By Renae Frey

How to Design a Beautiful Barn-That Looks Like it Has Been There for a 100 Years

Learn how to design the perfect barn for weddings, parties, and other events with these easy tips. You’ll be able to create an elegant and timeless space in no time!

Want to build the perfect barn for your weddings, parties, or other events? Here’s how to design an elegant barn that looks like it’s been there for 100 years.

Hey Friends!

Welcome! I am so glad that you are here. I always enjoy our time together.

Have you ever admired those beautiful old barns that seem to have been around for centuries?

It turns out that it is easy to create a similar look in your own backyard-all you need is some clever design, and a bit of patience. In this article, we will show you how to achieve the perfect rustic barn aesthetic for your property.

Today, I am showing you a How to Create a Beautiful Barn-Perfect for Elegant Weddings. Come on, I’ll show you.

barn and pasture gate, How to Create a Beautiful Barn-Perfect for Elegant Weddings
How to Design a Beautiful Barn-That Looks Like it Has Been There for a 100 Years

My sweet husband and I live on a ten acre farm in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range. It is a lovely setting nestled in a small town along a river that flows down from the mountain. When we bought this farm, we dreamed of someday building a beautiful barn that looked like it has been there for a hundred years. Our dreams have come true, and the barn is ready for it’s big reveal.

My heart pitter pats every single time that I drive down the driveway. This barn just makes me so happy. One of my favorite things to do is to entertain family and friends. And this is the perfect place to do it.

The cozy atmosphere provides a certain sentimentality and allows you to embrace the beauty of nature in a down-to-earth way. Weddings, Christmas Parties, Summer bbq’s, birthday parties-it’s a wonderful place for a celebration.

It’s beautiful on the outside and unfinished on the inside. It strikes the perfect balance between simple and sophisticated.

What could be more charming than a barn that has been around for 100 years?

It seems like it has always been part of the landscape, like it was always meant to be there. In this blog post, you will see how we designed a beautiful barn that looks like it has been around for a hundred years. So get your sketchbook out and let’s get started!

How to Design a Beautiful Barn-That Looks Like it Has Been There for a 100 Years

barn inspiration idea, How to Create a Beautiful Barn-Perfect for Elegant Weddings
My inspiration. Isn’t this stunning?

When we started thinking about building our barn, I, of course went straight to Pinterest to look for barn ideas. This one made me stop in my tracks.

I love it.

A classic barn is just not complete without a cupola and weathervane and big sliding cross-buck doors.

But what really adds so much elegant country flair is the fresh white paint, the overhangs on both sides with the clipped corners that create an arch shape and the ambiance of a barn that has stood the test of time.

the pasture where the barn will be, How to Create a Beautiful Barn-Perfect for Elegant Weddings

This is the pasture where the barn will go. Up until now, we used the pasture to grow hay or to ride our squads in. The barn will be a beautiful addition to our farm.

clearing the ground for barn build, How to Create a Beautiful Barn-Perfect for Elegant Weddings

This was such an exciting day. Breaking ground means that we are on our way to getting our barn built.

Setting the poles for the barn build

Setting the Poles. Each new stage was so much fun to watch.

So, if you’re looking for a way to add some rustic charm to your backyard property, be sure to keep these tips in mind.

With the right builder and a bit of planning, you can create an amazing old barn aesthetic that will last for years (or even centuries).

Are you ready to get started? Be sure to subscribe to our blog or Pinterest page for more ideas, and don’t forget to watch our YouTube channel for helpful tutorials on how to bring your rustic dreams to life.

Thanks for reading!

See the “How To” Video Here

See the How to Design a Beautiful Barn-That Looks Like it Has Been There for a 100 Years video, here.

Please subscribe to my YouTube Channel here.

I found some of the most amazing antique finds for the barn.

A vintage weathervane complete with gunshot holes in it. Vintage lighting for the loft, and a gorgeous vintage chandelier that shines through the large windows in the front of the barn.

Two amazing old barn lights that were perfect for the birds beaks in the front and the back of the barn. Wondering what a birds beak has to do with a barn?

A birds beak is the part of the roof that overhangs at the gable of the roof.

But, my favorite vintage finds that I found for the barn is a pair of old horse sconces. They are spectacular.

I couldn’t believe that I found a matching pair.

They had a tag on them that said that they were from an old mansion outside of Chicago. You can see the post about these vintage finds here.

Cheese cubes, bread sticks, croissant sanwiches, fresh fruit and vegetables, charcuterie board, gluten free breadsticks and crackers

This past weekend, we hosted a wedding for for the son of my dear friend. We created this Charcuterie Table. It is 12′ long. See how I made the 12′ farmhouse table here. Oh my goodness!

This makes my heart so happy. I absolutely LOVE how this turned out.

None of the food items are fancy, just favorite snack foods of the bride and groom. You can make anything beautiful with a bit of fresh and faux greenery. This was such a hit with all of the guests. You can see the post here.

If you are looking to add some rustic charm to your backyard, consider following these tips.

With a little bit of effort and the help of a skilled builder, you can create an amazing barn-inspired space that will be the envy of your friends and neighbors.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog, Pinterest, and YouTube channel for more great ideas!

I hope that you enjoyed seeing my How to Create a Beautiful Charcuterie Table, If so, please Pin It!

I have a new Pinterest account, if you have been following me on my old one/ones-it’s a long story, please follow me on the new one here.

Now that you know all about the rustic barn style, it’s time to get started on your own project.

Be sure to subscribe to our blog so you can stay up-to-date on all the latest trends and tips, and follow us on Pinterest and YouTube for more inspiration.

We can’t wait to see what amazing projects you create!

It is full of easy and healthy recipes. You can get it here.

(Affiliate links are used for your convenience at no additional cost to you. Read my full disclosure here. This is how I get paid for writing my blog. I greatly appreciate your support.)

Click links below to see product information.

Recent Happenings on the Blog

The Best Bacon and Mushroom Egg Bites Recipe

How to Create a Beautiful Charcuterie Table

How to Make the Best Honey Walnut Shrimp

How to Set a Beautiful Easter Table

How to Make the Cutest Bird’s Nest Napkin Rings

Click on Links to see products from Retailers That I Love.



Birch Lane

Crate & Barrel

Joss and Main

Lulu & Georgia

Mark & Graham

One Kings Lane

Pottery Barn


Serena & Lily


West Elm

Williams Sonoma

World Market

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I always enjoy our time together. Please follow me on, on Instagram @peacockridge, on Pinterest and YouTube.

12 thoughts on “How to Design a Beautiful Barn-That Looks Like it Has Been There for a 100 Years”

  1. The barn is beautiful. I want to see some more photo of the inside. The outside looks amazing.

    1. You will definitely see more photos of the inside. I have a wedding in this this summer and I will be possting pics of the wedding from March.

  2. Lovely, Renae! What a beautiful dream to have come true!

  3. KariAnne

    Your home is so lovely! And how did I miss that cookbook! YOU ARE AMAZING!

    Happy day!

    1. Thank you, my friend. You should meet my mentor-she is amazing! Hugs to you, my friend. Enjoy your week.

  4. Renae,
    This is so amazing! I watched the roof being raised. That was so cool. I know you are so excited to be finished.

    1. It took forever to build. I am so excited to have it finished. Hugs to you.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Follow Me On

Renae Frey

Beautiful interiors don’t have to come with an outrageous price tag. My style is what I like to call Vintage French Farmhouse, I love mixing decorating styles, especially opposites like the glitz of a chandelier dripping in crystals with a chair upholstered in worn aged leather. Refined, yet not too formal-but, livable, elegant traditional design, adding warmth and vintage elements.

[Read More…]

Have You Seen My Cookbook?