Rustic farmhouse is the decorating style that’s all the rage these days. I blame Joanna Gaines. And not in a bad way; that woman is my spirit animal. Not necessarily in a decor-style kind of way, though I certainly see the appeal. But more in a, “I love this chick because she can do it all without breaking a sweat and everything she touches is gold” kind of way. Basically, for Christmas this year I asked for ALL of the Joanna Gaines things: her new book, “Homebody,” her cookbook, a subscription to Magnolia Journal. We also bought her children’s book, “We Are the Gardeners,” because my kids also love “Jo.”Because the woman is a very classy genius.
Every day my inbox is full of emails advertising the widest array of rustic farmhouse decor from every store imaginable. It’s lovely. It’s fresh, airy, reminiscent of wide open spaces, clean air, and days gone by, with a little modern twist. Colors are crisp, light and neutral, and fabrics are the same. Jute, burlap, sisal, denim, linen, and cotton offer looks so crisp and clean you can almost smell the “fresh.” It’s comfortable, easy to picture kids running down the hallways, bustling around the kitchen, lounging in the living room for a football game, or gathering around a big old farmhouse table with a worn wood top, laden with a big Sunday supper of pot roast and mashed potatoes and a big layered cake slathered in fluffy white frosting for dessert. And maybe a goat peeking through a window.
But what of other design styles? I’m having a big moment with mid-century modern right now. I’m loving the clean lines and the metallic hardware, and fabrics with bold, bright colors in fun patterns. Last summer, I walked away from an antique mid-century desk that was priced at, well, basically nothing. I could easily picture that desk in my house, in any of about six different areas. Alas, by the time I made the decision, someone else had bought it. Sad face. Another life lesson learned the hard way.
Anyway, a few weeks ago, inspiration struck at a strange time (sitting in a chair, waiting at a hair salon), and in my mind I saw a tufted sofa in a rich, succulent green velvet, accented with shades of pink and off-white and pops of metallic gold. I went home that afternoon and assembled a concept board for the fun of it, and posted it to my Instagram and Facebook pages.
Last week, a teacher from my kids’ preschool (who is also a gifted published author, and someone I often turn to for inspiration and editing on this blog) sent me a message that she loved the board so much she wanted me to help her to convert her daughter’s bedroom to a home office using the same style. Her daughter will be graduating from high school soon and then moving on to college. Converting the room from an empty kid’s room to a pretty, feminine space where her daughter can still crash during school breaks, but also a sanctuary for her to relax and write her best work, makes the pain of graduation a little more bearable.
What about you? What’s your design style? What object inspires your creativity, or sparks your best memories, or makes you feel comfortable and like your best self?