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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reimagining antiques for new purposes gives decor a unique story. Here, clear glass bug catchers from France hold fresh flowers.
While repurposing can be purely aesthetic, it can also be functional. Here, a distressed ladder stores linens.
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.
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.
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.
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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