FARMHOUSE MAKEOVER

I am really excited to (finally) update the styling in my home and have some principles to apply while doing it. Although I am an artist, I have a monotone home - "paint it white" is my motto - and I have a lot of apprehension about adding color, so I am looking forward to stretching my limitations and approaching this with an open mind. 

My husband and 2 1/2 year old just moved into a beautiful farmhouse that we rennovated to be a "scandinavian farmhouse" - which means more white! As you will see from my "before" pics, I have yet to style anything - bookshelves are cluttered and messy, my collection of turquoise pottery is placed arbitrarily, and our bed has absolutely no personality at all. I happen to have some great plants, but again they are placed without any thought at all. As for our coffee table, it serves more as a dumping ground for our son's toys, our papers & laptops, and other random findings around the house. 

I have my own screen-printing business and line of children's products called doonyaya, mostly made from vintage materials, so I am always on the look-out for handmade & vintage products and materials. As a result, I have some great pieces of furniture, pillows, planters & artwork, but none of it styled or curated. So this course is perfect for where I am at with my life and home. Thank you for your feedback and help!

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coffee table

Here is my before picture of our coffee table. It is clearly a dumping ground for our son's toys and other random items. Our son's stuff is definitely a need to consider, but I have let him have full reign of the livingroom at the expense of any other needs of our family. I have never "styled" the coffee table, mostly out of laziness and a feeling that it will just get messy again anynow. Thanks to this class I have decided to RECLAIM THE COFFEE TABLE and let it be an expression of both our adult needs and our son's needs as well. 

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sofa

I have a neutral grey sofa with a couple throw pillows and 2 black & white blankets, but there was zero personality to the arrangement. I decided that the color theme for the room would be grey, black, white & blue and the accent colors would be pink and turquoise. I took the sofa project as an opportunity to purchase new throws pillows and blankets, to incorporate more color, shape & texture. 

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book shelves

I have three book shelves that need to be styled. Each has different needs and challenges: one of them is in the dining room and doesn't have books, so I'm not sure what I'm going to store and display in this one; another one is full of books and just needs some display on top; the third is more prominent in the living room and needs a lot of styling consideration.


Somehow I deleted my before pictures of my bookshelves :( but suffice it to say they were A MESS - take my word for it. All of us dumped our stuff on the shelves and it looked like hoarders had taken over our home. Here is what I did to style them:

living room shelf 1

My husband was against putting something in front of our massive sub-woofer, so I compromised by letting a plant cover some of it and then using some of our records to hide the sides. 

living room shelf 2

This shelf was simple - clean it up for books, then display something on top. I chose my collection of low ceramics to leave room for art above. I also thought that the difference in shape, color & texture would stand out more by keeping them together as a collection.

dining room shelf

The dining room shelf was really difficult because I didn't know what to do with the space. I don't have collections of dishes that people usually put in their dining room hutch, so it was left bare. It looks very monotone (white), but I'm hoping it works by having the botanicals stand out more as well as the different texures & shapes of the pottery.

bed

our bed had no personality and I always bought cheap sheets & pillows. But that has come to an end! This class inspired me to give some thought to our bed and its styling. I bought some really nice sheets and pillowcases - it's a whole new world!

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8 PRINCIPLES OF STYLING

Here is my example of a well-styled space that I sourced from La maison d'Anna. I chose this room because it includes all the principles of styling (and has some color in an otherwise white room). The needs include the chairs, coffee table and side table that stores some magazines. There are also lots of throw blankets and pillows for extra comfort - certainly a need in my book! As for shape, most of the lines are clean and minimal which makes the mid-century curvy chairs, side lamp & pendant stand out more. The color of this room is predominently white, but the overall impression is navy blue because of the chairs and throws. The monotone white also makes the other splashes of color pop as accents, not overwhelming the space. There is a lot of pattern in the room from the pillows, throws and quilt. The same applies to texture, which is accentuated by the pillows, throws and a chunky wool sheepskin on a chair. Everything in the room is placed symmetrically, from the couch & chairs to the items on the coffee table. The placement of the lamp and side table are the only elements that break the symmetry, which makes this room easy on the eyes and gives it a very relaxing feeling. As for bling, there are some shiny metal elements from the lamp and chairs, and there is also a small metal sculpture by the plant which I failed to notice until now! Finally, the big-leafed plant gives life to the room, as well as the botanicals on the coffee table. 

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