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    Interior Chatter — fixer upper

    What's The Difference? Farmhouse vs. Shabby Chic

    What's The Difference? Farmhouse vs. Shabby Chic

    You hear the words "Shabby Chic" and you think soft cottage style with distressed, vintage items. This can also include new items made to look old, or reused materials turned into something different (such as using old doors or shutters as a headboard). 

    shabby chic, headboard, shabby chic decor

    You hear the words 'Farmhouse Style" and you picture a rustic, country look with earth tones and natural textures (such as wood and greenery). This includes other organic items like burlap and twine, as well as cottage style items like mason jars and linen

    farmhouse style, farmhouse decor

    When you start hunting for either style, you begin to see the line between the two blurs. Shabby chic is a term that was created in the early Eighties by a British designer in an interview with the American 'The World of Interiors' magazine. But it was Rachel Ashwell that created the movement.

    She used shabby chic as well when she described her style in the early Eighties. It then became so popular that she trademarked the term in 1989. She started the shabby chic, french country chic on the west coast and it spread like wildfire.

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    More recently, you see the words "Farmhouse Style" being used to describe what looks like, in many ways (to us), shabby chic style. With the immense popularity of Joanna and Chip Gaines, the "Fixer Upper" style took over in the past few years, creating a new way of looking at both shabby chic and farmhouse style. 

    Joanna loves to use shiplap, rustic wreaths and greenery, as well as linen and burlap and industrial farmhouse items. It's almost as if shabby chic has evolved into farmhouse style. Or perhaps farmhouse style took what it liked from shabby chic and added it's own twist? farmhouse style, joanna gaines, fixer upper

    We don't know exactly how to pinpoint it, but either way you look at it -  farmhouse style can be shabby chic, but not all shabby chic interiors are farmhouse style. Just a little interior chatter this week as we search for our own interior inspiration. What do you lean towards when designing your interiors? Farmhouse or Shabby Chic? 

    Xx, 

    O&F 

    5 Easy Ways To Create Fixer Upper Style

    5 Easy Ways To Create Fixer Upper Style

    Joanna and Chip Gaines have certainly changed the home renovation game. Their farmhouse, modern rustic style is right on point with our favourite trends and we're constantly inspired by their commitment to excellence (who isn't?!).

    When it comes time to redo your own favourite spaces, the cost and the project ideas can often be overwhelming for the everyday, non-professional home owner. You may not be creating from scratch, and you may not have months to complete the changes. 

    Have no fear! We've put together a list that can help save you the headaches and confusion. Check out our 5 easy tips to creating your own fixer upper style and see just how simple it can be to create your perfect happy place. 

    1. Quote Art 

    You can find almost any quote art nowadays for affordable prices. And if you're feeling crafty and adventurous you can DIY your own. From song lyrics and bible verses, to daily mantras and clever puns, the oversized wall art is your first step to fixer upper interior style. 

    2. Oversized Clocks 

    An oversized clock hung in the entryway or above the mantel in your living room can completely change the space. The industrial style timekeepers are the perfect way to add a touch of vintage charm and fixer upper style to your home, and they continue to be one of Joanna's favourite interior accessories. 

    3. Boxwood Wreaths 

    The rustic, natural charm of preserved boxwood wreaths works year round for any home. They pair perfectly with antique mirrors and vintage window frames, and are a quick and easy way to add a touch of fixer upper style to your home (find O&F handmade boxwood wreaths on Etsy). 

    4. Subway Tile

    Renovating your kitchen can be a long process. Finding the best backsplash, seating and sink can take ages, especially if you're working with your partner or spouse. We all have different styles and if you're doing it yourself, without a professional, knowing what to do can be difficult. Subway tile backsplash is a smart, simple and easy decision you can make right now for a fixer upper style kitchen of your dreams. And you'll want to stick to natural textiles (like our O&F linen tea towels) and green, natural accents. 

    5. Pipe Shelving 

    The industrial chic look of pipe shelving is one of our favourite fixer upper interior accents, and can be used in almost any room of the home. From bathrooms and bedrooms, to entryways and kitchens, it's easy to find affordable designs or create your own pipe shelving. Add a few vintage books and wildflowers and voila! You've got the perfect new wall space. 

    What are some of your favourite fixer upper qualities? Subscribe today and share to receive special offers and more interior styling tips from the team at O&F. We love seeing our readers spaces and are inspired by our community daily!