This fictional home was built by a man for his wife during the latter half of the nineteenth century when indoor plumbing had just been invented. The house is set on a farm and designed to be comfortable for a family that has moved away from the bustling city.
The house's first floor has one large room for guests, before the private bathroom and kitchen. The upstairs includes a landing, which would serve as a workspace complete with loom and sewing machine, a master bedroom, bathroom, and guest bedroom, which functions as a library.
The large windows let natural light into the home without exposing the family's life. The simple, quiet house perfectly meets the needs of an introverted couple in the 1800s. This farmhouse has a side door into the bathroom so that workers can clean themselves before entering the kitchen.
The master bedroom is a peaceful space, with cool linens, flowers, and places to sit as the couple gets ready.
The master bedroom is peaceful and comfortable, with whitewashed wood furniture, linen bedding, and an upholstered bed. The combination of sheer and blackout curtains allows the lighting levels to be customized, as do the multiple lamps.
A comfy chair by the window provides a resting place at the end of a long day, beneath the bouquet of dried wedding flowers. The magazine stand at the side can hold books, knitting, or sewing projects. The lack of workspace encourages the use of this room as a place of rest.
Living and Dining Room
This fictional home is set on a farm in the midwest, filled with trees, flowers, and other pants. It is meant to feel like a magical oasis, with gentle natural light and a connection to nature. The house would be a private hideaway, set back from the road.
The natural tones within the house, browns, whites, and creams, make the home feel restful and peaceful while remaining welcoming and warm. Every part of this house would have been built by hand by the husband for his wife and would have served as a labor of love.
The homemade curtains, unlike the longer ones upstairs, provide a cozy feel and make the room feel like a unique space, different from the private rooms at the back of the house. The large table could easily sit the couple's relatives, without being too large.
The front room serves the couple, with seating in case guests wish to visit; it is designed to be comfortable and intimate, so that the family can be together, working at the desk beneath the stairs, playing piano, or sewing by the fire.
The mixed wood tones create a warm, welcoming atmosphere in the front room. The variety in tones makes the room feel homey, rather than sterile and overly put together. The rugs and stairwell naturally divide the front room into multiple spaces: living room, study area, and dining room.
The bench acts as a resting place. The couple could sit there to take off their workboots, place milk pails there while they washed up, or drag the bench next to the tub so that they would not need to bend over while washing their clothes.
The painting of flowers and warm wooden doors add a cozy feeling to the farm. The bits of color prevent the bathroom from feeling overly sterile.
The cool dimness of the room serves as a respite from the harsh sunshine. Although various individuals had invented washing machines by this time, they were not officially patented. The wife would still wash her clothes in the tub by hand, as the husband worked on creating their own laundry machine.
This bathroom connects via a side door to the outside so that the couple could ash up after chores and avoid trekking mud throughout the house. By the latter half of the 1800s, there was indoor plumbing, although it was not widespread. This husband would install it to add ease to their lives.
The desk divides the room into halves, a bedroom, and a workspace. The smooth lines of the furniture mix with the curved chairs to create a visually interesting room.
The upholstered headboard and linen bedding provide a casual, comfortable feel. The yellow, blue, and green tones, combined with the large leafy tree just outside the windows, bring the outside inside, creating a comfy, peaceful oasis.
The room offers beautiful views, being at the front of the house, and lovely natural light without being overly bright or harsh. The wife's sisters-in-law could stay in this room during illness, or send over their sons to help out while the husband was on business trips.
The second bedroom functions as both a guest bedroom, study, and library. One individual could work at the desk while another rests in the bed, or reads in the cozy chair. The bright yellows, warm wood tones, and mixed natural colors and patterns provide a cozy, familiar feel.
The large mirror and double sink vanity would be luxuries for many at the time. The vanity provides storage for homemade soap, washcloths, and towels; the cream color matches the rest of the house and adds life to the room.
Because the farmhouse would be situated on its own property, apart from the town, and would be surrounded by trees, the curtains need not block out all light from view. Instead, the linen curtains can be easily pushed aside to let in light.
The quiet master bathroom is less colorful than the second one, with a still, gentle feel. The room can be accessed by both the master and guest bedroom, so that guests need not go downstairs to wash, but would usually only be used by the couple.
The blue tones on the pillows match the other blues throughout the house, like the guest room cabinets and the kitchen curtains. They add a cool balance to the warm tones and natural colors.
Like the rest of the house, the landing is largely a mix of natural tones, although the paintings and flowers provide bits of color. The fireplace would add a cozy feel, like a second living room for the couple.
The landing would ideally serve as a workspace, with a loom, sewing machine, and other nineteenth-century necessities, but as homestyler does not include such objects, they are symbolized by the desk and workbasket. The chairs provide a space for guests to sit and talk as the couple works.
The kitchen feels cheerful, light, and airy. Informal meals could take place at the kitchen table, with the windows wide open to the fresh air.
The large cabinet hides pots and pans from view. The majority of teh food would be stored in the cellar downstairs.
Like the rest of the house, the kitchen is filled with smaller lamps to provide soft lighting, and curtains that enhance the natural lighting, as well as a mirror, to reflect light around the room. It also includes various plants and flowers and a variety of china pieces.
The kitchen contains traditional staples, namely the stove and cabinet for storage, although it does have a rare kitchen sink. The refrigerator, then an icebox, would not yet have reached domestic homes in the midwest. No homestyler trapdoor exists, to indicate a cellar beneath the kitchen floor.