Styling Work: California Farmhouse


I’m just going to put this out there…farmhouses have been and always will be my favorite locations to style. It doesn’t matter if it’s a dilapidated 100 year old home with creeky floors and vines growing out of the walls or a complete renovation that’s been updated with modern conveniences – I love them all. This one I styled for Country Living is no exception. It was small with tons of windows, nestled in California wine country with a homeowner who adored simplicity. She enlisted the talents of designer Laurie Furber of Elsie Green to accomplish the task of renovating and decorating the home. And I think they struck the perfect balance of antique and new furnishings with a result that is warm and welcoming.
For the dining table I created an early morning breakfast scene with casual fare and a pile of mis-matched pillows on the banquette. It ended up being my favorite shot with that gorgeous light streaming through the window panes.


They tucked an old French work bench into a small niche in the living room making it the perfect bar area. The black and white photos throughout the home were original to the area and included a few of the property in it’s former farmhouse glory.
The kitchen was open and bright with large beams and library lights centered over the island. Here I added in natural elements, reworked the shelves and kept the styling fresh.


I’m sure everyone loves my shenanigans on set (wink, wink) especially when it involves grabbing the tallest ladder we can find and several of us trying to cut a large tree branch for my vision….
Mission accomplished (without injury) and it definitely added so much life to the entry shot.



I styled the outdoor table with a laid back barbecue gathering just as the sun was setting. This was in fact, our final shot. Too bad there weren’t any grilled burgers for those buns…we could have had a wrap party right there. You can see more images and read about the details behind this amazing farmhouse at Country Living.
Photos – David Tsay | Styling – Heather Bullard

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