The New FarmhouseFarmhouse Bedroom, New York
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Tip: Since a table lamp might take over much of the surface area of your step stool, consider installing a wall sconce above it instead. That way, you’ll have room on the stool to place books, reading glasses or a vase. If your bedroom allows space, pair the stool with a similar-size furniture piece on the other side of the bed.
SheetrockSheetrock (also known as tape, bed and texture) is another aesthetic finish that can be pretty easy to punch (both in the punch list sense and in the physical sense). One of the best tips I’ve learned is that Sheetrock is easiest to punch after the paint primer has gone up but before the actual paint color hits the walls. Dings, dips, crooked edges and texture inconsistencies stand out like a sore thumb. So ask your construction manager whether you can stop by after primer is applied. With your blue tape handy, walk through the construction area and take a look. Turn the lights on and inspect texture. (Is it too heavy in some places or too light in others? If you selected a smooth texture, are there any bumps that stand out?) Take a look at wall corners. (Are they straight and square from bottom to top?) Scan walls and ceilings for scratches and dents. I’ve got to take a second here to make a small point: I know that every part of your home is important and worth time and attention. But consider this: Is a ding in a bottom corner of a coat closet really worth the same as one at eye-level in a kitchen? I’m not saying that your contractor shouldn’t put time and effort into making your house your dream home, but if you feel like you’re getting carried away with the blue tape, take a step back and reevaluate. I can promise you that your dinner guests aren’t going to get on their hands and knees and inspect the Sheetrock in the corner of your pantry. And if they do, that’s another conversation entirely.
5. A braided rug. These simple rugs are another homespun craft. In days past they were often composed of a family’s leftover scraps and rags. (John-Boy had one in his room.) Also in this room, the utilitarian furnishings — like the primitive stool-turned-nightstand — represent making do with what you have. This philosophy is very much in the farmhouse spirit. Floor paint: Cornforth White; trim paint: Teresa’s Green, both by Farrow & Ball
9. Miscellaneous tables. For this farmhouse designer Heide Hendricks selected a small, rustic table to serve as a bedside table. It’s a perfect fit for the simple beauty of this spare, Shaker-esque bedroom.Connect with an interior designer near you
6. Try colorful trim. White walls and floors create a freshly scrubbed setting, allowing the pale duck-egg green trim to take center stage in this serene bedroom. A simple wooden bed, a pitcher of wildflowers and a white crocheted bedspread enhance the country cottage charm. Pale spring green, butter yellow or lavender would also work well.
The bedrooms are minimalist to promote rest. “The decor is very spare and limited to the comforts of a good night’s sleep,” says Hendricks. “Crisp linens, hand-crocheted coverlets, fluffy duvet and pillows — old school and simple.”The painted floors upstairs conjure the romantic notion of a farmhouse, but here they have the contemporary twist of a full-gloss finish. “The effect is calming,” says Hendricks.Molding paint: Teresa’s Green, Farrow & Ball; floor paint: Cornforth White, Farrow & Ball; antique coverlet: Millerton Antiques Center; bed: Country Bed Shop; bedside table: Hunter Bee