Last month we talked about identifying your design style. We promised to focus on popular styles over the coming months to help refine the look you aspire to achieve.
If you answered the style quiz and found you are drawn to warm, calming, neutral colors Prefer clean lines mixed with cozy elements. If you find happiness and comfort by blending the old with the new, while combining practical function, then the modern farmhouse style might be right for you.
Farmhouses architecture originated in Scandinavia and was introduced to the United States in the 1700’s. Farmhouses were built to last even the most severe weather conditions which is why so many are still standing today.
They often boasted wrap around porches, large kitchens, and both functional and formal spaces, separated by double doors or pocket doors to close rooms off or open them up for entertaining. They were also designed this way to create air flow throughout the home.
When you think Farmhouse you think of white exteriors. Lime paint, referred to as whitewashing protected a home from the elements, it was inexpensive, and easy to apply, while giving the exterior a fresh look, which is why many farmhouses had white exteriors. I'm telling you if you have never white washed something give it a try. It's so easy even your kids can partake. Why do you think those picket fences were white?
While your home may not look like a traditional farmhouse on the exterior you can easily create the look on the interior of your home. Today, the modern farmhouse style fuses the interior style of another era with neutral wall colors, natural fabrics, and weathered woods and metals. Like this one from our renovation on Devonshire. This particular home is an 6000 sq ft. 1970's rambler with very formal and traditional exterior finishes original to the home.
To achieve the look start with neutral walls. Some of our favorite colors are Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk (SW7554), Agreeable Gray (SW7029) and Snowfall (SW6000). Other elements like butcher block countertops, apron sinks, and weathered wrapped beams can help complete the canvas of your interior.
The farmhouse era was a time of simplicity filled with charm and character, interiors were an evolution. Consider mixing family heirlooms, found items, and repurposed finds to achieve the look. Slip cover a chair using ticking or grain sack fabric.
Add texture to your walls with wallpaper, barn board or ship lap. Utilitarian pieces used on the farm can be infused into your decor. Perhaps an enamel pitcher as a vase, or a galvanized wash tub to store blankets.
Grab your old sweaters to create texture by making throw pillows. Most importantly, add items that cultivate memories or make you feel happy. Don’t worry about them matching perfectly or fitting a prescribed farmhouse style. Just have fun.
We are a busy family on the go juggling two households, in two states, with four kids. We believe in shopping local whenever we can and we do. But sometimes we just need help! And we know we aren't alone.
So this year Dave and I committed to simplify. In just about as many ways as you can dream of we are doing it. If you haven't read our blog on getting ORGANIZED, check it out. It's a real glimpse into what I'm talking about, and how I personally kicked off the year...from Chaos to Calm! We all need it. Right?
Late last year we cancelled cable and are THRILLED with our Amazon Fire Sticks . Not only did it save us LITERALLY over $400 a month between our homes but collectively as a fam we watch way less TV, spend more time together and are more selective in our choices. In fact, we've even noticed we have eliminated having the TV on simply for background noise.
It was after we made the switch to our Fire Sticks that we realized we weren't really capitalizing on all the benefits of the many Amazon accounts we have. So we took a look and researched some savings and resources we were totally missing out on. It was so life changing we wanted to share just a few ways specifically via Amazon that we have saved countless hours and many a dollar.
It is no secret, we, well specifically me reads A LOT. Like A LOT, A LOT. I love real books, the smell the feel and all that jazz but I also love variety. Romance, Biographies, How to's, self help, true crime, best sellers--you name it. But I can't really haul several titles back and forth on trips without taking up space I'm not willing to compromise for my clothes. So we put Amazon to work and signed up for Kindle Unlimited.
To me it's like thrift store shopping for a surprise find. Seriously, there are over a million ebooks and audio books that we can add on any of our devices for FREE. Amazon is now offering this promotion you should totally check out. You get one month free!. And if that isn't enough it's giftable too! What a cool gift for your favorite bookworm!
We also travel and spend a lot of windshield time driving back and forth between our homes and we love Audible! We can listen anywhere whether it is down time between cheer competitions, soccer, basketball and softball tournaments. No matter where we are, in the car, on a plane, in a boat and even in a moat...:) We can share across devices so the kids and Dave can all access one audible account. If you want to try it. You get 2 free books when you sign up here. And if you have Kindle Unlimited many are audio books you can listen to on Audible. SCORE!
Amazon Prime Pantry is Dave's go to. And I'm talking for everything. From cat and dog food to toilet paper and trash bags. Need I say more. There is no convenient stop on his way home to Harmony Retreat. While he purchases all his groceries at the little grocery in town, the big items and brands they don't stock he shops for on Amazon. It saves time and is delivered right to our door. Now, the real reason Dave loves it...well when Koda is down to the last of his kibbles (and that dog likes to eat), Dave can order on the go and have it before all 100lbs of sweet chocolate lab love misses his next meal. #winning
Amazon Prime is something we have had for quite awhile and is really popular. Because of our businesses and demographics we need to be able to get things fast and to the right home or business so this is just the bees knees.
The biggest benefits is Free two day shipping, and there is also no minimum order. But if you didn't know you let me share. You can get movies, tv shows, and music on prime. And yet another bonus for the book worms you can borrow books through prime. Honestly, with my Amazon account I have not paid for an ebook in over 6 months. Hard copies...well that's another story.
And speaking of business. We are huge advocates of Amazon Business. And so are these sweet smiling faces at our City View office. Think of it as a way to make procurement easier. Anyone who makes purchases for work at any of our businesses can have an account. It offers convenient delivery options, multiple payment options, and a competitive marketplace with business-only pricing and quantity discounts. And the best thing is they don't have to wait for me to order....and I get a little time back.
Now here is one that hasn't actually saved our family money or time in a couple years but it is truly TOO COOl not to share.
Dave and I own an event venue in Iowa, Harmony Hall on Riverside. We see a lot of couples come through our doors and we love sharing this little tidbit. Amazon has an amazing Wedding Registry.
In fact, we used it when we got married in 2017 in Tortola. This, was also kick ass-- we received up to 20% off on most products, it was freaky fast, and again, FREE shipping. And the bomb.com is that it's universal. Which means using a universal "button" you can add items from other sites that you love to your Amazon registry simply by clicking a button. Now that is cool.
Having a baby? The same holds true when you use their baby registry Who knew?
While these are just some of our favorite Amazon resources the ones that have really SAVED our family in more ways than just a few bucks, there are many more out there for all lifestyles. Just go to AMAZON's SITE DIRECTORY and find what it is you are looking for. Happy shopping and happy savings! Here's to you and a 2019 without chaos and filled with CALM....OOOMMMMM!
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