My mom and dad muttered this phrase (with quite a bit of exasperation, I might add) throughout my childhood, mostly in reference to one of the countless times I forgot to shut the front door behind me. I know I’m not the only one who’s rolled her eyes to this parental admonition; and now that I’m a mom, I have to confess that I’ve used it myself.
Of course my cranky response to my parents’ rhetorical question was, “NO!” But now I wonder if we all shouldn’t have been so lucky to have come into the world in such a stylish way.
In terms of home design and decor, barns and farmhouses are having their big moment in the sun. I’m sure two of the main contributing factors are the wide-open spaces and light, bright color palettes, but I believe there’s a bit more to it than that. In all the noise and the technology overload we’re bombarded with on a daily basis, I think our hearts and minds ache for a quieter place to be. The bygone simplicity that barn-style design evokes provides that peace and soothes our souls.
To celebrate this feeling of country contentment, we’ve practically devoted this issue to all things “barn.” You’ll delight at the ingenuity of our featured homes (“Beauty & Purpose,” p. 28 and “The Place to Be,” p. 38). Though each is unmistakably designed in the barn-style tradition, with stately timber framing at its core, they couldn’t be more unique.
Once we’ve motivated you with their stories, expert designer Allen Halcomb gives you the scoop on the iconic elements that will help you plan your own barn-inspired abode (Inside Style starts on page 18). We’ll also take a look at one of the hottest trends around: party barns — they’re not full-time residences; their purpose is pure fun. Check them out on page 52. Plus, we showcase a crop of farm-fresh furnishings and wrap it all up with a sneak peek inside our cover house — a beautifully restored four-barn compound. It’s inspiring from start to finish.
So, the next time I hear myself, or another frustrated parent, ask that infamous question, “Were you raised in a barn?” my internal answer might be, “If only…”