There is something so wholesome and classic about a farmhouse, and we have been in love with the wonderful ways different architects, designers, and homeowners have been making farmhouses unique. Check out all these fabulous takes on the classic farmhouses we’ve been pining after:

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How cozy and inviting is this home, with it’s wraparound porch and big double doors? We love the clean white and navy paint.

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The windows, chimney, and welcoming backyard fire pit make this classic farmhouse seem like the perfect place to entertain!

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This modern farmhouse uses a mix of textures and has a clean, open look. We love the warmth of the wooden deck!

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String lights, bright windows, and barn doors make this little farmhouse bungalow look like something out of a fairy tale!

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Speaking of windows, imagine the gorgeous light that must fill this unique farmhouse with it’s huge window wall!

Winter can be incredibly cozy, but it can also get a little dark and drab, so we’ve found some fun and easy DIY projects to brighten up your home!

5 Colorful DIY Ideas! | Abbey Carpet SF
These adorable little geometric photo holders are just the thing to display memories from sunnier days!

5 Colorful DIY Ideas! | Abbey Carpet SF
Brighten up the kitchen with this fun little project!

5 Colorful DIY Ideas! | Abbey Carpet SF
Create a cozy and colorful pillow mattress with this easy DIY.

5 Colorful DIY Ideas! | Abbey Carpet SF
Bring a little greenery into your home with this sweet dip-dye succulent planter project.

5 Colorful DIY Ideas! | Abbey Carpet SF
Give yourself an extra little storage space with this cheerful rope hanging shelf DIY.

Lately we’ve been noticing these unusual but eye-catching exteriors around the web — homes that are eschewing the standard whites and neutrals that are often chosen for the outside of a home and instead are boldly going black, or near-black. Check out some of these wonderful structures that have succeeded in making a statement with their exteriors:

Stunning Dark Exteriors via Abbey Carpet of SF
This storage container home accents it’s crisp charcoal exterior with natural wood. We love the clean lines and the open upper floor.

Stunning Dark Exteriors via Abbey Carpet of SF
This cabin keeps the dark exterior from feeling oppressive with it’s gorgeous glassy design and we love the fun circular window along the side of the upper floor. This angular cabin really stands out in its lush location.

Stunning Dark Exteriors via Abbey Carpet of SF
Minimalist but cozy, this simple black standalone guest house stands out in stark contrast to it’s surroundings.

Stunning Dark Exteriors via Abbey Carpet of SF
What an unexpected twist on the traditional farmhouse! The clean white trim adds an extra punch to this Icelandic home.

Stunning Dark Exteriors via Abbey Carpet of SF
Another modern cabin with a dark but warm wood color. We love how the light catches the lighter wood in the ceiling and the porch and brightens the place up from within!

Stunning Dark Exteriors via Abbey Carpet of SF
Big, bold, and beautiful, this tall, angular multi-story home looks inviting with it’s enormous windows and outdoor areas!

Thanksgiving is over and now winter is on it’s way, and that means it’s time to start decorating for Christmas. Whether you’re hosting a big holiday event, or just want to add a little Christmas cheer to your home during the season, here are 7 clever, crafty or just Christmas-y ideas to get you inspired:

Christmas Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
Want to welcome the holidays into your home, but not quite ready to commit to a full sized tree? Check out this sweet and simple trio of mini trees, or…

Christmas Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
Craft your own adorable felt trees!

Christmas Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
These little fir tree ornaments also make for a subtle but seasonal decoration.

Christmas Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
Feeling crafty but want to keep things simple? Try this cute, rustic stick ornament DIY!

Christmas Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
Or, for a more involved rustic look, use an old door to create a makeshift mantel!

Christmas Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
Adorable AND edible? Impress everyone at your next holiday gathering with these deliciously wintery snowy pine cone snacks!

Christmas Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
For a more sustainable celebration,  wrap gifts with a reusable cloth and gathering flowers, herbs, or leaves to embellish with! You can find more zero-waste holiday ideas here.

It’s the tasty time of year again, when hosts and hostesses all over are looking for the perfect dishes and decor ideas for their Thanksgiving feasts. Make your Thanksgiving table stand out with these creative and crafty ideas we’ve collected for you:

Make Your Thanksgiving Memorable via Abbey Carpet of SF
Want to create warm welcome? We’ve found you a free printable banner that will do the trick!

Make Your Thanksgiving Memorable via Abbey Carpet of SF
We love this layered tablecloth look! It’s easy to recreate with fabric, and the rustic feel means no hemming is needed!

Make Your Thanksgiving Memorable via Abbey Carpet of SF
Butcher paper and crayons make the dining experience fun for little ones. But if we’re being totally honest, it looks great, and would be a perfectly acceptable last minute solution for the grown up table, too!

Make Your Thanksgiving Memorable via Abbey Carpet of SF
Here’s another fun way to make your table interactive — more free printables!

Make Your Thanksgiving Memorable via Abbey Carpet of SF
For easy seasonal decorations, paint some empty cans (we know you’ll have some after you’re done baking that pie!) and fill them with feathers!

Make Your Thanksgiving Memorable via Abbey Carpet of SF
You can also create a beautiful centerpiece using some rosy red apples. The white candles and greenery give it such a cozy, inviting feel.

Make Your Thanksgiving Memorable via Abbey Carpet of SF
You can also keep your table looking and smelling great by making some simple bouquets from fresh herbs! Talk about appetizing!

I don’t know about you, but we are really starting to feel those Fall vibes and get into the coziness of the season. And really, what is cozier than curling up with your favorite book in one of these perfect nooks?

November is for nooks! via Abbey Carpet of SF
Perfect window lighting? Check. Adorable potted plants? Check. This window seat is the perfect mix of well-lit and soft and comfy.

November is for nooks! via Abbey Carpet of SF
We love how the dark walls keep this space cozy, with enough contrast and light to keep it from being gloomy. Not to mentioned layered rugs and the fluffy swing…

November is for nooks! via Abbey Carpet of SF
Looking for something cozy and classic? This weathered leather chair is so inviting with it’s folded blanket! The little burst of color on the rug keeps things from getting stuffy, and keeps toes from getting cold.

November is for nooks! via Abbey Carpet of SF
Talk about dreamy — this sweet illuminated canopy is the perfect place to sip a cup of tea and read your favorite fairy tale.

November is for nooks! via Abbey Carpet of SF
Want to take things outside? This adorable little patio nook will let you enjoy the crisp Autumn air while snuggled up with a blanket and a little candle light.

Most pet owners consider their animals to be a part of their families, and if you caught our last blog, we gave you some ideas for making your home more pooch-friendly. But what about our feline friends? Here are some fun ideas for cat friendly decor and DIY:

Feline-Friendly Design via Abbey Carpet of SF
Let’s get right to the kitty gritty — litter boxes are a part of every cat owners life. Trying to find the right place to put it to keep it out of sight (and smell) is always a challenge, but this incognito cat box is the perfect solution!

Feline-Friendly Design via Abbey Carpet of SF
How cool is this vintage suitcase bunk bed? An awesome idea for kitties, or even a small dog. You can buy one here, or get crafty and make it yourself!


Feline-Friendly Design via Abbey Carpet of SF

This cat tunnel sofa is a piece of furniture both you and your cat can enjoy!

Feline-Friendly Design via Abbey Carpet of SF
Shelves aren’t just for books anymore! These awesome sloped shelves make for excellent kitty ramps, and allow cats to explore and perch up high.

Most pet owners consider their animals to be a part of their families. But do their pets get taken into consideration when designing homes? Not all the time, but if you’re an animal lover you may want to consider sprucing up your space so your pooch feels stylish and included. Here are some fun dog-friendly design ideas from around the web:

Dog-Friendly Design via Abbey Carpet SF
Move over, Harry Potter, the extra space under the stairs is now home to a four-legged friend name Max. This is a great idea to give your dog a cozy retreat without taking up more floor space!

Dog-Friendly Design via Abbey Carpet of SF
No space under the stairs? No problem! You can turn your pup’s crate into a stylish little hang out with a cool crate cover like this nautical themed canopy!

Dog-Friendly Design via Abbey Carpet of SF
Let your dog dine like royalty —  PLUS, keep those doggy dishes out from underfoot with this fun island idea.

Dog-Friendly Design via Abbey Carpet of SF
You can also turn an old wine crate into a food and water dish holder, which is also nice for large breeds so they don’t have to bend down to get their grub. DIY by stenciling your dishes and cutting holes in the crate yourself, or if you’re short on time, purchase one here. (DIY version pictured.)

Dog-Friendly Design via Abbey Carpet of SF
Last but not least — how fun are these dog windows? We’re not sure how safe letting your dog stick their head out of the fence is — for them or for passersby — but it’s a neat concept that could be modified for safety with a little window pane or some wire!

Labor Day weekend is over, and if you’re anything like us, you’re squeezing the last drop out of summer! For those warm summer evenings turned chilly autumn nights, we’ve collected some wonderful outdoor fire pits to inspire your next DIY project or backyard renovation:

5 Fabulous Fire Pits via Abbey Carpet SF
This simple brick DIY has a classic look and will hold up for many cozy nights to come!

5 Fabulous Fire Pits via Abbey Carpet SF
Looking for something a bit more modern? Put together this sleek DIY concrete pit!

5 Fabulous Fire Pits via Abbey Carpet SF
For a more industrial up-cycled look, try this washer drum fire pit DIY!

5 Fabulous Fire Pits via Abbey Carpet SF
These wine barrel fire pits have a homey rustic feel, and if you’re not feeling too crafty, you can purchase one here!

5 Fabulous Fire Pits via Abbey Carpet SF
Does your family love to grill? This awesome multipurpose grill/fire pit/table may be just what you need! Order one here.

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