Table of Contents:
- What Characterizes “Farmhouse”?
- Elements of Farmhouse Style
- The Fun of Farmhouse Style is in the Mix
- Our Favorite Sign Maker
- Authentic French Antiques: A Great Way to Express Farmhouse Style
- Our Favorite Farmhouse Market Baskets
- Another Great Source for Rustic Decor
- Evolve Your Style a Little or a Lot
our best farmhouse style decor inspiration for your home
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 décor. 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 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 and 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.
My ‘Home Love Dream’ sign from Camillia Cottage Decor is the perfect topper to this eclectic gallery wall.
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.
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.
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 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 on her website.
Another Great Source for Rustic 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.
I love my rustic farmhouse ladders. They are an easy way to add a farmhouse element to literally any existing style. This chandelier transformed this room. All these pieces came from Antique Farmhouse. Happy Shopping!
Evolve Your 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. 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.
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Such beautiful ideas, girls! Styles come and go…it’s so much more fun and interesting to do a little mixing and matching like you have done. I love all the farmhouse touches.
Stacey, We are so glad you enjoyed this post! We sure have a lot of fun. Life is too short to worry about rules. And aren’t we lucky that styles have evolved so that mixing and matching is actually taken for what it is…more fun, more interesting, and completely relevant! We hope you will continue to enjoy our blog. With gratitude & best wishes, Julie & Jodie
Great post. I am loving farmhouse style more and more. It’s really hot now but it’s a classic. I love the French influence so much. I would love to see you and Jodie offer some DIY projects featuring farmhouse. And also some type of get the look for less. To reach a broader audience. Just a couple ideas hope that’s ok to throw out.
Julie, We love feedback and we love your ideas. Both those ideas are fabulous. We will be trying to incorporate them as we look to the future of our blog. We appreciate your kind support. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie
You have got the farmhouse style to perfection!
Wow, What a great compliment! So happy you think so! Welcome to our blog 🙂 Jodie and I hope you will sign up and come back and visit us often. We have lots more inspiration to come. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie
Loi, Your kindness and support means so very much to us. We hold you in the highest regard and to hear your kind words of praise gives us the greatest satisfaction. Thank you, Dear Loi, for your sweet support. You are a true blessing. With gratitude and friendship, Julie & Jodie
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I have an old ladder and so want to find a spot to use it. Yours inspired me!
We are so glad you were inspired by our farmhouse post! We hope you come back for more soon.
Lots of love,
Jodie and Julie
Teresa, We’re very happy to hear this post inspired your creativity, and even better, that it helped you to use something you already own. That’s a win/win in our book! Hope you continue to enjoy our blog. Blessings, Julie & Jodie
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Thank you for the sweet comment! We are so glad you enjoyed this post and hope you will come visit us again soon.
Jodie & Julie