Now that things are winding down for the year on the farm and the frenetic Summer hay season is coming to an end, my husband and I are starting to think about our dream house, again. We're probably not any closer to actually building it, but at least we have enough time to talk about it, now!
The planning stage of any project, for me, is so fun. I've pinned a lot of ideas on Pinterest, but I'll share a few here with you.
All of the paneling is very grand, too rich for our taste, but the dark/white stairs and large, open, balcony entryway are quite nice.
This entry is so full of natural light -- quite beautiful.
This is actually how I usually envision our entryway; full of light, leading right to the light/dark stairs.
Under the Stairs:
What to put under the stairs? Storage is most practical, but these are other ideas...
Gimme a book and a I'm there.
I can't decide if this is brilliant or insane. It would be a great place for a bathroom, but it might just be too cramped in there for visitors to feel... er... at home.
My husband often comes home from the farm quite covered in the good earth (i.e. dusty dirty muddy). A mudroom entry would do wonders for my floors!
The coat hooks are too close to each other to be practical and there's not enough room for muddy boots, but the beadboard paneled walls and ceiling along with the sidelight window door are a beautiful way to design a mud room.
What a mudroom! With a sink, it'd be just about perfect.
A dream mock-up I made on Ikea's kitchen planner
White cabinets, lots of (butcher block) counter space, and an island with a sink and dishwasher in it are some of my housewife hopes. I don't think wood floors in the kitchen are such a great idea (the number of times my dishwasher has leaked) but they sure are pretty.
Here are a few more kitchen design inspirations:
From: Things That Inspire
French doors to the back porch are beautiful. The crown moulding is lovely and the open dining room space is bright and cheery.
Image from: Black Eiffel
The tile color on this backsplash is beautiful, as is the crown moulding above the cabinets... not to mention the six burner double oven SubZero gas stove.
Image: This & That
I really love both the faucet and the stain on this butcher block counter. I'm paranoid about water on wood and despite 30 coats of seal I could never feel comfortable about having butcher block counters next to a sink, but for the rest of the kitchen (away from the sink) I really like these counters.
Again, butcher block over white cabinets with a nice faucet and lovely crown moulding.
Image: Brylane Homes
Peel and stick backsplash! Doesn't get much easier, nor much prettier.
A wrap-around porch is one of our dreams. Our acreage has a beautiful view of the river and porches are great gathering places.
This is just beautiful. The flowers, the ferns and the furniture are so lovely! The deep porch would be wonderful for entertaining.
Image: Bourbon and Barbour
This is a rather shallow porch, but I do really like the shutters on the house and the lantern above the door.
Living Room / Living Spaces
Outdoors / Backyard / Gardens
This is actually a do-it-yourself project, and my husband and I think we can do it. He likes it, too.
The firepit is do-it-yourself, too, and not terribly expensive. The rest of it is quite a nice 20 year plan dream.
Leading to my milking barn, of course.
Maybe a little juvenile, but I like it.
In my dreams I'm a master gardener too, of course.
So what is this place going to look like from the outside? Well, in my dreams, something like this:
Tell me about your dream house! I need more inspiration.