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Not Your Grandma’s Farmhouse


Farmhouse style has become a hugely popular home décor trend, and it’s no wonder. Shows like “Fixer Upper” and stores like Anthropologie and Magnolia are showing us how to freshen up farmhouse, combining the style with modern, cottage and industrial design features to give it an updated look that’s definitely not your grandma’s. If you’re looking for a style that reflects simplicity, charm and a warm, cozy vibe, farmhouse is the way to go – and no matter your home’s current style, you can incorporate elements throughout your home that will give you this look!

Everything And the Kitchen Sink

Everything And the Kitchen Sink

Whether you choose a traditional look with white cast iron or copper, or move toward modern with stainless steel, the ultra-functional apron-front farmhouse sink will instantly shift your kitchen style. Clean white cabinets pair beautifully with natural wood tones and metal fixtures. Brighten things up with large metal or lantern-style pendant lights over a butcher block island.

If you’re not looking for a total transformation, bring in a subtle farmhouse style with rustic signs (take a look at your local antique stores), wire baskets for countertop storage and a reclaimed wood serving tray. Mix things up by displaying a large flower arrangement in a ceramic pitcher or several smaller bunches in glass milk bottles. Stack a few fun thrift store teacups on a saucer for a decorative display.

Lap Up Luxury

One of the keys to farmhouse style is a neutral color palette. In your living spaces, create a neutral base with wood floors and tones of white, cream and gray on the walls. Go all in with a shiplap statement wall – natural wood grain for a classic farmhouse style, or painted for a more modern look. Wood accent beams in the ceiling will enhance the room’s rustic elegance.

Use neutral furnishings as a base for added texture and color. Add burlap, lace and simple floral print throw pillows onto a slipcovered sofa or chair. Incorporate an industrial edge with a metal and wood coffee table, accented with a stack of old books or an antique metal watering can filled with sunflowers. Old windows, shutters or even wood framed mirrors make great wall décor.

Lap Up Luxury

Don’t Stress, Distress

Don’t Stress, Distress

Distressed furniture is an excellent accent to carry farmhouse style throughout your home. You can find authentic pieces at antique shops, or take a budget-friendly, do-it-yourself approach. Refinish your thrift store wood furniture find with a coat or two of matte-finish paint, lightly sanding any raised areas and edges where natural wear might occur with a fine-grit sandpaper. The upside to this DIY method is that your paint job doesn’t have to be perfect – you can sand over paint drips and places where your coats look a bit uneven.

No matter whether you live in the heart of the city or on acres of land, you can embrace the cozy charm of farmhouse style with a few simple changes in your home!


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