In my opinion, farmhouse style decorating should be humble, simple and utilitarian. This picture always reminds me to keep it real!
I love vignettes as much as the next person but when a house is filled with them, it doesn’t feel to me like a farmhouse anymore. Ten rolling pins? Fifteen cutting boards? Twenty wooden spoons? Who needs and uses that many? I try to decorate as much as possible with things I eat, use, or find outdoors.
Apples and a pear for snacks and some herbs for cooking
An ironstone plate and a silver pitcher holding my kitchen essentials
Peonies from our garden on an antique sideboard
Our home is only 1648 square feet and there is only so much room for vignettes. Farmhouse style is not about “staging” your home to look like a farmhouse but really to live a life that is slower, simpler, healthier and more wholesome. You can live in an apartment and live a farmhouse lifestyle! My grand-maman Annette grew up on a farm in Saint-André de Kamouraska and she spent a few decades living in an apartment in Québec city. There were plants everywhere, an indoor herb garden in the kitchen, flowers on her small balcony, quilts on the beds, black and white photos, a small organ, and an old turntable playing french waltzes. She was sipping flax seed tea on her rocking chair, telling us stories about growing up on a farm, handwriting us letters and cards every month and baking some galettes (cookies) for my sister and I. Going to her house was really special! She did not have a car and walked a few times a week to buy groceries. I remember having to go to another store to save 10 cents on butter and I was the one carrying the bags!
Me in my grandmother’s Québec city apartment
My grand-maman Annette and I
I hope this inspires you to live a true farmhouse lifestyle. Frugality, resourcefulness, sustainability, and community are really the foundation of this way of life and what I am striving for.
Greetings from Kingsbury Brook Farm!