Homestead Design in the Living Room

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This spring, my design aesthetic is moving more and more toward homestead decor. How is homestead different from farmhouse, you ask? In many ways, they’re similar, and there is certainly a lot of crossover. But this week, I want to introduce you to homestead design through a three-part series of how I’ve decorated our home this season. I’ll define what homestead decor really means, and I’ll also show you how I’m creating it in three different spaces. Today, we’ll start with the living room.

Before I define homestead decor, let’s first talk about farmhouse style.

The farmhouse aesthetic ranges from rustic and primitive, to modern farmhouse with a contemporary minimalist feel. The elements that tie them all together are, generally speaking, warmth and simplicity paired with farm textures like wood, galvanized metal, and weather worn finishes (think: chippy paint, rust, etc). Colors can range from neutrals to pastels to bold primary palettes.

So what makes homestead decor different?

For the answer, we have to look at what true homesteading is all about. The purest definition of homesteading is living a life committed to self-sufficiency. Again, this encompasses an entire spectrum of possibilities from those who are truly “off the grid” to raising and growing your own food, making your own fabric and clothing, and even creating your own energy sources.

Homesteading, then, is farmhouse with a nod to self-sufficiency.

In our living room, I’ve tried to incorporate many of the elements of the homesteading definition into our decor. For example, grainsack pillows and a blanket ladder (for a touch of resourcefulness and repurposing), a windmill as a decor piece (for the spirit of natural energy), vintage national parks posters (for a reminder about the conservation of our wild spaces), and a rustic harvest basket as a centerpiece tray (for a connection to self-sustaining food production).

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Quite a lot of my existing farmhouse decor fits in seamlessly–rustic and natural textures, neutral colors, my favorite cow pillow which you can find here, and cozy + comfortable furniture that has a no-fuss feel.

The major change I made to this space for spring was my new Mohawk rug. The pattern is designed to appear like a worn, vintage rug and the neutral colors are a big change from the very colorful and whimsical rug we had in this room previously. Also, it is truly the softest rug I have ever owned, and it makes my feet so happy! Although this particular style is no longer being made, I found this one that’s nearly identical.

If I know anything about myself and how I decorate, I know that my tastes are continually evolving. I like the challenge that comes with making changes, as well as the hunt to find the perfect pieces to fit into my vision. I am quite certain this won’t be the last time I make a change, but I’m loving how things are transforming little by little.

To help you incorporate some of these homesteading touches into your living room decor, I’ve created this design inspiration board and included all of the sources to find these great items. Be sure to pin it so you can find it later too!

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