Do you know what makes a FUN day at our house?
When the latest issue of Country Living magazine lands in my mailbox!
Check it out: October 2017
Could that cover BE more appealing??
Must be the colors + the pumpkins + the folded blankets.
But look more closely — see the headline at the top of the cover?
“I LIVE IN A BARN!” FOUR MUST-SEE CONVERTED HOMES
Well, say no more, Country Living!
Let’s have a MUST-SEE!
We’ll start with this awesomeness, called the Modern Barn,
a weekend getaway for a Memphis, TN couple:
Omigosh, that simple drawing couldn’t be more charming!
Do you like it, too?
House portraits are a thing now, + I’ve long
dreamt of painting our house(s).
If I can’t find the time in my highly busy schedule, all is not lost.
There are all sorts of etsy artists who do custom house paintings,
like this one:
OMIGOSH! So sweet!
Speaking of sweet, have you see HGTV’s Home Town show?
Have you noticed that host Erin (next to husband Ben)
paints a house portrait on every episode for the homeowners?
I couldn’t find any photos of her paintings online,
but here she is, hard at work:
But I digress.
Shall we have a look-see at the Modern Barn, at long last?
How I love the board + batten siding,
+ the metal roof + that grey-on-grey exterior!
I’m giving extra points for the shutters that are actually operable.
(It’s just not me — you’ve noticed things like that, too, right?)
The deck + screened porch are sporting my favorite X-motif railings . . .
. . . + there’s an outdoor fireplace (which I have always wanted!)
Inside, the rustic 2-story gathering room has its own stone fireplace:
Everything is quite neutral but definitely not boring,
as the plan includes so many different textures.
Notice how the brown leather arm chairs (yes, please!)
echo the warm wood of the paneled walls.
I’m loving the dark metal of the window sashes,
which is repeated in the industrial-style iron chandelier.
This is important — they’ve added accents of blue in the pillows + throw.
I fear that the room, sans the pops of blue, might skew too boring.
What do you think?
Anyway, in contrast to the dark + cozy vibe of the gathering room,
the kitchen is light + bright, + dare I say it?
The warm wood tones are repeated in the beams, wood bowl + X-back stools,
+ here’s that blue again, in the plaid chair cushions:
I can’t be the only one who’s geeked out over plaid being such a thing, can I?
Do you have any plaid in your home?
And finally, in closing, what’s not to love about the dining area?
I’m a smitten kitten of all their white ironstone:
The warm wood* is back, too.
(*Yikes, for the painted furniture people! It’s not over, is it?)
That’s a topic for another day. Back to the dining room:
Blue is repeated here, too, in the napkins + that throw.
Yes, I love how cohesive the décor is,
with elements repeated throughout.
And lastly, YES, it is mandatory
that we all participate in a fun field trip TO-day,
to gather some pretty branches to bring home + shove in a vase.
Pass me the car keys + the clippers!
I’ll share later, so stay tuned for that,
+ yet more of my musings about the Country Living barns . . .
. . . this next one, a Kit Barn in California’s wine country!