Fresh Start Farmhouse

A bright white makeover revives an old country kitchen accented by rummage-sale plates and other handy finds.

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Take a neutral stance “A neutral palette offers flexibility when you want a new look,” says owner KariAnne Wood. “It’s easy to add color with dishes, florals and more. Small changes like these can transform an entire space.”

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Bright idea! Buy a few decorative bird nests from a craft store to use as earthy home accents.

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Bright Idea! Use a tiered kitchen cart to stash extra dishes or storage containers.

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Light, bright and fresh, KariAnne’s farm kitchen invites you right in.

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By Rachel Liska

Light, bright and fresh, KariAnne’s farm kitchen invites you right in.

“It was nothing but a pipe in the ground,” KariAnne Wood recalls as she watches afternoon sunlight stream through the shutters and dance across the pinewood floor, “but my first thought when I saw this kitchen was, ‘Wow, this could be the heart of our home.’ ”

It’s fitting that someone who up and left her fast-track life in the city for a simpler existence in the country could embrace that kind of vision. After all, when KariAnne and her family moved to rural Grand Rivers, Kentucky, to buy an old farmhouse, she didn’t have to think twice.

“It was in rough shape, but I wanted to bring it back to the way it originally looked,” says KariAnne. “Vintage but with a modern twist…and a little fun and sparkle.”

There’s a place for everything in KariAnne’s kitchen, and the elegant platters, plates and bowls on display aren’t just for show. “I set out whatever I use on a regular basis,” she says. “I choose pretty but functional items that I feel comfortable leaving out. I scour rummage sales and shop the side of the road. Plus, you don’t have to dust, because you’re using everything all the time.”

And the all-white color palette? While it may seem like a risky move in a house teeming with four teenagers and a few rescue dogs, KariAnne insists the upkeep is easy. “The white hides scuff marks and dings really well, and the look is always crisp and clean.

“It’s our respite, our place of calm, when the chaos of life swirls around us.”

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