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Living in Upstate NY there are many historic farm homes that were built with excellent architecture. Large wooden beams and coffered ceilings make farmhouse design alluring today. With a revival of Rustic design and rich heritage of older homes and estates in upstate New York,  this style is a marriage made in heaven! I’ve put together some steps to follow to create beautiful, functional upscale farmhouse designs. To start the Journey…

Stay Neutral

Use a neutral pallet of light and airy colors to create a calming and casual atmosphere. When you do add color make it  a soothing green or sea-mist blue that adds a touch without too much pop. Soft shades of brown, black, grey, tan, beige and white are used quite often to ground the whole design concept.

farmhouse-painted-coffered-ceiling

Blending History and Current design

Mix together old furnishings, new fabrics and colors to keep your look fresh, but inviting. Even if you don’t currently own true antiques you can fake it. Use Distressed furnishings and sanded off painted surfaces to give the look of worn out furniture that has a story to tell.  Pull vintage farm equipment into the décor and give each piece a new purpose. Think outside of the box when decorating your home using old plates, glass jars, used books, dressers as vanities, trunks as coffee tables and more.

farmhouse-bedroom

Using Fresh Flowers and Greenery

Pulling in greenery from your yard adds character and beautiful texture to warm up a room. Options includes indoor plants, twigs, branches, succulents, herbs, flowers, pine cones. Use them in pots, clear vases, and more. Whether real or fake, this is a staple farmhouse décor.

farmhouse-greenery-kitchen-pinecones

Adding Texture

Shiplap wood ceilings, stone accents, barn wood floors, milk glass, linen pillows, antiqued tables, textured mirrors and much more. There should always be abundance of texture in farm inspired homes.  Even if you don’t own a home with brick walls or wood floors you can add in texture through your furnishings. When it comes to farmhouse style, there are guidelines but no hard and fast rules. You may enjoy anything from metal barn lights and industrial chandeliers, to classic mason jar pendants. The common thread that all farmhouse style shares is the antique, casual and streamlined design.

farmhouse-shiplap-ceilings

Finding Time … Clocks

Amazingly unique wall clocks have wowed you, designers strategically place them everywhere in farmhouse design. Incorporating gorgeous antique (or antique looking) clocks to remind us of times past. Here aged leather chairs and the right accessories, invite you to sit and pass the time away..

farmhouse-clock

What is a perfect farmhouse home? In my opinion its architecture and construction that fits naturally into the topography while offering beautiful inspired interiors that transform outdated spaces into Old World themed treasures. Treatments such as coffered ceilings, crown molding and transom glass windows enhance the warm farmhouse inspired designs….

 

As Always stay tuned for more Adventures in Styleland..

 

XOXO

Michele

 

 

 

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My desire for beautiful things led me to the wonderful world of custom window treatments. These windows could not be created through JC Penny’s (not to diminish the great treatments they sell but…) finding all the beautiful window treatments we see in magazines, made me think… you must know that designers create them, right??. Our vision along with the talented women and men who run our workrooms. They can take the idea that we draw on a piece of paper along with the fabric that we send to them and make our thoughts a reality. There is nothing as beautiful as a custom window treatment!  I hope you enjoy my long love-affair with fabrics, fringe, draperies, tassels and all things to do with improving your view………. There are just so many talented people out there designing, creating, sewing, building, and making the world a more beautiful place… Just to share some of the fabulous Window Treatments I have come across lately. As you all know I love Roman Shades but the elegance of these draperies makes me long for more formal spaces…

Smocked Header so feminine and lovely…..

Barry Dixon Decorator magazine

Sue Ellen Gregory Design

I just love this room by designer Sue Ellen Gregory, love the bench! tea anyone? Here’s a rod-pocket done well, and I love the way they’re mounted on the hold backs… Wow that’s just talent!!!

Judy King

Love this whole room!!!! What beautiful windows!!

Swept back silk with those cute little london’s in the bay (this is opera’s Renee’ Flemings’ home) window by Jamie Gibbs Assoc.

OMG!!!!! These are the one of the most creative!!!! Inverted pleat with bows!!!!!!!!!!! They just make you smile :-) Susan Schurz.

                        With Rods and Rings taking Center stage this box pleat heading is so popular right now!!

Jan Cote

This is luxury, love the leading edge on the panels!  Great Bench!!!!

Christina Azario, so I’ll end here with the luxurious Panels and of course ROMAN SHADES!!!! My favorite…. Hope you’ve had a good time I know I did..

As Always, stay tuned…..

XOXO

M

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