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