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I’m not into farmhouse (Don’t come for me)

I know. Everyone is all about Chip and Joanna and the white and gray. They love shiplap and knocking out walls. Tobacco baskets, repurposed metal kitchen tools, pictures of cows… I get it. I enjoy those things in moderation, but the whole farmhouse trend does it all at once. And I’m not here for it.

Even when I lived on a farm, I favored cabin details and real antiques. Hobby Lobby knockoffs weren’t my fave. Now, I’m not gagging at Hobby Lobby. I do love certain items from there but fakes of real items I could find at the thrift or antique store are not on my shopping list. I know, Joanna doesn’t get her stuff at Hobby Lobby. I know.

But here’s the main reason I’m over FARMHOUSE.

IT ALL LOOKS THE SAME. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

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I’m probably pissing people off at this point, but that’s not my intention. It’s not that I think it looks bad. I think it all looks the same.

And I could be wrong. It’s subjective after all (in 30 years I may hate everything I have in my house now when I look back in pictures). I just think homes should have room for a more distinct personality.

Sure, all styles bleed into each other a bit and I’ll admit I like the light and airy look “Fixer Upper” introduced. I like open shelving and houseplants. I just think cow pictures, farmhouse signs and whitewashed furniture will go out in time. Just as the primitives trend…

It’s just my opinion but,

When there’s room for exposed brick, a funky light fixture, or something dreamy and old… I’m here for it. Everything in moderation, especially the token elements of farmhouse style. You don’t have to have it ALL.

Obviously, I’m not a huge “Fixer Upper” fan, but there are a couple of design shows I do enjoy because they leave the period of the house and don’t bulldoze over with gray walls and shiplap.

I dig this ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

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“Hometown” happens to be my fave because they always consider the original timeframe of the home. Usually, something is handmade and they document that, giving me the feeling that I can replicate their project. I think their focus on revitalizing their small hometown also pulls on my heartstrings a bit.

Taking something old and making it feel new is my favorite thing to do. I like:

  • yard sale furniture
  • old cigar boxes
  • vintage art with a new frame
  • antique glassware
  • houseplants
  • clawfoot anything!

Maybe my style is granny-chic? I don’t know but I do know that no one’s decor looks exactly like mine. I’m not telling anyone to try decorating like me either. If you did, I’d probably follow suit and change mine drastically just to keep the uniqueness I enjoy.

And if you enjoy farmhouse, by all means, you do you. I’m just sharing my personal preference. โœŒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿก๐ŸŒฟ

*I do still LOVE a good farmhouse sink

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by Btleslie

Iโ€™m a stay-at-home mom freelancer with a passion for writing and painting. I offer editing and beta reading to authors. Although Iโ€™m wading through the trenches of editing my novel, I also pen short stories and personal essays for literary publications. I like to show the layers of emotion that develop from the highs and lows of motherhood and postpartum healing.


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