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Farmhouse Style Home Decor

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Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper have certainly brought farmhouse style back to the forefront of home design.  The look however now is a million miles away from the kitschy country of the 1980's and instead brighter, lighter and a little more natural. It can blend quite seamlessly with other types of decor when you stick to a neutral palette and natural materials.

If it's chippy, rusty, vintage or earthy it probably can fit into farmhouse decor.  There's no need to actually live on a farm to create a home with the look.  In fact, you don't even need to live in the country.  I've seen plenty of suburban and city abodes that have bits and pieces from this trend that look stunning.  To lend your home this style consider adding rustic wood furniture, galvanized steel, natural greenery, and subtle farm motif decor. I've rounded up a few inspiring pictures from a few of my favorite gals on Instagram to help you envision how lovely this style can look.

Rustic wood, check. Vintage style lighting, check.  Country style cooking utensils, check.  I bet you'd never guess this is a SoCal home! This beautifully fresh kitchen was share by Carol Estes @cestesdesign I feel this one has a little bit of french country style too.

Photo Credit: Carol Estes, Interior Designer

 

It's the combination of natural elements like that boxwood wreath and birch branch from this photograph by Chelsea (@creatingcottersbay) that initially caught my eye.  That cow picture though totally brings the farmhouse style, but the fact that is in black and white keeps it classier.

Photo Credit: Chelsea / @creatingcottersbay

http://www.creatingcottersbay.weebly.com

My dear friend Sherri actually hails from Florida, so more often than not her style tends be beachy and fresh but this vignette she designed shows just how easily you can sneak a little farmhouse into other styles.  The barn house pictures and rustic wood give a subtle nod to country farm style.

Photo Credit: Sherri Ogg @graceindesign

Can you believe that the clock in the next Instagram pic was handmade? Talk about stunning.  While this vignette is more modern in style, I simply had to show you that amazing, rustic piece of art!

Photo Credit: Lisa Marie @homesweetcozyhome

 

This photograph from Sarah (The Freckled Farmhouse) showcases a farmhouse style kitchen that is so beautifully neutral and minimalist. The edison style lighting really gives the space a classic, vintage look.

Photo Credit: Sarah @thefreckledfarmhouse

https://thefreckledfarmhouse.wordpress.com/

 

 

Need some ideas of how to get this look.  Check out a few of my affiliate links for some similar farmhouse style decor items.

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White Dipped Baskets
Cotswold Console
Evelyn Wall Clock
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Bohemian Home Decor Inspiration

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Bohemian style homes can run the gamut from bold and exotic, to neutral and earthy. They tend to have the look of someone well-traveled, with a collection of items from far away, exotic places as well as plenty of earthy elements that show their owners are rather in tune with nature. Whether you are a laid back soul, or just want a space to inspire you to relax styling your home with bohemian elements is a perfect idea for home owners with eclectic tastes and a love of pattern, texture and unique items. Think comfort when aiming for a bohemian look. Poufs, rugs, blankets all add a soft touch and give places to relax and lounge. Don't be afraid to mix textures and patterns. Have a color palette in mind and mix and match items within that range of colors. Those who like things more neutral may mix beige, white, black and green. If you are more daring your palette may be something more like bright red mixed with indigo and orange. If you are looking for shopping ideas affiliate links are included to inspire you:

from: One Kings Lane

Gray Karla Pouf, Kilim

from: One Kings Lane
 
 
 
 
from: One Kings Lane
 
Look to nature for inspiration. Bohemian homes tend to have as many plants as they do pieces of furniture! Don't be afraid to think outside the norm either.  Hang planters on the wall, or let terrariums dangle from hooks on the ceilings.  Collect planters and plant stands big and small to put greenery at various levels.  Indoor plants aren't only lovely, they're beneficial for your health as well.  Of course if you have little indoor sun or cats don't be afraid to consider some realistic looking faux plants to round out your look.

Iron Planter on Stand

from: One Kings Lane
 

 

One of the most fun parts about bohemian decor is that it is often a collected look from travels, vintage and flea finds and handmade treasures.  It's an opportunity to showcase beautiful Moroccan Art, other African art, Native American handiwork, and Mexican folk art.  Enjoy the thrill of the hunt finding pieces with history and meaning.  Collect handmade macrame wall art or plant hangers, handmade rugs, hand-dyed textiles and let your possessions tell a story and have meaning. 

Brass Tray, Valerie Tyler Collection


Medium Sarah Lantern, Black

from: One Kings Lane
 

 

 

 Vintage Brass Steer, Valerie Tyler Collection

Small Mesa Wall Hanging

 

 

 

Tri-Moon Wall Hanging
from: Moorea Seal

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A Tropical Oasis Inspired Retreat for an Office

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Since I spend a lot of time on Instagram , particularly both sharing and perusing home decor feeds I kept coming across photos of succulents, and bohemian or tropical themed rooms, feeds full of greenery and I was smitten.  It was just what I needed to inspire me to do an office decor overhaul.  My office has always been a sore spot with me.  I found the office was always tending to get messy as it was a space I simply just didn't enjoy.  I had a great desk from Arhaus, and an amazing view of the forest right out a patio sliding door but I needed some sort of theme to pull together the room and make it a comfortable place.  Taking an earthy cue was just the key I needed.  I stocked up on plants, both real and fake (I may have a big window, but sunshine is pretty indirect) and aimed for turning my loft office into more of a tropical oasis.  If I had to spend hours somewhere working I might as well make the environment soothing, relaxing and uplifting. 

 

This desk is a treasure.  It actually folds up when not in use keeping the room look clean and organized.  There is plenty of storage and inside as well as shelving for sorting files. 

 

Plants were really the key to the decor.  A large Croton provides a bit of color in the leaves.  The Dieffenbachia also has large, lovely foliage and the Ponytail Palm is really visually interesting.  I then added to the rest of the room with vintage decor and reasonably priced items from a few major retailers.   I actually found that Magnolia print for $2 at a rummage sale! The brass crane is one of my own vintage pieces, similar to other brass decor items that I sell in the Valerie Tyler Collection. The cute little faux succulents came from Marshalls and were totally inexpensive.  The desk as mentioned was from Arhaus, and I already had the office accessories in coordinating wood from Homegoods.

 

The space is actually quite tinier than it looks as it's actually just a small loft that overlooks our family room but the views out the windows keep it from feeling constrictive.  Now that it is full of plants and nature inspired items it actually feels like an extension of the outside. A phone charging station and file folder boxes blend in pretty seamlessly too so there was no need to sacrifice organization for style.  We can have both!

Of course it's always in a bit of transition as I tend to add plants and move them around  according to what needs more light or less.

 

Want to shop the look?   Visit our own shop for vintage decor items or visit some of the affiliate links below for coordinating items  from some of our other favorite shops:

 

 


Trio Air Plant Hanger

 


 

Mini Macrame Plant Hanger


Wide Mouth Frog Terrarium


Palm Triangle Notepad


Geometric Mugavu Planter


Crane Scissors

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How to Clean Brass

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One of the reasons I love vintage brass so much is that it often looks lovely with the patina and wear of time, but if there are particularly nasty blemishes you can also clean it up and make it look almost good as new.  The vintage decor items I carry in the Valerie Tyler Collection are a combination of pieces that I have left the original patina on,  as well as others I felt would look nice with a little shine.  Sometimes I even find pieces in which the owners kept the items shiny and polished for years!

Typically when I want to polish up a piece I use a product called Twinkle

It's an easy to use polish.  I just run my item under rather hot water, spread the paste on with a provided sponge and within seconds it starts to get lighter and shinier.  I have found it doesn't work on really tough spots, so at times I will use a toothbrush or even extremely fine sandpaper to clean off particularly troublesome areas. 
A little trick I learned from being a jewelry designer is that you can buy abrasive paper in extremely fine grit.  Use it carefully on brass items and it can really add a shine. (3M WET/DRY polishing paper )
If you want to avoid commercial brass cleaners, a few alternatives that sometimes work include ketchup (leave on for 10-15 minutes then rinse) and yogurt (allow it to dry then wash off)
A note of caution, an item that may appear brass may actually be merely plated and something altogether different under the plating.  You can determine if it's plated a few ways.  If a magnet sticks to the item there is most likely steel or iron beneath the plating.  You can also use a nail or small sharp object to put a small scratch in the item in a hidden spot. Anything other than a bright gold color and you probably have something that is not solid brass. 
***The owner of this website, Valerie Tyler, is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon properties including, but not limited to, amazon.com, endless.com, myhabit.com, smallparts.com, or amazonwireless.com.

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Library Decor Spotlight

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We converted what should have been the dining room in our house into a library and I absolutely couldn't be more pleased.  While we have an overwhelming amount of books I wanted the library to serve as a bit of an eclectic art gallery too, so there are very few design "rules" we followed other than to simply include things we liked.  Objects include Asian vases, African teak sculptures, Greek Bronze, Natural items.  Knick Knacks can get lost of look cluttered, but when combined and placed along the bookshelves they're much more interesting. 

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