A silver-plated champagne cooler, found at a yard sale, holds a group of frosted aqua blue ornaments, also yard-sale finds. Glass garlands entangle at its fluted base, adding color and holiday cheer.
Evergreens and forced bulbs add splashes of color to the kitchen and dining room. The juniper topiaries in the foreground, potted in clay pots and adorned with mica star ornaments, surround an antique finial from a mansion in Maine.
Contrasting paint finishes can be very effective, especially when mixing aged, distressed finishes with newly painted ones. Old paint faded to a soothing shade of blue graces this cottage pine bureau in the bedroom. The white Regency mirror complements the distressed reproduction sleigh bed and looks as if it was made to pair with the bureau. The overall feel is airy and restful, as a bedroom should be.
Most farmhouse kitchens were large, with an informal dining area. The eating nook in this one is a special place to sit, relax, and reflect alone, and is also perfect for a quick lunch for two or a social cup of tea.
Speckles of green and umber dance across these decorative gourds in seeming imitation of the equally speckled ironstone platter. This grouping makes a textural statement while showcasing natural, relaxed tones.
The regulation of natural light plays an important role in planning a personal space. Here, brilliant sunlight pours through multiple windows and saturates the camelback sofa. The bright area is perfect for reading a favorite book or taking a warm mid-afternoon nap.
Not everything has to be old or tell a fantastic family story. The pair of garden ornaments gracing the side table in the living room were bought new. With their appealing color and texture, they added interest to the lavender garden for many years. Today they are used inside in a more formal setting.
I remember in my youth returning home after a long, hot day of cutting hay to enjoy the cooling temperatures of the early evening. We would frequently drag the old farm table and chairs outside to dine. Today, both the table and the tradition still exist. Dressed simply with ironstone pitchers and fresh flowers from the garden, it provides the perfect setting for dining outside.
Combining nontraditional and traditional holiday decorations adds to the creativity of this festive season. A dense wreath made from woodland princess pine hangs on the farmhouse wall over an English ironstone tea set. Budding amaryllis are planted in ironstone soup tureens and a mug.
Handmade teddy bears lounge in pairs, enjoying the fragrant Christmas tree. The whiteness of the living room, from the hand-hewn beams to the high-gloss pine floors, intensifies the color of the evergreen decorations, as well as the American-style red and blue bears.
The impact of patinas and textures is enhanced when objects are combined creatively. Here, a rusty white urn is planted with spring hyacinths in full bloom. An old wavy glass mirror placed behind the urn reflects not only the container's rust-pitted surface but also the smooth leaves and blooms of the plant, magnifying the presence of the floral display in the room.
This subtle display demonstrates the power of combining many shades and textures of white. The paint on the farmhouse mantel tells its story of age. Adding to the array are the rustic beeswax candles, a variety of ironstone water pitchers, and an antique picture frame.
All photos/art by Kindra Clineff
Look for home decorating ideas just in time for the holidays. Designer Terry John Woods’ farmhouse style features antique objects and elements from the natural world in his 1820s Vermont home. Yankee‘s longtime contributing photographer Kindra Clineff’s brings this style to life in her work here.
Images are from Terry John Woods’ New Farmhouse Style (Stewart, Tabori & Chang 2009) Photographs copyright by Kindra Clineff 2009
Read more about Terry John Woods: terryjohnwoods.com
See more of Kindra Clineff’s work: kindraclineff.com