Friday Fun: Houses with Animals

I’ve never had any illusion that the farming life is idyllic. As a child, I saw far too many of my relatives working very hard to eke out a living as a farmer. But every now and then, I am overcome by the thought of having a beautiful house with some beautiful animals (of any description) in the background…

Cattle of course are a staple of farmhouses, as are the autumnal colours, from Yesterday Spaces.
Riding when you stay at this farm in Germany, from
If you are really short on space, then a few hens make for ideal companionship, from
Sheep for this more traditional farmhouse, from P.Base.
Geese are the perfect gatekeepers for your remote stone cottage, from Pinterest.

Friday Fun: Country House Style

As the granddaughter (and great niece) of farmers, I spent every summer in the countryside, but our ‘maison de campagne’ (country house) style looked nothing like the beauties below!

You’ve got to have a great armoire, don’t you? From
A big clock is always appreciated. Fun fact: my parents bought a set of chairs like those (but brown) for their wedding and still have them half a century own. Do they count as antiques now? From Marie Claire.
Plenty of room for the whole family to sit and eat, from
Although not quite as much fun as my aunt’s table under the grape vines. (Sadly, no personal pictures are available, so this is from
Simple fireplace and coloured plates also spell country style, from
The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that nearly all of the above are French, so here is an English country cottage interior, from Elegant Home Design.
That’s more like the houses I remember – traditional Romanian peasant house interior, from

Friday Fun: Farmhouses Around the World

It’s harvest time, so my thoughts turn naturally to the farming communities. My farming ancestors would have felt right at home in some of these houses, and probably hopelessly intimidated by some of the others.

French peasant house, from

Farmhouse from the Pays de Gex on the Franco-Swiss border. from

Italian farm, now holiday villa, from

Traditional Japanese farm buildings, from

Wooden farmhouse in England, from

Traditional peasant cottage from Madeira, from Pinterest

German farmhouse from the Wolfegg Museum.

Farmhouse very similar to my grandmother’s old house, from Village Museum in Bucharest, Romania.

Another typical German farmhouse, from Schwaben, from Wolfegg Museum

And the Swiss of course top the chalet look! From Pinterest.

American farmhouse, from The Plan Collection.