I grew up in a small Cape Cod house with my mom and dad and two older sisters in Long Island, New York. We lived a modest existence, but our home was always filled with love. We would spend summer days at the beach with aunts, uncles and cousins while mom would can the sweet peaches from our tree and grill each night on a small, round BBQ filled with charcoal briquettes.
By the time I was three, my oldest sister had married and moved out and when I was seven, my middle sister did the same. Often times, with my middle sister on the search for a new home, my mom, sister and I, from this young age, would spend afternoons visiting homes for sale, and later, once she had moved in, browsing home décor stores. I'd watch as they would stroll excitedly through the stores each Thursday, examining the merchandise, checking the prices, looking for just the right piece to bring home and place in its perfect spot, transforming a house into a home. Gradually, my love for anything old began to grow and take shape. In high school, I focused on and excelled in the arts and spent my afternoons collecting Ethan Allen catalogs as other kids were busy looking at fashion magazines.
When I met Rich, he didn't know much about antiques, but his mother was a collector of china and other treasures she would find at garage, rummage and bazaar sales - pieces that spoke to her soul. Often after work, we would meet up in NYC and stroll through the West Village, in search of something inexpensive that we could put in our trunk for when we got married. We were married young, at 21 and 25 years old. We moved into an apartment in Queens and immediately had grand ideas for how our new home would take shape. We had been waiting for just this opportunity. Looking back, we laugh at how we put so much effort into transforming that little rented apartment, adding mouldings, hanging lighting fixtures, taking down all the kitchen cabinets caked with years of paint from previous owners so my poor dad could strip, sand and re-stain them for me, all in the hope of having my farmhouse kitchen. If I couldn't change the outside of our apartment building, I was sure going to make the inside fit the ideas I had in my head. A few years later, with a young toddler and our second baby on the way, we realized we had outgrown our little apartment and, like all young families, began our search for the perfect house.
We found a little ranch out east that was far from my dream of owning a farmhouse with a wrap-around porch, but it sat on a pretty piece of country land beside a lake and so Rich was sold. Rich imagined a life of lying in the grass by the lake, fishing and canoeing, and told me that if I gave into him on this house, he would do whatever I asked of him to transform it into what I had envisioned ever since I was a little girl. Over the years, Rich would regret that promise, but my how that little place grew and grew. I'd often lay in bed wondering what walls we could remove or additions we could build to make it ours. I'd scribble revised floor plans late at night on a little piece of paper napkin I kept close in the drawer of the nightstand on my side of the bed. Our careers changed multiple times, but they were always something creative and always in the arts. Then, 16 years almost to the month after we purchased the little ranch, with our three kids now teenagers, we undertook a major renovation.
By now, my dream house had changed from a little farmhouse, white with a wrap-around porch, to a reproduction of a two-story Connecticut River Valley home. We decided to add 2,000 square feet onto our already existing 2,000 square foot home. It took three years, and many trials and tribulations along the way, but when all was said and done, it was our "dream house." People who came to see it often asked for a tour, never once thinking it was a reproduction. We tried to make it as authentic as we could, reading whatever we could get our hands on concerning corner boards, flooring, lighting, clapboards, walk-in fireplaces and millstones. Often our trips lead us all over New England in search of just the right detail. I remember ordering a piece of wood from the 1700's, part of a barn that had been taken down in Vermont which would eventually become our mantel, delivered by UPS! Our delivery man laughed as he hauled it over his shoulder and brought it inside, demanding to know what on earth I had ordered that was so heavy. Auctions were standard for us on a Saturday night and as our kids grew older, we began traveling throughout Europe, always bringing home some piece of history for mama to display.
Then in 2012, with our kids out of the house and moving in their own directions, we decided to sell our little dream home to some other deserving family who would love it as much as we did. We ventured west and made a new home in Arizona. Our new dream is to build that reproduction, light-filled French farmhouse we had loved so much when we traveled throughout the French countryside. I envision white-washed walls filled with light and a mix of all things greige, tan and white. The Grey Antler is a life-long dream of mine - to be able to scour the country, handpicking collections to make your home an inviting haven of warmth and inspiration. Won't you join us?
The Grey Antler store specializes in vintage and new Farmhouse Home Decor. These items go well not only in a Farmhouse, but work well in all style homes including Mid Century Modern, Current day modern, Country and even a log cabin. Our Farmhouse Decor includes rustic olive buckets which have many uses in displaying flowers, cotton branches and olive branches both faux and real. All are available at The Grey Antler.
Living in the western United States gives us the opportunity to search out rustic, vintage and antique finds at farmhouse antique shops, ranches and fairs throughout the southwest. This includes the Round Top Texas Antiques show, where we have acquired antique Turkish Bread Boards in varying shapes and sizes, which are a big hit with everyone, especially the Farmhouse Home Decor Accessories seekers. We have also had the opportunity to stock up on Olive Buckets, old wooden bowls, European grain sacks which look great covering seat cushions in any farmhouse room.
If you don’t live in a farmhouse or anything close to a farmhouse even close. However, that shouldn't stop you from adding bits of Farmhouse style decor to your home. Farmhouse style is warm and casual and liveable. There are antique and vintage items from days gone by along with comfy pillows and throws. With the popularity of shows like Fixer Upper on HGTV, Farmhouse Style seems to be all over the place. There are many ways to add farmhouse decorating style to your home.
Natural Elements: White walls maybe with grey accents and wooden floors are a good start.
Farmhouse Decor Accessories: Authentic vintage items are a great addition, but you can also use new vintage STYLE accessories.
At The Grey Antler, you can find the best in vintage style farmhouse home decor. Browse through our Baskets, Boxes, Buckets & Cloches, great accessories to decorate casual farmhouse styled living areas. Our grey and white striped Turkish towels go great in a Farmhouse Bath. Don't forget our stoneware soap dishes!!
Natural textiles are a must have: Our vintage European Grain Sacks work incredibly well as pillow covers and seat cushions or just draped over a chair in almost any farmhouse styled room. Rustic styled tea towels work wonders as Farmhouse Decor Elements in the kitchen.
Vintage or vintage-inspired signs: Add whimsy to your farmhouse style space. Wall signs can reflect your interests, (Coffee) the season or the space itself. (Bath, Kitchen, Garden). Farmer's Market signs, Rooster Scrolls, Framed Prints of Farmhouse Scenes along with original photographs, The Country Series is a group of farmhouse inspired photographs taken in the Texas hill country and throughout the west.
Which of these 6 Farmhouse Styles are you?
Cozy or Rustic Farmhouse
In this farmhouse style you’ll see lots of soft colors like creams, browns, and light greens. There will most definitely be mason jars & chicken wire, too. You’ll also see lots of rustic, unstained wood.
Classic or Modern Farmhouse
In this farmhouse style it’s all about bright whites with contrasts of dark baskets or dark stained wood. There’s usually shiplap (painted white boards) on the ceiling or walls, and wreaths or fresh flowers. You might see some geometric lines which don’t seem like typical farmhouse style, but they definitely are. (Anything geometric makes me giddy so I shall deem it farmhouse-worthy.)
In this farmhouse style you’ll see more of a ranch-style decor. Corrugated tin looks awesome on an accent wall or even a ceiling. There MUST be some kind of animal head or antlers on the wall, and you’ll also see things like windmills, saddles, spurs, or other western gear as decor. There’s also a good chance you’ll see some animal prints or furs, but more farm animal-inspired, not African safari-inspired.
In this farmhouse style you’ll see more of an eclectic vibe. There’s a base with a cream or gray paint, but lots of pops of color throughout. This style isn’t afraid to go bright green, or vintage yellow. This style reminds me of a hobbit-like home. Full of that old-world look, but with plenty of bright colors to make it fun & not Tuscany in any way.
In this farmhouse style you’ll see light blues & pinks – think pastels. There will also be lots of scrolly (is that a word?) detail in the wood furniture & chairs. Oh, and you’ll also see old white or tin basins. Those are a definite must. You won’t see a ton of rustic wood, instead you’ll see old worn frames that are gold or distressed-painted.
In this farmhouse style (and some people might not call it a farmhouse style but I’m callin’ it one!) there is a bit of a hippy vibe. You’ll see Moroccan/Bohemian/Aztec/native american patterns, but you’ll also see old baskets, hats, throws, or old guitars in the mix. Weathered wood is a feature in this style. You’ll also see neutral colors mixed with blues & oranges. There’s always a dream catcher or feathers in this style, too.
The home remodeling and design platform Houzz is ahead of the game, recently having released its top 10 home-design-trend predictions for the new year. The site’s forecast, derived from conversations with industry experts as well as trends noticed among its 40 million monthly users, gives a glimpse of what we might soon see in our homes — and on our social media feeds.
We chatted with Houzz editor and writer Mitchell Parker about Houzz’s conclusions, and why these particular trends are gaining traction.
So whether you’re a first-time homeowner looking to revamp your current home or just want some new design inspiration, here are some home design trends to take note of in 2018.
1. More color in kitchens
Although white will always be a classic color for kitchen design, homeowners are shying away from bland hues and injecting rich colors, such as warm wood tones (example: mahogany) and neutrals (example: grays and blues), into the space to give it a warm, fresh and unique feel.
Social sites such as Instagram, Pinterest and Houzz have exposed homeowners to “what’s possible, what looks fun and what they can personalize themselves, Parker said, and have encouraged them to be bigger risk-takers when it comes to color.
2. Rich colors throughout the home
Warm grays paired with “camel, rust, tobacco [and] brown-blacks,” as well as earthy reds and yellows, are expected to edge out cooler neutrals in the coming year.
“These rich colors are not like the avocado green and mustard colors from the 1970s. They won’t date quickly,” Parker said. “They are rich, moody and work well in home environments where you want a soothing and diverse mix of colors and textures.”
3. No more white or stainless steel sinks
The modern Farmhouse style will continue to flourish in 2018 and spread to the bathroom. Parker predicts that there will be “more concrete, stone, copper and granite composite sinks in darker hues of gray, bronze or black.”
“As people set out to personalize their spaces, they are kind of bored with seeing a white sink all of the time,” Parker said. The rustic home decor trend is “waking people up to trying something new and different.”
It “harkens back to simpler times,” he said, “and that feeling of simplicity can be very calming in a home environment.”
5. Vintage lighting
Vintage light fixtures, including sconces, lanterns, pendants and chandeliers, are making a comeback as crafty home do-it-yourselfers outfit retro fixtures with new technology.
“I find that vintage fixtures are often better-made than new fixtures, I prefer their patina, and I appreciate the distinctive, one-of-a-kind quality they add to rooms,” designer and “Today” show style expert Elizabeth Mayhew wrote in The Washington Post. “Online shopping platforms such as 1stDibs, Etsy and One Kings Lane have made it easy to find everything from an early-20th-century French crystal chandelier to a ’60s Sputnik.”
6. Trough or bucket sinks
Another sign the modern Farmhouse trend isn’t dying in 2018: Houzz predicts that deep, wide and durable trough and bucket sinks will continue to be popular in the new year. Used commonly in busy laundry rooms and kids’ bathrooms, these long, narrow and low-maintenance sinks can help create a rustic aesthetic and maximize minimal space.
7. Concrete accents
Step aside, white marble — it’s concrete’s time to steal the spotlight.
“It’s a really affordable, high-impact design element,” Parker said.
Already used for floors and countertops, the versatile, accessible material is now being used in more interesting and unexpected ways, including in home accessories, such as pendant lighting and furniture.
“We’re seeing new uses [of it] on all kinds of hardscaping surfaces,” Parker added. “On anything you can think of, people are casting it.”
8. Millwork feature walls and detailing
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The ease and availability of millwork has helped increase its demand and popularity in the design world. “Before, if you wanted to find millwork or reclaimed wood, you really had to know where to go and find somebody who was good at working with it,” Parker said. “Now, you can DIY it, and put it right against the drywall behind your bed to create a feature wall.”
. Wallpaper-like backsplash
Looking to refresh your kitchen or bathroom? Stay away from subway or hexagon tiles and instead consider contemporary tiles that look like wood, concrete, resin, fabric or even wallpaper.
10. Casual and calm modern bedrooms
Homeowners are running with the “less is more” notion in the master bedroom and opting for more modern and minimalist furnishings. Instead of bold and busy colors, soothing, neutral color palettes are expected to reign supreme, along with soft fabrics and simple furniture pieces.
Farmhouse decorating is warm, cozy, relaxing, and full of charm and character. It eschews modern sensibilities and goes back to a simpler time. That said, farmhouse style is surprisingly savvy. To keep a farmhouse from looking too "country kitsch" there needs to be a balance of old and new. It should be clean, stylish and warmhearted. And most importantly it needs to be in tune with nature – but not full of dried flowers and rooster paraphernalia.
Here are some tips and ideas for decorating in farmhouse style.
Originally, farmhouses were decorated with whatever was handy and practical. These days more thought tends to go into decorating in farmhouse style, but practicality is still an important factor. Nothing should be too delicate or precious. Instead items should be hardy while still maintaining some sophistication and style. Also, a home decorated in this style should consist of hand-me-downs and flea market finds combined with newer pieces. For instance, an old harvest table and shaker cabinets combine beautifully with stainless steel appliances and modern light fixtures in a farmhouse kitchen.
Farmhouses should look like they've evolved over time. Matchy-matchy is a no-no. Your furniture should not look like it could have all been bought at the same store. That's not to say that you can't buy a few pieces at a big box store.
For instance, an Ikea Ektorp sofa can fit the look perfectly – just don't buy all the matching pieces. Pair it with some vintage chairs you've had reupholstered. Pieces should come from all over the place. Styles and materials can be all mixed up – that's part of the charm.
Farmhouse style shouldn't look too calculated either.
For instance, craft show items and reproduction nostalgia designed to look "country" can be fun if it's just one or two items, but put too many of them in a room and it will instantly look corny. Instead, check out flea markets and antique shows for items with real nostalgic value. Find an old barcart to display some books or accessories; an antique armoire makes a great coat closet or pantry for your kitchen; vintage apple-picking ladders are great for hanging quilts or tea towels. Add some real vintage pieces and you'll create instant character.
Take Your Time Perhaps the most important thing to remember when decorating in farmhouse style is 'don't rush'. Charm and character can't be bought in a day. Don't buy just for the sake of buying, but instead peruse, meander and collect. Decorate with things that have meaning, whether they're brand new or decades old.
Farmhouse Decorating Ideas
Here are some elements of décor and decorating ideas that will help you achieve a great farmhouse style:
Barn Board – Using reclaimed barn board is a great way to add some history and country character to a home. It can be used on floors, walls, as furniture, as shelving – the list goes on.
Exposed Wood Beams – Like barn board, exposed wood beams keep an element of nature in your home and add some great architectural detail.
If you've got 'em consider yourself lucky, and if you don't consider installing some.
Butcher Block – Butcher block counters are great in farmhouse kitchens because they keep the look relaxed. They have a great rustic quality and will stay in good shape as long as you treat them regularly. If a kitchen full of butcher block doesn't feel practical for your home, consider just the kitchen island.
Apron Sinks – A no-brainer for country kitchens, apron sinks practically scream farmhouse. Mix them with some shaker-style cabinets and you're guaranteed a farmhouse look.
Vintage Furniture – You won't necessarily want to fill your entire house with vintage furniture, but you should definitely have some. Pair your new sofa with vintage side chairs and tables; a vintage chest looks great when paired with a new bed; vintage lamps that have been rewired lend character to rooms of all kinds – the point is to mix and match and bring some history into your home.
Slipcovers – Casual and practical, slipcovers can help lend a relaxed and soft feeling to a room. They're not necessarily cheaper than reupholstering pieces, but the advantage is that you can take them off and wash them whenever you need. You can also put slipcovers on wood dining chairs to create a soft new look.
Wicker and Rattan – A little of these materials can go a long way. Some wicker baskets or a rattan chair connect with the outdoors and helps create a country feeling. Think about including a piece or two in your space.
Weathered Finishes – Rough wood and peeling paint can do wonders in creating a farmhouse look. That's not to say things should be completely dilapidated, but you don't want things to look too shiny and new.
Because the details matter. Get yourself organized with our storage accessories, then incorporate some fun conversation pieces with wall and table decor. From wall art to candle holders to botanicals, our collection of modern home accessories has been curated with eye for design and color — and a nod toward your budget. Stylize and accessorize with unique decor for your modern home.
Even though Chip and Joanna Gaines just announced that they're expecting baby number five, we bet Joanna is already well on her way to creating the most adorable nursery ever. Why? Well, the Fixer Upper star says it's her favorite kind of room to design.
"Any nursery I've ever done — to me, that was my favorite thing — because I didn't want to do your typical pink or blue," the mom of four told Apartment Therapy. She appreciates that these spaces are deeply "personal and sweet." To avoid traditional stereotypes, Joanna says it's important to design these rooms so they're truly unique to each child.
Even though there's still a lot of time to plan for design, we have a few decor guesses we don't think are too far off.
"I love the mix of metal, raw wood, and white in this young boy's room," Joanna said on Instagram. The two compliment each other beautifully, and could work in any nursery setting. The soft wood gives warmth to the metal.
... especially if it's a girl! In this room, Joanna used pink paint that had a hint of gray to keep the space from feeling too bright or vibrant. She, of course, made wooden wall details the main focus — this time with scalloped edging.
But we probably won't see pink or blue as the main color.
Chances are, Joanna will want to keep the room gender neutral, so she may she may opt for a space like this gray room with blue and green mixed in the color.
Use Neutral Colors for a Small Living Room. One of the most popular small living room ideas is the use of neutral colors on walls, floor, ceiling and furniture upholstery. A palette of off-whites or beiges will expand the space by appearing to push back the walls.
Rustic farmhouse is such a charming aesthetic. It hints to a simpler lifestyle we all yearn for, and goes surprising well with other styles, even modern. Gaining momentum in recent years as a favorite design style to emulate, 2012 just might be the year to start your home off in a fresh, rustic, farmhouse way.Been wanting to dabble in the style but not sure how it'll go with your existing one or your urban apartment/house? It seems everywhere we look on the popular website Pinterest we're seeing the rustic farmhouse style pop up and grow in popularity. We think these four elements represent the core aesthetics of the look and could be easily incorporated into a home of most any style or architecture.
Dark, rustic, warm wood Heavy, dark wood ceiling timbers really would be fabulous, but incorporating some rustic furniture is the next best thing. Rustic wood tables and stools look surprisingly fabulous in sleek, modern kitchens and help soften and warm the space up. Even consider heavy wood accessories sprinkled around a space to give just the faintest hint of that farmhouse style.
Rusty or shiny hints of industrial It seems something nearly every rustic farmhouse-inspired space has in common is a nod to industrial elements, or at least elements that are metal and no-nonsense. The best way would be to add in some fun, functional and industrial hanging lights or other accessories and pieces.
Earthy, neutral creams, rusts and other natural tones Even if all you've got the budget or space to work with is wall paint, an earthy color palette could go a long way to giving a rustic feel. A base of creams, off-whites and even gray can be a great place to start, and then add in other naturally-inspired colors as they resonate with you.
Light, quilts and life Update old window treatments to maximize light, bring in candles and low lighting for atmosphere and incorporate an arrangement or two of lovely wildflowers or green herbs. Incorporate pops of cheery color with vintage or modern quilts and meaningful art.
Farmhouse designs combine country character and modern living.
Rustic style is red hot. Timeless farmhouse designs feature country style, relaxed living, and indoor-outdoor living.
Today's modern farmhouses also show off sleek lines, contemporary open layouts, and large windows.
Of course, porches remain an important part of this welcoming style. Typical modern farmhouse floor plans include, besides that all-important porch, a second story with gables to add light to the upstairs bedrooms. Interior layouts vary widely, accommodating today's desire for flexible floor plans. Typically, large footprints make farmhouse designs best suited for families who want a lot of elbow room.
Yankee Barn Homes designs traditional and contemporary post and beam farmhouses. The American Farmhouse is a classic. Many people are attracted to the look of this type of architecture because it has beautiful symmetry on the exterior and features Yankee Barn Homes’ kiln-dried Douglas fir post and beam timbers on the interior for a wonderfully unique design. Your Yankee Barn design team will work closely with you to honor the clasic qualities of the American farmhouse while creating your perfect custom dream house. These are truly spectacular homes.
A farmhouse is a building that serves as the primary residence in a rural or agricultural setting. Historically, farmhouses were often combined with space for animals called a housebarn. Other farmhouses may be connected to one or more barns, built to form a courtyard, or with each farm building separate from each other.
A Bresse house (French: Ferme bressane) is a type of farmhouse found in the Bresse region that is characterized by its long length, brick walls and wooden roof. A Mas is a traditional farmhouse unique to Provence and
Canadian farmhouses were influenced by European settlers. In Quebec, the style varied from Gothic to Swiss, with the kitchen being the most important room in the house. In Ontario, the farmhouses of the late 19th century were of Victorian influence. Earlier ones used clapboard and later variations had brick. Many had front porches. In the west, dwellings varied from single story wooden homesteads to straw huts. Wooden houses were built later as railroads brought wood from the Rockies (Alberta, British Columbia). By the early 1900s houses could be purchased as kits from several Canadian and American companies. Canadian homes often differ from their American counterparts in that the porch was often enclosed.
American farmhouses had a straightforward construction designed to function amidst a working farm in a rural setting. They had a simple rectangular floor plan, usually built with local materials, and included a dominant centrally-located fireplace for cooking and heating.