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Modern Barn In Country Living

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??

country living october 17

Must be the colors + the pumpkins + the folded blankets.

But look more closely — see the headline at the top of the cover?

country living october 17

“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:

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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:

house illustration

OMIGOSH!  So sweet!

Speaking of sweet, have you see HGTV’s Home Town show?

hometown -- erin and ben

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:

hometown girl drawing

But I digress.

Shall we have a look-see at the Modern Barn, at long last?

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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?)

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The deck + screened porch are sporting my favorite X-motif railings . . .

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. . . + there’s an outdoor fireplace (which I have always wanted!)

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Inside, the rustic 2-story gathering room has its own stone fireplace:

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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.

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I’m loving the dark metal of the window sashes,

which is repeated in the industrial-style iron chandelier.

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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?

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Anyway, in contrast to the dark + cozy vibe of the gathering room,

the kitchen is light + bright, + dare I say it?

AIRY!

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The warm wood tones are repeated in the beams, wood bowl + X-back stools,

+ here’s that blue again, in the plaid chair cushions:

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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?

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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.

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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.

Who’s in?

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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!

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A Waterfront Saltbox House For Sale

Our late, great mom used to hop up + do household chores

during the commercials on Wheel of Fortune.

Talk about multi-tasking!

Anyway, here she is, with our dad,

sitting on the deck of the riverfront farmhouse

that we built in or around the year 2000.

doris and bob on kay's deck

So.  I honor her multi-tasking legacy by looking at houses on the bozoputer

while watching Cardinals baseball games on TV!

clydesdales at ballpark

Sadly, all the local houses on realtor.com were a tad boring,

so I looked in Wilmington, IL, (where our riverfront house was located.)

You might not think I would dig this house (below), but I do.

I’ve always loved a house with the chimney in front.

Is that weird?

chimney house exterior

The asking price’s been lowered to $149,900.

That garage door needs to be more plain Jane

+ painted a color instead of white,

+ you just know Joanna Gaines would remove the 80’s arch window topper.

How about adding a more “now” transom, instead?

Omigosh, the pastels in that room!

Pass me the white paint + get out of my way!

But back to the porch.

I also want those posts to be fatter — + maybe in pairs on either side, like here.

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Yes, of course I’d also love a standing seam metal roof, too!

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Now let’s discuss the interior, starting with this 2-story living room:

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Okay.  I really like that stone, + the hardwood floor is good, too.

I super love the vaulted ceiling.

Can we put some wood planks up there + say goodbye to the track lighting?

 We really need to beef up the mantel + add tons of woodwork, too.

chimney house living room with fireplace

Most importantly, though — that bad (more 80’s!) deck stair railing must go!

I think I’m in the mood for something in wood + iron, instead.

Check out the wainscoting surrounding this beautiful staircase!

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Back to my house.  Here’s a view from the second story.

chimney house living room from above

Now let’s look at a house with a similar 2-story living room.

I’m loving the wood + iron stair railing combination again,

+ speaking of Joanna Gaines — look at that shiplap!

staircase of black with shiplap

The kitchen looks about like what you’d expect.

I don’t hate the cabinets, + there are plenty of them.

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Let’s say goodbye to the soffit, though, + move the refrigerator elsewhere.

Maybe here?

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As far as the stove is concerned,

I want to make it more of a design focal point.

Exhibit A:

wall of stove statement

Man oh Manichewitz, do I love that custom range hood!

Also, I’m saying yes to the glass uppers flanking the hood,

+ I will never grow tired of subway tile back splashes

(although I think I said that once about early Americana*

+ eagle decor*, back in the 70’s!  HA!)

*Go ask your grandmother.

The bathrooms are, again, what I would expect.

chimney house bathroom

What the heck — let’s just go straight to some Fixer Upper bathrooms for ideas.

Since the vanity cabinet is perfectly fine, let’s slap a coat of gray paint on it

+ add a pretty gray + white marble vanity top, too.

bathroom of fixer upper gray

Don’t forget the crown molding!!!

Since I couldn’t possibly have a fiberglass shower surround in my dream world,

let’s choose white subway tiles — again.

bathroom of fixer upper shower

Ix-nay on the frilly shower curtain, but I never have been much of a girlie girl.

Out back, we have a nice, spacious deck, + look at all the trees!

chimney house deck

  Just say no to mold in a real estate photo, though!

Somebody needs some Clorox + a scrubby brush!

Anyway, surprise!

It looks as though there’s a pretty wonderful balcony upstairs!

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Let’s give the 80’s deck rails the heave-ho, shall we?

And look!

My new house is located right next to a body of water!

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From the looks of that H20,

I think I’m going to need to stock up on the citronella candles,

but it is waterfront, which is usually a plus.

I did some research re: which waterfront we’re discussing,

+ I think that my house is located in a community called Shadow Lakes.

The “lakes” are actually former strip mines, believe it or not.

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In southern Illinois, there are still operational, underground coal mines,

but up north, they opted to just go in from the surface + dig out the coal.

Interesting.

Here’s one more photo of my house.

That roof line makes it look a little like a modern salt box house.

+ I’ve always liked fences like that, too!

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