Being home on maternity leave this year, I’ve really started to take stock of the state of the interior of our farmhouse. When you sit inside most of the day with a baby, you notice things that you wouldn’t if you were just home in the evenings for a few hours. It’s really given me a big push to work on making the rooms not only functional but cozy and inviting.
While visiting family friends in Whitby, Ontario last week, I had the chance to stop into Penney & Co. – a beautiful home decor boutique by local designer Michael Penney. Fellow Canadians may recognize him from Sarah Richardson’s HGTV television series, his appearances on the Marilyn Denis Show and as a style editor at Canadian House & Home Magazine.
As soon as I walked in the store, my jaw just hit the floor. Everywhere I turned there was something that I would love to have at the farmhouse.
Each display was carefully styled, with lots of colour, pattern and texture.
Someday I’d love to have a real fireplace in our living room – there are even the footings from the original one in the foundation. For now, I’ve been toying with the idea of creating a faux one similar to this one. The wheat bundles on the top are just perfect for fall and Thanksgiving (which is only a few weeks away here in Canada!).
I have some old wooden crates like these ones above the bed and I never thought of hanging them up as decoration. What a great idea!
After we finished Lucy’s nursery, I realized how nice it was to have a nice relaxing bedroom for her…which got me thinking about our own space. I’ve been working on a few projects behind the scenes for our master bedroom and can’t wait to share them later this fall. This is very similar to the look we’re going for!
I would love to take this whole cabinet and move it to the farmhouse kitchen. Don’t you think it would fit right in?
Another great faux fireplace and a big cozy loveseat.
The copper hanging pots remind me of a great French kitchen.
Around the corner there is the second Penney & Co. shop. Since 2012, the store has been such a success that they keep outgrowing the spaces they’re in!
From the rich hardwood floors to the exposed brick wall, you can see a more rustic industrial aesthetic at the second location. This is the first store in Canada to carry Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Home Furniture. I was really excited to get a peek at it after months of following along with her line on Instagram.
There were so many great smaller pieces that I’d love to take home too. I could have filled my whole car!
What I really liked about the Magnolia Home Furniture by Joanna Gaines is that it looked like heirloom pieces that you’d find at your grandparents’ house. This French Inspired Bedroom reminded me of an old piece that had been refinished.
Seeing different “rooms” set up in the store gives you a great idea of how to create a cohesive look throughout your own with similar colours, finishes and textures.
This colour is very similar to the dresser I’ve been refinishing. I never thought of adding new knobs like this!
More wooden crates for displaying toiletries. We used some wooden crates in our Cloverhill Flowers display at the farmer market this summer too. I love the look they lend to a space – and the functionality!
Rustic pots and the most realistic faux plants are an easy way to add green to a space if you can’t keep plants alive…especially if you have a room that doesn’t get enough natural light for plants!
A barnboard backdrop really compliments this Magnolia Home Heritage Loveseat. The natural linen colour gives an easy neutral to make your pillows pop!
I had a fantastic time visiting the Penney & Co. stores and I can’t wait to go back again soon for some more inspiration for our farmhouse. Be sure to check them out on Instagram and Facebook too for more home decor ideas.