Style Series Part 7: Farmhouse Chic

 

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Urban Homesteading, Homesteading, and getting back to the farm life is a huge thing right now. Did you know? Everyone these days seems to have a story about friends packing up and moving out to places where their only neighbors are a mile away…to raise chickens and pick berries. This “trend”, however, has been gaining momentum since about the middle of the last decade, it seems. People want to get back in touch with growing their own food as their right, thanks to concerns of just where our produce and meat comes from.

It’s no surprise, then, that the Farmhouse Chic trend is peeking out from the cracks between Country (read our Cozy Cabin post here) and Industrial (read our Industrial Chic post here) trends, which are both derived from the need to get back to the basics in living. To us, however, that brings back memories of watching Little House on the Prairie, where the skirts just cleared the height of the prairie grasses and home decor, of course, reflected the local environment and folk artisan treasures.

You don’t need to go so far as to owning a homestead or a farm to embrace this trend. We have a few guidelines to help you tell if it’s right for you, and how to decorate your home in this home warming trend:

 

1. Growing up, you’ve had pets like chickens, goats, sheep, maybe a cow or horse. Or, you really wish you did.

2. You see nothing wrong with putting your hair into two long braids, and love that Heidi braids are in style.

3. Sunflowers are your favorite flower. That, or wildflowers.

Pop beautiful flowers in a paper bag and tie with a small piece of string for a #vintage touch

4. Speaking of flowers, you were in on that flower crown trend before F21 was selling them, making them from available wildflowers.

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4. You love chickens, and may collect chicken themed decor.

5. Living in the “Big City” sounds awfully boring to you.

6. Food just doesn’t have flavor if it isn’t cooked in a giant cast iron pan.

7. You favor mason jars over Tupperware, and use them for everything…even Q-tip storage.

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Exposed brick or even gently worn wallpaper patterns make a great backdrop for a Farmhouse Chic kitchen. Pair with some wainscoting or trim for an added effect. Well worn edges on painted pieces – doors, windowsills, furniture – give things an authentic touch. Our Paxton set pairs wood grain with metal for a farmhouse look. And don’t be afraid of decor – or chickens – because in Farmhouse Chic, the more the merrier!

8. There’s something magical, to you, about an oldschool landline and rotary phone. Extra kudos if you have one of those oldschool wall phones (see the image above).

9. You prefer handwoven items, hammered metal, tin, and wood over plastic.

10. Having a barn door in your house sounds like an awesome concept.

Cheers

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New Pastel Decor Ideas

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If you’re a fan of the Golden Girls like some of us here at AC Pacific, then the pastels of yesterday are well remembered. Some would prefer they stay in the past, along with the padded shoulders, feathered hair, and wicker living room sets.

Some things are best left in the past, like these pajama inspired styles. But the colors have modern potential!

Some things are best left in the past, like these pajama inspired styles. But the colors have modern potential!

 

Today, pastels are being blended with geometrical shapes and lines. Colorblocking is extremely popular, and can be blended with colored acrylics and matte finishes. The pastels themselves can vary from bright, candy colored hues to dusky, muted shades, all depending on one’s tastes, of course.

 

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Our Amber chair fits right in with the colorblocking action!

 

 Here we’ve complemented the colorblocking trend with the Amber chair, whose soft tones and dark legs work well with this trend. Floating cube shelves provide a minimalistic backdrop that doesn’t detract from the color scheme. A colorblocked rug against a light wood or polished concrete floor won’t overpower the room. Add pastel finished lighting fixtures, like two toned or “dipped” pendants or an industrial inspired floor lamp – coated in a pastel color, of course. Keep the shapes of the furniture soft and geometrical, and don’t be afraid to play with angled patterns and metallics.

If you’d like a colorful pastel wall to post behind white or gray furniture, try sectioning off parts with painter’s tape and painting with a variety of colors:

 

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Tape off and paint a custom pastel geo wall! Via remodelaholic.com

Either create an intricate pattern or a few color blocks for a simple yet bold statement:

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If you’re looking for a more whimsical approach to pastels, try some of the brighter hues of this versatile palette:

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Bright colors work with fuzzy textures and metallic finishes. Pair with bright renditions of classic painted florals and antique finished accent pieces!

 

Our soft, upholstered bed is perfect for this pastel bedroom. Moulded wall details add a special touch, as do embossed textures and mix and match textile patterns.

Whether you go all out or add pops of color here or there, this renewed color trend is sure to surprise and delight for many years. If you decorate with pastels, please be sure to show us your wonderful rooms!

 

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