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Sweet Escape: A White Farmhouse Dream Home

by | May 20, 2010 | Decorating Inspiration

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Sweet Escape: A White Farmhouse Dream Home

You know those days where you had things all planned out and in your mind the day was going to go so well, but then this and that happened and the day just turned out entirely differently than you expected? Yeah. Like those days when your husband loses his iPhone and you spend the whole day looking all over town for it and calling to report it lost it because it is probably gone forever. Those days.

Sweet Escape: A White Farmhouse Dream Home

So, what can you do with those sorts of days except to ESCAPE to the internet looking for something beautiful to bring a little lift to the otherwise crazy day! Instead of what I originally had planned for today, prior to the iPhone incident, I thought we would spend some time drooling over this 2010 Green Home from HGTV. I’d seen the pictures online earlier, but hadn’t taken the time to properly enjoy them, so let’s do that, shall we?

Sweet Escape: A White Farmhouse Dream Home

I always stretch my design appreciation when I study pictures. I sometimes see things I wouldn’t have thought to do and it makes me think outside of my normal decorating box. Or, I see things I would have done myself, but thought they were “outdated” or I hesitated for some reason, and then suddenly I feel empowered by my own instincts!

This is a lovely house. I am not sure that it is my absolute favorite dream house ever, but you just can’t argue with the timeless beauty of a white farmhouse. They are all good. I would not complain about winning this house one teeny bit. And this one has some lovely features. I of course adore all the wood and architectural chunkiness (my favorite kind of architecture, the chunky kind).

Sweet Escape: A White Farmhouse Dream Home

This bathroom is fun, I love the light from the windows and I really like the touches of black.

Sweet Escape: A White Farmhouse Dream Home

I can’t help but swoon when I see bookcases in a white farmhouse kitchen. A great combo. Dreamy. The vertical wood on the walls (and the ceiling!) give just enough interest without needing many accessories. More and more I am feeling the love for “less is more.” I need less clutter and less STUFF.

Sweet Escape: A White Farmhouse Dream Home

What a happy space! A blue wood ceiling? Oh how I love. Lately I’ve been really thinking about having my own office again. I’d have to do some room juggling but it might just happen! There is something so inspiring about a fresh and pretty dedicated work space all your own.

Sweet Escape: A White Farmhouse Dream Home

And I’m loving the painted treatment on the walls and the crazy fun upholstery on the chair. Let’s look at another angle so we can see more of the walls!

Sweet Escape: A White Farmhouse Dream Home

The red white and blue is really striking and fresh!

Sweet Escape: A White Farmhouse Dream Home

Well, hello lovely sliding barn doors that open up to an amazing BBQ.

I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I did, and if you want to win the house (and why not give it a try, you never know…someone will win!) you can enter the contest here!

You can find many more photos of this lovely home right here!

I’ll be back later with the Friday Inspired By linky! How is it possible that it is already Thursday?


  1. Kim

    I really like this home! I’ve watched the HGTV special on it twice! There are a number of design elements that I would love to have!
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Summer To Do List =-.

  2. Pearl Maple

    Fabulous house, am with you on the white with chunky wood and quirky little accents to make for a perfect home.
    .-= Pearl Maple´s last blog ..Sky Watch Friday =-.

  3. Mary Joy

    Melissa it is an incredible house!!!!! I just entered. LOL You never know right?

    Such a lovely way to get rid of the blahs. Thanks for sharing!!!
    .-= Mary Joy @ Snapshots from my Heart & Home´s last blog ..Abba…I surrender All!!! =-.

  4. Kim

    This house is close to where I grew up, but I’m still entering to win! I plan to claim the little nest as my room.
    .-= Kim @ Beautiful Living´s last blog ..Re-do, Do You? {Giveaway} =-.

  5. Myra

    Thanks for the Sweet Escape! I agree, crazy days have a way of making us crazier unless we stop & take a break & experience a little loveliness! Dreaming about a white farmhouse is a lovely escape!
    .-= Myra´s last blog ..Black Bean Salsa!!! =-.

  6. Laryssa

    So charming, thanks for sharing!

  7. leslie

    your post makes me laugh because that is EXACTLY what I’m doing right now! escaping the day that isn’t going as it should!!

    beautiful house… and I think I will win because it’s only a few days before my birthday that the contest ends… ;p

  8. Smilinsouthernbella

    MY GOODNESS!!! This is my dream house! I just sent this to my husband to get in his head what is in mine! HEHHEHEHE.. lets pray it works! :)

  9. Eileen

    Oh, how I love the HGTV Dream Houses! I wonder how many entries they get? No matter how many, each year I’m sure it will be me!
    .-= Eileen´s last blog ..World Hepatitis Awareness Day =-.

  10. Lesley

    I’m particularly fond of the red countertop in the kitchen. It’s so fun.

    I also love that little red and blue sitting room.

    But I hadn’t seen that cool little grill garage. That is cool.
    .-= Lesley @ TheDesignFile´s last blog ..Above the mantel: An art collage =-.

  11. Marjorie

    Hello there! I have become a daily visiter to your blog for about a month now, and I must confess it has been an amazing discovery for me. Because, to make a long historie short, I am from Costa Rica – Central America -and just fell in love with the country style, actually I am leaning more to the “white farm house look” (due to your influence by the way haha!) but the issue is that when I get out of the computer and walk into my living room, all I see is a tropical setting and it makes me wonder if it is requested to live in a country with the regular four seasons to bring them inside the house and enjoy home decor the way you do? And also (here goes another retoric question) is it possible to have a country hen and a made of stone Buda in the same room? I guess that should be called TRANSITION…meanwhile I want to thank you for opening a window and letting the light come in to my home.

  12. beth

    I love the house!! Of course there are a few things that I wouldn’t have done myself, or that I would change if I won it, but it is such a beautiful classic house. And the location? LOVE it! I would want to win the house just for the location. :)
    .-= beth´s last blog ..Painted checkerboard floors, and ideas for the laundry room =-.

  13. janet

    I am going there on June 22 with some of my Real Estate/ decorating buddies. Should be fun. Sorry, no pictures are allowed or I would get some good shots for my blog.
    .-= janet´s last blog ..WANDERING AND WONDERING IN TARGET =-.

  14. Anita

    Great home! I can’t stop looking at the bead board ceilings. I want to do that to cover up popcorn. I love the light over the table. Oh and the colored tape on the blinds. I have those blinds on almost all my windows. They were here when we moved it. I’m wonder how I can just add some to my blinds to change them up. Some I want to swap out for bamboo ones but this might be a good idea in the mean time. Any one know how to attach it so it fold with the blinds?

  15. Nikki

    Oh, oh ooh. I love it! I entered the one in Sonoma one year, every day. But I like this one better.
    .-= Nikki´s last blog ..Uncertainty =-.

  16. Vee

    There’s certainly a lot to love in this house. (I don’t love those blue walls, but that’s a minor point easily solved if I should ever win it. :D )
    Oh that bbq…wow. I don’t even like bbq, but I like that. A lot.
    .-= Vee´s last blog ..Me and the Vultures =-.

  17. Megan

    Wow! This house is amazing. I love how some rooms are a calm white and others are bright with colors.

  18. katiedid

    Thanks for the info! LOVE it and just entered

  19. Katie

    I love white. The paneled ceilings are so stunning! And the concealed grilling station…never seen that before!!!
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Monday Morning =-.

  20. Mary Jean

    I could live in that room with the blue ceiling! How did it get to Thursday already???
    .-= Mary Jean´s last blog ..Laughter! =-.

  21. Laura Ingalls Gunn

    I could move in immediately.

    Thank you for your kind comments. May you always be charmingly blessed.

    I hope you’ll stop by my blog. I am hosting a giveaway for a darling French tote.
    .-= Laura Ingalls Gunn´s last blog ..You Raise Me Up =-.

  22. Alison

    Hi! I’ve been a subscriber for a few months and this is one of the places I escape to. My husband and I toured this HGTV green home in person last Saturday. It is gorgeous! We’ve been writing a series of posts about each space that include details (paint colors, where to buy, etc) and a slew of photos that I took myself. So far we’ve shared details about the exterior, kitchen, living room, dining room, master bedroom suite, and kids bedroom. We’ll be covering the remaining rooms and art work very soon.

    You’re more than welcome to stop by Welcome Sunshine Home, submerse yourself in this beautiful green home, and keep on dreaming! :)

    .-= Alison´s last blog ..2010 HGTV Green Home tour – Kids Bedroom Suite =-.

  23. Leah

    just found your site and i love the homes you’re featuring! i also love the authenic living posts. i actually found you by looking for ideas for a white farmhouse look..i’m in the same boat…i’m a mom of a three year old (and hopefully more soon!) and i just want LESS stuff, less clutter..less all around..i feel like i need that and white and simple and decluttered is the way to go! thanks for showing off the fab photos!
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..Ten on Tuesday =-.


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