Melanie's Farmhouse

Melanie's Farmhouse

Aaron Able
Jan 13, 2011

Name: Melanie
Location: Lake Villa, Illinois

My house was built in 1952 by a guy named Ernie who worked at a lumberyard. Fast forward 58 years and now my boyfriend (a carpenter who is also named Earnie) are making it a fun, comfortable home.

My style is eclectic. Sort of a nod to the past mixed with farmhouse chic (I always wanted to live in a farmhouse!) and thrifty, thrifty, thrifty! Chippy paint and rust is found throughout my house.

Inspiration comes from everywhere, but some of my go to sources are old issues of Mary Englebreit Home magazine, Country Living, blogs, and of course Apartment Therapy.

When I bought the house, there was wallpaper galore, white tile floors in the kitchen and dining room, lots of carpet everywhere else, and brass on every fixture. Once I put the hardwood floors in throughout the first floor, it transformed the space. Removing the wallpaper was another major improvement that brought my house out of the 1980's.

Spray paint is my best friend. I have used it to update fixtures, paint furniture, and we even spray painted a fridge that my boyfriend picked up from someone's garbage!

My favorite sources are thrift shops, flea markets, and giveaways — with a small splash of IKEA thrown in for some basics.

Thanks Melanie!

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