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It's amost Springtime! Give your home a Fresh, Spring Makeover!!

It's amost Springtime! Give your home a Fresh, Spring Makeover!!

Spring is almost here! The time for chirping birds... beautiful flowers... warmer weather... and.. of course...

A New Spring Look!!

To celebrate the end of this cold winter.... we are welcoming Spring with some fresh decorating ideas to help brighten up your home! From pastel color palettes and floral accents to fresh patterns and a few new farmhouse decor accent pieces you can easily add that fresh Spring feel to your home!

You can go all out...or just change out a few decor items for a more subtle change.

Sometimes all you need is a touch of the outdoors and a Pop of color to make all the difference. The simplest farmhouse vase is an old mason jar! Paint it a pastel color like mint, pink, yellow or blue. or leave it... it's your choice! Then pick a bunch of your favorite flowers and viola!!

Fun Tip: Put a few drops of food coloring in the water, then cut the stems and insert some white carnations or any other white flowers of your choice. The flowers will absorb the colored water and will turn color! Super simple & easy!!!

Allergic to flowers? No worries.... in place of real flowers fill your mason jar with silk flowers, potpourri.... or even jellybeans!...yes.... jellybeans! Super colorful and Easter-ish. But definitely keep that jar up high, away from the little fingers of the kiddos. Nothing spells disaster like a kid on a sugar high!

Another Tip... Mason jars make excellent Candle holders!!

Silk orchids are always a nice touch to brighten up your mantle! And when paired with the perfect metal wall decor it, adds a delicate contrast.


Bring the Outdoors In.

Switching out your table centerpieces is an easy way to make a subtle change for the season. For Spring..try the Organic look. A wooden box is a great for planting some grasses or low growing flowers, or use it in your kitchen to keep your favorite herbs handy for cooking! A galvanized metal bucket for use as a vase or flowerpot adds a definite farmhouse feel!

Fun with Fabrics.

Give a neutral room a fresh update with a mix of floral patterned fabrics. Spring is the perfect time to replace those old curtains and drapes. Try a new pattern, or... if you aren't a fan of patterned fabrics, simply update to a more Spring-y color!

This season, there are some amazing floral prints hitting he shelves that are a must have for the perfect Spring look! Go bold or simple...it's your choice! And don't be afraid to mix and match patterns... as long as use colors within the same palette you'll nail it!

Find this modern, floral pillow (right) at Wayfair.

To go along with your florals.... bring more of the outside in with leaf prints. Create an accent wall with a leaf print wallpaper if you are going all in on this makeover... or add a subtle leaf pattern to your gallery wall with a stencil. To complete the look, your accessories should either be among the same color palette... or find some awesome throw pillows with a leaf print fabric. Fern prints are always a hit!! But be careful not to overdo it... it's easy to go from chic to tacky... with just one printed fabric too many!

 


Time for a Color-lift?

Say goodbye to dark, deep tones... Let the Sunshine in with soft pastel shades.. or even neutral shades of white! Whether it's just one room or many, freshening up your walls is sure to bring some of Springtime indoors!

Mint green is a great choice... it's making a comeback and is a very calm, modern tone. It pairs beautifully with natural wood accents as well as metals!

And don’t overlook lavender. Lavender is a classy, neutral color that works beautifully with a wide array of other colors. Great for bedrooms! Pair it with other pastels or neutrals like gray, ivory, and white for a soft look.



A few GREAT wall accent ideas to go with your Fresh, Spring color palette...

Cast Iron Wall Decor! Helps to break up the "pretty" but adding an element of rustic. It compliments the pastel colors beautifully. Try some Cast Iron Arrows, Single or 3-Set Arrows... or maybe a Rustic Wall Anchor. A great way to fill in blank space on a gallery wall or just to give your wall a bit of dimension.


Another fun find....

Skeleton Keys are a big hit!

A great addition to any farmhouse decor but also lends a hint of old world with a subtle Gothic or Medieval vibe.

A  fun decorative accent for any bedroom or office!

Available in Rustic Bronze or Gold, these keys will add a nice touch to your makeover!


 Faux Taxidermy... adds an additional element of the outdoors to your home while  creating a fun, eye catching focus to your decor!

From the dignified gaze of the elegant white-tailed deer in our Virginia Deer Head Wall Mounts....

... to the rugged, Southwest vibe of our Longhorn Cow Skulls...

Our Faux taxidermy collection is A Fusion of Nature and Decor and hand finished in Sunny Arizona for a piece as unique as you are!

I love this Spring blue wall color paired with the fresh white wicker baskets! (right) The perfect farmhouse touch. And the Faux Taxidermy Virginia Deer Head wall decor adds an element of POP to this bathroom!

Rustic Wall Shelves are a great way to display a vase of beautiful flowers, memorable pieces, or even paintings and family portraits.  Find a great ledge shelf that works in your space and hang it on your gallery wall or anywhere you want to add some focus.

Add some Time!!  Why not add a new rustic farmhouse clock to the mix? With so many great new styles, you are sure to find the perfect fit for your space.



With all these great Spring Decor ideas...
"It's gonna be a Bright, Bright Sunshiny day!" in your home!


For more design inspiration, be sure to check out Farmhouse Decor Inspiration... Some of our Faves!

Farmhouse Decor Inspiration .... Some of our Faves!

Farmhouse Decor Inspiration .... Some of our Faves!

Choosing the right decor items isn't always easy. It requires some thought and foreshadowing... does it go with your current decor? Is your color scheme all wrong? Size... is it so big that it's overpowering? Too small and gets lost in the mix?


You want your decor items to stand out! To POP! Incorporating them the right way is a must!

To help you out, we've come up with a few farmhouse decor items that we just LOVE! We hope they speak to you also! Hey, anything we can do to help you out! :-)

Let's start with a few smaller, simple items to fill in some dead wall space. There's nothing worse than spending your time finding the best paintings, or family photos to frame.... oh, and then there's the added task of choosing the right frames... for the perfect Gallery wall and end up having it look like there is something missing! Small, subtle items can really help finish off our look.

single gold arrow wall decorTake a look at this Arrow Wall Mount! (right) It's the perfect size to fill in the space between some differently sized picture frames. Our Cast Iron Arrows have dual key holes on the back so you can vertically or horizontally..whichever way best suits you!

Cast Iron Distressed Bronze Skeleton KeyAnother one of our faves.... this  Distressed Bronze Skeleton Key (right). It fills in the blank space perfectly without overcrowding. What's perfect about the Skeleton Key is that it goes perfectly with any Farmhouse motif, but also... with the right complimenting accent pieces, is Medieval, or Gothic, as well! Bonus!

Find this, as well as the Cast Iron Arrow, at WallCharmers.

Rustic Farmhouse Wall Window PaneNothing says Rustic Farmhouse like our next favorite! This Weathered Rustic Windowpane Wood Wall Plaque is the perfect addition to any living room or bedroom.

Stand it against the wall on a rustic wood console table or dresser or hang it on the wall!

You can even get extra creative and use it to display your favorite vacation photos, or school pics of the kiddos!
Available at Kirklands.


Rustic Farmhouse Floor lamoLet's  talk about accent lamps! The right lighting is always crucial when decorating your home. With Farmhouse decor, depending on whether you are going for the Classic Farmhouse feel, or a more Modern Farmhouse look you could go in a number of different directions with this one! You could opt for an uber rustic floor lamp like the one featured left. It goes perfectly with a more Rustic, Classic Farmhouse look!

Texas Longhorn Cow HeadA great compliment would be to add a Longhorn Cow Head Wall Mount! Sure to make your wall POP!

Both of these lamps are available on Wayfair. Texas Longhorn Cow Head available at WallCharmers.



 

Arched Floor lampFor a more modern lighting take.... try this Arched bell, lantern style floor lamp (right). It's not as rustic, but still adds the element of farmhouse with the hanging lantern light effect! And, if I might add, the wall color is the perfect neutral palette to compliment the lamp and hanging mirror.
Cast Iron 3-Set Distressed Bronze wall decor
Consider switching out the wall decor to something a bit more farmhouse, like Cast Iron Arrows...

Or a great Faux Taxidermy accent.... like our next fave...


Longhorn Cow SkullFaux taxidermy is a great rustic touch to any decor style!


It's A Fusion of Nature and Modern Home Decor

... and incorporates beautifully with any Classic or Modern Farmhouse style decor!

Check out this black and gold Longhorn Cow Skull! It adds a rustic POP to this gorgeous breakfast nook!
The additional rustic features including the Farmhouse sign plaque and the gingham patterned dishes are a great addition! Oh, and the rustic wood ladder is the perfect finisher to this wall!

Not a longhorn skull fan?
Try a White Faux Deer Head or Skull instead! Or even a majestic Moose Head or a beautiful Bison Head!
You can find all of these great Faux Taxidermy items at WallCharmers.


Large Faux Deer Skull


These are just a few of our faves! Find the Farmhouse decor accents that speak to you and easily incorporate them with the overall flow of your home!

Happy Decorating!


Need some Design Inspiration? Check out  Farmhouse Design Inspiration Sources to help get your creative juices flowing!

 

 

The History of Farmhouse

The History of Farmhouse

Where did it originate? And where is it today?

Farmhouse architecture originated in Europe, more specifically, in Germany and Scandinavia. Traditionally, farmhouses were nothing more than homes built on farm lands to house the people who owned or worked the land. The term Farmhouse wasn't as much considered a style, but, rather, a setting for a way of life. From Europe, it made its way to the farm lands of the US in the 1700s and, as time progressed, the 1930s brought about a new era for the American Farmhouse.

Back in the day, homes were not only a place to keep warm and dry. Everything in the home served a purpose. Farmhouses were made of wood because it was easy to come by and easy to work with. This saved the owner time and money, which was essential. Farmhouses would usually be found in the countryside with a river or other water source nearby for both convenience and necessity.

Today, when decorating in the classic farmhouse style, keeping true to it's roots, you will see rustic wood elements like an old paned window that's been refinished and distressed as a wall accent. It's a great idea especially if you want to add family photos to add a personal touch. For folks who want more than just a touch of that classic farmhouse style, you will likely see a shiplap wall, hung horizontally or vertically. After all, classic farmhouses did not have drywall. Adding shiplap introduces strong lines and adds a homey feel to your home, while staying true to this classic style. For a more modern, less rustic, farmhouse look, paint it white.

Large Longhorn Cow Skull

Farmhouses of the past had large front porches that stretched the entire length of the house. These porches were not only built as a decorative accent, but they served a valuable purpose. Wood for home heating and cooking was stored there. Porches were also a place to leave muddy boots after a days work on the farm. And, yes, after a hard days work, families would gather on the porch to relax. After all, farming is hard work and a little R & R was well deserved!

Nowadays, it's less about function and more about entertainment and aesthetics. Add a wooden bench to your front porch, or hang a lantern light fixture to enhance the farmhouse feel of your home's exterior. Another great lighting idea....incorporate some barn lighting. They have wonderful style. Gooseneck lamps and other barn-style lights bring the classic farmhouse look to your home, while being simple enough to tie in well with more modern designs.

The original farmhouses had large spacious kitchens due to the amount of work and gathering that happened there. Because of this, you would think farmhouse kitchens of the past would have lots of cabinetry covering the walls. You would be wrong! Instead, wood shelving was used as a means to store food and essentials.

In classic farmhouse kitchens of today, keeping true to its roots, you still see this lack of overhead cabinets, with wood shelving in its place. It adds a rustic touch and is a great way to display all your fabulous farmhouse decor! I mean, why would you want to hide it!?

In the past, ceilings were low and doorways were narrow, not like the more modern farmhouses we see today.

Today we see huge vaulted ceilings, often times with reclaimed, rustic wood beams which adds an element of age and history. It really makes a statement and adds lots of rustic charm to the home.

Look how far we've come!

We always look to history for inspiration in our everyday lives! Home decorating is no exception. Classic farmhouse has stood the test of time and has transformed into the more modern farmhouse style we see today.

Not sure which one better suits your style? Classic farmhouse mimics the traditional farmhouse style of the past, introducing natural wood accents, vintage furniture and accessories, and more traditional prints such as florals and paisley. The more modern farmhouse style that has become increasingly popular is less rustic and adds contemporary design elements. It takes the comfortable, relaxed farmhouse style, and adds modern touches such as neutral color palettes, smooth, clean lines, and metal accent pieces like cast iron arrows and perhaps even a touch of faux taxidermy. A well placed faux deer skull wall mount adds just the right amount of POP to any wall! Mix and match both metal decor and faux taxidermy for the perfect look!
Deer skull faux taxidermy, modern farmhouse decor

Still need help decorating your home Farmhouse Style? Check out Introduction to Farmhouse. What is it?
Introduction to Farmhouse Decor. What is it?

Introduction to Farmhouse Decor. What is it?

Do you ever wonder about different design styles? Like, how they came about and what their key features are?

Maybe you haven't thought about it, but want to spruce up your home with a different look and you need some inspiration?

Ever since Chip and Joanna Gaines' hit show Fixer Upper, I've been curious. I mean, who hasn't, right? Their design styles were so different and rustic than what I was used to, but also modern and elegant. So, I started researching the Farmhouse style and what it is actually about.

Classic farmhouse is cozy without being cluttered. It's similar to country style, but  while country tends to lean a little towards "showy" and sometimes "overdone", farmhouse design is more about simplicity while maintaining a certain level of sophistication. So, for a classic farmhouse look, minimize and don't over do it with your decor accents.

Farmhouse style is often associated with the refreshing simplicity of the Midwest, but your geographic location doesn't have to limit your love for this trending look. It's all about combining different elements together without overdoing it. Wide plank floors, big, comfortable furniture, farmhouse patterns, cozy throws and pillows, wrought iron and cast iron design elements... all key parts of achieving the perfect Farmhouse look in your home.

Farmhouse interior design is the perfect balance of old and new, blending rustic simplicity with modern sophistication for a cozy feel. Check out the sun room in the picture above. Not overly farmhouse, but subtle touches of the design style. Introducing different fabrics and textures, rustic wood elements, even a touch of faux taxidermy, created the perfect farmhouse space.

Not sure how to create it? Take a look at some simple design tips below.

Choose the right colors

That's always the hardest part of designing your home, right? What colors should I choose? For a farmhouse look, your main colors should be lighter shades of neutrals and pastels. Simple. You want to layer that with more earthy colors to capture the traditional farmhouse feel. Then introduce more natural looking color with flowers, throw blankets, pillows, and accents. This keeps the space feeling clean and fresh.

The Key to Farmhouse is Wood

Look for weathered, barn, or reclaimed wood to capture the rustic feel of farmhouse design. Mix and match woods to create a space that feels like it’s been carefully put together over time. Maybe add a rustic wood ladder to hang your favorite throw. And Shiplap! Who doesn't love shiplap! Adding shiplap, even a small amount, to a focal wall can make all the difference when trying to capture the farmhouse feel in your home. I know what you're thinking? How do I balance all that wood with other elements? ...

Tying it all in with the right accents

Distressed metal, concrete, or white subway tile adds a touch of industrial flair, while fabrics like linen, cotton and jute contribute to the simple vibe of farmhouse spaces.

Remember, Farmhouse decorating is all about relaxed and comfortable patterns including stripes and florals, plus touches you’d see down on the farm (yes, I said it..farm!) so think birds, gingham, maybe a faux deer skull or faux cow skull, vintage signs, or rustic metal arrow decor, to add an accent to your wall.

As you can see here, @blessonbluefinch captured the perfect farmhouse look in her kitchen with a rustic wood piece to display her beautiful dishes and books and that fabulous antique clock! She incorporated florals and gingham patterns in a subtle way while keeping her wall color soft and neutral.The wood sign is the perfect touch and the longhorn cow skull adds an extra POP to her wall! And don't you just love the old mailbox she used to hang her coffee mugs?! What a great idea!

Set the tone for your space with eye-catching, modern light fixtures, or exposed bulbs with an industrial feel. Take a trip to your local flea market or visit yard sales to find antique items and modern accents to keep your space feeling homey and comfortable. You might be surprised at what you find!

 


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