Welcome to Day 2 of our farmhouse week! Yesterday we drooled over a number of white farmhouse exteriors. Well today you will need to put on your shades because we are going to look at some very colorful rooms.
Growing up, I adored the work of William Diamond and Anthony Baratta. There was no middle ground with their work. You either loved it or hated it. I was a lover. This dynamic duo was fearless in their use of motifs, color, and pattern….so much so that many designers made fun of them, but it didn’t slow them down one little bit. In 30 years, they were featured in over 70 magazines – frequently on the cover, from House Beautiful to Traditional Home to House and Garden. You name it – they were there.
Many of their homes were very nautical in style, but there is a large body of their work that features rural themes…quilts, farm animals, weather vanes, barns. It is for this reason that I wanted to share some of their rooms with you while we are looking at farmhouses. I know these are not your typical farmhouse rooms, but they have too many “farmhouse elements” not to include them here. Plus these rooms are just so darn fun!
We’ll start with a classic entry that could be in a farmhouse. I’d put those horse prints in my farmhouse. Wouldn’t you?
And this mudroom? Don’t you like the wood paneling and that huge bench?anthonybaratta.com
Let’s take a look at some of their other entryways. The walls with all their trim here are stunning.
How about this collection of weathervanes for your farmhouse foyer? (from the same home as above)
Here is the hallway next to this foyer.quintessenceblog.com
There are farmhouse elements in the halls of this home here…quintessenceblog.com
Diamond and Baratta stopped construction on this house (a different one) when they saw the planned staircase. It was a single staircase that would have split the living area in half. They pursuaded the homeowners to construct these double stairs instead. Note the weathervane motif used again.
Here is a more formal living room in one of their houses. Every farmhouse needs a rooster on the mantle, right?
Now I will admit that this dining room is a bit over the top with its mural painted walls. It’s a bit much even for me.
And this kitchen? Well, I do love red, and I do love checks, but I could only take small doses of this room at a time.
We’ll finish off our Diamond & Barrata farmhouse rooms with a couple of bedrooms. This is the master bedroom from the Connecticut home that most of these rooms are in.
I had this very same wallpaper in the kitchen of the first home we built. How could you ever be sad waking up in this bright and sunny bedroom?
I think the “happy” factor is what made me love their rooms so much when I was younger. If I were furnishing a farmhouse today, I think I would use small ideas from their work..not whole rooms. I would tire of the overdose of pattern in some of these spaces, but you have to give them credit. They are a genius when it comes to attention to detail!
William Diamond has recently retired, and Anthony Baratta now has the design business. He has published 2 books of their work showing many of their rooms.
Remember that in honor of Farmhouse Week here I am doing a drawing for a set of muscadine products from Callaway Gardens on Saturday evening. Check out the Day 1 post for all the details.
updated Sat. 7/21 *****giveaway is now closed*****
So, could you live in one of the Diamond & Baratta rooms, or would it be too much for you? Leave me your thoughts in the comments below, and you will be entered in the drawing for the delicious treats!