Favorite Farmhouse Benches

Hi, sweet friends! The last few weeks I’ve been talking about the changes I recently made in our entryway (here and here), and I’ve gotten a lot of questions and comments about the little wooden bench that sits next to my front door. Remember this little sweetie?

A cozy farmhouse entryway with the perfect balance of function, storage and style.

A cozy farmhouse entryway with the perfect balance of function, storage and style.

As you may or may not remember, I actually made this bench from an old door we found in the basement of our farmhouse, and it is probably one of my most treasured pieces of furniture I have. Not only is it a piece of our home turned into a beautiful piece of furniture, but I also just love the panel details and the little bits of chippy white paint that’s left and the sweet curves on the sides that give it the feel of an old church pew. You can see how I made this bench here!

But if you don’t happen to have an old door laying around or don’t feel like going the DIY route, I’ve rounded up a list of my favorite farmhouse-style benches that would be perfect in an entryway! I have actually used benches like these all over our house… at the foot of a bed, at the dining room table or underneath a window, for example. Some of the bench options are tufted, some have backs, some are wood, some are metal, some have beautiful curves and details, and some are simple and stunning.  I can’t wait to hear which ones are your favorites! Happy shopping, my loves…

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A Mini Office in the Entryway

A few weeks ago, I shared some changes in our entryway that all started with a little bit of spring decorating and ended up snowballing into hours of projects and furniture rearranging. This space has been craving a fresh, new look for quite some time, so when inspiration struck me that day, I just went with it! I’ve shared one half of our entryway by the front door many times here on the blog, but it’s been awhile since I’ve shared what the OTHER side of the entryway looks like… mostly because I haven’t fully loved the way it looked and couldn’t figure out what I wanted here. I know, I know… I should practice what I preach and embrace the journey. Decorating is a wonderful never-ending process for me, and I should document all the stages of our adorable, little farmhouse, even if it isn’t “perfect” in my eyes just yet.

But after my late night styling session a few weeks ago, I’m ridiculously happy with how this side of the entryway (which is right next to the kitchen) is starting to look!

A Mini Office in the Entryway | Making use of small spaces in this beautiful Indiana farmhouse
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A Cozy Farmhouse Entryway

Do you ever start on one little project, and it ends up leading into fifteen others? That’s exactly what happened to me last week! Ever since I put away the Christmas decorations, the armoire in our entryway has been pretty bare other than a knit blanket I always keep on one shelf. I just never got around to redecorating it after the holidays. So I decided to quickly try and style the armoire shelves the other day…

A cozy farmhouse entryway with the perfect balance of function, storage and style.
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My Trip to Waco, Texas

Right now I’m sitting in my office in my cozy, little farmhouse in Indiana with a dog laying on my feet and a cup of hazelnut coffee in my hand. But last week I was in Waco, Texas…

… meeting Chip and Joanna Gaines.

Follow along as I travel to Waco, Texas to meet Chip and Joanna Gaines and learn about the Magnolia Home paint line with KILZ!
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A Grown-up Playroom Update

You’ve probably noticed that there are a few rooms in my little farmhouse that you’ll see over and over again on the blog and some rooms that rarely, if ever, get put in the spotlight. Let’s be honest, my 7 and 11 year old boys don’t exactly keep their playroom “photo ready” on a regular basis (as they shouldn’t!), so it hasn’t been featured much over the last almost five years. When we first moved into this house, I spent a ton of time creating the perfect adorable playroom for my little babies who were only 2 and 6 at the time. It was colorful and fun and had places to store all their books and tractors and trains and coloring supplies, and looking back on that “design” now, it makes me laugh a little at how far my style has come. We all have to start somewhere, right? 😉

The playroom slowly… and I mean VERY slowly… evolved over the last few years as my style changed, and I swapped out the bright pops of color for a more neutral palette that matched the rest of the house. Those of you who have my book, A Touch of Farmhouse Charm, got to see the first playroom photos I’ve taken in years, and although that design was a huge step in the right direction, there were still a few things I wanted to tweak and change. Imagine that… Liz wanting to change something!

One of the problems I had with the playroom was the functionality of the design. I no longer have little babies who want to set up their train tracks and drive their tractors around on the floor. I have one boy who is just two short years away from being a teenager and another little cutie who is already pushing the pre-teen years, and their needs for a playroom are much different now.

*You can find a complete source list for this room at the bottom of the post!

A super sweet playroom design featured in a beautiful Indiana farmhouse
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Armoire Makeover – Whitewashing Tutorial

This project/tutorial has been on my need-to-blog list for way too long, but starting the new year (and getting a pretty new blog planner) has finally motivated me to get it done! Last summer I transformed this antique armoire in our entryway from the original rustic wood finish to a soft, dusty white, and I’ve had a ton of questions on how I got this look. So I thought I’d put together a whitewashing tutorial for you guys and show you how I did it! I’ve painted quite a few pieces of furniture in our house, and this technique is one of my very favorites because it tones down the color of the wood but still allows the gorgeous wood grain to show through the paint. And it’s really easy to do!

See this antique armoire get a beautiful whitewashed makeover and learn the perfect technique for whitewashing furniture!
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Cozy Neutral Winter Bedroom Design Board

Ideas for a warm and cozy bedroom in beautiful neutrals!
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