Personal Interpretation: Farmhouse Style

The farmhouse style of decorating seed has been planted on the farm, so to speak.  A friend phoned this morning to ask if I had any vintage dough bowls in inventory.  Are you kidding?  I can’t keep vintage dough bowls in inventory.

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People absolutely love dough bowls and use them for so many things! Antique and vintage dough bowls remain a very sought after items, and admittedly, are becoming harder and harder to find.  The fall decorating loyal recognize the dough bowl as the necessary decorative accessory essential to the fall themed tablescapes and vignettes we love to adorn and display.

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Recently a friend dropped by the house to pick up the one dough bowl I own that I can actually put my hands on.  Locating things is a treasure hunt all its own at times.  As I spiffed up the dough bowl, a quintessential accessory in the farmhouse home, I got to thinking about all things farmhouse style.

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I’ve trespassed walked through scads of authentic, old, abandoned and historic farmhouses over my lifetime.  Walking through these properties gives me goosebumps not of the I’ve seen a ghost kind, but of the I’ve gleaned a host of farmhouse style ideas kind.  If you’ve ever wandered in wonder through the real McCoy, you know what I’m talking about.

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A good eye sees past the wallpaper and cheesecloth and zeros in on stunning millwork and/or shiplap walls.  These treasure-troves of design and decorating ideas leave a hauntingly memorable impression.

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It was nothing for my mother and her mother do decide on a whim to load up the Lincoln, point the hood emblem west to Texas, and scout out an adventure on the way to my great-grandparents house.  Over the Louisiana bayous and down the Texas farm-to-market roads, to great-grandmother’s house we went with not a seat belt fastened or a care in the world.

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My grandmother could scope out a farmhouse and an antiques shop like nobody’s business. I learned at an early age to never question the motives of a native Texan whose eyes have seen the glory of a Texas farmhouse, hole in the wall junk shop or Bluebonnet field.  To the kid in me at the time, these monuments to Texas served as one big Texas sized diversion on the road to great-grandmother’s house.

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Texas Farm Bureau

Now Bryan! Now Cameron! Now Heidenheimer and Temple!  On, Belton! On, Killeen! On, Hewitt and Waco!  We were farmhouse when farmhouse wasn’t cool. Fast forwarding to my present day tastes, I realize my love of antiques and personal style interpretation of today’s modern farmhouse design is deeply rooted in the farmhouses, buildings and fields of Bluebonnet dreams waltzed across Texas all those years ago.

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I especially remember stopping in Heidenheimer, Texas at a shop filled with nothing but vintage glass bottles and insulators.  My grandmother, the Lucille in Lucille’s Treasures, Trinkets and Trash, thought this shack of a building standing somewhere between erect and dilapidated square in the middle of a dirt lot was the be-all and end-all treasure trove.  The dank scent of musty corners and deals filled the air.  Blue bottles and Bluebonnets-a theme lays the groundwork for creative decorating.

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House Beautiful

I’m totally convinced my Texas travel memories play a significant role in my personal interpretation of farmhouse style.

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Staffordshire. Blue transferware. White ironstone.  Check!

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Ebru Marble Ceramic Serving Board

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Stoneware crocks.  Decorative concrete statue. Butcher blocks. Chicken wire.  Yes, yes and yes!

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Curtis & Windham Architects

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2015 Charlottesville Idea House, kitchen overall

2015 Charlottesville Idea House

Buttermilk biscuits baked in a cast iron skillet and served with room temperature butter, comb honey or Steen’s pure cane syrup rings the yum, yum dinner bell in the farmhouse kitchen.

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Buttermilk Biscuits

Ingredients

½ cup cold butter

2 ¼ cups self-rising soft-wheat flour

1 ¼ cups buttermilk

Self-rising soft-wheat flour

2 Tablespoons melted butter

Directions

Cut butter with a sharp knife or pastry blender into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Sprinkle butter slices over flour in a large bowl.  Toss butter with flour. Cut butter into flour with a pastry blender until crumbly and mixture resembles small peas.  Cover and chill 10 minutes.  Add buttermilk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3 or 4 times, gradually adding additional flour as needed.  With floured hands, press or pat dough into a 3/4-inch-thick rectangle (about 9 x 5 inches).  Sprinkle top of dough with additional flour.  Fold dough over onto itself in 3 sections, starting with 1 short end. (Fold dough rectangle as if folding a letter-size piece of paper.)  Repeat entire process 2 more times, beginning with pressing into a 3/4-inch-thick dough rectangle (about 9 x 5 inches).

Press or pat dough to ½-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface; cut with a 2-inch round cutter, and place, side by side, on a parchment paper-lined or lightly greased jelly-roll pan. (Dough rounds should touch.)

4. Bake at 450° for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; brush with 2 Tbsp. melted butter.

-Southern Living

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Milk glass.  Bull head wall decor.  Vintage pitchers and creamers. Fabulous staples of farmhouse style.

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Crystal chandelier. Animal prints in farmhouse fashion juxtaposed with gold gilt frames.

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Personal interpretation of interior styles is often subject to life influences. Decorating outside the norm of a traditional design style is an excellent way to further emphasize your personal style and taste preferences.

“The home should be the treasure chest of living.”

— Le Corbusier

 

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