The 5 Senses of Modern Farmhouse Style
I am an eclectic at heart. Most likely due to my inability to narrow my focus to one style. I love them all! I love all things French, English country, rustic and farmhouse and modern and traditional. I grew up in a small house in a small town where my momma was also an eclectic. Our living room was formal Spanish, our den very casual Early American and my bedroom had painted furniture and bright colored fabrics. But, the modern farmhouse style is one I have tried to incorporate into some rooms in my home. All because of Joanna Gaines and my 5 senses.
Modern Farmhouse Style
My current obsession is something I call modern-hippy-farmhouse. I love mid-century modern mixed with the bright colors of the hippy movement in the 60’s. Current trends include growing our own food, living clean and simple, and neutral colors. So, it makes perfect sense to me to blend retro with farmhouse and accent with bright hippy style and colors. In fact, what I love best about my new-old hippy style is how it works so well with neutral colors and textures. Styles change so quickly, that using a neutral background with a few bright, fun accents keeps our home up to date.
Our Home Styles Through the Years Were So NOT hippy-chic!
Here are a few photos of our homes throughout the 90’s and 00’s. I wasn’t into photography at the time and I’m sure some of these were taken with a point and shoot camera. I apologize for the quality, but I’m making a point.
I’ve learned in my 50+++ years that keeping a neutral background is essential for keeping up with trends. Paint, fabric on furniture and even rugs in basic colors of white, beige, gray or navy leave innumerable options for accents. I wish someone had encouraged this in my 30’s when my interest in decorating began. Oh, the money I would have saved!!!
So now, on to Modern Farmhouse through our natural senses.
Sense #1 Touch
The feel of a modern farmhouse decor is warm, welcoming, current and comfortable.
I love the textures of this room. Stone, wood, soft fabric and pillows. Even the wood chairs have cushions. It’s simple, pretty and relaxed.
Sense #2 Look
Blending simple with function sums up the look. Instead of location, location, location; it’s function, function, function!
Sense #3 Sounds
What sounds do you hear in your modern farmhouse? Do you hear the laughter and giggles of children, a playlist of modern country music or a distant mooing? Are you awakened every morning by a crowing rooster? Or is it possible that your modern farmhouse is actually in a city townhouse with street noises and 1970’s rock and roll?
Sense #4 Smell
Essential oils, incense, candles and the smell of homemade cookies are what I imagine in a modern farmhouse. But, if you want to add a touch of whimsy/hippy to the environment, how about a Peace Sign made out of Rosemary from your herb garden?
Or a simple peace sign in your decor?
And finally Sense #5 Taste
Most things in a modern farmhouse are simple, homemade without preservatives and very fresh. Even if you don’t make it yourself, we’ve all come to love local farmer’s markets where you find so much more than produce.
So, instead of “letting your fingers do the walking”, (remember that?!?) let your senses do the leading.
Follow your nose!
Listen to the sound of the falling rain.
Taste and see that it is good!
Feel the difference!
Start with a plan to alleviate costs. One sense at a time. One room at a time. As always, I encourage you to shop local! And to add that special touch of farmhouse industrial, shop antique stores to find interesting tools and architecture. One in particular… the home of Heart for Dixie.
254 S Greeno Rd,
Fairhope, AL 36532
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