My Country Farmhouse – Pretty in Pink Bedroom

This morning I decided to take a drive to Peterborough, Ontario. On the way in to town there is an antique store called Nostalgic Journey that has some pretty neat finds.  While walking around I decided to see if I could furnish a little girls bedroom. Turns out – I can.

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The jumping off point was a beautiful 3/4 soft pink wood carved bed – Stunning. And there’s a pair of them. They would look perfect in any little girls bedroom.

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And for the little girls that love to play with moms make up I found a gorgeous old desk/vanity that could sit nicely between the two beds. Next to the vanity a floral fabric stool with dark wood and a few rows over an oval white wood framed mirror (which was scooped up just after I photographed it).

Other little decor items for the room include a press back rocking chair, wood cantilever lamp with shade, frilled pillow, white bedside food tray and a cute little knit pink and green area rug.

Some ideas I have to help complete the look of the bedroom are a soft floral wall paper, wainscotting and lace curtains.

And a couple pieces I already have in my apartment that would work nicely are a white distressed dresser and a cut crystal lamp. Top it all off with a beautiful full frill bed set. And voila! A sweet little country bedroom fit for a princess!

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My Country Farmhouse – Rustic Kitchen Inspiration

When I go to an antique store I am inspired by the things I find. Today I decided to take a back road drive through the country to Karen Brown’s Antiques & Collectables in Deseronto, Ontario.

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I passed through a couple small towns, one called Thurlow and another called Blessington.  These little towns are full of beautiful old victorian brick and wood/vinyl sided farmhouses and acres of farmland.  Sheep, goats, cows, chickens, hen and horses are every where.

Karen Brown’s Antiques is a bit higher in pricing compared to other locations like Woodstock and Aberfoyle Antiques in the west end but it is still fun to look around.  Just before going in there was a large wood basket ($175) that would look great with some rolling pins and even logs sitting next to a wood burning stove.

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Since I gravitate towards kitchen items and well.. farmhouses I decided to see what great pieces I could find to create a beautiful farmhouse kitchen. As soon as you walk in to the store on the left there is a rustic cabinet loaded with crock ware from bowls to pots, planters and bottles (from $30 – $125).  The bowls would look great in any rustic kitchen. They are heavy and come in a variety of sizes and colours. And if you’re lucky enough to find a smaller crock pot they make great utensil holders.

Every farmhouse kitchen needs a gorgeous old table and chairs to sit at.  These adorable little old chairs ( $95 each) and the beautiful double board table ($85) would definitely warm up any eat-in kitchen and provide extra prep room.

On the table you could put an old wooden bowl ($75- $165) for your fruits and veggies to sit in or a vintage basket (from $20 – $45) that can hold country inspired linens ($8 each). Fun wall decor ideas include hanging old kitchen tools (from $2 – $12) or hanging this fun old wood cow ($125).

Other neat ideas are little tin match holders ($20 – $50), muffin tins ($12), or a spice drawer ($75 – $220). You could even use the old tin water jugs ($15) as a vase for your fresh cut flowers from the garden.

To add some pops of colour I think introducing assorted jars ($6 – 55) in lovely colours is a great way and also add a ton of storage. And giving the kitchen a hit of warmth with a copper pot  ($125) or strainer ($28) as well as adding some black cast iron pans ($18+) to ground the space.

To complete the look of this little country kitchen I would add in some gorgeous old dishes that have a decorative border with vibrant colours to bounce off the other colours that have been used throughout the kitchen.

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Here are some inspirational pictures that that show you how to use these fabulous finds:

If you are working on a tight budget you might consider introducing a few pieces that you absolutely love.  Invest only in what you have a use for.  Here are some of the items I’ve added in my kitchen to spruce it up and make it feel like a farmhouse:

Happy antiquing 🙂

 

 

My Country Farmhouse – 1872 Stone Farmhouse

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This farmhouse was originally built in 1872 and is located in Trent Hills, Ontario.  It has a couple styles of stone on the exterior, multiple porches and a balcony. The house overlooks fields or farmland that offer serenity and natural beauty.

When you enter the house there are 3 things that stand out:

1 – The floors are to die for – solid hardwood in every single room original to the house.

2 – Every single room in the house is yellow.

3 – The detail in the wood work is spectacular.

I entered through the side door which has a covered porch. While I stood on the porch the rain came down making the most beautiful sound.

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This is where I first saw the floors. And as I move from the back room to the kitchen, dining room, living room and a library I took note of the 14″ baseboard, window trim and front door.

As you turn to go upstairs you are greeted by a beautiful curved wood staircase with gingerbread spindles.  And as you head up to the landing a cathedral shaped door way with stained glass out to the balcony.

Some of the bedrooms have cute little old closets that are the length of the room. And even the attic hatch had been given a little diamond detail.

This house is approximately 3800 square feet of beauty and character.  It would make a great family home or even an inviting B&B.  I hope you enjoyed the mini tour.

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