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7 Modern Farmhouse Decor Lessons I Learned from my Sister-in-Law

This beautiful old house has been standing tall and proud for over 100 years now.

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It’s been in the family for generations.  My Great-Grandma lived in it with my Grandparents, then my parents, and now my brother and sister-in-law.  On my recent trip back to Montana, I got to stay in it again and woke up to hear the birds singing out my window ~ just like they did when I was a little girl!

A reality of living in a historical home is that it’s a lot of work.  My mom added her own touches and now my sister-in-law and brother have done some spectacular things to it.  My sister and I commented that it looks so good!

I came home totally inspired, and wanted to share with you some new decor tricks I learned from this old ~ now looking a tad “modern” ~ farmhouse.

1. Take down a wall ~ or widen a doorway.

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If you can believe it, that big opening between the living and dining room used to be a wall with a teeny tiny door in it!  Enlarging the opening makes it feel so much more spacious and bright.

2. It’s ok to mix modern with traditional styles.

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One of my favorite parts of the whole house was this little seating area.  Isn’t it beautiful?  I just love how this more “modern” style of furniture sits alongside the traditional wood dining set.  They look great together!

3.  Mix patterns and colors

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I’m trying to grasp that being too “matchy matchy” isn’t necessary. I love all that color and pattern going on…

4.  Add in some greenery

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Pops of green add so much life into a space.

5.  Add in items that hold history or are sentimental for your family.

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This old chair has been sitting in this farmhouse for a long, long time.  It’s a part of the place and fits right in!

6.  2 square end tables put together make a great coffee table!

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Isn’t that a clever idea?  I also love the round tray on the top…

7.  Rethink spaces and make them usable for you.  100 years ago, there wasn’t a need for a place for your computer!  But now, this former eat in kitchen space has become a beautiful office.

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Just looking at these pictures brings back such great memories.  Oh, if these walls could talk…:)

What farmhouse decor tips would you give?

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Oh Rita, the tour of your mom and dad’s house brought back so many fun memories! I remember lots of Sunday dinner in that living room and eating breakfast in the kitchen with your dad before Susan and I got to ride the bus to school. I always liked spending the night at your house because that meant I got to ride the school bus!! Lol

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