Thursday, June 27, 2013

Be My Guest: town and country living

Friends ~ I’m out of town for a few days and have some great guests lined up to share some wonderful creativity with you. Today, please welcome Jennifer from Town and Country Living.

Hello Everyone! My name is Jennifer and I blog over at Town and Country Living. I'm so thrilled to be guest posting here at Homework! I live in a circa 1875 farmhouse and love the casual approach that farmhouse decorating brings to our busy world. Today, I want to share with you a peek into my home with its simple and easy style.

French VignettePlants play a big role in my home and plant choice is critical to lending the right casual touch. Tropical plants look more exotic while a simple Ivy is better for a cottage look. White bead board makes a great farmhouse backdrop for any vignette!

Myrtle TopiaryA myrtle topiary lends an architectural element that isn't too formal or fussy. 

Ivy in a ClocheThe wire cloche is a recent find. The English Ivy stretches out adding softness to the vignette.  A small bird is perched on the top of the wire cloche and is another element of my farmhouse decor.

Iron Bird BellA rusty white iron bird bell sits atop a small stack of old books. The bottom book is "The Farmhouse."  Appropriate, don't you think? Don't tell, but I haven't read it yet.

Rusty Iron Bird Bell
White Iron BirdEggs and birds just go together and this time of year is when the red-winged blackbirds are ferociously guarding their nests of eggs. Don't get too close or they'll dive bomb you!

Eggs in an Aqua Bottle I've always had an attraction to different colored bird eggs. Martha Stewart names some of her paint colors after the eggs of fowl.

White Ironstone Pitchers In addition to little birds and simple greenery, the other element I'm adding to my summer farmhouse theme is white ironstone. To me, nothing says farmhouse more than simple white dishes.

White Ironstone PitchersWhite ironstone is so elegant in its simplicity.

White Ironstone PitchersNotice how each pitcher in this trio has a different hue. The smallest one matches the color of the grosgrain ribbon holding the eucalyptus wreath below. I love all the slight nuances of ironstone. I even enjoy the pieces with crazing and age spots.

White Ironstone Pitchers I've recently found several pieces of white ironstone at the flea market for a bargain price, but I'm not quite done with my collection yet. In fact, we added open shelving in our kitchen just to accommodate the white ironstone I'm collecting!

If you'd like to see more farmhouse decorating inspiration, come on over to my blog, Town and Country Living. You can also follow me on Facebook at Hope to see you there!

I just love the farmhouse style with all the beautiful ironstone and that wonderful iron bird bell. Thank you so much for inspiring us today Jennifer!

Thanks for visiting.

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