I referred to this book in my last post and got a question on it, so it is the subject of today.
It is an amazing book on farmhouses! The Farmhouse by Jean Rehkamp Larson gives "new inspiration for the classic American home" It truly covers all styles of farmhouses from very simple to shabby chic to ultra contemporary. My husband and I discovered it while at Barnes and Noble looking at house design books. We were on a mission to discover what type of home we wanted. We knew it wasn't the typical Dallas style house that is built here in Oklahoma at present. We wanted something with more character, a little old fashioned, and something small. We weren't sure what style though. Craftsman homes intrigued us but after looking at pictures we decided that the dark woods that fill them were not for us. We also considered a Texas ranch styled home. We loved the timber framing on the inside and out but most of those are large. So while looking at books filled with beautiful homes, we both kept coming back to this book , The Farmhouse. Small, stylish, simple with an appreciation for the past - farmhouse was our style. We bought the book.
From there we poured over the pages. I have always loved old fashioned things. My husband leans more toward contemorary. What we did was choose ideas that we each liked and blended them into our home. This book went with me everywhere I went while we were building. That and the "building binder" that I will tell you about later. It was our reference for deciding what would fit and what wouldn't. From this book, we picked barn doors, style of trim, butcher block countertops, keyless lights, sealed concrete floors, metal stair railing, and more. The Farmhouse gave us the inspiration to blend our personal styles into our home.