There are many, many reasons why I love farmhouse style! We all know that farmhouse style is white hot right now, but that isn’t why I love it so. Here is a list of my top five reasons why I’ve fully embraced it in my own home. BTW – click on the post title above the photos to see more of these spaces!
YOU CAN HAVE FARMHOUSE STYLE ANYWHERE
In spite of what you may think, you don’t have to have fifty acres of land, forty cows, twenty pigs, ten chickens, four goats and so on to embrace this style in your own home (although I’m totally jealous if you do!). In fact, if you were to ride through my suburban neighborhood and see my traditional brick home, you might never know that there’s a farmhouse style lovin’ girl living inside!
IT’S EASY TO INCORPORATE WHAT YOU ALREADY OWN
Up until our current home, I had used mainly traditional style furnishings and accessories in my home. In the 90’s that traditional style morphed into Tuscan style, where it seemed that my entire home was decorated with lots of scrolly things and heavy furnishings with a liberal dose of red and gold. When we moved into this house, I certainly couldn’t afford to replace every single thing that I own – nor did I want to. That would have seemed so wasteful to me.
Instead, I’ve been living with much of what I already owned and dreaming up ways to make it fit into this home. My dining room makeover is a good example. My furniture was all brown, heavy and had lots of scrolls carved into the wood. It looked great in my former dining room in all its Tuscan’ish glory. Not so much here. I was able to give it that farmhouse vibe with paint and new fabric.
FARMHOUSE STYLE “PLAYS WELL” WITH OTHER DESIGN CHOICES AND STYLES
Say your home is decorated in farmhouse style, but what if you fall in love with those modern global patterned pillows? Or what if you love that mid century sideboard? How about that traditional looking furniture? I say bring it! One of the charms of farmhouse style is that it easily mixes with most anything!
IT’S UNPRETENTIOUS, RELAXED, COZY, INVITING AND HOMEY
You may already know that we completely remodeled our twenty year old home when we bought it nearly three years ago and that I’ve been going through room-by-room to add the finishing details. As I’ve completed rooms, I can honestly say that I’ve never felt so “at home” in my own house! To me, walking into my home now is like being welcomed with a big ole bear hug.
IT REMINDS ME OF A SIMPLER TIME
I’ve seen many versions of farmhouse style – shabby chic, chippy, vintage, etc. Mine is not so much the chippy or shabby chic variety, but embracing farmhouse style in my home has made it easy to incorporate those vintage or time worn pieces that add so much charm.
So, how about you – are you a lover of farmhouse style? Have you tried embracing all of its wonderful qualities in your own home? What’s your favorite tip for doing so?