My Personal Interpretation of Modern Farmhouse Style

What do you do when the heat index registers 113° on a hot and humid Louisiana summer day?  You pour yourself a glass of Southern sweet ice tea, you stay indoors in the air conditioning, and you spend quality time updating this farmhouse style post to better show and tell a personal style journey.

Mixing decorating styles piques not only my interest but engages my eye.

Take the modernization of farmhouse style.

Building upon the design and decorating cornerstones of farmhouse style, modern farmhouse accents the mix and mingle of decorating styles, finding the curated look to be an expression of personal style, taste and interpretation through balance, harmony, layers, and visual engagement.

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Polsky Perlstein Architects ~  Michael Hospelt Photography

Inspiration is everywhere, especially in forgotten photo file folders that evoke the thoughts and memories of past that shape my present personal interpretation of modern farmhouse style.

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Domino

On a recent save and purge photo scroll and purge, I came across a fall folder packed with pics from a staging session.

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The dough bowl is well represented in many of the photos as it is what I consider the standard decorating accessory depicting farmhouse style.

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Farmhouse is in my DNA, so to speak.   I come from a long line of farmhouse admirers as you will learn from the abbreviated backstory a few paragraphs down.

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Abandoned, inhabited, primitive, pristine and historic- I’ve never met a farmhouse I haven’t loved, or at the very least appreciated.  Condition proves irrelevant to the enamored.  A good eye sees past the past straight to the innate beauty found in intricate millwork, stately embellishments, and architectural details.

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Design Sponge ~ Photo by Maxwell Tielman

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Pecky Cypress

These treasure-troves of design and decorating leave a lasting and inspiring impression.

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Texas Farm Bureau ~ Julie Vrazel Tomascik

Throughout my childhood my mother and grandmother would decide on a whim to load up the Lincoln and point the hood emblem west to Texas.  No trip to Texas was complete without an adventure on the way to my great-grandparents house.

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Over the Louisiana bayous and down the Texas farm-to-market roads, to great-grandmother’s house we go with a Glen Campbell 8-track in the Philco ever gentle on our minds and nary a seat belt fastened or care in the world.

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Now Bryan!  Now Cameron!  Now Heidenheimer and Temple!
On, Belton!  On, Killeen!  On, Hewitt and Waco, too!

My grandmother could scope out a farmhouse among Texas Bluebonnets like nobody’s business.

She was farmhouse when farmhouse wasn’t cool.

Her antiques shops radar was fine-tuned to treasures ahead and a skill I’ve proudly inherited.  To protest was pointless.  I learned at an early age to never question the motives of a native Texan whose eyes have seen the glory of a Texas farmhouse, a hole-in-the-wall junk shop or Bluebonnet field.

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Looking back over our adventures, I find an obvious correlation between  my personal style interpretation of modern farmhouse design and the farmhouses, antiques shops and the fields of Bluebonnet dreams waltzed across Texas all those years ago.

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Dana Wolter Interiors

To put show to tell, I’ve sourced a collection of images, accessories and curiosities in the manner of modern farmhouse style.

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Carved Walnut Library Table

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Wreath Mirror in Shimmer

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Marinette 33 in. Clear Glass Table Lamp

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“The home should be the treasure chest of living.”

— Le Corbusier

Wood Inlay Trinket Jewelry Box

Wood Inlay Trinket Jewelry Box

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Blur the hard lines of a design style by stepping away from convention.  This 1920s painted pine table is farmhouse kitchen ready to work, but I see a stunning foundation piece for the modern farmhouse foyer.

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Industrial Island / Centre Table

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Abel Round Mirror

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Hand Painted Italian Decorative Box

Alessandra-rugAlessandra Area Rug

Alfresco Home Delfina Urn Planter

Alfresco Home Delfina Urn Planter

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Hitting the Magnolia Jackpot Right Outside the Front Door

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1980s Portraiture Framed Oil Painting of Greyhound Whippet by Dawne Hill

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EBTH

Now more than ever I am convinced the nouns of our lives, the people, places and things that leave a lasting impression play a significant role in our personal style choices.

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Schoolhouse

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Domino

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From Me to You Upscale Market

When Dave the Builder asked me what I wanted for a Christmas present, I put in my order for one of these beam beauties.  It arrived Christmas Eve with a big red bow on it, and will soon be added a modern farmhouse style decoration to the Places In The Home kitchen.  When the tornado hit, the roof over the kitchen took the brunt of the force from tree branches and debris.  Add to that the water leaks and you get a taped and floated seam that is slowly exposing itself for the eyesore to eventually come.  Necessity comes together with attention to detail to welcome home a touch of modern farmhouse style.

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Loire Valley Double Sideboard

Deville Russelle Sideboard

Deville Russelle Sideboard

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Uttermost Treneece Distressed Antique Grey 1-light Table Lamps

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Canal Sofa

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Sylvester Sofa

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Waldorf 2 Door Accent Cabinet

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Painted Box Club Sofa Bench

Warmth through color, texture and pattern exemplifies the cozy nature of  of farmhouse style.

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The White Sparrow Barn

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Koge Swing Arm Lamp

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Better Homes & Gardens

Muestera Weathered Grey Dining Chair

Muestera Weathered Grey Dining Chair

Parsons Concrete Top/ Stainless Steel Base

Parsons Concrete Top/ Stainless Steel Base 

Years ago when by decorating happenstance I discovered just how aesthetically striking the pairing two styles together there was no turning back.  My future kitchen redesign (always a project in play) involves the marriage of a yet purchased antique farm or harvest table with the Chippendale dining chairs currently round the dining room table.

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New upholstery.   New space.   New look.

Edit from within and be amazed by the transformation of space and style.

Similarities in Style

What do you get when you cross modern farmhouse style with French country style?

A marriage of clean lines, stunning character and classic sophistication.

Cabinet, Glass Front, Pine, Antique White

Cabinet, Glass Front, Pine, Antique White

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Benjamin Dhong Interiors

The tops and shelves of farmhouse and modern farmhouse style sideboards and accent cabinets are made for housing distinctive wares and decorative accessories such as…

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Elle Decoration

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Milk Decoration

Transferware.

french-transferwareAntique French Ironstone Transferware Tureen H.B.& Cie.CHOISY-le-Roi

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Ironstone.

Ironstone Bowl with Pink Flowers,

Ironstone Bowl with Pink Flowers

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Verlaine Bookcase

Decorative decor accessories.

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Butcher blocks and cutting boards.

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Vintage Large Round Bread Board

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Curtis & Windham Architects

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Boccioni Large Recycled Glass Jug

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Stoneware Salt Cellar – Cream – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Let’s continue on with the classic farmhouse to modern farmhouse style accents and accessories that make the gotta have it list.

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Stephens Design Group

Stephens Design Group

Hydrangeas.

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Art ll Canvas Print

cow-head-wall-accentThe Bessie Cow Head Wall Decor

Cow and/or bull head wall decor.

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Nest

bull-head-wall-decorVintage pitchers and creamers.

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white-flat-front-cabinets-black-soapstone-countertopsDecorPad

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Framed and unframed art.

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Personal interpretation of interior styles is often subject to life influences. Decorating outside the traditional norms of a design style is an excellent way to further emphasize your personal style and taste preferences.

Love your style!

Do Drop In: Entertaining With Ease

The welcome mat at Places In The Home is working overtime. Several of our family members are taking to the spring holiday road, and our house is do drop in central.  Good visits begin with good hosting and good hosting begins with a stress free host or hostess.  Entertaining is supposed to be a fun for guests and hosts alike, isn’t it?  I know I have a much better entertaining experience if I access and assign a theme, go with the entertaining with ease flow and keep the focus on comfortable surroundings, inviting touches and relaxing times.

Texas_bluebonnet_plant_lupinus_texensis_with_dark_blue_flowers_with_white_topTexas Bluebonnet

Texas times and family memories will be a hot topic of conversation.  Our company’s travels begin in Texas Bluebonnet country, and with Texas being the common denominator of our family tree, I played it up in theme and setting. Farmhouse chic makes an effortless foundation to build your theme upon.

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A simple arrangement of carnations mixed with greenery and placed beside an even simpler arrangement of apples and bananas in a milk glass center bowl provides a nice centerpiece in a farmhouse chic kind of way.

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Fresh flowers from the floral department of the local grocery store are my weakness, and when the word clearance enters into the picture my shopping cart runneth over.  You really get your money’s worth with carnations. Carnations can last for weeks with an every other day water change and a quick stem trim.  I use tepid water, scale back leaves from the stems to prevent contact with the water, and place a couple of drops of food coloring in the water.

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From recipes to table setting decor, I like to source from within meaning I like to use what I have on hand.  A great home decor clearance sale and dollar store items purchased in bulk can provide all the entertaining with ease elements needed for a well designed themed tablescape.

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kitsch
art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.

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Into each case of design and decorating a little if kitchen kitsch is wrong, I don’t want to be right will fall.  The method to my madness lies deeply rooted in the from which I came from principle. I picked up several sets of rooster dish towels at the local dollar store back during the holidays knowing full well they would come in handy. Paired with copper napkin rings I found on clearance at Dillard’s a couple of years ago, the dish towels made great dinner napkins.

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The Places In The Home gang comes from a long line of hen on nest dish collectors.  The women of our family felt no respectable kitchen and/or breakfast room decor complete without the addition of at least one hen on nest dish.

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On the menu front I aim to please.  Round our dinner table, quality rules over quantity which lines up perfectly with easy menu planning.  As long as the iced tea is sweet and I keep the serving sizes in just a bite territory it is all good and tasty. The culinary rule of KISS (keep it salad simple) always applies.

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I set up a salad buffet for first course serve yourself ease.  Individual Mason jar salads layered with shredded iceberg lettuce, fresh tomato, chopped ham, green onion, Feta cheese crumbles, homemade buttermilk dressing and a dash of kosher salt and fine black pepper were a hit with the just a bite crowd.

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Biscuit BLTs with Peach Mayonnaise bring back memories of summers spent in Texas at my great-grandmother’s house.  Traditions tastes so good!

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Entertaining goes hand in hand with spring and summer, and entertaining with ease goes hand in hand with y’all come back now, ya hear!

Love your style!