American Farmhouse Style April - May 2021

American Farmhouse Style is the ultimate resource for open, welcoming American décor and architecture, whether in a historic farmhouse, modern country estate or suburban home.

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Engaged Media
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the reassurance of spring

EDITOR’S LETTER Spring comes, as she always does, and it’s reassuring isn’t it? How lovely it is to feel the warmth of the sun, see a busy bee buzzing by, spot the first bloom pushing its way up through soil. It reminds us that no matter how many unexpected and unpredictable events unfold in our lives, nature is steadfast in her pursuit of balance and consistency. Normalcy is nice, predictability is comforting and in times like these, we’ll take it! Speaking of nice, you will love the better-than-nice collection of homes we have the pleasure of bringing to you in this issue. From Maryland to California, and three states in between, these farmhouses range from rustic to modern, and fresh inspiration overflows in each (pages 36, 42, 52, 68, 84 and 98). The annual…

the almanac

EARLY Bloomers Anxious to see spring blooms? Look for these plants that come into flower in early spring. 1. BLUET: These four-part flowers have pale blue petals and a yellow center. Stems are up to 8 inches tall with one flower per stalk. Bluets thrive in moist acidic soils in shady areas, growing especially well among grasses in the Eastern part of the U.S.2. BLOODROOT: This delicate bloom has 8 to 12 white petals, many yellow stamens and two sepals below the petals, which fall off after the flowers open. The Bloodroot flowers open in sunlight.3. COLTSFOOT: Often found in colonies of dozens of plants, coltsfoot has flowers that resemble dandelions. The leaves, which appear after the flowers have set seed, wither and die in the early summer.4. GHOST FLOWER: These cup-shaped…

get more online!

Get ready for spring with our online exclusives. 10 DIYs TO UPCYCLE APRONS Old aprons that are torn, moth eaten or stained? No need to throw them away. There are plenty of options to upcycle aprons, some with no sewing experience required. SIMPLE SPRING STYLING Add a few simple touches to your main spaces to keep your home fresh and lively without spending too much time or money. HOW TO GROW GRAPES IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD Dreaming about dining al fresco in your own backyard vineyard? Here’s how to grow grapes for your own little grape getaway. A LARGE FAMILY KITCHEN WITH COUNTRY STYLE Living in a 120-year-old home has its perks. Its vintage charm is one of the reasons farmhouse style is so alluring. Come see a fun and family-friendly kitchen. LAMB ROAST RECIPE FOR SPRING For spring, and…

little baskets of joy

Want to join in on some May Day fun? The good news is you most likely have all these supplies on hand. The great news is this easy project can be completed in 10 minutes and is sure to bring a smile to someone’s face. WHAT YOU’LL NEED: • Flowers: real or faux. The flowers shown here are from a neighbor’s garden.• ¼ inch ribbon• Hole punch• Craft/scrapbooking paper in colorful patterns (paper shown here from Hobby Lobby)• Clear tape WHAT YOU’LL DO: 1. First cut your paper from corner to corner into2 triangles. 2. Once the paper is cut into triangles, start rolling each piece into a cone shape. Use the tape to secure the back of the cone.3. Use the hole punch to create holes near the top of the cone to…

upcycle a dresser with stamps and ink

With a mom who dragged them to roadside junk piles and hole-in-the wall thrift stores, Josie Celio and Sally Griswold were in love with all things vintage and DIY, long before it was trendy. Josie is happily married to her high school sweetheart, and together they have six beautiful children and a homestead with several farm animals. Sally lives with her husband, a pastor, their five lovely children and a chocolate lab named Beau. Today, they have turned their life-long passion into a business with Iron Orchid Designs, a brand of products that embody their vision and passion for beautiful design through DIY. The name “Iron Orchid” is symbolic of the essence of a woman, with the strength of iron and the delicate vulnerability of an orchid. The IOD sisters believe women…

how to grow your dinner

Growing your own meal ingredients can be as convenient as it is rewarding. Your produce will always be cut fresh, and you won’t have to worry about unknown chemicals or pesticides. Home-grown flavors are brighter and richer, and having tended the plants yourself, you’ll also feel a sense of appreciation for them. In Claire Ratinon’s book How to Grow Your Dinner Without Leaving the House, she gives practical instruction and deeper meaning to the growing process. “It has been a gateway to better mental and physical health,” Ratinon writes. To cultivate your own kitchen garden, follow her eight steps. WHAT YOU’LL NEED: • Seed trays• Labels (try Popsicle sticks)• Seed compost• Vermiculite• Dibber (chopsticks, pens or fingers also do the trick)• Heated propagator• Grow light• Multipurpose compost• Trowel• Watering can with a…