More than Décor, Farmhouse Style Renews & Restores
Why We Love Farmhouse Style
We LOVE the Farmhouse Style here at Piper Classics. There are so many qualities of this look that really make our hearts sing!! It makes no difference if you’re in a cabin in the mountains, a cottage by the sea, an apartment in the city, or a home in the suburbs, there is something about the Farmhouse style that appeals to so many of us on a fundamental level.
We think that people are drawn to this look because they value qualities that are exemplified in a casual Farmhouse lifestyle. The short list of these qualities would probably include a deep love of family and faith, care and concern for friends and community, an interest in farm life and eating local, a connection and love for the land, and an appreciation and admiration for those who came before us and how they made do and even thrived in difficult times.
Though many of us do not live on a farm or in the countryside, we still LOVE this casual decor and find it appealing and comforting. The simplicity, functionality, and restfulness of farmhouse living are loved by people in every locale, in all walks of life. Busier than ever before, we need our homes to be a refuge where we can be refreshed, renewed and restored from the demands of our hectic lives.
The Farmhouse style with natural cotton, linen, and wool fabrics in soft neutral colors brings a sense of calm beauty to our rooms. This decor includes warm, inviting oversized sofas that beg us to curl up and relax. Bedrooms are dressed in pleasing colors with piles of soft pillows, quilts, and comforters that soothe us and quiet our minds. Wood finishes that are natural, rustic, and well-loved, as well as hand-me-downs and vintage items, have an important place in this decor. Kitchens are beautiful, warm, and well-appointed.
Keeping it casual and open are main tenets of this look. There is great value placed on an open-door policy that invites friends and family to gather together to share stories and meals. New memories are made with each impromptu get-together and we are strengthened and rejuvenated by these gatherings. In true Farmhouse style, we recognize our homes are no longer just a place to hang our hat but they can serve as a retreat; a place to relax and restore our hearts and minds. This look is achieved by selecting carefully from the treasures we have accumulated along life’s journey and choosing new items that are designed to soothe and enrich us. Farmhouse is more than a style, it’s a lifestyle.
Create Your Own Farmhouse Style
Universally appealing to decorators and homeowners alike, we believe there is another reason this look is standing the test of time. Farmhouse means different things to different people and putting your own personal signature on your home is what this décor is all about. It conforms to your way of life and the demands of your family. You are the decorator of your space and it should reflect your taste and preferences. Your home should have your personal stamp, based on what you love and what your family needs. Decorating today is more fluid and versatile than ever before and rigid rules about what you can and can’t do have gone by the wayside.
Well-loved pieces that are prevalent in the Farmhouse look include, but are not limited to:
- Weathered, rustic wood
- Ticking and grain sack fabrics
- Wooden floors (often made from reclaimed wood)
- Distressed, painted furniture
- Rustic farmhouse tables
- Painted beadboards
- Repurposed, vintage pieces
- Wooden spoons
- Butcher blocks
- Glass jars
- Galvanized metal buckets
- Open shelves
- Wire baskets
- Farm signage
- Jute & braided rugs
- Aproned sinks
- Pendant lighting
- Walls painted in neutral tones; white, taupe, gray, light green or blue
“Come on in & put-your-feet-up” is the message of this look. Casualness and comfort have taken over the more formal visiting & entertaining of the past. Classic furniture lines and shiny polished floors have been replaced by rustic weathered wood and furniture with chipped distressed paint. There is a genuine appreciation for recycling, recreating, and renovating existing pieces. Farmhouse style has a do-it-yourself attitude towards decorating with a strong appreciation for vintage and rustic pieces, which add character and charm to every room. Repurposing & using existing items in new and innovative ways that fit into our modern way of life is something that is valued in this comfortable lifestyle.
These are a Few of our Favorite Things…
Farmhouse Style, as we see it, is a reflection of your life. We recognize that family and friends are at the heart of what matters most. When we welcome them into the comfortable space we call home, we are strengthened and revived by their stories and the new memories we are creating. Here at Piper Classics, we recognize that decorating can seem challenging and that the market is full of interesting products. A home with soft, warm, and casual decor will help create calm and contentedness within your four walls.
We’d love to be able to help break down some of the mystery in achieving a Farmhouse Look. If you are just getting familiar with this décor and don’t think you’re ready to go “whole hog” (HeeHee), there’s no reason why you can’t just dip your toe in the pond. You can always choose one or two items to see how the look appeals to you. Farmhouse decor is easy and accommodating like that. You can choose galvanized tin boxes today and a weathered “Welcome” sign next week. Then if you find these choices appealing you can continue creating the Farmhouse look without breaking the bank. If you find that you are hooked and can’t “hold your horses” head on over to our farmhouse collection here.
Check out some of our favorite pieces for more inspiration…