October 11, 2016 | Home & Happiness Team | Comments Off on Blue and White Farmhouse Bedroom by KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms
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Today we welcome the talented, the fabulous, the always-creative KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms. KariAnne’s unique design approach is to create beautiful farmhouse-inspired interiors that are not only gorgeous but family-friendly.
Tucked away on the top corner of our farmhouse, is a bedroom with sunlight that dances across its painted wooden floors. In the early 1920’s the farmhouse was used as a boarding house and this room was one of the original boarder rooms. When we purchased the home, it had vintage shag carpeting, old wallpaper border and dark shades at the windows.
It was a room just waiting for a makeover.
Now it looks like this.
(Laurel Check Rod Pocket Curtains in Blue, Sheffield Adjustable Rod in Nickel, Sheffield Small Ball Finials in Nickel, Buffalo Check Square Pillow in Navy Blue, Ball Fringe Pillow in White, Diamond Band Duvet Cover and Standard Shams in White, Natural Jute Rug)
We painted the walls a light shade of khaki. When we took up the carpet, the floors were in rough shape with mismatched boards and an uneven surface. We sanded down the floors and painted them a darker shade of gray. The trim was given a new coat of white paint and we added white blinds to the windows.
It was time to decorate.
Blue was the color of the day.
Blue with a side of blue in every shade and color of the blue rainbow. I found these chairs at a vintage store and painted them different colors of blue. I recovered an antique chair I bought at an auction with a tiny gingham check print and added a large buffalo check pillow. It’s tucked in the corner of the room with a stack of books and a large, over-sized arm chair.
I wanted to warm up the floor and an 8’ x 10’ natural fiber area rug was the perfect choice to ground the space and provide texture at the same time. I love the weave and how it adds a little farmhouse to the room. Eventually, I might add a smaller rug for a pop of color in the space, but for now, this beautiful woven rug is the perfect accent for the gray wood floors.
For the bedding, I started with a crisp white duvet cover and white sheets with blue patterned accents. The bed is a vintage four poster I found on a trip to the Cape and the perfect addition to a farmhouse bedroom. Down comforters, feather pillows, white shams, buffalo check pillows and tiny white pillows with pompom trim finish out the bed in style. One of my favorite additions to the room is this blue and white plaid throw for added warmth and comfort on cool, chilly fall nights.
To make the room live larger, I created different spaces in the room for different purposes. There’s a space for reading and a space for homework. In one corner of the room, there’s an area to play music, a place to dream and plenty of space in the center of the floor to dance.
Lastly, I wanted to let the sunshine in, so I framed out the windows with long curtain panels of tiny blue and white check. The pattern is so subtle, so farmhouse and frames the view of the countryside beautifully.
I love how the room turned out.
It’s the perfect space for a farmhouse.
But what I wish most? I wish those long ago boarders could see the room now. They could curl up in the corner with a book, sit on the painted wooden chairs with a guitar, write letters at the desk or simply curl up amidst the pillows.
And watch the sunlight dance.