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I may not live in a farmhouse, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy giving my condo a touch of farmhouse style. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t take a lot of money to incorporate farmhouse type decor into your home. Many items you may already own and a few are readily available at most thrift stores. In this post, I’m sharing the five simple items that I add to my own space to get that Fixer Upper style without a huge bank account.
1. White Pitchers
Nothing says “farmhouse” like a white pitcher–plain and simple. The majority of white pitchers in my home are ironstone or milk glass and they were all purchased at Goodwill (or similar) for a few dollars.
Antique Farmhouse recently sent me two gorgeous stoneware pitchers and it wasn’t too hard to find a place for them. Their sleek silhouettes currently grace the wooden shelves in my bedroom.
Please note: the silver brackets holding up the shelves are temporary. The iron wall brackets that should be there are on back order. Let’s just pretend we don’t see them, okay?
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These stoneware pitchers are currently sold out at Antique Farmhouse but you can find one of the pitchers on Wayfair.com. If you’re looking for something inexpensive, head to your local Goodwill. Remember, you can always spray paint a pitcher white too!
2. Flowers, Ferns, & Botanicals
You can’t give your home that farmhouse style without bringing the outdoors indoors. Whether you use $5 flowers from the grocery store, artificial ferns from the craft store, or branches from the tree in your backyard, sprinkle some nature throughout your home.
3. Throw Pillows
If you read home decor magazines or watch HGTV, you’ll notice that there’s no such thing as a bare sofa or seat in a farmhouse-inspired home. Pillows are always aplenty and there’s a reason for that. Basically, pillows make sofas/chairs/seats look more homey and comfy. They also add texture and interest to solid colored seating.
This gorgeous fern pillow? It was sent to me by the kind folks at Antique Farmhouse. It matches my wall fern prints and takes my mind off the fact that I still have a brown sofa. The sofa no longer matches my home so I’ve been slowly saving up for a white, gray, or navy sectional—slipcovered of course. Let’s take a close look at the embroidery on that pillow:
Stunning isn’t it? If fern pillows aren’t your thing, nothing says farmhouse quite like this southerner pillow. 😉 Do you think Joanna Gaines would approve?
4. Open Shelving
I have two open wood shelves in my bedroom but I also have wood shelves in my dining room (not pictured). They display my Pyrex, Depression-era dishes and glassware, mason jars, cutting boards, and a white pitcher with cotton stems. These shelves were purchased off of VarageSale for $20. That’s six wood shelves for $20. Yes, I was pretty happy that day. If you’re on a tight budget, consider buying your shelves second-hand or making your own from wood cut and purchased from Home Depot or Lowe’s. Buy some wood stain and before you know it, you have open shelving!
Remember what I said about those silver brackets. 😉
If you don’t have the time or energy to DIY, Wayfair and Joss & Main always have a great assortment of open shelving units.
5. Farmhouse Collectibles
This is a broad term but farmhouse collectibles are items that are durable, collectible, and improve with age. Examples include: tarnished silver, ironstone, milk glass, Pyrex, antique linens, milk crates or jugs, galvanized containers, and vintage silverware. Of course, this list is not exhaustive but it gives you an idea of what I mean by farmhouse collectibles.
The silver pieces that you see on my shelves were handed down to me from my great, great grandmother. The pieces are tarnished, dented, and worn but I think they’re beautiful. I love them not only for their sentimental value but for their unique patina. In case you haven’t noticed, I love chipped, worn, crazed, or otherwise imperfect items. I think these items have more character than a new silver set, don’t you? By the way, I’m pretty sure that some of the silver I have is from the late 1800’s (a few pieces have Victorian claw feet). And check out this photo below—is that a face?
If you don’t have farmhouse collectibles of your own, head to your local thrift store. Every single time I visit a Goodwill, I spot vintage silver, various pieces of Pyrex, and milk glass or ironstone. All it takes is two or three dollars to get your collection started.
I hope this post gives you some ideas on how to add farmhouse style to your own home. Remember to use what you have, incorporate nature, buy secondhand, do it yourself, or save up money to get rid of that ugly brown sofa. Okay, that’s just me but remember that it takes time to get your house decorated just the way you like it.
One step at a time my friends.
What’s your favorite home decor style? Farmhouse, industrial, shabby chic, eclectic? Tell me about it in the comments.