Country Crushes

The look - more Prairie than Muskoka.

I still have the notes we sent our contractor to explain the concept for our farmhouse reno.



  • More farmhouse than cottage
  • More Prairie than Muskoka
  • White, bright, airy
  • Simple finishes – tin/steel roof, board and batten exterior
  • Maximize the view to the lake
  • Indoor-outdoor living

My boards on Pinterest and ideabooks on Houzz are filled with design crushes collected over the years. It’s freaky how consistent my favourite looks are. If you are planning a reno or hope one day to realize your decorating dreams, I suggest keeping this online diary of good things. It helped us immensely as we communicated our ideas to our building partners.

Here are some of the homes we’ve borrowed bits from to create our plan.

Photo: Nick Noyes Architecture
Photo: Nick Noyes Architecture
Photo: Jeremy Bittermann for theĀ New York Times
Photo: Olsen Studios
Photo: Style Files
Found on: House and Home

Of course, these gorgeous homes are beyond what we could hope to achieve, but we’ve taken design cues from them to make the most with our budget. Key features like an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, utilitarian fixtures, honed wooden floors, a feature fireplaceĀ and window walls will help us get the modern farmhouse look we want.

The plan below is an early one (there have been a few modifications since this version) for the addition which includes a large living area and master bedroom. The kitchen (which will be in the area behind the dining table) is missing on this plan as it has a separate more detailed layout. I’ll share more on that later.






  • This is so exciting! I can’t wait to see the before and after pictures. I love how you take inspiration from pictures but work within your budget to achieve the look and feel of what you want to accomplish. Good luck with everything!

    • So far so good. Will keep you posted!

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