The term “Farmhouse style” can mean many different things these days! There are lots of “farmhouse” style homes to drool over – modern, rustic, traditional – but my personal favorite is a colonial farmhouse style, mixed with a bit of southern flair. Is that a thing? Well if not, we plan on making it a thing! I envision a traditional, colonial style farmhouse with a beautiful, southern style, wrap around porch!
Farmhouse Style Inspiration and What lies ahead
I know… I’ve been a little MIA around here the last two weeks! However, that being said, I promise it’s not without good reason! One week into Summer, we made the (somewhat crazy) decision to exchange our easy breezy, pool filled break for the exciting, yet hectic decision to move!
Things moved pretty fast, and now we are under contract for an adorable farmhouse with a beautiful horse property! We fell in love with the property the moment saw it! The home, however, it a bit different situation. Built in 1966, the farmhouse is outdated in many ways. However, it does possess certain elements of undeniable farmhouse charm – Bead board ceilings, a white picket fence (well vinyl, but close enough) and a 4-stall horse barn to name a few!
We see SO much potential in this property and we are beyond excited (and nervous) to embark upon this new adventure of farm living and renovation! With that being said, assuming all goes well, come June 28th, I will have lots of fun inspiration and DIY projects coming your way!!
Farmhouse Style Paint
Nothing makes a home feel more “used” than dingy paint and swiss cheese walls (hello 50 year of nail holes!). Thankfully, this is an easy fix! Here is a view of the current dining room situation. I adore the bead board ceilings and chair railing, but the faux wall paint and dated light fixture have to go! Luckily, I am able to see past these (not so desirable) elements and look at the possibilities! With new paint, an updated light fixture and new furniture this dining room will be completely transformed! Can’t you just see it?!
Before we move in, however, we plan on giving the home a little bit of a face lift. We will paint the walls and trim throughout the home with a mixture of tone on tone whites, and will keep the gorgeous character of the ceiling!
In addition to the walls, there are definitely elements about the home that I wish to change. To say that I am not fond of the bedroom and basement carpet is an understatement! However, knowing that we will be embarking upon a major renovation within the year, we are hesitant to invest much else into the home, only to have it ripped up a few months later. After all… that’s what area rugs are for, right!? 🙂
Our Plan – Year One
Our initial plan for the home is to paint and tackle simple DIY decor projects while we live in it for the first year. We want allow plenty of time to work on the architectural drawings and to gain perspective on how the home lives; Getting used to all of the home’s quirks and beautiful imperfections is something that we believe to be very important. We will work with an architect over the course of this next year to design our dream home… one that will finally match the dream property!
Our Dream Home – Colonial Farmhouse Stye with Southern flair
What does my dream, farmhouse style look like? I envision a new farmhouse with an old soul! I’d like to build a home that has new bones (electrical, plumbing, framing), but that contains older, salvaged finish work – the kind that tell a story! This living/dining room area from the book The Great American House by Gil Schafer III is the epitome of what a new house with an old soul means! I could live in this space forever! The tone on tone ivory paint colors, the rustic beams, the stone fireplace and that wall of french doors are perfection! I’m in love with EVERY detail!
A Mix of Old and New
I love the idea of sourcing salvaged doors for the interior! Using antique and architectural elements adds so much character and story to a home! I love the blend of antique wood doors, crisp white walls and fresh greenery, as found in this beautiful Connecticut home belonging to Michael, and Andrew.
In addition to the home renovation plans, we will also work to revive the barn, previously used to house two horses, Rocky and Bossa. We plan on making the stable into a beautiful office for our home based businesses.
I’d love to keep the area rustic yet charming like the spaces below.
We would also love to open up the middle section of the stable for hosting friends, family and possibly small local events. Can’t you just picture a large family style Thanksgiving meal in there?! Clearing out the stable portions from the barn, would allow for tons of spacee! We would plan on saving the barn doors, hardware and wood for future projects within the home.
We dream of hosting vintage markets, farm festivals and even a seasonal Christmas tree farm! My dream is that the barn will be a rustic, yet charming event space for smaller gatherings… bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties, etc.!
So as you can see, there are lots of big ideas and dreams for this property and we hope that you will come on this journey with us! Closing is scheduled for June 28th. So, for know I’ll keep dreaming and scouring Pinterest for endless ideas and farmhouse style inspiration!
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