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I’m not into farmhouse (Don’t come for me)

*Previously published on Harness Community Magazine

I know. Everyone is all about Chip and Joanna and the white and gray. They love shiplap and knocking out walls. Tobacco baskets, repurposed metal kitchen tools, pictures of cows…I get it. I enjoy those things in moderation, but the whole farmhouse trend does it all at once. And I’m not here for it.

Even when I lived on a farm, I favored cabin details and real antiques. Hobby Lobby knockoffs weren’t my fave. Now, I’m not gagging at Hobby Lobby. I do love certain items from there but fakes of real items I could find at the thrift or antique store are not on my shopping list. I know, Joanna doesn’t get her stuff at Hobby Lobby. I know.

But here’s the main reason I’m over FARMHOUSE.

IT ALL LOOKS THE SAME. 😱

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Over this ☝🏼

And thisπŸ‘‡πŸ»

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I’m probably pissing people off at this point, but that’s not my intention. It’s not that I think it looks bad. I think it all looks the same.

And I could be wrong. It’s subjective after all. {In thirty years I may hate everything I have in my house now when I look back in pictures.} I just think homes should have room for more distinct personality.

Sure, all styles bleed into each other a bit and I’ll admit I like the light and airy look Fixer Upper introduced. I like open shelving and houseplants. I just think cow pictures, farmhouse signs, and whitewashed furniture will go out in time. Just as the primitives trend…

It’s just my opinion but,

When there’s room for exposed brick, a funky light fixture, or something dreamy and old…I’m here for it. Everything in moderation, especially the token elements of farmhouse style. You don’t have to have it ALL.

Obviously I’m not a huge Fixer Upper fan, but there’s a couple design shows I do enjoy because they leave the period of the house and don’t bulldoze over with gray walls and shiplap.

I dig this πŸ‘‡πŸ»

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And this πŸ‘‡πŸ»

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Hometown happens to be my fave because they always take the original timeframe of the home into consideration. Usually something is handmade and they document that, giving me the feeling that I can replicate their project. I think their focus on revitalizing their small hometown also pulls on my heartstrings a bit.

Taking something old and making it feel new is my favorite thing to do. I like:

  • yard sale furniture
  • old cigar boxes
  • vintage art with a new frame
  • antique glassware
  • houseplants
  • clawfoot anything!

Maybe my style is granny-chic? I don’t know but I do know that no one’s decor looks exactly like mine. I’m not telling anyone to try decorating like me either. If you did, I’d probably follow suit and change mine drastically just to keep the uniqueness I enjoy.

And if you enjoy farmhouse, by all means, you do you. I’m just sharing my personal preference. ✌🏼🏑🌿

*I do still LOVE a good farmhouse sink

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{Come on in}

You won’t find anything remotely “farmhouse” in here and I don’t mean any offense in that. It’s just not my jam. No, I’ve been dreaming of owning an old house for as long as I can remember, and with that comes a mashup of vintage and modern trinkets.

(I’m would never call my style feminine. I tend to favor a more masculine approach to decorating and a small portion of John’s collection of tobacco pipes fit in nicely on our kitchen shelves.)

We didn’t do any of the remodeling restoration work here, but they nearly nailed every detail in what I’d call my perfect home. Which is crazy because we’d never met them in our lives.

Needless to say I was thrilled at the prospect of filling this house up, but we started from scratch with most of our furniture. Because we were coming back from Alabama to stay in John’s family farm, we sold most of our furniture just to avoid packing it up. Enter IKEA!

(The couch, coffee table, and side table are all IKEA finds. I mixed patterns with the rug and curtains but I think it works πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ The rug is an Amazon find. I refuse to splurge on my floors with two dogs and two kids.)

Another large portion of our downstairs decor includes bits and pieces I’ve snagged at antique stores and flea markets since we moved in together in 2011.

(Like these Colt prints I picked up in Deland, FL.)

(Or this gossip benched I discovered at a yard sale a few years ago)

I guess I’d label our house as eclectic with classic touches here and there. My favorite decades are the 20s and 30s and my dream house looks like a speakeasy, so I try to bring that in wherever possible.

We’re nowhere near done, but the first floor has a definite vibe already. While the upstairs, including the master bedroom, is still a bit of a blank slate. Stay tuned for peeks of how we’re decorating the second floor, including IKEA hacks for toy storage 😬.