Why I Love Farmhouse Style

Top 5 Reasons To Love Farmhouse Style

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!    



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!


Easy spring planters || Worthing Court


Spring front porch on a traditional brick suburban home || Worthing Court



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.


How To Redecorate A Dining Room - if you have a piece of furniture that is too large to carry outside a paint store can color match spray paint for you || Worthing Court


A dining room makeover - from traditional to farmhouse style || Worthing Court


Traditional Martha Washington style side chairs covered with gray and white buffalo check fabric || Worthing Court



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!



How to give an entertainment center rustic farmhouse style without using painted || Worthing Court



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.


Tips for turning a dated and traditional breakfast area into a space filled with farmhouse charm || Worthing Court



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.


An antique mail sorter becomes large scale "art" in a farmhouse style home office || Worthing Court


Farmhouse style home office || Worthing Court

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?



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  1. I totally agree with the welcoming feel of your home. I get that feeling just looking at the pictures. The feeling must be multiplied a hundred fold in person! I’m in a personal struggle in my home, wanting to “lighten up!” Getting tired of the dark, heavy decor. You are my inspiration!!!! Thanks!

  2. Anne Marie says:

    Love your home and love that you repurposed so many items.

  3. What a great post and so very true! A year ago, in my previous home, I was in a dark and heavy, “scrolly” phase that I was ready to shed. Finally, with my new house I was able to have that lighter look that I craved so much! It is still a work-in-progress but reading your blog gives me SO much inspiration to keep going!

  4. Laura santo says:

    I love the grey furnishings and how it is mixed with natural elements.

  5. Your home is wonderful. You are so inspiring, I thank you.

  6. I also love the grey furnishings, I’m trying to “lighten up” my furnishings as well, your home is such an inspiration to refer to again and again.

  7. Beautiful home. It is very warm and inviting. I am not brave enough to paint my cherry and mahogany furniture. Thank you for the tour!

  8. I like the urns and greenery on your front porch. It looks so inviting. Your home is so beautiful and I like the grey furniture .

  9. I love the farmhouse style! We bought our first home last year, and wanted to snap my fingers and have it decorated perfectly. Unfortunately my husband and our budget were not in such a hurry! Little by little, room by room, it is coming together. Your posts have given me inspiration!

  10. Ruth Mulhall says:

    I was happy to read this post, Suzy. I also have been transforming a little bit at a time, but perhaps just incorporating some of the looks that make it more eclectic than anything. I love my home!

  11. Really like your lovely home Susie. What is the paint color you used? The one that’s a bit beige. Might be the one in the office.
    BTW the office turned out to be great! I saw some earlier posts when you were getting started.

    1. Hi Portia. So glad you like the office! I assume that you’re asking about the wall color??? If so, we used Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige on all of the wall throughout our entire home.

  12. I, also, am a fan of Farmhouse Style. Your home is lovely!!

  13. I enjoy so much seeing what you do to change the rooms in your new home. I look forward to seeing your new posts!

  14. Yes! Farmhouse style is awesome!

  15. Thanks for this, Suzy. I, too, love that you can incorporate farmhouse style into any home. A year ago, I started renting a 400sf one-bedroom apartment (My Wee Abode) that rests on top of a townhome’s detached garage. πŸ™‚ Being a single-again mom, that is now also a middle-aged empty nester, this is the first home I have had to myself in over 20 years (we shared homes with family members after my husband left). I am having a BLAST incorporating farmhouse style into my tiny place. πŸ™‚ It’s a challenge, but a lovely one. LOTS of projects waiting to be done, but I figure I have plenty of time to do it. My open shelving in my tiny kitchen is my biggest accomplishment, thus far. (Sounds like I may have a premise for a blog myself!) Thank you for all the inspiration you share with us!

  16. I love all that you’ve done in your home. You’ve showcased some great ideas! πŸ˜‰

  17. Jacy Cole says:

    Very nice-love your style!!

  18. Carol Elkins says:

    I love the farmhouse style and I think your home is great!

  19. Wow! I love your style and love your home! It’s great the way you took your Tuscan pieces and made them have a more farmhouse feel! I’m slowly trying to incorporate more vintage pieces into my home with a more relaxed farmhouse feel but I also like to incorporate a little bit of industrial. Wish I had more room in my home. I’m going to spend more time on your blog because I absolutely love it!

  20. Everything in your house is just darling. The farmhouse style totally speaks to me and we are slowly trying to make the transition in each room of our house. The outside of our house was easy to transition because of the new roof, siding, windows, stone and trim we needed. Now to convince my hubby that the inside needs as much updating (read spending money) as we did on the outside. Somehow it was easier to spend money in his domain-outside manly stuff.. LOL..

  21. I love your plates on top of your shutters! Great idea.

  22. Already on List says:

    I absolutely love farmhouse style. Love the buffalo check fabric on the chairs. Love the tobacco basket I see in your breakfast room. I love farmhouse style because it is unpretentious. It’s warm and cozy and says come in and get comfortable. Your home is beautiful.

  23. Sheila M. Philippi says:

    Your colors are so soothing, welcoming to all your guest!

  24. 2 years ago the farmhouse style was coming on the scene; the shabby chic seemed to be the rage while Tuscany style was fading out. Now that Pinterest has really caught on not to mention the DIY shows have become popular has the farmhouse truly made the transition. That’s when we remodeled our very outdated kitchen. Fall is my favorite season, I am naturally drawn to the beige tones which lends itself with the Traditional style. It is very dark in my kitchen with only one small window over the sink facing the Northside so I knew lighter colors was a must! We use to have soft creamy white painted cabinets and I struggled to keep them cleaned. Because we have two large house dogs that are sloppy along with an adolescent grandson living with us I chose not to have white cabinets in the kitchen. Shaker doors are not appealing to me so I chose light maple traditional arched paneled doors with medium shade of antiquing in the crevices. MY theory was traditional is classic and typically won’t go out of style. Our installer talked me into putting the more popular Santa Cecilia (color) granite counter tops which blends beautifully with my cabinets but I love the look of quartz more. With all that said, I’m not sure if I can transition what I have to look more farmhouse style.

  25. Denice Delmue says:

    Yes, you have inspired me to begin the process of restyling my home. I do love the grey finishes you have used and will be incorporating them in my makeover. Thank for your inspiration. I’ve already begun my projects in the kitchen and bedroom. It will take awhile, but I will share when finished.

  26. Your home is so beautiful. I just love the farmhouse decor. You have such a nice way of making the farmhouse look elegant and gorgeous! Your entry way is just so inviting and I cannot tell you how much I love your dining room. The shelves over your server are so beautifully decorated, and it just makes the room!

  27. I, too, love the look and feel of FHS. I love the look of things collected over time, and the soothing colors you use. That said, I’m not in a position to buy a new couch or even have mine slip-covered. Have you any suggestions, color wise, as to what I can do to decorate around a very comfortable, very expensive, very Brown sectional sofa? I wish, wish, wish it was a lovely off-white color, but it’s not. And it’s proving to be a real stumbling block as I try to incorporate FHS in my home. Any suggestions would be so appreciated!

    1. Hi Deborah. I think that we discussed this via email, but please let me know if I’m mistaken! πŸ˜€

  28. Julie Wise says:

    Hi Suzy!
    I have searched your website and can’t find my answer. Did you paint your current brick house an off white or was that your former house? I’m looking for the right shade to paint our boring brick 50’s ranch. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Julie. The house is painted with Sherwin Williams Network Gray mixed at 85% intensity.