It’s time for June’s “Meet The Blogger” series where I have one of my blog friends guest post for me while I post over on their site.
This month I would love to introduce you to Beth of Unskinny Boppy! She and I both love farmhouse style and sharing our ideas with you all! So, after you read Beth’s five ways to add farmhouse style to your home, be sure to head over to Beth’s site and read my post 5 Steps to Farmhouse Curb Appeal.
Hey guys! My name is Beth Bryan, and I’ve been blogging over at Unskinny Boppy for well over a decade now. I’m so grateful to Lisa for hosting me on her blog today. Our decorating styles are similar but very different. Farmhouse on Boone features lots of clean white lines and uncluttered beautiful spaces. My style is way more funky and junky and cluttered, but still very much in the farmhouse genre. I hope you get inspired by this post!
Let’s face it. We are all busy these days.
It can be hard to decorate a home when you’re juggling so many other things that take priority. So, if you’re searching for some quick and easy ways to add farmhouse style to your home, you’ve come to the right place! Here are my best ideas to replicate that Joanna Gaines farmhouse look with minimal hassle.
Collect Unique Farmhouse Items
The first step is to find pieces that you really love.
There are tons of stores that sell mass-produced reproductions, but finding real vintage farmhouse pieces is harder than it looks.
Personally, I like my decor to be unique, so I scour antique stores and flea markets for those special one-of-a-kind touches that make my home different. Over the years I’ve collected lots of really cool pieces that I can use over and over again in different vignettes around my house. I even have a giant cabinet filled with all my “blog props” so I can cycle them out throughout the year.
I talked all about my four favorite ways to find unique farmhouse decor in this post:
Build a Strong Farmhouse Foundation
There are certain areas of my house that get redecorated often, like my fireplace mantel, my dining room tables and above my kitchen sink. I try to buy neutral furniture and fixtures that compliment my farmhouse style so they can serve as a solid foundation when I change out the decor throughout the seasons.
In my dining room, I have an old fireplace mantel hanging on the wall so that I can decorate it seasonally. It never leaves the wall, but things just rotate around on top of it.
In my living room, I have neutral furniture that I can redecorate easily with soft throws and pillows.
Lisa made these beautiful pillows for me that say “Gather” and “hello, Fall”, so of course those are the first things to come out when autumn rolls around.
By keeping all the furniture, fixtures and wall colors a soft, neutral palette, I’m able to move all my decor around and it looks good anywhere in the house!
Carry It Over Into Next Season
Because I like to mix things up in my decor a lot, I try to buy pieces that I can use winter, spring, summer and fall. Fall and Christmas are my favorite times of year to decorate, but I always love lightening things up come Springtime.
On my fireplace mantel you’ll find a 4×4 square tin ceiling tile that serves as a backdrop for multiple seasons of decorating. Here it is decorated for four different seasons. There’s an obvious formula to my mantel decorating plan. Can you see it in these pics?
Create an Easy Farmhouse Curtain
I once stumbled upon a junk seller who gave me a bunch of burlap grain sacks for free. I was overjoyed at this big ol’ pile of free rustic material, so I decided to get creative with them.
I cut them to fit a small window for my son’s bathroom makeover, then I pulled a few of the strings at 6″ intervals to create a ruching effect with the burlap. I hung them on the curtain rod using metal curtain ring clips, and they looked amazing!
Click here for the full tutorial for this simple farmhouse curtain for a small bathroom window
Don’t Forget the Porch
It’s easy to get caught up in decorating your home’s interior and forget about the outside areas. Since most of us live in suburban subdivisions and not actual farmhouses it’s not like we have chickens to feed and have rows of corn to hoe, right? I still love to add farmhouse touches to my porches and gardens whenever I can.
My front porch is narrow but there’s still plenty of room to decorate with lots of farmhouse items. I love changing out the front porch decor seasonally.
But my back porch is my favorite spot in the house! We recently hung a swinging bed on our screened-in back porch and it is now the happiest place on earth.
So, there you go! There are five easy ways to add farmhouse style to your home!
I hope these ideas that I’ve shared will give you guys a taste of my farmhouse decorating style. If you like what you see, I’d be honored if you would stop by my blog and look through my project galleries to see if there are any other ideas you would like to pin. I’d also be super stoked if you wanted to be my friend on social media or join my e-mail list.
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Thanks for joining me today! Happy decorating and DIYing, y’all!