For those of us who dream about leaving the city and living a more rural lifestyle, crafter, DIYer, and mom, Maya, may just be living out our country life fantasy. Maya writes, "After living in many different apartments and flats for most of my life (mostly in San Francisco), I always yearned for a home in the country. I now live with my family in my dream home, an old farmhouse in rural upstate New York. Most of it was built in the 1850s, the addition was 1910. All of the floors are the original wide planks. There's so much unique, dark woodwork in the downstairs that we've gone for a very natural palette with a lot of white to brighten the space and accentuate the woodsy feeling."
Maya notes that nearly all of the furniture in her home has been found via Craigslist, auctions, and garage sales, which was at first a necessity, and now a conscious choice, since she says that she loves to fill her home with objects and pieces with a history.
She says, "Since I design sustainable home wares, many of my prototypes and seconds end up being honored on our couch or holding our books and magazines. I have a lot of artists in my family, including my children, so the walls are covered predominantly with family art. The rest of the pieces vary from my favorite indie artists to some vintage prints. I believe our homes should be a unique reflection of those who reside there and if you're lucky be in a location that inspires. I'm quite grateful for everyday I wake up to the birds calling, and the neighbors' cows lowing." Take a peek at Maya's inspirational country home, and then head over to her Etsy shop to pick up a few of her handmade goods.