I really hate to do it… but the time has come to make it official. I will always double tap those light and airy farmhouse photos on Instagram. The ones with minimal decor, ultra clean lines, white floors, bleach washed wood, and floods of natural light.
Sigh. I still appreciate them.
But the time has come that I officially let Light and Airy Minimal Farmhouse know that it just isn’t going to work out. Goodness did I try though. I fell in love with those Light and Airy photos years ago, and in our old home it was pretty easy to achieve. With 9 foot ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, and (after knocking down a wall) an open concept. All of the white, light grey, clean lines, and pastel colors sang in that house.
This new house is a bit different. We have short ceilings, choppy small rooms, and tiny windows that let in very little natural light. It’s been two years of bringing in light furniture – and hating it, painting things white – and hating it, having all white walls – and hating it…..you see where I’m going with this, right?
It feels forced, because it is.
This house doesn’t want it, nay – it refuses. So, if I am going to live here for the next however many years (side note: this is a rental) I don’t want to hate my home.
So, my husband went to Walmart and got my favorite stain in the world, Dark Walnut, and I went on a staining rampage. I stained the kitchen table, the kitchen island, chairs….all the things. I was so very happy. I’ve known my style of decorating was changing and this just confirmed that we were past the point of no return.
Don’t get me wrong – I still love white iron stone, clear glass, white kitchen cabinets (always), and all the natural light possible.
And my favorite color will always be white.
But my happy place is really with my dark stained antiques, stacks of books, all of my antique china on display or being used, rich colors on the walls….
So, why am I sharing this very trivial information?
Just incase someone else is feeling the urge to let go of a particular decor style that they really like but don’t love. Please don’t be like me and cling to a style/trend for far too long when you know you’ve out grown it.
Thanks for listening to my ramblings, and taking time out of your day to hang out here!