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Farmhouse is all about simplicity in decor as well as in life’s pleasures. Even cake crumbs on the counter enhance the mood. Elements of nostalgia and flourishes of texture help define a laid-back, rustic lifestyle.
- Distressing and patina
- Mason jars
- Shabby chic
- Galvanized metal
- Copper accents
What’s it all about?
People gravitate toward the farmhouse aesthetic. It is comfortable, cozy, durable and classic. Worn-in, distressed looks lend character to the home and its residents. The farmhouse look will make family and weekend guests feel warm and loved.
Where can I find it?
- Building 8 has almost anything you’d need. Magnolia Home blends farmhouse style with modern flair. Jofran offers casual pieces with modern functionality. Green Front’s England Direct presents exquisite antiques and benchmade products at affordable prices. Green Front not only imports from England but hand-selects and hand-sources each unique piece. This includes 19th Century antiques, reproductions and furniture hand-crafted with repurposed materials. Building 8 also houses American-made furniture that would be right at home in a traditional farmhouse or a modern one. Zimmerman Chair makes solid wood heirloom pieces in Pennsylvania. Cresent’s mortise and tenon joinery and hand-fitted drawers are just a few aspects of its time-honored construction. Troutman Chair Company is the go-to for rocking chairs hand crafted in North Carolina from solid oak.
- Mix modern with rustic in the basement of Building 9. Van Thiel manufactures GF Eclectic, providing industrial, contemporary, eclectic and bohemian designs. Think antiques and benchmade reproductions.
- Building 5 is indispensable for finishing touches. For bedroom, dining, and occasional furniture, sample the offerings of American Drew. If you want handcrafted traditional pieces with Eastern details, check out Guru Design. Sunny Designs is a noted manufacturer of bar stools, side tables, and buffets. Complete the look with accessories by A&B Home and Park Hill.
Bring it on home
Here are three quick tips to create farmhouse style in your home. Mix neutral colors and natural accents with your existing antiques. Add a rustic table and playful vintage signs.
Remember, farming is an industry, so industrial decor applies. This includes pendant light fixtures and metal storage buckets. Find a chalkboard to write up tonight’s supper menu.
With farmhouse style, make the kitchen more like the living room with lamps, books, and photographs. Whatever the room, incorporate various textures. When in doubt, if it’s functional, it works in farmhouse decor.