An Autumn Barn Tour

Touches of fall accent the porch and great room of our restored dairy barn in the village of Groveland, IL.  This season we have also decorated the Old Towne Grove Wedding Chapel and Garden Grove Chapel on the property.  Autumn brides are surrounded by pumpkins, bales, harvest wreaths and fruiting crabapple trees.

In the great room kitchen, the pump on the dry sink is surrounded by pumpkins, corn and an orange sage scented candle.  Even the coffee table sports a large pumpkin in a wreath of leaves and copper ribbon

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A BRIGHT  DOOR WREATH, PLUMP HARVEST PILLOWS ON THE PORCH SWING, PUMPKINS AND CORN STALKS ON THE FRONT PORCH SAY “WELCOME AUTUMN.”  THE SLATE WELCOME SIGN BESIDE THE DOOR ECHOES THAT SENTIMENT.

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ABOVE:  BIRCH BARK BASKET WITH AUTUMN BIRD NEST ON THE KITCHEN NOOK ROUND OAK TABLE.  BELOW:  LARGE CAST IRON PARLOR STOVE WITH BIRCH TWIGS, MINIATURE DEER AND MINI PUMPKIN.  OIL LAMPS ARE POSITIONED THROUGHOUT THE FLOOR FOR ATMOSPHERIC LIGHT.

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ABOVE:  THE DINING ROOM TABLE IS SET FOR A HARVEST DINNER.  BELOW:  THE BUFFET ANNOUNCES “ETHEREAL AUTUMN” ON A MINI SLATE.  THE VINTAGE MOOSE PLATTER IS THE CENTERPIECE.

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BELOW:  THE VINTAGE PRINT “PILGRIMS GOING TO CHURCH” IN ANTIQUE OAK FRAME IS FROM A ONE-ROOM SCHOOL.  IT IS APPROPRIATELY FRAMED IN AN AUTUMN GARLAND FOR OCTOBER AND THANKSGIVING.

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BELOW:  A LAVISH HARVEST WREATH WITH FRUIT, FLOWERS, AND PUMPKINS GREETS VISITORS IN THE FOYER.

im008468Living in a restored dairy barn is a cross between traditional farmhouse and rustic cabin decorating.  After dismantling three older barns in Tazewell County, we used the salvaged barn board to turn a hay barn with side lofts into three upper floors.  The lower level stable became my 1910 kitchen and workshops.  Welcome to the Farm Grove barn.

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HAPPY AUTUMN.  EXPERIENCE EVERY SIGHT, SCENT, AND SOUND.

FROM THE FARM GROVE BARN,

SHARON

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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4 Responses to An Autumn Barn Tour

  1. Carol Hastings says:

    I love your decorations! Had no idea that you had written books. Need to know you better, Sharon! You are a very talented lady.
    Blessings
    Carol Hastings

    • Sharon L. Clemens says:

      I so appreciate that note, Carol! Yup…I currently have 6 books in print on Amazon and 7 on Kindle e-book on Amazon. Our latest project was updating and enlarging the Farm Grove Cookbook: Seasons of Farm Grove. It has memories from the whole family of owning and operating a tearoom restaurant and shops as a Christian family business. It is also filled with color prints of Farm Grove, which makes it a wonderful keepsake edition for us. Take care, Sharon & Butch

  2. Linda Sisler says:

    Every thing is so beautiful as it always has been. Your talent is amazing. I purchased your last cook book at the Emerald Tea Room and love it. I wanted to make it to the signing but was not able to. Love your postings….Sincerely a fan\Blessings to you and your family. Linda Sisler

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