The two biggest decorating seasons in our country home are Christmas and Summer. Christmas is an obvious choice, and since summer is the time when I can bring flowers in from the yard, it ranks right up there with our favorite December holiday. Farmhouse decorating is really quite easy because the style is unpretentious, economical, and rather simple. Won’t you join me on a tour of a few rooms in my home while I share a few summer farmhouse decorating tips?
The Living Room
A decoupage desk greets you at the entry way of my home. I purchased that desk for just $35 and refinished it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and added script paper to the top and drawer fronts. A smart farmhouse decorating tip is to repurpose furniture. Farmhouses are meant to have character with slightly worn pieces throughout.
Another farmhouse decorating tip is to paint your floors. They hold up surprisingly well to busy feet and furry friends. During the summer, I like to keep window treatments simple so lots of sunshine streams in. I painted a branch from the yard with white paint and then hung a string of paper butterflies down the side.
I’ve used bamboo script mats on the floors throughout our home. They’re durable and easy to clean!
The Dining Room
Impatiens in white ironstone bowls take center stage at each place setting of this garden-themed tablescape.
The farmhouse hutch that sits in the corner has painted chicken wire for the cabinet fronts, instead of the expected glass. Truth be told, our cat broke the glass in the cabinet and I decided to replace it with the chicken wire. Lots of white inside keeps it summer-fresh!
I absolutely adore my dining buffet with the mirror perched on top. Topiaries and house plants add just the right touch of green for farmhouse decorating. To me, white with green is quintessential farmhouse style.
Here it is … the heart of the home … my farmhouse kitchen! When I first toured this house and saw that built-in cabinet in the corner, I knew I wanted to buy this home and cook meals from scratch in this kitchen.
Virginia Bluebells from the garden decorate the kitchen table with their droopy appeal.
The IKEA sideboard was purchased from a friend. To add farmhouse decorating appeal in this room, we added the bead board 3/4 up the wall and painted it white, using kitchen cabinet paint which makes it easy to clean.
Lots of sun shines into our kitchen during the summer months. Lilacs decorate the kitchen and fill the room with their wonderfully sweet fragrance.
We have no upper cabinets, opting instead for open shelving in the kitchen. The shelves were a DIY project and didn’t cost a lot of money.
The Family Room
Moving into the family room, you can see I’ve used slipcovers and throws on the furniture, using light colors and lots of white to pull everything together. Using white or another unifying color is key to keeping farmhouse decorating from looking too hodge podge.
The Front Porch
Our front porch is looking more like summer every day. Soon it will be brimming with impatiens and summer breezes. Stay tuned for more photos of our porch as a few things are changing out here!
So glad you stopped by for a tour of my summer farmhouse decorating style. A variety of flowers from the garden will be brought inside over the months … depending on what’s in bloom at the time!