Urban Farmhouse: Not a Contradiction in Terms

July 20th, 2016 Farmhouse Decor

Urban agriculture is – pardon the pun – a growth industry.

The concept has been popping up around the country over the past few years, whether it’s rooftop gardens in Chicago or community farms on vacant lots in Los Angeles.

So if urban farming has become a trend, why not urban farmhouse décor?

Urban Farmhouse

Farmhouse décor doesn’t only happen in the country or the suburbs. Urban farmhouse has its roots in big, airy loft spaces that incorporate found objects from the urban landscape. These objects carry a patina of age and recall a lost industrial past. You don’t live in a spacious loft? Not to worry, there are still plenty of ways to pull off this look.

Old street signs

Wall SignsYour community’s street signs help tell its story. “Kennedy Drive” might have been called something else before the 1960s. There might be an old “No Parking” sign tucked away that dates back to before you were in grade school.

So keep your eye out. Sometimes towns will auction off old signs as part of a larger public property sale, and you can add an authentic piece of your town’s history.

Old authentic signs may be hard to come by. If you need to hunt down a replica, Piper Classics has you covered, with a wide selection of vintage wall signs.

Old tools and machinery

Another way to embrace urban farmhouse décor is by decorating with old machinery or tools. There’s historical serendipity at work: the machines that once powered farms were made in urban factories.

Some of the things we’ve seen in our internet travels:

  • Old machinery gears used as pencil/pen holders to give desks and offices a rustic feel.
  • A vise used as bookends.
  • Re-purposed toolboxes turned into tables

Exposed brick

Having exposed brick in your home can give your space a new look while also preserving its historical character. It can add a nice touch of rustic flair to an otherwise cold-looking kitchen, or make a family room even more warm and comfortable.

Old maps

Have you ever taken a good look maps from the late 1800s or early 1900s?

They may not be accurate – Prussia? – but they are beautiful. Hang some the way you would artwork. A bigger map can even work as a mural. If you’re not a fan of maps, be sure to visit our country wall art collection to find something that works for your home.

Wooden surfaces

Whether it’s in the country or the city, wooden surfaces are a big part of farmhouse décor. Start in your kitchen with a simple wooden countertop, or by hanging wooden shelves – the more weathered-looking the better – to store your household items.

Let the light in

Natural light is one of farmhouse décor’s tent poles. Open your blinds and let the sun shine in, even if you’re not getting as much light as you would in wide-open country spaces.

And be sure to visit Piper Classics to search for country curtains, quilts and other décor to help make your urban space seem more rustic.

Even if the world outside is bustling and loud and busy, you can still create an indoor space that recalls quiet country spaces.



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