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