Our Farmhouse – Inspirations from Fixer Upper

Full disclosure:  I am a Fixer Upper fanatic.  I can watch this show for hours on end.   I hope to visit Waco, TX and visit the Silos, eat at the bakery and shop in the market.  I love Joanna’s decorating style.  Somehow I see elegance in her style even if she uses vintage, rustic and farmhouse decor.

I watch enough HGTV that I was inspired to use what I’ve learned from these home decorating shows on redecorating our own house.  It was a goal this summer to transform our house into a farmhouse.  We live just outside the city in an unincorporated area of the city.  We are zoned for farm animals including horses.  While we don’t have horses, we do have chickens – 22 layers!  Watch out for a blog about them later. Our house is 1900 square feet frame home.  It is a 4 bedroom 2 bath house on an acre lot.  We’ve lived here for 15 years now. It has has gone through some renovations including the kitchen.  Our home decor has evolved all these years as well.  Our style was pretty much a mishmash of several design styles and color palettes.  We’ve had leather couches, plaid couches, brown and maroon walls, sage green walls and a wide variety of furniture design, wall colors and accessories.  Thanks to shows such as Fixer Upper, I have embraced whites and grays and vintage decor and furniture.

The Foyer I love this vignette as you enter the house.  I was able to use one of these vintage windows that we got from a warehouse in Durham, North Carolina.  Vintage books and scale were from a local thrift store.  These two natural chairs are from Ballard Designs.  I love them and just fit perfectly here.  The “hi” wall decor and “be our guest” and clock are steals from Hobby Lobby.  The table table is a restored curbside find.  I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Provence, finished with clear wax (how-to will be in another post)


Living Room Ah!  I love this room.  It is airy, and inviting.  I love these curtains I found from Target, wall decor from Hobby Lobby, vintage sofa and pink vanity from thrift stores.  The vintage seat was from a lady in North Carolina.  The lamps are bargain finds from Kirkland’s.


Fireplace and Mantel This was by far the most drastic change.  I painted the brick around the fireplace. I used Sherwin Williams Alabaster White.  (Check back on how-to post).  The wooden mantel is a vintage wood find from a salvage warehouse in Durham, NC.  Accessories are from Target, Hobby Lobby and Old Tyme Pottery.   I painted the “hello” sign on a rustic sign that we found at the Mount Dora Vintage Market.  For a pop of color, we have these two side chairs that I found on sale from Pier 1 Imports.


Family Room This is my view every time I cook and wash dishes:-)  I just love how fresh and airy it feels in this room.  The paint color is a personal mix of Sherwin Williams Paint Alabaster White with 100 drops of black per gallon.  It is the perfect gray that I was going for.  The Home Depot paint experts named it Joyous Gray:-)  The curtains from Target are a perfect match with the wall color.  Wall decors are all from Hobby Lobby.  The new light fixtures over the kitchen sink are from Lowe’s.  They complete the farmhouse look!  The lamp is from Kirkland’s.


Family Room You are now looking towards the pool.  Thankfully our old furniture matched the wall color and decor style.  We’ve had this living room furniture since we moved to the house.  The coffee table is another curbside find that I refinished with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.  I finished the top with Annie Sloan Dark Wax.  The vintage suitcases fit perfectly in the decor. I found them on Amazon.


Dining Room For this room, we used the Alabaster White paint color as that for the fireplace.  These shutters and vintage window were from a salvage warehouse in Durham, NC  The ladder is from the Mount Dora Vintage Market.  The chandelier is from Lowe;s and the barrel top wall decor is from Pier 1 Imports.  The table and chairs are painted in Farmhouse Paint in White Ash.  I found the magnolia wreath from Kirkland’s. They had it on clearance!  This beautiful sugar mold is also from the Mt. Dora Vintage Market.



It was a fun project.  I think I stayed on budget:-)  Thank you for stopping by and hope you find inspiration from our farmhouse.  I will share in separate posts how I used both Annie Sloan and Farmhouse Paint to refinish furniture.


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