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Farmhouse Basics: A collection of simple ideas to add Farmhouse style to your home. Even if you live in a stucco home, a small apartment in a large city, or a cabin like we do.

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My heart was pounding in my chest and in my ears. The ground seemed to come up to my feet instead of my feet hitting the ground. The hot air of Reno was blowing on the back of my neck. I had surprised Reno, grandpa’s bull, as I came around the corner of the barn. It wasn’t until I reached a shaky hand to open the screen door, that I looked back…to see Reno…still standing at the barn.

Of course, all my cousins were watching from the back porch.  One of many farm stories.

Simple Farmhouse Style

Note: at the bottom of the post is a link to create your own windmill art.  I made the one in the image above in 1998 on a plastered covered piece of wood.

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This home doesn’t look like much.  A small four-room house.  Inside it was filled with laughs, love, and a huge family.  The decor was simple but very much in the farmhouse style of today!

I collected 9 ideas to add farmhouse style to your home…even if your home is not a farmhouse.

Farm Storage


Put something in a crate.  Even a flat screen TV!  That back porch that I ran to in my youth, was used for storage.  Crates held extra dishes, linens, tools, and anything else that fit in a crate.

Here’s a great collection of crates – Amazon link.

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Personally, I’m so into galvanized items that I working on an inexpensive galvanize paint technique.  Give plants an instant farm look by placing it in a bucket.  Hold kitchen utensils in a galvanized tin.

I love this group of galvanized decor items. – Amazon link

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My grandmother kept small treasures in wooden boxes.  Some boxes were displayed on her dressing table, other under the bed or on the top shelf of the closet.  The closet with a curtain for a door.

Fun wood boxes with lids. – Amazon link

House Details

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Check thrift stores and yard sales for wood furniture.  My most popular post of all time is the aging wood instantly to look like barn wood. – internal link

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While you’re at those thrift stores and yard sales, keep an eye open for shutter, windows, screen doors and other basic home elements.  Chipped paint is perfect!  Even if you don’t have a place to hang a screen door, use it to hold magnets, turn it into a chalkboard, or just hang on the wall. 🙂

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Twine!  Here are a few ideas to use twine around the home.

  1. Wrap around a bottle.
  2. Tie a plate on top of a bowl to keep food warm or bugs away when dining outside. top of a bowl to keep food warm or bugs away when dining outside. – Internal link
  3. String through chain – Internal link
  4. Tie around a decorative pillow or use to pull curtains back.
  5. Use twine to hang a picture letting the twine show.

Ideas for different types and colors of twine. – Amazon link

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Bring outside farm elements inside.  Mom gave me this windmill and it worked hard outside for years.  Then the wind blew it over and bent the top.  Now it stands proudly inside.  It’s retired. 😀

Collection of windmills all sizes and price points. – Amazon link

Simple Basics

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Wildflowers in a vase.  Raise your hand if you brought in wildflowers to mom or grandma.  Here in the mountains of Arizona, wildflowers are few.  Grocery store flowers will due. 🙂

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A shelf with a stack of white dishes.  Love! <3

A group of different style of farm white dishes. – Amazon link

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Display vintage household items.  Working or not.  Actually, this fan works.  Just works too fast.  It would spin itself off the stool!  But I adore the color.

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We live in a cabin and I’ve convinced myself that shiplap would be perfect on a few walls of our cabin.  And a screen door on the back porch.  No bull!  Stay tuned!

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    1. Ann Tatum says

      Jeanette, I’d love to know more about the windmill painting at the beginning of the post. Did you paint it or buy it? I’m planning to paint a windmill for my dining room and love this one!

    2. Paula Smith says

      We live in my husband’s grandpa’s old. long neglected, farm house. So old, in fact, that there is very little in the way of closets and they washer and dyer are in the kitchen :). I love this house more that I can say and bringing it back to life is a joy that I will not allow my chronic disease to take from me. It may be slow going, true, but we are going to make it the home it wants to be. I love to lurk around your site and read your posts!

      • Jeanette says

        Oh, Paula!!!! I would love to lure around your grandpa’s farmhouse! It’s becoming my dream to makeover an old neglected house while still keeping its simple charm. Thank you for commenting.

    3. Andi Cacciatore says

      Great ideas! The tv framed in a crate is so cool! Did you make those wooden spools the twine is on? I use jute twine on everything lately and I think having it on wooden spools would be such a nice way to display it! Tutorial please! I also love how you tied in the bull story with that last line, lol!

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