Friday, March 27, 2015

Farmhouse Friday ~ What Farmhouse Style Means to Me

I am so excited to be joining some wonderfully talented bloggers for a new blog hop called FARMHOUSE FRIDAYS! This month's theme is "What Does Farmhouse Style Mean To Me". 

To me farmhouse style is simple, rustic, calming, and cozy. I love old things and am drawn to the look of the past, specifically rural America in the middle to late 1800's.  I try to accomplish this look in our farmhouse by using primitive items and furnishings, warm wood tones, along with simple fabrics and patterns, all set against a neutral background. 

To me farmhouse style is....

~Lots of beadboard painted a crisp white that allows reflection of natural light.

~Antique crocks and other miscellaneous homesteading items. I love collecting but I also love keeping things corralled so I keep everyday items like rolling pins and wooden spoons on display in something old like crocks and pitchers, not only do they look pretty but they are easy to grab when needed. Antique baskets and old rustic boxes, two of my favorite things to collect, make a great place for linens.

~ Hooks of all kinds old and new. Hooks are a staple in every room of our farmhouse and I love to display everyday use items,  pretty linens, and seasonal decorations on them.

~Old harwood floors, ours may be crooked and scratched but there is nothing else like them to give you the farmhouse feel.

~Quilts, quilts and more quilts, the kind that you can actually curl up with. 

~Old dishes, baskets, cutting boards, jars and tins.

~Old tables and cupboards....rustic handmade ones being my favorite. 

Our farmhouse, like most, is short on closet space so we need lots of furniture such as trunks and cupboards that can act as storage space.  I absolutely love old cupboards and try to squeeze one just about everywhere I can. 

~Signs, may they be old or reproduction they instantly give a room character.

~Slipcovers on the furniture, not only do they hide that pattern that you were sure you would love forever but they are washable and are easy to change when you tire of them. 

~And last but not favorite to collect and decorate our farmhouse with....white ironstone, it clearly needs no explanation. 

Thank you so much for visiting our very first FARMHOUSE FRIDAY and I hope you enjoyed it! Be sure to visit the other fantastic blogs below! 

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Is It Old Or New?

My sister came to visit last weekend and she brought with her the sign that she made me!

I wanted a giant old looking sign for above the windows in our family room because somehow we ended up with the wrong size windows (don't ask)  and I hated that awkward space above them.
I had given my sister an old board from our house and told her what I wanted the sign to say and left the rest up to her! She created exactly what I had envisioned and I absolutely love it! She is sooo talented, I don't think anyone would ever be able to tell that it wasn't actually old.

Also new to the room is the rug on the floor. I am not a very big fan of rugs and I can never find ones that I like but I stumbled upon this creamy white one on clearance at Burlington and knew that it would be perfect. Millie spends lots of time on the floor playing now and I wanted something soft for her to sit or more likely fall over on:)

My sister also brought a whole new batch of vintage inspired hand painted signs for my Etsy shop! I am, as usual, into about 4 different projects on the house but hopefully I can get the signs in my shop by the end of this week or early next week! We have had lots of sunshine and warmer days here finally! HAPPY SPRING!