House Tour: Time to Collect
Collections of all things vintage (and white) fill this Illinois home with romantic charm.
A mix of chairs looks casual around an old farm table. Vintage-and white-items are the heart of the French farmhouse decorating style in this 1909 Illinois home.
Old pocket watches from a flea market provide a tabletop accent.
The homeowner's timepiece collection extends to a dozen antique and reproduction clock faces climbing the stairway wall.
Displaying architectural pieces, such as an arched window frame, is interior decorator Denise Knickrehm's go-to trick for adding character to her home. Denise owns the home-decor and clothing shop Denise's Adornments in nearby Geneva, Illinois.
Hard-sided suitcases store files on a shelving unit.
Wire baskets attached to an old barnwood plank organize odds and ends above a desk. A framed chalkboard displays quotes.
A closet becomes a walk-in pantry with built-in cabinets, drawers and open shelves; a hutch just outside holds overflow pieces.
Pediments and pilasters enhance the plain trim of doorways and windows. Leaning a diamond-paned window inside a kitchen bump-out was a simple way to improve the view.
Denise painted and distressed her kitchen cabinets. If she finds a great item that isn't her beloved white, she paints it.
Figuring out new ways to use old things is a passion. Here, tarnished silverware decorates a lampshade's framework.
Grouping collections maximizes impact. Here, a glass container shows off flatware, pocket watches, perfume bottles and more. You can also use old pots, pitchers, baskets, trays, and bowls to corral and display.
Master bedroom chic
The master bedroom is one of the few rooms in the house to feature a color other than white; the ceiling is painted a soft blue-gray.
Pretty and practical
Vintage hard-sided suitcases tucked beneath a bedroom side table are pretty and practical. They hold linens and clothes.
Favorite items are grouped on the dresser: a vintage fur collar, a glass jar full of perfume jars and an old tiara.
Even the laundry room gets an artful touch, with a pretty assemblage of lace-edged linens, a rusty iron and wooden clothespins.
Snow-white linens hang from a white wood ladder in the laundry room.
Home office organization
Remember library card catalogues? This lookalike cabinet keeps envelopes and paper clips organized in the home office. It's topped with a whimsical mix of used paintbrushes, binoculars and a well-loved derby hat.
A vintage dresser gets a makeover with white paint and old-fashioned knobs.
This carefully curated vignette shows off cement pinecones in a basket.
Mixing textures-rough string, gauzy lace, nubby linen-keeps a monochromatic vignette interesting.
What to do with an old tray? Use chalkboard paint to transform it into a wall hanging with ever-changing inspirational sayings.
With four finished floors, this Bartlett, Illinois, farmhouse has more than enough space for a large family.