rustic-looking living space with pine-rimmed mirrors, a distressed wood mantle, two red planters, a roaring fire, a wall sculpture farming tools, patterned chairs, a zinc-top coffee-table, neutral couch and sisal rug
Photo: Helen Norman

Heirloom Guesthouse Look

The pale neutrals and weathered woods at the heart of farmhouse style are naturally low-key, but they can still be sophisticated. Take this living room, which designer P. Allen Smith put together on a shoestring for his Arkansas guesthouse. The artful bouquet of heirloom tools above the worn mantel creates a central focal point for symmetrically placed armchairs and wood-framed mirrors. Pillows and plant pots in candy-apple red pop against white walls, which Smith covered with painted burlap to look like pricey grasscloth and wainscoted with salvaged cabinet doors. Want an equally unfussy look at your place? Read on.
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