This week is the Summer Showcase of Homes and you can see the entire week’s schedule of homes at the end of this post. The tour is online so you can view these beautiful homes no matter where you live. Today it’s my day to share my cottage style farmhouse with you and I’m pleased as punch to have you here with me!
My butter yellow farmhouse was built circa 1875 and sits on a dead end street in a small town west of Chicago where the suburban sidewalks meet the country fields of Illinois prairie. We have the best of both worlds here. The hustle and bustle of the city to the east and the tranquility and beauty of the country to the west.
Come on up to my porch! Look closely and you’ll see our cat Taffy is ready to greet you.
The Entry Way
Step inside the front door and drop your keys on the painted and decoupaged desk.
The top of this little garage sale desk reveals the script scrapbook paper that I decoupaged on after painting it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre. This desk used to be solid black and simply didn’t fit in with my bright and airy decor. Now it looks right at home.
The entry way is an extension of my living room. It was an awkward space due to the traffic pattern leading to the front door, so I configured this space into a foyer of sorts. The dining room is the room to the north but we’ll go in there a bit later.
The Living Room
Slip covers and textiles cover the furniture in my cottage style farmhouse living room. I like to keep the rooms light and bright during the summer and slip covers are a great way to change up a room. A bamboo script mat is used on the wooden floors in lieu of an area rug. These mats are highly durable and easy to clean.
Painted stairs lead to the second floor and the doorway opens into our laundry room, which is a bit messy right now so I’m keeping the door closed. Eventually I’ll get that laundry room lined with bead board … some day.
The stairway has a window oddly placed at the bottom, but I’m glad it’s there because it lets in lots of natural light. A branch painted white is set atop the window and a string of paper butterflies hangs from one end. I prefer simple window treatments in my cottage style farmhouse.
The Family Room
In the corner of the family room is my crafting cabinet. When it’s messy, I can just close the doors and voila … the mess is gone!
The windows are dressed with landscape burlap (which is softer than regular burlap). I simply draped the burlap over a branch from the yard which serves as the curtain rod. White roman shades complete the window treatments in this room.
The skinny armoire in the corner was a garage sale find that I painted and decoupaged. It holds coats and shoes. Our family room has a bamboo script mat similar to the one in the living room, but with a different pattern.
The Dining Room
Let’s step on into the dining room which has changed a lot over the years. I painted the table and chairs with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. The end chairs were church sale finds that I painted and reupholstered with drop cloth, painting a stripe down the middle to mimic French grain sack. The lace curtains were made from fabric I found for just $1. Again, a branch from the yard becomes the curtain rod.
The cottage style dining buffet is on the opposite wall, along with some of the vintage mirrors I’ve collected over the years.
The corner hutch holds white ironstone. I painted the interior Duck Egg Blue to show off the collection better. The walls in this room are painted Steamed White by Valspar at Lowe’s.
I found this dry sink at the antique store in town for $80. Bee’s Balm fills the small milk bottle while dried lavender is stuffed in an over-sized enamelware pitcher. The fragrance combination is heavenly!
Summer fresh flowers fill blue mason jars and take center stage on the dining table. It’s so easy to decorate your home during the summer with flowers from the garden or picked fresh from the side of the road.
The back door leads into our cottage kitchen. A trio of windows above the sink provides plenty of natural light for this north-facing room. The kitchen cabinets are painted Tortilla by Martha Stewart paint. They’re slightly darker than the white bead board.
We added bead board 3/4 of the way up the walls and installed open shelving throughout. There are no upper cabinets in our farmhouse kitchen, and I like it that way. I’ve been collecting the white ironstone for a little under a year now and it’s my favorite collection.
Open shelving was added above the stove. My kitchen island is constantly in use with lots of cooking from scratch. I’m a vegetarian and love growing our own vegetables.
A built-in cabinet in our cottage style farmhouse provides even more storage in the breakfast nook. People often ask how I keep a white kitchen clean. I painted the bead board with kitchen cabinet paint because it wipes clean quite easily. It doesn’t stain, and grease and grime don’t stick to it. You’d be amazed how easy it is to keep this room clean.
Here’s the schedule for the week: