Almost everyone loves the look and feel of a cozy farmhouse style. Back in the day the early settlers utilized elements from their surroundings which satisfied their need for sturdy, practical furnishings. Farmhouse style has stood the test of time and evolved into a more modern but still very functional look.
Here are some defining differences between Classic Farmhouse and Modern Farmhouse style.
Characteristics of Classic Farmhouse Style
Natural wood accents: The very first element is wood! It was abundant and therefore, became the natural building material. Many farm homes had paneled wood walls, wide-plank floors and exposed wood beams. The current classic farmhouse style often uses barn board or ship lap for paneling and wood for countertops.
Kitchen Apron sinks: The kitchen was the gathering place and still is today. Most kitchens had an apron sink. In a classic farmhouse, this sink is usually porcelain.
Furniture and accessories: Vintage furnishings are an easy way to decorate in classic farmhouse style. It’s best if they’re not in perfect condition and they could even have weathered finishes. Vintage style lighting looks ideal in a classic farmhouse especially the ones with a little bling!
Fabrics Selections: Floral and paisley, ticking and plaid echo Classic Farmhouse for sure. Use them on window treatments, pillows or slipcovers.
Characteristics of Modern Farmhouse Style
Modern Touches: Take the comfortable, relaxed farmhouse style and add a cleaner look.
Accents and Accessories: To achieve this look add smooth lines, glossy accents and neutral color schemes.
Use Contemporary Design: Modern farmhouse is more sophisticated and uses contemporary design elements like stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and sleek lighting and cleaner lines in furniture.
Practicality: When designing a Modern Farmhouse design, keep in mind, furnishing and accessories should be comfortable and practical. In addition, you want them to welcome you into the room, and things shouldn’t be too fussy. The room should look like it evolved over time.
Stay with a neutral palette: Choose a neutral palette to make the room appear fresh and open. Cool or warm neutrals such as cream, beige, silver and grey all work well and balance natural elements. Equally important, is to keep patterns simple and contemporary and be sure to bring depth to the space with a variety of textures. Rugs, baskets and natural objects work well here.
Industrial touches: With modern farmhouse style you can also add touches of the industrial style for an updated current look. For example, use a stainless-steel apron sink and appliances. The same goes for lighting, add a chandelier and pendants that have a sleek and more modern look.
prefer the Classic or Modern version of the farmhouse style, they both offer a
cozy, comfortable and welcoming feel to a home! If you need help pulling it all
together to achieve your Farmhouse look, give me a call!
to Contemporary and Everything in Between
Need a change? Try these Top Summer Decorating Trends
Summer has officially arrived, and this is a good time to start thinking about bringing the top summer decorating trends into your home for easy room updates.
Begin this season with some of CH Interior Designs’ top summer home decorating trends that are sure to brighten your summer days and nights as we move towards the warmer months ahead.
Here’s a look at some of the things
you may want to consider when taking in the top summer decorating trends of
this year. Whether its adding splashes of color on your walls or switching out
your window treatments to painting your front door, you’re bound to find
something that will brighten your home for summer!
Energize with Color
Open the drapes and blinds to allow
all the natural light in. Then add a vibrant splash of color to bring summer
indoors. This season, summer home decor is all about bright, saturated colors
and you can achieve a summery decor look without having to spend serious
amounts of time and money.
It could be a new set of bold,
patterned throw pillows to liven up your chairs and sofas, a colorful one of a
kind lamp to make a change from the usual neutrals, or a refreshing piece of artwork
that focuses on your favorite summer color combinations. If too much color
isn’t your thing, try blending some soft neutrals with some unusual textures
and just a hint of your favorite color to make your space interesting.
Who loves Animal Prints?
Even if you’re not an animal lover,
striking animal prints are a great way to bring the feel and energy of the
outdoors into your summer home decorating updates. Nothing reminds you of the
sun more than a vibrant animal print, like leopard or zebra. Think accent chair
or an accessory with a playful take on animal prints.
You could even go for some animal
themed wall art to set off your space perfectly with a touch of the exotic for
a refreshed take on everyday glamor. Keep the look minimal with your animal
prints, so the look stays clean and pared back. A little goes a long way!
White Wood is a Great Summer Decorating Trend
A great way to brighten a room and embrace summer home decorating trends is to switch out your dark wood furniture for fresh white options. Go for white painted wood if your in the market for new furniture or cabinets so your home feels lighter and brighter. But if you want to make use of your current furniture, then it’s time to get out the paintbrushes and start some easy ‘Do It Yourself’ updates.
If you don’t want to go through all
the work, opt for some white throws to drape over dark wood sofas and chairs,
to give your room a brightness boost. This way, any room in your home will also
A summery pattern is a great way to get on board with summer home decorating. Choose bright colors and bold patterns and prints, allowing you to bring a splash of summer in throughout your home. From pretty florals to fresh yellow-green geometrics to bold and eclectic prints and patterns, the options are endless. Step out your comfort zone here and have some fun with it!
Consider some fresh throw pillows or switch up your upholstery. Or you can even amp up your summer outdoor home decor with some new lounge chairs. Opt for a more season-less approach when it comes to outdoor décor. Go for a more minimal look on summer prints and patterns by sourcing muted pastels and soothing watercolor-inspired prints.
Yellow, what a happy color! It is
the undisputed dominant color of summer, so use hints of it everywhere
throughout your home. Don’t be shy, go for yellow soft furnishings, yellow
accessories, and yellow wherever else you can squeeze it in. From soft, light
yellows, to bold citric and strong mustard tones, there is so much scope for
yellow in summer home decorating trends.
Perfect for an accent wall and
entire rooms alike, yellow is the epitome of summer. But since the season
unfortunately passes so quickly, I suggest going for minimal splashes of
yellow, like in pillows and ceramics as well as fresh flowers. These touches
ensure that it’ll never go out of style or look out of place, no matter the
Oh, That Front Door!
Does your front door need a face lift? So many of them take a beating from the weather. A fun summer home decorating trend that I’m seeing more of, is vividly painted doors. Doors are often overlooked when it comes to interior design. While this idea offers something not often thought of, it will liven up the entire entry of your home as it’s such a unique option!
Choose an inviting lively yellow, or
blue or even something like an orange or a pink. You don’t have to go for a
color which is too bright here, as it’s not something you see every day. Even
pastel shades will work wonders for updated summer home decor. If your front door is in good shape try repainting it to really
make a defining statement.
Brighter Window Treatments
Summeris the time to shed
those heavy, insulating curtains and replace them with something light and airy
to let the sunshine in. You want to be able to let the light in but still be
able to block out the sun when it’s hot that comes with summer days. I love a soft
flowing sheer white curtain when it comes to a savvy summer home decorating
idea for the windows.
This look gives you the lightness and brightness, you’re craving while
blocking out the worst of the midday sun. And the best thing about sheer white window
treatment panels is that they make for an affordable update that will never
go out of style.
This is the Easiest Way to Brighten Things Up for Summer
Just remember when it comes to
updating your summer home decor, a lighter color scheme will always feel
refreshing and soothing while revitalizing the energy. One of the least
expensive and most effective ways to completely transform any room is through a
fresh coat of paint.
Whether you go for soothing neutrals, or an accent wall featuring a completely unexpected, mood-enhancing color, you can almost never go wrong with a fresh coat of paint. And I say almost because while it’s great to bring in a unique hue, you’ll almost certainly tire of it and you’ll find that it limits your other summer home decor choices. So, opt for something with a timeless appeal that won’t affect a potential resell of your home.
If you need help pulling it all together give me a call!
From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between!
Temperatures are rising and summer is showing its refreshing face, and that means longer days, more sunshine, and extra outdoor living with family and friends. Here are some ways to make the most of the better weather and how to incorporate outdoor decorating and entertaining ideas to your space based on your summer style!
For a relaxed and laid-back outdoor feel, opt for some comfortable outdoor
seating and add strawberry mint margaritas to the mix!
Summer is here and you’re probably already planning those outdoor gatherings with your friends and family while soaking in the sun. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors, you’ll need comfortable seating. Try an outdoor sofa – or two – which makes conversation with guests much easier and fun. In addition, try a couple of outdoor accent chairs and a pop of color with some accent pillows, and yours is sure to be the favorite outdoor haven this summer.
Here’s a recipe for a refreshing drink to serve while your grill master is cooking up the food!
Strawberry Mint Margarita
and tangy this recipe serves 4
1 cup of strawberries
1 cup of tequila
Handful of fresh mint leaves
½ cup of lime juice
Agave syrup (optional, to taste)
2. For a family style outdoor entertaining area, try a large farmhouse style table, perfect for serving all of your favorite summertime recipes.
If you are planning on entertaining the whole family plus more, you’ll need a table big enough to accommodate the entire crew. A farmhouse table is the perfect choice. Mix it up a little with different chairs and bench seating to help accommodate lots of little ones while giving adults their own spot at the table. And remember to pick a bouquet of fresh flowers from the garden to use for a beautiful centerpiece. Most importantly, use a family-sized grill to help you cook a large amount of food at once so everyone can eat at the same time.
3. If your outdoor style is quaint and colorful, then bright outdoor rugs and watermelon might be a good fit for you.
If you want to add welcoming color, add a colorful outdoor rug to a deck space or covered patio. It will add energy and whimsy to any outdoor space. Not only are these rugs fun and beautiful, but they are easy to clean and light weight for storage purposes. Without a doubt, these rugs will make your outdoor spaces feel cozy and inviting!
Watermelon is a popular summer food – it’s sweet, juicy, and usually big enough to share with large groups of people. But more than just a good cool off, watermelon is 92 percent water and contains antioxidants and vitamins such as vitamin A and vitamin C. Try making your watermelon extra special, use cookie cutters to create fun shapes. Or for another fun surprise try grilling it as a side dish!
Grilled Watermelon Recipe:
This is a delicious alternative to
the traditional way of serving watermelon
6 slices of (seedless!) watermelon, cut to about 1.25 inches thick
5 tablespoons of olive oil
It’s your turn, are you ready for outdoor decorating and entertaining? Which style do you love? If you need some help pulling it all together, please reach out to me!
From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between!
Are you one of the many people who feel overwhelmed with the decorating process of your home? Over the years I have helped many clients design and decorate their homes. Some projects were large and some were “just moved in” projects. And do you want to know the number one thing every single one of them had in common? The feeling of being overwhelmed.
Decorating and designing your home, whether it’s one room or the whole house, can be an overwhelming thing to do on your own. There are so many things to consider and coordinate. Where do I buy things? Where do I hang wall art? Which patterns compliment each other? What color palette do I want to begin with? How do I arrange my furniture? And, although there are some exceptional design resources at our fingertips today, all the checklists in the world do not take away the feeling of being overwhelmed when doing it on your own. Having someone who is like a good friend to walk you through it can smooth the way through whole process!
You Don’t Know What You Can’t See
Redesigning the interior of a home or room looks so easy on The HGTV channel. I too watch with amazement at how everything seems to just miraculously fall into place! But I also know, that nothing miraculously falls into place, ever! There are many steps in between the photo shoots that you don’t see to make the project come together.
It would be fun to have one of the star-studded designers come into your home while you stand by and watch as their team disassembles and then reassembles the entire place while being filmed. But trust me, most people prefer to sit down with a professional and explore ideas of what is possible for their space, on their budget, and in their time frame.
Talking with a professional interior designer about your interior design or decorating project is not a difficult task. It is our job to break down into step-by-step increments all that you wish to accomplish. And no two projects ever have the same details, so don’t feel discouraged to ask more about what you don’t understand or what you really want to happen. the more information I receive from you the closer we will arrive at your desired result. It is your home, your life and what you do inside of that space should reflect you, your budget and your style.
What Actually Happens When You Meet With a Professional Interior Designer?
Many people shy away from seeking advice from a professional interior designer because they think it will be difficult to get the look they want, over budget, and time-consuming. After twenty years of designing interiors, I assure you that every project needs a plan that covers these concerns and that is where I begin.
Whether you have a large or small project, I begin by asking questions and listening to your design needs, budgetary concerns, and desires for your home. This is our chance to get to know one another and fully embrace who you are and what you are hoping to achieve in your project.
Once we have a general idea of your design goals I create a design concept plan and organize that plan and present options to you. Then the fun begins! We start by choosing color schemes, furniture layouts, and determining the products and styles that will fit with your plan. I continually help guide you through the decision making process. The greatest part about working with a professional interior designer too, is that we have so many resources to choose from that are not available elsewhere. This helps tremendously in getting the look you want for your home. And that is the part of the process that is like the TV shows; professional designers understand what you need and know exactly where to get what you want!
After working to put together products, materials and a layout that meet your needs, we begin to finalize your project. However, many times these ideas and suggestions spark a whole new plan or an idea you haven’t considered before, especially if you find something in the mix that is a must have! We can always make adjustments along the way, all you are doing is making the choices that are right for you and your home. I cannot stress how amazing this part of the process is for clients because they realize how much time and energy they have saved instead of struggling on their own. That is why projects can be completed with a set framework. It is not just “weekend shopping”, it is a professional designer’s full-time job to get your project done so you can really start living in your home!
Where Do I Begin To Plan My Project?
It’s as easy as 1,2,3! If you feel overwhelmed by all there is to accomplish in your home or if you just need some tips and guidance for your DIY project and would like the guidance of a professional and experienced designer to sit down and talk with you about your design goals, please reach out to me! Below is my contact information.