House Tour: Antique Farmhouse

This 19th-century farmhouse mixes rustic touches with European treasures to create a unique decorating statement.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Romantic Kitchen

    A farmhouse-style table with a custom cloth made by an Etsy seamstress introduces romance to the kitchen. Beyond the table, a chippy-paint hutch holds shapely pieces of ironstone.

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    Reimagined Treasures

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

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    Functional Ingenuity

    While repurposing can be purely aesthetic, it can also be functional. Here, a distressed ladder stores linens.

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    Simple Yet Stunning

    The homeowner elevates the status of simple ironstone bowls and French cafe au lait cups by stacking them on a cake stand.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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