For authentic farmhouse appeal, use primitive art, such as affordable bird prints, around kitchen appliances and cabinets, says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques.” In true homespun fashion, the cabinets in this 18th century farmhouse in Connecticut are simple and not flashy. You can look for similar pieces at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore or other nonprofit home donation centers.
Accent pillows with global prints add more layers of interesting texture to this bedroom. The warmth of the simple wood nightstand gets a perfectly matched companion in a basket that neatly tucks underneath.
This bath commode area shows how wallpaper with a large pattern can be used successfully in a small space. The cool blue background and crisp white trim and floors keep the area from looking closed in; the little glass table provides an additional surface without overwhelming the space.
A framed bird print is an eye-catching piece in this wildly colorful living room. Combining modern and traditional style, the space features an updated fireplace and a color palette of purple, lime green and orange.
A family gathering place was created by mixing collective antiques and vintage Chippendale side chairs. The ceiling and inset wainscoting were painted French Blue to complement the antique wall plates and bird prints.