Recently I was invited to P. Allen Smiths farm to take part in Bean2Blog day which was sponsored by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. and was hosted by P. Allen. The day was beautiful and educational and it is taking me forever to tell all about it. If you want you can read Part 1, Part 2 , Part 3 and Part 4 of my Soy Joy experience.
Here is the thing.Living in Arkansas (and I love my state dearly, I do) I have become accustomed to being disappointed in the interiors of homes deemed "showcases" or "fancy." I know better than to judge the inside of a home based on it's curb appeal. Cottage, colonial and farmhouse may describe the architecture style but it will most likely have nothing to do with the inside (which are usually so dark and heavy that I feel suffocated.) So imagine my excitement, delight and complete design geek-out giddiness when P. Allen Smiths farmhouse insides matched the outside above and beyond my wildest dreams.
Here are some notes on the touches that made these rooms my very favorites: (WARNING: I might gush.)
In the whole house slipcovers (seen here on the headboard and footboard) were liberally used. I cannot have enough slipcovers in my life.
Painted furniture. Everywhere I turned. I think that pale green chest is about the most perfect color green ever.
Painted floors. So many of the spaces had painted wood floors. My plan is to paint the floors in my farmhouse but I have rarely seen this technique installed up-close and personal. It was so refreshing to see someone else go for this look with gusto.
Light everywhere. There was so much natural light in each and every room that you couldn't help but feel happy. But also, each and every bed and reading nook was pre-stocked with personal lighting. Perfect for guest who want to stay up later than everyone else and finish that great book.
Pattern and pallet. Everywhere there were great patterns and a consistant pallet. Lots of fun colors, nothing too heavy or serious. Always a mixture of whimsy and history. When walking us through the house Allen mentioned that many of the hard surfaces (tables, sideboards, cabinets) were authentic antique pieces, but that all the soft surfaces - chairs, couches, beds - were new because he believes in comfort.
(The kids space reminded me of the lake condo I decorated a lifetime ago. Nice to know I was on the right track with my mixture of soft and hard, pattern and light...)
So P. Allen has 2 screened porches. 2. Oh that is heaven. One for eating/hanging out off the kitchen and then this one.
Rumor has it that they changes all the bedding and cushions out seasonally. Be still my heart. And those shutters. Oh I love shutters. And they are functional AND pretty. Swoon.
All 4 of Allen's porch ceilings are painted a robins egg blue (just like my pink porch!) to keep the wasp away. Again, notice the beadboard? I could have bead board in every ceiling in every room of my house.
There is the great soaking tub, more painted floors and painted wicker. How could anyone not LOVE this porch?
Okay, so I am a bit of a fan and perhaps I have gushed a bit but being able to walk through a home that puts into practice so many of the design elements that I love was a real treat.
And not only is Allen's home gorgeous, historically influenced and comfortable, it is also incredibly green.
You can read all about how he built Moss Farm using green and sustainable resources here.
And if you want to see his latest project building the greenest 1600sq ft house possible for 150K in 150 days check these videos out (I have already started taking serious notes.)
Tomorrow we talk gardening and soybeans and wind up this series officially (thought other bits and pieces may leak in from time to time...)