Even an industrial loft kitchen can don the mantle of an Old World farmhouse with a few simple touches. Here, antique wooden beams replace the existing structural supports, creating an eye-catching element in this vintage-yellow kitchen. For a similar effect, cover boring columns with wood, or use a faux finish to give them a rustic appearance, says author Susan Sully. For an even easier farmhouse-style fix, bring in a rocking chair.
Ceilings and bar areas are great spots for a rustic, barn-style aesthetic, even in a new or renovated home. Look for backless bar seating and stools with saddle seat design, so that guests can casually sidle up to the island. And don’t forget to look up at the rustic beams on the ceiling.
When using old books, if the covers or spines are ugly or in bad condition, open them up and use the pages to soften up the mantel decor. Designer Janna Allbritton always tries to incorporate something soft (such as pages or ribbon) with something shiny (such as mercury glass) and greenery (such as a succulent or topiary). She also loves bringing in wire, wood and metal elements, which can be snagged for just a few dollars at yard sales or thrift shops.
Create a centerpiece vignette for your island in your favorite style, whether it’s rustic, vintage or modern. Texas designer Janna Allbritton of Yellow Prairie Interior Design says if you’re going rustic, look in your garage with a fresh set of eyes for unexpected items to use on the island. An old picture frame or caddy, like on this island, could do the trick. Use one large piece to anchor the arrangement, then decorate around it, she says.
If you have a fireplace in your kitchen, add quirky and collected elements for instant farmhouse style. This mantel, featured in Susan Sully’s book, “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques,” mixes inexpensive brass candlesticks, baskets and classic blue-and-white platters along with affordable resin bear statues and a deer bust for a rustic farmhouse feel. “When you group it in an interesting way, they work together,” Sully says.
Baskets add natural texture and warmth to kitchens, and can make even a large space feel cozy and intimate. In this kitchen, designers with Moda Floors and Interiors stacked an assortment of baskets at one end of the island for instant farmhouse charm.
Beth Dana Design took on an extensive remodel with this early 1900s Santa Barbara farmhouse. The turquoise front door provides a jolt of color on the porch, which has barn-style lighting, a metal bin overflowing with firewood and a galvanized planter. Architectural elements include board and batten siding and a bead board ceiling.
This holiday season, celebrate time-honored luxury and classic, refined decor with a sophisticated equestrian aesthetic. A foundation of neutrals makes room for festive layers of checks, plaids and stripes––the staples of a country Christmas.
This farmhouse-inspired backyard playhouse offers a holiday escape for kids to play and craft at the wooden table with metal chairs. The playhouse offers vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and fun flannel decor.