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The Wonder of WOOD


Wood is an essential element and building material for farmhouse style. But why? Part of the reason is historical: When settlers were moving out West and farming the land, lumber was the cheapest and most sustainable option for building a farmhouse. Now, though, with many other options such as steel, concrete, glass and brick, farmhouse lovers still adorn their homes with wood. In their new book Made of Wood: In The Home, authors Mark and Sally Bailey describe why: “Blackened by time, worn by use, bleached by the sun or smoothed by the sea, timber is a survivor.” Here are some ways you can add this classic farmhouse element to your own home.

This cozy dining nook of ers wide spanning views framed by natural wood. The allwood window seat runs the full width of the room, feeling like an extension of the paneling itself. Other wooden accents like the dining table and end tables contrast with the metal light fixtures, hardy linen pillows and sheepskin throws.


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American Farmhouse Style
AFS Feb/Mar 2019

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