As many of you know I recently moved to a small rural town in France. While I loved my home in the States, it lacked direction and just that sense of comfort that home gives you. The reason I failed so hard at creating a cosy environment was that I had no direction. Until now!
I began my process by looking for what spoke to me. As I have mentioned in the past I love Washington and Oregon. I love the magic and the weather. (just everything). Sadly, aside from “Twin Peaks”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, IZombie, and Kramer, my only reference for warmth was Twilight. Oh and that little movie “Sleepless in Seattle”. So using my inspiration choices, I chose my color choices.
Green, greyish blues, burnt orange, whites, pinks, purples, warm browns. When I made this choice on how I wanted my apartment and future farmhouse to look like, I made sure to remain focused on my vision.
A house is a work in progress that you have to work on to make it yours.
Artwork, decorative pillows, and other little decorative items are the small details that really make space feel like home.
I mixed textures like lightweight linens, woods, and earthy tones. With the new, I mixed the old. There is nothing like having a piece with a past. Kind of like what Pheobe Buffay was looking for in Friends. She wanted furniture with a story and what better story than one of a pre-war cabinet?
I am also fortunate enough that I have an antique dealer below me. He has loads of items that are amazing. I also discovered in my apartment old letters, pictures, and newspapers. Some from the war, some before the war, and some during the war. For me, this is a great find, and something I will incorporate into my decor.
Sadly, for some, I am very much anti-modern or contemporary. I can’t stand the look of modern. The whole concept reminds me of an office. I prefer something that looks as though I can toss my coat in the corner and get comfortable. I do not want to be afraid to sit on something because it looks like it might stab me.
My advice, make your spaces about you. Sure you can draw inspiration from something as silly as “Twilight”, but make sure that it represents you. Most of the “farmhouse” inspiration that I looked at online showed me that apparently everything has to be white. No, it doesn’t! I make messes, and I love spaghetti. For those two reasons alone I can not have all white in my house.
I haven’t finished my comfort home, yet! Be sure to check back for part two of creating my own farmhouse style!