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Get the Look Decor: SouleMama’s Family Farmhouse

Jun 10, 2012

by Christine Domanic

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This weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by Amanda Blake Soule’s 2oo-year-old farmhouse in the foothills of western Maine. For the last two years, her family has worked together to fashion a home, immersing themselves in the quiet rhythms of farm life, nature and community, with a solid foundation of love, support and family fun.

Amanda is a talented crafter who has written several books encouraging families to enrich their connections through creative activities and exploration. She is also an editor at Taproot, a magazine that shares the stories of families dedicated to strengthening their connections to local communities and nature. For more inspiring tales of parenting and creativity, stop by her blog, SouleMama.

[From left to right: Wooden Rope Tree Swing by SkySaddle; Vintage Chicken Egg Basket by My3Chicks; Warré Beehive made with Reclaimed Lumber by walker wood.]

Where do you live and with whom?
I live in the foothills of western Maine with my husband, Steve, and our five children: Calvin, Ezra, Adelaide, Harper and Annabel. Also joining us are two house cats, twenty laying hens, one duck, four sheep, two pigs, eighteen turkeys and fifty-eight chickens. Oh my! It’s a full and lively house, this home of ours. Almost two years ago, we moved to this two hundred year old farmhouse. Our days have been busy ever since with the work of repairing it, bringing the homestead back to life, and filling up the barnyard.

[Clockwise from top left: “Hope is the thing with feathers” tumbler by bridgmanpottery; Turquoise Distressed Dining Chair by Stefantastical; Farmhouse Dining Table by carolinafarmhouse; Canning Jar Labels by TwineDecorVinyl Chalk Stickers by windowbythesea; Deviled Egg Serving Platter by kbOriginalsetc.]

Describe your home decorating style.
Homey and comfortable. I love our wood floors and wood furniture, and I think a good balance of soft is essential, too. Natural fibers are important to me, both ethically and aesthetically. There’s a lot of handmade around here — many things I’ve made, we’ve made as a family, or that have come from friends who make things! And out of both necessity and desire, I love old things: those that tell a story, that we’re somehow connected to, that have life left in them, that serve a function in making our days smoother or more comfortable. I believe strongly in making our home child-friendly, meaning that their work and projects are just as important as the adults’ in the house. So keeping their things out and accessible is important to me, as well as decorating for and with them, and at their height and interest.

[Clockwise from top left: Log dollhouse by gsnow1; Round Wool Braided Rug by mrsginther; Antique Wicker Basket by KnickofTime; Solid Wood Building Blocks by HowellsProductsChecker set – Pirates vs. Ninjas by goosegreaseWood Toy Car Set by BannorToys.]

Did you decide to decorate in this style or was there an evolution to your decorating process?
Our style reflects our life, to be certain, and like our lives and our interests and passions, it’s ever-changing to suit our needs. I’m a perpetual furniture-mover. Sometimes when I notice that we are feeling stale and uninspired, I know that it’s time to change up the space we live and work in a bit. It often gives us just the boost we need to get back on track and in harmony.

Where are your favorite places to shop for home items?
My grandparents’ attics! Followed closely by our parents’ basements, thrift stores, flea markets, roadsides, handmade artisans and of course, Etsy.

[From left to right: Wine Barrel Swing by WineBarrelConcepts; Fledglings No. 2 bluebirds original watercolor painting by GollyBard; Mason Bee House by andrewsreclaimed.]

What is your favorite part about your home?
This house feels very honest to me – solid and honest. It isn’t fancy or full of intricate architectural details, and yet it’s stood here, sturdy as can be, housing families for two hundred years. It was built simply and modestly, but with strength and intention to last. I really appreciate that. It feels as though it can hold us all well, yet also gives us the freedom to make changes without fear of messing with any historical integrity.

[Clockwise from top left: Vintage Science Microscope by VidaliasVintage; Vintage World Globe by FlourishCafe; Artist easel by woodcraftqueen; World Map, Vintage 1899 by carambasManard Hand Puppet by BobsImagination; Manual Typewriter by AppleCharlotte.] 

Does your home hold any strong memories?
One of my favorite memories is the evening that all six of us (the youngest wasn’t born yet) ate apple pie on the kitchen floor in the dark after we signed the papers with the bank to make this house ours. It was a long road to home ownership for us, and it took us years (and years) to find and buy the place we wanted to call home for the rest of our lives. The moment that finally happened, with the kitchen full of my dancing children and husband, the noise of country life outside our door, and the promise of what was to come, was a very special one that I hold dear.

 

Looking for more styles and interiors? Check out our video series, There’s No Place Like Here, where creative types show us their unique spaces — infused with their aesthetic and filled with the treasures they collect. Get involved and show us your amazing space in this Flickr pool.

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152 comments

  • BrianaEdelmanDesigns

    Briana from FoxburyAndCo said 5 years ago

    Just lovely, every detail! To me, this is the way life should be lived. I also live in the country and in a house built in the 1700's, but I am in Virginia's horse country, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Unless I was back in Paris, of course.

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Love love love your home!!! So sweet and beautiful!!! What a great place to raise your children!!!!

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 5 years ago

    I agree, how wonderful to raise children in the country, those baby lambs are just too cute!!

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 5 years ago

    Great way to live! I dream about a place like that for when i have children. But for now, I will just do what i have always done.... Wander the world looking for the best of each place I pass through. What a wonderful way to live.... To not constantly be uprooting building the home you want by staying in one place long enough to make it and call it a home......

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    kathy johnson from ShoeClipsOnly said 5 years ago

    Absolutley gorgeous! Love all the light comming in from the windows, such a beautiful home you have!

  • ACESfinds

    Alison Herr Scates and Chuck Scates from ACESFINDSVINTAGE said 5 years ago

    Oh my that is a lively house! It looks like a wonderful place to be! Very unique. Thanks for sharing!

  • catnapcottage

    Cindy from catnapcottage said 5 years ago

    love it! thanks for sharing! :)

  • TheModShop

    Polly Jones from TheModShop said 5 years ago

    I just love your home and also the sharing of your apple pie on the floor story!

  • cottonbirddesigns

    Angela Cotton from CottonBirdDesigns said 5 years ago

    Great article, lovely home!

  • lcarlsonjewelry

    Liesl Carlson from lcarlsonjewelry said 5 years ago

    What a magical way to grow up!!! It looks amazing.

  • hmmills

    Helen Mills from 1820BagCo said 5 years ago

    Looks like a wonderful childhood, great post.

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake from IcingOnTheCupcake said 5 years ago

    What a cozy and comfy home. It looks like an amazing place to grow up!!! I adore those tree swings!

  • ArtsyFlair

    Michaela Bowles from ArtsyFlair said 5 years ago

    Wonderful story! :) You have a lovely home. It's nice to get away from the city. :)

  • gardenmis

    Priscilla from Gardenmis said 5 years ago

    Such a beautiful way of life! SouleMama is inspiring. :)

  • FranceGallery

    France Gallery from FranceGallery said 5 years ago

    I love the rope swings!

  • TheEverlastingPosy

    TheEverlastingPosy from TheEverlastingPosy said 5 years ago

    Warm and inviting family decor here!

  • pamelam

    Pamela Munger from pamelam said 5 years ago

    enjoyed redaing about your home and lifestyle, very inspring. what lucky children to grow up in such a satisfying environment!

  • hollyberry67

    Holly C. said 5 years ago

    I've always loved Soulemama's style!

  • vintagejane

    Stacey from vintagejane said 5 years ago

    Such a comfortable and friendly home...loved that it is lived in! Thanks for sharing!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 5 years ago

    Cool!!!

  • becaruns

    becaruns from becaruns said 5 years ago

    what a great post! I've been reading her blog and books for years! A beautiful feature! ;)

  • mirabellamorello

    mirabellamorello from mirabellamorello said 5 years ago

    Great to see some folks from Maine featured!

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome from rosebudshome said 5 years ago

    Well done so comfy and homey!

  • marigoldandsageevent

    Clara Lambert from MarigoldandSageParty said 5 years ago

    I love the sentiment about making decorating your house for your children too. I feel so many time a child's only sense of belonging is in their bedrooms. Thanks or sharing!

  • purplehipposews

    purplehipposews from purplehipposews said 5 years ago

    Love the colours! And soule mama has many interesting ideas!

  • LineaLina

    Susanne Major from LineaLina said 5 years ago

    Such a lovely story! I only have two children and a dog, but my son is called Calvin and we live in the country side as well, so I feel a little bit related to your story. Thanks for sharing!

  • TheBeautyofBoredom

    Gracie from TheBeautyofBoredom said 5 years ago

    So many animals! I'm jealous. :) And you have swings for your kids, very nice and cute. I have thought about living in a farm, only because I want to have some ducks and a little lamb hanging around my residency as much as possible. You have lots of bees there, though. My boyfriend is extremely allergic if a bee stings him, making him completely paranoid of them. Oh wellll.

  • jeanniebelk

    Jeanni Carolyn Belk from SilverCookies said 5 years ago

    Your way of life sounds idyllic. If only we could all live that way. Still, we have happy times too. May you long remain there. Happy days I wish you all. Thanks for sharing.

  • SunnyDayDiggs

    Sheri from TheBlueSkyBoutique said 5 years ago

    Now that's the life! XOXO

  • telepelekids

    ilanit bronstein from telepelekids said 5 years ago

    Great !!!insprinig!so nice to live in the country,it look like heaven to your kids, we just a bout to move to the desert,and im so happy a bout it!leave the raise life,,,and get connected to nature again,,,thanks for sharing!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 5 years ago

    Awesome! Looks like the perfect life. Although a lot of hard work has gone into it.

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage from maggiemaevintage said 5 years ago

    all the right ingredients to make a perfect home.....

  • samsnatural

    Sam's Natural from SamsNatural said 5 years ago

    Wow so cute! Love the collections and the photos!

  • amayakind

    Holly Amaya from amayakind said 5 years ago

    I've enjoyed reading about Amanda's life on her blog. It's a very soothing and inspirational on going story of life. Glad to see that she is getting more exposure here on Etsy too!

  • AlinaMart

    Alina Mart from AlinaMartDesign said 5 years ago

    Thank you! It's so great. I would take few ideas for my baby's room

  • quiensabeque

    cristina from quiensabeque said 5 years ago

    so wonderful to see you here. i've followed your blog for many years! your family celebrates life everyday...

  • GloryBDesign

    Teresa from GloryBDesign said 5 years ago

    Beautiful family; beautiful home; beautiful story; beautiful life!

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights said 5 years ago

    Lovely interview & home, thanks for sharing :)

  • GoldenDaysAntiques

    Nancy from GoldenDaysAntiques said 5 years ago

    Wonderful home!

  • EmiliaFaith

    Edie Ann from OhHoneyHush said 5 years ago

    I sooo want to live there !!

  • simpledream2

    Lisa S. from simpledream2 said 5 years ago

    How awesome!! To be featured on the same weekend that Amanda with baby in tow are at Squam. I follow Amanda's blog regularly. Although my children are grown and gone, leaving behind their dog and chickens. I still connect with SouleMama's writings. Being able to enjoy her creative time while surrounded by her children is what my own children did growing up, they would tend to gravitate towards me when they heard the sewing machine start up. Recently I one of my boys came over for dinner and then asked if I would sew something for him. After dinner we headed off to the sewing room and he selected the fabrics; while I was at the sewing machine he came into the sewing room (what was the boys old bedroom) with his laptop, sat it on the cutting table and pulled up a stool. Seeing her children and family thriving while living the country life brings back fond memories of my own three spending their time outside enjoying the adventure of their lives.....the great outdoors. Thanks for the memories.

  • dannylion

    Lauryn Quinn from thefrolickingfrog said 5 years ago

    You have done an amazing job with your home! Love the wood floors. A lot of people dream of that country life including me! It's very evident how much you appreciate it. My husband and I hope to get there soon and if we do I know we will treasure every moment! Adorable children and animals! Thanks for sharing.

  • Niftic

    Niftic from NifticVintage said 5 years ago

    Totally Charming, warm and welcoming! A splendid place to raise a family. Thanks so much for sharing a little part of yourself, it was delightful!

  • yourauntiespanties

    Genevieve F from YourAuntiesPanties said 5 years ago

    how totally and completely beautiful and wonderful......

  • solocosmo

    Jessica Grundy from solocosmo said 5 years ago

    AH! A house with kids, I love it! It looks like such a wonderful welcoming place and such a great place to grow up!

  • HoneyBeeHolistics

    Melissa from HoneyBeeHolistics said 5 years ago

    Oh, Oh I LOVE the SOULEMAMA blog! How wonderful you have taken the time to interview & write of her life and family ! I have read her books and find myself in the same type of mindset when it comes to home and family life! I started my business almost 6 years ago so I would be able to stay at home with my future child........Fast forward.....My daughter is 2 years old now and is so imaginative! Having my work at home has allowed me ample opportunities to teach her about cooking, creating and living life here in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State! It can be done.......I escaped from the rat race of a 50hr+ sales job.......If you can dream it, YOU can make it a reality too!

  • MaryFosterCreative

    Mary Foster from MaryFosterCreative said 5 years ago

    The photos of your home and family are delightful! Thank you for sharing your wonderful story!

  • OliveSpoonStudio

    Michael and Erin Waite from OliveSpoonStudio said 5 years ago

    How wonderful to see Amanda and her family here! This is pretty amazing, but I just realized I have her to thank for this business of ours!! Thanks to her posts about her love and use of vintage silverware, I started up my own collection, which eventually led us to opening up Olive Spoon Studio. We have been sponsors of her blog in the past, and enjoy reading it so much. We are still striving for the life they are now living, but we'll get there! Beautiful article!

  • sydg

    sydg from LathandPlaster said 5 years ago

    We never regret the time we take to love and nuture in a home filled with laughter and memories. Your home reflects a life of sharing space with your children and not tucking their things away unseen but enjoyed. Wonderful that you shared with us all.

  • peaseblossomstudio

    Caroline from AnchorRoad said 5 years ago

    What a wonderful warm homey home you have! Thank you for inviting us in for a peek. :)

  • takingshape

    Aleta Ford Baker from AletaFordBakerDesign said 5 years ago

    Beautiful and inspiring ! A wonderful space to foster creativity and freedom :)

  • IsabellaDiSclafani

    Isabella Di Sclafani from IsabellaDiSclafani said 5 years ago

    Absolutely a dream come true! Beautiful pictures of such a lovely home and family life. I need to move out of the city asap...

  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    Very sweet and homey. What a wondeful place to raise children. Thanks for the peek.

  • Auntiesoapworts

    Auntiesoapworts from BrackenfernCottage said 5 years ago

    Cherish it all! What a heart-warming story and thank you for sharing it all with the world. It is a beautiful world where there is love and family.

  • sarahridgley

    Sarah Ridgley from PheasantPress said 5 years ago

    What a lovely life and home!

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 5 years ago

    Natural and happy life style ! How beautiful !

  • ValliCraftEmporium

    ValliCraftEmporium from ValliCraftEmporium said 5 years ago

    Heartwarming!

  • rockplanet

    Reya from rockplanet said 5 years ago

    Comfortable, cozy, natural, beautiful! That is a home that makes wonderful memories every day. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • jannesa

    jannesa from SweetGeorgiaPurls said 5 years ago

    Simply beautiful....

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 5 years ago

    Love it! The chickens are so cute!

  • Motleycouture

    Motleycouture from Motleycouture said 5 years ago

    What a beautiful place to call home. I love this story! Thank you.

  • thistlehandmade

    Katherine McIntire from thistlehandmade said 5 years ago

    Such a delightful post! Love the photos, interview, and product links. . . so fun to see someone from Maine featured too!

  • prissyantiques

    Hamilton Phillips from prissyantiques said 5 years ago

    Beautiful way to raise all your young

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 5 years ago

    Oh, this is very charming and wonderful. I love country life and having laying hens

  • johannataggart

    JOHANNA TAGGART said 5 years ago

    You are Gaya, Mother Earth, seeing to everything so that all have their place to grow in their creativity (as only kids do...what imagination they have !) Well done to you and your family to have found and made the home you wanted, it all looks very welcoming, like one day, all the way from Spain, I could drop in with my gang and my kids would just go and join yours on the swings ! Fear not, however, not likely we'll ever be able to go to the States (more's the pity) ! Besides I'm not very much a country gal at all, born in cities, raised in cities, just happy to be living close to the sea which is what draws me. You do show that a home is what you make of it. A home is not a museum or magazine picture, it's where the hearts beat in sharing stuff and company and where the kids' space is not confined to one room. It is definitely a happy home. Wish you many years of happiness with you prole and theirs after !

  • blueberryshoes

    Hollie May from TheWovenWolf said 5 years ago

    PARADISE?!

  • GoldenSpiralDesigns

    Lola Ocian from GoldenSpiralDesigns said 5 years ago

    Love those bee boxes! I wish more people in the city took an interest in raising bees (myself included). I've seen a few hives behind some local restaurants, that grow their own herbs and veggies on the rooftops. Brilliant!

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 5 years ago

    What wonderful pictures

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly said 5 years ago

    What a wonder-full happy life! Sounds amazing. We just had a swarm near our house recently and it was astounding watching a beekeeper come to collect them and give them a new -and safer- home.

  • nancynelsonjewelry

    Nancy from nancynelsonjewelry said 5 years ago

    Soule Mama seems to have found pure harmony in paradise! Great story.

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion from asundrynotion said 5 years ago

    "It was built simply and modestly, but with strength and intention to last." I appreciate a home like that, too. Many thanks for sharing it!

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 5 years ago

    cheerful, lively and filled with love ~

  • genisepark

    Genise Park from genisepark said 5 years ago

    Wonderful story and great pics!

  • tattooedtutu

    Jeanine from TheTattooedTutu said 5 years ago

    Beautiful and inspiring home and family.

  • ViennaIsLove

    Jennifer Serene from ViennaIsLove said 5 years ago

    I wish I had a giant tree to swing from when I was little!

  • slathered

    Sharon Moores from slathered said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous! I married into a Maine family a decade ago, and one of my new hobbies is getting into every Maine house I can. :-) Many Maine houses have a great style, clean but with an appreciation for function and craftsmanship -- very Shaker-esque. You don't see that much down here in cookie-cutter land.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Love Maine and your life style! Great article! Congrats!

  • sukran

    Sukran Kirtis from SukranKirtisJewelry said 5 years ago

    Great story, photos, life and shop Congrats!!!

  • BridalSashesOnly

    Kathy Johnson from BridalSashesOnly said 5 years ago

    Looks wonderful! Congratulations!

  • gumo

    Sally and Andrew from gumo said 5 years ago

    Love your home, some really beautiful touches and a fab place for your children to grow up in! x

  • calgirl7

    Callie said 5 years ago

    OMG!!!!!!! I love u soulemama! I've read both of her books and she has a lovely creative mind and family!!! beautiful!

  • BizzieLizzie

    Bizzie from BizzieLizzieHandmade said 5 years ago

    What a lovely, lovely story! LOVE your home! I, too, am drawn to the old homes and feel a peace whenever I walk inside an older home. Oh, the stories they could tell, if only they could talk! Enjoyed your post!

  • tomsgrossmami

    Tom's Grossmami from tomsgrossmami said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing!

  • julietdiyjewelry

    xiu qing zhu from julietdiyjewelry said 5 years ago

    lovely home!

  • FrancesMarin

    Frances Marin from FrancesMarin said 5 years ago

    That's exactly the kind of place I want to live in. Amanda is awesome! Great feature.

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry from pinksnakejewelry said 5 years ago

    Super Post!!!

  • thebibliophile

    thebibliophile from thebibliophile said 5 years ago

    Your home looks lovely, I think it's safe to say that all the hard work has paid off, I hope you have many happy years there!

  • tricotaria

    Andreia from tricotaria said 5 years ago

    Nice to see Amanda's house featured here. I read her blog frequently and love it!

  • fairgroundmedia

    Stephanie from shopgumption said 5 years ago

    So warm and inviting. :)

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan said 5 years ago

    Creative,warm home ! Great story !

  • BlackStar

    Katie McClanahan from WearYourWild said 5 years ago

    So nice to click on the blog and see Amanda's home featured! I love her blog. (and SoulePapa did a great job filling in this weekend!)

  • picklehead

    Karina Pryor from picklehead said 5 years ago

    Wow! I love this house, feels so inviting and fun! :)

  • annamariapotamiti

    Annamaria Potamiti from annamariapotamiti said 5 years ago

    Awesome house and story. Thank you for sharing this:)

  • wroscoe

    Wendy Roscoe from WendyRoscoeDesigns said 5 years ago

    Wonderful and lovely! Love those fledgling birds!

  • bradford924

    Mandy Bradford from AnUnexpectedJourney said 5 years ago

    I love living in New England! Wonderful article. (We especially love the Mason Bees).

  • JodysVintage

    Jody Ball from PansyRoadVintage said 5 years ago

    Love. Love. Love it!!!!

  • rkdsign88

    rkdsign88 from rkdsign88 said 5 years ago

    Home sweet home :)

  • truthbeautyandlove27

    Colleen O'Neal from truthbeautyandlove27 said 5 years ago

    so beautiful, I loved the wooden doll houses!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm from baconsquarefarm said 5 years ago

    Enjoyed my peek at your place plus reading your story too, thanks for sharing with all of us.

  • JillianReneDecor

    Jillian Carmine from JillianReneDecor said 5 years ago

    Absolutely charming! Thank you so much for inviting us into your lovely home!

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 5 years ago

    What a beauty! So warm and cozy

  • SkySaddle

    Nick & Margaret from SkySaddleSwings said 5 years ago

    This article pulls at my heart strings of childhood. Thanks for capturing the very essence of our swings at your Farmhouse.

  • omekit

    cait lucas from omekit said 5 years ago

    I love your philosophy on family life and creativity. Very inspirational.

  • iloveludwig

    Astrid R. from AnAstridEndeavor said 5 years ago

    I've loved following your blog- it's so wonderful to see you, your lovely family and home here on Etsy! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • MickeyandGrace

    Dana from MickeyandGrace said 5 years ago

    Ahhhhhh! Beautiful! Can I admit to being a teensy bit jealous? I must check out your blog. Thank you for sharing a peek into your lovely life!

  • handandheritage

    DueAmici from handandheritage said 5 years ago

    Love it. What a great way to live!

  • HappyWhoos

    Jessie Friedman from HappyWhoos said 5 years ago

    What a lovely home - perfect in every way. I love the room with the green walls! My hubby and I hope to be able to buy an old farmhouse in the future, they are so simple and utterly beautiful. Thank you for letting us take a little peek into your home. Now I am heading on over to your blog... :)

  • PeaceofStoneStudio

    Michelle Emry from PeaceofStoneStudio said 5 years ago

    love it!!! Beautiful!!!

  • TheDrifterLeather

    TheDrifterLeather from TheDrifterLeather said 5 years ago

    This is dreamy! I wish we could live like this! Cities are so dull and boring!

  • emleehandmade

    Michelle Hill from emleehandmade said 5 years ago

    the art room is my favorite. i love the cabinet!

  • julietdiyjewelry

    xiu qing zhu from julietdiyjewelry said 5 years ago

    Absolutely charming, love the doll house.

  • nauticalcargo

    nauticalcargo from nauticalcargo said 5 years ago

    It is so heartening to see children raised this way. I am such a fan of organic materials used for toys, so tactile and comforting to the hands. I raised my children in a similar way, and even though they are living in big cities at the moment, they are grounded by their country beliefs as I was too thankyou for this inspiring piece!

  • FiorellaJewelry

    clare from FiorellaJewelry said 5 years ago

    Beautiful story, it warmed my heart this morning to read of your life, and your family. Thank you!

  • peonyexpressions

    Nancy Gordon from peonyexpressions said 5 years ago

    Such a lovely write up. I too raised five children and we still live in the country with our chickens (we only have 3), bees, many dogs and cats and finches. With only two teenagers home now, life is much quieter (and home is cleaner) but the memories are precious and still in the making. Thanks for showcasing Amanda and her family.

  • shuqi

    Emily Lim from shuqi said 5 years ago

    Love the place so much. especially the doily:)

  • ThePeachTree

    Amy Barta from ThePeachTree said 5 years ago

    ::Dream::

  • jaemaree

    jaemaree said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your home, Amanda! Christine, you did a fabulous job putting this together. :) Cheers!

  • star108

    Star Sarah from Faerymother said 5 years ago

    I have always enjoyed looking at Amanda's house via her blog and this is a special treat to know were her items come from thanks Etsy!

  • buffalogirls

    Ludmilla from buffalogirls said 5 years ago

    Beautiful, warm, a true home. Just like our little ranch, that is why our grown up son loves to come home and help to keep the ranch going.

  • TwistedCrystals

    Kacey H from TwistedCrystals said 5 years ago

    Amanda is my second cousin, our entire family is proud and impressed with her accomplishments and how wonderful her family is!

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects from PoetryofObjects said 5 years ago

    It's been following you and your family these past years! I love my Taproot magazine as well. It's soul satisfying seeing another generation of children being raised up in the way we choose to live our lives as well....so beautiful, all of you!

  • karlola

    Karla said 5 years ago

    I stumbled upon the blog by SouleMama and SoulePapa just over a year ago and instantly felt connected; similar values and beliefs with an appreciation of nature and history. Now I stumble upon this feature on Etsy and I sincerely have a hard time believing in coincidence! I am inspired by the Soule family and by the many artisans found here at Etsy. Blessings to all! :D

  • delightfuldownsizing

    Maria from delightfuldownsizing said 5 years ago

    LOVE Soule mama & read Amandas' blog every day! Fun to see more pics of your house & kids, beautiful!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    I definitely agree natural textures and fibers add a real homely feeling to a house! Lovely : )

  • vintageguinea

    Pat from vintageguinea said 5 years ago

    Your dedication to your children is what makes your story so special. Always keep them in mind, no matter where you live. They are the most important things in your life, and they will always be "children" to you. I love your environment there and the children will always remember that their parents loved them enough to give them that special place to grow up

  • TheSewingGin

    TheSewingGin from TheSewingGin said 5 years ago

    What a wonderful life you have created. Enjoyed your story. Thank you.

  • guziks

    Stephanie from Phylogeny said 5 years ago

    You have such a fun and lighthearted story. I love how you've made the farmhouse your own, to share with your whole family... even the ones with four legs :)

  • Mareesgallerytogo

    Mareesgallerytogo from Mareesgallerytogo said 5 years ago

    Love your home. Your children will have fond memories. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • Nikifashion

    Natalia from Nikifashion said 5 years ago

    Awesome story!

  • BirdiesCozyNest

    Becky from BirdiesCozyNest said 5 years ago

    Reading Soulemama is a touchpoint for grounding my focus when I get caught up in life's little frenzies. It makes me slow down, breathe, go out to the garden and hug my kids. Thank you Amanda and Steve. Namasté

  • TracyWalkerInk

    TracyWalkerInk from TracyWalkerInk said 5 years ago

    Amanda... thank you for inviting us in for a further peek into your world, and what a magical place it is! It was a wonderful experience making art with you as a contributor to Taproot... I can't wait for the next issue!

  • My3Chicks

    Jenna from My3Chicks said 5 years ago

    What an inspiration. I totally understand finding that special home that you want to spend the rest of your life in. Great article and photos of your home and family.

  • pickstitchvintage

    pickstitchvintage from pickstitchvintage said 5 years ago

    All I can think about is that she has no curtains on those windows and she lives in a 200 year old farmhouse with wood heat!! They must burn a lot of wood!! I just took off my insulated curtains this week and opened the wood storms to let the summer breezes in, it's such a nice feeling.

  • amirshani1

    Amir Shani from AmirShanibook said 5 years ago

    Reminds me of my childhood

  • theresatolleson

    Kat Tolleson from BellesandBeausDesign said 5 years ago

    A home where the simple things are shared and treasured! I enjoy the creativity of home and family you have made. Your children will have great memories of home and family. Wonderful!!

  • vinproelegance

    Vinpro Elegance from vinproelegance said 5 years ago

    Lovely write up,thanks for sharing.

  • LittlePinkHouse

    Melissa Crowe from LittlePinkHouse said 5 years ago

    I don't think they live in Northern Maine--just a note. :-)

  • thriftedetcetera

    Sara and Laura Powers from pinebrookvintage said 5 years ago

    What a wonderful creative environment for your children. This is childhood they will look back on fondly.

  • veryveraventage

    Vera Hall from veryveraventage said 5 years ago

    This was a lovely piece! I felt so comfortable just looking at her home. What a lovely way to raise children. I wish I could have done the same. Good luck with all your ventures.

  • AdornmentsbyDebbie

    AdornmentsbyDebbie from AdornmentsbyDebbie said 5 years ago

    What a beautiful warm home--enjoyed reading your story.

  • sirenwares

    chloe miller from SIRENbags said 5 years ago

    This is a dream of mine, right now I am renting a trailor on 6 acres, but I long for an old beautiful home, Can you imagine being able to grow up in this enviroment? lucky kids!

  • SweetSincerity

    Bethany Coulombe from SweetSincerity said 5 years ago

    yay maine! :)

  • OneLaneRoad

    Becky from OneLaneRoad said 5 years ago

    absolutely dreamy...thanks for letting us take a peak in to your world!!

  • FaitEnsemble

    Chris and Rebekah W from FaitEnsemble said 5 years ago

    I have long admired SouleMama's home. It's an inspiration at times. So soothing, calm, and peaceful. In pictures, anyway. I'll bet the 5 kids keep things interesting. ; )

  • myvintagecrush

    Kathleen from myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    awe, lucky!! farmhouse!

  • customheirloomart1

    Custom HeirloomArt from customheirloomart1 said 5 years ago

    Looks like Heaven on Earth.

  • GoodnightPrudence

    GoodnightPrudence from GoodnightPrudence said 5 years ago

    A beautiful home and really inspiring feature.

  • stinnovation

    ST Innovation from stinnovation said 5 years ago

    SOULEMAMA! this is great work! So Original ecological nature, very lucky and happniss live in this place. see those lovely kids lol...............

  • berrymorin

    Rona B said 5 years ago

    What a wonderful way to live.

  • liddysopretty

    liddy sopretty from liddysopretty said 5 years ago

    Wow! I totally dig this!! Fabulous home!

  • Pastecchi

    Pastecchi from TheAmazonBazaar said 5 years ago

    What a cozy home!!

  • aurianeroma

    Tanis Nikkel said 4 years ago

    My dream home!!!

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