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Get Inspired by these 5 Beautiful Barns

I love-love-LOVE this Cumberland, Maine post and beam carriage barn!

I love-love-LOVE this Cumberland, Maine post and beam carriage barn!

1.  The Classic Little Red Barn

Just like the Little Black Dress, the Little Red Barn never goes out of style.

It doesn’t fall victim to fads and trends.  It doesn’t scream and shout for attention.  But never mistake the eye-grabbing beauty of the simple, classic Little Red Barn.

Topped off with the perfectly proportioned cupola, the result is as timeless and chic as can be.

 

The unfinished wallboard of this coastal New England post and beam barn just gets better with age

The unfinished wallboard of this coastal New England post and beam barn just gets better with age

2.  Dare to go bare with weathered barn board

I understand how a love for design and details can lead us to want to adorn our homes and barns with everything we can imagine – the shutters, the cupola, the weathervane, the richly colored paint or stain…

However, just like your mother (or grandmother) advised – when you get all dressed up, take off one accessory before leaving the house.

Although it can be difficult to resist the temptation of overadorning ourselves and our homes, this bare wall board barn embodies Mom and grandma’s all important lesson that often times less is more.

With the cupola placed to envoke the feel of a church steeple, this stylish barn demands your worship

With the cupola placed to envoke the feel of a church steeple, this stylish barn demands your worship

3.  An earthly example of divine design

This post and beam barn in Grantham, New Hampshire is an architectural marriage made in heaven.

The off-center cupola of this post and beam barn mimics the steeple of a church, successfully blending historic New Englanders’ two favorite structures  – the church and the barn.

Never doubt the impact of small design details.  Have faith in their power and divine design will appear before you.

 

This 5-story barn quietlyl blends into the background

This 5-story barn quietly blends into the background

 

4. The Gentle Giant

Whoever would believe that a barn a million miles long, 5 stories tall and topped with 3 cupolas could ever be called unassuming?

Weathered siding and muted red roofing keep this New England post and beam as likeable as your shy, quiet next door neighbor.

This behemoth demonstrates the importance of balance.  Calming colors and sparse adornments lend modesty to a building so large that it could easily look as ostentatious and overdone as your other neighbor – the loud, obnoxious one that grates your nerves.

Prim, prissy and PERFECT!

Prim, prissy and PERFECT!

5.  Prissy perfection we can’t help but love

This Vermont post and beam is like that woman who can wear a white coat in winter and never pick up a speck of dirt.

Gleaming and shining amidst the crud of winter, this barn pulls off clean perfection while the rest of us walk around encased in a road salt crust for 3 months.

You want to hate it for making you feel like dirty slush in comparison but you just can’t.  It’s too pretty, too prim, too…perfect.  You know, everything we wish we were (sigh).

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