I hope you had a good weekend. Ours was not so good with my middle child’s car breaking down on the side of the road on his way back from the beach, my parents’ car breaking down at church, and my oldest child in a wreck on the way back to Atlanta from here. (Thankfully, no one was hurt.) We definitely have a few cars out of commission for awhile. So let’s do something fun to relieve the stress of the last 2 days!
I love farmhouses. Doesn’t Blackberry Farm, in the top photo, look peaceful with the sun coming through the trees there? I hope you like farmhouses too, because I’ve decided to devote this whole week to them. Many of the crops are at the height of harvest here in mid July (especially the watermelons!), and that makes me think not only of fresh food but also of farmhouses. Today I thought we would take a peek at a few exteriors, and then I have a little giveaway I want to tell you about at the end of the post. Hope that works for you!
I have had a rather preconceived notion of how I think a farmhouse should look – white, with porches, 2 stories – but as I have been looking through many photographs of them in the last few days, I have at least conceded that they could be 1 1/2 stories tall. (But I still prefer them in white with a porch.) This farmhouse above is from Backen, Gillam, and Kroeger Architects in California. You should take a look at the amazing studio/poolhouse they built with it.
Melissa at The Inspired Room has had a major crush on this house. I love it too – especially with that transom window over the front door. Hop over to her site and you can look around on the inside at all the charming details.
This next farmhouse inspired place is a Ballard Designs/Bosch Showhouse. The exterior looks so similar to the one above, I am wondering if they were not built from the same plan. What do you think? When you go inside this one, it looks as if you had opened up the Ballard Design’s catalog!
This year’s Southern Living idea house is a renovated farmhouse. (They say renovated…I say rebuilt.) Either way, it is a beautiful home with a gigantic wraparound porch. It is featured in the August issue of Southern Living magazine.
I have seen this house pinned over and over again on Pinterest, and rightly so! The autumn setting is gorgeous, and I love all the little “parts” of the house that look like they were added in stages.
Let’s move on up to the two-story farmhouses now. Here is one that has also been featured in Country Living magazine. Again, I think the porch is wonderful, and the landscaping is featured in the article if you would like to know more about it.
Do you remember this HGTV dream home from back in 2009? It had many farmhouse inspired details.
What do you think of the red roof on this one in South Carolina? I love those stairs going up to the high porch! It is located on a plantation near the Edisto River.
These next two are manufactured homes…hard to believe that looking at them. Julia from Hooked on Houses did a post on these farmhouses recently. The company that designs and constructs them is Connor Building.
Here is one of their homes shown with a barn.
The following farmhouse was designed by the same group that did the one in our second photograph near the top. Would you like having your home connected to your barn? (This one is actually a winery.)
Here is the fabulous farmhouse that belongs to the blogger at For the Love of a House. Isn’t that double decker porch something?
And finally here is my favorite out of all of these…and it is a kitchen all the way from the front to the back of the house. Unfortunately it is not a real home. It is the test kitchen for the show Cooks Country – America’s Test Kitchen. I adore their farmhouse styling, but they need some furnture on that lovely front porch!
updated Sat. 7/21/2012 *****giveaway is now closed*****
I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway to celebrate my Farmhouse Week. When I think of farm food, homemade biscuits come to mind. One of my favorite condiments for biscuits is the muscadine sauce from Callaway Gardens here in Georgia. If you have never had it, you are missing a delicious treat! (Sorry for the fuzzy photo…their photographs were tiny!)
I want to give one of you wonderful readers their trio of muscadine sauce, jelly, and preserves. Callaway Gardens is not sponsoring this. They do not even know this little blog exists! I just wanted you to have a taste of the yumminess.
Here is how it is going to work. Being a newbie blogger and very low on the tech scale, I am going to do this the old fashioned way…a drawing! If you would like to enter, just leave a comment (only one per post please) on the farmhouse posts that I publish this week. I hope to write at least four this week – barring no more car problems! So you will have at least 4 chances to enter. On Saturday, July 21, at 8:00 p.m. I will print out all the comments from the week, cut them apart, put them in a jar, and draw out the winner’s name. I’ll announce the winner on Sunday morning.
So, do you like farmhouses? Do you have a favorite from any of these, and do you think the houses in photos 3 and 4 are from the same plan? I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these!
Happy Farmhouse Week!