This small home is chock-full of thoughtful touches and "farmhenian" style

Alex is a wife, mother and teacher who also has a passion for home design and DIY projects. Home On Hayloft is the blog behind the family's little starter home, which Alex and her husband Dan lovingly remodeled to accommodate their growing family.
From the ice blue front door to a custom-built kitchen island, thoughtful touches give the home warmth and character. The couple has since moved to a larger farmhouse, but Home On Hayloft is still chock-full of decor inspiration and DIY ideas.
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In the entry, Alex reimagined this settee in "farmhenian" style. She stripped, sanded and refinished the wood in an espresso stain. Then, she reupholstered the settee from its red velvet fabric to a crisp white linen. Finally, she finished the edges with roping for a clean look.
A nubby wood mantle takes center stage in the living room, where old family photos abound. The crisp white Ikea sofa sits atop a light tone-on-tone area rug above espresso-stained hardwood floors. An antique armchair adds additional seating and style.
In the dining area, industrial lamps hang above an antique table, framed by mismatched vintage chairs. Large picture windows flood the open floor plan with light and views.
Next to the dining area, the kitchen features glossy black cabinetry and sleek, stainless steel appliances. The dark color palette puts the focus on the handmade kitchen island, built from old salvaged doors and topped with butcher block.
The master bedroom serves as a private oasis for mom and dad, complete with a soothing neutral color palette and large windows. A vintage-style dresser features clean white paint and contrasting brass hardware.
The bathroom features a sleek black and white color palette. White subway tile in the shower complements a black speckled stone vanity top. Above, simple glass sconces add soft lighting.
The guest bedroom features thoughtful finds, such as antique crates repurposed as end tables and a vintage wood headboard. A tone-on-tone quilt and macramé artwork fuse classic farmhouse and bohemian style.
The clean neutral color palette extends to the nursery, where a white crib sits atop a dark beige carpet. A hoop and simple greens create a shabby-chic mobile for Alex and Dan's little boy.
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Upstairs, Alex transformed a small catch-all space into an organized playroom. Simple white cubbies organize books and toys, and an antique children's rocker is the perfect place to snuggle up with a book.

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