I was flipping through the pages of Cottage Living magazine today and came to a layout of a circa-1860 farmhouse in LaFox, Illinois (about 40 miles west of Chicago). Of course it is beautiful, a brick walkway to a screened in porch welcome guests into the Civil War-era home that sits on three acres. Out the back of the house is a flagstone pathway leading to a circular garden with four Adirondack chairs placed around a gurgling fountain. And Ohhh the outbuildings!! What I would give for outbuildings! Even if they were empty (and you all know I would fill them up in a minute flat!) there is something enchanting out them. I love it when they look nestled in to blooming masses of peonies or one corner is peeking out from under a tangle of fragrant climbing heirloom roses. But one more flip of the page and I found this wonderful secret spot...I LOVE this!
The caption reads "The roof blew this corncrib (a classic Midwestern structure made for storing field corn), but Donna reimagined it as a sturdy form for growing her favorite flowering clematis vines." Wouldn't you love to sit out there in the evening and watch a storm moving in across the cornfield? Or how about an intimate al fresco dinner for two with all the candles burning in that funky chandelier? Then, of course, you would linger into the night and watch for shooting stars. A wonderful reminder to not run out, tear down the old and build the latest "new and improved" version. This version looks pretty darn near perfect to me.