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How to Get Modern Farmhouse Style

Modern farmhouse style marries the crisp color palette and clean lines of modern design with the warmth and character of rustic, vintage finds and materials. Read on for ways to bring this popular style into your home, no matter where you live.

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Simple color palette. Sticking with a super-simple base color palette of black, white, and natural wood is a great way to lay a strong foundation for your modern farmhouse look. In the kitchen, think of doing white subway tiles, white cabinets, and wood floors. If you are renting (or just not in the market for a major remodel) work with what you’ve got by adding reclaimed wood shelves, black industrial sconces, and black or rubbed bronze knobs and drawer pulls. Warm up the look with a cozy rug on the floor in spice tones or classic farmhouse stripes.

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White shiplap. Adding crisp white shiplap to your walls is a wonderful way to bring a fresh, modern farmhouse look to a newer build. Hang a few small original paintings or framed prints of landscapes, and consider a modern riff on antique milking stools with updated, paint-dipped versions.

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Barn doors. Who can resist a great barn door? Try replacing the door to your pantry with a set of charming barn doors (as shown here) for a completely new look. Barn doors are great in small spaces where clearance for a regular door swing is tight — but do measure carefully, as you’ll need enough room on either side of the door frame for the barn door hardware. If you’re handy, this is a doable DIY project, and the options are limitless.

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Utilitarian fixtures and reclaimed wood. Farmhouse style is about no-frills, functional designs that have stood the test of time — think of farmhouse sinks, barn-style light fixtures, and rustic reclaimed wood. In the bathroom shown here, reclaimed wood covers the ceiling for a rustic look, while crisp shiplap wainscoting and black barn lights keep things streamlined and simple.

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Modern farmhouse rug shopping guide (clockwise from top left): Momeni Veranda Rug in Lemon; Safavieh Natural Fiber Rug; Surya Farmhouse Stripes Rug in Tan, Salmon, Brick and White; Karastan Panel Kirman Rug in Red.

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10 Unique Wall Art Ideas

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We all can appreciate the gallery wall trend that’s been hanging around, but before you drive that first nail into the wall, sit back and take stock of your options. And there are many, many, many. I’m here today to share my ten favorite unique ways to upgrade your wall art game.

Floating Shelves. They create clean lines and make for an interesting skyline of art frames. Floating shelves also have the ability to turn just about anything that fits on them into art – think cookbooks, mirrors, small plants, crystals, and more.

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Picture Rails. If you’d like to add a serious dose of sophistication to your art, go with this plan. Nineteenth century homes and museums rely on picture rails, so you know I’m not steering you wrong! Stagger various shapes and sizes of frames for the best effect.

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Binder Clips. Don’t have a frame? You don’t need one necessarily. Pinch a binder clip onto all four corner of a piece of art – two to hang the piece on the wall and two to keep it weighed down – easy peasy. If it’s your thing, consider spray painting them gold first.

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Round the Corner. If you’re really in love with that gallery wall trend, take it up a level. All it requires is an interesting corner in your space to take advantage of and perhaps some matching frames to tie it all together.

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Lean It. I rely on this trick a lot with larger pieces that I’m undecided on where to hang or don’t have the wall space for. If an artsy, bohemian look is what you’re looking for then leaning art on the floors, shelves, counters, etc will help you achieve it.

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Overlap It. Put those floating shelves or the dining room credenza to harder use by layering up different sizes and styles of art. Add empty frames or unframed pieces to the mix as well for a carefree vibe.

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Skirt Hangers. I was using this method before I knew it was a method, and it remains one of my favorites. Framing can cost nearly as much as the art itself, sometimes more, so noncommittal hanging options that don’t harm anything are a lifesaver. Skirt hangers fit those requirements and can add a great industrial touch.

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Unusual Surfaces. My favorite two unexpected locations for hanging art are off of bookcase shelves and window frames. And thanks to things like Command hooks you don’t have to damage any surfaces in the process (of course this applies to walls, too!). The options are limitless and the look oh so eclectic!

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Office Clipboards. I love this option and have used it in a former living room for an easily convertible inspiration wall. You can attach everything from art to magazine clipping to fabric swatches. Once the grid of clipboards are easily hung up, swap to your heart’s content.

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A Clothesline. Like a gallery wall, but the updated version! Attach a length of wire, cord, or something similar to your wall of choice, then grab a handful of clothespins to do the dirty work. I really like the darkroom feeling this option brings.

Of course, art can also be on the floor! Here are some of my favorite options:

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70s Design Trends with A Modern Take

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You’ve probably been seeing this list of trends everywhere, but maybe didn’t put together what the bigger picture entailed – a return to the best parts of 70s decor! I’ve slowly pulled several of them in my own home over the past year and only just realized it myself. The boho aesthetic has pulled the best parts of the era and modernized them for a contemporary interpretation.

FIBER ART
Textile wall hangings were one of the first on the scene, gracing vertical surfaces in every well-curated magazine spread and pin. The best part is that if you don’t want to spend the money for an artist’s work you can easily – and affordably – create your own!

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RATTAN
This trend has been a little bit slower to grab hold, but with warmer weather just around the bend it’s gaining momentum. While old school rattan might give you bad vibes from The Golden Girls, much of today’s designs are streamlined and beautiful.

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WALL HANGINGS
When you want to make a statement, there’s no better bang for your buck than a wall hanging. Hang these tapestries like art or use one as a room divider, if you have a large window hang one up as a curtain. They’re super versatile pieces that can easily move from function to function within your home.

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VELVET
Covering furniture, cushions, and beds in every color of the rainbow, velvet has such a luxe vibe that we’re likely to forget its days as a 60s and 70s mainstay. Velvet is such a cozy fabric to snuggle up to, why not take advantage?

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MACRAME PLANT HANGERS
I remember three of these hanging in our living room windows when I was a kid! I’m so happy to see this particular accessory back in style, macrame plant hangers just go hand in hand with the rediscovered popularity of indoor plants. And again, this is something you could easily make and customize to your space rather than buy.

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WOODEN TABLEWARE
Nothing says the 70s like wooden tableware, especially a salad set. I swear greens never look as delicious as when they’re scooped up with a set of wood salad servers, a must for any casual summer dinner get together.

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HAMMOCKS
Another piece of decor that’s been making a slow but steady return to the limelight. Whether they’re easy on the eyes or more utilitarian, hammocks are showing up everywhere – indoors and out. In fact, picking up the perfect one is high on my to-do list this spring!

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FAUX HIDES
While the 70s didn’t care so much about their hides being synthetic, the 2010s do, and they look just as chic. Whether they’re large and layered on the floor or draped over a chair or ottoman, hides add an element of earthy cool to whatever space they’re a part of.

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HANGING CHAIRS
This might be my favorite, and I might want one in no fewer than three rooms and on two porches. Too much? Hanging chairs offer the perfect spot to curl up with a book or a cocktail and they’re just so darn lovely.

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NATURAL RUGS
Think jute, hemp, seagrass – natural fibers underfoot feel great and are super sturdy if your home is particularly hard on wear and tear. Layer a few rugs with complementary patterns and colors on top of one another for a unique look.

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Refresh Your Home for Spring

After a long, gray winter, it feels good to finally look forward to the lengthening days, fresh flowers, and cheerier spirits of spring. As soon as the first hint of spring peeks its head up in the garden, I like to begin making little changes around my home to reflect the new season. This can be as simple as scooping up a big bunch of fresh cut flowers at the market to plunk into tiny bud vases or pretty water glasses…or as ambitious as painting and wallpapering!

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Spring color inspiration: In spring, we can draw inspiration from the new shoots, pale blue sky, and blossoming trees for a palette of mint, aqua, sky blue, sunny yellow, and petal pink. If you’re a bit of a color-phobe, dip your toes into this spring palette by placing a few fresh, cheerful accents against a backdrop of white walls and pale floors. For a spring party, try hanging blooms in all shades of pink from a ladder (or from the rafters), and layer the table with linens and glassware in watery blues and greens.

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Spring project ideas:

  • Put wallpaper scraps or pretty gift wrap to use by framing pieces with lattice from the home improvement store. Alternatively, pop your favorite sample into a picture frame and hang it on the wall.
  • Give a basic bulletin board a fresh look by painting the cork minty green. For contrast, give the frame a coat or two of metallic or glossy white paint.

  • Keep an eye out for pretty packaging, and use it to plant spring bulbs. Imported tea and cookie tins are some of my favorites!

  • Change up the art around your house, swapping out artwork that feels too wintry for something bold, fresh, and fun, like a graphic poster.

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Enhance your workspace: Get motivated and inspired by giving your workspace a spring refresh, too. A small vase of cut flowers on your desk, a few bits of inspiration taped to the wall at eye level, and a cup full of freshly sharpened pencils will get your Monday morning started on the right note. If you’re looking to make more of a change, consider recovering a boring office chair with a fun, floral fabric; or roll out a vibrant area rug under your desk. And don’t forget to take plenty of breaks to get outside and smell the spring blooms!

Rug shopping guide (clockwise from top left): Jaipur Rugs Coastal Lagoon Palm Breezy in yellow and white; Nourison Waverly Sun and Shade in Seaglass; Dalyn Torino Ombre in teal; Surya Aberdine in teal, charcoal, light gray and lime.

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