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Filled with salvaged treasures, this Victorian farmhouse exudes beautiful country style.
Salvaged treasures, like this water pump, washboard, and galvanized bucket, provide this Victorian-era farmhouse with plenty of down-home charm. A bundle of red geraniums hint at the color scheme inside.
A beat-up painted bucket and rusty ice cream maker are weathered details that help give the home its old-time feel.
An antique buffet, dressed up with crystal knobs and lightly distressed ivory paint, welcomes guests and offers subtle tone-on-tone contrast in the farmhouse's crisp white entry.
To save time and money, the homeowners worked with their kitchen's ho-hum cabinets; a quick coat of paint, reproduction hardware and new multi-paned doors provide an instant cottage-style facelift.
Get the Look: Find a variety of mismatched, different size plates that complement your color scheme, like the blue-and-white ones here. Hang them in a tight cluster, or cover an unused wall such as this space between the cabinets and ceiling. This brings visual interest and an eclectic, yet cohesive look to an otherwise neglected area.
A rustic sign describes the treats displayed in the glass-door cabinet below. Cookbooks are organized and easily accessible on a neat stand
Old-fashioned glass jars hold red candy for a speedy sugar fix. The antique tin shelf and high chairs turn an ignored corner into a unique sweet station.
The dining room hutch offers abundant storage options for linens, silverware, and the homeowner's collection of blue-and-white dishes. The table is covered in a bright white table cloth with red gingham placemats. Vintage floral sheets become delightful chair covers. A cozy rag rug covers the floor.
A vintage milk bottle serves as a vase for cheery gerbera daisies.
A crimson butler's cart helps the homeowner host guests and showcases some of her favorite linens and pottery pieces.
A collection of baskets, a pair of weather vanes, a chicken coop door, and a rustic hand pump pack a punch of vintage style in the sunny family room. The comfy, skirted sofa provides a feminine flair.
In a guest room, a painted iron bed is piled high with red, white, and blue linens. The homeowners layered a floral dust ruffle, cornflower blue and white sheets, and red gingham comforter with a vintage quilt and plaid-and-striped pillow cases. An embroidered "Home Sweet Home" pillow tops off the look. The bed backs up to an exposed brick chimney column and is flanked by a distressed bedside table.
A deep chair is upholstered in a fanciful quilted fabric. Antique trophy cups displayed atop a white painted dresser and prize ribbons surrounded by a black frame lend a sense of nostalgia to the space.
With its intriguing dormer and ceiling details, the former furnace room upstairs was made over as a sunny guest bedroom by applying a coat of white paint and laying wall-to-wall sisal flooring.
The door to a bathroom gets a humorous touch with an outhouse-inspired moon and star design cutout. Clean hand towels hang near the entrance.
This crisp white bathroom hutch with crystal knobs looks fresh and organized. Plenty of shelves and drawers neatly store a plethora of towels and supplies.