Monday, August 29, 2011

Farmhouse with a Contemporary Twist

I am so pleased to have a guest here today at Willow Wisp.  While I spend today recovering from a week long camping trip, and preparing for the munchkins starting school this week, I am happy to present to you Jennifer, at Design Shuffle:

Hi all! I’m Jennifer and I write for Design Shuffle, a social media site that chronicles the work of top interior designers around the world. I've been writing about home decor since graduating university and have loved it ever since. I'm addicted to patterned fabrics, Jonathan Adler, chaise lounges, old doors, milk glass jars, antiques, and more. I was thrilled when I heard I'd be writing for the fabulous blog Willow Wisp Cottage, and even more excited to be covering some gorgeous modern-day farmhouses. I hope you enjoy it!

The perfect mix of old and new is a farmhouse with a contemporary twist - the architecture and materials of decades past, including cathedral ceilings and exposed wood, looks stylish when paired with modern light fixtures, streamlined furniture and bold colours. Looking for some more farmhouse interior design ideas? Read on...
All-inclusive guest room via DesignShoot
There is something so over-the-top-charming about this multi-level guest bedroom design, with a cozy sleeping area and sunken bathroom separated by a short open staircase. The overhead track lighting fixtures as well as the matching floor lamps give the space an updated look.
Living room steeple via Home Interior Design
This striking living room design idea has expansive windows and a wood steeple of sorts, connecting the farmhouse feel with the beauty of the surrounding woods. Modern ceiling lights are also a great touch to bring this home into 2011.
A room with a view via Home Design Inspiration
The sleek furniture and abstract artwork are a part of  "the now," but the exposed wood beams of this turn-of-the-century farmhouse is a lovely part of "the then."
Bathing beauty via Pokypoky
Everything about this contemporary bathroom design is rustic, particularly the original wood of the adjacent wall - however, the distinctly angular bathtub gives it away that this is a very avant-garde space.
Rustic workspace via Increaseroom
We can't get enough of this breathtaking kitchen - you barely even notice the chic modern-day chocolate brown cabinetry with such incredibly fabulous stone walls and ceiling.
Country cookin' via Office Furniture Plan
What chef (or chef wannabe) wouldn't love cooking in this spacious farmhouse kitchen? The latch-handles on the cabinetry look distinctly dated whereas the ceiling lights are retro with contemporary flair.
Bold black and white via devule
Black and white is always in, even when it's a fashionable den design in a decades-old farmhouse. The matching lamps are the perfect finishing touch.
Beam me up! via NewHouseOfArt
Minimalism was all there was in olden times, and despite the low furniture and very modern fireplace, this stark living room with exposed wood beams give off the appearance that it's from the 19th century.

This post comes courtesy of Design Shuffle, where you can find top tier interior designs from around the world – from New York interior designers, Los Angeles interior designers, and more, check out the latest at Design Shuffle.

Thank you so much, Jennifer, for the wonderful guest post! I'm off to check out some more great ideas and inspiration at Design Shuffle!

I'll be back soon with some updates in the master bedroom and dining room!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Where I've Been

I think it's about time to spill the beans....to spill the beans about the bean, that is =)


You see, about a week after moving into our new home, I seemed to catch a stomach flu. Either that, or I ate too many cherries. This went on and on, and then it dawned on me. I've felt this before. This strange nausea, exhaustion. In fact, I've felt it a few times. Oh, dear me, after a quick, panicked trip to Walmart, it was confirmed. Seems our big ole house is going to get a bit fuller. There's a new Bean on board at Chez Willow Wisp.



While I've been busy working on growing said bean, hopefully now appearing less bean-like every day, I've been feeling not quite the top of my game. I claim a successful day if I can eat 3 meals; If I can get out of bed, and actually shower. Oh, and I'm quite thrilled when I can actually get something accomplished, such as laundry, or feeding my other two littles. You see, this pregnancy is proving to be a tricky one. Let's just hope the little Bean is much more cooperative once he/she makes an appearance in late Feb/early March!

We've also been busy with Pony Club, relatives coming out, and we have 2 more extended camping trips before summers end.

I will be back, and Lord help me, past all this morning (or in my case, all day) sickness and back in the game. I am far too busy with plans of painting, board and batten projects, decorating etc to let this keep me down. After all, I want everything to be in tip-top shape before Baby #3 arrives!!

Have a wonderful few weeks, and never fear, I shall return very soon!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Horizon Grey

A perfect grey/green/blue, which is different depending on how the light changes during the day.



A lovely neutral, soft backdrop for our furniture and treasures.



I realize it is very difficult to get a true appreciation for wall colours on the computer, but I couldn't help but share.
Hopefully I'll be able to show you the completed great room very soon!

ps Horizon Grey is by Benjamin Moore.

Linking to my favorite Parties!