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American Farmhouse Style presents

50+ ideas for Cozy Décor

Vintage Style

with Rustic Flair

TIPS AND TRICKS for Pattern and Texture

DIY YOUR DÉCOR From gilding furniture to setting a fall table

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GETAWAY AT HOME Transform your bedroom into a cozy and peaceful retreat.

20 BARN BASICS How a historic barn outside Philadelphia transformed into a cozy living space.



FIRE KING GLASSWARE Learn how to spot and shop for this fun vintage collectible.

| ENTERTAIN | 12 SEASONAL SIMPLICITY Add autumnal touches to your home and tablescape this fall without redoing all your décor.

A 1754 farmhouse on the outskirts of Boston gets an interior makeover.

30 FAMILY FRIENDLY This Montana estate has all the design elements of a classic country home—with a few charming quirks.

40 DON’T START FROM SCRATCH A Colorado home gets a modern update while retaining many beloved pieces.

58 COZY IN THE COUNTRY Old meets new in this custom country home on the outskirts of Toronto.

66 VINTAGE VIBES When life gives you lemons, use them to decorate.

82 COLOR STORY An Arkansas home brims with colors and patterns, giving cottage country style a fresh feel.

| MAKE | 100 GO FOR THE GOLD Transform furniture and accent pieces into gilded treasures.

| COME INSIDE| 16 PATTERN POLYPHONY Pattern and texture work together to give this Arizona home cottage country charm. 2


48 HOME WITH A HEART This rustic cottage in San Diego, California, is bursting with vintage personality.

102 EVERLASTING FLOWERS This simple DIY for fall will make a delightful bouquet that won’t wilt.


| IN REVIEW | 104 PERFECT IMPERFECTIONS Integrate the essence of English country style into your cottage by embracing uniqueness and imperfection.



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Learn how to incorporate, design and style salvaged pieces into your home.

| On the Cover | Cover image by Barry Halkin Cover design by Kelly Lee • Vintage Style .......................................................................................... 8, 10, 20, 24, 30, 48, 66, 104, 108 • Tips and Tricks for Pattern and Texture ................................................................................... 6,16, 40, 82 • DIY Your Décor .................................................................................................................12, 100, 102, 108

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IT’S THE DETAILS IN YOUR HOME THAT GIVE IT CHARM and character: a handmade quilt draped over the sofa, a salvaged cabinet you painted yourself or even a simple stack of autumn pumpkins by the front door. For me, that detail right now is vintage doorknobs. My home was built in the ’80s and it doesn’t have a lot of natural character, so I’m always looking for elements that add more. I scored a set of vintage doorknobs on Craigslist—the kind with glass handles and round metal rosette plates. I’ve spent many hours with a block of steel wool in my hand, bringing that metal back to a beautiful rose-gold shine. And when we install those doorknobs, even though the items themselves are small, I know they’ll make the whole house more personal to my family. That’s what cottage country style is all about, and we’ve got lots of great inspiration for you as you cozy up your interiors for the colder months. Whether your home is a historic farmhouse (page 24), new build (page 58) or a renovated barn (page 20), you can add country-style details. Tackle a blank wall with a gallery of vintage plates (page 66) or learn how to design your interiors from a single color palette (page 40). Head to the flea market to stock up on collectibles (page 8), and then display them all over your home (page 48). You can even add a little bling to your furniture by gilding it (page 100). Above all, remember to enjoy the process. It’s not just about the colors and layout, but finding a creative outlet and making a haven for you and your family amid the busyness of life. Cheers,

Victoria Van Vlear Editor



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Romantic details such as the linens and pillows mesh with rustic elements such as the headboard and ladder to create the perfect cottage country combination.

YOUR BEDROOM SHOULD FEEL LIKE A SANCTUARY, AND THERE’S NO BETTER STYLE TO ACHIEVE THAT THAN COTTAGE COUNTRY. Blogger Lynzy Coughlin of Lynzy and Co. has made her bedroom a calm and peaceful space. “I wanted to create a place for us to come back to at night and feel as if we were visiting some little cottage in the French country,” she says. “I feel so much peace when I lay down here at night.” Here are some ways you can do the same. LIGHT HUES. Lynzy’s bedroom is romantic because of the light that bounces around the room. Stick to white walls, then add other white elements in the rugs and bedding. A light color palette can do wonders, especially in a room without much natural lighting. SHEER CURTAINS. These are a wonderful addition and add simple yet classy style. They won’t completely block out the light, but will help soften it and provide some privacy. If you need more substantial curtains, add a set of sheer curtains behind the heavier one. RUFFLES AND LACE. From her long coverlet to her throw pillows, Lynzy knows the value of ruffles and lace. Yet she still keeps an earthy country vibe with burlap and other chippy details. When it comes to ruffles and lace, the best balance is to incorporate touches of these elements, but not use them everywhere. FRESH FLOWERS. Fresh blooms enhance any room, but we tend to forget about the bedroom. A bouquet will add a pop of color and freshness that will welcome you when you wake up in the morning or come in from a long day. If you want to conserve your flower budget, add fresh flowers to the bedroom only on special occasions or when you need an extra boost. SEE SOURCES, PAGE 112.

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|COLLECT| Salt and pepper shakers are part of the Fire King vitrock range set.

Fire King




FIRE KING IS A BRAND OF GLASSWARE THAT WAS PRODUCED BY ANCHOR HOCKING GLASS CORP. from 1942 through 1976. In the midst of World War II, Anchor Hocking wanted to produce low-cost cookware and came up with Fire King as the brand name. Designed for everyday use, the pieces are oven safe and very durable. They also come in a variety of colors, patterns and uses. While the green glass Jade-ite is the most popular solid color, there are many other colors, such as rose, turquoise blue, azure and even rainbow collections. There are also many patterned pieces with a creamy white background. These, too, have sets and collections, from wheat to primrose to forget-me-nots. Since production ceased in the 1970s, Fire King has enjoyed a comeback as a vintage collectible. Martha Stewart made the brand particularly desirable when she used Jade-ite pieces in her TV show in the 1990s.

The Blue Cornflower casserole dish comes in various sizes and shapes, including round and square.

This bowl sports a Salem Maple Leaf pattern.

How to Collect

AUTHENTICITY. Since Fire King has become a popular collectible, reproductions have flooded the market. When you look at a patterned piece, hold it up to the light and look at the design decal. If it’s shiny, like the decal on a new mug, it’s probably a fake. Most important, educate yourself on the patterns and colors so you can better spot a fake. A great resource is the book A Collector’s Guide to Anchor Hocking’s Fire-King Glassware by Garry and Dale Kilgo, and Jerry and Gail Wilkins. PRICE. Single pieces of Fire King are quite reasonable, with a usual price point of $10-$15 each. Full sets are a different matter, however. They are very pricey and can sell for $3,500 or more. The best way to collect Fire King is to slowly build a collection over time by buying individual pieces when you see them.

Look for teacups that come with saucers, such as this Rose piece on the top and Cosmos piece on the bottom.

CARE. Because Fire King was made for everyday use, it’s very durable and you can use it in your own home—it doesn’t have to sit behind glass doors in your hutch. But don’t put it in the dishwasher and it’s best to avoid the microwave. There is some debate over whether Fire King is microwave safe, but since production for these pieces happened before home microwaves were popular, they weren’t made with microwaves in mind, and it’s best to avoid them.



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3. Peonies in Red/Light Gray: Chasing Paper, $40. Visit 4. Applewood & Fern Soy Candle: Gold Hill Candle Co, $29.99. Visit 5. Amish Made Heavy-Duty Large Round Laundry Basket: Amish Baskets, $64.95. (515) 344-4213 or amishbaskets. com. 6. Azra Rug, Brick: High Street Market, starting at $291. (888) 669-1189 or 7. Fly Once Tea Towel: Linen and Ivory, $14. Visit 8. Farmhouse Wreath: Etsy, $85. Visit


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10 11 9. Wood Wall Art: Etsy, $180. Visit TheGypsyLootCo. 10. National Park Motor Robe with Carrier: Pendleton, $99.50. (800) 649-1512 or 11. Big Cable Pillow: Darzzi, $13. (310) 230-5384 or

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Simplicity By Victoria Van Vlear Photography & styling by Lauren McBride


“Seasonal home décor can be

simplistic and still make an impact.” COTTAGE COUNTRY STYLE WORKS PARTICULARLY WELL IN THE FALL—AND FOR GOOD REASON. Pumpkins and falling leaves provide warm colors, which make for a cozy indoor vibe in your home. But with the immediacy of social media and the Internet, there’s now a lot of pressure to make your fall home brim with seasonal touches. It can seem like everyone else is completely redecorating to suit the season. But you can still make your cottage fit the season without a entire home makeover. “Seasonal home décor can be simplistic and still make an impact,” says blogger Lauren McBride, who has created a lovely fall tablescape that evokes the fall but is also simple and still leaves breathing room. Here’s how you can do the same.

GO NATURAL. Natural décor is beautiful all year round, but this is especially true in the fall. “I like having natural décor elements because I feel it makes the space look more organic,” Lauren says. Plus, there’s an added bonus with natural décor—you don’t have to store it. Yes, you’ll need to buy new pumpkins every year, but throwing them out at the end of the season will keep your attic or garage clutter-free. It will also allow you to make your fall décor a little different each year, depending on the types, shapes and sizes of pumpkins that are available.

[opposite] “I kept our table very simple, with some heirloom pumpkins, vintage gold candlesticks and my favorite macramé runner,” Lauren says.

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|ENTERTAIN| The sideboard is also simple for the season. “I kept our antique sideboard really simple,” Lauren says. “Nothing over the top since the table makes a statement in itself.”


You can use the pumpkins, greens or leaves as the base for your tablescape, as Lauren did here. Start with a large pumpkin in the middle of the table and work your way out toward the ends with smaller pumpkins so the overall shape is tapered. Then, layer in tiny pumpkins (and even stack a few) to create more interest.

ADD WHITE. While the weather is turning colder for fall and winter, keep your interiors bright by making white part of your seasonal color palette. There are many varieties of white pumpkins, from Baby Boo to Cotton Candy and Silver Moon. You can also add white into other parts of your dining décor, from plates and napkins to a tablecloth or table runner. But be sure not to make everything white—warm colors are the delight of the season.

USE BURLAP AND LACE. Think about the materials of your fall table and décor as well. You’ll want a variety of textures to help make the table look rich and layered. One easy way to do this is with the charming combination of burlap and lace. Burlap is rough and rustic, while lace is elegant and feminine. The combination of the two works wonders with cottage country style. Add a burlap table runner with lace ribbon to hold the napkins, or start with a lace tablecloth and lay burlap ribbon in the middle of the table as part of your centerpiece. Patinaed gold also makes a good pairing with these materials in cutlery, chargers or candlesticks.

Bring your fall décor up high. Whether that’s adding a few pumpkins on top of a hutch, on the stairs landing or in a bookshelf, pumpkins add instant fall appeal.

DON’T DO TOO MUCH. Overall, keep your seasonal touches simple. Especially if you plan to decorate for Christmas, you probably won’t want to redecorate twice within a span of a few months. Lauren knows the value of simplicity with fall décor. “Our simple, fun, and festive fall dining room makes a statement without being over the top,” she says. A few pumpkins, some candles and extra greens are all you need to make your table beautiful for the season, but still attainable with your everyday life. SEE SOURCES, PAGE 112.

[right] When you’re adding natural elements to your fall décor, don’t limit yourself to pumpkins. Lauren used a white mum here to add a pop of greenery to the corner of the dining room in a hanging tray. FALL 2018





WHAT’S THE SECRET TO A QUINTESSENTIAL COTTAGE COUNTRY HOME? Though there is no single method for this beloved look, designers Teresa Nelson and Kim Barnum of Nelson Barnum Interiors focused on using pattern and texture to create a cottage country vibe throughout this home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

COTTAGE CLASSICS “The client loves antiques and wanted a comfortable, cool, cottage feel,” Kim says. To accomplish this, the duo integrated many iconic cottage elements throughout each room, particularly wood textures, gingham and stripes. “Classic stripes with rustic wood and iron light fixtures are a great mix,” Kim says. These components work together subtly to give the home a “casual eloquence.”

PATTERN HARMONY In order to keep the design consistent and uncluttered, “we have mixed a lot of different textures and patterns all with a soft palette,” Kim says. The unified colors help these spaces feel relaxed with a simple elegance. The harmony of pattern and texture is perhaps most apparent in the study, where the walls are floral, with a Rose Tarlow striped lounge chair, rustic wood table, iron light fixture and a striped collected area rug, Kim says.


Several antique items bring a certain timeless charm to the home. The table desk here is an antique Canadian painted piece, and adds a historic flair to the classic cottage atmosphere.

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A mixture of color and texture makes each room feel interesting and unique. The dark legs of the table and stools on one side of this room complement the light-colored wood flooring.


“We have mixed a lot of different textures and patterns

all with a soft palette.

Yellow gingham and rustic wood are classic cottage country elements. The additional décor pieces, such as the vase and butterfly prints, make this bedroom feel uniquely delightful.

The distinctive floral wallpaper in the study came out of an act of problem-solving from the designers. “The challenge was that we had a lot of hard surfaces in the room and needed to control the noise as well as finish the wall,” Kim says. “So we added upholstered walls throughout the study.” The many textures and patterns of the study give this room a unique cottage feel, while the soft colors mean no single element overpowers the space. SEE SOURCES, PAGE 112. FALL 2018


A variety of patterns in the textiles, from small polka dots to larger stripes, creates visual interest for the furnishings, while the bright red coffee table adds variety to a space that has so much wood.




IT’S EASY TO BRING COUNTRY STYLE TO A COZY LITTLE COTTAGE, but what about adding cottage style to a barn? This is just what Peter C. Archer, principal of Archer & Buchanan Architecture, did when he helped a family renovate the historic barn on their 10-acre property. They live in an existing home on the property, but didn’t use the barn and wanted to turn it into an event and recreational space.

RECLAIMED AND RESCUED The barn was built in the late 1800s and is a bank barn, which means it was built on a slope with both a lower and upper level. “As recently as the late 1900s, there were horses living here,” Peter says. The first order of business was to take out any wood that was rotting or falling apart. “We replaced the boards with reclaimed wood, so it’s a similar material,” he says. “Now it’s structurally sound, but it’s all old material.” That keeps the look consistent. Peter and his team replaced parts of the frame, gave the barn a new roof and replaced the flooring.

One element of the barn they didn’t change was the sliding barn doors on the outside. “We kept the sliding barn doors so no one can tell from the outside that it’s not a regular barn,” Peter says. “But when it’s being used, they open the door for the natural light.” FALL 2018


This smaller room was added in the early 1900s. “We turned it into a kitchen and bedroom,” Peter says. “The room had a shallow sloped roof, so we added windows to make it a usable space.”

The main challenge with a space like this is temperature control. “The framing isn’t thick enough for insulation, so we built out and insulated on the outside,” Peter says. They also added heating and air conditioning into the new insulation space so the whole barn can be heated and cooled properly.

ADDING COTTAGE COZY Another challenge with a large space like this is to make it feel welcoming and warm. One main way to do this is with lighting. “You have to have a lot of natural light in barns because the wood doesn’t reflect light,” Peter says. They added windows and doors on both sides of the barn and supplemented the natural light with artificial light for evening events. But this itself proved a challenge. “The original design had a two-tiered chandelier, which we thought would light the whole room, but it didn’t,” Peter says. “So we put in uplighting. It creates different but beautiful intimacy for nighttime gatherings.” The furnishings and textiles also go a long way to make the space inviting. The color palette is a mixture of reds, from coral to cranberry. This type of scheme pairs well with the wood, which itself has warm tones. The result is that while the space is large, it doesn’t feel cavernous. Instead, it has a welcoming ambiance that allows for a cozy evening in as well as a large party. SEE SOURCES, PAGE 112.


2 Ways to Add


1. WARM TONES. This may seem obvious, but it’s a good principle to keep in mind: Warm colors create a warm feel in the room, while cool colors create a cool tone in the room. The typical colors of fall are red, orange and yellow, not only because of the natural elements outside, but also because they make us feel warm and cozy inside. 2. TEXTURE. For the cold months, you’ll want lots of different types of textures in your interiors. Think about the items you love to touch, from knit blankets to sheepskin rugs and soft silk or velvet. Add these types of elements to your home to warm it up.

When the large, two-tiered chandelier failed to light the space, Peter and his team decided to add uplighting that reflects off the walls and ceiling. But the chandelier is a statement piece in its own right. “The iron wagon-wheel chandelier adds modern lighting,” he says. “We went with black so it fades into the background.”

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An antique-style desk complements the newer, white benches in the breakfast room. The room is a screened-in porch, which features large, open-panel windows that add a natural element by welcoming in the outside green landscape.






HOW DO YOU PRESERVE A HISTORIC FARMHOUSE WITHOUT SACRIFICING MODERN AMENITIES? Architect Frank Shirley of Frank Shirley Architects helped this family find the medium for their historic farmhouse while also meeting family needs for 21st-century living. Before homeowners Scott and Barbara Jones purchased the property, little change had been made to the original 1754 Georgian-style farmhouse in the past century. With the new owners came an opportunity to combine the older architectural style and newer, more modern amenities to create a great living space.

A WELCOME ADDITION The original structure had only two bedrooms and one hallway with a kitchen and bathrooms more than 40 years old. To bring the farmhouse into the 21st century, Frank took on the project and made some major design changes to the interior. Working from the inside out and deferring to the original floor plan, he took some of the original space out to add more in. Ultimately, he wanted to maintain the historic integrity of the farmhouse while utilizing its modern-day setting. “We more than doubled the size of the original property,” Frank says. By preserving the original two bedrooms and adding two more along with a master suite, he expanded the upstairs space to accommodate the family of six while still finding ways to incorporate classic, vintage components.

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Newly added wallpaper acts as the backsplash for the adjoining staircase. Combining older and newer elements creates a unique design balance for the home’s entryway.

“We wanted to keep the ego of the addition

as quiet as possible.”


A renovated, open kitchen floor plan connects the kitchen, living room and breakfast rooms, and easily accommodates friends and family.

OLD MEETS NEW “The original farmhouse had such charm that we originally tried to leave it alone,” Frank says. However, older elements, such as the original plaster ceiling, posed challenges for the new design. So, ultimately, the homeowners had to make design sacrifices. Taking out the original spiral staircase was an especially heartwrenching decision. But the new design didn’t stray far from the original feel of the stairs. “We designed the new stair to have the same elegance and grace that reflected the house,” Frank says. Other changes to the interior were also instrumental in the design. The original 19th-century shotgun layout downstairs was replaced with an open floor plan. It was important to the homeowners to have their kitchen be the center of the space, where spaciousness and openness invited friends and family to sit around and gather while dinner was cooking. Picking areas to preserve, keeping true to the farmhouse’s historic country charm, and incorporating modern elements combined to create a unique, historic and welcoming space for the family.



SPOT A CLASSIC COUNTRY HOME WITH THESE ICONIC ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS. • ATTENTION-GRABBING ACCENTS. Back in the day, you wanted to put your home’s best face forward. “Presentation mattered,” Frank says. Whether that was with a detailed trim on the front door or multiple gable roofs, the façade of the house would make a statement to passersby and visitors. • STYLE OF THE TIMES. Many classic country homes have architectural styles that reflect their era. Knowing a structure’s architectural background can provide information on its historical significance. In the case of this farmhouse, the vernacular barn style is Georgian, characterized by proportion and balance with attention to classic detail and symmetry throughout the structure. The style was popular from the early 1700s to the early 1800s and was later revived as Colonial Revival architecture in the late 19th century. • MODEST MEANS. “If you have a country home, it’s always fundamentally simple in its execution,” Frank says. Straightforward in form and function, classic country homes were built for their surroundings and residents. There wasn’t room for nuances and complexity in the design because the times didn’t allow it.


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Frank kept 1,900 square feet of the original farmhouse and added more than double the size for the new addition. An outdoor back patio is part of the addition and overlooks the backyard landscape.

Combining the old and the new, Frank incorporated the

farmhouse‛s historic country charm and let the homeowners’ needs shine.


The original timber frame of the farmhouse is still well exhibited in the master suite, with exposed wood beams and a structural timber frame ceiling that complement the original brick fireplace.

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“We let the barn reveal its


own structure.


The estate looks like a classic Montana homestead, but has the convenience of modern amenities “with a traditional coat over the whole thing,” says architect Jeremy Oury.

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Decorating the foyer with slim and vertical pieces, such as the hat rack and grandfather clock, keeps the small space from looking cluttered. [opposite] The breakfast room has the most traditional country décor of the home. The beautiful glassware, dark wood table and chairs and statement light fixture showcase all the best of cottage country décor.

THE ESTATES ON THE STOCK FARM CLUB COMMUNITY IN HAMILTON, MONTANA, are proof that sometimes the parts are just as good as the sum. Designed to encourage residents to rethink the way they structure their homes, Stock Farm Club has a strict design code, and one of those guidelines is that houses must have multiple structures. Homeowners Skip and Jan’s three-structure estate sits in the farmhouse section of the community, and their main house, bunkhouse and barn all have their own distinct sense of character and functionality. Jeremy F. Oury, principal architect of Rocky Mountain Homes, designed the property to accommodate plenty of family. “They were particularly interested in creating a legacy property for their kids and grandkids,” he says. With the help of designer Terese Moser of Kathy Ann Abell Interiors, they created a timeless family getaway.

WIDE OPEN SPACES The home displays many traditional aspects of country décor, such as a classic farmhouse exterior, claw-foot bathtubs and soft floral accents. But it also captures the essence of country life by remaining conducive to entertaining friends and family. Jeremy traded the compartmentalized style of a historic cottage for an open floor plan so guests can roam freely around the house. Jeremy designed the heart of the home, the kitchen, as a multifunctioning space. It has work areas, such as the brick pizza oven and ample counter space.

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The kitchen also has social areas, like the cozy breakfast nook that overlooks the sprawling green Montana fields.

The size and openness of the


vacation home; it becomes the

Another main social center for Skip and Jan’s family is their barn. They don’t use it to house animals, but instead an ice cream parlor, home theater, upstairs loft and game tables. Breaking away from the bright and fresh interiors of the main house, the barn has a more rustic and masculine design. “We let the barn reveal its own structure,” Jeremy says. “The finishes are more masculine by design to be more durable.” The main walls are made out of Stock Farm’s own board and batten, and the pantry/powder room is made of reclaimed barn board. It’s the simple touches like these that Jeremy says “match the fabric of the architecture in these older Montana towns.”

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS The master bath is a perfect example of the traditional and modern cottage farm mix. Skip and Jan wanted a dramatic master bathroom, so Jeremy designed his and her sinks with the striking bathtub in between as the focus point of the room.


kitchen invites guests in. “The kitchen is pretty typical of a social center of the house,” Jeremy says. [opposite] The furniture is simple. With wicker chairs and a picnic bench, this space is perfect for sitting together and taking in the expansive prairie views.



1. FRESH FLOWERS. There’s no need for a fancy bouquet. As long as the flowers are bright and colorful they’ll be the finishing piece on your favorite whitewashed coffee table. Use an earth-toned bottle or vintage pitcher for the perfect balance of rustic and sweet in the kitchen, living room or even bedroom. 2. QUILTS. This is the quintessential country throw. It’s a great way to recycle any old material you can’t part with, but don’t have a good enough reason to keep. Vintage quilts also make excellent collectible items that are valuable as part of the American heritage. 3. DISHWARE. Put your open shelving to good use with your cutest dishware and ceramics on display. Bookend your plates with Mason jars for an extra dash of country style. 4. COWBOY BOOTS. Have you ever found a pair of dreamy boots that weren’t your size? Next time that happens, scoop them up and use them as décor instead of footwear. Try them out as planters for a fun twist.

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Striped wallpaper echoes the vertical paneling of traditional country homes and is balanced by the elegance of marble countertops. Jeremy had to experiment with how to bring natural light into the space because large windows are not typical for a traditional farmhouse. He decided that putting multiple smaller windows side by side was the best way to stick to the design but also accommodate the necessity of more light. It’s no surprise that this house was built with family in mind, from the guestrooms that scream of country charm to the barn that is cool enough to satisfy any teenager’s requirements for a hangout spot. “Architecture is about the marriage between sight and program,” Jeremy says, and this picturesque Montana estate is the ultimate happy marriage. SEE SOURCES, PAGE 112.


Guest bedrooms are the perfect place to experiment with patterns and colors you typically wouldn’t decorate with in other rooms. The green curtains and pale pink shams pick up the matching colors in the wallpaper, so the room’s tones blend without being too matchy. [opposite] Sometimes subtle details can be the sweetest. A small soap tray, pastoral painting and red flowers in a vase are timeless accents for this guest bathroom.

“They were particularly interested in creating a

legacy property for their kids and grandkids.�

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The barn has become a full recreation space, complete with gamer and relaxation areas as well as a bar, pool table and home theater.

The French doors in this bedroom lead out to what Jeremy calls “the sleeping porch,” a screened-in area on the second floor that allows for sleeping outside on warm summer nights.

How to Create a Classic

Recreation Room

WHILE YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE A SPACE AS LARGE AS A BARN, YOU CAN STILL CREATE A GREAT AREA TO HANG OUT AT HOME. 1. GAMES. If you don’t have the space or the funds for a pool table, there are still plenty of fun games to put out on display. Classic games like backgammon or chess often have unique pieces or boards that can double as artwork. 2. COMFORT. Style is always important, but in a room that you want to feel welcoming to friends and family, comfort is key. When picking out couches and chairs, think plush. If you’re going for a retro vibe, pull that beanbag chair from your childhood room out of storage. 3. MUSIC. It’s not a party until there’s music. Consider a modern record turntable. Most of the newer models are Bluetooth capable and can be hooked up to speakers, but still have that vintage look. 4. COOLER. Take a trip to your local flea market and pick up a cooler. You might be able to find a 1960s Coca Cola piece, but you can also paint on the logo of your favorite old-school drink with a stencil.

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The architectural detail leading from the kitchen to the dining room now sports a beautiful antique archway. “That was an antique find, a carved piece from India,” Andrea says. “We found it before construction started, so they built around it.”


Don’t Start from



By Victoria Van Vlear Photography by Emily Minton Redfield

YOU DON’T HAVE TO MOVE INTO A NEW HOUSE TO TAKE YOUR DÉCOR TO THE NEXT LEVEL. While moving is a great opportunity to reevaluate your interiors, you can also start from your current décor in your current home. That’s what interior designer Andrea Monath Schumacher of Andrea Schumacher Interiors did when she helped a family renovate their home in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado.

REARRANGING ROOMS This was an established home that just needed a facelift. “The house was very French country when we met [the homeowners],” Andrea says. “They wanted to bring an Elle Décor-edge to the house.” The home is quite large at 12,000 square feet, so there wasn’t a large expansion. Instead, most of the changes consisted of rearranging. “The dining room became a bar area, and the new dining room was an outdoor patio they closed in,” Andrea says. “They also pushed out the kids’ bedrooms downstairs.” When Andrea starts a new project, she always begins with the layout. “I always start with the floor plan and layout first, figure out how the flow will work,” she says. “Then you figure out, ‘What are the finishes?’”

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The fabric Andrea used in the living room curtains was the inspiration piece that started the color palette. The coffee table in the middle of the room is actually an antique Asian bed. “It was low, like a coffee-table height,” she says.

COLOR FOCUS Once she knew what rooms she needed to rearrange, Andrea was able to work on the details. “Sometimes we’ll start with the result, like the fabrics, and then move backward from there,” she says. That’s what she did here. “We started with the floral drapery in the living room as a palette and pulled colors from that.” At first glance, the house looks like a rainbow of colors, but when you look closer, you can see that all the colors come from the same palette of primaries: red, yellow, blue and green. The living room curtains are the inspiration piece that started that process, but Andrea cautions against sticking too closely to your inspiration piece—otherwise the house may be too one-dimensional. “Don’t feel like you have to be too matchy matchy,” she says.

ACCENTED AGENDA While Andrea brought in a new color palette and many new furniture pieces, she also worked with what the family already had. “The client had amazing accessories to work with,” she says. “Sometimes clients don’t start with much, which makes it harder. I was assigning placements to things without having to shop for them.”


“I always start with the floor plan and layout first, figure out

how the flow will work.�

In the living room, slipcovered armchairs provide a neutral background for the patterned rug and rust-color ottoman. The art on the mantel is part of an existing collection the family had already.

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In the kitchen, Andrea decided to use a different countertop for the island. “I wanted it to be its own unit and be utilitarian,” she says. “The other countertops are real marble, so you won’t be chopping any vegetables on that.”

A Place to Start IF YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO REDO YOUR INTERIORS, IT CAN BE CHALLENGING TO FIGURE OUT WHERE TO START. HERE’S ANDREA’S ADVICE. • GET INSPIRED. Flipping through magazines and scrolling through your Pinterest feed are a great place to start, but you have to move from the theoretical to the practical. One way professionals do this is to have an inspiration piece. “Pick five things you love,” Andrea says. These can be wallpaper, textiles, furniture, art or even lighting. • EXPAND. Once you have your inspiration piece, pick out the next pieces to match that inspiration piece. If it’s a textile for curtains,


take a swatch when you shop for lighting and paint colors. That way you’ll be sure that every piece in the room fits your overall vision. • DRAW IT TOGETHER. Once you have that first room established with a few physical pieces you’ll use, draw on that inspiration for your other rooms. “Pick one fabric or item you can use as a thread throughout the rest of your house,” Andrea says. “That will help unify the spaces.”

An exposed-brick archway leads to the kitchen nook. The family added more windows into the space during the renovation to bring in more natural lighting, and Andrea broke away from her strict color palette to add a variety of patterned pillows.

The master bedroom has a focal point of the large fourposter bed, with mustardcolored curtains for added color and privacy.

The bathroom not only has beautiful furnishings, but elements such as the herringbone wood floor and fireplace tile are new. “She wanted a fireplace, so we used mother of pearl tile for the surround,” Andrea says.

This method allowed the family to keep the pieces they loved while also incorporating new—or new to them—accents. For example, the layout of the living room made it challenging to unite the pieces the homeowner wanted to keep. “The living room is a long space, and the homeowner wasn’t sure how to marry the items she had for it,” Andrea says. “We found a huge antique Asian bed, and we used that as a coffee table. That tied the room together.” Many of the new pieces Andrea picked out were antiques. “It’s a true mix of clean, white, modern upholstered goods with antiques,” she says. “That’s what I love about this style: You have the white modern sofa next to the antique wood furniture.” This mixture gives the rooms a casual elegance that’s perfect for cottage country style. SEE SOURCES, PAGE 112.


“Sometimes we’ll start with the result, like the fabrics, and then

move backward from there.”

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The dining table is where the family gathers, and this simple raw pine table from a ranch in Arizona was a special gift to homeowner Gale Brisa from her granddaughter and her husband 18 years ago. Now it serves as a gathering place for the family to enjoy meals together.


with a Heart THIS RUSTIC COTTAGE IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, IS BURSTING WITH VINTAGE PERSONALITY. By Jillian Chapman Photography by Mark Lohman Styling by Sunday Hendrickson

TUCKED AWAY IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY, IN THE MIDDLE OF AN AVOCADO GROVE, sits the home of Gale Brisa. Over the 15 years Gale and her husband have lived here, the décor of the home has evolved. It started out with many feminine touches, but “that just didn’t feel right,” Gale says. Over time, she and her husband worked together to add more masculine tones and create a home that was a blend of the two of them. Putting both their personalities into the décor has created what Gale calls a “feminine farmhouse rustic” style they both love.

FULL OF PERSONALITY Before the Brisas moved in, the home was a tiny homestead. The previous owner had added bedrooms and other additions, creating the space that exists today. He brought in doors and windows from a manor in England and floors from a 1920s courthouse in Long Beach, California.

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The original hand-hung beams in the kitchen, entryway and living room create an unmistakably rustic foundation for the home. The large patio door overlooks the oak trees and pond in the backyard. One of Gale’s prized possessions is her fifth great-grandfather’s book, displayed front and center on the living-room table.

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This walkway is full of antique finds, from the patchwork cowhide rug from a Northern Arizona estate to the arched salvage windows from a 1920s San Francisco bank. Each piece brings a unique background to the home.


The blue cabinet was Gale’s first piece used to blend with the Swedish blue countertop tiles. It is filled with whiteware and ironstone items. The dishes in the oak kitchen cabinets are family mementos, chinaware from two grandmothers and two great-grandmothers.

“He added a lot of the personality that’s in the home,” Gale says. “We didn’t have to come in and do anything other than add our furnishings because so much of the personality is in the bones of the home.” Gale’s take on decorating stems from her belief that in each home you should try to capture the personality of the home while considering its particular environment. After moving here from a beach house, Gale knew she wanted to capture the essence of a country cottage. She added many vintage touches that contribute to the feel. The ceiling in the entry and the walls in the master bath are lined with distressed wood from the old greenhouse on the property and all the stunning chandeliers are from MGM movie sets, most dating back to the 1940s.

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The lovely crisscross diamond windows are a part of the home that was brought over from a salvaged manor in England, contributing to the home’s English cottage feel.

One of the standout features of Gale’s home is her bright, cobalt-blue countertop in the kitchen. The tile was imported from Sweden by the previous homeowner. At first, Gale wasn’t sure she would like the bright color. “It was almost a deal breaker for me,” she says. But after 15 years, she’s come to love the bright-blue counters. To match them, she added a strong blue antique cabinet she found at an estate sale. “I’m not really a bold-color person, but when I brought it in I knew it was the right piece,” she says.

FAMILY INSPIRATION Every space in Gale’s home is filled with the spirit of past generations. Gale has an active passion for genealogy and through her searches has collected many sentimental family items. She often uses these items as the starting point for the décor in each of her rooms, decorating the room around the statement family piece. “I decorate around my family items because I want to be able to have them out to enjoy,” she says. For example, Gale’s grandfather was a trainman who traveled from New Mexico to California and would collect Native American artifacts along the way. Many of his items are now décor pieces throughout Gale’s home.




GALE SHARES HER ADVICE FOR CREATING A HOME YOU’LL LOVE. Whether it’s with special vintage finds or sentimental family heirlooms, Gale always decorates from the heart. Her advice for other homeowners fits her heartfelt style. “Don’t get sucked into the trends,” she says, “that’s not for longevity.” In this industry, everything is always changing and if you are forever looking for what the next hot trend will be, you will never have a home you’re happy with. What is most important is to look to the personality of your home and decorate for how you live in it and with what you enjoy. “I decorate with the stuff that I love,” Gale says.

The Native American rugs were pieces collected by Gale’s grandfather for his store in the 1930s. The raw pine armoire is the perfect hiding place for the family’s media and is an antique from the 1800s in Russia.

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“I decorate around my family items because I want to be able to have them out to The red chandelier in this guest room is from a 1940s MGM movie. Gale and her husband regularly have family members staying in one of their two guest bedrooms, so it’s fitting that the shelf is decorated with family mementos.




It’s all about inspiration when you’re searching through estate sales and flea markets for that perfect vintage piece. Gale has been an avid antiques shopper for the past 30 years. “I look for pieces that really speak to me,” she says. These vintage items range from Victorian style to primitive pieces. Gale believes that any piece that speaks to you can have a place in your home. “I think I’ll always be able to find a place that captures the essence of that piece within the home,” she says. Her love for authentic pieces is evident throughout her home, as she infuses it with a wide range of items that reflect her passions.

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OLD MEETS NEW IN THIS CUSTOM COUNTRY HOME ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF TORONTO. By Camellia Ghotbzadeh | Photography by Larry Arnal | Styling by Nikki Mobini

French patio doors open into the kitchen and dining room, which features antique cross-back wood chairs surrounding a wood-finish table as the central piece that ties the space together.

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New furniture pieces and antique family heirlooms complement one another throughout the main space, creating a warm and welcoming ambience.

WHAT IF YOU HAD TO BUILD YOUR HOME WITHIN CITY GUIDELINES BUT STILL WANTED THE COZY AND COMFORTABLE VIBE OF A COTTAGE IN THE COUNTRY? That’s what builder and designer Nikki Mobini of Upside Development did with her custom-built country home on the outskirts of Toronto.

STARTING FROM SCRATCH Starting with a one-story, 2,163-square-foot bungalow, Nikki decided to create a new place for her family to call home. The end product would be a two-story, 4,300-square-foot, custom-built home that combines modern utility and country charm. The project started as a retrospect with the city of Richmond Hills. “Because of the zoning requirements, we were tied to a bit of square footage,” Nikki says. Even though the home’s footprint was constrained, Nikki still saw it as an opportunity to create a great space. Using the city’s guidelines, following the original home’s outline and inspired by the original floor plan, Nikki and her husband worked with what they had.

A DIFFERENT DIRECTION To get the design concept they wanted, the couple brought in different aesthetics and pieces for the interiors. “My favorites became the roadmaps of the house,” Nikki says. Using her favorite pieces and for that extra country charm, 60 COTTAGE COUNTRY

The open kitchen features Spanish tiles, perfect for high-traffic areas, along with highquality, custom-made cabinets. The coffered wood ceiling adds further rustic character and dimension to the space, along with hanging pendants over a marble-topped island.

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“What really brought in the country charm is

the tile and floor design.”

For one of her daughters’ rooms, Nikki used wallpaper with butterflies to add a playful yet elegant element to the space. “I really wanted to bring in that country charm, and wallpaper helps you do that,” Nikki says.


Modern GIVE YOUR HOME THE MODERN, YET COZY, FEEL NIKKI MOBINI’S HOME FEATURES. • LIGHT IT UP. Illuminate and accentuate parts of a room by adding delicately designed and inviting lighting fixtures and pendants. Whether you decide to use a chandelier in the living room or a sconce on the porch, a little light can go a long way. •FACTOR IN FORM AND FUNCTION. Utilize your home’s space and tailor it to meet your needs. Ask yourself: Do you want a large, open area or an intricately designed, cozy space? Think about the form and function of your home and incorporate it into the final design and construction. • ADD WALLPAPER. Intricately designed, beautiful wallpaper is the perfect backdrop to add that extra dose of country charm to any space. Look for designs that complement other pieces (like furniture and antiques) and will open, not overcrowd, your home. • DESIGN IN DIMENSIONS. Play with different dimensions by experimenting with colors, adding textured elements, layering objects, wainscoting walls and creating coffered ceilings. Not only will it add depth and character to the area, but it can make a house feel like home.


Detailed wainscoting and salmon-colored walls are the perfect, charming country backdrops for Nikki’s guest bedroom.

Nikki went in a different design and construction direction from her other projects. Normally, her firm does contemporary and modern design, but she decided to stick with a traditional country home—with some modern twists. The design concept plays with light from all angles, but also has structure and functionality as integral parts of the structure.

NEW TOUCHES Nikki made this house her own in an inviting way that imparts elegance, comfort and ease. Whether it was with extra illumination, an open kitchen or whimsical designs, the house has unique features that create a cozy, yet functional, ambience. Lighting was a significant factor in the design. Nikki wanted to add illumination for a purpose. “For me, mood lighting is very important,” she says. Every lighting fixture, pendant and chandelier was put in place for a reason, whether to draw attention to the wood kitchen island, create a lighthearted mood, add accents to the bathroom or make her living room shine. Along with lighting, another unique aspect of the home is the coffered ceiling in the kitchen. “The ceiling was a last-minute addition,” Nikki says. The coffered ceiling merges the inside of the house with the outside by adding dimension and depth to the space with that extra country element Nikki wanted. The guest areas and hallways also feature wainscoting, another elegant touch.

CHANGING IT UP With changes in construction came changes to traditional design concepts. “We broke some norms,” Nikki says. Traditional cottages were made with separate seating areas: a family/dining area and a just-for-guests area.

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The master bedroom features country touches, like a floral painting and a vintage clock, incorporated into a sleek and comfortable space.

“We broke some


Nikki and her husband wanted to collapse and combine the two areas to create one large, inviting space for their family and visitors. The open kitchen still maintains its prime location for cooking and entertaining. It’s also the furthest point of the central space. “Although it was an open kitchen concept, the kitchen is still tucked away and gives privacy,” Nikki says. Changes in construction, architectural style and design ultimately contributed to the new home’s appeal and let the interiors take the stage. This allowed for Nikki’s country style to shine through the modern construction. Combining country charm with a functional design, Nikki Mobini created a house that reflects her experience in the field as well as her own individual design style. SEE SOURCES, PAGE 112. 64 COTTAGE COUNTRY

[top] The sleek white vanity adds a simple yet sophisticated feel to the lighter, polished surroundings of the master bathroom. [bottom] Beautifully printed wallpaper, elaborate hexagonal-shaped Spanish tiling and a marbled vanity greet bathroom visitors. “What really brought in the country charm is the tile and floor design,� Nikki says.

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The plates fixed to the wall in the dining room are from an antiques dealer in Tuscany, Italy. Homeowner Eugenia designed the gallery wall to lean upward and to the right so it flows with movement.



Written and photographed by Lucrezia Vozza Produced by Coco Features

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The old wooden cabinet in the dining room serves as a practical side table for fresh fruit and flowers. The lower part is ideal for storing wine bottles. [opposite] The details in Eugenia’s style are all simple but expressive, like the napkins tied with twine and decorated with a few grapes and sage leaves from the garden, as well as a punch bowl filled with local wildflowers.


SOMETIMES, MAJOR LIFE CHANGES PROVIDE NEW OPPORTUNITIES THAT WEREN’T AVAILABLE BEFORE. When Eugenia faced health problems, she had no idea they would lead to a new career. “My life path led me to deal with a brain tumor, which inevitably changed me and my career,” she says. “After the first operation, I found myself without a job. In hindsight, today I realize that this has been a great fortune for me, because it allowed me to do what I actually love doing the most.” This positive attitude has pushed Eugenia forward to cultivate her passions: interior design and DIY creations.

SETTING THE STAGE Eugenia’s move toward interior design started with buying a new house. She and her husband visited many properties, and one in particular made them feel at home. “Although it was clear that it needed some tweaks, we fell in love with it immediately,” Eugenia says. The house, a single-story construction, is bright, with large windows overlooking a garden and a large living area with three bedrooms, one of which could be transformed into a craft room. It was a simple and modern building, but she saw lots of potential for a charming cottage country home.

HOUSE BECOMES HOME Once the purchase was completed, Eugenia and her husband moved on to the decorative transformation of the rooms. The structure itself was in good condition, but the color palette needed some changes.

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The kitchen is spacious and opens onto the living area so Eugenia can chat with guests while she cooks. Old jars containing vintage utensils are displayed on reclaimed wooden shelves.

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[top] A vintage filing cabinet makes for an extra workspace in the kitchen. Eugenia can also use it as a serving area by adding a simple linen table runner. [right] An old lantern casing creates the perfect place to store fresh eggs, along with a few vintage-page decorations.

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“The walls were a very sad yellow and pink with damask patterns,” she says. Fortunately, Eugenia has a trained eye to match each color, and this phase didn’t create any problems. The timing, however, was not ideal, because the move and subsequent work took place during the Christmas season. “I still remember the day of December 26, 2014, when we organized, in our new empty house, a delicious lunch while we were still painting the walls,” Eugenia says. But she didn’t let it stop her. From the initial yellow and pink, the walls became a delicate blue-gray color for the two bedrooms and the atelier (her design studio), while for the living area the couple opted for an elegant dove gray. The bathroom, which was a bold fuchsia color, has been transformed with a beige palette.

[left] An antique sewing table


[opposite] Eugenia restored the

After the changes to the interior color scheme, the couple focused on decorating the rooms. Almost all the objects in the home are vintage. Eugenia is a flea market shopper and loves to expand her collection with the pieces she finds. “I don’t give up my frequent strolls in the flea markets,” she says. “They’re an inevitable point of interest for antique hunters, where you can find many interesting pieces.” 72 COTTAGE COUNTRY

serves as a space for extra fruits and vegetables from Eugenia’s garden outside. [above] The wall décor includes a variety of objects, from portraits made from wire to hanging cages with vintage pages inside.

wooden closet, which has a very light shabby cottage patina with several layers of milk paint.

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A small art gallery adorns the wall in the guest bedroom next to a vintage dresser with a mounted vanity. The mirror on the vanity mimics the oval frame on the wall, tying the two elements together.

“I’ve explored many decorative techniques, such as the restoration of antique furniture

and upholstering armchairs and sofas.”


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Eugenia is a flea market shopper and loves to expand her collection

with the pieces she finds.

Eugenia mounted a vintage world map on the wall above the guest bed, which creates a focal point for the room and serves as a large piece of wall art.


Eugenia repainted a chest of drawers in the guest room. The map with the quote “Always and Forever” was handmade by a friend who specializes in creative calligraphy.

The furniture and other décor accents in Eugenia’s home are there because of their strong evocative power. Some pieces are family heirlooms, while others are gifts from loved ones or creations made by Eugenia and her friends, who share her love for creativity, DIY projects and vintage items. “I have always loved engaging in manual activities, whether it was floral arrangements or decoupage creations, as well as having a huge passion for packaging,” she says. Her inspirations come from her everyday life, from the simple pleasures she loves the most and the details caught in the flicker of a smile.

BUSINESS SAVVY Eugenia has also created a business out of her passion. “After the first surgery, I opened a blog that I called ‘My New Old Life,’ and from there I got carried away in the world of shabby [cottage] decoration,” she says. FALL 2018


Eugenia uses the vintage typographic cabinet to store glass crystals, beads and other small accessories that will personalize her creations.


Every craft room needs decorations, and Eugenia mounted a small line of bunting to make the space cheerful.

“I have always loved engaging in manual activities, whether it was floral arrangements or decoupage creations, as well as having

a huge passion for packaging.�

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“ I found my true vocation, which is now my main activity: The color scheme in the living room is neutral, allowing the vintage pieces to shine. Even the TV is paired with a vintage dresser that can store media, such as DVDs and CDs. [opposite, left top] Vintage items can be used for practical purposes as well. In the bathroom, Eugenia uses a vintage mirror above the sink and a vintage ladder as a towel rack. [opposite, right] Small homemade touches grace

spoon jewelry.”

“I’ve explored many decorative techniques, such as the restoration of antique furniture, and upholstering armchairs and sofas, and then I found my true vocation, which is now my main activity: spoon jewelry.” This technique allows Eugenia to make original pieces from vintage spoons and teaspoons. She creates each piece by hand, selecting spoons at the flea market, and then flattening them on the old iron anvil in her studio and engraving quotes onto the finished pieces. Her original creations have led family and friends to call Eugenia “The Queen of the Spoon,” an appellation she’s proud to bear and hopes to maintain for many years to come.

every room of Eugenia’s home, from baskets full of thread and yarn to her homemade vintage spoon jewelry.

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The great room is a rustic take on country cottage design. Its soaring ceilings showcase shiplap detailing and exposed reclaimed beams while also providing ample space for windows and chevron print curtains. At the same time, the groupings of furniture and the use of throw pillows give a grounded, cozy feel to the spacious room.




PREPARE TO RETHINK YOUR NOTIONS ABOUT MATCHING. This Sheridan, Arkansas, home is brimming with a rainbow of colors and a range of patterns that will have you embracing the full color spectrum and all manner of prints. “The homeowners, Michael and Ashley Mosley, wanted farmhouse-inspired interiors with a fresh feel,” says Tobi Fairley, CEO & principal designer at Tobi Fairley Interior Design. “This is a new construction project and is designed to look like an old home. We collaborated with Yeary Lindsey Architects to create a floor plan that gave this busy family of seven the modern amenities they desired within a classic farmhouse look.” With her talent for mixing and matching patterns, shapes and colors,

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Tobi is particularly pleased with the entry. “I love everything about it, from floor to ceiling,� she says. She pulled inspiration from Greek Revival architecture, with large cased openings, windows and door frames. The custom stained checkerboard pattern on the floor adds interest without needing a rug.


“The key was to find a unifying piece in either art, wallpaper or fabric.

It made the home flow space to space.�

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Tobi filled the residence with unique furnishings, paint colors and textiles that fulfilled the homeowners’ visions of a cottage country home. Her design principles ensured everything went well together. “The key was to find a unifying piece in either art, wallpaper or fabric. It made the home flow space to space,” Tobi says. The results: interiors that delight and surprise show that cottage country style can be as vast and distinct as the homeowners themselves.


Since the craft room is a retreat for Ashley, a busy mother of five, Tobi chose a feminine and fun color scheme with a vintage feel. The craft room has many custom details that allow Ashley to stay organized and inspired, such as a storage ottoman, ample shelving and a sink with a custom skirt hanging around it. “It’s farmhouse style with a soft flair,” Tobi says. [opposite] A peek into the dining room from the living room and kitchenette area shows cohesion between the spaces. Black and white is a favorite color combination of the homeowner’s, which she selected for the checked curtains and upholstery in the two rooms.


The great room, with its stone fireplace and exposed reclaimed beams, has the characteristics of a country home and overlooks acres of pastures that are often dotted with horses and cows. The room’s design pays homage to Americana style with a patriotic color scheme that is articulated in a variety of ways, from custom Tobi Fairley chevron curtains to a medallion print carpet and fun red chandelier. “Like the rest of the home, this design is all about the curated mix,” Tobi says. She gave cottage style an elevated quality with turned-leg furniture and structured throw pillows. Since the room is so spacious, Tobi created distinct groupings of furniture and tables. “There are multiple seating areas in this room,” she says. “Sometimes I use pairs or groups of furniture for symmetry or for a more updated look, and I always throw in some unexpected elements to make the space unique.” A cotton flag hanging against the rugged stone fireplace is the finishing nod to American folklore and history.

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The dining room is a study in symmetry, with mirroring sides of the room, and is given a creative spin with bold textiles and colors, as seen in the checked chairs, a custom beaded chandelier and the Sherwin-Williams Tidewater blue paneling.


“Sometimes I use pairs or groups of furniture for symmetry or for a more updated look, and I always throw in

some unexpected elements to make the space unique.” AMERICANA INSPIRATION The great room is open to the kitchen and an adjoining dining area, and moves the eye from one end of the space to the other in a fluid, continuous line. “For the kitchen, all the selections were intended for the multiple chefs in this large family,” Tobi says. “The color scheme was inspired by a twist on the pale blue featured throughout the rest of the home while maintaining a classic country feeling.” She styled the kitchen with traditional elements, highlighted by a few farmhouse accents, such as barn light pendants over the island. She kept the kitchen lighter to let the dining area and great room stand out. For the dining area off the kitchen, she imbued verve and life with bright colors and textures, including a custom banquette for the seating. “Banquettes are great in gathering spaces,” she says. “They are comfortable for conversation or dining.” FALL 2018


Strong notes of red, white and blue capture the imagination in the kitchen dining area. “It’s a classic color scheme, and we infused it with a touch of light blue to make it more updated and unique,” Tobi says.


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DINING DESIGNS Tobi took an elevated cottage country approach to the dining room. “It’s a bit more traditional with wood paneling, but the light-blue walls balance the casual tone of the rest of the home,” she says. The paneling, which is painted in Sherwin-Williams’ Tidewater Blue, gives the room a romantic twist and is the perfect backdrop for the striking design elements. Tobi selected visually gripping pieces, like upholstered chairs in a combination of checkered-pattern fabric and vinyl, and an aqua chandelier. To give the dining room a slightly more informal feel, Tobi decided against the usual oval back host chairs in lieu of two oversized brown linen armchairs. “They kept in the farmhouse style of the home,” she says. With her gift for using colors and patterns to create immersive yet comfy interiors, Tobi created a country cottage that’s as full of life as the family that inhabits it. SEE SOURCES, PAGE 112.


Even though the color schemes of the dining and living areas are slightly different, Tobi connected them by using the same shade on the walls. She also brought red into both rooms to continue the flow. [opposite] This cozy reading nook becomes even more luxurious because of the tufted fabric on the back wall. Custom curtains add an air of privacy.

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The sitting room has a palette of lavender and sage green. Though the art on the wall brings in additional colors, it works in the room because of the various blue hues.

Color Cues

THE RIGHT COLOR CHOICES CAN MAKE YOUR INTERIORS STAND OUT. TOBI SHARES HER TIPS ON CHOOSING THEM EFFECTIVELY. • PICK PRIMARIES. Use classic color schemes that have a timeless feel, such as red, white and blue. Primary colors will also be a good base for your color palette, which you can layer with other complementary colors. For example, pair red with aqua for a retro vibe in the kitchen, or yellow with a pastel pink for a more feminine look. • ADD SOFTNESS. Soft and subtle hues can have maximum impact. In this home, Tobi went for pastels mixed with neutrals for a vintage take on cottage country style. White is a great neutral color to add to any combo for freshness and to keep the colors from overwhelming the room. • VARY YOUR VIBRANCIES. Make sure you have a mixture of different vibrancies in your textiles and wall colors. Vibrant pops of colors against softer ones will create depth and dimension.


The sitting room has a palette of lavender and sage green. Though the art on the wall brings in additional colors, it works in the room because of the various blue hues.

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Wooden antlers heighten this child’s room while also tying in with the cottage country theme. [opposite] For the youngest daughter’s bedroom, Tobi styled a space that is “perfect for a little girl to transition into a young lady.” She selected pink to be the unifying color throughout the room and tied in a mint and pink palette with custom colored striped fabric.


Mix it Up

TOBI REVEALS HER FIVE TIPS FOR MIXING COLOR AND PATTERN LIKE A PRO. 1. INSPIRATION PIECE. Start with an inspiration piece like art or fabric. This will help you set the color palette. 2. ACCENTS. Determine two or three accent colors that will work together with your inspiration piece. You’ll use these colors to help build your color scheme. 3. SCALE. This is the most important factor when it comes to mixing patterns. Start with one large-scale pattern and layer in additional small- and medium-sized patterns. The variation in scale will help keep the room rich and not one-dimensional.

4. SOLIDS FIRST. Start with solid fabrics, and then move on to patterned ones. Tobi often uses solids for the majority of the fabrics in the space, and then layers in larger patterns as accents. Again, this will help keep the patterns from overwhelming the room. 5. LEAP! If in doubt, take a chance and go for it. After all, playing it safe can be boring.

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Tobi wanted the master bedroom to be a place where Michael and Ashley can relax and unwind. Shiplap walls and pops of bright green floral create a fresh and clean feeling with zero clutter. “The greens and browns were inspired by the acres of land surrounding the home,” Tobi says. In the master bedroom, they create a soothing environment that ties in with the grounds found just outside the windows.

With her gift for using colors and patterns to create

Tobi created a country cottage that‛s as full of life as the family that inhabit s it.

immersive yet comfy interiors,

[opposite, top right] The master bathroom continues the style story started in the master bedroom. “The bedroom has white shiplap with dark wood tones and green florals,” Tobi says. “I transitioned the pops of green into the bathroom along with the brown hues.” With its ceramic tile and Calcutta marble countertops, the bathroom is a relaxing escape with a luxurious feel. [opposite, bottom] Since true home design includes both the outside and inside of a residence, Tobi worked with the architects to make sure the exteriors matched the interiors. 98 COTTAGE COUNTRY


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GOLD ACCENTS AND DETAILS ARE OFTEN ASSOCIATED WITH EXPENSIVE, elegant homes. But how can you bring those same elements into your own home? In her book Rescue, Restore, Redecorate: Amy Howard’s Guide to Refinishing Furniture and Accessories, the author shares how to give your home a creatively elegant aesthetic with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Gilding, the technique of covering a material with a thin layer of gold, is one of Howard’s detailed DIY projects. It transforms vintage and everyday items by applying gold leaf to accent detailing, ornate design and hardware. You, too, can gild your favorite pieces with these steps.

PICK YOUR PIECES Identify what you want to gild. Transform a desk by gilding its drawer handles, redo a nightstand’s table legs or fleck the corners of a mirror with gold. Accenting part of an item with gold leaf will make the piece pop no matter where you put it in your home.

SIZE IT UP Once you’ve picked your piece, start applying glue. Howard likes to use a type of glue called size. “Size is specially formulated not only to adhere to just about any surface you can imagine, but also to dry to a sticky ‘tack’,” she writes. Apply it with an artist’s brush, then wait for the glue to almost dry.

APPLY THE LEAF For the gold leaf, Howard recommends medium-sized booklets, which you can “trim down to a size that fits your project.” However, be mindful of how much you’re cutting. You want to leave a small portion to allow for overlap on both sides of each piece. When the size has come to tack, fold back the booklet paper to bare the leaf. Then, stretch and apply the booklet until it’s smooth in texture and even in placement onto the tacked surface.

FIRMLY FINISH Pull off the folded sheet and hold it in place, while smoothing the tissue paper with one-direction brush strokes. This pressure is called burnishing. “The firmer and more tightly you burnish, the more seamlessly and solidly your gold leaf will attach,” Howard writes. Once you’ve covered the area, pull the paper off so the gold leaf can adhere to the surface. Finally, brush off loose flakes and enjoy your newly gilded piece.

Rescue, Restore, Redecorate: Amy Howard’s Guide to Refinishing Furniture and Accessories by Amy Howard, photography by Quentin

Get Set & Gild 6 IDEAS FOR GILDING THE PIECES IN YOUR HOME. 1. ANTIQUE MIRRORS. Bring Old World sophistication and luxury into your home by antiquing a mirror, then adding gold leaf. Use a stripping and antiquing solution to age and rust mirrors for a more timeless and authentic feel. 2. GOLD-TRIM SIGNS. Welcome residents and visitors into your home with a gilded greeting. Place gold leaf on the edges of intricately detailed signs. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but also adds character to the whole room. 3. POLISHED PLANTERS. Give your plants a gilded trim. Paint your planters with chalk paint, and then add gold leaf for a polished yet rustic look. Your gilded planters will pair well with any form of greenery, whether it’s your favorite flower or succulents. 4. FRAME CORNERS. It’s hard to imagine a home without picture frames. Go for frame outlines or accent the corners of your favorite frames with gold leaf to draw visual attention and appreciation to framed pictures in your home. 5. DRAWER HANDLES. Give your dresser some extra attention and contrast your favorite storage space. Paint the dresser or side table in a bold paint color, like blue, then add gilding to the outlines of the drawers or handles. This will make the piece pop and offset its surroundings. 6. CHALK THE CLOCK. Tell time with a personalized clock. Paint the clock with milk paint or casein, and then outline the hands with gold leaf. Not only will it attract attention visually, but it will probably be easier to read from across the room.

Bacon, published by Abrams Books, 2018;

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THIS SIMPLE DIY WILL MAKE A DELIGHTFUL BOUQUET THAT WON’T WILT THIS FALL. By Lynn Fong Photography by Holly Jolliffe Illustrations by Cathy Brear



HAVE YOU EVER WISHED FOR FLOWERS THAT STAY BEAUTIFUL YEAR-ROUND? In their new book, Boho Felt Crafts, Rachel Henderson and Jayne Emerson make crafting your own decorations simple and fun with stepby-step instructions on all kinds of felt décor, including needle-felted bouquets. This DIY guide on crafting felt flowers is “virtually foolproof,” the duo says. “You can experiment with color combinations and you can also vary the shape and number of petals on each flower.” The result is a charming floral décor that will bloom all fall and winter, even as your garden hibernates.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: • Templates, sized as necessary • Tracing paper • Pencil • Fading fabric marker • Scissors • 12-inch (30mm) squares of wool-mix felt in colors of your choice • Wool roving in colors to match the felts • Needle felting tool • Felting mat • Embroidery floss (thread) in colors of your choice • Tailor’s awl • Lengths of florist’s wire • Pliers • Single felting needle (optional) • Florist’s tape

WHAT YOU’LL DO: 1. Trace the templates, then cut them out and draw around them onto the felt with the fading fabric marker. Draw 10 petals and one circular center. 2. Use the needle-felting tool and felting mat to needle felt a layer of wool roving onto the central circle. The center won’t show on the finished flower, but this will create a more stable base on which to work. Use small tufts of roving and build up a layer gradually. Add a layer of roving to each petal. Pull off small tufts and curl them round to follow the shape of the felt petal before needle felting them in place. Any overspill can easily be trimmed off with a sharp pair of scissors. 3. One at a time, needle felt five petals to the central circle, holding them at an angle as shown. Butt the tips of the petals together so that they completely cover the central circle. Then needle felt the remaining five petals to the basic flower, staggering them to fill the gaps between the petals in the first layer. 4. Once you have created your flower, you can add a center. Cut a length of embroidery floss (thread) into short strands and sprinkle some into the center of the flower. Lightly needle felt them in place. 5. To add a stem, you must first pierce two holes in the center of the flower; a tailor’s awl is a good tool for this job. From the back, thread the wire through one hole in the flower, bend over 1 inch (2.5cm), and thread the short end through the other hole. Pull the wire loop tight against the flower then use the pliers to twist the short end around the long end to secure the stem at the back. Add a few more pieces of embroidery floss (thread) with a single felting needle if needed to conceal the wire. 6. Wrap florist’s tape around the stem to finish it off. Make as many flowers as you require. If you are making a single bloom, you may want to add a needlefelted leaf. Make one in the same way as the petals, then simply add the leaf in as you wrap the florist’s tape around the stem.

[TEMPLATE] 90% of actual size.

Boho Felt Crafts: 35 Colorful Projects for Gifts, Decorations, Faux Flowers and Succulents, and Much More by Rachel Henderson and Jayne Emerson, published by CICO Books, © 2018; FALL 2018







THE QUINTESSENTIAL ENGLISH COUNTRY HOME IS FAR FROM PERFECT; it doesn’t shy away from a little wear and tear. Ros Byam Shaw investigates what really goes into the subtle yet distinctive “quintessential English look” in her book, Perfect English. Whereas many current design trends push an overpolished homogeny that Shaw considers “bland,” the English homes she showcases are “more a form of self-expression than a means to impress.” Through persistence and a bit of creativity, anyone can create the perfect English country style at home.

HISTORY Much of the romantic charm of an English home comes from its unadulterated antiquity. In the homes that Shaw showcases—some of which date back hundreds of years—“the layering of time is apparent and enjoyed.” Instead of totally refurbishing original pieces, preserve their worn edges as evidence of a home well loved.

[opposite] This cupboard, specially commissioned for displaying china, showcases a feast of colors and delicate designs. The plain white of the cupboard itself allows the wonderful china collection to shine with its bright pops of pink and orange. [top] Wallpaper can add a touch of simple warmth to any room. This bedroom’s use of lush floral wallpaper, along with floral bedspread and cushions, enlivens a space with its motif of natural beauty. The rose design is a particular English favorite. [bottom] Plain white walls, such as in this kitchen, can offset more vibrant decorations with its simplicity. Here, blue and white decorative porcelain and a colorful Greek tablecloth freshen the otherwise subdued look of the room.

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beautiful as well as practical.

If you have original old stone or wood floors, do your best to keep them as intact as possible. No such luck? Decorate your floor with textured stone flags or reclaimed wood boards to replicate the look.

MIX AND MATCH A little mismatched contrast can add to the charm of a room, demonstrating a “mild eccentricity,” which turns the average room into one “perfectly suited to the tastes, habits and quirks of their inhabitants.” Floral patterns work particularly well with “checks, stripes and sprigs,” she says, but remember to balance patterned pieces with solid textiles, such as “flowery cushions on a plain sofa or sprigged curtains against painted walls.” Embroidered bedspreads, wall hangings or rugs bring “an exotic dash of color and pattern” to complement painted walls, Shaw says. Placed next to vintage pieces, small “flashes of modernity” in the form of artwork or small furniture can also enliven a space.

COMFORT Most importantly, don’t get so caught up in decorating your home that you forget to live in it. For Emily Todhunter, designer and homeowner, essentials of an English country house include “comfy beds and pillows and enormous baths.” Leave plenty of room for sofas and a fireplace as well. “Nothing is more welcoming or cheering than a blazing log fire,” Shaw writes. If you don’t have original fireplaces to open up, you can install new ones instead. The essence of English country style is an avoidance of pomposity, finding ways to decorate that are beautiful but also practical. A perfect English country home radiates both romantic nostalgia and quiet comforts. “Like so many aspects of interior decoration, getting it just right is often a question of trial and error,” Shaw explains. So don’t worry if it takes

Perfect English by Ros Byam Shaw, published by Ryland Peters & Small, © 2018;

you a while to find that perfect balance.

4 Ways to Fill Your Spaces Authentically

PUT ENGLISH TOUCHES IN YOUR COUNTRY COTTAGE. THOUGH THIS STYLE FAVORS HISTORIC PIECES, THERE ARE MANY WAYS YOU CAN DECORATE TO SHOWCASE YOUR INDIVIDUALITY, EVEN IN A NEW BUILD. HERE ARE A FEW IDEAS FOR YOUR EMPTY BOOKSHELVES AND COUNTERTOPS. 1. PLANTS. Flowers and potted plants are an easy way to liven up a room. Especially in a space with many muted colors, the vibrancy of a flower arrangement will make a big impact. Roses are an English favorite; other great cottage species include azaleas and arrowhead plants. 2. CUSHIONS. Large cushions are not only a great way to add pattern to chairs, sofas and beds, they can also be a source of extra comfort. Remember not to get cushions that are too small, because English country style is all about comfort and practicality.

3. PICTURES. Old oil paintings work perfectly in a cottage country style home. Find an art dealer who specializes in antiques or go to a flea market and look for old portraits and landscapes. Avoid reproduction art prints, as those are rarely convincing. 4. FOUND OBJECTS. If you like hunting for interesting and especially vintage objects, display them around your house. “Large scallop shells make pretty soap dishes, for example, and pieces of pottery or pebbles can be made into mosaics,” Shaw writes. In moderate doses, fun found objects can add a slice of unique eccentricity to any room.

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IT CAN BE OVERWHELMING TO BEGIN DECORATING WITH SALVAGED MATERIALS. In her book Styling with Salvage: Designing and Decorating with Reclaimed Materials, Joanne Palmisano details how to bring in, upholster and style with older, already-owned and vintage pieces in a new space.

KNOWLEDGE IS KEY Whether you decide to reclaim, repurpose or restore, knowing the cost, time, creative energy and even willpower behind a project can be helpful early on. Prior to entering into projects, go to local vintage shops and “chat first with the folks at the places where you get your stuff,” Palmisano writes. “You will no doubt find them to be exceptionally knowledgeable about the materials and pieces.” Also research online to learn more information about the items you want, including their origins and physical components. The more you know about your pieces, the easier it will be to work with them.

START WITH STYLE Now it’s time to decide on your design style. Look for salvaged items that speak to you and your interests at your local antiques or vintage store, whether it’s an antique Mason jar or a vintage book collection. “Working with older materials is like assembling a jigsaw puzzle: sometimes you don’t know what the picture will look like until you put all the pieces together,” Palmisano says. 108 COTTAGE COUNTRY


Visit your nearest flea market or antiques shop to find one-of-a-kind items, like this robin’s-egg blue table that Palmisano found at the Vintage Bazaar in Salisbury, Massachusetts. With some creative imagination, she used a package of floral napkins and decoupage glue to create colorful boxes for her office. FALL 2018



Combine vintage mirrors and antique textiles to give your bedroom space the ultimate aged, beautiful feel.

Explore design possibilities in a mounted wall collection or an accented décor piece. Changing an item’s original use can also add character to the piece in its new surroundings. For example, gild the corners of a vintage desk to transform it into an accent piece, or add a new finish to an antique dining table.

REUSE, RECLAIM, REPURPOSE On a budget? Look to items you already own and determine how you can use them. “Lace tablecloths can be transformed into shower curtains, sweaters can be turned into pillows, old wood paneling can become a vintage-inspired sign, or an old desk can evolve into a bathroom vanity,” Palmisano says. A 110 COTTAGE COUNTRY

few tweaks in your items’ design, style and location can easily change the look of any space.

GET CREATIVE WITH COLOR Once you’ve found your pieces, celebrate with color. If your piece is already painted or finished, consult a local antiques dealer or research online for the best ways to work with it. “Sometimes a piece just needs a good cleaning and polishing. And sometimes it should be left as is,” Palmisano explains. However, a vibrant paint or stain color can be a nice addition to already-owned or vintage pieces. Ask yourself: What function does this piece serve in my space? What painting

Give your cottage some extra attention with pieces made of driftwood, along with vintage and unique throw pillows and blankets.

Vintage signs, like this one from an antiques shop in Vermont, are great additions to any home. Use them as a focal point to build your wall design or add them in as complementary pieces to a neutral décor.

method would make this item unique? Ultimately, whether you go for a stain, oil paint or whitewash finish, your piece will have a new design, character and appeal you produced yourself. Whichever pieces you decide to use and however you decide to work with them, designing and styling with salvaged pieces adds an antique and unique touch to any space.


Whether you decide to use wood paneling, driftwood, floorboards or old barn doors, wood is one of the most common materials for reusing, salvaging and repurposing. Here’s how you can source it. • SCOUT OUT. To start your search, head to an architectural salvage shop for an expert opinion and woodworking advice on all types of projects. Reclaimed wood shops often carry rare urban salvage, sinker salvage, antique and heritage lumber and secondhand dimension lumber. On a limited timeframe? Reclaimed lumber shops are great places for ready-to-install, already-sanded pieces and wood samples. On a budget? Look to your local rebuild center for slightly laborious, more affordable options. • SAND AWAY. Once you find the wood that works best for you, it’s time for sandpaper and water. “Most old wood will be brown, gray or very dark because of oxidation, dust and dirt,” Joanne says. In order to prep the wood for use, it’s important to sand and water it to get off all the dirt and dust that has accumulated over time. Not only will it make your wood easier to work with, it will keep your finish looking good longer.

Styling with Salvage: Designing and Decorating with Reclaimed Materials by Joanne Palmisano, published by The Country Man Press, A

• WORK WITH IT. Factor in function and your space’s design style to decide on the right project for you. Use wood paneling to create a vintage-inspired sign or headboard for your bedroom, or get some plywood for a floating shelf unit in your kitchen. No matter what project you decide on, wood is a versatile material that any space can incorporate with a little creative thinking.

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For more on Tobi, visit Architecture: Yeary Lindsey Architects. (501) 3725940 or Art in Entry: Sheila Cotton. Bedroom lamp: Robert Abbey. (828) 322-3480 or Bedroom ottoman: John Derian. (800) 677-3207 or Blue and White Wallpaper by Entry: F. Schumacher. (800) 523-1200 or Breakfast dining chairs: CR Laine. Visit Breakfast rug: Country Braid House. (603) 2864511 or Cow painting: Bee Sieburg. (828) 279-4945 or Craft room chandelier: Urban Electric. (843) 7238140 or Deer head: Roost. (415) 339-9500 or Dining chair fabric: Designers Guild. (212) 967-4540 or Dining room chandelier: Canopy Designs. Visit Dining table in breakfast room: Hickory Chair. (808) 225-0265 or Family room draperies: Tobi Farley Home. (501) 868-9882 or Formal living room buffet: Bennett Galleries & Co. (865) 588-6130 or Formal living room ottoman: Lee Industries. (828) 464-8318 or J pillows: B Berger. (800) 275-3872. Paint: Bedroom: 6596, Bella Pink; Craft room cabinetry: 6484, Meander Blue; Kitchen wall: 6148 Wool Skein by Sherwin-Williams. (800) 474-3794 or Master bedroom chair: Hickory chairs. (808) 2250265 or Stair runner: Karastan. (800) 234-1120 or Wooden horse: Z Gallerie. (800) 908-6748 or

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Kitchen By Victoria Van Vlear Photography by Bill Mathews Styling by Gloria Gail

THERE ARE PLENTY OF FACTORS THAT CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR KITCHEN and many different designs that will work for cottage country style. Here are a few of the elements that make this kitchen, designed by Kim Hoegger, so successful.

LOTS OF LIGHT. More noticeable than any other element is the amount of light in this space. Not only are there windows that let in natural light, but also the high ceilings allow for multiple rows of windows. Even if you don’t have windows in your kitchen, you can provide the same feel by making sure to include plenty of lights in the room. If your natural light is minimal, stick with lighter colors to bounce around the light you do have.

SUBWAY TILE. Subway tile is classic for kitchens and bathrooms. It’s a material that has been around for over a century, so it won’t go out of style and will help keep your kitchen looking fresh and chic for generations. This kitchen sports subway tile as a backsplash behind the stove, and then wraps around to provide a durable splash surface.

FARMHOUSE SINK. You can’t have a country kitchen without a farmhouse sink. This rounded, undermount sink looks great against the darker cabinets and speckled granite countertops. Farmhouse sinks also come as overmounts, meaning that the sink sits on top of the cabinet counter instead of underneath.

MIXED CABINETS. Open shelves or closed cabinets? That’s the great debate for kitchen designs, but you don’t have to choose between the two—you can have both. The Dura Supreme cabinets in this kitchen are traditional, but they also allow for some open shelves where beautiful dishes are displayed.