House Tours: Farmhouse with European Style

A classic farmhouse gets a facelift with a white palette and minimalist design, offering a family-friendly take on country French style.

By Andrea Cooley


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Farmhouse exterior
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French Living

    This two-story Colonial farmhouse may look like the all-American home on the outside, but inside a white palette, painted furniture, and repurposed antiques in every room give the home a decidedly European look.

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Casual Dining

    The kitchen opens up to a dining area with a distressed trestle table. A sheer gray linen drum shade conceals the chandelier, leaving only the crystals to twinkle above the table. White slipcovers on the dining chairs look fresh around the rustic wood table.

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Sitting Pretty

    An antique Swedish-style chair gets a makeover with feed sack upholstery. Words printed on the sack become the focal point on the back of the chair.

    Get the Look: Look for old grain sacks with colorful images or printed text to create your own unique upholstery or cushions.

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Contemporary Classic

    The farmhouse sink is a mainstay in a country kitchen, but here it is paired with modern stainless-steel appliances and honed black granite countertops for modern appeal. Painted white cabinets continue the white palette found in the rest of the house. A large double window over the sink lets light fill the space.

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Make It Yours

    Love the lines of a piece of furniture but hate the finish? Cover it up. Toile slipcovers turn a chair and ottoman with red leather upholstery into a modern country set that is right at home in this romantic bedroom.

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Elegant Easy Chair

    The slim lines and muted floral pattern of the chaise longue add feminine style to the front sitting area. A large white cupboard dominates the corner without overwhelming the space, and a sisal rug adds texture along with a natural touch.

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Old Meets New

    A bare wall becomes a library with shelves full of books, baskets, and other treasures. Mismatched chairs are united with natural linen upholstery and painted white finish. A marbletop steel computer table is tucked in the corner -- a reminder that this room is more modern than it looks.

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Simple Style

    An iron lamp lined with mosquito netting becomes the crowning touch on this dreamy bed. White walls, linens, and furniture create a serene mood in the master bedroom. French burlap curtains frame the window.

    Get the Look: Edit a room down to one or two signature pieces for a clean look. Here the corona is the focal point. Everything else is supplemental.

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Modern Country

    White plastic Philippe Starck chairs feel right at home on a country-style front porch with their blue-ticking cushions. Light blue paint on the ceiling gives the sense that you're always sitting under a clear blue sky. Antique treasures like the stone guard dog and ball make their way onto the porch, bringing the home's eclectic style outdoors.

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Light and White

    Oak-varnished pickled floors and creamy white walls create a neutral backdrop for antiques. Layers of white paint in varying shades create a timeless patina on these Swedish-style chairs and table. A large mirror on the wall reflects the light from the window, making the space bright and airy.

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Collected Style

    Show off your collections for a one-of-a-kind display. Here, a French farm table showcases a collection of brown transferware, a period bronze Cupid, and several modern lights. The arrangement is simple enough to change regularly. An eye-catching schoolhouse window was converted into a mirror. A crystal chandelier adds a glamorous touch.

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Detail Oriented

    Simplicity is the key to the confident yet understated decorating style found throughout this elegant country French home. Every element of the home is edited down to its simplest parts. Here, the pairing of a chair and old circular wood window creates a beautiful vignette. The window's distressed finish and the chair's feed sack upholstery add character to a blank wall.

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White on White

    White walls create a neutral backdrop that lets your furnishings and accents shine. Linen curtains casually drape the front window and drag on the floor. A traditional Scandinavian floor clock anchors the corner, a nod to classic Swedish style. A demilune table with a distressed white finish sits over the radiator.

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