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Thursday, January 26, 2012

the farmhouse floor plan



I was in my late teens when I first started tearing out and saving the floor plans from the back of my mother's Southern Living magazines!   I have no idea what I was saving them for, but each month I would place them in a folder to study and keep.  So, when Andrea D. wrote and asked if the floor plan from the Renovation Style magazine feature was anywhere on the blog I totally understood her desire to see it to make sense of how all the rooms relate to one another. 


the farmhouse floor plan




It was in my late teens that I started to save floor plans, but I was obviously studying them years before as I drew this floor plan when I was 11 or 12!  It is entitled "My House at Stable."  I loved horses and was fantasizing about living at the stable.  So much of this floor plan makes me laugh:  that there was a chair and table on the front porch, a pillow on the bed, and especially that I had included a "walk-in closet" and a "store room," which I assume was a storage/tack room.  I even had a pretty good work-triangle in the kitchen!




This was the stable where I was fantasizing living!  My cousin, Lizzie, and I built this stable from pieces of 2 x 4's that we found at house construction sites in her new neighborhood. The "roof" on the stable is even made from asphalt shingles!  You can see the scale from the wire edging in the photo.
 We built the stable for our beloved Breyer horses in a corner of her backyard (Thank you Aunt Cappy!)  My two horses are on the left; that's Pocahontas on the far-left :)  (I must admit that clicking the Breyer link and seeing all the accessories they make for Breyer horses now made my 12-year-old heart skip a beat!) 
Please note (or try,  as the photograph is so blurry;) that the stable was even "landscaped" with plastic greenery and flowers, with rocks as stone edging.  I even included a decorative wicker chair!
The flood of love and memories I get upon seeing this photograph makes my heart happy!





Me and Cherokee! 
Cherokee belonged to the stable where I took riding lessons (English) and we had just won First!



I only recently stumbled upon my old "stable" floor plan and photos, so I thought they were fitting for this post!   Thank you for allowing me my stroll down memory lane!
xojoan



Post Script:
My sweet brother-in-law, Doug- who is married to my "much older sister Susan", whom I have known since I was eight-years-old;), just sent me this photograph of me riding "Val" at his family's farm that was close to Brenham, Texas. 
Thank you Doug!  Sweet memories!




 

72 comments:

Sondra said...

I've always love looking at floor plans and also have a file of my favorites. Realistically I know I'll never use them, but somehow it comforts me to look at them and dream. A grandmother can still dream...

Katherine said...

Proof that your home is more than a dream, it has been in your heart and soul forever.
I don't see the white knight on a horse in the 'stable' model; but we all know he is there. None of this would be the same without Dan in your life.

Love it - thanks for sharing.

sécia said...

I have a passion (obsession) for floor plans. Look at the size of that closet! Amazing.

♥ sécia
www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

Gina said...

Oh, I can relate to loving house plans! I used to draw them too when I was young. I still love to look at them. :) Love the great memories you shared today. :)

Cath said...

Well you are living your dream right? Who would thought way back then that people really would convert barns to lovely, inviting homes.One of my sisters was a horse buff with boxes of horses, each named and placed very strategically in her room.

So great that you still have these archives from your youth.

Thanks for sharing.

Eleanor said...

Thank you so much for sharing! I too wondered how the rooms were placed in relation to one another and it was an added bonus to take a stroll down memory lane with you!

Parnassus said...

What a sweet story, and the drawing really shows your incipient talent. When I was that age I made a similar elaborate garden plan, which not only never materialized, but I quickly lost all ambition in that direction--I studied nature and botany and decided that the woods and fields had all the flowers and plants I was really interested in.
--Road to Parnassus

Anonymous said...

How fun to see some of your childhood. Your stable was very impressive. Do you still ride horses? Best Regards, Wenda Scott, maggieandme52@yahoo.com

the gardener's cottage said...

this is beyond fabulous joan. oh what memories! it's taking me back to making clothes and furniture for my barbie out of shoe boxes and old doilies. those were the days!

how's the barn coming along?
xo

Fits and Kisses said...

Love reading your posts. It is always in order to take time out and stroll down memory lane. Thanks for sharing with us!

Saila said...

Thank you for posting this! I've been a floor plan fanatic since elementary school when I started designing my own floor plans, so I really appreciated this. :)

An Urban Cottage said...

Oh my god, Joan. I thought I was the only person that ripped the floorplans out of the back of magazines!

I did it for years until I found what I thought was the perfect house.

Judy @ A Meek Perspective said...

You ARE truly living your dream! How nice.

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

When I draw floor plans, they look about what yours did when you drew it at 12! Hehe! Loved the walk down memory lane. It's wonderful to see that you have lived out your dreams. I,too, was wondering if you still ride. I had a pony when I was young, but it was mean!

-Lisa said...

This post is exactly why I love your blog so much and am so happy you were the first blog I ever discovered. It is pure and above all else you!

Brooke said...

Joan- That is SO neat!! Way to go for following your designing dreams! And thank you for your deatils of the guest bedroom! I found a basket that I think will do for my photo shoot and ordered it from Ballard. It is supposed to ship Feb 13, and I can't wait for it to arrive! I'll send you a link to the shoot after we are able to do it! xoxo Brooke

BethA said...

Precious! My heart just grew.

La Comtesse Lola said...

Maybe you should also write
"For the love of a HORSE"
I love my horses, most times more than my husbands xo

Karen said...

Joan,
What a fun post. Love the picture of your "barn" and of you and the horse you won 1st place with.
Karen

A-M said...

Oh Joan, I love you at 12. A-M xx

michelle said...

I love this post...you are obviously doing what you have always loved and it comes through in your blog!

Lady Courtney said...

I see that I wasn't the only one who had an obsession with floor plans, are we frustrated architects? As a young teenager, my best friend, and neighbor and I would draw out floor plans and then furnish them...I wonder what happened to all those floor plans. It's still an obsession, I have already seen inside the addition we have yet to draw out, well I have in my head, just need my husband to get in there and see it. Fun memories indeed. Donna :)

for the love of a house said...

Several of you made the comment that I am living my dream. I had been so single-mindedly focused on my young memory of the stable and the floor plan that it took me a while to "get" what you were saying..... stable/barn!!! Ohmygosh... It made me teary when I realized that what you were saying was absolutely correct.... my long ago dream of living at the stable has become me living in a barn !!

Something I didn't mention earlier in the post, which really made me teary, was that on the backside of the floor plan I had written "Names: the Barn, the Unicorn" (don't ask me where 'that' came from!!:) but, I was obviously wanting to name my stable home and there it was... "the Barn" and now we have the Barn room! It also makes me laugh because I had no idea that my need to name every part of my house went back that far!

This is one of the joys of blogging.... you make me see/think about things differently, as I get to see it through your eyes.... thank you!

domestiCate said...

How fun that you found these! I used to draw floor plans as a child, too. It's funny how our passions emerge at such a young age. If only I had paid attention! I'm paying attention now, and becoming a designer.

for the love of a house said...

Wenda and Jane- no, I do not still ride, but several years ago Dan surprised me with a "date" and he took me to an equestrian center in Dallas where we rode!

An Urban Cottage said...

Where's the chimney for dining room and kitchen fireplaces? That's right in the middle of your bedroom, right?

Anonymous said...

Joan,

I am sure you would have played with my twin sister and me when we were twelve!! Kathy and I would draw layouts of our bedroom and rearrange the furniture constantly!! Those were the days of wall-to-wall carpeting and twin beds on frames with wheels so it made it pretty easy! Every Christmas we each got a Beyer horse with a note saying "Ten horseback riding lessons". For years we took lessons up in Massachusetts at a place called Valley Brook Stables (still in operation). My husband and brother-in-law threw us a surprise 30th birthday party at the stable (21 years ago!). See, I think we would have been good friends!

Thanks for the info. on the gas fireplace..very helpful!

Can you give the dimensions of your kitchen??

Fairfield Mary (Ruth's younger but not so young sister)

Carolyn said...

I love your childhood miniature stable! Takes me back when I collected horses (the plastic kind) and took riding lessons and won a blue ribbon, too. Long in the past now. But I'm still obsessed with floor plans. I, too, started drawing them at a young age. I eventually did turn this into a career and designed and drew plans for a builder. Changed over to interiors, but with the recession not doing either any more. I still can't resist analyzing floor plans and clipping the ones I love, though I doubt I'll ever be in the market for one. Now I obsess about an addition to our cabin. I must have drawn 50 different versions!

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

How great that you saved them all through the years! I was moving bedroom furniture around at that age, driving parents crazy, but you were the young architect! Cheers!

Anonymous said...

OK - we must be long lost twins. Growing up I drew floor plans ALL the time. In junior high, my teachers were used to seeing little floors plans on all my note books and papers. It's so neat to see I was not alone. I buy floor plan magazines just to enjoy! I so wanted to be an architect, but physics was not my friend. Ended up in graphic design instead, but still love all things houses! 

I have to confess, way back when you posted I hand drawn floor plan of your home, I nabbed it, and have it sitting on my iPad. I found it handy, as I read the rest of the blog (I was one of those nuts who went back to the beginning and read it all after I discovered it), to refer to and help me understand things. I swear I am not a crazy stocker! Just a house loving blog stocker!

Janice

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Oh, we so would have been friends! I, too, have an obsession with floor plans (very visual). In fact, my Masters thesis (Art History) was written on architectural drawings in the Renaissance. And I had an imaginary horse named Brownie (can you guess what color she was?). lol-- see? BFFs! :)

Kimberly said...

I grew up reading Southern Living magazine at my grandmother's house. I would gleefully sit in her bentwood rocker with her magazine rack full of Southern Living nearby and I would stare at the floor plans and dream of walking through them. Thanks for leading me to stroll down my own memory lane!

miss flibbertigibbet said...

I love floor plans and my husband drew our own for this house.Not everyone can read and understand them but if you can...OH MY...the difference it can make! Your home is so gorgeous!
Lorraine

much older sister Susan said...

I remember that sweet little girl- oh how I love her!

Anonymous said...

Hi again, Joan,

Just read in your "kitchen details" section that your kitchen is 14'x30'...answered my own question...no need to get out the measuring tape!

Mary, Fairfield,CT.

Upscale Downhome said...

Isn't it fun remembering. It's great that you still have your floor plan. I think decorating/design is in when you are little, too. I tried to wallpaper the walls of my tree fort!

dawnineden.com said...

Funny, I picked up drawing floor plans from my mother. She was always drawing something up and then I'd sit down beside her and do my own too. I always told my mom she should have gone back to school for architecture.
It's great that you actually have something from your past. It seems to perpetuate the notion that if you visualize it, write it down, it will happen...

Heather@SatisfyingSpaces said...

Who knew the power of intention was working when you were twelve. You are living your dream.

My nine year-old daughter is obsessed with Breyer horses. She has over forty at this point and is still collecting every birthday, Christmas, and report card bonus she gets. ;-) She will be starting riding lessons this spring. I showed her the extensive stalls you constructed in the backyard. She was very impressed. Thanks for sharing your fun memories.
;-)

Heather

Stacy Curran said...

I remember on of the first design type books I ever bought was Dream House Floor Plans...still love to study a great floor plan!
Stacy

mollie's mom said...

So sweet. I loved floor plans at that age, too. I can relate but my sister was the one with the Breyer horses and one year for her birthday or Christmas I had my Dad cut wood to my specs and built her a stable for 2 of her horses - complete with faux stone floors :)
A great memory lane post, Thanx, marcie @madebymolliesmom.blogspot

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Joan, well it looks as though you've had houses and decorating on the brain since you were a little girl! I see lots of attention to detail even at that young age. I love the photo with you and your horse and then riding your 'future' brother in laws horse...I'm surprised you don't have any now. Any plans to get a horse in the future? Have a wonderful Friday...
Maura :)

The Distressed Mother said...

I love floor plans! I hate it when magazines don't show them in full, I need to know the whole layout to appreciate the rooms. Also, I imagine myself in there and moving from room to room. I used to spend hours doing that as a kid.

TDM xx

Tokyo Jinja said...

I loved this post! My mom has been collecting floor plans since the 1950s and I have my first magazine tear sheets from when I was 12 (a NYC brownstone). I think there are just some people whose minds read floor plans easily, while others just can't make heads or tails of them (no pun intended here).

Pat's Addition said...

I can relate! I fanticized about living/ renovating the carriage house on our Elberon house as a teenager. There's a picture of it on my post about the house, part 2, back in August. I still draw plans for theatre sets.

pve design said...

Oh you really are too cute, love the stroll down memory lane and love perusing any ole floor plan.
I used the tiny jelly cups to make sinks for my dolls and loved playing house with friends and changing the layouts to an upside down house.
Funny I live in an upside down house. I think it makes more sense.
pve

for the love of a house said...

I am so blown away by all of you who have been obsessed with floor plans since you were children too! We should start a club;)


Steve- it 'was'! The chimmey had major problems so we removed it which enabled us to open the two rooms in the master to make one big bedroom.

Mary- I think you and Ruth and I would have been good friends indeed!!

Janice- I love you crazy, wonderful people who read the "whole" thing!!!

Maura- you are right, he was my "future" brother-in-law, but only for a year- they were married when I was 9!

pve- what's an upside down house?!

Meghan said...

I never really comment on any of the blogs I read, but I wanetd to say Love your blog and LOVE your home...Thanks for taking the time to share all of this with all of us. This post was special for me, because I also remember drawing floor plans when I was younger and even though at 31 I'm still young, this reminds me to keep working for my own dream home someday.

debbie bailey said...

When my daughter was twelve, she did the same thing. She and two other friends were going to build this house in Arizona where they would ride their horses all the time. She drew elaborate floor plans complete with pink and lime green walls and polka dot pillows. I know someday she'll cherish them as you do, so into her art folder they go for now.

I, too, cut out house plans and other decorating photos I liked and started a notebook. That same notebook was extremely useful when it came time to really build a house. I knew exactly what I wanted. I only had to show my contractor a photo and it was done.

A Country Farmhouse said...

On my gosh Joan, what a wonderful story! I just love the old pictures! It's really quite fascinating to look back at our young selves and see the subtle signs of who we were to eventually become. Although, I guess we are always evolving in Life.
Beautiful story.
xoTrina

quintessence said...

Count me in - floor plan obsessed!! Used to make houses with blocks for my trolls!! In fact, blocks were my favorite toy. Love that you still have these - what memories!!

Muraca Design said...

What a delight it was to read this post. I just loved seeing your floorplan. So dear. And, how wonderful that you still have it. And, such great pictures. I think you and I are about the same age, judging from your Polaroids and outfits!

I also made floorplans, from my brother's Lego collection. Remember those green flat bases? And the single long Lego pieces. I would lay out the walls of my ranch style house and work out how I would get from the front door to the foyer and various rooms. My best friend actually lived on a farm where we inhabited the upstairs of her barn and made a home for us and our dolls - complete with a kitchen and bedrooms, using any thing we could find for "furniture and accessories". These memories are my dearest from my childhood.

Looks like you've always known "for the love of a house".

Sandy

Nancy said...

I have to laugh at your "much older sister." My sister is 3 years older, which I thought was terribly obvious, until one of her friends (knowing her age) asked "so which of you is older?" Sure put me in my place!

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

Oh My! I too, love floor plans!!!

So happy to have discovered your lovely blog.

Gentle hugs,
"Auntie"
“I live in two worlds. One is a world of books...........It’s a rewarding world, but my second one is by far superior. My second one is populated with characters slightly less eccentric but supremely real, made of flesh and bone, full of love, who are my ultimate inspiration for everything.”
~ Gilmore Girls

Anonymous said...

"It's really quite fascinating to look back at our young selves and see the subtle signs of who we were to eventually become."

I agree with Trina 100%! She wrote exactly what I was thinking.

Your memory lane post is a reminder to all to appreciate the little blossoms of ability that we all possess. You help inspire us to use and grow those abilities into satisfying hobbies. Thank you, Joan!

Karla in Ca.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Honey...we are twins of another mother! I had a very similar stable/barn/house I would spend hours on. I rode...collected floorplans (and images)....and spend many of my hours at barns now (daughter competes).

You need to ride again...are you zoned for ag? Can you build a stable?

Adorable post!

laney said...

...it is always so lovely when our childhood dreams become adult realities...and even lovelier when we find someone with whom to share them...of course dreams come to fruition with lots and lots of hard work...i love the floor plans of the littl joan...i think they need framing...perhaps next to the floor plans of the farmhouse...and the picture of your dream house and stable framed next to the newer dream house and barn...it is wonderful too when those who loved us as children can see our dreams come true...perhaps the farmer too had his dreams...of a house and barn...and a family snug and secure in the house...perhaps at twilight he stood back from the house and looked through lighted windows and counted his blessings...remembering his child hood dreams...i like to think so...

laney said...

ps...what is going on in that family room?...we are kind of family...

laney said...

...just realized the family room IS the reading room...hugs again laney

for the love of a house said...

Nancy- my "much older sister" is 12 years older:) my middle sister is 11 years older and I was the baby!

LindaLime (that's what we call you around here;) Yes we 'could' build a stable... but couldn't afford to;) Our neighbors a couple of houses down our road have horses and we have "visitation" rights!! Nothing like some horse-love to turn your whole day around, yes?!

laney- you're right.... I don't know why the magazine labeled it the family room as I had it listed as the reading room?! they had another name for it in the "befores", so they were all over the place with it!

Anonymous said...

I've followed your blog for years and have always wondered...you use so many antique rugs, how do you clean them before using them in your house? While I wouldn't worry too much about a $5 rug - throw it in washer on hot- I would have concern about a pricier rug. I love the worn look yours bring to your home...lovely!

for the love of a house said...

Anon- - don't throw anymore rugs in a hot washer :)!! That is a great question, and as luck would have it we just purchased another antique rug a couple of days ago! As soon as it is above freezing and Dan can get outside to wash it I will do a post on exactly how we have learned to clean them, okay?! It's very simple, and very effective. Thank you for the post idea and for following for so long!

maggie@tea cozy house said...

Wow, thanks for sharing. It is amazing how from such a young age we are drawn to what we love. I especially liked your floor plans.

The Vintique Object said...

This is brilliant for two reasons. The first being that I'm beginning to believe that children are born with their innate desires and talents, which clearly is the case for you.
The second is that I truly hope my own children will engage in this kind of fantasy play as they get older. It goes to show how powerful and necessary play is -- it literally was the building blocks for what you love and do today.
Camille
Camille

Megan said...

I too have always been a floor plan junky! So nice to know I am not alone. Thanks so much for sharing such a sweet story. And thanks for posting the floor plan of your home. Although I am a huge fan of your blog it was great to see your home in Renovation Style. Congrats!

Unknown said...

We must have been separated at birth! I, too, drew floor plans as a child (my dad even gave me a drafting board). I had real horses myself, plus a slew of Breyer horses for which I also built stables out of scrap 2x4s and other supplies I scavenged from my dad's workshop. I love your post and am now inspired to ask my mom if we still have any of my house plans. Thank you so much for sharing!

Cote de Texas said...

Love this so much and it is so similar to me. I lusted after a DuPont house I saw in house and garden. I reworked the floor plan for years to fit my own life's dreams. It had a long center hall that I have always wanted to this day.
I wonder how many of us out here in design bogland have similar floor plan stories?


Floor plans to me were like reading. I would get lost in them for hours just daydreaming.

Custom Comforts said...

Your photo of you riding Val reminds me of my horse Pepper. They look exactly the same - exactly! For a fleeting second I thought it was him, but then realized that wasn't me on him. As you said - sweet memories.
Cindy

Melissa Easterly said...

Hi Joan! I am so happy I stumbled upon your blog a couple of months ago! I am in love with your sense of style and decorating and have become such a fan! My husband and I will hopefully be building our dream farmhouse in a few years and I just love your house plan. If it is not too much trouble, would you happen to have the room dimensions...minus your lovely barnroom addition? Your farmhouse has become my muse! Thank you so much for the time and detail you put into this! Just a dream come true! Melissa

for the love of a house said...

Thank you Melissa!
These are the room measurements that I can put my finger on. Keep in mind that if you like the layout you can insert your own room sizes into that layout. They don't have to be my room size exactly.
Rooms measure:
Mst Bdrm: 14' x 30'7"
Lvg Room:: 12'6" x 15'7"
Reading Room: 9'8" x 12' 6"
Dining Room: 14' x 14' 6"
Kitchen: 14' x 30'

Melissa Easterly said...

Oh Joan THANK YOU SO MUCH!! Getting this response just made my day!! You are my Bunny Williams!! I can't wait to start sketching and playing around with room measurements tomorrow :) Thank you again so much for your time in getting this for me!! Have a wonderful day!!

Cindy Amato Dashko said...

I am in love with your property and home and the decor is stunning. I cannot wait to find my dream home either in Upstate NY or somewhere else, not sure as of yet. Could you please tell me the name of your town or surround towns.. it looks lovely... especially the part " very small town in New Hampshire that doesn't even have a traffic light" !

for the love of a house said...

hi Cindy, We are in the "Monadnock" region of New Hampshire.
Here..... http://www.beangroup.com/fastsearch/monadnock_mls.php

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