Farmhouse charm can only be described as a feeling…not a set of rules. There are so many feelings that come to my mind when I think of adding farmhouse style.
I guess the first thing you have to remember when trying to achieve this look…is what life is like on a farm. To begin with, farm life is simple. The American farm family lives, generally on a budget. They don’t have access to the store anytime they like…so they have to keep this in mind…when grocery shopping…shopping for clothes…ect. Generally, their houses used to be built by them…and possibly neighbors…so they weren’t sophisticated. They were built very simply. Most of the decor was made generally by the women…or the men, not store-bought. So, with that in mind…let’s look at this, shall we?
Beadboard – This was used…because it was well…cheap, and it protected the walls. Country women…or men for that matter…didn’t have time to be fixing walls…so things had to be tough. They generally had loads of kids…mostly to help on the farm, and things had to be durable…and last for ever…beadboard was the ticket…it got put on everything.
If you’ll even notice…this gorgeous farmhouse sink…even mimics the beadboard.
That said…lets look at the farmhouse sink: They were generally deep, for all the big pots and pans. Farm women were very busy ladies. They generally made and preserved all there food…so they needed these industrial depth sinks.
Not all farmhouse sinks were neccissarily apron front.
This sink isn’t an apron front…but just like those…it’s big and deep.
Generally cabinetry was a specialty item. It didn’t come custom built into homes…so if you got any…it was just the bare necessity…which usually meant, not at all on top. So open shelves came about.
If you’ll notice…these shelves were only built as big as needed…just the depth of the canning jars. That was typically how things got done…as needed, and as folks could afford.
Almost always long and built out of whatever would might be found, salvaged or left over from another project. These tables saw a lot of wear and tear. They had to hold up to all the work of the kitchen, along with lots of kids. Homework, and company. They couldn’t be prissy.
Part of the charm of these tables…is the rustic, beat up look that they almost always had.
Have you ever thought about why there is almost always tin on a farmhouse? Again…what’s available, quick…and lasts forever.
Granted, today’s tin roofs…aren’t our mamma’s…but they still have an awful lot of farmhouse charm.
Truth be told…they aren’t tin anymore either. However…we have tin on almost all our outdoor roofs…except the house. We have FINALLY upgraded to a pretty steel roof.
Would you just take a look at this farmhouse with the red roof….isn’t that just stunning?
This home….is just the epitome of the Farmhouse style, my opinion!
Okay…this isn’t a tin roof…but it spoke to me…and I had to give in to the voice! How’s that for farmhouse charm?
Again…as with all the other elements….lighting was all about simplicity.
Look at this picture…it has just about every element I’ve talked about.
The countertops generally, were no different from anything else, of that time….simple simple, simple…and what’s available.
Typically, these wooden countertops were dark and very warm, from the wear and tear of baking, cooking, cutting and canning.
Women lived in their kitchens for so many years….is it any wonder that when we think of farmhouse charm…the kitchen is usually the place our minds wonder?
This fireplace…is just about as rustic as one can get.
Although modern and sophisticated in many ways…this fireplace, for some reason, just oozes country charm to me.
There are so many other ways farmhouse can be broken down also.
French farmhouse –
By adding some curves to the furniture…some Roosters…and lanterns…generally that’s what a farmhouse needs…to look Farmhouse French
– Cottage is typically smaller in scale…generally has some stone thrown in…and loads of whites, and chippy paints.
– This is just exactly what it sounds like. straight lines…because the technology wasn’t there…and really rough detail.
Although, most of this room is not…the cabinet behind the couch, is as primitive as it gets.
– English…in my mind…just says florals. Add some flowers…and some chinz…and you’ve got English farmhouse. Although it’s generally a little more sophisticated, and chic, it really is nearly that simple to get a little English Farmhouse look.
Even outside…some floral additions…just make the difference.
Okay….that really puts farmhouse charm into perspective…and makes it fairly simple to understand…and gives some very reasonable ways to add this charm from less complicated times, into our busy lives today.
Beverly Elaine says
Gorgeous! Leave the key under the mat. Suitcase is packed and I’m on the way.
Beverly, I would love that! Don’t you just love Farmhouse charm? So inviting and comfortable! Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!
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Debra @ MsMoozys Open House says
Really enjoyed this post with all the great info and eye candy. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing, have a great day.
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Debra, Thank you! Farmhouse Style is one of my favorites. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by!
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Lots of beautiful inspiration!
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Thank you Sharon. I’m so thrilled you stopped by today. Have a wonderful week!
Farmhouse style is by far my favorite! Thank you for all the pictures–I can’t wait to recreate some of these!
Tammy Noel Smith says
I love these ideas and I’ll be using a few of them as our family moves into a cottage in a small town.With a new love of Farmhouse style and the influence of Rachel Ashwells Prairie Chic,it’s easy to think we love this style so much because it’s the ‘in’ look right now.However,I believe that with times changing so rapidly,and everyone is in such a hurry and the modern life isn’t turning out to be what we all thought it would be….a simpler life.The real charm of the farmhouse is the memory of what life once was here in America.Though there were many children,much work from sun up to sun down….it truly was the simpler life.
In the picture directly under the subtitle “Farmhouse Tables” there is a hanging lantern over the table that I really like. Do you happen to know where that light fixture is from? Thank you!
Shelly Trushel says
I’m looking for a window like the one over the sink solid paned, then 3-4 small panes at top. Where is this from please?
Hello. I love everything in every picture?. I especially love the three pendants in the picture right under the label lighting ( 3 pendants in the white kitchen). I was wondering if you could tell me where I can buy them? That would be amazing! Thank you so much.
I enjoyed this so much. Thinking about moving into an older house. I got so many ideas. Thanks. Keep it coming. Thanks