Farmhouse Style Living

If you’re a HGTV junkie like me you’re probably glued to Fixer Upper and love everything farmhouse cottage. Whether a new episode or rerun I still can’t get enough of Joanna and Chip Gaines’s casual farmhouse style of neutral decor, reclaimed woods, organic color palettes, and ALL that rusty goodness.  So taking inspiration from the The Magnolia Farm I am so happy to be partnering up with my friends from Raymour & Flanigan to bring you a farmhouse inspired cottage with the bonus of having a wraparound porch with a lake view of one of New York State’s heavenly Finger Lakes Honeoye Lake. Come inside Cindy and Bob’s 900 square foot gray cedar shake and white metal roof cozy lakeside Summer Home and stay a while!

Fixer Upper Style 

slipcovered furniture in neutral decor farmhouse style

If you follow along with me on Instagram it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of slipcovers. There’s nothing like knowing that you can wash away any spills or mishaps and have a fresh clean piece of furniture. We choose the Lakeside Collection for the main pieces and although I love the Oyster duct we mixed thing up a bit and chose a graphite gray color for the sofa and custom ordered it in a sleeper sofa to accommodate even more houseguests! There’s plenty of room for curling up on a Sunday morning in this farmhouse cottage with coffee or snuggling with the kids and reading a bedtime story. I just love the crisp lines and the relaxed tailored look. It truly will never go out of style.

Rustic Vintage Charm

How amazing are these vintage wooden crates that Cindy found thrifting? She’s been stock piling all her finds over the Winter and now finally gets to display them.

vintage wooden crates used as a side table

Large Metal Clock

We accessorized the sofa with navy and cream knitted pillows and a nautical inspired blue and cream striped throw blanket.  Above the sofa we hung a Metal Wall Clock to bring your eye up to the cathedral ceiling. It’s rustic metal and iron fabrication is the perfect addition to this living space. This awesome affordable timepiece is 49″ tall and makes a statement on large walls. I couldn’t think of a better way to remind them they’re “On Lake Time. ”

Rustic Chic Farmhouse sofa and large black metal wall clock and back coffee table

Farmhouse Coffee Table

Nestled in between the sofa and chair and a half is the Odessa CoffeeTable. This sturdy dark stained coffee table is great for family games, late night snacks, or just kicking back and putting up your feet on. I feel in love with the tressell base and wood plank top. It’s dark wood stain is the perfect anchor for the room. We topped her off with a wooden tray with metal handles and fresh sunflowers bought from a roadside stand.  All this goodness rests on the a sisal rug This wool rug with it’s relaxed classic sisal design go with absolutely everything! And unlike scratchy sisal, this wool carpet is so soft and a breeze to clean.  Cindy chose the eggshell color with beige trim border. 
Rustic Chic Farmhouse Lake Cottage by Meme Hill Studio

Extra Seating Ottomans

For extra seating, we purchased the Lakeside ottoman. It fits like a glove on the other side of the coffee table and can be moved around so easily. Tying in with our rustic burlap look we had to have the sweet Family Script Pillow. It’s super soft and I love the idea of this being a family cottage built on love. Cindy says “There may only be two bedrooms but there’s always room for family. ”

pretty sunflowers in a clear vase on a rustic sunwashed tray.

Wicker lamps

To the right of the Lakeside Chair and a half is the Chamberlain Table Lamp. This gorgeous lamp is full of texture and rustic charm. It’s drum wicker shade is so fantastic and looks so beautiful lite up at night.

wicker deer head Industrial Accent Furniture

You will find in the corner one of my most favorite pieces The Rudy Accent Chest.  If you love the look of weathered and distressed furniture, the Rudy accent chest is the ideal addition to any space. It’s made of kiln dried mango woods and painted and distress with mismatched knobs, retro iron feet and metal plaques. Games, DVD’s, books all have a home in this fun piece. Opening each drawer is a little treasure chest!  On top we accessorized with a resin and metal propeller. These propellers are so fun and pull in the weathered nautical elements of the lake. 

Rustic industrial multi-colored accent chest with metal hairpin legsRustic metal galvanized tin side table  Mirror Gallery Wall

To reflect light and the lake view we grouped 2 Baci E Abbracci Wall Mirror Sets over the ottoman again tying in the wood theme and the subtle X and O. The “X” is also used in the lookout loft.  So these mirrors were meant to be adding the right amount of texture and design.

Rustic wood x mirror group together in this cottage

Kids Loft Room

The lookout loft gives Cindy and Bob’s grandkids a fun play space and bird’s eye view of the Lake.

a loft lookout in this lake side cottage

It’s difficult to believe that this lofty cottage is only 900 square feet. With it’s light furnishings, off white greige wall colors and Nantucket Gray floors, Cindy and Bob have given their family and friends a relaxed and spacious spot to enjoy all that Honeoye Lake has to offer. Come see how I painted thick horizontal stripes on an accent wall. Thank you to Raymour and Flanigan for making it all possible! XO Amie

rustic farmhouse great room with cathedral ceiling and all neutral decor and furniturespray painted bright colored vintage wicker furniture on a gray front porch

  • I have partnered with Raymour & Flanigan on this farmhouse cottage and received products in exchange for this post. All expressed opinions are 100% mine. Amie Freling



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    July 11, 2016

    Looks AWESOME!!!!

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    July 11, 2016

    Thanks Angie! Im sure it will be a family treasure for years to come. xo

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    Diane Matteson

    July 12, 2016

    Stunning….I look forward to seeing it someday soon!!! I love mixing textures and styles in my own Honeoye cottage.

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      July 12, 2016

      Hi Diane! Thank you for commenting. Where is your cottage? Such an amazing lake!

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    Patricia Jordan

    July 12, 2016

    Beautiful space and love all of the furniture!

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      July 12, 2016

      Thanks so much Patty! So comfortable and relaxed. xo

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    July 14, 2016

    What a fun retreat for this lucky family! Live your work, my multi-talented friend!

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      July 16, 2016

      Awww. Thank you so much Kathleen. It’s so much fun working with the cottage look. Have a great day! xox

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Amie Freling

"Life's too short for white walls .." Amie Freling-Brown, a Rochester, NY-based designer and artist who transforms ho-hum spaces into works of art. Her creative designs can be found in many fine homes, restaurants and businesses. Her work has been featured in national magazines, on HGTV and has been sold through retailers nationwide from True Value Hardware to Nordstroms. She proudly offers such professional services as design, staging, color consultations and fine art.


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