Let me start off by saying I am not am expert in the field of home décor but I am artist at heart and someone who is driven by enormous amounts of research. When we (when I say we, I mean my husband and I. We didn’t involve any other designer) started working on a mood board for the home we eventually realized everything we had liked had an old world vintage charm to it. It was by no means Indian so we started looking out for what it was called and infact if there was a name to it. And voila we stumbled upon ‘FARMHOUSE CHIC’
There’s something enduring and warm-hearted about farmhouse style. Classic farmhouse has stood the test of time and evolved into today’s modern farmhouse style, which is welcoming, comfortable and timelessly refreshing. So all in all our take away from the research was farmhouse style of décor involves “Rustic vintage décor elements like light/knobs/fittings etc. – white walls – lots and lots of wood – and as the word itself suggests a farm feel so lots of green. This was exactly what we were looking for, it fit us and our personalities perfectly, so we kind of took that as our guideline and went about creating our dream home on that guideline.
These are my two cents about how to achieve the vintage farmhouse look to your home without breaking the bank –
COMFORT & PRACTICALITY :
Furnishing and accessories should be COZY and inviting and more importantly useable, not just for show. Farmhouse style of décor encourages unorganized laid back arrangement. They should welcome you into the room, and nothing should be too precious to use regularly. The room should look like it evolved over time.
A NEUTRAL BASE PALETTE :
Choosing a neutral base palette to make the room appear fresh and open. Cool or warm neutrals such as cream, beige, silver and grey all work well and balance natural elements. Keep patterns simple and contemporary and bring depth to the neutral palette with a variety of textures.
REFURBISH & REUSE :
Don’t rush to resign your old furniture to the scrap heap. All you need to turn tired, time-worn pieces into treasure are a few DIY skills and little creative thinking. It is budget-friendly and good for the planet. Mix and match furniture, especially vintage and new. Vintage furniture has authenticity and probably a story behind it and new furniture has practicality and comfort.
NATURAL ELEMENTS :
Natural décor and earthy interiors go together like peanut butter and jelly. Design experts are forecasting that earthy interiors will be one of the hottest home trends in 2019. Just remember: when all is said and done, trends come and go. As long as you follow your gut and chase the feeling that most inspires you, your space is destined for a positive transformation. Try introducing a lot of wood (polished or distressed) in the architectural features or furniture, but also use natural fibers, such as cotton, jute, rattan and wicker, and natural stone.
MINIMALISM – LESS IS MORE :
Less is more in home décor because it is easier to draw attention to your treasure, that one piece you want everyone to see upon entering the room. You want to create a cozy, uncluttered room, so keep accessories to a minimum and the room flow open.
And Ta-Da that’s it. My favorite part about home and particularly this style of décor is it’s a reflection of who you are, it warm and cozy and uncluttered and it evolves and grows with you over time.
List of our Summer Living Room favorites :
- Jay Sideboard
- Archie Mirror
- Boho Cushion Covers
- Blue and White rectangular boho cushion
- Highline Chair
- Round Jute Rug
- Kalpi Teak and Rattan Ceiling Light
- Woven planter baskets
- Mid-Century Media Console (80″) – Acorn
- Banana fibre foot stool
We wanted a place where we could be ourselves without inhibitions or worrying about wine stains on the rug. We wanted to create a safe space for our little one that changed with him over time, A place that grew as we did and evolved as our needs evolved. Something that could be modified with the seasons. And I think all things considered we pretty much landed our dream home. For me home is all about the people in it. It is more about how the space feels rather than how it looks. And this space totally makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.