the effortless flow of the design. The kitchen is simple and functional with minimal clutter and a mix of open shelving and cabinets, while Laura’s office is chic and feminine, decorated with a magenta rug and gold accents. “I think it’s refreshing to walk into a different aesthetic,” she says. With animals outside and fresh interiors inside, the Janning family has lived up to the American farmhouse dream. SEE SOURCES, PAGE 128.

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The screened-in porch is the perfect in between room. The couch is durable, there’s no fussy carpet and the walls are made from pasture boards from the property. “Functionality is the most important thing, especially with kids,” Laura says.

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WEATHER THE STORM 4 tips for a durable outdoor space 1. FURNITURE. Choose furniture that will hold up against your local climate. If your neighborhood sees lots of rainfall, you’ll want to choose pieces that dry quickly and don’t retain water. For windier regions, opt for heavier tables and chairs made of wrought iron over lighter materials, like wicker, which are more likely to blow away. 2. TEXTILES. Quality patio furniture is an investment you’ll thank yourself for later. Make sure you’re picking fabrics that aren’t going to fade after only a few summers. You can buy cushions with UV protection built in, but also consider purchasing patio furniture covers. 3. FLOORING. When Laura is decorating a space she knows will get plenty of muddy foot traffic, she stays away from carpet. In her sunroom, she built hardwood floors to cut down the hassle of cleaning up footprints. 4. PLANTS. Match your plants to the seasons. During summer, switch out your ferns for succulents. New plants can be the simple refresh your décor needs, and they’re low maintenance as long as they’re in the right environment.

Laura’s tip for keeping the bugs at bay while relaxing outside is to paint your porch ceiling blue. Even if it doesn’t keep the bugs away, the sky blue color is a beautiful Southern staple for porches.

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This 1886 Victorian home, renovated and refurbished as an American farmhouse treasure, seamlessly combines the two styles. The exterior is an example of late 19th-century architecture, from columns to eaves. Behind the main structure is a historic barn that adds to the overall farmhouse charm.


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This historic home in Pasadena, California, brings farmhouse design to Victorian architecture. BY S T E P H A N I E AG N E S - C RO C K E T T PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRE T GUM S T Y L I N G B Y V I C TO R I A VA N V L E A R A N D K R I S T I N D O W D I N G


ow do you bring farmhouse style to a historic Victorian structure? Blogger Kelly Wilkniss of My Soulful Home and author of the book My Soulful Home: A Year in Flowers, has completed several home

projects, including a build-from-scratch home. As soon as she saw the Victorian house in Los Angeles county, Kelly knew it had to be hers, and she wasn’t intimidated by the work that would need to be done. Upon acquiring the home, she began the renovation and restoration project that would turn

Homeowner Kelly Wilkness furnished the front porch with yard sale finds.

the 1886 antique into a chic farmhouse treasure.

LIVE-IN RENOVATION The renovation process was just that—a process. Kelly and her family moved in during the fall of 2015, after ten months in escrow. “With all those months to plan the renovation, we hit the ground running,” Kelly says. “We lived in the home during the entire process, which was, I must admit now, a monumental undertaking.” In addition to moving in, Kelly also decided to serve as the contractor, hiring out sub-contractors to complete various tasks. “Self-contracting saves a lot of money, but can be a full-time job in and of itself,” she says. “The sub-contractors would arrive at seven and leave when it got dark.” Throughout the process, Kelly strived to “respect the architecture and bones of the house,” maintaining its traditional Victorian structure. SUMMER 2018 • 69

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(opposite) Kelly’s living room illustrates the effectiveness of understated contrast. “The formal drapes paired with the textured natural woven blinds is that juxtaposition I love,” she says. “It’s casual elegance, like a girl in a satin dress with bare feet.”

Kelly and her husband slept in the living room, while their daughters had mattresses in their own bedrooms. “We had a makeshift kitchen in the dining room, with a dorm-sized fridge and microwave,” Kelly says. “The living conditions were the biggest challenge, but a blessing too. We were making the right choices and moving the process along as quickly as possible because of our presence.” Eight months after moving in, the Wilkniss family had a working kitchen. “After that, things got easier,” Kelly says. “Running water, not from a bathroom tub, is truly a blessing!”

PAINT AND PLANKS When it came to creating a farmhousestyled home, Kelly had a clear vision. She intended to mingle Victorian sophistication with farmhouse flair. “We wanted to make it light, bright and infused with casual elegance,” she says. She decided to paint most of the home white to introduce a farmhouse classic, while cleaning up the space. “It was dirty, crowded with 50 years The elegant white staircase is original to the house, but Kelly repainted it. “It was forest green, then stripped to the mismatched wood by the previous owner,” Kelly says. On the landing post, the Lady of the Stair light is also original to the home. “I understand that having such a light/statute or plaque on your newel post was an indication that your house was paid off in the early 1900s,” she says.

of stuff and in need of major freshening,” Kelly says. “Like the decorator, Elise de Wolfe, I believe in 'optimism and lots of white paint.’”

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(above, left) A permanent fixture in Kelly’s home, Shakespeare warms himself by the fireplace, alongside a gold garden gazing ball. The unique fireplace boasts Batchelder tiling, which the previous homeowner installed in the 1970s. Salvaged from a condemned mansion, the Batchelder tiles “are post-Victorian, from the Arts and Crafts Movement,” Kelly says. (above, right) Max Moran’s painting of Central Park overlooks the end table, its autumn hues complementing the crisp tone of the real wood below. Beneath, Kelly gathers an assortment of spools and orbs in a wire basket. “I simply love the texture of yarns, twine and string,” she says. “I added some bling for an interesting collection of neutral objects.” (opposite) Kelly has dubbed these upcycled chairs Victoria and Albert for their engraved crowns. “They were in tatters with horse hair stuffing falling out of the seats,” Kelly says. When it came to choosing the new fabric, she sought “a fabric worthy of them for the redo.”

HYBRID HOME You can incorporate farmhouse elements into any home, regardless of its structure. Check out Kelly’s tips for mixing designs. DON’T OVERDO IT. “Add American farmhouse style judiciously,” Kelly says, “Not so much as to overwhelm the integrity of the architecture or style of the home.” When in doubt, stick with simplicity. BE AUTHENTIC. “Use authentic pieces: vintage or antiques with real patina,” Kelly says. “One authentic piece makes more of a statement than a collection of knock-offs.” SURPRISE YOURSELF. Look beyond the function of that vintage treasure and freshen it up by making it into something new. “This keeps it fresh,” Kelly says. “For example, I used a rusty vintage metal gate as our outdoor fireplace screen. You can also refresh an old item with a new coat of paint or by reupholstering it.”


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Reupholstering opens a world of opportunity. Shop flea markets and thrift shops for shape, not color, then reupholster with a fabric you love that wears well.

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(opposite) “My vision for this room was to be elegant, but accessible in feel,” Kelly says. “It is a pass-through from the foyer to the kitchen, so it needs to look neat all the time and not too fussy.” She always keeps fresh flowers on the table for a timeless feel. (right) Kelly’s 28 light Maria Teresa chandelier was a yard sale find from a Pasadena tea house. “The owner delivered it wearing a set of tails with the chandy dangling from a wooden pole over his shoulder and that of his helper,” Kelly says. After cleaning and rewiring the fixture, Kelly displayed it over the dining table, which features chairs from the same sale.

To appeal to both farmhouse and Victorian traditions, Kelly included oldfashioned woods throughout the home. The interior ushers in “dark-stained, reclaimed wide-plank hardwood flooring throughout and planked ceilings.” She aimed to combine “rustic and refined styles in a way that each element is better for having the other in place.” For instance, she chose to position her Maria Teresa chandelier over a worn pine table. “I think they are even better with the juxtaposition,” she says.

FARMHOUSE FLAIR Kelly sought farmhouse style décor to furnish the home. “I judiciously incorporated authentic and iconic farmhouse elements such as grain sack fabrics, chippy wooden pieces, time-worn galvanized watering cans, my collection of small ironstone pitchers and one-of-akind vintage pieces,” Kelly says. “Take these farmhouse aspects with the more formal pieces that harken to the Victorian period, toss in a sprinkling of bling and you get my farmhouse glam décor.” SEE SOURCES, PAGE 128.

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This glorious stove, an antique from 1929, came with the home. The previous owner acquired it in the 1970s. “He had a fire extinguisher next to it,” Kelly says. “It’s safe now and really easy to use.” The gorgeous silver of the appliance perfectly accents the surrounding white walls and cabinetry.

GET THE FACTS Learn the rich history of this Victorian gem and its renovation. WHO: “It was built for a Mrs. Hobbs,” Kelly says. “She came to Pasadena in the late 1800s, along with many other midwesterners, for the climate.” WHAT: The home is 2,800 square feet, and the property also features an old barn. Kelly planned to renovate from the first time she saw the house. “When hearing about our undertaking, a friend of mine remarked, ‘You are bringing back an American beauty,’” Kelly says. “That became my mantra.”

WHEN: Built in 1886, the home is now more than 130 years old, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes. In 2015, Kelly purchased the home from its previous owner, who “had loved the house for 50 years.”

WHY: “When I first walked into what is now our house, I felt it had to be mine,” Kelly says. “I had an instant connection to the then dark brown, crowded interior and splotchy saffron yellow exterior. This old lady had great bones and lots of potential.”

WHERE: Situated in Pasadena’s “Indiana Colony,” the home has been moved since its initial construction. “The house was originally built about three quarters of a mile from here,” Kelly says. “It was moved on logs down Orange Grove Avenue.”


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Add an extra touch of comfort to your dining room with a loveseat by the window. Diners can breakfast while enjoying the view of the sunrise or retire to the classy seat after the evening meal. On either side, small stands offer chic homes for the essential lamp, teapot and flower arrangement.

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but worked within "We di d not change t h e f oo t p ri n t , the original structure to make it a fresh, beautiful home suited for a modern family.”


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Experiment with the traditional sliding barn door by adding a different style of door handle or track hardware.

(above) The master bedroom pairs gray, cream and white with gold and green accents. Overhead, the chandelier adds a glint of gold to the planked ceiling, while potted plants bring a breath of fresh air to the room. Kelly’s window seating area pops with brown and gold accents. (right, top) This master bathroom exudes classy style with its sliding white door and ornamented track. Within, the simple space boasts a beautiful beaded chandelier, rustic metal basket and even a goldhosed shower head. (right) “The entire bathroom was in shambles for 35 years,” Kelly says. She refurbished the original bathtub in this guest bathroom, which was installed into the home during its 1886 construction. Now the fixture, with its shiny feet and hose, exudes a chic vibe. A little gold adds a lot of glam.

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The combined effect of a wide front porch, charming blue shutters and dual porch swings creates an instant impression of Southern charm. Originally built in 1901, the homeowners’ renovation of this historic farmhouse breathes new life into the property. (below) One of the most charming additions to the front porch are the mirrored swings. The swings serve as visual bookends, and by matching the door, they pull the color palette together.


ot all homes make a great first impression, but this property is a standout. With its classic tin roof, sunny front doors and a wide front porch, this

farmhouse in New Ulm, Texas, has an instant appeal that’s hard to pass by. Homeowners Robbie Hutton and Cathy Robinson Hutton created a beautifully curated home that embraces a familial lifestyle. With thoughtful antique décor and a fresh color palette, the homeowners honored the roots of the home while giving the space a clean and modern feel. Take a look at their example to create spatial harmony and the very best of the less-ismore philosophy.

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“As you enter the home through the front doors, we removed what was an original closet under the stairway to showcase the wood of the stairs,” Cathy says. “We liked the architectural effects this provided. It also allowed us to place hat pegs and a chair to create an entry space.”

a clean, "Iminimalist wantedstyleto creat e that gave a nod to the original furnishings the home might have had in the early 1900s.”


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With this property, Cathy certainly applied the philosophy of “less is more” with the décor. She used functional items that also add antique charm. Simple blue cloth, natural-toned cutting boards and a vintage seed canister play up the color scheme while letting the farmhouse theme shine.

HIGHLIGHTING HISTORY With its simple design and Americana charm, this farmhousestyle cottage has an authentic spirit. “This house, according to our records, was built on a nearby family farm and moved to this lot around 1901,” says Cathy, owner of the design studio Renovate in Houston, Texas. Its unique dual front doors come from the Kuchendorf style of the build, with one side of the home designed for everyday life, and the other reserved for formal gatherings. Today, the Huttons have taken the small footprint of the home and made the most of it. “The cottage is small but has very generous room sizes,” says Cathy. Not only did they maximize their space within the home, they treated their outdoor rooms as living spaces as well. “We wanted to create functional outdoor rooms for relaxing and entertaining,” Cathy says. “The full length front porch and the screen porch off the back fill those needs.” Properly-scaled furniture helps the small space feel open and airy. “The family room has two sofas that are wonderful for talking or napping,” says Cathy. Simple wall furnishings, such as this playful portrait of a cow, act as an instant focal point in the whitewashed room.

Simple furnishings and a clean color palette in all the spaces help each room feel even larger. By making small modifications to the original intention of the structure, the Huttons were able to create an even more purposeful living space. “The home has been designed for entertaining with a circular traffic pattern but still maintains its cozy feel,” says Cathy. SUMMER 2018 • 83

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The breakfast nook off the kitchen takes on a more eclectic taste with minimal styling. Hardwood floors break up the all white in other rooms. Antique plates line the wall, adding a splash of color and a vintage touch.


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JUST ADD COLOR Transform your doors by adding a pop of color with these easy DIY steps. STRIP AND SAND. A smooth base surface is key. Strip any previous paint, varnish or stain from the door, then fill any divots or scratches and sand the whole door with 150grit sandpaper. Depending on the condition of your door, this prep may be the most timeconsuming part, so don’t get discouraged. For a long-lasting paint job, you want to prepare correctly. COATS ON COATS. Start with a good quality primer and apply 1–2 coats, sanding with 220-grit sandpaper between each coat to keep the surface as smooth as possible. Make sure you give the door plenty of time to dry between each coat as well. Then repeat this same process for your main color. LET IT DRY. If you can, leave the door off its hinges until it’s completely dry. If that’s not possible, add painter’s tape around the weather stripping to keep the door from sticking to the frame.

(left, top) The simple design of this open-concept kitchen brings attention to the subtle farmhouse touches. Glass cabinets show off dishes that echo the bright yellow throughout the home, while vintage lamp fixtures add rustic charm. Antique signs bring a whimsy to the kitchen that fits perfectly amongst the vintage furnishings. (left) Original to the home, the weathered stairs complement the blue tones throughout the home and add to the antique feel. “The stairs that lead to the sleeping loft are all original,” says Cathy “They are a bit steep but lead to a great extra space.” The bannister also has the same tone as the dormers, bringing the rich blue inside.

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The sleeping area above the home embodies Americana. The bed serves as the visual center with a vintage lighting fixture and other antique furnishings surrounding the space. The rug at the end of the bed helps center the room while also providing visual warmth.

The delicate tile, shiplap walls and a coffered ceiling add texture to this sun-washed bath. A petite vanity and simple mirror make the most of the space while also helping the room feel larger.

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You don’t have to have a cluttered home to love flea market style. As Cathy proves, carefully-selected pieces can create that same vintage feel without the chaos.

The warm blues of the furniture and bed trimmings aren’t the only items warming up this space. Bright white walls help the space feel light and airy, taking full advantage of the natural light from the window. White paint also pulls out the texture of the shiplap wall.

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“Because the interior of the home is about 1,200 square feet, we wanted to create functional outdoor rooms for relaxing and entertaining,” says Cathy. “The full length front porch and the screen porch off the back fill both these needs.”


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Yellow doors and bright blue shutters are used throughout the home, visually uniting the two structures. The bright, distinct color palette creates instant harmony between the main home and enclosed dining space.

Tie elements of your exterior to your interior color palette, such as through the front door, exterior shutters, garden and porch furnishings.

A CLEAN SLATE When restoring this historic farmhouse, Robbie and Cathy knew it meant going back to the basics and focusing on simplicity. “We wanted to restore this home to its former glory,” she says. “It was very dilapidated.” Looking at the farmhouse today, the property is the epitome of warm and welcoming. The striking use of white on the floors, walls and ceilings was essential in breathing new life into the home. “The white added such light and brightness,” says Cathy. “It also lends itself to farmhouse style and makes the little cottage pop.” With a fresh coat of paint, the original shiplap and pine leaf floors add interest to the home and mesh well with the home’s historic roots. By creating a blank canvas with a universal tone, original features are drawn out, and Cathy’s thoughtful décor selections shine. “When we began to decorate the home, I wanted to create a clean, minimalist style that gave a nod to the original furnishings the home might have had in the early 1900s,” she says. “We wanted to stay local when restoring this home.” With this in mind, most of the eclectic pieces come from local antiques shops in the area. This focus on looking local creates a natural harmony between each room, as well as the

By making

small modifications to the original intention of the structure, the Huttons created a more purposeful living space.

neighborhood and community. SEE SOURCES, PAGE 128.

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SOUTHERN A Florida tract home becomes a center for Southern hospitality on a working farm. BY K R I S T I N D OW D I N G PHOTOGRAPHY AND ST YLING BY JESSIE PREZA

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hat do you get when you mix the

elegance of Downton Abbey with the functionality of farmhouse style? A unique home that’s as welcoming and casual as it is classy. “I always like to name my projects,

and this one is the Downton Farmhouse,” says designer Brigetta Dawes Lamsback, owner of The Design Studio. “It’s a farmhouse, but we wanted to add a little sophistication to it.” After four years of careful renovations, homeowners Sonya and Ambassador John Rood are happily residing in their family-friendly farmhouse.

LIVE-IN RENOVATION Located in St. Augustine, Florida, the Roods purchased this home in 2012 and were interested in the land more than the home itself. “It appeared to be a tract home, so there wasn’t anything special about it,” says Brigetta, but they needed space for their chickens and goats, and the spacious land could provide that for them. The couple chose to move slowly with the renovations, focusing on one room at a time to achieve the unique vibe they wanted. “They redid the home room by room while living there,” says Brigetta. “Sonya was a trooper and would put out pumpkins in the fall when it was literally a job site. It was an adventure.”

(left) Reclaimed brick makes up the foundation of the new screened-in porch, and their porch swing is spacious enough for the homeowners Sonya Rood, Ambassador Rood and their chickens.


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The island countertop inspired the color palette for the kitchen with its unique combination. “I’ve been wanting to use the countertop forever,” says Brigetta. “It’s a salmon orange and aqua made of crushed quartz, and the homeowners loved it.” The light fixtures are made from recycled glass, and the bar stools add a contemporary flair with their mix of wood and metal.

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The entryway gives guests a taste of the home’s style with an antique rug and wood accents. The mirror, pendant light and table give the space a sophisticated look, while the metal rooster piece and rain boots bring back the country farmhouse look.


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The custom-built staircase showcases farmhouse animal artwork by Jim Draper. Ambassador Rood owns several other works by Jim Draper, so when Brigetta found out he did an animal series, she acquired them. “They’re all animals he has on this farm or another farm,” she says.

The renovation was a floor-to-ceiling project that changed everything in the house, from the size of the rooms to the color of the walls. “We renovated every inch of the place,” says Brigetta.

the home a farmhouse-style foundation and upgrading it with elegant accents. The kitchen, for example, has plenty of storage cabinets and an

“Nothing was left untouched.” High-end wallpaper and Italian

eye-catching blue island that doubles as a bar counter, so it’s full

Travertine flooring replaced beige paint and run-of-the-mill décor,

of function, while simple touches such as the delicately-shaped

giving the home farmhouse style with a touch of chic.

hardware and glass bottle pendant lights add class to the space. They even created a small seating area on one side of the


kitchen for reading the paper and drinking coffee in the morning.

“My husband and I have lived in a formal island home as well as

“While we were renovating our living room, we moved our couch

a contemporary penthouse, so when we purchased our home at

into the kitchen,” says Sonya. “When we finally got to the kitchen

Clearwater Farms—which is our name for our home—we wanted

remodeling phase, months had passed, and we realized that

to create a special home surrounded by the simplicity of farm life,”

we missed the sitting area in our kitchen, so we designed it to

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Limit yourself to only a couple “wow” items per room to catch attention and prevent the room from being over the top.

After keeping a couch in the kitchen for months during the living room renovation, the couple decided they liked the arrangement and created a permanent seating area in the kitchen. The accent wall is made from individual tin squares, providing a sophisticated and textured look that sets the space apart from the rest of the room.


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(right) The butler’s pantry is located directly off the kitchen and provides Sonya with plenty of storage for everyday items. Chic hardware and wood moldings give the cabinets a high-end look. (bottom) Wallpaper can dress up any space—even a laundry room. The textured floral pattern creates interest in the small area without taking up needed work space.

OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING Though the Roods wanted to give their farmhouse a classy look, they didn’t want it to interfere with the comfort of their home, as entertaining is a priority. “They wanted to make sure it was beautiful, but also welcoming,” says Brigetta. “They wanted you to feel like you could come over in jeans and have the home feel inviting instead of fussy and intimidating.” The dining room, for example, while sophisticated with its chic wallpaper and intricate chandelier, has casual seating and a simple wood table to accommodate guests and family for a nice evening. They also accommodate guests with their outdoor spaces. “While the cozy size of the rooms presents a challenge for entertaining, those were solved with outdoor entertaining areas ranging from the barn and tents to the large screened-in patio,” says Sonya. This unique home proves that you don’t have to give up the glam if you want to dig into the country life. SEE SOURCES, PAGE 128.

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Plaid pillows and wood furniture are staples in the farmhouse bedroom. Add a vase of flowers and a rug to bring warmth and color.

1. HARDWARE. It’s amazing what a fancy door knob or drawer pull can do to change the look of your home. Hardware is like the jewelry of a room, and this simple upgrade can turn your rooms from country to chic. 2. PATTERN WALLPAPER. A simple accent wall in a classic pattern will do wonders for your living spaces. Pick a pattern with some shimmer or a floral design for a sophisticated look that won’t interfere with your furnishings or practical décor. (For DIY wall pattern ideas, see pages 112.) 3. COLLECTIONS. Save your precious heirloom china from the dark confines of a hutch and display your pieces with pride on a shelf or in cupboards with glass doors. This will keep your dining room sophisticated, and your china will be more accessible when you’re ready to use it. 4. LIGHT FIXTURES. A well-placed rustic chandelier or glass pendant light can add luxury as well as light to a space. Choose lighting with industrial accents to keep it in the farmhouse family, or stray from the norm with an elegant crystal or glass pendant for a formal focal point.

"It's a farmhouse,

but we wanted to add a little sophistication to it.” —Brigetta Lamsback


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Three different marble patterns make up the flooring and walls in this master bathroom. They expanded the room and added a stained glass window, giving the neutral space color and unique lighting.

Place a small end table next to your tub to hold candles and create a relaxing atmosphere.

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CHICKEN COOP CONSIDERATIONS If you’re looking to build your own chicken coop, here are some tips from homeowner Sonya Rood on the ideal environment for your beloved animals. KNOW YOUR NECESSITIES. “The ideal environment to raise chickens is in a coop with an automatic door and waterer,” Sonya says. This will mean less work for you when it comes to letting them out and maintaining their water.

SET A SCHEDULE. Like children, it’s best to keep them on a schedule to keep them safe. “At sunrise, the chickens can leave the coop and are free to roam and feed or return to the coop and their nesting boxes,” Sonya says. “In the evening, the birds learn to return to the coop to spend the night in their roost.”

PROTECT THE BROOD. Even if you prefer hens for their eggs, roosters can come in handy. “We always recommend keeping one rooster for every 6-8 chickens, as the rooster will keep them safe,” Sonya says.

PLAN YOUR DESIGN. There are so many coop styles out there, so pick the one that’s right for the number of chickens you plan to have and what will suit your space needs. “The designs for a chicken coop range from basic to elegant and whimsical,” Sonya says.


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(above) The exterior of the home went through some changes, with the additions of a screened-in porch and three dormer windows. But some aspects remained original. “The pavers and concrete benches are original to the home,” says Brigetta. (above, right) Sonya and Ambassador Rood made their own chicken coop. “We built ours on a moving frame of metal to prevent any buildup of germs and disease,” says Sonya. (right) Chickens aren’t the only animals the homeowners keep on the farm. They have 18 boar/ Kiko goats and a vet that makes home visits to keep them healthy. “They think they’re our pets, and they truly enjoy our attention,” says Sonya. “We breed them every other year and even have slides and a teeter saw for them to play on.”

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Homeowner Janna Allbritton adores this storage piece, which she found at a vintage sale. The cubbies allow for multi-level vignettes. She decorates it with old books and adds succulents for a pop of bright green.


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FARMHOUSE An airy palette and creative décor flourish in this Oregon farmhouse.




n 2014, wife, mother and interior designer Janna Allbritton of the blog Yellow Prairie Interiors sought to create a new home base with her family. “Our vision was to build a brand new home, because it's nice to have modern conveniences and be able to infuse it with farmhouse style,” Janna says.

Born and raised on a farm, Janna’s country upbringing inspired

her to build a home that would reflect her style and meet the demands of her family of four. The location they settled on was perfect: a large plot of land in Salem, Oregon, that allowed space for a roomy 3,140 square foot farmhouse.

PURPOSEFUL & LAID-BACK LIVING It was a priority for Janna that every space in the farmhouse be functional, as well as design-friendly. Custom storage, closets and modern appliances appear throughout the home, giving every room purpose. “I was excited to have a brand new white kitchen with modern finishes,” she says. White cabinetry and lavish counter space create a functionally-fit kitchen design that allows Janna the space to cook with ease.

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Take advantage of summer blooms by bringing them inside for a pop of color that’s fresh and all natural.

Hardwood floors,

wooden furnishings and soft, creamy fabrics contribute a cozy and casual ambience.


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Janna uses touches of color and pattern to liven up her neutral living room. Checkered and salmon throw pillows and a tribal print rug create a homey and relaxed feel. “It can’t be just white; it would look too sterile,” she says.

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(opposite) The floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace renders a distinct country style. The top part of the mantel is set further back than the lower half, providing Janna with a 17-inch mantel to decorate with succulents, small plants, books and other farmhouse-friendly décor pieces. (right) Janna decorated this custom entryway built-in with wire and woven baskets, along with plants and books. Checkered wallpaper overhead is a classic choice for the farmhouse, paired with a custom-made Allbritton family sign.

Next to the kitchen is one of Janna’s favorite organizing stations in the main entry. “The best thing about it is having those two little closed cabinets on either side,” Janna says. While open shelves provide space for décor pieces, the two closed cabinets serve as lockers for Janna’s two kids. All their school supplies can tuck away in the cabinets for easy and mess-free storage. The built-in also includes a mud bench and two hooks for coats or bags, making it a great spot to take off shoes and jackets.

FARMHOUSE FRIENDLY Although the home offers top-notch functionality, Janna’s style emphasizes the family’s easy-going lifestyle. “We’re casual, and we want our guests to feel comfortable,” Janna says. “You don’t have to take your shoes off when you come over.” Farmhouse-friendly materials soften the feel of the home. “Mixing old with new makes the home a success,” Janna says. Hardwood floors, wooden furnishings and soft, creamy fabrics contribute a cozy and casual ambience. “I love the clean sofa with all the other vintage finds,” Janna says. By playing with the antique furnishings and hunting for décor pieces at flea markets and vintage shops, Janna fills her home with a variety of visually contrasting pieces.

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If you have a sliding barn door in your home, transform the space behind the door into a chalkboard. They offer versatile options for decorating, allowing customization for special events or seasonal changes.

(above) The Allbrittons used wood from an old barn to make their sliding pantry door. The natural material introduces texture to the otherwise cream-colored kitchen. (left) Janna loves mixing new and old décor pieces and adding personal touches to her home. She found this antique piece at a vintage show and placed a roll of brown paper on it to display on the kitchen counter. She changes her sayings and illustrations to match the seasons.

Janna prioritized a luminous and spacious kitchen. “The two pendants above the kitchen counters were a risk,” Janna says, but they constantly receive praise from guests. The large pendants close the gap between the high ceiling and counter space, but their transparent frames keep them from overwhelming the room.


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Spacious and well-lit, the dining area blends shades of white with rustic furnishings and hardwood floors. “My theme for the home was lots of light,” Janna says. Black Windsor chairs provide a darker contrast to the wood table and corner ladder, grounding the space and providing interest.


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Janna keeps her workspace clean and clutter-free. “I like everything to be neat and orderly,” she says. A corkboard above the desk creates usable wall space that’s easily changeable. Wainscoting keeps the room bright, while the top half of the wall is painted a darker shade.

Janna paired a crunchy textured placemat with neutral fabrics, rosemary and a lemon to create a balanced and refreshed table setting. Janna says, “I love pulling from everything I already have to make new combinations.”

CUSTOMIZED CHARM In addition to Janna’s hunted finds, she displays DIY projects throughout her home. You’ll find DIY ladders in the dining room, study and bathroom. “It’s predictable to hang artwork on the wall,” Janna says. “A ladder gives you vertical interest.” She’s a fan of simple decorating and uses storage containers from stores like TJ Maxx and clipboards from office supply stores to display greenery and other décor items. Chalkboards also provide optimal space for changeable décor, while trendy signs and wall hangings relate to a true farmhouse feeling. The chalkboard wall in the kitchen is the perfect place to write an inspirational quote or song that will show when the pantry barn door is closed. “The most beautiful thing you can do to your home is make it a reflection of you,” Janna says. Her flexible personality and versatile décor choices turn this aspiration into a reality. SEE SOURCES, PAGE 128.

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SAVE VS. SPLURGE TIME TO INVEST. Janna used board and batten wainscoting in the master bedroom, powder room and office. “Adding trim always increases the budget, but it’s worth it,” Janna says. Texture adds a high-end appeal and provides a contrast to the gray and tan walls in the home. Having a professional builder install the material comes with the benefit of not having to worry about preserving or staining the material. SAVING SECRETS. Even though Janna used board and batten, she didn’t cover entire rooms in it. Instead, she used it as an accent. If you’re considering using board and batten, wallpaper or another siding in your home, select one wall rather than four to stay within your budget. DIY DOS. Upcycling salvaged materials is a great way to stay on budget. The sliding door in Janna’s kitchen is made of salvaged barn wood, and the plank walls in the living room consist of leftover hardwood flooring. You can always apply a few coats of paint to make it look new.

Lighting materials, fixtures and shapes are all important to consider when accessorizing.

(above) Appliances, brand new cabinetry and countertops give the bathroom a functional design, while chippy old furniture creates authentic farmhouse charm. (left) Every design choice in a small space matters, so Janna got creative with her method. The light above the counter adds an industrial flair to the bathroom, and she creatively uses a ladder to display a sprinkle of greenery that won’t crowd the room.


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A polka dot duvet cover, floral dĂŠcor pillows and an elegant chandelier add a feminine quality to the master bedroom. Meanwhile, board and batten wainscoting adds textural contrast to the otherwise cream-colored walls.

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DIY STENCIL WALLPAPER Avoid the permanence and expense of wallpaper by making it yourself. WHAT YOU’LL NEED: • Measuring tape • Removable wallpaper in a solid color • Pencil • Level • Stencil of choice • Painter’s tape (optional) • Foam craft brushes • Paint

Janna grew up on a farm, and she wanted her home to reflect her childhood. Using wire baskets and textured bins gives the home a farmhouse feel at an inexpensive cost. Above this worn dresser, Janna created a gallery wall and included a family photograph for a personal touch.

with new "Mmakes ixing oldthe home a success.”

WHAT YOU’LL DO: 1. Use the tape measure to determine the amount of wallpaper you’ll need. 2. Wash the wall so it’s clean, and sand away any bumps. This will ensure better adhesion. 3. Use the level and a pencil to mark a line down the center of the wall to make sure the wallpaper will be level when you attach it. 4. Pull the wallpaper off its backing and carefully install it along your marks. Work from the center and fan your fingertips out to remove air bubbles as you go. Repeat with your next panel as needed until the whole wall is complete. 5. Once you’ve attached the wallpaper, it’s time to stencil. If you have a large or detailed design, simply tape the stencil onto the wallpaper (make sure it’s level). For a simple design like polka dots, you can use the stencil to mark the design on the wallpaper with a pencil. 6. When you’re happy with your design, use the foam craft brushes and paint in the finished design.


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Working within a neutral color palette, Janna uses patterns to play up her style. Striped curtains, alongside a throw blanket and pillow, contribute diverse patterns and touches of gray and tan to the palette.

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L emonade LUNCHEON




Follow these steps to throw a beautiful outdoor summer soiree.

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Nothing says summer quite like a lemonade stand. Take advantage of the season and incorporate this time-old tradition into your next party to create an unforgettable summer luncheon. Follow these eight steps to creating the perfect lemonade party. 1. Location, location. Plan to have your summer party outdoors. The lush green grass and chirping birds will be a great backdrop. Consider how you can utilize your surroundings, such as a large tree for hanging decorations. Make sure you have seating options located in the shade for guests to escape the sun. 2. Pops of color. The summer is full of bright colors. Go with the season by incorporating vibrant colors into every aspect of your party. Vibrant foods and floral arrangements will set the mood. Add fresh fruit to your pitchers of lemonade such as strawberries and blueberries for extra pops of color. 3. Simple and sweet. When choosing your dĂŠcor, keep it simple. Summer is a time for relaxing and letting the setting speak for itself. Choose basic chairs and tables that will allow for the surrounding natural beauty to take center stage.

Offer guests a variety of lemonades, including pink, berry or even a lemonade slushy. Consider serving lemonade cocktails for an adult-only party.


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4. Festive food. To take your party to the next step, get creative with your displays. Arrange fresh fruit as décor, showcase your snacks in vases and use plenty of greenery. For a special touch, place toothpicks speared with fresh fruit on top of drinking glasses. 5. Mix and match. Keep things lighthearted with eclectic dishware. Don’t be afraid to have mismatched plates, glasses and other tableware. Different colors, shapes and sizes in your vases and pitchers will add to the funky summer vibe. Go unexpected

should be easy, Summerbreezyeventandsinformal.

and display snacks and candies in different colored glasses rather than traditional dishes. 6. Vintage value. A hand-painted lemonade sign or wooden crates to display décor will make your guests feel like they’re relaxing in the country. Check out your local flea market for vintage finds such as an antique cooler or an old sign you can prop up against the drink table. 7. Neutral foundation. While lots of color can be desirable for this type of get together, keep from overwhelming guests by pairing bright accents with classic white plates and cutlery. This will help balance the color scheme and make the vibrant hues of the food and floral arrangements pop even more. 8. Easy, breezy. Summer events should be easy, breezy and informal. Go with an assortment of light snacks and drinks displayed for your guests rather than the formal structure of a sit down, multi-course meal. (And for a delicious lemonade recipe, see page 6.)

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Learn how American barn styles have evolved throughout US history. BY C A M E L L I A G H OT B Z A D E H


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Expand your understanding and love for American barn styles through learning their origins in function and design and how innovation and evolution of styles are relevant today. In her new book, Barn: Form and Function of an American Icon, author Susan Hauser pays a “humble homage to the traditional barn and its place in American history and in our hearts.” Hauser touches on six barn styles that gained prominence back in early American farm life as well as other models that evolved and are used today.

Before the 1800s, prairie barns didn’t have paint, but this changed due to Virginia’s farmers, who saw painting their barns as an alternative to natural seasoning. Red barns had the symbolic meaning of “warmth, courage and comfort.” White barns were also popular for dairy barns as a symbol of purity, which made a marketing statement of “a promise of cleanliness of the product intended for human consumption.”

"Perhaps it is that simplicity

of action and purpose that we see in an old, red barn. We labor and the earth provides.”

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Started by Donna Groves in 2001, the barn quilt movement is relatively recent. Many people resonated with Groves’ quilt, which was reminiscent of barn stars and hex signs from 19th century Pennsylvania. “Barn quilts began spreading from that single point to barns across the country,” Hauser writes, and this in turn created a trail and later a phenomenon referred to as the Quilt Trail Movement.

ENGLISH BARN The first barn appearing in 17th century

Round barns originally had a center pillar to provide roof support and stone walls that were sturdy, fireproof and locally sourced. Classic center columns replaced silos for feed storage as well as variation in architectural structure, like fully rounded dome shapes, as pictured. Craftsmanship met functionality with a bit of mathematical precision, which contributed to the development and continued usage of this barn style.

America, English barns adapted to their new environment from their original design to have plank-covered roofs and usage beyond crops such as livestock and feed storage. The English barn of today has a gable roof side and wagon doors on the long sides with a second-story hayloft. Many of these barns are on the back roads and highways of New England.

BANK BARN Typically situated into the south side of hills (or banks), the bank barn uses timber as its primary product in construction. Popular during the 19th century in have a tailored architectural style that’s often associated with northern climates, particularly in the Midwest.


America and still today, bank barns


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PRAIRIE BARN With prairie land development in the early 1800s came the need for a barn to match the area’s size, environment and agricultural needs. A combination

The English barn of today

has a gable roof side and wagon doors on the long sides with a second-story hayloft.

of the English and bank barns, prairie barns used windmills to counteract environmental elements. Other characteristics of this barn style include low rooflines and saltbox designs.

DUTCH BARN Built mostly in New York State river valleys in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Dutch barn is the oldest and rarest barn style with very few surviving today. It has a robust profile with a wide, boxy look and sliding barn doors to maximize light and ventilation. A pentice—a sloping extension of the barn’s roof that provides cover—usually sits on top of the loft door meant to hoist hay up to the loft.

ROUND BARN The round barn combines “beauty, elegance and efficiency,” Hauser writes. Round barns have great structural stability, large windows and circular/polygonal rafters. Scattered around New England and the Midwest, round barns come from the 1820s Shaker community. “The circular barn afforded farmers large open spaces to keep and care for their animals and to maintain their machinery and


implements,” Hauser writes. (For more on Shaker style, see page 20.)

“A corn crib is, in essence, an even more specialized granary barn: it’s designed expressly to dry and store whole corncobs prior to shelling the cobs for animal feed,” Hauser writes. Popular in the South and still prominent on farms today, corn cribs create a space that functions as a, what Hauser calls, “minimalist barn” by joining multiples together by a roof.

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Today, large-space venues have replaced the original function of barns as crop and livestock storage in an effort to restore and adapt their usage around the country. Many use barns for weddings, social events and community centers. “A barn saved is a barn saved,” Hauser says, and with that comes the maintaining of the barn’s integrity, history and identity.

SPECIALTY BARNS Still used today for grain and feed storage as they were in the 19th century, specialty barns are additional special-use buildings that have importance in size and function. Silos, crib barns and granaries are examples of common specialty barns used for storage of feed or crops. Designed for separating feed grains from chaff and good air circulation, tobacco and threshing Large, square shape and gable rooflines that linger close to the ground characterize The New World version of Dutch barns. Although slightly older in design and construction compared to the prairie and bank barns, many Dutch barns have an interior infrastructure that protects the barn from the exterior weather.

barns are also specialty barns that gained prominence during this time.


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Regardless of the barn’s location and environment, round barns have evolved in design to increase versatility and usage. The round barn became increasingly popular in the Midwest and continues to have a presence today. “Older barns might have only one story with a straight roofline, while newer barns will have multiple stories and possibly a double-angle roof that expands the volume of the loft area,” Hauser writes.

"A barn will build a house." THE BIRTH OF THE PRAIRIE BARN THE 19TH CENTURY brought a dramatic shift of the United States’ population from rural to urban living, known as rural flight. This phenomenon and the completion of the transcontinental railroad in the late 1860s contributed to the influx of populations toward the Midwestern states and territories, as well as the commercial success of farmers in rural areas. Farms and barns during this time essentially served as “the breadbasket of America,” Hauser writes. Harsh climates, large numbers of acres and often a shortage of water and wood required innovation in design and farming techniques to survive and prosper in this part of the country. The new capital market systems favored larger farms with fewer people and more efficient technologies for farming, agriculture and raising livestock. This shift triggered the birth of the prairie barn. Prairie barns combined efficiency, functionality, individuality and authenticity and had the English and bank barns’ features. This design also allowed tailoring to colder climates and increased usage and maximized space of the barn.


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DIY D Learn how to create the farmhouse of your dreams through practical décor decisions. BY TO N I K A R E E D PHOTOGRAPHY BY KARIANNE WOOD I L L U S T R A T I O N S B Y M I C H A L S PA R K S

Sometimes it can be difficult to move from inspiration to the practical details of decorating a room. KariAnne Wood’s book The DIY Home Planner: Practical Tips and Inspiring Ideas to Decorate it Yourself explains the ethos behind creating a more functional, beautiful home that accurately reflects your tastes and design style. Perfection in home projects is not the goal, but rather having fun and creating a home you’ll love. “Your home is one of a kind. Your home is loved,” Wood writes. “Your home is a reflection of who you are. And you, my friend, are perfect… just the way you are.”

Hardwood floors are great for heavy foot traffic in your entryway. A single-light fixture complements these soft colors.


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Y DÉCOR Chandeliers can tie together an entire dining room’s décor. Paired with heavy curtains and hardwood flooring, these elements create a classy room to dine in.

DRESS TO IMPRESS Design your windows with farmhouse flair. PROPERLY DRESSING your farmhousestyle windows will bring class to your home. “Window treatments are a lot like jewelry,” Wood writes. “Windows frame the view to the world outside. Let the sunshine in.” Here are five creative design ideas to help frame each room of your farmhouse. KITCHEN: WOOD PLANK SIGN. Hang a rustic wood plank sign above your kitchen window to invite creativity and invoke whimsy. By not covering the kitchen window with curtains, this will also allow the natural light to illuminate your space. BEDROOM: ROMAN SHADES. Roman shades hang from the top of the window frame and roll down over the window to create privacy, which is perfect for the bedroom. These shades have a romantic element to them by scrunching up when you open them. LIVING ROOM: PLANTATION SHUTTERS. Shutters are excellent for letting in light and keeping it out when needed. The simplicity of their design is reminiscent of the value farmhouse style puts on function over aesthetic. BATHROOM: BARN DOORS. Similar to indoor shutters, small barn doors can frame your window and slide over the opening to block out light and create privacy. Their design is fun and sophisticated, and barn doors come in many color options. HALLWAY: VALANCE. To maintain the most natural light, dress your window with a valance, which are short window coverings that don’t lower, but provide interest at the top. Choose a fabric that complements your décor and a rustic-style curtain rod to hang it on.

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LIGHT THE WAY 5 farmhouse lighting options AUTHOR KARIANNE WOOD describes lighting as “a design speed bump” because it can be a difficult part of the décor planning process. But it’s also important. “Lighting has a way of illuminating and reminding us what’s truly important in life,” Wood writes. Here are five types of lighting you can install for classic farmhouse style. CHANDELIERS. Chandeliers aren’t reserved for grand Victorian dining rooms. Add a wood and iron chandelier over your dining table or a glass and crystal chandelier over the freestanding tub in your bathroom for a chic contrast. SCONCES. These lights are attached to the wall, and they often come in pairs. They’re great for porches, nooks, bathrooms and hallways, as they don’t take up much room and don’t require a cord. Look for sconces with galvanized metal for a rustic look. PENDANTS. From retro metal to chic glasscovered pendants, these hanging lights are similar to chandeliers but with a more casual look. While the most popular place for them is over the kitchen island or sink, they also work well over dining room tables or above a living room coffee table. Pendant lights create a focal point in any room and provide light in hard-to-reach areas.

"Your home

is one of a kind. Your home is loved. Your home is a reflection of who you are. And you, my friend, are perfect… just the way you are.”

Natural lighting is a must in the kitchen, complemented by a single pendant light fixture. Whitewashed brick adds texture and character to this space, giving the room a casual elegance with a neutral color palette.

FLOOR LAMPS. Floor lamps come in all shapes and sizes. Because they don’t reach every corner of the room, feel free to layer them with table lamps as well. Look for bases made of industrial metal or wood with a patina, and find a simple lamp shade to complement it. TABLE LAMPS. Most often seen on bedroom nightstands and living room side tables, the table lamp is a versatile option. They usually require a place to plug them in, so make sure it’s not placed in a high traffic area where the cord can be tripped over. They are also a great base layer to pair with a similar floor lamp.



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3 roof options to consider for your farmhouse. BY V I C TO R I A VA N V L E A R PHOTOGRAPHY BY COREY GAFFER

You want your farmhouse exterior to be just as great

as the interiors, without ever stepping inside. This Minneapolis home by Hagstrom Builder is one such building, and the roof helps give it that farmhouse charm. Here are three roofing options you can use for your own farmhouse.


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Asphalt shingles. This is currently the

Wood shingles or shakes. This is a

Metal. This is the most farmhouse-friendly

most common roof option in the US.

popular option for historic homes, and

roofing type, and there are several metals

Asphalt shingles are economical, easy to

is the oldest roofing material in the US.

that are popular options. Copper, zinc and

install, help deflect UV rays and are often

The result is classy and will give your

steel all make appearances on farmhouse

guaranteed for 20-30 years, which gives

farmhouse a touch of cottage charm.

roofs, and each has its pros and cons.

them good value. The downside is they’re

The most popular wood for shingle roofs

Copper is long lasting but expensive, and is

very common and lack a farmhouse vibe.

is cedar, which will weather over time

a soft metal, so it can be damaged by hail.

But you can still use them, especially if you

to have a nice patina. However, shingle

Zinc is also long lasting and expensive. It

combine roofing materials like Hagstrom

roofs are expensive, and require regular

will take on a blue-gray patina over time—

Builder did here. Most of the roof has

maintenance to help them last the 30-50

if you want to avoid that, be prepared for

asphalt shingles, but the lower rooflines

years they should.

maintenance. Steel is the least expensive

have metal, which gives it that distinctive

metal option, and you can choose between

farmhouse style.

galvanized, galvalume and weathering steel. SEE SOURCES, PAGE 128.

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