This is me:

Mixed Media Artist Kate Richards of Farmhouse38.com


Mixed media artist. Writer. Cocktail aficionado. Aquarian. Suburban farmer. Smart-ass.

This is the husband:

About Farmhouse38

Known in these parts as ‘The Texan’. Television editor. Beer-drinker. Weekend warrior. The most patient man on the planet.

This is the Farmhouse:

The Farmhouse of Farmhouse38.com

Farmhouse38 after a lot of work. And a lot of wine.

This is US:

The Texan and I both dream of living on a big piece of property, way out in the country. But the reality is that his career in television post-production keeps us tethered to Southern California, so weΒ have become quite proficient in the art of make-believe. We do what we can with this little farmhouse on our little piece of suburban land. That includes a lot of DIY renovations, sustainable gardening/suburban farming, and chicken-wrangling sometimes peppered with some colorful language. In the middle of it all, I manage to churn some art out of my studio barn when I’m not distracting myself with decorating, gardening, and craft projects. I leave a lot of glitter everywhere. A lot.

About Farmhouse38

Double duckface.

50 thoughts on “About

  1. Shannon June 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm Reply

    I’m hooked already! Looking forward to your next post. Came over from Bobbie at Montana.

  2. koolimut June 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm Reply

    Very Nice!

  3. letizia June 22, 2012 at 8:47 pm Reply

    I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award! πŸ™‚

    • farmhouseK8 June 23, 2012 at 2:15 am Reply

      Yay! Thanks so much–I’m totally humbled! πŸ™‚

  4. AmySue August 17, 2012 at 11:39 am Reply

    I nominated you for the Sunshine Award, congrats. You can choose to pass it on or not, your choice.

    • farmhouseK8 August 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm Reply

      So sweet of you! I gotta get my butt in gear and pay it forward! Thanks!

  5. Adventures We Seek October 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm Reply

    We just wanted to let you know, we nominated you for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award! We love your blog! http://adventuresweseek.com/2012/10/15/blogger-awards/

    • farmhouseK8 October 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm Reply

      THANK YOU!! You guys are so sweet!

  6. Coop Poop December 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm Reply

    Yours is the most charming of blogs! I love your aesthetic and your posts!

    It’s my great pleasure to nominate you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!!

    The rules for accepting the award require that you:

    Thank the blogger who nominated you (that’s me)
    Place the award on your site (snatch it from my blog post)
    Share 7 random things about yourself
    Nominate 15 blogs and let them know they’ve been nominated and how to accept the award.


  7. Po' Girl Shines December 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm Reply

    So glad you can have animals. My city is very strict on that so, moving in 2013 to the upper peninsula near some of my family. Really want chickens if possible.

    • farmhouseK8 December 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm Reply

      You know what? Our town is pretty strict, too, but we have the best neighbors (all of whom I ply with eggs and whatever other goodies I test-drive in the kitchen), and we go to very great lengths to ensure that our animals aren’t bothering anyone.

  8. P.E.A.C.E. January 13, 2013 at 10:59 pm Reply

    Hooray! I’m so happy to have found you and your utterly delightful blog! I am a happy chicken-loving, organic rancher at-heart, trapped in the body and life of a big city suburbanite – so I feel right at home at your blog! While I may be way up north (brrr!) I still grow lots of food on our backyard plot and plan on doing backyard beekeeping and while I want chickens, I need to meet some others who currently keep chickens up here in Zone 3 because how do you care for them when it’s 40-below and there’s a foot of snow on the ground? Other than that, we’re in the same kind of lifestyle πŸ™‚ Happy hugs from a new fan!
    Cheers, Gina

    • farmhouseK8 January 14, 2013 at 1:35 am Reply

      Hi, Gina! Welcome! If you don’t already follow them–check out Fresh Eggs Daily–I get practically all my chicken info from them. They really know what they are doing, and the writers all have snow chickens. (Tell them Farmhouse38 says hi!) This article, in particular, may be helpful: http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/10/cold-weather-prep-winterizing-your-flock.html

      40 below?!!! Where the heck are you?! That being said, I know people do chickens in that kind of climate: there are extra precautions you’ve got to take, but chickens are pretty adaptable, especially when there’s a good little flock of them to huddle together at night!

  9. home, garden, life February 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm Reply

    This reminds me of what my mother said to me when I was working in a big city…”you can take the girl out of the country, but you cannot take the country out of the girl!”

    Since 2000, I am back in the country on a 1/2 acre and blog about the love/hate relationship between me and Mother Nature. Drop by!

  10. Aimee - ItsOverflowing April 1, 2013 at 2:47 pm Reply

    I’m Aimee from ItsOverflowing.com. I recently found your blog and LOVE your style! I have a weekly series called Dreamy Dwelling Home Tours and would really like to share your home on May 30th. For the post, I’d love to see great pictures and each picture can have hyper-linked text to your blog reference. At the end of the post I recommend my readers to go over and check out your blog OFTEN. These posts go live on Thursday morning, so I would need you to email me your post html coding the Sunday before your feature date! Let me know if this would work for you…I’d love to share you with my readers! You can reach me at itsoverflowing@gmail.com. Looks forward to hearing from you! XO, Aimee

    • farmhouseK8 April 2, 2013 at 6:31 pm Reply

      Sounds like fun to me! πŸ™‚ I will shoot you an email. Thanks, Aimee!!!

  11. seasonedwithsarcasm April 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm Reply

    Hi! I chose your blog for a Liebster Award Here’s the nomination: http://seasonedwithsarcasm.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/the-liebster-award/
    Happy blogging!

  12. Emma April 28, 2013 at 6:39 pm Reply

    Oh the texan dose have a facee πŸ˜€

  13. now at home mom June 7, 2013 at 12:20 am Reply

    so happy to have found your lovely blog today through Aimee at It’s Overflowing home tour! πŸ™‚ will go and read your posts! πŸ™‚

    • farmhouseK8 June 7, 2013 at 4:19 pm Reply

      Oh, yay! Welcome and thanks for coming over, Ingrid! πŸ˜€

  14. Sarah June 7, 2013 at 3:50 am Reply

    New to your blog – visiting from your beautiful home tour on Its Overflowing (or at least I think, I’ve been diving into your beautiful posts!) and I have two random color questions: 1) the front door (orangy-red color) and the dresser in your master bedroom. Maybe they are the same? LOVE it though, just LOVE it!!! New follower πŸ™‚

    • farmhouseK8 June 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm Reply

      Hi Sarah–welcome! Yes—! we just did that tour on It’s Overflowing! Thanks for coming over!
      So the door color (it is the very same on the dresser) is my absolute, favorite, favorite color in the history of ever–it is by Behr and it is called, fittingly– Farmhouse Red. Go figure. πŸ™‚

  15. Laura June 8, 2013 at 6:05 pm Reply

    Thank you for sharing “From Scratch” magazine with your followers. I love, love, love it!
    Truly, Laura

    • farmhouseK8 June 9, 2013 at 2:13 am Reply

      Oh, my pleasure!! Thanks, Laura! πŸ™‚

  16. Emma June 20, 2013 at 7:18 pm Reply

    Your blog is the best in the biz! There is nothing that you cant do! You’re almost perfect!
    You’re amazing, You’re smart, You’re farmy, You’re a free cookbook and decor guide, You’re almost the best blog in the world. How do you do it?

    • farmhouseK8 June 20, 2013 at 7:56 pm Reply

      Hahhaha–well, thanks, Emma!!! πŸ˜€

  17. Emma June 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm Reply

    TELL ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. David Engle July 7, 2013 at 9:44 pm Reply

    Please help. I saw you used a freestanding tub in the kitchen and bath makeovers Summer 2013 issue. Where did you get your tub? My wife wants one!

  19. Rachel Green Ramirez August 27, 2013 at 5:56 pm Reply

    I’m so glad I found you (thanks to Fresh Eggs Daily). I’m in Los Angeles and just started my little flock of 6 hens. I never imagined how much I love them and this lifestyle. You are an inspiration!

    • farmhouseK8 August 27, 2013 at 6:12 pm Reply

      Oh, you are so sweet!! Aren’t they seriously the best? I’m right there with you–I thought they’d be fun to have, but I really had no idea the amazingly positive impact they’ve had on our entire lifestyle. I just heart them so darn much!!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the comment!!!

  20. The Belmont Rooster November 10, 2013 at 8:45 am Reply


  21. Diogo Pereira January 26, 2014 at 1:17 am Reply

    Oh God that double duck face!! Hahahahaha so awesome πŸ˜€ congrats on your amazing blog! πŸ˜€

  22. Lori Jobmann April 26, 2014 at 7:34 pm Reply

    You are just adorable! What fun I have had reading your wonderful blog! Did your hubby graduate from UT? I saw the longhorn pillow on your bed. Hook ‘Em!

    • farmhouseK8 April 27, 2014 at 12:42 am Reply

      LOL–Lori–thank you!! He is actually a Horned Frog–but he’s a UT fan, too! We are equal opportunity Texas in this house. πŸ˜€

  23. melverenice September 15, 2014 at 2:22 pm Reply

    I really love your blog, so glad i stumbled over it. My dream is, when we move from Berlin to the US, to have a house with a garden and chickens and cats. Thanks for this wonderful inspiration!

    • farmhouseK8 September 15, 2014 at 3:27 pm Reply

      Oh, thank you for the sweet words! Good luck with your move and thanks for tagging along! πŸ˜€

  24. susburger October 10, 2014 at 8:58 pm Reply

    Love your blog already πŸ˜€

    • farmhouseK8 October 10, 2014 at 10:39 pm Reply

      Aww, thanks! Welcome!!! πŸ˜€

  25. hbreight November 22, 2014 at 10:35 pm Reply


    So at this point, I have looked through literally everything on your blog, and I love it! (I’m not kidding – I went through all the archives. I had a lot of time.) You have such a beautiful and unique sense of style that is incredibly inspiring. My husband and I recently moved into a farmhouse in rural Nebraska, and although it’s VERY 70’s, I can see the adorable, “farmy” potential it has. Thank you for posting all of these wonderful ideas; I hope to use some of them as we begin remodeling our home!

    • farmhouseK8 November 23, 2014 at 4:43 pm Reply

      Oh, thank you for the kind words!!! How exciting for you guys–best of luck with the renovation!!!

  26. Jana Caffey January 14, 2015 at 5:47 pm Reply

    I love this blog! Wanna be flower farmer… I love how you put it out there. I can totally relate to this.

  27. amomentsilence February 10, 2015 at 12:41 am Reply

    Hullo thar~

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! πŸ˜€ You can check it out here:

    • farmhouseK8 February 17, 2015 at 1:01 am Reply

      Thank you so much! πŸ˜€

      • amomentsilence February 17, 2015 at 2:12 am

        You’re so welcome! πŸ™‚ You’ve got a really interesting blog here and I hope to see more from you soon.

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