Today I want to share some tips on adding rustic/farmhouse flair to a traditional home. An easy place to start? That dining room table you’ve had for years!
The style I relate to the most when it comes to home decor is traditional. My husband and I tend to purchase furniture that will be in our home for a long time. When we first got married 11 years ago, we made a few larger purchases like a dining set and a bedroom set etc. But a lot of the pieces of furniture in our home are hand-me-downs from relatives throughout the years. As the style of interior design and home decor has shifted since we married, so has my personal style. Some days I’d love to just start over and get a great big farm table for our dining room, replace all of my furniture to resemble something from an old barn that was frozen in time, and paint my world white! But for me, that just isn’t very practical.
There are several basic things you can do to easily transform your home or dining room. The first thing I like to start with are linens. I like a classic white or creme tone and have used it throughout our home to update and freshen up a few of our spaces. Table runners draped over a large portion of a dining table, coffee table, or side table go well with a farmhouse style, yet stays in keeping with a timeless elegance that I love. This white runner creates a new focal point and takes the emphasis off of my traditional dining set.
The next things I added to this tablescape to give it a rustic/farmhouse flair are natural elements and textures. I found aged planks at Hobby Lobby for 50% off one day and thought they would look great lined up as a table runner and layered on top of my white linens. This look could easily be achieved using old fence posts or pallet wood and is versatile for different holidays and seasons.
A mossy wreath around classic white dishes, set atop a jute charger, and finished off with a clipping of whatever greenery you have on hand adds a bit of that simple farmhouse charm.
Next I found other items from around the house that help add texture and height to our table. Fresh seasonal flowers mixed with greenery from the garden and set in white pitchers are a simple way to add a touch of color without overpowering the room. Old tarnished silver trays and mercury glass candle sticks bring elegance and sparkle to the look and seems to take the tablescape from casual to a bit more formal.
Lastly, I have a few vintage pieces and wall hangings around this room that bring this rustic/farmhouse style together. My new current loves are these three beautiful silhouettes from A Family Print Shop The owner, Essie gives wonderful instructions on how to take a photo of your child and send to her. She then takes that image and transforms it into a beautiful silhouette mounted on a woodcut oval. I hung the custom silhouettes she made for me in our wet bar area and love that I have a beautiful image that captures all three of my little ones in this stage of life.
All in all, when it comes to home decor, my style changes as the years pass. Adding a few timeless pieces that I can use later on down the road, or inexpensive farmhouse touches from yard sales and antique stores makes me feel like I am stretching our dollar a little further, yet creating a look that pleases me for the time being. It also doesn’t lock me into one particular style, and gives me some wiggle room to decorate in the future.
As always, thank you for taking the time to read along. My hope is to inspire, lend a helpful hand in your home decor decisions, and bring glory to God in all that I do. -Tiffany
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