Tomorrow is my 34th wedding anniversary, and the event caused me to look back on our homes since we began our journey together. In the beginning, we lived in a 1200 square foot home built by my husband’s grandfather and in an older area of the city. It was precious, and we are still amazed at its value today over what we sold it for 16 years ago. At that time of life in the 1980s, I called my design aesthetic… Shabby chic.
I have always loved a cozier, relaxed style of décor and it is funny to me how the names of it have changed over the years. About ten years after shabby chic, I began to call it French Country. I have to give Chip and Joanna Gaines credit for now changing this design to Farmhouse Style. And I was intrigued to learn there is a modern farmhouse, and a traditional farmhouse style. I do not see a lot of difference between the two, but it does seem that modern farmhouse is more minimal, and neutral based.
With that in mind, I would put me solidly in the traditional farmhouse style. I prefer to decorate with mismatched furniture, antiques, thrift store treasures, and with cozy in mind to the point of feeling like a bed and breakfast house! I love it when people come over and say it feels like home to them and they feel warm and cozy there.
I live in an older, custom built home so there is a living room area and a family room. Today, I am sharing Christmas décor from the family room which includes the breakfast area and kitchen. It is by far more traditional farmhouse. We recently added farmhouse sliding doors which has just taken my theme forward.
There are many trinkets from the past. My husband’s grandmother’s homemade stockings hang on the china cabinet, and her homemade ornaments are on the real tree in this room. I have antique Santas from my side of the family which sit on various shelves in the kitchen. Then, my collection of snowmen are all over this room. The snowman collection began with the first one purchased 33 years ago in Fredericksburg, TX where we celebrated our first anniversary.
Since we were married at Christmastime, we have wedding gifts related to the season…and I make sure they are a part of the decorating. Next week, I will share with you the living room. Each room is a combination of history between our two families and I make sure our children and grandchildren know the stories. It blesses me so to see them doing the same in their homes.
Whether I call it shabby chic…French country…or farmhouse…it is home and I love each and every decoration. They just are not out for display long enough. They are not perfectly matched or designed…but I think that is why I like it!
Can you describe your home décor in one phrase or description? If so, what would it be? Please share and enjoy my “farmhouse” slide show below….then, remember IT’S FRIDAY, so