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Take a peek inside some of our readers' country homes. Come in and sit a spell!
  • Country crocks

    Steven Becker's 1837 farmhouse looks like it belongs on the cover of a magazine. From the crocks and old books on the shelf, to the quilts, period furniture, and antique clock, the authentic look of this home has "country" written all over it.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Seeing green

    This country kitchen is painted John Deere green, and tricked out with tractor signs and other collectibles throughout.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Great room

    The view inside this grand living room is just as beautiful as the view outside the windows that surround it. The upholstered birch buffet table and ceiling-height river rock fireplace welcome visitors, and there are plenty of comfy places to sit and enjoy the scenery.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Old world, new kitchen

    Rustic meets modern in this beautifully designed kitchen. State-of-the-art appliances are surrounded by gorgeous natural wood cabinets, rafters, and a huge center island.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Dressed for fall

    "I love the crispness of the air in the fall," this homeowner says. The dining room is decked out for autumn with pumpkins on the table and brightly colored leaves in a crock among the other country-style accessories.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Country welcome

    The simple country style of the foyer at Hope Farms Homestead welcomes visitors. Antique pitchers and loosely arranged flowers from the garden really brighten up the space.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Cozy kitchen

    What a lovely, sunny place to enjoy breakfast! The dining space in this 1837 farmhouse is simply decorated with period furnishings, including an antique phone hanging on the wall. The bowl of fruit on the table makes the space even more inviting.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Simple sunflowers

    Light, airy curtains allow sunlight to flood the interior of this lovely farmhouse. A simple arrangement of freshly cut sunflowers in a glass jar makes a fitting centerpiece for the antique wood table.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Happy holidays

    Even though it's cold outside, it's nice and cozy inside this country kitchen. "Snowmen are my favorite," the homeowner says. "I do them throughout my home at Christmas."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Time traveling

    Staying at Hungry Point Inn, a bed and breakfast an hour outside of Minneapolis-St. Paul, is like taking a step back in time. The antique fireplace always has a fire in it, winter and summer. The central chimney runs all four fireplaces in the house.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Major renovations

    Lyn Johnson turned an old dairy barn built in the 1800s into a cozy home. When she started the project, the inside of the barn was knee-deep in manure, and the barn was filled with calf stalls, old gates, equipment, and an old concrete mixer.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Wine, anyone?

    With help from a USDA value-added agriculture grant, the Engelbrecht family developed a winery to go with their Iowa bed and breakfast. Here, they are hosting a wine-tasting session in an event room that was once a livestock barn.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
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