First of all, farmhouse style is comforting. Simple and practical way to decorate. Most noteworthy, it evokes a sense of warmth and coziness. It envelopes oneself in a comforting retreat from the every day stress of the outside world. It is not stuffy or fussy.
The farmhouse style of decorating suits me perfectly. I believe that decor should be pretty and functional at the same time. Like candles, buckets, and mugs. I love to display vignettes of these items around my kitchen.
To stay within my budget, I use a lot of different strategies. Coupons, DIY and shopping my home are the main ideas I use.
While I don’t like to spend a lot of money on decor, I do love the feeling a well decorated home gives. Therefore, I am always on the lookout for inexpensive decor. It can be found just about any where. Or simply a DIY project, which I have linked later in the article.
Elements of Farmhouse Style
Farmhouse style is utilitarian in nature. After all, farmhouses were decorated with what was necessary to run a homestead. Durabilty was important.
So what items should we use today to decorate a modern house into a farmhouse style? Even if that home is in the middle of a subdivision?
- Galvanized metal
- Ticking fabric
- chicken wire
- white candles
- white dishes and mugs
- cotton branches or wreaths
- wooden crates
- metal pitchers and bowls
- chippy finishes on furniture
- chippy finishes on wooden or metal decor items
- mason jars
- wire or rattan baskets
- typography on signs or pillows
Budget Friendly Farmhouse Style Decor
Farmhouse style decor can be found in the most unusual places. Of course, the major chain stores carry a lot of farmhouse beauties but try your local hardware store. Plenty of DIY there. Such supplies to make my chicken wire memo board. Or square pieces of plywood to make this Bless The Food Sign. You can pick up rake, remove the handle and hang it on the wall. Great way to display pot holders in the kitchen. Most of all, look around at what could be repurposed.
Also if you have a Tractor Supply store, they carry lots of galvanized things, too.
Hobby Lobby has a tremendous amount of farmhouse decor right now. Lots of cute stuff. Plus there is always a 40 percent off coupon available. Use your smart phone to pull up the coupon and show it to the cashier.
Marshalls is usually hit or miss for me. Occasionally I will pick up a small item or two. Such as this adorable sugar container in the picture above (the little stool came from Hobby Lobby). The matching creamer is beside it on the table. You also can find wire baskets there. I use lots of wire baskets to decorate with as well as to organize.
Kirklands nearly always has great farmhouse style decor. Lots of wall art. Table top decor. Galvanized troughs and trays. Candles. Get on their email list to get great coupons.
Pier One on occasion will have some terrific lanterns. I bought all the lanterns pictured above on my buffet. Including the chicken wire one.
Let’s not forget about Target and Walmart. The Target dollar spot is one place you should always browse. The pioneer woman has some lovely pieces at Walmart.
Farmhouse Style Through Generations
This metal bowl belonged to my mother in law. I love it. It fits perfectly in the wire wall shelf. Proudly displayed. That bowl has been lovingly used for many years. I am proud to have a part of her in my home. Look at all the chippy goodness. Look around your home. Are there any special items that could be displayed? Many of the items seen on my buffet have been used in different area of my home. They have been moved all around my kitchen. From table to counter top to buffet. Rather than buying new when I am ready for a change, I move decor around.
Another cost effective way to add farmhouse style are thrift stores . Perhaps there is a wooden crate that needs a bit of restoring. Be open to possibilities. There are many days where the thrift will give an additional percentage off, too.
Speaking of aged wood, there is no better than an old pallet. Use the wood to build wall art or crates or a simple wooden table runner. See here how I took apart a pallet.
It’s All In The Details
Home decor whether it be farmhouse style or industrial or traditional, the small touches are what brings a look together. Like adding the perfect accessory to your outfit. It finishes your vignette. Small details such as adding a candle for warmth, a throw for texture or a table runner to soften the hard lines of a table. As a result, these small items can bring your room together. In addition to being relatively inexpensive.
Lastly, to make the most out of your budget, look around. See what you can DIY. What items can you repurpose. What items need new life in another area of your home. Always look at the clearance area of each store. Don’t forget to use coupons. Stores are always having sales. Especially on the weekend. Sign up for your favorite store’s email list to get coupons.
Go slow to build your farmhouse style. A well decorated home takes time and thought.
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