Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Country Style Drawing Board

Change is brewing.
And it's all about starting from the beginning.  Drawing out plans.
And in my case, that means decorating and design mood boards. Reviewing and choosing colours and themes.

I have mentioned a few times that I am looking to buy either an investment property,
or sell this current farm and get another.
And ideally I would still like to stay country. So for the purpose of this post, let's put our focus on a farm, or farm #2.
I talk about getting started on this second phase of my goals, my bucket list and the finances here.

As I gear up for the above change, I think design.  How I want my new space to look.
And since we are focused on a new home in the country, I would like a farmhouse style or a country cottage style.
Keep it simple, keep it calm and mellow.
Add a bit of industrial to the mix, along with some patina and vintage.

To get myself in the mind-frame, my number one start is with mood boards.
Collect some ideas of furniture, accessories, colours.
Here are a few design boards I draw inspiration from.

Living Room
Let's start with what I have already.  What we are starting with.
IKEA white furniture, lamp, TV cabinet, square beige area rug, display wicker baskets, containers and wooden boxes.
Horse art and other various vintage pieces of wall art work.

Best part about having white IKEA furniture, I can go with any colour theme.
There's rustic farmhouse.


I like a country cottage idea.
Soft colours, calm mood.

IKEA furniture, lamp Target, Country Curtains, Bouclair wall art, vintage piano stool, fern planter

How about something close to a southwestern mood.

IKEA furniture, lamp Target, Ikat Curtains, Bouclair wall art, grey area rug Home Depot, fern planter

The sky's the limit when you have a total kitchen reno.
Here's hoping I have better luck decorating this kitchen then I did my current farmhouse.
I never did get it right here.

Like the large clock, ceiling lights, the ladder is cool, love that island.


Black facet with the white sink.  Ceiling light.  Love that stone back splash.
White cabinets and black hardware.


I like the idea of incorporating bead board in the kitchen.


 The white tile back splash, farmhouse sink, chrome fridge/stove.


Green...why not.  Love the floor.
Actually love everything in this design board.




Red in a small bedroom....I like it.




Stay tuned as we start to tour potential farms for sale.
This blog maybe busy over the next few months!

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  1. Diane these are all fabulous! I really gravitate toward the distinctive cottage...GREEN is my favourite color and something I am trying to incorporate more around here - Thanks for sharing all this great inspiration!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  2. What a fun post with so much inspiration! The Ikea starting pieces make the perfect foundation for all these wonderful looks. The country cottage style always feels so inviting to me. Looking forward to see your upcoming tours!

  3. You would need more than 2 acres to keep sheep and horses. They need grass for grazing, and you would end up with just a muddy paddock......I say you should aim for 5 to 10 acres if you want grazing animals. And then you need to fence in several fields so you can rotate grazing and let fields rest....may just want to stick with a house.....