Hey friends! Today I am soooooooo excited to be introducing a brand new series to the blog! I’m calling it Farmhouse Rehab and it’s all about helping you, my fabulous readers, design your own homes with farmhouse charm. I get a lot questions through email and social media from people looking for design advice. Maybe it’s your living room that’s got you stumped, or perhaps a bedroom that you’d like some input on. Whatever it is, I want to use this series to offer my ideas and suggestions for YOUR home. I’ve been dreaming of doing something like this for a while, so I’m tickled pink it kick it all off today. (I’ll share more about how you can submit your own space below!) Ok, let’s get this party started. I recently received a Facebook message from a sweet reader named Jess. She was looking for advice on decorating her Miami townhouse, specifically feeling a bit frustrated with her living room.
Jess sent me this photo of her townhouse living room. She mentioned wanting to transition to a farmhouse vibe, but wasn’t sure where to start. Given the fact that this is a smaller space, it can be a bit tricky to figure out how to make it all work without feeling overcrowded. Here are my suggestions for Jess:
WHAT WORKS FOR THIS SPACE:
The couch and TV console. I think both of these work really well for this small space and there’s no reason to change either of them.
WHAT TO CHANGE:
Curtains: I’d start by changing the curtains to something softer and neutral. The tile gives this space a cold feeling and the silky curtains only add to that vibe. I’d suggest something neutral colored, ideally white, which would compliment the fabric of the couch and brighten the whole space in general.
Ottoman: Since we’re dealing with a small space, I think adding in a light and bright ottoman would work perfectly to replace the current one that is dark leather. Even better if it has storage.
Area Rug: If I could only change one thing about this space it would be to add in a cozy area rug. Since we are keeping the gray couch, I’d look for something that is cream or white in color with gray accents. I’d also avoid any lines or geometric shapes, such as stripes or diamonds, just so it’s not fighting with the lines/design of the tile flooring.
Side Table + Lamp: I’d definitely invest in a small side table for the end of the couch. And since this isn’t a big space, I think one lamp will do fine to light the room. I’d replace the colorful floor lamp over in the corner with a really eye catching lamp for the side table.
Extras: Adding in a few light colored throw pillows and a little faux greenery will definitely warm up this space.
- I absolutely love these soft white curtains. Aside from brightening up the room, they add some much needed texture and warmth to the space. Since it’s a small area, I wanted a solid pattern curtain that wouldn’t make the room feel too busy. The curtains are available here.
- Finding the perfect rug for this room was a bit of an endeavor. I wanted something that would not only compliment the color of the couch, but not fight against the light blue color on the back wall. Plus I wanted to be sure to avoid any geometric shapes or lines that would conflict with the lines of the tile. I think this ivory and gray area rug is perfect of this room. I suggest size 5×7 for this space. Rug available here.
- I adore this tufted ottoman. The color of the fabric works with both the couch and the rug, plus it opens up for storage. Find it here.
- This round side table works great in small space and it comes in several different colors. Available here.
- I chose this particular lamp because I feel like it makes a big statement. With it being a small room, with little space for extra decor, I wanted to find a lamp that would double as a source of light and a cool decor piece at the same time. It has an antiqued yellow finish, which you don’t see very often. You can find it here.
- The pillows on the couch look like they probably came with it when Jess bought it. I’d switch it up to something lighter to match the curtains and also brighten up the space. A soft throw blanket would also cozy the space up as well. Find these cream pillows here.
- Faux Plant, because every room needs at least one of these babies. Get it here.
4. Round end table.
7. Faux plant here.
Just a few changes and the right color/fabric combinations can really warm up this entire room with a cozy farmhouse feel. I think the rug will have the biggest impact on this space, but the change in curtains will also make a big difference. Aside from the soft white curtains I suggested above, I think drop cloth curtains would also work really well for an inexpensive alternative.
If you’d like to get my input on a room in your home, just send me an email at [email protected] with the subject line FARMHOUSE REHAB. Be sure to include a few good photos of the space and let me know what you’d like help with! You’ll receive an email back if your space is chosen for the next feature!
Now let me give you a quick disclaimer. I’m not a professional. I don’t have any design degrees or certifications. As I always say, decorating your home is very personal and you should always do what feels right to YOU. These are just my opinions and suggestions!