A contemporary country farmhouse in the heart of Los Angeles. When I read that title over on Elle Decor, my interest was instantly piqued. My first thought was, “what does LA know about farmhouses?” My second was, “Apparently a lot.”
It turns out LA does know a little about farmhouses. As with all things California, they just do it a little different. A little more cool. A little more eclectic. And a little more butch, apparently. The owner’s instructions to the designer, Jeffrey Alan Marks, was to create a “rock-and-roll farmhouse”. That meant no buffalo check, shabby chic, or other homely touches. Instead, in the words of Elle Decor, those instructions translated into a home that is “bold, beautiful, and a tiny bit butch.”
If you, too, want a home–be it farmhouse or not–that can be described as such (I mean, who doesn’t want their house described as slightly butch?), here’s how to get the look.
Chandelier – I scaled the size of this chandelier down compared to the one used in the farmhouse. I figure most of us don’t have soaring living room ceilings.
Couch – A classic Chesterfield sofa brings in a traditional touch.
Side table– The pedestal shape of this side table adds a bit of country flair.
Coffee table – Definitely the magnum opus of this living room is the zebra daybed coffee table. I found a smaller version here. If you’d like a more muted version, check out this one.
Chair – I’m totally digging the silhouette of this chair. It adds a little mid-century modern to the space and fits right in. See more options below.
Kangaroo Print – This fun little print is a downloadable file. Pick the size you want, print it at Walgreens or Office Depot, and pop it in a frame. Viola.
Throw – This brings the only pop of color to the otherwise muted space.
Shelving unit – One of my favorite features of this room is how the art is mostly encased in the sprawling shelving units. It gives the space dimension.
Pillow – Proof that blue and white (and tassels) work everywhere.
Dice – This fun decor adds to the rock-and-roll vibe of the space.
There are myriad options for blue side chairs. The style and type you chose has the potential to alter the entire feel of the space. Here are a few other options that would look killer in this living room.
Do you recognize this space? If so, then you obviously are a fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. If not, well I don’t think I’ve met anyone who hasn’t seen at least one episode of the show. In case you are the one person who hasn’t, this homely space belongs to Chip and Joanna Gaines, the adorable hosts of Fixer and Upper. I read recently that HGTV was the third most watched television network in 2016, beating out CNN. Only ESPN and Fox News had more viewers. I attribute that to Chip and Joanna with their charming dynamic and impressive design skills. Living in the south, this shabby chic, rustic style farmhouse vibe is prolific. I’d say 80% of the homes I visit look similar to this (although not as good because no one does this better than Joanna). I’ve rounded up some items to help you emulate the Fixer Upper Farmhouse look in your own home.
Coffee table // Overstock – This distressed reclaimed wood coffee table is the perfect jumping off point for a rustic farmhouse room.
Print // Teil Duncan – Teil Duncan is so talented. This is a digital print of her work, so it’s not as expensive as an actual painting (but it’s still signed by her).
Chandelier // Home Depot – I’m pretty sure you aren’t allowed to do shabby chic without a chandelier.
Pillow // Target – An appropriate pillow for this space.
Every time I see this rustic farmhouse living room by Groves & Co. I get chills. That’s a bit dramatic but this space is just absolute perfection. I knew I wanted to start this blog off with a bang, and no space is more bang and intro worthy than this. The beams, the stone, the rug, the capiz chandelier, I can’t pick a favorite element. Each item on its own is divine, but together they richly harmonize in concert. The rustic, natural feel of the space is warm, cozy, and inviting. I can picture many good conversations (probably about how beautiful the house is) happening in those chairs.
Striped rug – Striped rugs work in almost any setting and with most styles.
Painting – Don’t live in the mountains? Don’t have lodge style beams in your home? Bring a touch of mountain whimsy via artwork by framing up a Bierstadt print.
Coffee table – Target’s Threshold line consistently nails it. This coffee table emulates the circular coffee table above and looks mighty fine doing it. It also has a matching end table.
Floor lamp – One of these days I will own a tripod floor lamp like this. It brings the eye up just enough and adds [another] touch of warmth.
Chair – Comfy chair for ogling over this rustic farmhouse living room. This pillow would look perfect nestled on it.
Tufted leather bench – Every home needs a bench. Perfect in an entryway for removing shoes (so no one dirties up the rug…don’t care if that’s the point of rugs.)
Light – This light! I think this light might actually make the space for me. I doubt it gives off a ton of light, but capiz adds relaxed glamour to any space it graces. *sigh*
Side table – I’ve contemplated buying this so many times. It’d be a great conversation piece for all my introverts out there.
Coasters – We should establish right now that I’m all about unique coasters. Don’t have a huge stone fireplace? No worries! Buy some stones to set your drinks on. Same, same.