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Farmhouse Week Day 1 and… a Giveaway!


*note – giveaway has ended

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!

Backen Gillam Kroeger Architects

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!

You probably already know this farmhouse belonging to two wonderful bloggers, but I couldn’t do a post on farmhouses without including it.  It was featured last Christmas in Country Living magazine.

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 furniture on that lovely front porch!

updated Sat. 7/21/2012 *****giveaway is now closed*****

 The Giveaway

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.

callaway gardens via

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!

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Joyce Hutto - June 1, 2013 - 11:56 am

I grew up in a farmhouse and worked on the farm until I was out of school. These are wonderful to look at and they bring back special memories for me and I’m sure a lot of other readers also.
Biscuits were a staple at our house and I am still a biscuit fan!

Julie T - July 22, 2012 - 8:51 am

I love the one on the Edisto River! Was it in the Nicholas Sparks movie, Dear John? If not, it is very similar.Congrats on getting your blog up and going!

Sharyn Davis - July 21, 2012 - 10:24 pm

Tomorrow. My children and grandchild are here over night and you just solved what to have for breakfast. Thanks, and I just LOVE reading your blog.

Angie K. - July 21, 2012 - 5:51 pm

Hello, neighbor – I’m just up the road from you – barely over the state line in TN! I love any kind of jelly or preserves, but have never heard of muscadine sauce. Would love to win & try it! My Mom & grandmother both still talk lovingly of their trip to Callaway Gardens a few years ago, so it’s definitely a place I want to visit one day.

Brenda - July 19, 2012 - 2:00 am

I am so in love with the For The Love Of A House blog! She has great stories to tell of many things collected from their travels.

Amy - July 18, 2012 - 4:03 pm

I love your website. I like farmhouses too, but mainly your gorgeous blog! Thanks for doing it!

Darla P. - July 18, 2012 - 8:59 am

I just recently found your blog which has been so helpful. I do love farmhouses, but I’m going to be content transforming our rural brick “treehouse” with farmhouse style. Thanks!

jean - July 17, 2012 - 6:24 am

These houses speak to me. I feel such a strong calling whenever I see a farmhouse. Yes, the two houses look identical in the photos.
Sorry, for your car troubles. You don’t look old enough to have kids that drive!!

Garden, Home and Party - July 16, 2012 - 11:30 pm

When I scrolled down and saw the farmhouse by the California architect, I thought, “this is going to be easy”. Boy was I wrong! I’m not sure I could choose just one. But I do love the inside decor of Joan & Dan’s for the love of a house house, and Trina’s Country Farmhouse. They were all so appealing.

The giveaway looks delicious too.

Glad all with car mishaps are okay…hope the week goes better for all.

aimee {sixteen fourteen} - July 16, 2012 - 8:30 pm

Love the farmhouses, Kelly! The Ballard house is to die for, but I also LOVE the house in South Carolina and the HGTV dream house. 🙂

Lindsay - July 16, 2012 - 4:53 pm

Kelly, I am so excited about this series! Living in a farmhouse really is my forever dream and I can’t wait to see what you share. I love all of these and I definitely agree with you that a farmhouse should be white. I’m LOVING that Ballard Designs idea house. I think it’s my favorite and I’m with you, it has to be the same plan as the other one! Thanks for offering the giveaway too, how fun?!

Stacia - July 16, 2012 - 4:41 pm

Love farm houses. There is another beautiful farm house blog, A country farmhouse.

Her home is so sweet. Check it out. You will love. I swear I can taste her lemonade. 🙂

the farmer's wife - July 16, 2012 - 4:18 pm

I think those two houses must be from the same plan. Wouldn’t that be a fun tour to see the same plan styled by to totally different people. Just by their porches, one can tell they are very unique from each other.

I love farmhouses, but mostly I love the big wrap around porches and the land and views that farmhouses typically have. Sigh.

Deborah - July 16, 2012 - 12:39 pm

I love farm houses – the porch is so important, I think. We currently don’t have a porch or deck in the front or back, and I miss sitting outside. I like the one with the red roof. 🙂

carol jane - July 16, 2012 - 12:00 pm

Oh wow. I love all those beautiful farmhouse photos. They all are so unique, but still have that farmhouse look. I adore the large wrap around porches, and the white with the black shutters. Just gorgeous. Someday I would love to own one! Those jams look so yummy!!

Cheri - July 16, 2012 - 11:51 am

I love the farmhouses, nice choice to do. I really like the ones that seem to have a room connecting the house to the garage…those make me drool. I live in Georgia too, have never been to Callaway Gardens, need to put that on the list. Any suggestions on where to stay, eat and things to do/shop (especially and thrift/antique shops)?

Cathy Norrie - July 16, 2012 - 11:39 am

Hi Kelly,

Love all of these beautiful farm houses but my very favourite is the little Ballard Designs/Bosch Showhouse (although it probably is not as little as it looks!). I love the wrap around porch with part of it being enclosed – then one can have a choice where one would sit with ones lovely cool mint julep – not that I’ve ever had a mint julep but it sounds like something one would want to have on a porch like this!

I do think that both houses (photos 3 and 4) are definitely from the same plan… not that I’ve seen the interiors but they sure look the same to me!

Thanks for a lovely post 🙂


Judy - July 16, 2012 - 11:12 am

My dream is to own a farmhouse one day. There is a house built not far from me that I’m dying to get inside, it looks very much like house #3…my favorite!

So sorry to hear about your car misfortunes this past weekend but happy that no one was hurt (son). It seems like things like this happen all at one time, doesn’t it?

Thanks for the link to those frames at Michael’s…I got 3. They didn’t have the small mats so I’m going to wait to get more frames and mats later (with a coupon of course)

Thanks again for your helpful advice recently, you are the best!

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