Inspiration from Farmhouse Style:
10 Things I Love

I love a pretty farmhouse. I am drawn to just about any style that draws you in and says “welcome home.” Farmhouse, cottage, coastal — they are all my favorites right now.  I need a coastal farmhouse cottage.

Here are 10 things that I’m loving right now –

(thanks Pottery Barn!)

1. Classic white dishes. Love.

2. Natural twigs and baskets.

Love the bird’s nest charger!

3. Beautiful shades of glass for
display and storage.

4. Quilts.

5. Time worn furniture mixed
with natural chairs and rugs.

6. Beautiful quality and unique pillows.

7. Simplicity.

8. Lanterns.

9. Pretty & informal dining
in light filled rooms.

10. White fluffy towels
and old fashioned charm.

What 10 things are YOU loving right now?

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  1. Oh yes .. you are so reading my mind!! these pictures are great – they depict most of things I’m loving at present too!
    black and white prints (need to start printing my own and framing them – overdue!!! thanks for the inspriation – such a great display), white crockery, glass anything, natural materials (any), gorgeous fabrics, luxurious bedding, candles, flowers, pretty details (beads/ embroidery), simple luxuries such as soft towels and bubble bath!!! and great table settings for simple eat at home dinners/ lunches – lovely!!!!
    thanks for sharing!
    Gena
    .-= Gena @ Vintage Rose Studio´s last blog ..Vintage Details =-.

  2. White dishes, jars filled with natural elements and I think I need 2 wicker chairs for my family room. Your first picture, from Pottery Barn is one of my favorites. In fact, I bought some of that paint color to try out for my house. Thanks for all the inspiration.
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..Jeans Are Done =-.

  3. Yeah, I’m all about vintage farmhouse right now….unfortunately my house doesn’t come close to meeting the criteria of one. I try to add bits of farmhouse simplicity, though.

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    .-= cindy´s last blog ..Round 2 =-.

  4. Where is the pillow from, could you email me and tell me, my daughter is head over heels for it. If we can’t find it I’ll have to make it, she is determined. Thanks, I love this whole post. I am feeling the same way, I want a cozy, light filled, lived in look.
    .-= Cha Cha´s last blog ..WHAT DO YOU DECORATE AROUND =-.

  5. I think that I love your 10 things!!

  6. Best post ever! Seriously, you read my mind. I’ve seen a lot of the pictures before but I’m actually stuck on that first one. I LOVE that photo display and I think I’m just going to have to copy it on a smaller scale. Definitely bookmarking this one.
    .-= Erin´s last blog ..Get your gardening on =-.

  7. Im agreeing with all of you.

    Lately for me its all WHITE white and a lil white ;)

    I recently moved into a condo — cant paint- so I am working around a new scheme for me. Strong taupe/ green — so anything to brighten the dark is what I am doing.

    As I started putting up all my old pictures/ paintings — I decided that I need to break out MY work — so taking a jump off the cliff to print my own work is my next step.

    Have the best week.

    Claudia
    .-= Claudia@DipityRoad´s last blog ..Frost in the Air =-.

  8. Oh, I love all of those, too! :)

  9. I think I love the same 10 things you love. Plus, adding a few little romantic touches, like adding linens with a edging, candles, set of “vintage” glassware, embroidered/french knot anything etc…
    I am feeling a little inspiration coming on. I better go see what I have first – reduce, reuse, recycle :)
    Have a blessed day!

  10. I think I am so eclectic in a scary way. Love farmhouse mixed with industrial with tads of modern and tropical thrown in for fun. Geeeesch.
    .-= linda@LimeintheCoconut´s last blog ..Table tips?? =-.

  11. I so agree. I gravitated originally to this style because it’s easy to duplicate on a newlyweds’ budget – but have kept it because it soothes my soul. Vintage silver, ironstone, pine can blend well with cyrstal, silverplate and quilts. I don’t want to live in museum. i want to live in a home.
    .-= sheri´s last blog ..Bank of America just called me fat. I think. =-.

  12. I just pulled that top picture out of the catalog yesterday. Love the colors, the arrangement…everything about it. I’ve been very disappointed by PB lately but just that picture was worth looking through.
    ~Michelle
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Guest Posting Today For Rue… =-.

  13. Great list! I love that blue wall with the black and whites – so crisp! I’m totally with you on the quilts – have always been a quilt gal. Thanks for the inspiration!
    .-= Southern Fried Gal´s last blog ..Southern Fried Fave Finds 2009 =-.

  14. You have to check out our Country Living line if you’re into the Farmhouse look – http://www.kmartdesign.com/shop/

    Def not your mama’s country decor!!!

  15. Oh, wouldn’t a costal farmhouse just be the icing on the cake! Right now I’m loving all things beachy, knitting, fabrics, a clean house and happy children.

  16. OH yes, those ten things hit the spot! I could move right in that place. Although the customers might look at me funny. ;)
    .-= gina´s last blog ..thoughtful thursday =-.

  17. Well, I pretty much love every single thing you love. :) I drooled over the latest PB catalog! Yum.
    .-= Flower Patch Farmgirl´s last blog ..My Little Guy’s Room =-.

  18. Hi Melissa, great pictures all warm and inviting. To me there is noting prettier than a stack of freshly washed ,white fluffy towels. It is the simple things in life,isn’t it? Kathysue

  19. Now that’s some farmhouse, unlike any I’ve ever seen before! You cracked me up with your “I need a coastal farmhouse cottage.”

    Ten things…I can’t even come up with one thing. Color perhaps…white gets so old.

  20. The classic white dishes and lantern lighting definately on my list.
    .-= Janet´s last blog ..Organic Style =-.

  21. I love white dishes. I can’t eat on anything else.
    Cozy look is def. In for 2010!
    .-= sandra@botanys´s last blog .. =-.

  22. I am 100% with you on all of those things right now. I’m working on transitioning my house right now and I love the small additions of white ironstone and neutral/natural rugs etc. Very homey and inviting. Great post!

  23. I love all those 10 things! And I would add DIY as I am trying to be frugal while enjoying all those 10 things!

  24. Brandi Newman says:

    I love the first picture. Coastal cottage–great!

    Currently, I’m loving somethings that aren’t in great demand. some are things that I have loved for a while, others are new.

    I love love love love love anything grey and white. I’m in search of grey & white striped sheets or grey and white damask sheets. Where are you? Also, in search of the perfect almost-raspberry-a-little-bit-mauve towels to go in my grey guest bathroom.
    My other favorite color is lavender, but finding things that aren’t too “little girl” is a feat.

    If you find any inspirations, please let me know. I’m desperate!

    And of course, birds, chandeliers, sparkly, simplicty, white and black.

  25. Presently…”these are a few of my 10 favorite things”…
    yellow and gray patterns, sewing machine, chunky vases, black wooden furniture, soft cotton blankets , candles, posy hairclips,
    white ceramic pitchers/dishes, puffy pillows, and random hugs!!!
    .-= Thea´s last blog ..Black, White, or Green =-.

  26. Exactly what I want! A coastal cottage farmhouse. As for my favourites ~~all of the above. Great post as always. Thanks.

  27. I am definitely farmhouse coastal cottage, thanks for putting it in writing. Can we be all three? I love visiting your blog and enjoying all your inspirational photography and writing, thanks for taking the time to share your ideas!

  28. Mmmmm, I love farmhouse style because of its ease, collected look, the natural elements. Lately I’m loving pinecones everywhere, candlelight, neutral rooms with splashes of color, fat pillows, creating nooks for reading, throws and texture. A silver pitcher on a wicker charger, a black French wire bread basket, ironed white dishtowels with a red stripe, lots of family photographs. . .love it.
    .-= Missy K´s last blog ..The Roast Chicken Principle =-.

  29. I’m loving all these as well! I have such a problem – I love sort of rustic decor like what you have shown here but I also really love tailored, sleek, and feminine design such as vintage pieces painted a really bold color or refinished with silver leaf. Thankfully I don’t have a house of my own yet because then I would have to commit!
    .-= Sarah @ Dream In Domestic´s last blog ..Think About It Thursday: Tackling the Bedroom Bookcase Head On: Part Two =-.

  30. It certainly is a big trend as pottery barn seems to have embraced it to a T. I was actually quite surprised when I walked into their store to see the new offerings, to my eye it was quite a shift from the look presented the prior season. Makes me want to own a country house!
    Janell

  31. love love love all the pics!!!! perfect post and i am SOOOO happy to know others admit there are many styles that are “faves”. i feel better knowing i am not alone in my lack of one fave. jkj

  32. Pretty pictures!

    My top 1:

    Chandeliers (adore them)
    Pink (ofcourse)
    Roses (mmmmm)
    Shabby chic
    Romantic
    Off white ( my main color)
    Lavender (the fragrance, the plant, the color…all of it)
    Big chairs (if only I had the space lol)
    Fabric (esp flowery or anything with a little pink)
    Quilts (would love to make one myself, but time…….)
    .-= Marian´s last blog ..Just a little note… =-.

  33. Beautiful! I love the black/white photos ~ always a favorite of mine. These pics are wonderful and an inspiration from PB. Haven’t seen very much from them lately that has impressed me ~

    Thanks for sharing!

  34. Hahaha – I too am in need of a coastal farmhouse cottage. Those are all some GREAT items. I find myself becoming more and more drawn to that way of life as I get older. The timeless simplicity of it all is relaxing.
    .-= Jocelyn Stott´s last blog ..Healthy Inspiration via Ms. Gloria Gaynor =-.

  35. That first photo is my favorite! I am really digging photo and art arrangements now, even though they’re a little busy. This one looks smart.

    My post today – http://www.thedesignfile.net/thedesignfile/2010/01/design-inspiration-for-2010.html – is about 16 things I’m loving, all rooms that are inspiring me for 2010.
    .-= Lesley @ TheDesignFile´s last blog ..Inspirations: Spaces I love as 2010 begins… =-.

  36. The farmhouse pic is great – love the detail and the mixed black & white frames.

    Ten things I love right now: 1. that I am in my birthcountry of Sweden on holiday, 2. the way the snow & frost clings to absolutely everything making it look like we live in a fairytale landscape, 3. log fires and stacks of wood, 4. gorgeous grey sheep skins draped over chairs here and there, 5. picture walls with stunning holiday memories, 6. my new diary waiting to be filled with exciting events in 2010, 7. candles – lots and lots of candles, 8. long hot baths & warm fluffy towels, 9. slow roast dinners with lots of garlic and good wine…, 10. my new Odd Molly and Björg purchases… Mmmmm…

    xCharlotta
    .-= Charlotta´s last blog ..Bjørg… =-.

  37. 1st of all: Happy Happy Birthday to you!! Hope it is an awesome day
    2nd: When I got my PB catalog the other day I sat for 2 hours and drooled over EVERY page. Made me want to bulldoze everything & start over!
    3rd: I am in LOVE LOVE LOVE with that spa blue paint color they used in that 1st photo! So much that Im going to re-paint my dining room w/it (just havent told the hubs yet ;-) )
    .-= Amanda-TheEckLife´s last blog ..Happy Birthday to me!! =-.

  38. I only have one question: where IS that nest charger plate from?!?! drooling…

  39. Those are beautiful things to love…but i love Spring, and can’t wait for it to come!!
    .-= Stephaine @ Geezees´s last blog ..starting up CANVAS UNWRAPPED again, this story was worth reposting =-.

  40. I love white dishes and white towels. There’s something so clean and crisp about them.

    I also wanted to stop by and wish you a happy birthday Melissa! Have fun today.

    Love and hugs,
    Debbie
    .-= Debbie´s last blog ..Thankful Thursday ~ God is Sovereign =-.

  41. Oh, I need help, Melissa!!

    I love that first picture. My house is just . . . blah!

  42. LOVE that first picture with the black and white photos clustered. How gorgeous.
    .-= Vanderbilt Wife´s last blog ..Pay for Next Year’s Christmas, Part I =-.

  43. You have summed it up for me “farmhouse, cottage, coastal”, I now know how to describe my style! This post makes me smile, love all the pics!
    .-= lara´s last blog ..Our Flu Season Giveaway! =-.

  44. LindsayRuns says:

    Reading your posts give me such peace, you always find such comfortable beautiful things!
    .-= LindsayRuns´s last blog ..no sleep =-.

  45. Everything looks so beautiful!
    .-= desiree@lookiloos´s last blog ..Carmel Remodel Ends with He-Said, She-Said Book =-.

  46. I really love the last photo. All those bottles with the open storage is lovely. I love the bird pillow too. Spring can not come soon enough.
    .-= Melanie´s last blog ..Sunshine. =-.

  47. Love the white fluffy towels, reminded me of my childhood when I used to visit my gran’s and stay over for the weekend. She would always wrap me up after a bath in white fluffy towels and they always smelt great.

  48. Oh, I adore the white pottery! I have started to buy and use it and I got several things for Christmas. Trying to use it for display and usage in our busy household!
    .-= Mrs.Rabe´s last blog ..School Days, School Days… =-.

  49. I have posted Things I love, just below the Haiti community service announcement.

    Jane
    .-= Jane´s last blog ..Haiti =-.

  50. Marianne says:

    Great minds think alike! You are the first person to use the same verbage when refering to a “style”. I have always said that my style was “Vintage, Coastal, Farmhouse Cottage”. I love everything in your site, and can picture it in my home..in fact, I chuckled when I saw some of your favorite Pottery Barn items. I would have chosen the exact same things. So thanks for sharing your passion for all things Coastal, Cottage and Farmhouse.

    Blessings,
    Marianne

  51. Moyra Gaunt says:

    Here in Australia it is Spring. I have just been out into my garden and picked a handful of my favourite flowers… Gardenias. The gorgeous petals are scattered in the bathroom and in the “little room” (toilet). To me the epitomise the approach of a long hot summer ahead.

  52. Those wonderful old-fashioned doors where the top and bottom can open separately! In just the right comfy, country kitchen.

  53. Great list! My current top 10…

    1. All things white! farm style dishes, linens, towels, candles
    2. black & white photo walls
    3. painted frames and furniture (creamy white or faded grey/blue) lightly distressed edges
    4. white candles and (low watt) lamps for soft lighting
    5. open windows with sheer draperies & light streaming through
    6. old mason jars and milk jugs(empty or filled with fresh flowers, buttons, old spools of thread…)
    7. branches/birds/nests/rocks
    8. creamy colored shag/lambskin area rugs on dark wide plank wood floors
    9. faded floral vintage aprons and lacey runners hanging from old shelves, hooks, pegs
    10. old doors with chippy paint & crystal door knobs

  54. I’m starting to really love Farmhouse style, especially when you mix and match! I would love for you to take a look at my post on Farmhouse Style chairs!
    http://www.chairtospare.com/2011/09/modern-farmhouse/

  55. Do you happen to know what paint color that is in the first photo? (with the photos on the wall) I love it and am trying desperately to match it to random paint chips! lol

  56. My Fav 10 things list/aka Things I can’t live without in my surroundings:
    1.Red,Black & White
    2. Hydrangeas..Fresh or dried even silk IF they are agood quality silk
    3. Very Old Jars & Bottles, Pottery-flawed less than perfect is beautiful to me
    4.My FIESTAWARE dishes..old or new in the vibrant colors only
    5.Open Kitchen cabinets..not all but some- how else to enjoy the Fiestaware?
    6.Baskekt..but only distinctive styles not any baskets
    7Naturals…pods, peels, cones, seeds, peels, vines, branches, driftwood,
    8. Colorful Vintage tablecloths and aprons
    9. Primitive , Antique and New blended together
    10. VINTAGES DISHES..lots of them..Old Coffee Pots, Tea pots, gnerally all things that have had a life-remnants of the past with it all tastefully blended my daughter say “It’s not COUNTRY Mom, it’s Country with Class
    * you don’t think for one minute this list of 10 is the whole story ~
    ~Jonell

  57. carol jane says:

    LOVE it all!!! Do you know where the pretty glass jars are from?

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