Create a country home to call your own, little by little (+ giveaway!)

A home tells a story; it should be a celebration of the family that resides there. Our latest hardcover book, Little Farmstead Living, will guide you toward creating spaces that you’ll want to play in, relax in, and live in, every day.

Little Farmstead Living

From farmhouse gatherings to seasonal decorating—and a special chapter on making Christmas magic that’s merry and bright—well-known Instagram star (@littlefarmstead) and lifestyle blogger Julie Thomas’ practical and beautiful hardcover book is one you’ll turn to again and again. Here’s a peek inside:

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For Julie, family and friends are at the center of her home. She creates warm, inviting places for people to gather, open spaces for enjoying the outdoors, cozy corners for relaxing and resting, and plenty of room for making memories. But Julie knows what many may not: you don’t need to wait for the perfect house or acres of land to create the home of your dreams. Whether you’re live in a city center, out in the country, or are loving life in the suburbs, Little Farmstead Living is waiting for you—and with it, you can begin creating the home of your dreams . . . in the space you live in now.

Through stories of transforming a fixer-upper into a charming little farmhouse for her family, Julie reveals dozens of simple ways that everyone can bring warmth, joy, and meaning to their everyday homes, and to special occasions too.

  • New to farmhouse style? Julie encourages you to start small with easy-to-implement ideas for creating a casual, lived-in look that instantly puts both family and visitors at ease. Use her ideas right away!
  • Farmhouse flair beginning to take shape? Get inspired to update favorite areas by salvaging items from other parts of your home, or by taking a thrifting and antiquing adventure (including how to spot the gems and leave the junk).
  • Adventuring into a fuller farmstead life? Julie shares her family’s first steps toward tending animals (dogs, chickens, and Babydoll sheep, oh my!), and growing flower and vegetable gardens.

We’re thrilled to have Julie as a guest writer today, here to tell you more about her dream of living a farmstead life, just past the city limits. Welcome, Julie!

Hi! I’m Julie, author of the book Little Farmstead Living: Creating a Country Life Just Past the City Limits. I’m grateful for the talented team of people at Martingale that I was blessed to work with in publishing this book, which was a true labor of love. And I’m happy to be here with you today to share a little bit about the book and talk about a quilt that is meaningful to me…

Over the past months while working on the book, I’ve written our family’s story about moving to a little 2+ acre farmstead in the Pacific Northwest, complete with a farmhouse, barn, chicken coop, vegetable garden, and wide-open spaces. My husband and I had dreamed of a place where our three sons would have room to run free, a place where we could open the doors to family and friends, raise a little menagerie of animals, plant a garden, and put down roots as a family. It was a fun experience to recall and write about what we dreamed of, what we found, and our reality of living here almost six years later!

Julie with her husband, three sons, and a trio of Babydoll sheep

One of the things I really love about Little Farmstead Living is that we were able to capture images—both indoors and outdoors—in all four seasons. There’s a chapter on farmhouse-style decorating and where to find unique farmhouse wares for your home. We also include helpful tips—based on our trial-and-error approach—for gardening and caring for animals. A chapter about farmhouse gatherings includes steps to create an outdoor eating area and how to set up a festive fall tailgate party. And then, there’s a whole chapter dedicated to a farmhouse Christmas. It’s one of my favorites!

Christmas at the Thomas farmstead

And that special quilt I mentioned? I spotted it at a vintage sale when we were trying to purchase our little farmstead. Our contingent offer was about to expire, and we had no serious buyers for our existing house. We were hanging onto a thread of hope that it would work out. I thought the quilt would be perfect for what I hoped would soon be our farmhouse and decided to buy it, in faith, that the sale would go through. A month after I bought the quilt, we received an offer! To this day, when I see that quilt, I’m reminded of that time, and thankful for how everything worked out.

Julie's antique quilt
Julie’s vintage quilt

Thank you for letting me share today!

Thank you for sharing the inspiration behind your gorgeous new book, Julie—everyone in the office adores it!

We have a copy of Little Farmstead Living to give away to one lucky winner today! We’ll let Julie ask today’s question—leave your answer in the comments to be automatically entered into the random drawing. Julie wants to know:

Do you dream of living in the country or do you simply love the look in your decor? Which describes you best: Farm life forever, urban with a flair for farmhouse style, or dreaming of your "someday" style? We’d love to hear!

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you feel inspired to add a little farmstead style to your home, you can purchase the book at our website.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is JLouise who says: “Farm life forever!! For most of my life, I’ve lived on farms, first as a farmer’s daughter, then as a farmer’s wife, and now also a farmer’s mother! Our home is over 100 years old and has always been in my husband’s family. This book looks terrific!"

We’ll email you about your prize, JLouise  — congratulations!


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