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Farmhouse Cottage Style  December 16, 2013 – 10:46 pm

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Featuring Town & Country Living by Jennifer Zuri

Have you ever viewed photos of a home and instantly felt you wanted to uproot all your decor and to change over to a whole new cottage decor? I certainly did when I saw Jennifer’s post on Hometalk…I was scrolling along, minding my own business when these amazing photos seemed to literally pop out at me!Town and Country Living Farmhouse Kitchen Style The first thing I did was to create a Pin Board featuring Jennifer’s photos.

Oh, boy! I’m in trouble…you see my home is a combination of several cottage styles.oklahoma Truly! I would classify the living room and dining room as English Country Cottage, the kitchen and bedroom as French Country Cottage, the ‘retreat’ as Romantic, Garden Cottage.farmhouse living room details Even our hall bathroom has a touch of Beach Cottage. I thought I had all the ‘cottage’ styles covered to my heart’s content. Until I saw Jennfer’s home on her blog, Town & Country Living.

What is Farmhouse Cottage Style:

Jennifer wrote, ‘Farmhouse style is all the decorating rage right now, due in part to its simplicity and affordability. Everyday objects become works of art and white is used liberally to tie a variety of well-worn but well-loved pieces together.’

Well Worn and Well Loved…

Perhaps it was because Dearest and I were recently watching the movie, “Oklahoma” (again)…because as I saw the pictures from Jennifer’s home and read her words my imagination pictured the kitchen and the living room of the old farmhouse in “Oklahoma”. I also had memories of sitting on a screened in porch sitting on an old rocker shelling peas. Or sitting at my grandmother’s kitchen table watching her make biscuits – with a real and true wooden bread bowl.

simplicity and affordability…

These are the things that we collect, the things that bring to us a sense of comfort and of home – things that say, ‘Come on in! You’re welcome’.

What type of things did Jennifer fill the rooms of her home to enhance her ‘Farmhouse style’.

Room by Room – a sort of Country Living Magazine ‘steal this’ idea style

light colored walls, wooden floors, painted furniture, collectibles

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Source: www.adelightsomelife.com

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First- don't make the living room smaller

If there's one thing that makes modern houses more livable, it's the larger areas compared to older houses that had small rooms based on issues like inferior heating and lighting systems, antiquated social codes (like having your kitchen seen being considered low class, so they walled them off), etc.
As for furnishings, don't limit yourself to "mid century" modern, but look to modern stuff in general, which really began showing up from the turn of the century onward...many of the designs that people see as being ultra modern and futuristic are really from the 00's through 30's

Decorating help

I have 2 awkward spots in my house I don't know what to do with. The first is in the kitchen, over the kitchen table. The other is in the living room, over the sofa (notice terrible placement of the thermostat).
Any suggestions? I thought about doing one of those Uppercase Living designs in the kitchen, but can't decide.

So many things but...

I REALLY want one of these dividing the living room and dining room. They company does custom designs so mine wouldn't be quite that grand, lol. I want a small house.
Other things I want are undermounted sinks in the kitchen with granite counters, a kitchen island with a breakfast bar, hardwood floors throughout the entire first floor (or tile in case of the bathroom) and a screened porch since this dreamhouse needs to be in my hometown in Maine and you need one to avoid mosquitoes :-)

Take a good look at your pics...

And tell me you can't do better.
you have, from the look of it, good solid nails - buff them out so that you have a flat, solid surface to work with, and practice your detail work, and I think you've got something...
maybe try some spring-based designs? the pink and black is awful heavy for Easter...and take the next back of pix against a neutral background instead of your living room.
Bravo for trying (if you scroll back far enough, every successful blogger started somewhere, and some of them were even worse.)

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