I think my mind has done a 180 degree decor turn on me since last year, since you know, that was so long ago!
I, along with hundreds of thousands of other decorators, love the farmhouse style. If you search anything with “farmhouse” in the name, thousands of pictures will come up on Instagram, Pinterest, Google, etc. I used these pictures for inspiration and ideas for my own home. What I wasn’t noticing was that most of these pictures have a “clutter” of decor. I thought that I had to have a lot of decor items in certain areas to make it look nice and cozy. In reality these spaces were making me anxious, felt cluttered, and like I could never get them clean.
I love cotton picks and wreaths, old crocks handed down by my parents and grandparents, faux plants like lavender or eucalyptus. I like rustic items like lamps, end tables, and frames. I’ve just realized that I don’t like them all thrown in a space together. I can still use them in my spaces, but they each become the focal point of my decor because there’s not other decor blocking each item from displaying all it’s glory.
Even though I still love the style, I’ve noticed my eyes drifting more toward boho style items. Wicker baskets, fiddle leaf trees, cactus, terra cotta vases, any type of plant (always faux here!), encouraging or inspiring signs. It’s not that these can’t be considered “farmhouse” style, because they can. But instead these items have become my favorites and the ones I want to display. I’ve cleared out most of my farmhouse decor like farm animals (I still love my Wilbur pig seen in some pictures I’ve posted), baskets, vases, candlesticks, etc. I’ve replaced these with items that truly make me feel happy when I see them or when I sit in the room they’re in. I learned this “happiness” feeling from Marie Kondo’s, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
Even though I can walk outside and smell that good ‘ol Iowa smell, I still live in town and I’m not sure how I was decorating was really what I loved. I think it was easy to love because everyone else was doing it; like I was competing with Instagrammers I didn’t know to try to one up their farmhouse decor.
I can honestly say I don’t even look at those hashtags anymore. In fact, I’ve found myself finding inspiration from marketing. I’ll read the Pottery Barn, West Elm, Joss & Main, Crate & Barrel, etc. magazines that we get sent in the mail and have found inspiration from them. I also feel like I’m making my decor choices based on what I truly like now. Some of the best decorators have a great farmhouse style in their homes, but now if I come across those pictures, it just inspires me to decorate with what makes me happy.
I hope that whatever your decor style is, that it’s something you love. It should bring you joy when you are home! I started watching Marie Kondo’s Netflix series and she blesses the each home that she goes into. She always mentions to take care of the space that protects you. I loved this notion. I want to be able to do my house justice by allowing it to display all it’s glory and to always be thankful for the protection it provides my family.
Now I’m off to console a one year old who somehow found a forgotten mousetrap under a bed. It seems everyone is trying to help me with tidying, even if it means taking one for the team!