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StoriesWinter Prairie

Country Comforts

A country girl at heart, Kelsey Grose of Farmer’s Daughter Interiors & Design reimagines the Winter Prairie with a beautifully layered palette that’s equal parts rustic and romantic.

Growing up on a third generation grain farm, Kelsey’s ties to the land run deep. Looking to the vast Canadian prairies that stretched across her childhood home, she used the landscape’s quiet majesty to bring her Story to life. 

The Perfect Base Layers

Kelsey’s hand-picked colors have us under a winter spell and inspire year-round. Anchor your space with frosty neutrals, tranquil blues, and toasty caramels. 

Photo: Kelsey Grose

Winter Prairie Sample Pack

Our Winter Prairie Sample Pack features 2x4 Ceramic Tile color samples in Crater Lake, Basalt, Birch, Flagstone, Mushroom, Antique, Frost, and Magnetite. 

Kelsey's Design Tips + Inspiration

My Design Philosophy

At the end of the day, I always aim to incorporate personalized functionality and quality materials into each design while adding a fresh perspective to each individual’s personal style. Design: Lauren Nelson Design // Photo: Thomas J Story for Sunset Magazine

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A Wintry Mix

The Canadian Prairies offer endless color combinations, tonal neutrals, and textures. The palette evokes the faded blues of the winter sky, the crispness of the snow, the washed-out gold of leftover autumn, and tonal browns of farm fields. Photo: Kelsey Grose

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Seasonal Inspiration Year-Round

Growing up on the Canadian Prairies, our four seasons are so distinct. Winter is long here and so you have to learn to find things to appreciate about it. The colours in the landscape are truly beautiful in winter, perhaps even more so than at the peak of summer. Photo: Kelsey Grose

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Explore Your Options

Take time to learn and understand the materials you’re going to be using in your project and ask questions! If thinking about it feels overwhelming, enlist a professional—it’ll be worth every cent. Photo: Kelsey Grose

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Vary the Tone

Instead of aiming to have backsplash tile perfectly match the background or the countertop, integrate the two by varying the tone of the tile by one or two shades for thoughtful color coordination. Design: Jillian Harris // Photo: Janis Nicolay

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Balancing the Scales

Play with scale by mixing smaller tiles with larger tiles to ground and streamline the room while still offering visual interest. Photo: Kelsey Grose

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Pair Cool and Warm Tones

Frost is such a nice white with warm undertones the mixes nicely with the icy tones in Crater Lake. Antique is a unique colour that I can envision as a floor in a more shapely profile like Ogee or Star & Cross. Photo: Kelsey Grose

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Choose What Makes You Happy

Your home should ultimately be a reflection of the people that live there—you! Choose materials and furnishings that bring you joy when you look at them and add your personality to your space through things that hold meaning for you. Design: Orlando Soria // Photo: Zeke Ruelas

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Prioritize Your Budget

Do as much planning in advance of starting your project as possible and consider splurging on a main feature or one that affects multiple spaces in your home. Then scale back in other areas and plan for other ways to save. Design: Nick Spain and Michael Bolognino // Photo: Zio and Sons

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Layer Textures

Think about your space in layers and add a variety of textures that have a similar composition. I especially love designing with natural materials like cotton, wool, jute, wood, and linen. Photo: Kelsey Grose

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Highlight Handcrafted Variation

Combined with the cool tones and natural textures, Mushroom fits in perfectly. Fireclay’s ceramics are perfect for adding a hand-crafted look, especially the varieties with a higher variation. Design + Photo: K Interiors

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Look to Nature

The leftover harvest grasses poke through the tops of the snow drifts and red-twig dogwood bushes add their crimson hue to the scene. Mix that with some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world and you can’t help but feel inspired. Photo: Kelsey Grose

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Consider Moody Hues

With so much of the trend being towards lighter colors, I find myself craving a chance to use moodier colors like Magnetite and Basalt. Design: Jennifer Jorgensen // Photo: 2nd Truth

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Go for a Drive

While travel always inspires me, lately I find myself even more inspired by the colours of the Prairie landscape. Just going for a country drive usually brings a new colour palette to mind. Photo: Kelsey Grose

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Tile That Transports & Transforms

Tile has the ability to completely transform a space. Even towards the end of a project, there’s still so much flexibility that can be afforded by considering alternate tile options or using it in a different way. Design + Photo: Studio Revolution

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