Virtual E-Design on a Country Farmhouse Home
If you follow my blog, you’ll remember a similar blog post from about a month ago re: a country paint palette with a REAL person in a REAL home with a REAL budget (here).
‘Real Homes, Real People, Real Budgets’ means (to me) that the homeowners have put a bit of their heart and soul in to their home. That it’s not about what’s trendy – even if it happens to be, or what’s best for resale – even if it is. It’s about what feels good and is authentic to the family that lives there. It’s about homes that have a little bit of magic. It’s about products and furnishings that fit within their budget, even if they aren’t fancy-shmancy. It’s about homes that aren’t always magazine ready (even if they DO happen to be tidy and organized ALL the time). It’s about homes that invite you in for a glass of wine (because tea is highly over-rated) and would even let you pass-out on their couch, drooling, with Fixer Upper playing on the TV. That, is a real home to me.
And JUST in time for fall, this REAL home is going to inspire you with a colourful, autumn-inspired palette full of country charm and more! You ready Betty?
Deedra has been a LONG-time e-design client (she bin’ drinkin’ the Koolaid for YEARS). And in the great words of her hubby…
‘…My wife can decorate with the best of them…however, she has changed color so many times, in so many rooms that we have been able to reduce our tax assessment as we now have less square feet of living space. You know what else we have less of? Money! Painting over and over again costs a lot, I meant to say, A LOT of money! The amount of money that my wife has paid to Kylie has WAY more than paid for itself in that we finally have paint colours that work! No more repainting! No more of my wife sitting on the couch with a half dozen paint wheels for hours on end…’
And let me finish that off by saying that Deedra has some MAAAD skills, her hubby is right, she CAN decorate with the best of them (including yours truly), now let’s take a look at her beautiful home!
A Farmhouse Country Kitchen
It only makes sense to start our tour in the heart of the home! And if you’ve EVER tried to take interior photos, you know how hard it can be to get a crisp, bright photo. Deedra did a FAB job and while some of them I couldn’t edit enough to use, I got some beautiful shots to share with you…
When it comes to painted furniture, once I went black, I never went back and it looks like Deedra feels the same way!
Ooooh, this kitchen melts me. With Benjamin Moore Powell Buff on the walls and soft white wainscoting (Cloud White) it has all of the charm of a farmhouse country kitchen (complete with black soapstone countertops – MAD LOVE!).
This photo gives you a good shot of the beautiful pine floors, butcher block island and a sneak-peek into the gorgeous autumn-infused dining room…
A Cozy Country Dining Room
I LOVE that Deedra wanted to embrace colour in her dining room, it’s not often I get to play with red (other than what is on my head)!
Of the beautiful red-inspired options, Deedra settled on Onondaga Clay (otherwise known as Boxcar Red, which I also used in my Mom’s kitchen). It’s a beautiful, grounded way of using red, without being either turned-on all the time or angry (which are common psychological reactions to red – just so you don’t think I’m THAT crazy).
And while I know white is the ‘go-to’ for most farmhouse country looks, I think it’s the black details that make this palette come together. Without them, the palette would have been missing a real grounding factor.
Above and below, you can see how the dining room is sandwiched between Powell Buff in the kitchen as well as the entryway, giving some flow, balance and a bit of visual relief to the stronger dining room walls.
How often do you get to see solid pine stairs? NEVA! I love this staircase in it’s simplicity. My next passive-aggressive goal is to convince her to paint the risers, banister and spindles white (wink wink nudge nudge Deedra).
Below, take a sneak peek at the left side of the photo, you’ll notice the lovely bench from the entryway and see how the 2 spaces connect to one another.
The living room is a north facing space and it REALLY gave us a run for our money. Not only is it north facing, but it also has a deck overhang and an owner who is almost as anal about colours as I am! (that would be a compliment btw).
The winner winner chicken dinner was Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan, lightened by 25%. It hits the spot with regard to warmth and softness. It doesn’t compete with the pine flooring, doors and furniture, but also balances out the cooool northern light coming in the windows.
I love the rich, warm, earth toned neutrals and accents in this room. I could easily curl up with a
bottle glass of wine for an evening.
The Master Bedroom
They say this is where the magic happens and I have NO doubt that’s the case with this beautiful room…
The paint colour is Benjamin Moore Arctic Gray, a gorgeous blue/green/gray blend.
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The Home Office
I’d work in here all day! The office is painted in Benjamin Moore Nantucket Gray which is an earth toned green with enough depth to be cozy, but not heavy.
The Guest Bedroom
And one of my fave rooms ever, the guest bedroom…
I’m personally not a blue fan, but Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue has won me over with it’s subtle gray undertone with a weeee willy wink of green in it to soften things up. Deedra may want to paint over this soon, otherwise I might become a permanent guest…I’D NEVER LEAVE!
So there you have it. Are you ready to commit to some colour in your home?
Check out my affordable E-Design and Virtual Colour Consulting and let’s do it!