Please tell me you have an extra ten minutes today.
I know you’re busy.
I know it’s Friday.
I know your to-do list is long and it’s cold and the day is already full….but seriously…..
…..you have to see this house.
This is the 2013 Southern Living Idea House.
I went and toured it yesterday…..
…..and this is what greeted me at the door.
And on an amazing scale….if 1 is the perfect chocolate chip cookie and 100 is finding a yard sale where all the milk glass marked $1.00….
….it’s a 250.
It’s classic and farmhouse and timeless and new and barn wood and burlap and visionary….
….and what my farmhouse wants to be when it grows up.
So here’s my list of 20 decorating ideas from my trip to the 2013 Southern Living Idea house to get started.
Idea #1: Hang magnolia wreaths on the exterior windows from ribbon attached above the molding.
Idea #2: Wrap jute rope around the chain on the porch swing.
Idea #3: Combine an old farmhouse table with wicker chairs.
Idea #4: Add architectural interest to a ceiling with exposed beams that are painted white.
(total aside….these porches were amazing).
Idea #5: Make magnolia crosses for either side of front door.
Idea #6: Install a front door that looks like it came over on the Mayflower.
Idea #7: Create a welcoming porch with stripes and patterns in neutral gray with fresh greenery.
Idea #8: Convince my husband to go into the table making business….starting with this coffee table.
Idea #9: Install french doors off the dining room that open onto a screened-in porch.
Idea #10: Add industrial nesting tables with wood tops to the back porch.
(total aside: they didn’t allow beverages….but I really wanted to drink a cup of coffee right here).
Idea #10: Add dried hydrangea to the Christmas tree.
(total aside: I’m taking my fall wreath apart and moving the hydrangea to the tree. This idea alone was worth the price of admission.)
Idea #11: Genius alert. Built-in cabinets over the doors.
Idea #12: Add a basket for books, magazines and newspapers under the coffee table.
Idea #13: Swag greens with burlap and dried hydrangea.
(total aside: So happy I dried all those hydrangea this year).
Idea #14: Install a fence outside the bedroom windows.
Idea #15: Add two tufted ottomans to the end of the bed for storage and a place to put on your socks.
Idea #16: Create a dressing room with wood doors and painted molding.
Idea #17: Install a bench in between two cabinets.
(total aside: I would be happy with just one of the cabinets and that flooring).
Idea #18: Build a counter top for the washer and dryer with built-ins and baskets on the side.
Idea #19: Add greenery….like miniature topiaries….to the laundry room.
Idea #20: Move in.
I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I did yesterday.
For tour information click here.
For details on the house….click here.