Softening the Farmhouse

You know how little girls like to play dress up with their dolls? Or how mothers with daughters get to buy cute, ruffly dresses and bows for them to wear? Well, I’m a mom of boys, and the definition of playing dress up around here involves super hero costumes with masks and a weapon. Still cute, but not quite the same. 🙂

That’s part of the reason I think I love interior design and decorating my farmhouse so much. It allows me to be creative and try different things, and I’ve noticed that my style lately has leaned more towards a much more feminine, softer vintage farmhouse feel. I adore the industrial look of hard metal and dark rustic wood, but at this stage of my life (newly single) my heart is drawn more to soft lace and ruffles and faded wood tones and light, bright white spaces. I’ve noticed that my design choices have been slowly softening our home, and I love the blend of feminine romance and vintage farmhouse that is happening.

I think it all started when I designed my master bedroom…

A clean and cozy farmhouse master bedroom with tons of vintage charm

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Little Boy Farmhouse Bedroom

An awkward attic space turns into a charming little boy's farmhouse bedroom!

Sponsored by Stearns & Foster // Last week I shared how I've been working up in my boys' bedroom to create the perfect, little space just for them. I want their room to be a cozy, fun place for them to hangout and relax in, but I also need it to double as a guest bedroom when the need arises. So I revamped the layout of this awkward attic bedroom to maximize space, upgraded their beds to make them super comfortable, and added some fun … [Continue reading...]


Progress in the Boys’ Bedroom

An awkward attic space turns into a charming little boy's farmhouse bedroom!

Sponsored by Stearns & Foster // Now that the boys are out of school for summer, I've finally had some time to work on updating their bedroom with them, and we've made quite a bit of progress in the last few weeks! I don't show the kids' spaces on the blog very often because normally they are messy and full of blanket forts and toys, but I've never really done a full blog post on what their bedroom looks like since we moved into this house, … [Continue reading...]


Hutch in the Living Room

An antique hutch styled simply but beautifully in this Indiana farmhouse

Hi, sweet friends. Normally when I think of summer, I think of life at a much slower pace. Lazy summer days filled with sunshine and sweet tea and lightning bugs and bonfires. But this summer so far has been pretty hectic with a wisdom tooth removal surgery, baseball tournament after baseball tournament for the boys, embarking on a new adventure to open a small shop at a local antique store, and having to say goodbye to our 12 year old cocker … [Continue reading...]


Peonies from my Garden

Freshly picked peonies decorate this beautiful farmhouse kitchen by Liz Fourez

I wish I could say that I picked these beautiful flowers from my garden on a gorgeous sunny day without a care in the world... just enjoying the beauty of spring all around me and the warm sunshine on my face. I wish I could say that this past year hasn't been one of hardest in my life and that I haven't been desperately trying to make sense of the chaos around me. I wish I could say that I haven't laid awake at night alone and crying, wondering … [Continue reading...]


French Country in the Dining Room

A beautiful farmhouse dining room with a french country twist

I hinted a few weeks ago that I was thinking about making some changes in the dining room, and it all started with wanting new dining chairs to replace the black metal ones I had. Well, I found the perfect chairs that I totally fell in love with, and I should have known that one thing would lead to another and another... and another! That's just how I roll apparently. After weighing quite a few chair options, I settled on a pair of chairs with … [Continue reading...]


My Decorating Essentials: Throw Blankets

Soft, cozy throw blankets are a farmhouse decorating essential - shop our favorites!

Every time I work on a room makeover or style a space for a photo shoot or even when I'm just tidying up the house before having company over, I've noticed lately that there are a handful of items that I almost always use to decorate with. Sort of a decorating "formula" I've played with and fine tuned over the last five years of writing this blog, and I thought the other day that I should start sharing my tried and true decorating essentials here … [Continue reading...]