Thursday, February 8, 2018

Farmhouse Inspirations

There are so many interpretations of farmhouse style that I can hardly choose one. Modern, which is more spare; country farmhouse, which is most traditional; and a romantic style which carries a more idealized tone, like the antique ruffled baby dress above.

My idea of romantic farmhouse decorating has more floral patterns and curves, and of course lots of airy white.

An old painted wooden door can be dressed up or down. Left plain, or used to showcase your leanings one way or another. An old chippy frame with sheet music is about as fussy as I want to go for now. 

My latest inspirations are a couple of recent design books. The one above by Tricia Foley is about as pared down as it is possible to get. She uses tons of white with a simple, serene environment. I have spent time in rooms like this, and far from being boring, they offer a freedom for engagement with people, or for creative energy. 

When you have a more open area, there is space available for change and variety in a room if you want it. I pulled a few things together in this corner for the light, for instance.

And I like the softness that just a bit of lace can give an otherwise plain room. A sheer curtain also softens the light if you need it.

City Farmhouse Style by Kim Leggett keeps things lighter and more open than a heavier traditional farmhouse style. The mode seems to really highlight collections in an appealing understated way yet still has lots of character and warmth.

But I am certainly no purist and can wander all over the place decoratively speaking!

I can't seem to stay away from beautiful vintage clothes! 

Probably close to a hundred years old, you can see a patch in this baby dress that was sewn in the skirt at the lower left.

Speaks volumes, and full of nostalgia. 

 This dainty style is always waiting in the wings for me when I want it, like this set of ironstone transferware pitchers. The pitchers have a dressier mood than my plain white ironstone.

Here's a last look at this frilly dress showing the detail on the back side. There is only a single mother-of-pearl button left holding it together.

I had the impulse to make a repair to that little tear, but it seems right to leave it to it's vintage honesty. Clean, unpressed, and carrying all the weight of history within its airy folds. 

Hope you're having fun no matter what your style!

So nice that you stopped by!



Amber Lyon Ferguson said...

Everything is so dreamy. As a music teacher and lover of all things white and vintage, I am particularly found of that sheet music in the frame! I agree that "farmhouse" encompasses a wide array of styles these days, but I find that my farmhouse style is "romantic prairie" influenced. Many of the treasures you have shared here are what I consider true farmhouse style. I hope you will come over and link up this post at Share The Love Link Party. You can find the party at the end of my Valentine post.
I hope you have a beautiful Valentine's Day!

Amber Lyon Ferguson said...

*fond :)

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Beautiful as usual! Have you ever thought of doing a book?

Beatrice Euphemie said...

So lovely and very thoughtful. Everything just conveys a delicate mood. So subtle and romantic. Love the 3 pitchers and the little dress just makes you imagine the sweet cherub that was wrapped in all that softness. xx Karen

Louca por porcelana said...

The wonderful pitchers caught my eye!Just fabulous!!!Hugs!

Salmagundi said...

I love discussions on farmhouse style. I grew up in a farmhouse in the 1930s - 1940s so when I see farmhouse style, I often think that's not what I remember ---- My mother had wonderful taste, and even though money was not always plentiful as farmers, she managed to put together a wonderful home. So, naturally, my farmhouse style is based on some of the great stuff I inherited from her. After she went to work in town when I started school, she bought quality things when she could (going without when she couldn't buy quality!) Probably, my favorite is the beautifully-made walnut bedroom furniture we use everyday. Long story short --- my idea of farmhouse style is pretty elegant! I always enjoy your posts and wonderful photography. Sally

Art and Sand said...

I always find your rooms soothing and peaceful.

I need to check out both of the books.


Those two pitchers are so beautiful and so romantic; they sure caught my eye.
Loved your post.
Have a nice weekend.

NanaDiana said...

Beautiful, beautiful images. I love the serenity of white- pure and simple. xo Diana

Maristela Guilherme said...

Tudo lindo!
A louça é divina.
Bom fim de semana.

Jeanie said...

That music in the mirror frame and that beautiful collection of books with the transferware pitcher capture my heart. And the eggs. Got to love the eggs!

Lisa Moore said...
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Marilyn Miller said...

Swooning over those pitchers. Love anything Tricia Foley does, now must look for that book.

Roosterhead Designs said...

*swoon* : ) Thank you for sharing Jacqueline~
Soooo lovely. I enjoy and appreciate your
recommendations for books; which you occasionally
give. Such an inspirational post! <3 karen o

Cindy - ClochesandLavender said...

Hi Jacqueline, it's been a while and apologize. I can't get ENOUGH of the pitchers, stunning


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