Friday, January 23, 2015

House Tour: Antique Farmhouse

Countryside Meets International

This 19th-century farmhouse is tucked into the countryside, and the interior reflects its rustic roots. But a collection of antiques culled from international sources gives the home a unique look. The homeowner purchases dishes, linens, and containers from European sources online but also peruses flea markets and antiques stores to create a rustic-meets-European look.

Countryside Meets International

Antique Living

An antique railroad cart-turned-coffee table anchors the living room. Once-destroyed porch post columns pieced back together by the homeowner stretch the visual height of the room. A reproduction French armoire hides a television.

Antique Living

Prettily Pieced Together

A front room in the farmhouse felt awkward before it was turned into a casual seating area by pairing a Victorian pullout couch with an antique headboard. A green wire vegetable cart finds new life as a storage unit for European linens and breadboards.

Prettily Pieced Together

Vintage Vingette

A fireplace surround that once graced a Victorian house adds architectural interest. On top of the mantel, a repurposed antique drying rack displays the homeowners' wedding photos.

Vintage Vingette

Collections on Display

Vintage grain sacks rest on the seat of an old bistro chair in the living room. Built-in shelves show off collections of vintage French canning jars, mustard pots, and wooden and metal clock faces.

Collections on Display

Clever Window Treatment

Vintage hankies were pieced together to create a charming window treatment. Below the window, a blue dresser and bistro chair complete the hallway vingette.

Clever Window Treatment

Reimagined Treasures

Reimagining antiques for new purposes gives decor a unique story. Here, clear glass bug catchers from France hold fresh flowers.

Reimagined Treasures

Charming Bedroom

A coverlet sewn from grain sacks, vintage linens, and a burlap bed skirt imbue the master bedroom with a timeless quality. An antique medical tray serves as a bedside table, while a letterpress block and pieces of architectural salvage spell out the couple's initials above the bed. The chair is upholstered in German grain sacks.

Charming Bedroom

Family Roots

As a surprise for the homeowner's birthday, her husband built a bench for their entry from hand-carved beams salvaged from a collapsed barn on her family farm. The baskets and sign are flea market, crafts fair, and online finds. Friends sewed the pillow covers from feed sacks.

Family Roots

Lush Garden

Outside the home, lush gardens flank the farmhouse porch. Gingerbread corbels, an arbor, and decorative touches such as the galvanized watering can hanging from a hook bring the vintage charm inside the home to the exterior.

Lush Garden

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