Recently I was driving along a state route and came upon a farmhouse that was for sale. As I slowed down to take a better look, I saw that it was amazing. It was all white with a porch and a few out-buildings. I thought about turning around, but decided not to. Moving is not an option…so why put myself through that? I tried to dismiss it from my mind but I thought about that house all day. So…I decided to round up all my Farmhouse Style ideas in one place. I went back through everything to see where I could easily add something new and different to my decor. Something that might make me FEEL like I lived in a farmhouse even though I don’t. I’ll share what I decided later. First let’s take a look at the basic elements of Farmhouse Style.
The main elements of Farmhouse Style are: light walls, wood floors, vintage or vintage-inspired accessories, natural textiles and open shelving. For more information and lots of examples just click HERE. Rarely do we get the chance to start completely from scratch with our decor…even though we may want to! So it’s necessary to use what we already have and somehow make it work. Farmhouse style elements are easy to add and some are really budget-friendly.
One of the easiest ways to add a touch of Farmhouse is with fabric. Click HERE for examples and some sources. This is where I am going to add something fresh to my own decor. I have some grain sacks and ticking left from other projects. I hope to find the time to sew some pillow covers or maybe a runner. Even something that simple will bring tired decor back to life.
Here is where you can get a fresh look by just moving things around…or adding something new to your collection. I love every piece of my ironstone but would love a few fresh pieces. When I can, I hope to get out to my antique mall and see what I can find. I also have room on my ladder for one more quilt if I get lucky in that respect too. If you don’t have room for new pieces or don’t want to spend the money, just move what you already have around a bit. Keep your collections together but give them a different resting place. For much more on decorating with collections click HERE.
If you want just a touch of farmhouse style, a great place to start is an outdoor space…a porch if you have one. My front porch is not even close to what is found on a real farmhouse…but by adding a few key elements I can get the look without a big price tag. White wood rockers are a great start. Colorful flowers in vintage containers and pillows made from ticking finish the look. Click HERE to see more.
So…whether or not you live in a real farmhouse, I hope these ideas have inspired you. For even more inspiration, my farmhouse friends are joining me and let me tell you, nobody does farmhouse better than these three women. If you have a minute, take a look!
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