Farm­house Liv­ing

Cre­ate a wel­com­ing vibe in your home with hints from a Cal­i­for­nia cou­ple who built their own fam­ily-friendly farm­house.

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Fash­ion a wel­com­ing vibe in your home with tips from a Cal­i­for­nia cou­ple who per­fected the art of turn­ing quilts into dec­o­ra­tive mas­ter­pieces.

Ch­eryl Krueger had al­ways longed to live in a farm­house, so when the op­por­tu­nity pre­sented it­self, her hus­band, Dan, built her one. As a start to ful­fill­ing Ch­eryl’s long­time wish for a coun­try farm­house, the cou­ple and their chil­dren moved from Ne­braska to Te­mec­ula, Cal­i­for­nia, and pur­chased a 1½-acre prop­erty. The fam­ily lived in a trailer on the land while Dan, a pro­fes­sional builder and con­trac­tor, got to work on the 4,200-square-foot home. “We wanted to be close and en­joy the build­ing process to­gether,” Ch­eryl says. “Dan built me my dream farm­house, and I couldn’t be more in love with it!”

From the large front porch to the wood and brick floors through­out, ev­ery de­ci­sion was care­fully con­tem­plated. Douglas fir flooring with a light stain fin­ish lends a prim­i­tive look to the liv­ing room and fam­ily room. In the din­ing room and kitchen, brick floors pro­vide tex­ture and warmth. Wain­scot­ing adorns the bed­room walls, while the sim­ple beauty of bead­board cabinets and butcher-block coun­ter­tops grace the kitchen.

The fam­ily had lived in Ne­braska for al­most a decade, so Ch­eryl and Dan brought along many of their fa­vorite items to make the new house into the dream home they de­sired. Bricks from an old com­mer­cial build­ing in Hast­ings, Ne­braska, now add char­ac­ter to the fam­ily room fire­place as well as the out­door pa­tio. Both a large cream cab­i­net (now serv­ing as stor­age) and a wood door, dressed up with stars and hung as wall art, came from Dan’s child­hood home—a farm­house that had been in his fam­ily for nearly a cen­tury. Even a large wind­mill, stand­ing tall and mighty near the front porch, was re­lo­cated to the new prop­erty. “We love hav­ing old farm pieces out around the house,” Ch­eryl notes. “We even hauled our old John Deere out west with us.”

Ch­eryl has filled the home with a va­ri­ety of farm and vin­tage-style decor. Rus­tic end ta­bles, pat­terned quilts, weath­ered bird­houses, sim­ple wood signs, and crocks and bowls filled with flow­ers and fruit pro­vide un­com­pli­cated com­fort. When dec­o­rat­ing, she likes to pick a key piece or two and build around those el­e­ments. A large black cab­i­net— cus­tom built by Dan—in the din­ing room sets the stage for the room’s ac­cents: a rooster weather vane, a wood-and-iron chan­de­lier and black chairs.

Pre­fer­ring to work in odds, never evens, Ch­eryl isn’t afraid to po­si­tion items off-cen­ter. “Not ev­ery­thing has to be sym­met­ri­cal,” she ex­plains. “Don’t be afraid to try things, leave it for a cou­ple days, and then if it doesn’t work, just move it.” It’s a de­sign motto we can all im­ple­ment.

Show off fowl finds through­out your home. Ar­range metal birds and wood bird­houses on din­ing room shelves; in­cor­po­rate a large rooster weather vane as a table cen­ter­piece. FEATHER YOUR NEST

A pop of red on the front door pairs nicely with the white and black ex­te­rior and beck­ons guests in­side Ch­eryl and Dan’s cus­tom-built farm­house.

Turn a wood door into a work of art, door­knob and all.Take a full-size door and glue or screw metal barn stars down the cen­ter. Use ap­pro­pri­ate hard­ware to se­curely hang the door on the wall.

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