Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Farmhouse Decor

(Edited to add - please let me explain what I mean by "arts and craft" - I don't particularly like the crafty trends that go around every 6 months, that when you walk in the home it smells like a craft store. That's what I mean when I say arts and crafts. I love "Art" - painting, pottery, sculpture, quilting, knitting, etc. and if you walked into our home you would notice that I do in fact love these things. I also want to mention here that this is "my style" and may not be for everyone. Each individual is unique and your home should reflect that).

I have found the perfect description of the style we try and look to achieve at our home. I am not so much shabby chic and most definitely not arts and craft country not even French country (although we have some elements of this style in our home). I love, love, love stuff from the past, the older the better. Nothing perfect. In the text below I've indicated in bold the words that describe me 100% and the most important is in bold and caps.

(Text and picture taken from here).

Present in Country Farmhouse design are elements of rustic style interior design . While these interior design styles may vary a great deal, the one common theme is the idea of incorporating the natural elements and environments of the area to create a cozy, relaxed decorating style. As such, there are no hard and fast rules as to what you can and cannot do in country farmhouse style design, and in fact, the items you use in your country farmhouse themed home may differ from the pieces used by someone in any other part of the country, because the design should be influenced by the natural elements in your area. Some basic things you can expect to find in country farmhouse design are:
  • Wooden floors covered with colorful throw rugs
  • Furniture covered in cotton or other natural fabrics
  • Antiqued metals
  • Floral patterns
  • Large pieces of furniture made of wood

While these are some common things associated with country farmhouse décor, they’re not the rule – anything that is non-fussy and cozy goes. If there is one rule to country farmhouse design though, it is accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! Knick knacks, pillows, wall art – these are the finishing touches that bring a country farmhouse home together. Look for things at the local flea market, show off your old family heirlooms. Don’t worry about anything matching – in fact, the less matching there is, the more your home will have that charming, lived-in feel you’re trying to create. Your home décor should evolve over time as you pick up more and more pieces to add to your rooms. In this instance, clutter is a virtue and will only add to the appeal of your country farmhouse style décor.


Barb said...

This is an interesting post. Just from your blog, I knew that this was your style of decorating.

Insightful on your part that you can identify your style. I'm Mine is European/Tuscan with a healthy dose of Traditional and a sprinkling of old world country.

I think that my home refflects those four styles.

You've inspired me, maybe I'll do a post on my style too. Barb

Vickie LeBlanc said...

Thanks Barb. I hope you decide to post about your style of decorating.

walk in the woods said...

I never really put a name to it, but I guess my style would be rustic country farmhouse too. No matching with this girl either. I like really simple lines too - Shaker furniture for example.
Yeah, that is me.

JoyceAnn said...

Love this post ~ I don't think my decorating style has a name. I've decorated my living room and dining room with Native American art and collectibles. My native roots shines through in these two rooms.
The kitchen is definitely country farmhouse , with lots of old collectibles. Over the years I've collected red handled utensils , old hen and rooster figurines and cast iron frying pans I use , but they have a double use as covers for the stove eyes , baskets and lots of other old stuff.
The bathroom is decorated with natural elements , a picture of a waterfall , pottery and a dragonfly candle holder.
I decorated our bedroom for DH (Jeff) , it's done in a harley davidson / with some Native American touches type theme.
The Grands bedroom is decorated with a moon & stars theme. So I guess you could say I'm definitely eclectic when it comes to my decorating style.

Great post Vickie , enjoyed reading about your style. I would love to live in cabin like that too.

~ Many Blessings ~