I love country living. I love home decor, decorating magazines and I love photographing interiors. Lots of our family and friends have asked about our recent farmhouse renovations, so I took some photos… because that’s what I do. Or as Phil Dunphy would say, That’s my thang.
In 2009, we bought a 150-year-old farmhouse on Prince Edward Island. We have done a lot of home improvements since that time, however, our latest renovations began with us needing to replace our 25+-year-old furnace.
We took the opportunity to look into other more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly heating options. We decided on an electric convection heating system with a hook up for solar one day down the road. To make it worth doing, we decided to re-insulate the upstairs, which lead to us gutting the whole upper floor.
Old farmhouse renovations are like dominos, but what a difference! Our home is toasty warm and the heating costs are way down.
So yeah, a total redo upstairs meant we also got to redecorate the entire upper floor. Love that. We kept the original floors, staircase railing, and bedroom doors and hardware. I love a calm, minimalist look and decorating with white, specifically Benjamin Moore’s Simply White with accents of Benjamin Moore’s Bird’s Egg Blue. We used pearl finish on the walls and semi-gloss on the mouldings. I took the doors outside with their original white paint, washed them, sanded them, distressed them and pressure sprayed them. And that’s how I left them and I love the way they look.
The trick to decorating with white is to add textures like wicker, jute rugs, linen textiles, burlap, etc. We used the same wicker window coverings throughout which also helped pull everything together.
Yeah, I Pintrested the crap out of this reno.
So here you have it, half of our dream farmhouse.