Monday, February 4, 2019

Cozy Farmhouse + Botanical Design Inspiration


This is probably going to be controversial, but my promise for keeping this online journal was to write with authenticity, so I'm just going to say it. For as long as I can remember, I've had an aversion to the washed-out, all-white decor style. Now, I also have to say that I've seen some really stunningly designed homes that make this style work, and I can absolutely appreciate the beauty of that aesthetic--but I just can't personally live that way.

I need more warmth. I need more depth. I don't feel comfortable or relaxed in stark places, and I prefer to feel like my home is wrapping me in a cozy, welcoming embrace. Plus, we have people (and pets) who actually live in our home and make messes on a daily basis, and life is just too short to spend my time trying to keep white rooms clean!



At the same time, I do tend to prefer a more neutral palette, as you probably already know. And there is a whole lot of white (or variations of it) throughout our home. But I just need more than that to really feel at home.

Last week, I talked a bit about the ways I've currently designed our home decor for winter [HERE] [HERE] and [HERE]. You know, that awkward time in between the holidays and the springtime flowers where you aren't really sure what to do?

I like my designs to flow fairly seamlessly between the seasons. For example, our decor this month has included pine branches that are hold-overs from December, and the vintage tarnished pewter accents will stick with us well into spring. Designing this way is very practical and a lot more affordable because you don't need to completely redecorate for every season. Just a few changes help your decor merge effortlessly from one month to the next.

This season, I'm all about botanicals and creating a cozy farmhouse feel throughout our spaces. Last week, I also gave you a tour of how I've designed our shop [HERE], and I was more than a little bit in awe at the number of emails and messages I received afterward. I guess I wasn't the only one thinking about how to decorate for these chilly weeks!



But accompanying the majority of the notes I received was one of two statements: 1) I wish I lived closer so I could come shop at your store, or 2) I wish you had an online shop so I could order these things.

While I can't fix the first part (and I too wish y'all lived closer so that we could hang out together!), and the second part is not quite a challenge we're ready for at this time, I think I can still help!

I've put together this design inspiration board for creating a cozy farmhouse with a winter botanical vibe that is a perfect complement to my own current design aesthetic, AND it's completely shoppable from anywhere you might be reading this. This design board was created in essentially the same way I design in our home and shop, but you don't have to do any of the work because I've already found all of the items for you and curated them into a collection that is completely cohesive! Win-win, right?


That said, I believe that sharing inspiration is a two-way conversation where we can brainstorm to create something even more beautiful when we build upon each other's ideas. It's my hope that this design board will give you the inspiration and sources to design your own version of a comfortable and cozy winter home, and I want to hear how it goes! Drop me a note in the comments and let me know what you think of these ideas. What do you like? What would you add? What would you do differently? I can't wait to hear your thoughts!


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