WHAT IS FARMHOUSE STYLE AND 10 WAYS TO GET IT
Farmhouse style is white hot right now! But, what IS farmhouse style? What defines it? How do we get the look? Do you have to live on a farm? Let’s start out by saying that farmhouse style is more of an attitude or a way of life than a style these days. Once farmhouse style was distinguished by 3 key elements… rural location, functional porches and formal and informal living space! Today there are lots of fun decor element that bring the warm, simple and savvy farmhouse look to almost any home. And that’s what I’m sharing today!
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Now, let’s talk about Farmhouse living!
Farmhouse style originally developed out of necessity. It was born out of geography. Farmers needed places to live and farmhouses reflected the land, building material and goods in the rural area.
View from my back porch
A farmhouse usually included a transition area from the outside to in… hence the farmhouse porch.
The front of the home was the “formal” area where guest were welcomed. Although usually quite simple, it served to meet the formal social norms of the day. The back of the house usually had the kitchen and a bedroom. Or if the home was two-stories, the bedrooms were there.
That is the origins of FARMHOUSE STYLE!
Today, farmhouse style is a way of life that reflect a love for the land and it’s bounty and keep a close connection between both. It loves simplicity and has a do-it-yourself attitude. Recycling, upcycling and renovating are all in the wheelhouse of farmhouse style! Although unpretentious and very welcoming, there is a great sense of style about farmhouse living!
Anyone can capture the spirit and spunk of farmhouse style! It marries so well with other decor styles. Traditional, modern, Southern, Cottage and even Industrial, just to name a few.
By adding just a few practical and perfectly placed farmhouse elements your home can radiate this popular style!
Here are 10 farmhouse elements to add that can wonderful farmhouse charm to your home!
1. FARMHOUSE SINK
A farmhouse sink is the quintessential farmhouse element! Big hefty sinks were a must to hold lots of produce from the farm, babies that needed washing, chickens that needed plucking and a whole lot more. I don’t have chickens to pluck or babies to wash (yet) but I sure love my soapstone farmhouse sink and use it hard!
2. WHITE KITCHEN CABINETS
Painted kitchen cabinets, especially white ones, are a farmhouse favorite! Beadboard pairs fabulously with white cabinets!
3.PAINTED WOOD PLANKED WALLS
LOVE these! They have donned farmhouse walls for hundreds of years but lately they have become popular again! YEA!
4. FARMHOUSE AND RUSTIC TABLES
Gotta love their warmth and rugged appeal. Add a farmhouse table with some classic or updated chairs for a modern look!
5. MASON JARS
Not just for canning anymore. Almost any food in a mason jar looks amazing and tastes even better. Add a straw and a beverage and you have pure farmhouse style!
6. RUSTIC TOUCHES
Use chippy architectural element with what you have to breath some farmhouse style into a room. Chippy things look great mixed with traditional pieces! It’s all about that rustic/luxe balance!
Burlap is not just for farmhouses any more. It has become a classic! Add just a little to give your room or table or even bed a cozy, relaxed feel!
Continue the tradition of the original farmhouse style by creating an outdoor living space on your porch, stoop or patio. A rocker or a swing will lend a relaxed, come-sit-a-spell touch to your home! Don’t forget lots of potted plants and flowers!
9. WHITE IRONSTONE
SIGH! Ironstone is the sturdy workhorse of a farmhouse kitchen. But remember to take ironstone out of the kitchen and use it to decorate your home for a great farmhouse look!
10. GARDEN TO FORK LIVING
Even if you don’t have a garden you can always tuck some herbs and annuals in a little kitchen herb garden. Get those hands into the good earth and bring its bounty right to your table!
Here are just a few more idea of farmhouse style!
- planked wood floors
- simple, sensible styling
- glass front cabinets
- barn beam anything
- galvanized metals
- wire baskets
- grain sacks
- wooden spoons
- painted wood floors
- open shelves
- plate racks
- large glass jars
What can you add to this list? What are your favorite farmhouse elements?
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I grew up on a farm in England in a house that was mentioned in the Doomsday book, so very very old. We had a huge farmhouse kitchen with a big oak table and an Aga that frequently had bottles warming on the back for orphan lambs or a pair of dogs lieing in front. A comfy chair, a sofa or even a rocking chair in the kitchen was a must, somewhere to sit and read the paper in the warmth without the necessity of going into a more formal room. The back kitchen housed the dishwasher, fridges and work areas. Where I now live with my young family here in France, we also live in an old farmhouse, again we have the big kitchen table which dominates the room and my favourite thing – a big wood burning stove, so that in the cooler months it is always warm and always welcoming and in the summer months the French doors are wide open onto the terrace, to create the perfect indoor/outdoor flow.
Having grown up as a farmers daughter this style is a way of life. All living took place in the kitchen, no matter the season.
Homework around the kitchen table, board games, listening to the radio. Exception was Sunday dinner or family/neighbors visits which happened most evenings. No tv!
I would add a large workable calendar used for planting, calfing, harvesting, etc.
Also a large cookie jar and a beautiful cake plate and an a agate ware coffee pot on the stove. Àlong with the apron you already mentioned. This would be home on the farm. What wonderful memories!
You ladies paint such wonderful pictures with your words. I love the farmhouse lifestyle!
Love your farmhouse style Yvonne! The only thing I might add to it are rocking chairs both inside and out.
Love your site, so many wonderful decorating ideas
Oh, what I would give for a veranda or front porch to get cozy on and watch the world go
Love your style … It has an ease and polish I would love to confidently replicate!
Yvonne, you do “FarmHouse” better than anyone I know. Your blog is always my first choice in my in-box! Thanks for all the wonderful tips on decorating and the lovely calming Christian thoughts on Sunday. You are a treasure in our fast-paced world. Many blessings to you and your family, my friend…
I’m implementing the farmhouse style in yo my home. Getting ready to try my first planked wall! Thanks for the inspiration
Hi Karen, you will love a planked wall!!!!
That’s funny Cheryl-I find myself saving my Stone gable email til last so I can spend a lot of time looking at and reading it. It’s almost a mental game I play with myself……it helps me get through all my other emails so I can relax with a cup of coffee and linger at Stone gable.
And I agree that Yvonne does it better than anyone else. Although I do gather ideas from all over , Stone gables always becomes the place I settle at.
That’s because you are a part of the StoneGable family… and StoneGable is your virtual home base!
Just love that kitchen” Amazing ideas that inspire
I have to agree with the others. I love your posts. I enjoy reading all of them and get so many wonderful ideas. It is always one of the first posts I read. Your Sunday messages are inspiring, too.
I have to say that I have kitchen envy where your kitchen is concerned. I love the color-scheme and lay-out.
Being a very practical and simple person, I’ve always been drawn to this style. I’m glad the style has been so much in the spotlight lately.
Love farmhouse style. I grew up with farmhouse style and couldn’t wait to get away from it when I left home. I was ready for the more sleek and less busy style. The funny thing is now it is slowly creeping back into my style. Your home is beautiful, reminds me so much of where I grew up. We could looked out to see the surrounding farms with fields of corn and tobacco.
I love looking out my windows and seeing what each season has to offer. Our landscape is constantly changing! I am such a country girl!
I also love your kitchen, and the porch looks so inviting!!!
Love the farmhouse style. I’m still looking for the right farmhouse table. Thanks for the ideas. Love and hugs, Rose.
Growing up we lived in the country. The items that are so popular today were part of our everyday lives. A few items of my mother’s I still have but over the years things wear out or break ( especially with kids). Items we have the luxury of often just putting on display didn’t come that easy to many families in my parents time. Things were cherished because who knew when and if you would ever afford to replace it. I like the farmhouse style because it reminds me of “home as a child”.
The farm house sink is what is appealing to me. We are doing some kitchen renovation this fall and a new sink is in my future. Keep the inspiration coming.
Wow.. Love this. My Dad and I are redoing my Mom’s kitchen and I have named it Coastal/Farmhouse. I have incorporated several of your ideas in both my kitchen/house and hers.
Thank you for all your wonderful ideas.
Patricia (NC Coast)
Love your blog, love your style, look forward to it in my inbox and thank you for keeping the ads to a minimum. Some sites have so many it takes forever to load up and move about. Noticed today though political ads were popping up here. Don’t know if you have any control over that. It was nice to come to my blogs for a little peace.
I love Farmhouse style too! Even though I would consider my home more traditional, and I live in the suburbs outside of a large city in Texas, I still love to add rustic, chippy, Farmhouse style elements into my home. I am also addicted to white dishes and ironstone/ceramics. I’m always inspired by Stonegable! It’s a great way to start the day with a cup of coffee, to see what Yvonne is up to! Have a wonderful day! I can hardly wait until Fall and early Fall decor.
I love my simple farmhouse and lifestyle. As I type this message I can look out the double french doors and see my whiskey barrels overflowing with the cheeriness of red geraniums and can hear the contented clucking of my hens. All is calm until the rooster blares a crow to remind me and his “girls” that he is on patrol.
Love farmhouse style! Here in Florida we do our sitting on the screened porch – too many mosquitoes!
I grew up on a farm and I live in a rural setting. I enjoyed hanging the wash on the line when I was growing up and I still enjoy it today. There is nothing like the smell of fresh dried laundry. Bird houses and feeders are also a big part of farm house living…the birds are such fun to watch. I would love to add a farmhouse sink to my kitchen.
Your ideas are always so terrific! Thanks for sharing with all of us, Yvonne!
Aaaahhhhh … farm house style. It speaks to me. Of my childhood , calmer times. Much of my childhood was spent on a sprawling plantation house. Big deep porches that spanned the entire width of the home. Wood floors made smooth by feet. Planked walls big windows. White walls, inside nd out with deep green trim.
Thanks for the inspiration Yvonne. And sweet memories of a time gone by…..
Burlap bag races, playing tag, dirty bare footin’, creek swimming, chickens pecking, roosters crowing, sounds of bean snapping and corn schuking, sheets blowing in the breeze, drinking water from a hose, pies cooling, the smell of fresh baked bread, mom yelling, “daddy’s home” and being called in for supper (is what we called it back then)! Those were the good ol’ days!
Wish I could redo my entire home in farmhouse style – baby steps I guess.
Good morning Yvonne…….your posts are such a delightful day brightener ….your blog is the best ! I love Farmhouse style and we have incorporated it into our home. I think it can look chic when I add family heirloom vintage sterling silver pieces along side white ironstone with loads of garden flowers in a tablescape……never stuffy and oh so welcoming ! I also am grateful that you raise us up with your Sunday scripture…you are wonderful ! Will you please publish a book…otherwise we’ll all be making copies of your posts and stapling them together …forever ! ………Smiles……Anne
Overwhelmed with all the lovely ideas I get from you.
Amazing that I hadn’t really thought of our kitchen as a farmhouse kitchen yet we have every single feature on your list, except for the planked walls and our painted cabinets are a light sage green, not white, with a couple of ivory cabinets thrown in to match the AGA. Our home is a Victorian style but now I can see the mix of farmhouse is present. Thanks for sharing!
Lovely indulgences & recollections of the past brought to present.
I also grew up on a farm in Nebraska and the kitchen was the center of the home. Thank you for all of these great suggestions. Even though I now live in the “city”, I’m ready to add the farmhouse style to my kitchen.
I’ve purchased brackets to add open wooden shelves because I LOVE white ironstone and want to display my pieces! My biggest obstacle is that I have dark oak cabinets that I have to work around to achieve the farmhouse look. (Hubby won’t hear of painting them white.) Any suggestions? I’m thinking of painting the walls a light-medium shade of yellow rather than white since it would be such a stark contrast to my cabinets. My floors are a wide plank wood laminate so that fits the style. I already have lots of the decor items and will soon have my family’s antique round oak table.
Love your style and blog, it’s always the first one I read!
Love this article. It gave me so many tips to help acheive farmhouse style. I do have some obstacles, such as md. dark kitchen cabinets. New, so can’t paint at this time. I am getting granite countertops next week. They are much lighter than what I have now, so hoping this will brighten up my kitchen.
Thank you so much for all your beautiful pictures of your home! Gorgeous!
Yvonne I love how you make farmhouse style look modern and not cutesy country from the 70’s which I remember
Love these ideas!
My grandparents had a farm and every summer my brother, sister and I would go stay with them. See my mother died when I was very young,so going to my grandparents house brought me such joy and comfort. This is were I learned a great deal about life. My grandfather was a farmer, school buss driver , and above all a minister to the Lord. The two of them taught us kids the true meaning of life and hard work. I can remember feeding the chickens and collecting the eggs, feeding the pigs as well as baby calfes that their mother had died or refused to nurse them. During the summer months we would spent a large part of the day in fields picking vegetables. I would hate it, but now I know were food really comes from and it’s not just all about going to the grocery store.
I can remember after dinner each night my grandfather would watch the nightly news and we would all site around shelling peas or butter beans. Sometimes he would let us watch a movier or some comedy show, but it was always lights out at 10:00.
My grandparents had two porches, one all the way cross the front and one all the way cross the back. There were rocking chairs on both. Most evenings we would have vistors that would stop by and talk about polictics or what was going on in the community, and community coffee was always served.
See Yvonne I tell you things, because they were my greatest memories and looking back I would do anything to go back to those days. It was hard work, but life just seemed so much more relaxing and simple!
I enjoyed the story of your childhood. It reminds me of going to my aunt & uncle’s house. I think they raised everything under the sun. I remember one summer we had to cut up peaches that had been harvested. I hated doing it. My hands would sting & burn.
My aunt & uncle are gone now. Those were sweet times with them & my cousins on their farm that I am thankful for.
Blessings to you, Deb
I love farmhouse style. It just says comfort especially the porches.
Hi, the last time I commented I got a response from you that said I was commenting too much, slow down slammed door! I was shocked!
I am curious if you did that intentionally?
I had commented twice?
Our house is country/cottage/farmhouse style. Most of the accessories we got at flea markets, rummage sales, and yard sales. I have a glass butter churn, coffee mill, and old kitchen implements in a large wooden bowl. I collect Watt pottery because the simplicity appeals to me, and it adds a bit of color to any room. Plus they are useful items. Can’t wait to rip out the old carpets and go with the hardwood floors. Thanks for all your helpful hints.
Dear Yvonne, My husband has been looking for a watering can like the one in your herb garden photo. Is it an item that can be currently purchased? If so where did it come from? Most probably, this isn’t a ‘design’ question you are frequently asked about!
I have loved reading the comments this morning; memories of days gone by when the days were long, and life was simple.
Just my style!
I love the simple and welcoming farmhouse style. I mix mine with traditional, country and industrial.
It’s fun for this 73 year old to watch this farmhouse style being brought forward! My own progression through my life long decorating journey has come full circle from “early marriage” hand me downs to traditional 18th Century to farmhouse primitive to full fledged country to cottage to now; a blend of cottage/farmhouse. And, with few exceptions, I have re-purposed, re-painted and otherwise re-used much of my stuff. The “secret” with a few exceptions, is to buy or collect only what you can love and afford. Love the challenges of making stuff work in many settings!
Love reading the farm life comments of others! It all sounds awesome!
Love the pictures and the suggestions!
This is an amazingpost. You nailed it – and the pictures, text, everything Farmhouse and perfect and awesome.
Your home is one I should very much love to see in person.
You could publish all your best stuff, Yvonne. Seriously -it’d be a must-have coffee table eye candy book!
I so love porch’s and wish I had one.
So many creative, wonderful ideas here. Thanks Yvonne! I love the white dishes along with a touches of wicker and burlap. The old washtubs with old-fashioned zinnias, mason jars, large glass jars…so much of this reminds me of my sweet childhood in the country. I have saved a few treasures from my mom and dad–dad’s old metal lunch bucket, plaid thermos, mom’s mixing bowl, etc.–and try to incorporate them into my decorating. I appreciate you. 🙂
I love this post , I love farmhouse it represents home, comfort and family to me. It has always played
apart of my style.
I did not grow up on a farm. I didn’t grow up in a home that was decorated or styled much at all – my parents were more focused on our education. Anything besides utility didn’t feel important to them.
I, on the other hand, feel that my environment makes a huge impact on my peace of mind. I love the casual, comfortable feel and the high quality of materials of the farmhouse style. It has this sort of nontrendy timelessness.
So, here I am studying blogs to figure out all the tips and tricks to make my house a home. 🙂
Thanks for breaking things down, it really is helpful.
Just my taste. Especially loved the outside scene pictures, they brought back memories.
I like to see your style. If there was a way, I would “move” my grandparents old farmhouse and re-do it t0p to bottom! There were so many good memories there, a lot of which involved much hard work, but I remember the elaborate meals cooked every day at lunch for my father and all of the people who worked on the farm. My grandmother must have had some sort of magical energy to be able to do all that she did! Hard times, but sweet memories from my childhood!
Love farmhouse style, it reminds me of when I was a little girl growing up in Cuba, the weekend visits to my great grandparent’s farm. Your ideas are wonderful.
I love your farmhouse style! I have been trying to incorporate more and more into our home. One of the things that I want are those big jars that are used for canisters. However, the only ones I can find do not have a seal in the lid. Do your lids have seals? If so, can you tell me where you bought them? If they don’t have seals, do you have any problem with the items in the jars not staying fresh? Thank you for your wonderful blog!
Takes me back to days long ago…..growing up in the middle of wheat fields. Walking to school every day through those fields and past the one lonesome Mulberry tree some farmer let grow, all the way to I C. Evans Elementary. I would climb that tree some days after school, set in my favorite spot and pick mulberries to eat to my hearts content. Oh carefree days.
Great ideas my husband lived on a dairy farm and my daughter is just moving to a farm. Really enjoying helping her to decorate and you have shared some wonderful ideas.
As always thanks for the inspirations
I qualify for most of them! I’ve never lived on a farm – never really wanted to, I must confess – but I’ve always been drawn to farm-type implements and décor.
We recently did a re-model and an addition to our 33 year old home. I am so glad that I stumbled upon Stonegable because honestly, Yvonne, you provided so much inspiration for our building project. I thank you so much! I LOVE how my farmhouse kitchen turned out! Wish we could share photos here so everyone could see! Maybe one day???
Love all these ideas!
I would love a farmhouse sink in my old victorian home..it would complete my kitchen..another great post, thank you
I, too, am blessed to live in a farmhouse, which has been in my husband’s family since 1929. One additional item I would place on your list, Yvonne, is hollyhocks growing around the gardens or next to the house. Although it is extremely dry here in north central PA, my hollyhocks have been putting on a vibrant show of multiple colors! God’s handiwork displayed to remind us of His splendor.
Beautiful ! Love the black and white so clean looking …..I love the bottle drying rack….could you tell where to look for it?
Hi Laurie, Thanks! Here’s a link to a bottle dryer. Not exactly like the one in the post. But I have this one too: http://rstyle.me/~8GmU0
Love your farmhouse! I am planning on adding a farmhouse sink to my kitchen in the near future! Thanks for all of your tips! I grew up on a dairy farm and lived in a huge farmhouse. What I would give to be in that house again!
I love your home and your kitchen is so pretty. Also love the view of the crops !
I love how our amazing country has welcomed “American Farmhouse” as a beautiful decorating style. What was once the backbone home of hard working families in our country has now become a sought after look. What was once used by farmers because of necessity is now adored and cherished. It’s great to see an appreciation for our own history. Thanks for all you do Yvonne 🙂
Yvonne, where did you get the mason jar holder?
Love the views from your porches!
Hi Mildred, I found it at a local shop. Sorry I can’t help more!
No one does farmhouse better than you!
Yvonne, I love this post! Beautiful views from your windows and porches! Thank you!
Love, love, love the Farmhouse style (even though I live in a tradional housing addition). It will be our little secret! Winning the $100 Visa card would continue my adding more Farmhouse style to my humble home. Fingers crossed.
I love the white dishes, plus all the color and textures! Thank you for the pictures and ideas!
How I wish I could go back to my grandparents farmhouse in Kansas and see it now through the eyes of an adult. I vividly recall so many things about. I loved hearing roosters crow in the morning and swinging on the tire swing. Grandma had Fiestaware not ironstone and her cabinets were white metal and the sink had a built in drain board. A small Formica table for breakfast. There was a potbelly stove in one corner and a large standing radio. The stories my dad can tell are great. I miss that place.
My grandma’s farmhouse was “real” too. The apron on the hook by the kitchen door was used every day. The lovely basket was employed for various chores. The tea cups were a source of joy and beauty for someone who worked hard and was taking a break. Her quilts were made from actual clothing scraps. I loved grandma’s .
Love, love the Farmhouse ideas. Just brings back so many wonderful and happy memories. I grew up in the country and remember my mother making and braiding area rugs out of our old blue jeans, having a old wood flour bowl with baked sweet potatoes in it when we would get home from school. I remember just looking in our old wood cabinet (that my dad made) and thinking how pretty all the fig and strawberry preserves looked that my mother made. Fresh cut flowers out of the yard in old white pitchers, white starched curtains blowing in the wind. Thanks so much for reminding me what wonderful years and am planning on bringing some of these things back into my home. Great ideas as usual.
These are some fabulous tips that I hope to incorporate into our late 90’s suburban neighborhood home. I absolutely love the farmhouse style and I feel a reason not only for me but others is it reminds us of such simpler times. With the world and society the way it is we need that peace and simplicity that some of the farmhouse elements bring. Thanks Yvonne for another great post.
I always enjoy your posts, and especially the ones on Sunday. I retired early this year, and it may sound odd, but I went from a small thousand foot condo to a four bedroom home on 4 acres! This has always been my dream…..to get my hands in the dirt of a garden again and preserve the harvest; hear the birds every morning while enjoying my coffee, and getting to see sunsets for a change (which I could not see while in the city). This post has me smiling and nodding my head in agreement in so many ways. Thank you for all you do for blog-land. Keep up the good work.
I remember going to my great grandma’s house and the table which was very large or it seemed to me as a child to be very large. The table would be full of food, anything I think you could think of that came from a garden was on that table along with several pies that she had made. I remember her telling us how we needed to eat and we were like stuffed little pigs and she would still be trying to feed us. LOL! When we were finished she would spread a large table cloth over the food to wait until we were hungry again later. Summers were awesome at her house, the creek, lightning bugs, fresh cut grass, and who could forget those green apples picked right from the tree all while she was swearing we were going to get a tummy ache from eating them!! Farmhouse style has a lot of memories for me, I only hope to one day pass these same simple lifestyle memories on for generations to come 🙂
Your kitchen is so beautiful and such an inspiration! Thank you for such a lovely and helpful blog!
Love your blog and your style! My new favorite blog.
I love your gorgeous kitchen…and the views from all your porches! Very nice!
Hi Yvonne , I luv your blog and always look forward to your posts! I’m slowly redoing my kitchen and “updating ” it using your ideas for inspiration to mimic your farmhouse style. We’ll be doing the backsplash soon and I especially like the idea of the beadboard backsplash and hope to have a large farmhouse sink too. The look reminds me of a simpler time, when the kitchen was the gathering place and people took the time to linger longer. Keep the good ideas coming 🙂
I absolutely love the farm house look. While I can display all the farm house things that I love to spruce up the place…the cottage we live in is a rental. There are many features to easily convert this place, but because we don’t own it we are limited to what we can do to it. Thank you so very much for sharing your home with me!
You certainly have Farmhouse Style and Living down pat!!! I love your view of the cornfields….Don’t think I would ever tire of that view!
I’m really inspired by this post! So many great ideas, thank you! I’m slowly transitioning to farmhouse style, it’s what I grew with. It’s so homey and welcoming. I love your blog.
Love the Farm House style. Born and raised on a farm it truly brings me back in time. I have great memories back in time, thanks for helping to bring them back!!
Love this pin! Living in a farmhouse too! So many projects to keep it going?