Each year when the holiday season rolls around we find ourselves in the typical Pinterest black hole (we all know so well). In constant search of new and original festive decor.
To make it a little easier this year we've gathered our top 5 ideas for creating the perfect farmhouse Christmas, even when you don't have much to spare after gift shopping.
1. USE WHAT YOU HAVE
Have a pair of ice skates in the garage? Or perhaps an old lantern in storage? These can both be easily repurposed as winter decor items. A quick clean up and a fresh coat of red paint later and all you need to find is the right setting to create a vintage, country style holiday space. And the best part is you didn't spend a dime.
2. BURLAP, BURLAP AND MORE BURLAP
Burlap fabric can be found for excellent prices online and in stores. And it's one of our favorite go-to's when decorating a cottage farmhouse style home. Add it to wreaths, banisters, mantles, trees, you name it - burlap can make it a little festive.
3. ALWAYS ADD A TOUCH OF GREEN
Boxwood wreaths are the perfect touch of rustic charm to any farmhouse space, especially during the holiday season. It's fun to play around with different ribbons and uses, from table centrepieces and chair decor, to the more traditional doors and walls - the wreaths will last you all year long (making them an economical choice) and add a classic touch of christmas spirit to any room.
4. DIY YOUR HEART OUT
Pinterest is also heaven for any DIY fans. And when you're working with a tight budget, what better time of year to get your craft on? A few of our favorite DIY festive ideas include adding paint and glitter to pine cones (simple, but stunning) and wall art including lyrics to your favorite christmas carol. Go to town, and use what you already have in the house - paper, markers and glue still go a long way.
5. DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE RED
Literally any red item you have in the house, use it. Your kid has a red toy truck or old red wagon, clean them up and find a spot for them. Red Flyer wagon's are a great place to stack gifts next to the tree, and a toy truck can make a perfect little vintage touch to the mantle. Ribbons, wrapping paper, ornaments - all of these items can all be used to add the perfect finishing touch of red.
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).
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
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.
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?
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?
We love a good dinner party or brunch, and we love hosting them even more! It's so much fun setting the table and decorating for a special occasion, especially in the Spring. Easter is just days away and we could not be more excited. It's the best season for linen (our favourite!) and of course muted pastels, creating the perfect opportunities for shabby chic interior lovers. And the perfect opportunity to gather friends and family for a celebration of fresh starts, new beginnings and renewed life!
Layers, layers and more layers. Use the entire table, from plate ware, cutlery and napkins, to table runners, tablecloths and placemats, the more the merrier! And you can be a little adventurous and crafty with Easter. Bunnies, eggs, flowers, really anything goes when it comes to celebrating the Spring holiday.
The key to layering successfully is introducing different textures to the table. Mix and match metals, natural textiles (like linen), colour (pastels) and white within the decor. Add fresh flowers and, of course, the food to tie it all together.
The centre of the Easter brunch (or dinner) is where it gets really fun. Boxwood wreaths wrapped around candle holders full of pastel eggs, fresh bouquets of spring flowers and pastel coloured eggs are just the beginning! Get creative and mix and match texture. Look at what you have in the house let the kids join in the fun.
Start from the middle of the table and work your way out. The centrepiece should set the tone of the table, and help tie together the colour scheme. If you're using natural linens, try a splash of coloured eggs in the centre, or an O&F boxwood wreath to help bring a touch of the outdoors inside.
Too often the seats at the table go forgotten. Even if you have beautiful chairs and benches, it never hurts to add a touch of decor to each one. Our ruffled linen seat covers are, of course, among our favourite seating accessories. As well as our boxwood wreaths.
Ribbons, linen ties and name tags are just a few ideas. If your hosting a large family including children of all ages, seat covers are always a great option for gorgeous easter decor, as well as functional option making cleanup and messes easy as pie.
Last, but never least, the extras. Accessorise the table and the space with your favourite Easter decor. Maybe it's your mother's old china, or your child's best Easter art from school. Whatever you choose, tie it into the table with our theme of the season - mixing and matching textures and colour.
We just love Rae Dunn Clay and anything homemade, as well as Easter trees, wreaths, banners and floral garlands. And of course, as awlays - bunnies and more eggs! Just have fun with it and enjoy the day celebrating with your loved ones.
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.
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