Friday, January 9, 2015

Vintage Farmhouse Style {Inside}


Happy Friday!

When I think of "vintage farmhouse" style, 
I think of: weathered, relaxed, charming, aged pieces 
that have a story to tell, inviting, family-friendly, and repurposed.

Some of these pictures you may have seen before. But I realized that some of these photos I shared when I was just starting to blog (spring of last year). Readers consisted mostly of my Mom (thanks Mom), my sister (but not regularly, I might add ;), and a handful of friends... I'm so thankful for each of you - whether you were here from the beginning or are just joining the party now! 

I thought I'd recap some ways we embrace vintage farmhouse style in our home. 


This chippy old picnic bench serves as a rustic coffee table against a newer white couch. Except for benches, most of the seating in our home is contemporary. In contrast, most of the accent pieces are vintage or antiques.


I was so excited to find this large (and heavy!) old mirror at a yard sale. The wood horse silhouette I purchased at the Farm Chicks show. The old mantel I bought off of Craigslist and I made the fabric tied wreath. Wreath DIY is here.


The stools at our counter are actually barstool-height (higher than counter stools). I'm so glad we went with these stools from World Market. They are super solid and get tons of use from our boys since we don't have an eat-in kitchen. I will concede that sometimes, new is better!


Another vintage item in our home is this mattress spring. It's fun to change it up seasonally. The three white shelves were already here when we moved in. They make a great place to display our mason jar collection.


I've used a lot of white in our house. I love the peaceful, airy quality that white provides. Things like the white painted bottles above and white plates hung on the wall provide texture and interest without distracting from the visual flow of a space.


A fresh white pitcher and a basket of faux eggs adds to a farmhouse feel 
on top of this antique dresser in our entryway.



The picture above shows our family room when we had a large vintage map of our county above the buffet. I really do love the map but have switched it up, putting our tin chicken nesting boxes where the map was (scroll down further to see).


I enjoy incorporating some hand-made items into our home. This coffee-stained fabric garland warms up our white fireplace. The garland DIY is here.


Old books, flower and yet another white pitcher...


This chicken waterer has been repurposed as a vase.


And a collection of old box graters, used as luminaries, give off a pretty glow...



We have a couple of old farmhouse doors that I think of as art. Though I will say they have confused a guest or two who may not be as familiar with the shabby look. A neighbor actually gasped and said, "Oh no! Did a door fall down?" :)



You can't get much more "farmhouse" than incorporating a few barnyard animals!


And here's our family room with the nesting boxes. I'm curious to see what you like better - this way or with the large map??



Our 1800s Swedish Mora clock is one of our favorite items in our home. We purchased it for our 10th anniversary. Our boys are intrigued by the very old weights inside as well as the little rope, which was once used to tie the clock to the wall when it sat on an old, uneven wood floor. (I guess the rope tying is common in these old clocks since they have to be perfectly level.)


Next week, I plan to post on bringing vintage farmhouse style outdoors. 

Hope you have a great weekend and GO HAWKS!!

xo

Sharing with:
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From My Front Porch To Yours




28 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed seeing some of the different ways you've brought vintage style to your home. I love the chicken cubbies behind your sofa! I like the different things you've repurposed in your home. I think that makes a home so interesting. I laughed when you said someone thought your door fell down. I could see someone saying that too actually. Especially someone of an older generation that thinks of doors as just doors. Know what I mean?

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    1. Thanks Kelly... yes, you're exactly right with our dear neighbor. I started explaining but after a confused look, I thought it best to change subjects. :) Have a great weekend!

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  2. Nesting boxes! I would die if I found some like yours. I don't have a place to put them but I would love them. I so agree with your thoughts on Farmhouse style. Reusing and repurposing is our favorite thing too. Pretty much everything in our house has a story and now, finding things in our historic town to use, is really cool. So glad you stopped by and visited me! :)

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    1. Sounds like you live in such a neat area! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I like both the boxes & the map - both add so much interest. Everything is lovely & peaceful in your rooms. Beautiful shades of color.

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  4. This was a lovely tour of your charming farmhouse! You've done a fabulous job adding interest and warmth into your home with all of your vintage items as well as your own wonderful creations. I'm in love with the gorgeous mirror you found at a yard sale...really? Wow, what a treasure.
    Mary Alice

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    1. The mirror was $25! It was a fun score. :)

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  5. Love your blog and I vote for the nesting boxes. I look at your blog several times a week and it is always full of inspiration. I made the wreath and I am working on a garland thanks to your blog. Love, love ,love your dining room. Karen from Wenatchee

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    1. Oh I'm so glad! That means so much to me. The garland will be a breeze compared with the wreath! :)

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  6. Your home is lovely and so welcoming! I wanted to tell you that the nesting boxes are a great piece but I really love the old map hanging, it brings a tiny pop of color and really makes that spot sing!!!

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    1. I appreciate that - good insight! I'm kind of torn!

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  7. Such a lovely home and I love your style and reading your blog!

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    1. Thank you so much - that is very kind of you and I'm so glad you're here! :)

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  8. What a wonderful tour of your home. You have such great style. Wish some would rub off on me. lol
    And since you asked, I loved the chicken feeder at Christmas. Now I think the map would look nice back in it's place. Just my 2 cents worth.
    *Smiles*

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    1. Thank you - well said. I'll consider it for sure... Hope your weekend is going well!

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  9. I absolutely love your style of decorating and have gotten so many wonderful ideas for incorporating the farmhouse look into my own home. I really like that your style is very doable and that many of your ideas such as the rag garlands, old doors etc., are inexpensive yet make a big impact. You have made your home such a warm, welcoming and inviting space with all of the right touches. I am so glad to have found your blog - it truly has provided me with much needed inspiration and direction in decorating my home.

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    1. The song "Wind Beneath My Wings" just came to mind! :) Thank you so much for letting me know! You truly provided me with some "wind" today. Yes, my decorating is often done on a shoestring. Blessings!

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  10. I love the coziness of farmhouse style! It doesn't work upstairs, but I have tried to incorporate it in our basement. Love anything chippy and I have a fetish for old doors!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  11. Those are definitely some great farmhouse touches...beautiful!

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  12. Super cute house! As for the map versus the nesting boxes that is a tough choice. I love maps, but the nesting boxes are great too. I love your doors too. I have brought home quite a few and my friends always ask what I am going to do with them.

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    1. Thanks so much Amy! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. Have a great weekend!

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  13. I love your farmhouse! I have similar collections and can never pass up an ironstone pitcher! LOVE the nesting box filled with your white collections. Happy to have found you via Cozy LIttle House. I've added you to my reading list, too.

    Keep up the wonderful work!

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