Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tour My Home

I bought my small farm October 2014.
I wanted something with a few acres, a classic farmhouse and a place for my horses and a few chickens.
And after spending a little over two years, I finally found the ideal homestead.
I am a city girl moved to the country. 
Let's take a tour around my home - outside and in.

On the property there is the farmhouse and three outbuildings. 
An old barn, not in commission but lovely to look at.
A garage and shed. 

I converted the shed to be used for a winter hen house.

Take a walk around the winter farm.
This was my first snowfall here at the farmhouse and I had to capture it on my camera.

Let's head inside.
When I first moved into the house, I literally did not have any furniture.  One sofa to sit on, that was it.
Months before the move from my rental, I decided to sell all my furniture and start from scratch in the farmhouse.
Partially for personal reason and also because I needed the money.
And the process of re-decorating a home is a long one.
A fun one, but nevertheless it is a lengthy process.  Making decisions, what goes with what, and finding my personal style.
It was also important to me to keep the integrity of the farmhouse.
I am constantly making changes and adding new things in each room.

The Livingroom

The wall unit that houses the TV.
And off to the right is the dining room.

I love how sunny this house is.
In my old rental it was always so dark and gloomy.
A very nice, happy change.

Here was the living room in the Fall of 2014.
This is how the room looked when I initially moved in.
The above "After" pictures are the room to-date, March 2015.
Since I did not have any furniture then, I rented this set from Easyhome.

When I first started to decorate this room, I found it to be the toughest.
But in the end, it is my most favourite room in the entire house.  I am so pleased with it.
Bit of farmhouse style, a little eclectic here and there, with a few antique touches.
Again, still making changes to this room on a regular bases.

Source List
Sofa and Loveseat - IKEA Ektorp Stenasa White
White large throw pillows - HomeSense
Off white knitted throw pillows - JC Penny
Burlap canvas horse throw pillow - Etsy
Black buffalo check curtains - Country Curtains
Floor lamp - Target
Floor wicker basket - HomeSense
TV wall unit wicker basket - HomeSense
TV wall unit - Kijiji
Curio Cabinet - IKEA
Slim curio cabinet - Kijiji

The Dining Room

Here is a look at the before and after of this room.
A cold, empty room with no furniture, to a warm cozy room for formal dinners and family gatherings.

Source List
Dining room table, chairs and china cabinet - Kijiji
Area rug - HomeSense
Large clock - Kohls
Large mirror - HomeSense
Vintage china cabinet - Kijiji
Vintage buffet - Kijiji
Curtains - IKEA Ritva
Wire basket - HomeSense
Galvanized basket - HomeSense
Wicker basket on china cabinet - Winners

The Kitchen
This room has not change much from when I moved in.
Will confess that I am having difficulties with this just does not speak to me!
So I am slowly plugging away at it. Or maybe I should leave it just the way it is....plain and simple farmhouse.


The Bathroom

The window curtains in this room are the original from when I moved in.
I have tried slate blinds and a bamboo shade blind, but having a bit of a problem with sizing.
Old farmhouse windows are hard to find coverings that fit.
Love the original vintage door, it adds to this room.

Source List
Shower curtain - Overstock
White shelf - Christmas gifts from the kids
White shag rug - Winners
White basket under sink - Michael's

As I mentioned a few times, this home of mine is still a work in progress.
When furnishing a home it takes time and patience.
And I am happy to be taking my time with if only the patience would get with the program!

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Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Clever Chick Blog Hop at The Chicken Chick
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch


  1. Your patience is paying off though. You've done a lovely job so far :)

    Your kitchen is full of possibilities from what I can tell. I'm sure you'll know what you want soon.

  2. Diane, I love what you've done so far. The living room is beautiful with the black and white colour palette. It does take time and one needs to live in a place a while to get the feel of it. I'm one to talk. NOT. I've lived in the same house for 38 years. LOL And how my style has changed over the years. So, you're doing a great job with your home. I bet you can't wait for spring to come there but we have to get through 'mud season' first. Have fun!

  3. Well, how cute is your farm house. I love farmhouse style and enjoyed your tour. Thanks for joining Wow!

  4. Diane, I think you are doing a remarkable job. It really does take a long time to get the look just right. I know, I've been at it for about 30 years! I love the buffalo check curtains in the living room and that horse picture just speaks for the house..Happy Thursday..Judy

  5. It's looking so good Diane! I love the buffalo check curtains...are the walls white or cream - I am loving the color and would love something similar in my own living room. Patience is the hardest thing I find in my decorating too...but sometimes it makes the finished project so much sweeter!!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  6. I love your living room- the black and white with the warmth of the natural wood in your curio cabinet and armoire. Looks fabulous. Loving your bathroom as well. Decorating takes time and I struggle with patience all of the time. My head is filled with so many ideas and budget and time restraints delay their execution. I am working on my living room this spring/summer.

  7. Oh how luvly Diane ! I am in LUV with your living room!!
    It does take time to decorate a home... but sometimes we want it all done NOW!! Just luvly. Looking forward to more to come...

  8. You should be pleased! Your living room with the black and white buffalo checks and the white comfy sofas is most inviting. I think you've done a terrific job in a short amount of time. Thanks for the tour.

  9. Your home is gorgeous! Wow I am jealous. Such character and your living room looks beautiful. Looking forward to following you!

  10. Your home looks so welcoming! Great choices on your decor... Have a great weekend!

  11. Your home is lovely...and very welcoming! I love your living room...I can see why it's your favorite. Must be those buffalo checks...stunning! They fit the farmhouse so well. As far as the kitchen goes...I'm sure it will reveal it's desire to you in good time. Happy weekend! ;)

  12. I admire how you have personalized your new country home, it looks beautiful. You might get some inspiration from
    She has painted her counters black. This might be what your kitchen needs.

  13. Your rooms are lovely. Love the checked curtains. the dark breadboard as a change from ordinary white! Your kitchen will eventually speak to you too.
    I hope you visit MyKentuckyLiving soon.

  14. Your farmahouse has so much charm and the rooms are so bright and sunny. I'm sure you're very happy there!

  15. I love everything you have done to your home! Your buffalo check drapes absolutely MAKE the room ... and the sideboard in your dining room is to die for! One day, you will walk into your kitchen and you will know EXACTLY what to do to it. Until then, don't force it.

    Have a great weekend.

  16. Diane,
    your farmhouse is so charming and cozy! You've done a great job, everything is perfect. It takes time but when it finally comes together, that's the best! How lucky you are to live in such a beautiful place!

  17. Your homestead looks charming - inside and out! I am now following ;-)
    Lori from LL Farm

  18. Diane, it all looks beautiful. You improved it so much!