Thursday, September 17, 2009

Day 810's favorite country home

I l-o-v-e this little house. It's so simple: just white and the dark wood of the primitive antique furniture. The owner filled it to the brim with what she loves (ironstone, coin silver, baskets and more) and that's all there is to it. Perfect.

Here's what homeowner Sue Chandler says about collecting:
The Mix Dark antiques, white china. "It's bold and dramatic, and it just feels good to me."
The Art 19th Century oils, mainly portraits, from flea markets and antique shops -- always in gilt frames. "I like that touch of gold."
The Strategy "I buy what I like, not what's valuable. I'm always on the lookout for tureens without tops, which are really cheap and still look great."
The Philosophy "I trade up to improve and pare down my collection. For example, I sold six painted black chairs to get my four Windsor chairs, which are nicer and take up less space."

I'm sure not everyone will "get it" with this house, but I can't get enough! What about you? What would your house look like if it were simply filled with the things you loved?

Photos by Jack Thompson for Country Home (October 2006)


Haydee said...

I love this house. I love white and wood the touch of rustic with clean crisp white. It is ideal and perfect in every way. I totally lean towards these things in my own home.
thanks for sharing..where did you find this house?
Love your blog by the way. Here's mine if you want to check it out.

Kelly Robson said...

I get it. :) It's great. Love the white paint, the wood floors, the simple furniture, oil paintings... I love it. Great post!

alison giese Interiors said...

I always admire those who can edit so well, and be so comfortable with it.
I, on the other hand, can never make up my mind!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Reminds me of The Lettered Cottage blog!

Bungalow Home said...

Love this home--I can identify with it is probably why. Our entire home is painted white dove with dark hardwood floors. Art and my collection of art books provide the color in our home. I love that you showcased this home--wonderful example that white walls and hardwoods aren't always contemporary and cold.

plaisirs simples said...

Love the dark, dark furniture and neutral tones. Especially furniture that is dark and WORN. The history AND mystery behind it makes it all the more interesting.

Yansy said...

I love this color combo as well. I know is not an easy palette to achieve and that makes it a lot more interesting.

Michelle Hughes said...

love it. It is so simple and warm.


Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss said...

I love it. I just have a thing for country/farm houses.