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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Book Review: A Touch of Farmhouse Charm

A Touch of Farmhouse Charm: Easy DIY projects to add a warm and rustic feel to any room
By Liz Fourez

The Internet is full of DIY blogs, and one of the nicest we’ve stumbled across recently is that of Liz Fourez, creator of Love Grows Wild. Liz is a living-in-the-country-do-it-yourself queen, but without the fuss and pretentiousness of other decorating mavens, and that is a good thing. It means one may actually start and complete some of these projects, instead of just marking pages and sighing over their possibilities.

While Liz’s blog is an easily searchable wonder of her finished products, design know-how and everything else from music to gardening, her book, A Touch of Farmhouse Charm, is a truly beautiful title.  70 DIY projects laid out room-by-room, with complete supply lists, crystal-clear instructions and tips, professional photos and (yay) levels of difficulty.  For instance, you may not want to attempt the rustic paneled door (lovely, but not everyone has the skills to use a circular saw), but the table runner, flower bucket, covered books and window-frame picture display? Even all-thumbs beginners like myself can handle these projects with the straightforward instructions provided by Liz. The photos give the book a fresh, positive and relaxed vibe, so even if you are willing to tackle a more advanced project you’ll start out (at least) feeling every confidence that your project will turn out just fine.

Now, the sources Liz provides are all from the Midwestern USA (since she lives in Indiana), but it’s nothing a little Canadian ingenuity can’t overcome.   You can follow newer projects on the Love Grows Wild blog, where the instructions follow the simple but gorgeous photos of her own farmhouse, as well as on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook – where she’s also posted videos of her projects and renos.

If you are just dipping your toes in the waters of DIY, this book is a great place to start, and if you’ve got advanced power-tool know-how, you’ll find some weekend projects to bring a fresh look to any room.  Have fun!

Available to borrow: Stratford Public Library
Available to purchase: Amazon.ca

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