Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Farmhouse Guestroom

Farmhouse Style fits our home, as it is truly an old farmhouse. It is a casual and comfortable mix of styles. Farmhouses were filled with simply what they had. There were no decorator rooms, or expensive furnishings. Decor, if any was done by the lady of the house. Practicality was always the purpose of each room.


 

Linens that are now considered vintage, an old quilt and an old bed were used to "make the bed". The bed frame was found on my parents home place many years ago. Daddy cleaned it up and painted it. My daughter used this bed when she was a child. The quilt came from an antique store and the linens were purchased at an estate sale.


 

A combination of furniture styles and textures were used in farm homes. There was not always a guestroom in farm homes, as there was not always an extra room.


 
My Grandparents lived in a farmhouse, this was the style that I remember from their home. Their home was always clean, and the furnishings were a well loved mixture of items collected through the years mixed with love to create their home.


 
Furniture was not discarded because it showed signs of wear. Some pieces were painted, and sometimes another use was found for a piece.


 
Linens were attractive and functional.


 
The "good" linens were saved for company!


 
The furniture was passed down from generation to generation, built by someone with skill, or purchased and cherished by the owners. It was not fancy or expensive furniture, it served a purpose.


 
Many times, I have wondered about the original owners of this house. What did this house look like after it was built and what was their furniture like? Did the owners purchase or make any new pieces of furniture for their new home? My mind wonders and imagines what it may have looked like. The furnishings represent my personal taste that has been lovingly applied to this old farmhouse.


 

Hopefully, it is as casual, imperfect and inviting as this old home feels.


 
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This is what home feels like to us, even in our guest room.


Joining

Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday

Trish's Heart and Home for Heart and Home

Lavendar Garden Cottage for Cottage Style Linky Party

28 comments:

  1. It is beautiful. I adore vintage linens too. I buy and sell them. I soak them in hot water and OxyClean and I love to iron. I find a lot at estate sales too just like you did. Your old bed is wonderful. Visiting from Brenda's, Olive

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    1. Guess you can tell that I hate to iron!!! oh well....... I have never tried Oxyclean, glad to know that and will have to try it!! I am so glad that you came by for a visit!! Thank you for visiting and leaving commenting, please come back again!!!

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  2. Hi Melanie- The guest bedroom looks perfect for my arrival!
    I sleep on a bed quite similar to the one pictured above. So I should rest well there!

    ...he he he! just kidding.
    Can you tell, I love this room. I also love the textiles and the simple decor.
    I can tell it was put together over time...with a loving and hospitable touch.
    ~Pat

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    1. Pat, just come on!!! So glad that you like the guest room, you will comfortable there! It is not near the chickens, so the rooster will not wake you up!! Thanks Pat!!

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  3. Melanie I love your farmhouse style. The linens are gorgeous! Oh what I wouldn't do to have an armoire like your white one. The bed is a wonderful heirloom. Your home looks so cozy. Love it!
    Hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you Jann!! The room was put together over time, it has been fun to work on. It of course is not complete, but will it ever be? Thanks Jann!!

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  4. Now that guest room looks so inviting, I would love to curl up on that bed and read a good book. Love the style. I am your newest follower~ Hugs, Diane

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    1. It is a quiet room, it is a good place to read a book!! Thanks for visiting Diane!!

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  5. I love quilts, pretty dishes, and fresh linens. I don't mind ironing at all if it is something flat! ;-)

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    1. I wish I didn't hate ironing so much!! Thanks for visiting Nonnie!!!

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  6. I always wonder about the previous people who live in this house too..and it is not old! So I wold really wonder if I had an older home. That bedroom is lovely!

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    1. Wouldn't it be interesting to know what their lives were like? Thanks Sandy!!!

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  7. I love vintage linens. I learned how to do needle point so I could make the lines and pillow cases for my family. I am now working on a apron.
    I love your room. You can tell it was done with love.

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    1. Thanks Michelle!!! It was fun to work on, I didn't have to get in a hurry to do it. There is always something to tweak or change, but it is fun!!!

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  8. I just love the vintage linens and your guest room looks so comfy and cozy!

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    1. Thank you!!! I hoped that it would feel that way! Thanks for visiting!!!!

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  9. It's so nice to see where I'll be staying. ;) This room looks so comfortable and inviting. I know your guests must love visiting you. I often look at older homes or antiques pieces I find and wonder what stories they could tell. Thanks for such a delightful post, Melanie!

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    1. You can see the orchards from this room, and the rooster crowing will not bother you in this room!!!
      Have wondered that too, each piece comes from a different place, so there would be a lot of stories to hear!! Thanks so much for visiting Peggy!!!

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  10. Hello Melanie, thanks for linking this wonderful post up to Heart & Home!
    You've created a very beautiful room that will really bless your lucky guests :-)
    I like your style of decorating..it's so pretty and says "country" to me.

    I've actually just spent a while reading through your old posts to get to know you better, and I love your blog!
    My dearest friend's dad also suffers from Dementia brought on by a stroke 4 years ago, so I feel for you and your family.
    Like your father, Albert was a very active man who worked hard to provide for his family and was also very involved in church life.
    It's so hard to see him bed-ridden and helpless now.
    We don't know why the Lord allows such trials to come to us at times..but I know He suffers alongside us in our sadnesses.
    He has a way to bring good out of everything and to make it all count for our eternal happiness with Him.
    Your dad is blessed to have such a loving daughter.
    Take care..and thanks again.
    blessings..Trish

    ps. I love all your gorgeous animals and your stories of what they get up too :-)

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    1. Trish, I am so glad that you visited!!!

      Thank you for your kind and encouraging words!!! I am glad that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you will come back again!!! Thanks Trish!!!

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  11. Hi Melanie,
    I like your style of decorating. Your guest room is so inviting. I wouldn't mind hearing the rooster if I was in that room....I think it would add to the 'country' feel.
    Have a good week
    Barb from Australia

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    1. Thank you Barb!!! That rooster can get annoying, especially at 4:30 in the morning if you are not accustomed to it!! Thanks for visitng me and I hope that you will be back soon!!!!

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  12. Oh, how I long for an old farmhouse to call home! I love that things were used sparingly back then. And there were no frills!
    Brenda

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    1. Brenda, so glad that you came by for a visit!!!! Thanks so much!!!1

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  13. Such a sweet place to lay your head! I'm afraid I wouldn't want to leave! I love your cozy quilt and lovely white wicker. What a warm respite, my friend!
    Blessings,
    Carolynn

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    1. Thank you Carolynn!!! So glad that you came by for a visit and hope that you will come back often and soon!!!

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  14. Melanie, what a pretty and comfortable room you have created. I love the style and the way you wrote the post. Quilts are things of beauty to me no matter their age. Your linens are so pretty and deserve to be displayed as you have done. How lucky that you have that gorgeous bed from your parents home place. It is a very special piece from the past. --------------Shannon

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    1. Yes, Shannon, quilts are things of beauty no matter the age!! This one is not terribly old, probably from the 50's, but I fell in love with it when I saw it! Thanks for visiting me!!!

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