Farmhouse Kitchen Redesign: Lighting

farmhouse kitchen ceiling fan

I’m going forward full force on this farmhouse kitchen redesign, and today I have the first little update for you all – the lighting! Not only did we update the main light and ceiling fan, but we also updated the light that is in the adjacent ‘sink room’.  Our sink room is a separate little room off the main kitchen.  Since our home was built in the late 1800’s, it wasn’t build with indoor plumbing and the room with the sink was added later down the road (you can get a better view of it in the photo below!).  Regardless, we have both lights replaced in today’s kitchen update!  [Read more…]


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Farmhouse Kitchen Design Plans

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(photo source: My Domaine)

In the several weeks since I shared this kitchen photo on ‘The List‘ it has not left my mind.  There is something about the kitchen that resonated so much with me, but I couldn’t put my finger on at the time. Now, after having some time to get more acquainted, I know exactly what it is about this design that draws me in.

It’s that the basics of this kitchen are identical to my own kitchen, but the details are what make it so strikingly new.

Dream kitchen has black cabinets.
I have black cabinets.

Dream kitchen has walnut floors.
I have walnut floors.

Dream kitchen has subway tile backsplash.
I have subway tile backsplash.

You get the picture.

What I started taking note of, were the few things it would take to transform my space into this dream space.  Drawer pulls, butcher block countertops, and a vibrant rug would really do it.  Of course, there are a few other extras that would make it even more exciting… [Read more…]

Farmhouse Files: Hello Down There

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There is a lot that goes on in this crazy old house that doesn’t make the blog.  Mostly because it’s not inspiring or pretty, but sometimes also because it’s just embarrassing.  I know that part of real life is dealing with the not-so-pretty side of home ownership (or rental, for that matter), so I’m sharing all the dirty little bits of real life living in a century-old farmhouse in my column, The Farmhouse Files.  I have already shared about mystery smells, sweltering summers, and today, I’m going to share one of the things that I’m most ashamed about when it comes to the way my house looks.  [Read more…]

The Farmhouse Files: Red Hot Summer


Life in a 100+ year old farmhouse has it’s perks.  It also has it’s downfalls.  I’ve started sharing real stories about what living in a century-old house means in my column ‘The Farmhouse Files‘ and it’s not all parties and pretty renovations.

The summer is one of the times that a big drawback of farmhouse life is extremely exaggerated.  While you all see a lot of my outdoor entertaining, have you ever noticed that I rarely (if ever) host a party INSIDE during the summer months?  Well, that’s because there is a very – shall we say – stifling reason not to.  [Read more…]

The Farmhouse Files: What’s That Smell?

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Life on a farm.  It can be idyllic.  I can look beautiful from the outside, and especially on the internet.  Of course, I showcase a lot of the beauty of a country life here as well… but there is a lot of real life going on that I don’t necessarily publicize.  Sometimes because it’s gross, sometimes because it’s embarrassing, and sometimes because it’s so terribly ridiculous that nobody would even believe it.

Although living in a century-old farmhouse has its perks (the character! the large windows! the history!) it definitely has its downfalls as well.  Today, I’m starting a regular series where I tell you some of the creepy, crawly, dirty, and ugly details of life on the farm.

A few weeks ago, Matt and I experienced one of the most quintessential examples of what I am now calling ‘The Farmhouse Files’.  There was a smell coming from our closet that was a little ‘off’.  I can be totally guilty of letting wet wash cloths or towels sit in the hamper, so I thought the smell was the laundry.  I did the laundry, and didn’t think much of it.  [Read more…]