Farmhouse style is all the buzz these days in the decor world. More importantly it is a beloved and growing trend with real people, not just designers and trend setters. Why all the popularity? Because anyone and everyone can achieve it! It is not difficult, and it’s not expensive. How great is that? Not only is it easily attainable but in this fast-paced, high-tech world is brings us back to our roots. It reminds us of a simpler time and gives us a feeling of being connected to the land and this country’s history.
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Farmhouse style combines vintage and antiques in a new way that makes old seem new again. The trend of antiquing and junking is making a huge comeback either in response or as a cause. Either way you look at it this trend is hot, and we LOVE it! Whether you actually live on a farm or you live in an urban setting you can enjoy the old-fashioned charm that is the hallmark of this style.
What Characterizes “Farmhouse”?
- cottage style
- natural materials
- simple lines
- light colors
- anything faded & worn
- American, but with elements of French and English country
Elements of Farmhouse Style
A Few Favorite Farmhouse Materials:
- Galvanized Metal…used in anything, this metal gives anything a “farmhouse” feel, stools, chairs, lights, signs, buckets, olive buckets, trays, fans, tubs, planters, watering cans, and so much more
- Iron Stone…this heavy duty old world china is sought after as much for its durability as its charm
- Wood…natural, chippy or worn wood is a hallmark of farmhouse
- Wrought Iron anything
Some Favorite Farmhouse Fabrics:
- Grain Sack…a true farmhouse feel, more rustic…used in pillows, table runners, napkins, poufs, and more
- Linen…more elegant and classic, used in pillows, bedding, table linens and more
- Lace…added as detail in any of the above and adds a real vintage charm, old-world feel
The Fun of Farmhouse Style is in the Mix
Jodie and I are the great “mixers”. Being Geminis (and twins) could have something to do with this strong trait of ours. But we are also practical girls. We like to make use of what we have. Life’s too short to live by strict rules and get too fussy! We like to have fun with our decor. It’s all about the mix.
A few short years ago Jodie was in a mostly Pottery Barn safe world when it came to decor. And I moved into a classic home from a very modern one. We were both looking for a new decor direction. Along came Instagram, and we both fell in love with the fresh look of Farmhouse decor.
Did we throw away all we owned? No way. We actually got rid of very little. But we started swapping out decor and adding new farmhouse elements. Jodie and I want to share with you some key resources we love and key elements to embrace this beloved style.
Our Favorite Farmhouse Sign Maker
If you are familiar at all with farmhouse style you know that farmhouse signs are a key component. While they can come in all different sizes, shapes, and styles and we appreciate many we do have one preferred sign maker who has made many signs for both Jodie and me. Her name is Eszter Szabo, and she is the owner of Camellia Cottage Decor. Not only does Eszter create wonderful signs to add the sweetest farmhouse mood to any room but she can and will make any custom sign you dream up!
Every time we receive a new sign of hers the beauty in person just blows us away…pictures don’t do them justice. Quality and attention to detail make them each a thing of beauty we are proud to display.
Eszter is truly passionate about what she creates. She absolutely loves what she does. She currently offers 64 different hand-made items and adds more all the time. We are so happy to be able to offer our followers a 10% savings coupon code for a limited time to Camellia Cottage Decor! Use TWINS10 at checkout.
Click on any of our favorites shown below to be taken to her full range of farmhouse signs and creations.
Authentic French Antiques:
A Great Way to Express Farmhouse Style
Farmhouse style is viewed as a uniquely American style. But America, being created from a population of immigrants naturally incorporates other cultures. Therefore, it is not surprising that there are strong influences of both French and English country mixed in. We see this in many elements, none stronger than the love of authentic French antiques. BROWSE HERE
There is nothing more charming than real antiques mixed in, no matter what your style. They create authenticity, history, real character and a connection to our past. That is one reason we have become HUGE fans of a fabulous curator of French antiques and products, Charlotte of Vivi et Margot (named after Charlotte’s two daughters).
Charlotte has renovated one 150-year-old French country home and is in the process of renovating a second. In her time spent in France she became a lover, a collector, and finally a purveyor of authentic French antiques. Her eye for choosing just the right pieces is impeccable. Belief in a simpler life, quality over quantity, beauty in the details…these principles guide Charlotte and her special shop.
Jodie and I are delighted to be connected with someone as generous, kind and lovely as Charlotte and her family. We are incredibly pleased to be able to offer our followers a special limited-time savings to shop Vivi et Margot online shop. Use our coupon code TWINS10 to save 10% on your entire order. ENJOY SHOPPING
Our Favorite Farmhouse Market Baskets
If you follow us on IG at @juliesheartandhome and @jodiesdesignlife you’ve already seen Charlotte’s AMAZING authentic French market baskets! We love the fact that you can take them out AND use them to decorate! There aren’t too many pieces of home decor quite as versatile or as on trend as the market basket.
Vivi et Margot offers 14…that’s right…14 different styles of market basket! The only problem is how to choose just one! Long handled, short handled, monogrammed, mini or large, enjoy browsing and get excited to bring a piece of real French life into your home.
Of course our coupon code is good for your purchase of the market baskets as well, use TWINS10 to save 10% for a limited time. Browse Charlotte’s full collection of baskets HERE.
Another Great Source for Fun Farmhouse Decor
Jodie and I love to find great resources for farmhouse decor elements. We comparison shop and compare quality, value, service, pricing, and selection. All those things considered our favorite all-round farmhouse resource is Antique Farmhouse. We love their evolving selection and their great prices. Their items are delivered incredibly fast and somehow always become our favorites! My dining room chandelier and my farmhouse ladders are all from Antique Farmhouse. Click below to enjoy browsing their exciting and affordable collection of unique home decor.
Evolve your Farmhouse Style a Little or a Lot
The very best thing about updating your style is that you can choose how far you evolve. There are no rules (at least in our book there aren’t!) Seriously, life is too short. Your home is your haven. It should impress you first. Allow your style to evolve and don’t worry about rules. Follow your instincts and have fun. Choose items that speak to you, and mix them in ways that make your aesthetic happy. That’s it!
Adding farmhouse flare to your spaces can come gradually, piece by piece, even room by room. Have fun mixing in elements and see how you like it. Add just enough to make your heart happy. Some of you may love it and keep going. Others will find just a few items are enough to embrace the trend. Wherever you end up on the spectrum is A-OK. We hope these tips and resources help you enjoy the farmhouse look and create a fresh take on your current decorating.
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With love and gratitude,
Julie & Jodie