Why Modern Farmhouse Design is One of the Hottest Trends of the Year

 

With the help of Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s hit show, Fixer Upper, the Farmhouse design style has been reinvented into something rustic yet modern. Its popularity is taking the nation by storm–and for good reason. Some might think it’s because the Gaines duo is so loveable–I mean, they are pretty adorable–but no. At the core, Farmhouse design style simply has straightforward attributes that people are taking notice of. Let’s take a look at what some of those are.

modern-farmhouse-design-custom-furniture-dallasIt’s Comfortable and Inviting

Back in the day, formal spaces were desired in a home. Today, however, it’s more common for interiors to be a little more casual. Not only does this tend to benefit busy family life, it often makes others feel welcome any time of day. With trademark Farmhouse elements such as muted colors, vintage lighting, relaxed fabrics, and functional pieces, you can’t help but feel at home. The layering of textures within the space adds warmth and comfort that beckons you to kick off your shoes and stay awhile.

It’s Practical and Useful

Farmhouse design is extremely level-headed. Instead of filling the space with unnecessary extras, its purpose is to make the home useful in every way possible. If you’ve watched Joanna in action, you’ve probably noticed how she aims to streamline the furnishings. By taking the client(s) into consideration and carefully selecting pieces and accents, the end result is a home that can easily accommodate everyday life.

It’s Attractive and Customizable

Farmhouse design is so pretty. Bright whites, muted neutrals, beautiful textiles, raw woods, wall quotes, and vintage lighting have a way of working together to create a truly harmonious and attractive interior. While the concept behind each design is similar, the results are always different. That’s the great thing about this design style. The casual foundation that’s set allows you to build upon it in a way that suits your tastes. Layering in textiles, additional colors, or other accessories that you prefer, make the space tailor-made for you and/or your family.

To get started on your modern farmhouse makeover, be sure to browse Joanna’s rug and pillow collection.

 

5 Lessons We Can Learn From Chip and Joanna Gaines

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When it comes to home decorating shows, HGTV’s show, Fixer Upper, is one of my favorites. If you aren’t familiar with it, the show stars a funny and talented husband and wife team, Chip and Joanna Gaines, who go around Waco, Texas, turning the most rundown houses into beautiful dream homes. In addition to the show, the Gaines duo has created Magnolia, a multifaceted company that includes Magnolia Homes and the insanely popular Magnolia Market.

Every time I watch an episodeIt seems like I take away something new each time I watch an episode. Between Chip’s skillful handiwork and Joanna’s creative insight, there’s always something to learn. Here are 5 of those lessons I think are familiar to anyone who regularly follows the work of this adorable pair.

1. Your design skills may take some time to develop.

Did you know that Joanna’s degree is in Communications and not Interior Design? It wasn’t until she was interning in New York that design caught her attention. Chip already had experience in flipping houses but Joanna just sort of “fell into” the design side of it. She has admitted that those early days involved a lot of experimenting–but over time, her design style and technique became more refined. Her passion, paired with Chip’s experience, gave birth to a team that produces beautiful results with ease. The bottom line: keep working at it. Eventually, you’ll get the hang of it.

2. If your passion for design runs deep, take the leap!

Everyone has their own personal list of priorities–and sometimes, those priorities may seem to have such a firm grip on us that we’re scared to try something new. I’m not saying to quit your day job or shirk your responsibilities, but if you have the creativity and the passion for design, don’t be afraid to act on it. Even Joanna started struggled with finding her purpose. Her idea for Magnolia Market happened right around the time she and Chip started a family. After a hiatus to spend time embracing motherhood, she reopened the shop. With hard work, she was able to create balance in her life, so she could reap the rewards of both business and family. You probably can, too.

3. Look for the diamond in the rough.

I don’t know about you, but I struggle with this one. While watching an episode of Fixer Upper, I shake my head in disbelief, thinking they’re crazy for taking certain projects on. And as always, I find myself shaking my head in disbelief once again, because I was proven wrong. Chip and Joanna have proven time and time again that even the most dilapidated houses can be transformed into a thing of beauty. It takes vision, that’s for sure. Use your imagination and look for the potential. You’d be amazed what results you can turn out.

4. Personal creative passions and family life can be bridged.

Joanna wears a lot of hats. In addition to being a mom, she is constantly busy with projects–but she’s mastered the balance between the two. That has to be your ultimate goal. Don’t choose between the things you love, work hard to bridge the two. When you get the hang of it, you and your family will find happiness.

5. Getting your spouse (or someone close to you) involved can be a great thing.

Chip and Joanna have beautiful chemistry even though they are complete opposites. You can see that they feed off of each other’s strengths to produce beautiful results. Get your spouse (a family member, your kids, or a close friend) involved in your project. It’s almost a guarantee that the end result will be more rewarding because you did the job together. Not only can it be a fun time with your significant other, you’ll end up with a home you can both truly enjoy.

Get started on your modern farmhouse by adding some of Joanna’s pillows and rugs to your home.

Trend Watch 2017: Modern Farmhouse

While Farmhouse design style isn’t new, it has certainly been reinvented. What was once considered “quaint” or “country” is now described with updated terms like “country-chic” and “rustic-modern”.  Home decorating shows, such as HGTV’s Fixer Upper, starring Chip and Joanna Gaines, have put Farmhouse design style back on the map–and it’s taking the nation by storm.

joanna-gaines-farmhouse-furniture-design-KatyBut, why? What is it about this decorating style that has so many people enamored? Let’s take a look at 3 important characteristics that make this style so popular.

It’s Comfortable

For the average home, formal spaces aren’t a functional part of everyday life. Many people are looking to create a casual atmosphere that’s welcoming to friends and family. Farmhouse style gives you just that. With elements like relaxed fabrics, soft colors, vintage lighting, and streamlined functionality, you can’t help but feel at home. Even with its abundance of white paint and raw elements, those additional layers of texture add warmth and comfort, which beckons you to sit down, relax and stay awhile.

It’s Functional

An important part of the modern farmhouse design is making the home functional. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and the dining space, an area fit for family gatherings. Apron-front sinks, vintage overhead lighting, large butcher block islands, and long farmhouse tables make the home cook and entertainer’s work easier. Throw in some floating shelves and carefully selected accents and you’ve got a home that can easily accommodate everyday life.

It’s Pretty

It really is as simple as that. If you’ve seen Chip and Joanna’s work, you know that a modern farmhouse interior is just downright pretty.  Muted neutrals, eye-catching textile patterns, raw woods, unique lighting, wall quotes, and of course let’s not forget shiplap, all work in harmony to make one heck of an interior.

Looking to bring a little Farmhouse style into your home? Be sure to browse Joanna’s rug and pillow collection.

 

What Is Hygge and How You Can Master it in Your Home

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What is hygge? Hard to define as it is to pronounce, ‘hygge’ (pronounced HOO-gah) is a Danish word that refers to a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in turning ordinary, everyday moments, into moments that are more beautiful, meaningful, or unique. In English, this Norwegian term for ‘wellbeing’ is roughly translated as ‘coziness’. Simply put, hygge is the act of creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with people we’re fond of. Perhaps this concept is what makes the Danes the happiest people on earth?

While hygge can be something as simple as an intimate chat with friends in a room full of candles and good food, there’s more to it than that. Hygge is a philosophy–a way of life that is meant to bring importance to the things or moments most people would consider insignificant or mundane.

But what, you may be asking, does this have to do with your home? A lot, actually–and thankfully, it’s something anyone can do. Here are our tips on how to embrace hygge in your home like a true Scandinavian.

1. Design for the good life. As much as we like a nod of approval, designing your home shouldn’t be about impressing the people in your life. Designing a home should be based on what works for you, which includes how the home’s interior makes you feel. Design from necessity, allowing form to follow function.

2. Enjoy a cozy sitting room. A welcoming room is a place that allows people, rather than things, to become the focal point. Stick with comfy chairs, nice lighting, and shelves full of books, games, and photos.

3. Light candles throughout the house. Candles don’t have to be restricted to special occasions. With hygge, every day is special, so get those wicks burning. To stay eco-friendly, ditch the paraffin candles and switch to something cleaner and greener, such as beeswax or organic soy wax scented with essential oils.

4. Surround yourself with sustainability. When we shop smartly, the things we surround ourselves with will be better. Instead of buying or using products that can be obtained easily, choose materials that can be obtained sustainably. In other words, buy as locally as possible from companies who are open about their production processes. Even a small step in this direction can bring about big changes.

5. Carve out a space for the kiddos. In the Scandinavian countries, children are to be seen and heard–and playtime is an important vessel for this to be achieved. In your home, make sure that the little ones in your life have ample space to spread their wings and let their imaginations soar.

6. Keep nature at arm’s reach. Life can get very busy and the height of luxury for many Scandinavians is solitude while on vacation. While it’s not always possible to escape the crowds of people we encounter as frequently as we’d like to, it is possible to bring that solitude or nature into your home. If all you can do is scatter a few potted plants around your home, it’s still a good start at keeping some of nature’s beauty close by.

Remember, hygge isn’t something you can buy. It’s a way of life you must embrace. Fill your spaces with light, well-loved items, the ones you love, or anything else that brings you joy, and you’ll soon have a hygge home.

 

 

 

 

5 Secrets for Decorating A Kid’s Room Fit for All Ages and Stages

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It’s no secret that kids grow up fast–and at times, it feels almost impossible to keep up. While you can’t control every aspect of their growth, you can have a hand in designing a room that will easily transition each time they reach a new stage in life. Just as stages come and go, so do trends–and kids are notorious for changing their interests on a whim. While these ever-changing tastes can be fun, when it comes to decorating, they can be exhausting, not to mention expensive. Here we’ll cover some ways you can keep their room flexible for growth without taking away their self-expression.

Invest in Timeless Furniture

There’s no simple way of putting this: baby stores suck you in. Just walk into a store like Babies R Us and you’ll find yourself oohing and aahing over all the baby-sized furniture. There’s no denying that it’s cute, but most of what they carry lacks a very important thing: longevity. Instead of getting something specifically designed for a nursery, opt for a piece that can be used for several years to come. For example, skip the child-sized dresser and buy one that can carry them at least into their teen, if not young adult, years. If your child is moving into a twin bed, consider a double bed instead, if there’s room. Not only will it give your child more room, it will accommodate more sleeping arrangements for visiting guests.

When Possible, Choose Multifunctional Furniture

Multifunctional furniture can be your friend–especially if you have young children. Instead of a standard changing table, consider putting a changing pad on top of a desk or dresser. Once they’re out of diapers, they have a ready-made workspace or a place with ample clothes storage. If you’re bed shopping, consider one that comes with built-in storage underneath. This will come in handy for toys, books, clothes, or anything else that threatens to take up much-needed space within the room.

Go Neutral With Items that Cost More

There are certain areas that need to withstand the test of time–no matter what part of the house you’re decorating. Floor coverings, furniture, and paint colors are three biggies to focus on. While there’s nothing wrong with color, tread carefully. If you’re incorporating color based on a trend, you may consider it a mistake sooner than you’d like. If your child claims a particular color as their favorite, that’s great–just opt for a subdued version of it if it verges on too bold or bright.

Use Accessories for Self-Expression

This is a child’s room, so it’s highly important that it looks as though a child inhabits the space. An easy way to do this is with accessories. This is where their personality can really shine through. Rugs, throw pillows, knickknacks, wall art–this is their time to express who they are. Accessories are a much easier, and less expensive way, to keep up with their ever-changing interests.

Get Your Child Involved

Your child will be in this space for a very long time, so it’s critical that he or she feel completely at home in the space. Ask for their input and assure them that their opinion is valued–even when it comes to other areas of the house (within reason, of course). The more they are involved, the more likely they are to care for their room throughout the years. Keep an open mind but remind them that big changes aren’t necessarily in the budget. Hopefully, these tips will help save your family time, money, and frustration, so you can have a lot more fun.

 

Textiles and the Modern Farmhouse

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Next to shiplap and rustic wood, what comes to mind when you think about farmhouse design style? For me, it’s textiles. But what is a textile anyway and why are they so important in decorating a modern farmhouse interior?

To answer the first question, a textile is a type of cloth or woven fabric. This would include items such as upholstery, window treatments, throw pillows, area rugs, and linens. All design styles can benefit from textiles, but there are some, however, that can benefit from them even more–and farmhouse style is one of them. Why? Because without textiles in a farmhouse interior, the home would appear stark and cold. It’s the use of textiles that brings the comfort and warmth to the surface, making the home feel warm and inviting.

If you’re familiar with Joanna Gaines, star of HGTV’s Fixer Upper and Magnolia businesswoman, then you’re familiar with her use of textiles. Let’s talk a bit about each type and how to use them.

Upholstery

Upholstery in farmhouse design style should look clean yet inviting. A good way to achieve this is to stick with muted, neutral fabric. It doesn’t matter if you choose a solid or a pattern, just keep the palette monochromatic. Slipcovers are also a great option if you want a casual, no-fuss look.

Area Rugs

Area rugs serve a dual purpose: they protect floors and tie a design style together. Rugs are your chance to incorporate an extra layer of color and texture within the interior of your modern farmhouse home. Joanna happens to be a big fan of rugs and we are too. So much in fact, that we now carry the Joanna Gaines collection of rugs for our customers. Be sure to stop in or shop online to find a favorite!

Throw Pillows

What easier way to layer on the comfort than with throw pillows? Again, muted colors will keep your interior cohesive, but that doesn’t mean you have to avoid color altogether. There are times that a pop of color is exactly what you need. This pillow, also from Joanna’s collection, would do the trick, don’t you think?

Window Treatments

Farmhouse style doesn’t always include window treatments, but when it does, they are often simple and casual. Ceiling-to-floor treatments in muted neutrals or simple Roman shades tend to work best. Don’t be afraid to use this as your chance for extra pattern or texture!

Linens

In farmhouse design style, linens typically include bedding and towels. Keep your bedding soft and casual, and your towels white and plush. It’s simple yet elegant, which is what this design style is all about.

If you’re just starting out, add the textiles in gradually. Be selective and make sure your choices blend in with the rest of the interior’s environment. As you perfect your use of textiles you will be able to turn your modern farmhouse dream into a reality.

 

 

 

 

 

Using Pillows and Rugs to Finish off Your Farmhouse Style

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from watching Joanna Gaines on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, is that textiles play a huge role in bringing warmth and comfort into a farmhouse-styled interior. With all that shiplap and rustic wood, there needs to be something to soften the space–and that’s where textiles come into play. When we talk about textiles, we mean a type of cloth or woven fabric, which includes things like upholstery, window treatments, area rugs, pillows, and linens. While all of these items are a big part of the design style, we’re only going to focus on two: pillows and area rugs.

Why decorate with throw pillows?

In a nutshell, throw pillows are the easiest way to give your home’s interior an instant makeover. They add an extra layer of comfort, they help edit an existing color palette, and they provide visual interest when not much else is going on. While these certainly aren’t the only reasons you can benefit from them, they are important ones–especially for a farmhouse interior. We know that modern farmhouse style requires a neutral color palette, and pillows, are the way to incorporate those tiny splashes of color that keep the space feeling a bit more personal.

Why decorate with area rugs?

While area rugs are a wonderful way to protect your flooring, they are equally wonderful at pulling together a design style. Again, with farmhouse style’s neutral color palette, a large area rug can be that splash of color, pattern, or texture you need to fill the home with personality. For farmhouse design style, you can’t go wrong with natural fiber rugs such as sisal, jute, seagrass, and wool. With that said, don’t brush off synthetic fiber options because there are some really beautiful ones, such as this:

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As you work on your farmhouse interior–or any interior for that matter, we hope you’ll stop in our stores or browse our website to see what textiles we have to offer. If it’s farmhouse style you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. We now proudly carry the Joanna Gaines collection of pillows and rugs, which should make your style transition even easier.

Finding the Perfect Farmhouse Rug

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If you’re anything like me, the more choices there are, the harder it is to make a decision. This is especially challenging when it comes to farmhouse style rugs. Joanna Gaines makes it seem so easy, but to me–not so much. What we do know from Joanna is that a neutral palette is crucial to a successful modern farmhouse interior–so it only makes sense that we err on the side of caution and go neutral in the rug department. That doesn’t mean color is a total no-no, it just means you need to be a bit more selective on where you incorporate it. Unfortunately, the decision process doesn’t get much easier considering there is such a wide variety of farmhouse style rugs to choose from. Perhaps talking a bit about rugs, in general, will at least help you understand the best choices for a modern farmhouse interior.

In my opinion, the five best rug choices for a farmhouse style home are wool, jute, sisal, seagrass, and something made from polypropylene, viscose, or polyester. The first four are what we call natural fibers. The last few, however, are not–but we’ll talk about that later.

Natural fiber rugs are wonderful. Not only are they environmentally friendly, their casual elegance can blend in with any design style. Here’s a quick rundown on the natural fiber rugs mentioned above:

  • Wool: Sustainable, durable, fire resistant, spill resistant, and vibrant when dyed
  • Jute: Exceptionally soft, but not typically durable enough for high-traffic areas
  • Sisal: Very tough and durable, but easily stainable because of its absorbency
  • Seagrass: Non-porous, full of texture, stain-resistant, durable, and easy on bare feet

Although polypropylene, viscose, and polyester are synthetic fibers, they still have some excellent benefits. They are durable, inexpensive and easy to maintain. When it comes to rugs, they tend to have soft, luxurious look with notable high luster. They also hold bright colors. They are naturally mold- and mildew-resistant and easy to clean. Because they are more sensitive fibers, however, rugs made of these materials are best used in lower-traffic areas.

As mentioned earlier, we know farmhouse style revolves around a neutral palette–but an area rug can be the perfect way to add a splash of color if you don’t have much in the space. Recently, Joanna branched out and created her own collection of area rugs that you can check out on our website. It’s a gorgeous collection and there’s no doubt you’ll find something that will work perfectly in your farmhouse home.

8 Reasons We Adore Chip and Joanna Gaines

Chip and Joanna Gaines are probably the cutest home decorating duo to ever grace our television screens. If you’ve watched the show, then you’re familiar with the couple’s before-and-after renovations, which encompass Joanna’s modern farmhouse style. As a couple, however, there’s so much more you may not know. Here are reasons we find Chip and Joanna endearing and fascinating to watch.

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1. Both are graduates of Baylor University in Waco, Texas–however, they never actually met while attending. The couple was honored in 2015 as Baylor’s ‘Alumni of the Year’ for their remarkable achievement.

2. They have a “meet-cute” romance. Chip frequented an auto repair shop owned by Joanna’s father. After seeing her in a family photo behind the counter, Chip knew she was the one for him. It wasn’t until a later visit that he got to meet and charm her with his sense of humor. Two years later they were married. The rest is history.

3. Chip got bit by the reno bug first. Chip began flipping houses before graduating college. Later, when he met Joanna, she became hooked on the concept renovating undervalued properties for profit. Once Joanna got the hang of her design style, it didn’t take long for her insight to become part of Chip’s reality. Now, they own the multifaceted Magnolia, which includes Magnolia Homes, Magnolia Farms, and Magnolia Market.

4. Their first–and current–home were fixer-uppers. Chip and Joanna bought a fixer-upper shortly after they were married. Today, they live in a 100-year-old Victorian farmhouse, which was also a fixer-upper. The two transformed the small, two-bedroom house into the beautiful home it is today. The house is set on 40 acres of land and is home to approximately 60 animals.

5. They put the brakes on Magnolia Market for a while. Joanna initially opened Magnolia Market in 2003 with the intent of it being her own business–but after their first two kids came along, the couple closed it down so they could focus on growing and raising their family. They did, however, continue to work their Magnolia Homes construction business, which developed their skills as a team. After an 11-year break, Magnolia Market opened to the public in 2014.

6. They’re TV stars who don’t even own a TV. A six-month challenge of no TV in the beginning of their marriage turned into something permanent. They still haven’t gotten around to buying one and they seem to be perfectly content with it.

7. They’re devoted to their faith and family. Not only are they strong in their faith, they have four beautiful children named Drake, Ella, Duke, and Emmie. Nuff said.

8. She makes mistakes! Joanna’s first big failure was when she had their first high-end flip painted without testing samples. What was supposed to be a tan stucco color, turned out to be more along the lines of mustard yellow. Lesson learned.

The Importance of Rugs in Your Farmhouse Design

If you love HGTV star Joanna Gaines’ modern farmhouse decorating style, then you’re sure to love her new rug line. If you haven’t heard, the collection is finally complete and available for purchase. What we love so much about Joanna is her consistency to produce a style that is simple, fresh, and timeless. Therefore, it’s no surprise that her rugs reflect that.

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When it comes to decorating a home, rugs tend to be one of the items that get overlooked–and it’s a shame since they bring so much to a home’s interior. It’s important to remember that area rugs are such an integral part of decorating–no matter what your design style.

Rugs provide a variety of benefits. They can change the feel of a room. They can define a space in open floor plans. They can liven a space with color or bring it back down to earth when it’s too bold. They provide protection for your floors. They add warmth and texture. The list goes on…

To ensure you get the most out of your investment, it’s important to make sure the rug fits the space properly. Rugs should cover a larger area than your furniture covers. In other words, your chairs and sofa should fit within the area of the rug. If you’re placing a rug in the bedroom, it should fit under the bed, extending far enough on both sides.

If your favor Joanna’s modern farmhouse style, your rug choice should be carefully thought out. When your furniture and decor is neutral, let your rug be the showstopper. If the furniture is bold, choose a rug blends in with its environment. The goal is to add color and texture in a way that stays true to the design style.

We are pleased to announce that we have Joanna’s collection of rugs available for our clients. Be sure to browse this gorgeous collection, which is sure to provide your farmhouse decorating style the finishing touch it needs.

 


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