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Corners of a Farmhouse

March 25, 2011

Are you a fan of farmhouse style? I find that depending on where you live in the world, this style can change which has a lot to do with local culture and what is available among other things. For instance, farmhouse style in America vs. farmhouse style in France or Sweden is somewhat different but they still share a golden thread that links them together — the love of vintage! Other similarities include soft colors (grays, blues and greens are popular), mixing in antiques, making lots of things by hand, and fresh flowers are usually in the mix.

Corners of a Farmhouse

Heather Anderson’s farmhouse in Michigan is more the American idea of farmhouse style which is quite popular and most who follow this style tend to be very creative and love to make things themselves to personalize it a bit. Heather has a gorgeous stream of photos on Flickr where I discovered her and fell in love with some of her DIY projects that I discovered over on her blog like this frame and this bunting. She also has a vintage goods shop over at Etsy. I asked Heather to send me her personal favorite photos of her home to share with decor8 readers – I have to say, she selected some beautiful views that provide for some great Friday inspiration. I also asked her a few questions about her home that I think you’ll enjoy…

What is the inspiration behind your style and how do you define it? I am inspired by farmhouse living. I love the simplicity and the lived in, loved in look. My style is fresh farmhouse with a dash of romance. I love a collected-over-time feel. No rules, just useful and beautiful. I stick with non-breakable, fuss-less items that don’t break the bank or my heart if my baby bears, I mean boys, get a hold of them.

Corners of a Farmhouse

Where do you find ideas and inspiration? With a wealth of blogs and magazines to read, it is not hard to find inspiration! However, my favorites come late at night when the house is (finally) quiet and I have time to just sit and imagine.

What do you love about your home? I
love that our home is in the country. I also love that it is open and airy (a must for long, dark Michigan winters). But my favorite part about our home is that we built it ourselves. It will probably never be “completely” finished, but what fun would that be? I love dreaming up our next project and renovating, decorating, re-decorating… It is humble, yet it is still the house of my dreams.

Corners of a Farmhouse

What makes a house feel like home to you? A house is a home when it is a reflection of you and filled with those you love. Decorating should be fun, not some standard that you have to live up to. It can happen very gradually over time. Layer upon layer, you find, collect, build, and it becomes a labor of love. That is what makes house a home.

Corners of a Farmhouse

Corners of a Farmhouse

Above: Bottles Heather spray painted in matte white paint to give them a chalky finish – I love these!

Corners of a Farmhouse

Heather’s home is filled with projects that she did herself. For instance, if you like the bunting in her kitchen shown (first image above), here is a terrific tutorial where she’ll show you how to make it! You can also learn how to make that terrific frame/message board that you see in the 2nd image above right here. Again, great ideas and a lovely lady who is being creative at home, keeping it real, and loving to decorate!

(images: heather anderson)

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  • Reply Jem March 25, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Those spray painted bottles are fantastic!

    I love farmhouse style on both continents – Europe and America, each have their own particularities! :-)

    Jem xXx

  • Reply Traveling Mama March 25, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    What a lovely home! I have Heather’s shop marked in my favorites, but I hadn’t seen her home. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

  • Reply A Plum By Any Other Name March 25, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I am such a fan of vintage. And anything French. I have a glass lampshade I found at a flea market in Paris that I finally put up last week and I’ve loving it. Lovely pictures, as always!

  • Reply Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor March 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I just love this style of decorating! Farmhouse is the perfect name for it since it isn’t really what would be typically considered country style. There is something so fresh and lovely about a canning jar filled with Sweet-peas in a room with the feeling of crisp linen. Makes me want to run out right now and pick up some fresh flowers to put in my blue glass jars!

  • Reply christina, floresdelsol March 25, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    i love Heather’s style! I’ve been a follower of her’s for a while. so lovely. i wish i could pull off her style in my home :)

  • Reply lesley March 25, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    beautiful! i especially love those white bottles… what a great DIY project!


  • Reply Heather March 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks so much Holly :)
    xo Heather

  • Reply meenal @ maison marigold March 25, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    This is amazing..what a beautiful home..made with that one most important resource- Love… and it shows…thanks for sharing, Holly! xx meenal

  • Reply Tosha Terpilowski March 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Hey Holly,
    Those spry painted bottles are amazing! Just white matte paint? I need to do that asap! I imagine it works on glass as well. Brilliant. I see a weekend project in my future! :) Thank you for the great article….I think it ties in nicely with your course (which I’m taking now) and am slowing incorporating into my blog/life. You.rock. Thanks so much!

  • Reply All things nice... March 25, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Oh what a wonderful home, I love farmhouse style or country cottage so much from anywhere in the world. Most older homes in rural Ireland are farmhouses or country cottages, I love all the old features. This house is beautiful and that workspace is great. Thanks for sharing. I’m off to check out Heather’s blog

    All things nice…

  • Reply Carmen March 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I don’t get it…literally. I can’t see the images! It’s such a bummer, but I can’t see them in the email and I can’t see them here. It’s like this all the time. I can get some images, sometimes. What could it be???

    • Reply decor8 March 25, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      @Carmen I have no idea — I think you may need to google it and see if there is a problem on your end.

  • Reply Heather- Gathering Spriggs March 25, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Heather’ blog and shop are one of my favorites. I have been a fan for awhile and in fact just received my white distressed farmhouse chic shelf from her in the mail yesterday!!

  • Reply AmyeToTheRescue! March 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Dear Ann,
    You always inspire me and Heather Anderson is wonderful. Thanks for sharing this great post!
    Amye Gumbinner

  • Reply Carla Valverde March 25, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Lovely house, and I love the idea with the frame! Where do you find all these great houses!?

  • Reply Andy Mathis March 25, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Growing up on a farm, I love that style. My Grandmother had a large pendant light hanging over the kitchen table. It came from a local school that closed in the 1940’s.

    and my favorite vase for flowers? A Mason Jar.

  • Reply linden March 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I really like the first photo with the table and bunting. I like the rustic mismatched chairs and the simplicity of them. I am a fan of buntings at celebrations and I think this one is so sweet…and so nice that there is a tutorial for us! I am finding all sorts of new Flickr folks to follow thanks to you and everything you share.

  • Reply Janine March 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Wow thanks for sharing. I have bookmarked Heather’s blog as I was so inspired by a glimpse inside her home. Love the spray painted bottles. But I also adored the vintage bottles with the spray attachments. As for the frame board I want to give this a go. Thanks for the inspiration Heather.

  • Reply Julia March 26, 2011 at 12:39 am

    I love farm house style! thanks so much for sharing such an inspiring, yet attainable, post on decorating. This is totally something I can do myself, which I love. Happy weekend!

  • Reply ArticulateArt March 26, 2011 at 4:44 am

    The blue bottles really bring colour to the room.

  • Reply Kristyne March 26, 2011 at 4:50 am

    Yes, it’s official. I love farmhouse style. So easy and casual … “why yes of course you can put your feet up on the coffee table!” :)

  • Reply Lisa's Creative Home March 26, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Heather has a very beautiful home. We are kindred spirits! Thanks for intoducing her to us. The white bottles are very neat and I love the table!

  • Reply Ashley {Indie Pretty Projects} March 27, 2011 at 3:07 am

    I love painting things all-white! I’ve been doing that a lot lately and I love the effect. I’m going to have to try matte paint next time!

  • Reply kate March 27, 2011 at 4:39 am

    pretty, pretty. and super excited to read she’s a michigan girl!

  • Reply chloe March 27, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    ? the norman rockwell pic.

  • Reply Heather March 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Aw.. you all are too stinken’ sweet! :)

  • Reply Theresa March 27, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    I love this style, after a bit of experimenting I have found that this is the style that I feel the most comfortable in and that naturally comes to me. I think that there is a certain lifestyle that fits in with it as well and of course a cottage with a big garden!

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente March 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    So lovely and welcoming….I adore those bottles too! So great and I love her “home” philosophy…a girl after my own heart. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  • Reply Hazel March 28, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I LOVE farmhouse style, and I’m absolutely itching to re-create the picture frame with hanging wires by next week. How perfect. Thank you for sharing this inspirational post!


  • Reply Emma March 29, 2011 at 2:46 am

    I love all things farmhouse, but totally agree that it is all different in all parts of the world. For instance American farmhouse and French farmhouse are very far removed from what I would probably call our house: Australian farmhouse. We don’t have the history here so a lot of ‘old’ things we find antique/vintage are depression era things. Our farmhouse most definitely fits our lifestyle (we’re farmers!) but also is just ‘easy’ to live with and in. Australian farmhouse style I think is hard to define, it’s sort of an evolution of English cottages mixed with rugged outback homesteads, but my all time favourite magazine Australian Country Style (which I think you read Holly?) does a pretty darn good job of expressing it!

  • Reply Kelly January 14, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Thank you for posting this! I pinned that adorable frame. :-)

  • Reply Jamie September 6, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    LOVE this post. I live in the Bay Area (but am from the South) and adore the farmhouse look. Swooning over that the breakfast table and desk! <3 <3 <3

    I've mixed farmhouse with modern pieces for my own dining table. Check it out on my blog (

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