A Farmhouse Filled With Unique Projects

It's hard not to get inspired when you look around this family’s Hudson, Wis., farmhouse. The Anderstroms let HGTV Magazine inside their house that’s bursting with a zillion (give or take) ideas.
By: Megan Kaplan

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

Photo By: David A. Land

One Busy Family

There's never a dull moment for Stacy, a stay-at-home mom, and Jonathan Anderstrom, owner of a Web design and development company—and that's not just because they have four young kids (Makenzie, 7, Jadon, 6, Jack, 2, and Elijah, 1). "I'm constantly coming up with little DIY projects to put around the house," says Stacy. I've been painting, drawing and building things since I was a kid and now, with a house to fill, I feel like I can just go on and on."

Home Sweet Home

When the Anderstroms bought their 1998 farmhouse in 2009, it was in good shape but a little bland. "I knew Stacy could turn it into a one-of-a-kind home," says Jonathan. For the past four years, she's spent nap times and evenings adding creative personal touches — vintage lockers here, pom-pom fringed curtains there — and she's not done yet. "If I see something unusual and I love it, I buy it!" says Stacy.

Cute Steps

Stairs get a boost with black-stenciled numbers on the risers.

Wood Frame

A weathered, salvaged wood frame makes new art look well-loved.

Custom Drapes

Clever money-saver: a shower curtain with ribbons for hanging.

Globe Display

Put a shelf above a door or window to make room for a collection.

Chair Cover

Quick way to cozy up a seat: Layer it with a faux fur throw.

Sitting Area

A vintage bench with a storage shelf is an extra place to perch.

Mirror Trick

Hang a full-length mirror horizontally to make a room feel larger.

Striped Table

Refresh a garage-sale find with white paint (White Dove by Benjamin Moore) and beige stripes (Bleeker Beige by Benjamin Moore).

Suitcase Storage

Keep the kids' toys out of sight in vintage luggage.

Side Table

Turn a stool into a spot for a lamp or remotes.

Light Fixture

Pottery Barn candle lanterns and a metal garland hang from a wooden ladder. Total cost: $68!

Boxes

Attach hardware-store house numbers to file boxes. Stack 'em up and leave 'em out!

Pillow

Sew a tea towel (this one's appliqued gingham) onto a throw pillow.

Supply Stash

Skip the usual crafts containers — vintage baskets and caddies are a whole lot cuter.

Poster

Bring in a huge framed print, but don't bother hanging it. Leaning is easier.

Curtains

Start with a subtly patterned sheet, then add a colorful fabric.

Lanterns

Don't leave all your corners bare — paper lanterns fun up a kids' space.

Calendar

Big, bold numbers in black and white make a statement. Find a similar one at unicahome.com.

Clip Art

Hang a stretch cord (this one's from IKEA) halfway up a wall so kids can show off their paintings.

Chalkboard

Write a family fun list. Color in the box after you do each activity.

Ball Bin

Gather sports stuff in a galvanized bucket and store it on the porch.

Chair

A fresh coat of paint and oilcloth covering spruce up a hand-me-down rocker.

Curtains

Update plain panels with fabric and pom-pom fringe. "Sometimes I'll just rearrange the furniture in a room," says Stacy. "You'd be amazed what a difference that can make."

Mobile

Paper spheres are strung with clear fishing line.

Frame

Hang an ornate, oversized frame above a bed, and tape art in the center.

DIY Art

Put jazzy fabric in a cross-stitch hoop. Instant art!

Graphic Wall

Tape off wide stripes and paint every other one a snazzy color.

Checkered Floor

Squares with stripes — why not? This black-and-white floor is a sheet of linoleum.

Lockers

Vintage school lockers keep supplies organized.

Bedding

Sheets and pillowcases don't all have to match. A similar color palette is more fun.

Pillows

A pile in bright prints takes the place of a headboard.

Wall Art

Clip a set of flash cards on rows of twine with just clothespins.