Welcome to the debut of "Featured Farmhouse". This is the first of many farmhouses to come through this ongoing monthly segment that you will find right here at LaurieAnna's Vintage Home.
I will be "traveling" all over the globe seeking out farmhouse-styled homes to showcase. So if you love the casual look and vintage inspired lifestyle, and decorate your home to emphasize this, please contact me. I'd love to see it. And maybe your home will be an upcoming "Featured Farmhouse".
I’m drawn to the comfortable, welcoming feeling that comes from the farmhouse style. It’s the simplicity of the mixtures of wood, whites, and vintage collections that I adore.
The relaxed farmhouse style allows my family to enjoy our favorite things… It’s more than a style, it’s the way we live…Baking with fresh eggs from our hens, piling on the sofa for movie night, or having family and friends over for dinner.
Where do you get your best ideas?
I get my inspiration mostly from the amazingly talented women who blog. I love looking through blogs and sites like Pinterest for fresh ideas. I’ve also been known to hoard magazines.
Also, one of my favorite places to get ideas is your place, LaurieAnna! I come away so inspired when I visit your shoppe.
What does your husband/family think of this style of decorating?
God has blessed me with such a fun family. My husband and our three kids love the farmhouse style. It’s not formal, but comfortable…and we all feel right at home. The great thing about vintage furniture is that it looks better with more wear and tear, and slipcovers can be bleached. My family laughs about my constant rearranging…they never know what to expect.
Where do you get your signs?
Such as the Farmers Market in the kitchen.
I’ve made all of my signs using reclaimed barn wood. I just stencil the words with paint and sand/distress, so they will have the vintage appearance. Our latest sign, “EGGS”, was done by my husband, “Mr. Buckets of Burlap”. He cut out large letters from old wood.
Did you have a different style of decorating before this? And if so, what was it?
I actually had NO style before “vintage country farmhouse”… I spent all of my time teaching Kindergarten, which did not allow for much decorating. All of my creative energy was spent on my classroom until summer of 2008. Now that I work from home, I spend my extra time decorating and shopping flea markets.
How old is your house?
Our house is almost six years old. It is a modular home that we had custom built. However, at that time, I didn’t realize my passion for farmhouse style. Therefore, it has been an ongoing process to transform it into a cozy place we are proud of. It is always a work in progress.
How long have you lived there?
We moved into our house in December of 2005.
You home school, don’t you? How do you find the time to do it all?
This is true. We home school our two youngest children. Our oldest attends a local high school. Honestly, I don’t feel like I “do it all” very well. It is difficult to juggle work, home school, and blogging. This is why I usually only post about once a week.
However, my husband and I make a great team. We work together on everything, including home school and house projects. We even enjoy hunting flea markets together.
What is the favorite room of your house?
My favorite room in our house is the den. This is where our family spends most of our time together. We play the Wii or watch a soccer game while gathered around the coffee table eating homemade guacamole. It also has some of my favorite furniture pieces, like our vintage cabinet from LaurieAnna’s.
Where is your favorite place to get your wonderful finds you decorate your home and gardens with?
Our favorite flea market is Canton Trade Days in Texas. We have found some of our favorite vintage items there, like several old scales, and our kitchen island. I also visit a few local antique malls.
What is your next "project"?
We just got our hands on a huge load of old barn wood. Our next project will be a kitchen farm table. Also, I’m so excited to get started on a potting shed this Fall. My husband is such an incredible carpenter. He built our mantle, several farm tables, the chicken coop, and our headboard. I get an idea, and he builds it.
Do you see your decorating style changing or just evolving?
I believe my decorating style is continuously evolving. I love to change things as I get inspired by others or have fresh ideas. The best thing about farmhouse style is it doesn’t go out of style.
Thank you Becky for allowing us into your beautiful home and to all of you for taking the tour with me. Thanks also to Brenda for helping me organize this segment.
Please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an idea for a future "Featured Farmhouse". You don't need to have a blog to be featured.
Now, I'd love for you to link up below and share your own farmhouse style with us.