White Farmhouse Cottage {Where Dreams & Reality Meet}

white farmhouse cottage

Farmhouse Style Cottage

No, this is not my new house! Nice, though, eh? I found this lovely Dream Home on HGTV.com and paused for a moment to enjoy the beauty. Of the many styles of houses I love, I have a white farmhouse in my mind as one of my potential dream houses. Silly, as I have never wanted to live on a farm. But I am drawn to farmhouses. The gorgeous front porch and details of this beautiful home got my little heart jumping for joy.

white farmhouse cottage porch

cottage porch lanterns

As many of you know, right now I am sitting among hundreds of boxes getting ready to head to a new home and a new life. Six days from now I’ll be spending my first night in a brand new house! We FINALLY signed the papers and things are finally feeling more settled. No more wondering WHERE I am going! Hooray! It isn’t a dreamy farm house like this one, but it will be our home, God-willing, for many years.

I was thinking today that my dream home is the place where my dreams and reality come together. While I might have all sorts of fairytale notions about dreamy places I’d like to live, there is no place better than HOME. I’ll share more of what went into our home decision this time in a future post. I can tell you it is different than anything I have ever lived in before! Yet, I was unexpectedly happy with our choice!

I can’t wait to invite you all over, through the power of blogs, to my new little corner of the world. It will be fun to tackle setting up a home with all of you a part of it every step of the way! Thank you all for sharing YOUR little corners of the world with me over the past year!  You have inspired and encouraged me more than you know.

white farmhouse style

farmhouse exterior

farmhouse style cottage

farmhouse style cottage exterior

farmhouse style exterior lantern

Photos: HGTV

If you love this house, you’ll think you died and went to heaven at this cottage farmhouse!

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  1. While that farmhouse is dreamy, it’s also very large. Very large is not very good unless one has all kinds of time to devote to keeping house. For me, it would be way too daunting without a small staff.

    Six days? Just six more days? You’re all in my prayers…Hang in there, Melissa!

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  2. Six Days! Wow! Time does fly….

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  3. Hopefully the 6 days will go by quickly. I hate waiting. It’s as if life is on hold. Looking forward to seeing your new home. Happy New Year and many blessings for 2009.

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  4. What a blessing this Christmas present was to you and your family – a place to call HOME! I can’t wait to see the HOUSE you bought turn into your HOME!

    ~Blessings Sweetie…
    Jan

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  5. Gosh, that farm house looks like such a peaceful place to live. No matter what your new home looks like, I’m sure you will bring warmth and love to it. Home is where your heart is and since your family will be with you what else do you need? God is with you no matter what part of the earth you settle in. May you have peace and love in 2009!

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  6. How exciting! You know, of course, that we are all just waiting for that first look at your new home. I know you will make it a beautiful place where your dreams and reality come together:>)

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  7. Wow! This house is positively stunning to be sure.

    Good luck with the move. It’s a stressful time of year already, but adding a move? Let’s just say we’re thinking of you here, and excited to read all about your new digs.

    heather janes inspiring blog post..Patience needs a spa day…

  8. Congratulations on your new home!

    Barbaras inspiring blog post..Merry Christmas!

  9. Best to you on this newest adventure…and making yet another house a home!

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  10. “Yet, I was unexpectedly happy with our choice!”

    This is the most important part. That you are happy with your choice.

    Can’t wait to share [with you, via the Net] the process of settling in.

    A very Happy New Year!
    Tessa

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  11. Oh what a beautiful farmhouse. It matches one in my wishes, minus the yellow paint that I envision! I can’t wait to see your new place :)

    Hugs,
    Dena

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  12. Grrrrr… I so wish my ‘Tessa Icon’ would show up here.

    Tessa
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  13. Melissa: I can’t wait to see your new home and tag along as you work your magic to create a sanctuary for you and your family.

    Happy New Year!

    Judy

  14. Hooray, you found a home- how fun. and you are right it doesn’t really matter if a “dreamy” home, as long as love is found there.
    Happy New Year- and have fun on your new adventure.
    Thanks for helping me along this year also- I’ve taken a lot from your blog.
    Hugs

  15. there are so many things to like about the house… the porch, the big yard… but i’m just not a fan of gingerbreadesque details around the roof of the porch. they throw off the whole thing for me.

    anyway–blessings on your move! and i can’t wait to see your new home!

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  16. Farm houses! Yes! White! Yes! Love the pics and dreaming with you. I’m sooooooooooooooooooo jazzed you are going to plant some roots and movement forward is happening for you and your family. Can’t wait to see what your new homefront looks like!

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  17. I can’t wait to “see” your new house as you get it all inspired and homey! Good luck and I hope the next few weeks go smoothly.

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  18. jodi in fl but soon to pa says:

    yea! we are moving on the 2nd…and living with my in-laws until our house here sells. did you sell a house? i must admit, the hardest part of this move has been not being able to picture where we’ll live. and as much as i love/adore my in-laws (they are like parents to me too), i can’t help but wonder how quickly we’ll wear out our welcome when we arrive with 7 kids and 2 dogs. in the middle of winter.

    life is either a daring adventure or nothing, eh? (hellen keller)

    have a safe, quick, painless move, melissa-
    jodi

  19. Hi Melissa! Good for you I am so relieved you will be in your new home soon! Hallelujah chorus playing in the background….big smile….you will be relieved in spite of boxes and messes just to be in the house! I live in a farmhouse and the rooms are smaller, ceilings lower because they weren’t built for model home appeal…farm houses are built for family and common sense appeal! One can dream, and one can also make their home beautiful in spite of awkward rooms. I know your home will be lovely, because you have a lovely heart and loveliness spills out where you are….God made you that way. Enjoy the process and take lots of before and after pictures!
    Blessings!
    Debbie

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  20. Wow, that is a beautiful house. I love all of the detail on the front porch as well. I am drawn to farmhouses too, but have never lived on a farm. They’re just so beautiful and “homey”.

    Good luck on your move. I can’t wait to get a tour of your new house!

    Amber

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  21. I have always loved farmhouse too. I am sending you warm hugs and best wishes for your new home. I look forward to seeing it in the new year.
    Hugs,
    Penny

  22. waiting with sheer excitement to be invited in!

    Whatta’ way to start the new year

  23. Sending you hugs , can’t wait to find out where you are living, how exciting, not just for you and your family, but all your blogger friends as well :-)

  24. Hi Melissa,
    You will be settled in no time and just think….you get to start all over again. That sounds like so much fun when it comes to decorating. I can’t wait to see your new place. I do actually live in a 1911 farmhouse and I love it (most of the time) meaning except for when the basement gets flooded because we have a crack in the foundation. There is always something to do or fix in an old house but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Bless you as you and your family start your new adventure.

    Hugs,
    LeAnn:)

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  25. Having a farmhouse myself I have to say, never give up the dream!

    Best of luck to you, can’t wait to see your new home.

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  26. Congrats on your new home!

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  27. After living on a farm for many years, I don’t think I would want to go back. Lots of work!! But I too, love the old white farmhouses. J grew up in one of those old homes. When he was stationed in Germany, during the 60′s his parents had the old home dismantled. Their new home was constructed next to it when J was in high school. He has always wished they would have saved that old house.

    I am looking forward to seeing more of your new home and hearing about this new adventure, you are embarking on!

    All the very best in 2009!

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  28. Melissa,

    Best of luck with your move; I love to move and start over in a new place; new friends, new home to decorate, new places to explore, but alas I have been here for almost 20 years. Thanks so much for such inspiring pictures this season, you certainly have a knack for finding the best decor photos. Hope you enjoyed your White Christmas..ours was a mostly melted White? Green Christmas!

    Janet

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  29. That house does make my heart sing! A very belated Merry Christmas Melissa. I hope your move went really well and I am so looking forward to seeing you in your new ‘dream’ home! Rachaelxo

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  30. When I was a kid, we moved every 6 months. I tried to never get attached to any place, anywhere. Since I’ve been married, going on 20 years, I’ve only moved once and that was a year ago. I finally know what HOME means :)

    Have a wonderful, homey new year!

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  31. I saw this also and LOVE the white vintage farmhouse feeling! I wish you much happiness, contentment, peace, and joy in your new home. Can’t wait to see all your special touches!! Merry CHRISTmas to you and your family!

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  32. I can’t wait for your to share your home ‘setting up’ with us. I will follow it with bated breath and hopefully glean a few tips from a consummate professional. I still have only a frame and half a roof. I know things will move quickly in the new year and I am anxious about the enormity of it all. Where do I start? … with an empty shell. Your move and your documentation will be such a help for so many of us in the same situation.
    Good luck in the final days… how exciting! A-M xx

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  33. Gayle at Mountain Moma says:

    How exciting to finally find your new home. May grace be yours as you cope with the exhausting days ahead.

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  34. I am so excited for you! I am ready for a change but my husband cannot abide moving. You were amazing to do all this during christmas! Cannot wait to see it!

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  35. Love, love, love farmhouses. Maybe someday…….

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  36. I love little Farm houses too, so cute! I can’t wait to see your new home, how exciting that it’s almost here :-)

  37. Hi Melissa. What great news that the waiting is now over and you’ll soon be in your new home. It’s nice to begin anew, and what great timing to mark this new chapter of your life with the start of a new year! I hope all goes smoothly for you and your family over the next several days. I’ll look forward to hearing about your new home. Happy New Year to you! ~Arleen

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  38. Wonderful blog!

    Hugs,
    Maryjane

  39. Melissa, I love beautiful white farmhouses too. The large & wide front porches are what do it for me. They also have a casual grandness to them, which I adore. We were getting ready to build such a home before my husband got laid off in June of 07. Your new home will be fabulous because you will make it so. Can’t wait to see it.

  40. What a beautiful home! I can’t wait to see your new abode. Best of luck with the move!!!

  41. I am with you in loving white farmhouses. They are absolutely beautiful. Especially the one with the big, long porch! We’ll continue to keep you and your family in our prayers. Only six more days! So exciting. Can’t wait to see the new place.

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  42. Hey there,
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Great Blog!! I personally loved your
    pics …. Must admit you have a great sense of style. Keep up the good
    work.I have enjoyed reading your blog and thought of dropping in a word …
    PS: I have initiated an idea to create a fashion and style blogroll where
    bloggers from the jewelry, fashion, style and beauty could participate.
    All you need to do is to add my blog link to your blog and i’ll do the
    same.
    That way, we could have a mutual partnership and we could refer visitors to
    each other’s blog.
    Please let me know if you would be interested.

    Thanks!
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  43. Wow! It looks great on this large house, but I really like little cottages that are all white with the porches! Have a great new year!

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  44. You are a person that knows how to make a home, and I am certain your new home will be filled with all that is important.

    Good luck with the move. You are in my prayers.

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  45. Even though you are moving-it’s like you have your very own Verizon network following you along your journey. We in blogland are your network, Melissa. We all look forward to sharing your move with you. Have a safe trip, and don’t forget to breathe in all of the fond memories before you leave. Hugs, hugs, hugs…

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  46. Melissa,
    The new HGTV home looks beautiful! Can’t wait to hear more about your new home. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and good luck to you and your move! See you in 2009!

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  47. Since I recently moved into our new home I can perfectly understand the excitement and every single feeling that you are having these days.
    I am happy for you. I can’t wait to see your new home.

    Suzy

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  48. hey.. why do you have pictures of my house on your blog!!! LOL. i have a post about the hgtv dream house too.

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  49. I am loving the new HGTV dream home and can’t wait to see all of the inside.

    And…I can’t wait to “visit” with you at your new home. So exciting!! Good luck with the move and happy holidays!!

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  50. Can’t wait to go on your new decorating journey with you. It will be a very exciting ’09!!
    Best wishes,
    LuLu

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  51. I pray that you have an exciting but uneventful move! I can’t wait to see the many exciting projects you will share with us!

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  52. Melissa love!

    I’ve been waiting for posts on the new house. This one will do. LOVE farm houses. I was raised on a farm and can’t help but be drawn to their charm and long for a return to all things simple… if you call feeding horses simple. Bless you for keeping up on things while you’re in the midst of boxes.

    I did a post on my blog that I plan on putting into wordpress for BD. Hope I figure it out soon. A few quick organization ideas to tackle. I’ll be in touch!

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  53. Congratulations on the new home!!! That is very exciting :)

  54. Oh Melissa, I’m so glad it’s all coming together for you … congrats on your new home! Home is home, I agree!

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  55. YAAAAYY FOR Y’ALL!!!!! So thrilled and can’t wait to see and hear all about your new home……I know it’s gonna be amazing!!! And a Merry belated Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you, dearie!!! :)

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