My Art: Where my art lives {midwestern farmhouse}

Wanted to share a few snaps

of a fabulous farmhouse

where some of my art lives

because not only is it

architecturally magnificent,

but soon they will be changing

the interior’s color palette.

The wraparound porch is sooooo charming!

They started with a small historic house

on a huge lot, then preserved its character

while vastly expanding its liveability.

The lady of the house and I have been friends our entire lives.

As tweens we camped out on a bench from dawn to dusk to save our seats

for Andy Gibb…the BEST CONCERT EVER!

The millwork is divine

throughout the farmhouse.

Funny I spy no “Shadow Dancing”

sheet music on the piano…

A talented photographer, my friend

took this brilliant shot of her brood.

Here are some wordy panels

they commissioned from me.

I still take local orders (Chicagoland) for custom panels,

and it’s thrilling to see them installed in homes

varying in style.

James Taylor lyrics,

a verse from the Book of John,

and a hymn just outside a butler’s pantry.

I really hate to keep harping,

but I smell conspiracy.

Not one Gibb represented.

Tempted though I was to shoo folks

out of the way for a better perspective

of the todiefor kitchen,

I took a break

to sample

creme brulee french toast,

breakfast souffle,


and a yogurt parfait.

An original part of the farmhouse

which will become a library.

A peek at a new lounge-y section.

If my friends read this, perhaps

they will consider the possibility

of framing this for above the fireplace:



Aren’t farmhouses with their simplicity

and informal elegance lovely?


Look at my beachy girlfriend

barefootin’ it all gorgeouslike!

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. Anonymous
    August 8, 2011 / 7:44 am

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  2. August 8, 2011 / 11:05 am

    *Sigh* Wrap-around porch, glossy dark floors, beautiful artwork and lighting – all makes it my dream house!

  3. August 8, 2011 / 1:15 pm

    We love the wrap around porch! Your work looks great. Can't wait to know what color they are painting the home. Happy Monday!
    Angela and Renee

  4. August 8, 2011 / 2:12 pm

    the farmhouse will probably be shades of sophisticated greys inside. it's going to be fabulous!

  5. August 8, 2011 / 2:47 pm

    I want to live there!

  6. August 8, 2011 / 4:45 pm

    Very pretty! I love how they have preserved the home, but decorated with more up-to-date art and images!

  7. August 8, 2011 / 6:22 pm

    Wow! I loved this place and your art looks perfect there!
    the food looked pretty good too! 🙂

    Have a blessed week, M!


    Luciane at

  8. August 8, 2011 / 8:54 pm

    I would love to come live in that place where your art loves, it is gorgeous, well only of they put up the pictures of Andy. 🙂 Your art looks so perfect there and I love the verse and James Taylor.
    Enjoy your evening dear.

  9. August 8, 2011 / 9:10 pm

    beautiful house. i loved her school house light in the entry. your work looked perfect in that space.

  10. August 8, 2011 / 11:29 pm

    This farmhouse is stunningly charming; I'd love to walk it's floors. Your James Taylor panels are incredible. I would love to see those on the walls of my house.
    Andy Gibb…ahhhh

  11. August 8, 2011 / 11:31 pm

    Oh, Andy….!
    If I were a
    house, I would
    truly be a
    farmhouse like
    this. Plop me
    on a lake and
    I'd be home : )
    Loved this peek
    into your friend's
    gorgeous place.
    Your art looks
    like it always
    belonged there.
    xx Suzanne

  12. August 10, 2011 / 2:32 am

    Oh my god, what a fabulous house! and your work looks wonderful there.
    And… Andy Gibb, really?
    Oh well, we were all teeny boppers once, i was in love with Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits…


  13. August 10, 2011 / 3:20 am

    SO well done. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your home with us!

  14. August 10, 2011 / 11:27 pm

    was andy always that tiny? the house is gorgeous, i'd love to sit and play piano on a rainy day.

  15. August 11, 2011 / 1:39 am

    yep he was a petite Gibb. i love how black works so well in this house.


  16. August 11, 2011 / 2:39 am

    What a gorgeous house – inside and out! Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  17. August 11, 2011 / 2:51 pm

    What a lovely home your wonderful artwork "chose"! Everyone must be so happy!

    Funny Andy Gibbs story!

    We are back from our wonderful vacation. Well fed and happy! (:

    ox, Mon

  18. August 11, 2011 / 7:23 pm

    love the farmhouse…so much that i featured your post on fridays unfolded this week!


  19. August 14, 2011 / 3:48 am

    What a lovely farmhouse! Thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays 🙂

  20. August 14, 2011 / 5:18 pm

    Best bits of this post (aside from the gorgeous wrap-around porch that they just don't 'do' in the UK – SWOON)…

    Your art in the hallway (fab, as always) and Andy Gibb with electricity coming out of his thumbs.


  21. August 15, 2011 / 9:47 pm

    the farmhouse looks like my dream house!

  22. September 22, 2011 / 6:30 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful home within which hugs your art work.
    I love the porch and I can't wait to see the room that is being transformed into the library. How blessed you are to have such a friend for many years.
    have a sugar sweet day
    by the way… are an awesome author.
    I am having a give away on Sunday for one of my paris tags…pink….

  23. January 14, 2012 / 5:16 pm

    Serious porch envy here!

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