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Style Is an Evolution

My definition of a “soft style of living” has evolved over time…inspired by my travels and influenced by shifting trends, my personal taste, my growing collection of vintage pieces, as well as the homes I’ve lived in or visited. To me “soft style of living” is characterized by a welcoming warmth with a touch of … Continued

Starbuck Reimagined

For me, celebrating the New Year has always involved a little reflection on the past as well as a little hope for the future. 2017 has been a full year! We’ve welcomed many new friends through the doors of the Little White House and I’m grateful for each one of you. I’m also thrilled to … Continued

Wonderful Whitewash

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, a “whitewashed” Christmas that is! This will be my family’s first Christmas in our newly-built farmhouse. I absolutely love the look of whitewashed wood, whether it be board-and-batten siding, cedar shakes, rafter tails, shiplap, window trims, floors, cabinets or heirloom furniture. And I’ve chosen to do it ALL in … Continued

Centuries Old

Talking about chimneys during “Santa Season” seems like the right thing to do…ho, ho, ho! My simple farmhouse has only a few exterior adornments including window boxes, gooseneck farmhouse lights and of course, my three-story chimney. Each of these adornments helps to create that old-world charm I was after. You can create old world charm … Continued

Beauty, Rhythm and Order

Exposed rafters and rafter tails were common elements in early farmhouses. Rafter tails were true continuous extensions of a building’s rafters and existed for reasons of efficiency and economy during construction. Simple plumb-cut rafter tails created an overhang with no extra effort or material. When notched, they allowed gutters to be placed directly within the … Continued

Riverside Views

I fell in love with the tall narrow windows of my Little White House shop on Glover in Fort Langley and knew that someday several tall white-mullioned beauties would adorn my own modern farmhouse. Farmhouse architecture began in the fields of Scandinavia and Germany, then in the 1700s, made its way to rural farm lands in … Continued

This Little Light of Mine

We are weeks away from moving in to our modern farmhouse-inspired home. Atop our white shingled abode, you’ll find an eight-windowed cupola! The cupola can be traced as far back as the 8th century when daily calls to prayer could be heard from the balconies of these domed structures. Over time cupolas have served several … Continued

White Cedar Shingles

My Shingle Style Farmhouse will de-emphasize applied decoration and detailing in favor of a home wrapped in white cedar shingles.  The Shingle Styled Houses designed in the 1880-1900, with their rambling informality and connection to the outdoors, (in-part) was our inspiration. We too will have many cross-paneled rectangular windows, bays, sunrooms, and transomes.  Wishing to … Continued

The Pretty White Farmhouse

I think nothing is prettier than a White Farmhouse and did you know the most loved paint colour in the world is White.  The Farmhouse is most recognizable by its design elements of a covered porch, classic symmetry, and tall rectangular windows.  The front of the home would be for formal gatherings and the large … Continued