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  • Trend Watch: Repurposed Kitchen Utensils for Decor

    Decorating your home without breaking the bank requires finding the perfect combination of trendy pieces and timeless classics. We are happy to say that one of the newest kitchen decor trends is one which is both useful and fashionable–the incorporation of repurposed kitchen utensils as decorative pieces. This trend is a great way to reuse the utensil styles that have been featured in our homes for generations in a way that simply looks great. Here are some great ideas for incorporating repurposed kitchen utensil items into your home’s decor:

    Baskets:

    Whether made of wood, metal, or stoneware, we simply cannot get enough of baskets and basket-styled decor. That’s because baskets serve a wonderful double duty: they are a great way to store a number of items while adding to the overall design aesthetic of your home. Plus, baskets can be used year-round, and flatter a variety of other decorative pieces in your home, including shabby chic decor and, of course, farmhouse decor. You can use metal and wire baskets to store everything from fresh fruit to stationery items. They are a simple style which is both attractive yet unassuming, making them wonderful choices for any living space. Virtually any type of basket can be converted into a decorative piece. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

    These Stoneware Berry Baskets are a simple way to add some color to any space. They are perfect for displaying and serving fruit, and would make a wonderful addition to any breakfast table. These lovely little baskets are reminiscent of the simple strawberry baskets used at farmer’s markets, and are a perfect example of form and function coming together to create a simple, yet wonderful, piece of decor.

    If you prefer metal over stoneware, then this set of Metal Berry Baskets are a gorgeous alternative. Like all baskets, they can be used to hold any number of items, or they also make wonderful display pieces on their own. Place them anywhere you need some additional storage options, or where you know they will be seen and enjoyed. The simple brushed metal coordinates well with any home’s decor, and they are a simple storage solution that helps to beautify your home.

    Cheese Boards and Other Kitchen Tools:

    Baskets are a great decorative tool, but in most cases they will use some of your counter space. If your counter space is too limited for additional decor, or if you are in need of something to spruce up your kitchen walls, then there are a number of other ways that you can use kitchen implements as decorative pieces. Cheese boards, for example, are attractive, simple choices for any style of home.

    These Marble and Mango Wood Cheese Boards are fully functional but also serve as gorgeous decor, as they can be hung by the attached leather strap when they are not in use. They feature a great combination of wood and marble to give them a unique look. And because they are not taking up any room on your counters or in your cabinets, you do not have to worry about running out of space. The boards come in one of each color, and are perfect for serving any number of cheeses. They truly are the perfect tool for both serving and adding additional style to your kitchen space.

    Another great design idea is to use old plates, saucers, and teacups in new ways. An attractive old plate, for example, can be hung on the wall to create a striking piece of decor. You can also use teacups for storage options, such as for holding change or jewelry. Allow yourself to be creative with your old kitchen tools, as they are a great way to flex your creative muscles without spending a fortune.

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    Check out our Live. Love. Eat. Collection for more kitchen-based decor pieces, from vintage plate racks and scales to display pedestals perfect for candles. At Antique Farmhouse, we know the importance of making your home your own. This is why home decor is so important–it is how we present ourselves to our friends and other guests. With all of the time that we spend in our homes, they should be the place where we are most comfortable and able to be ourselves.

    If you are looking for decor which is attractive yet not overpowering, then repurposing kitchen utensils is a great option. Whether you create your own pieces from items in your home or purchase a multifunctional decor product from one of our collections, you can rest assured that your home will have a comfortable, lived-in look with repurposed kitchen utensil decor.

  • Metal - A Timeless Material

    For centuries, humans have used metal for everything from cooking utensils to jewelry to building construction. The resilience and versatility of this material has made it the first choice for those looking for durable, well-constructed products which will serve them well in their everyday lives. Our reliance upon metal has only grown with time, as craftsmen become even more skilled in using its malleability to our advantage, resulting in items which are both useful and beautiful.

    When it comes to home decor, selecting items crafted from metal continues to be a solid choice. In fact, the majority of items in our popular Farmhouse Charm Collection are crafted either entirely or partially from metal components, giving you a wide variety of metal items from which to choose. The collection includes metal drying racks which are both fun and functional, as well as vintage metal signs to give your home a personalized style.

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    If you prefer a more industrial look, check out our Elements of Style Collection, which playfully integrates components of nature with vintage pieces to create a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere in your living space. It includes everything from small items such as bucket planters to larger furniture pieces, all intended to demonstrate the beauty and versatility of using metal in your home.

    The Elements of Style Collection also includes one of our most popular items, our Wine Barrel Chandelier. This chandelier uses six wine barrel slats combined with a metal ring to form a gorgeous central lighting piece for your kitchen, dining room, or foyer. It throws off just the right amount of light for everything from dining with your family to simply opening your mail.

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    If comfort is your ultimate goal, then you will find everything you need in our Cozy Corner Collection. It features both metal and non-metal items sure to flatter every room in your home. This beautiful assortment of home decor combines feminine flair with old world style to create a warm, relaxing atmosphere in your office or living space.

    When it comes to using metal in your home decor, the key is to strike the right balance between metal and non-metal materials, as well as to incorporate a variety of metal and finish types. Generally speaking, you can never have “too much” metal decor in your space, but your pieces will look more suited to your space if they are offset with softer materials. Also, combining metal with wood is always a good approach, and this combination is incorporated in a number of our featured pieces, from seating to chandeliers to wall decor. As far as color schemes, metal most often looks its best when used in neutral palettes including white, grey, and beige. Do not be afraid to start small and see how you like the look of metal in your home. You can always add more pieces if you are pleased with the results–and we are sure you will be!

    Metal decor is not just for the inside of your home–you should take a look at our incredible metal items for your garden as well! This sweet-natured feature is a treat for both your eyes and your ears, as the birds’ beaks open and close with the flowing water. Easy to install, it brings out the best in your outdoor space. This water fountain is just one of the many metal-based water features we offer at Antique Farmhouse. We pride ourselves on providing you with all of the decor selections you need for your home, both indoors and out.

    Whether you are a design professional or a young adult looking to decorate your space for the first time, Antique Farmhouse is a wonderful resource. Our design professionals collect a wide variety of unique home items and sell them in small quantities, so as to ensure that the pieces you find here are unlikely to be ones you will see anywhere else. We cater to a variety of home and design styles, from shabby chic to French cottage decor. Take a look at our great selection of decorative metal pieces, and find your next must-have item for your home today!

  • Cozy Up Buttercup - Best Materials for the Chilly Season

    As the weather becomes chilly, we tend to find ourselves spending more time indoors. Whether we are snuggling up in our beds or gathering around the fireplace with our families, winter is a perfect time to enjoy time in our homes with our loved ones. And when it comes to spending time warming up at home, nothing is more useful than a soft, comfortable blanket. Blankets come in a number of colors, styles, and, most importantly, fabrics. Choosing the right fabric can be the difference between freezing, resting comfortably, and overheating. The best way to avoid overheating is to use blankets made of natural fiber materials such as cotton, linen, wool, or silk, which will all wick moisture away while keeping you warm.

    Blankets are a great choice for home decor pieces, and not only because of the warmth that they provide. When you have a beautiful blanket or throw, you do not need to keep it in a closet. You can also display it, whether over a decorative hanging bar or simply thrown over a piece of furniture for a more casual look. Plus, keeping blankets out around your home makes them more easily accessible when the temperatures drop. The best home decor items are the ones which are both attractive and useful, and 100% cotton blankets fit the bill perfectly. When you find a blanket which both flatters your home and warms your guests, the benefits cannot be overstated. That is why the designers at Antique Farmhouse are proud to bring you attractive blankets which are crafted from everyone’s favorite fabric: cotton.

    The Joys of Cotton

    Cotton is one of the primary clothing and home textile fabrics in the world. The cotton fiber itself comes from the seed pod of the cotton plant, and cotton is said to “breathe,” due to the fact that it absorbs and releases perspiration and other moisture quickly. This makes cotton the perfect choice for clothing and, of course, blankets and quilts. When you choose a blanket made of cotton, you are ensuring that you and your loved ones will be kept comfortably warm.

    If you want to give your bedroom or guest room a makeover, this Pearl White Quilt Set is a wonderful choice. It features a 100% cotton quilt filled with polyester batting to keep it full and soft on your skin, without becoming too warm. It is available in a number of sizes and comes with matching shams to complete the look. The simple white color is sure to coordinate with any number of bedroom accessories and wall decor.

    If you are looking for something a little simpler, this Plaid Woven Cotton Throw makes a beautiful addition to any room. It features solid colors of red, green, and navy in a gorgeous plaid pattern. It is made from 100% cotton and is sure to keep you warm and comfortable. Use it in a bedroom for added warmth, or display it in a front or living room for some added comfort when watching television or reading a book.

     

    Another great choice is our Brown and Blue Plaid Cotton Blanket. It is also 100% cotton and is a natural-shaded hue sure to blend well with any furniture or home decor. It is a simple yet wonderful choice as a throw blanket or an addition to a guest or sitting room. Drape it over a couch or chair for colder nights, or toss it in a backpack for use during a picnic or to keep you warm at a baseball game.

    When it comes to choosing the perfect blankets and quilts for your home, cotton and other natural materials should be your top choices. Cotton is durable, meaning that you can rely on it to keep its shape for years to come. Cotton withstands ironing well, meaning that you can always keep it looking great. Cotton throws and blankets make a gorgeous addition to any living space, and Antique Farmhouse is proud to bring you a number of cotton items from around the world. Check out our incredible selections today!

  • Our Country Kitchen

    The kitchen is a wonderful place to show off your warm country charm. It is one of the central gathering points in our home–one where we gather to partake in good food and enjoyable conversations. Our kitchens are where memories are made, and where we gather with friends and family to share meals and memories. Farmhouse decor is well-suited for kitchens, and many country-styled items can be very useful, providing dual benefits in your home. Whether you are looking for wall decor or accessories for preparing and serving meals, you can find the country kitchen decor you need at Antique Farmhouse. Take a look at the following country items, which are sure to make great additions to any kitchen:

    The right table runner can take your kitchen from simple to simply stunning! This Striped Cotton Table Runner with Tassels is 72” long, making it the perfect size for nearly any table length. The solid red stripe against the cream background will complement any country kitchen decor. This lovely table runner can even be used during the holidays, with its simple color palette and understated design. And with its durable construction, this table runner is sure to serve you and your family for years to come.

    These Bamboo Cutting Boards have a simple, unassuming style, making them a great addition to any kitchen space. They can even be hung when not in use, turning them into wonderful little decor pieces. They can also be used for serving cheese and crackers, and their small size is great for when you do not need to use a large cutting board. Put these beauties to use, and you will soon fall in love with their simple country style.

    While you want your kitchen to be a beautiful design space, it must also be functional. That is why we love to find items which are both attractive and useful–items that give you a simple way to decorate your home without filling it with objects which serve no purpose other than to add to the overall aesthetic. This Two-Tier Wire Basket with Handle is a perfect example of how form and function can come together to simplify your kitchen storage needs. This basket is great for small spaces and can be moved easily anywhere you need it to go.

    One of the most enjoyable parts of cooking in the kitchen is actually getting to serve your family and guests! And as every good host knows, you have to prepare your canvas before you show off your art! Use this Long Wood Caddy Tray on Iron Legs to decorate your kitchen table before presenting your meal, or use it as a place keeper for between meal times. You can fill it with everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to candles. Use this versatile caddy to add a country touch to your kitchen or any living space.

    This Farmer's Market Pillow Cover is a sweet way to add a small country touch to your kitchen, or anywhere else in your home. The simple black and white colors make for a clean look, and the farmhouse style and distressed finish make this cover the perfect addition to your country kitchen.

    You cannot get any more “country” than tractors, so why not bring a tractor-style motif into your home? Fall in love with this Tractor Seat Stool, sure to give your kitchen a country kick! The stool is crafted from industrial metal and is quickly adjustable. It is an especially great choice for kitchens, as it can be lowered and put away under the table when not in use.

  • How to Add a Touch of Country to Your Home Office

    It has been said that having an office in your home can be either a blessing or a curse–or both. To ensure that your office remains an enjoyable, attractive space, you should take steps to make it feel like a standard part of your home as much as possible. That means staying in keeping with the design styles that you have used elsewhere, in order to keep your office from being a distraction from your home’s overall design. You may be wondering how to do that if the rest of your home follows a country or vintage style. The good news is that with a little help from Antique Farmhouse, you can keep your country theme alive, even in your home office. If you are in need of some inspiration, take a look at the following country-themed items, perfect for your office or any other room in your home:

    This Tractor Seat Stool is one of our most popular items. It is cast from industrial metal, and its beautiful finish ensures that it will complement any room’s decor. The seat is adjustable, making it a solid seating option or a great choice for simple decor in a corner or across from your desk.

    No home office is complete without a place to take notes and jot down reminders. This Huge School House Two-Sided Blackboard is a great way to do both while still maintaining your home’s country appeal. This blackboard hangs quickly and easily, and is double-sided for multiple uses. It is another great choice for incorporating items into your home office which not only look beautiful but also serve a useful purpose, especially in a home office.

    If you are looking for decorative items for a desk, this Sand Hourglass with Stand is a lovely choice. It comes hanging on a lovely stand, perfect for placement on any flat surface. Its soothing sand encourages relaxation–something which can be sorely needed when work gets tough. It is also a wonderful conversation starter, as the mesmerizing falling sand will catch the eye of any who see it.

    For an instant touch of country chic, this Distressed White Table Clock with Wings is the perfect choice. The simple color palette and distressed finish give this clock a unique look. Decorative clocks, a perfect combination of form and function, are always a solid design choice. This attractive winged clock is no exception, and would make a sound addition to any home office.

    Your home office is likely to be filled with books; if not, then you should consider adding to your library! Not only are books wonderful sources of both information and inspiration, but from a decorative perspective, they make wonderful additions to any room. Let these Bird Cast Iron Bookends support your books with love and beauty. These decorative bookends are both useful and aesthetically pleasing, and they are perfect for keeping the country theme alive in your office and throughout your home.

    This Pocket Watch Wall Clock is crafted from galvanized metal and has a beautifully distressed finish. This oval clock has a vintage vibe and is ready to become a focal point of your home office. Both functional and beautiful, it serves as a lovely foundation for any room’s decor.

    Working from home can be a great boon to your family life. Encourage yourself to feel comfortable in your home workspace with these incredible design selections from Antique Farmhouse. We have the country chic items you need to turn your house into a home.

  • Seven Ways to Get the Perfect Rustic Lighting

    If you want to make a small change which will have a huge impact on your home’s decor, consider adding a new piece of rustic lighting. Lighting does more than simply illuminate a space. When chosen and placed correctly, it can strongly enhance your home’s ambience.

    This Sphere Chandelier is a wonderful choice for any room in your home. Its crisscrossing metal rings are both beautiful and functional, bathing the room in lovely lights and shadows. The chandelier holds six bulbs, and gives off just the right amount of light. The rustic framing and chain are sure to complement any home’s decor, and the dark finish makes for a streamlined look against any wall and ceiling color palettes.

    Our Wine Barrel Chandelier is one of our favorite items, and not just among our lighting selections. It features distressed wooden slats connected with a cylindrical metal base holding six bulbs. Its simple earthen colors are visually pleasing, and it gives off a soft light perfect for a dining room or even a living area. This wine barrel chandelier is also an excellent conversation starter, as its unique look is sure to capture the eyes of your family and guests.

    If you are looking for a simple lighting choice, this Oversized Glass Pendant Light is the perfect selection. It features space for a single bulb surrounded by a large 17” diameter globe, and is sure to make for quite the statement piece wherever it is placed. Its unencumbered design allows for brighter lighting, perfect for kitchens or any room in which you are seeking a simple color scheme in your lighting. Discover why glass bulb lighting is all the rage! This pendant light is an absolute beauty.

    When it comes to rustic lighting, it can sometimes be a challenge to find a piece which is feminine and attractive while still maintaining an overall rustic look. Get the best of both worlds with this Metal Cage Pendant Light with Crystals. The rustic metal cage structure gives this chandelier a solid, industrial-type appeal, while the centered ring of crystals soften that look and make for a shabby chic design focus. It truly is a juxtaposition of design styles which somehow works beautifully, coming together to create one perfect lighting piece.

    Are you looking for a lighting piece which is sure to be noticed? Look no further. This Six Light Wood and Metal Chandelier is an absolutely stunning piece, which is centered by a decorative post and surrounded by six thin curving light posts. This light must be seen to be believed, and will soon become one of the signature fixtures in your home.

    On the other end of the spectrum is this understated Metal Wall Lamp with Ceramic Shade: a simple, yet classic, piece of lighting. This perfect fixture gives off just the right amount of light for smaller spaces. It can be placed virtually anywhere, and features an industrial design which will complement any home’s decor. Use it as a reading light in an office, or choose a set to frame your bedroom.

    For a truly elegant look, this Large Wood Pendant Light would look perfectly suited most anywhere. It is crafted from stunning fir wood and features a lovely combination of light and dark finishes. It holds two soft bulbs and would make an incredible centerpiece over a dining room table, or as a welcoming fixture in your foyer. The distressed finish makes this light a great addition to your home, sure to bring out the heart of any living space.

  • Spring Into Action

    Its Garden time in my neck of the woods and time to make a splash of color out there! We have so many fun things right now that can be used indoors and out.

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    These colorful buckets will really make a fun statement and who can beat the price. Grow some fun herbs in season or a vegetable or two and use the chalkboard to label them.

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    Put some colorful plants on this guy and have him liven up any patio. The green with the red will really bring the plants to life and your neighbors will be jealous. Add a few candles on the top tier for some summer ambiance.

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    I love putting art outside, and while I know the weather can get to them if you are strategic enough you can surely find a good spot! Not only do these add some color but set up a great theme. Throw some comfy pillows one the ground and have a great Moroccan style background. Add some colorful tea-lights around to really set that mood!

    Whatever your style may be, grab some color right now and remember, have fun!!
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  • 5 Steps to a Southwest Start

    As I am traveling through New Mexico and Arizona, I am extremely inspired by the Southwest feel. The textures, patterns mixed with a western charm can be so inviting and colorful. The problem I see is that if you are looking to convert a room or even your home to have a Southwest charm, it can be easily overdone! So here are 5 steps to a Southwest start:

      1. Don’t over do it: Do not go out and by an overwhelming amount of patterns. Start with one base tone. Red is fun place to add some color, take this as your base and find a few accent pieces that pull that color, being careful not to attack the color with an abundance of patterns. A Pendleton throw blanket on your couch can really be a statement piece giving you the pattern and color you need, and can easily tie that in with some art. You do not need to buy 100 things, 3 things can really transform a room. Trust me, you’ll be surprised!

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      1. Table Pieces Can Transform a Room: I recently saw a simple table setting that was unique yet beautiful. A simple tray with a Southwestern print and a few soft-sided books with one of my favorite artists Georgia O’Keefe, that’s all! It was nothing over the top, but really gave the user an interactive touch, pulled me in to want to read the book and gave the room that Southwestern love. We currently have an amazing piece that you could throw on a coffee table, what would you put in yours?

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      1. Equal Mix: Ahhh, the battle between country and Native American. Make sure you create an equal balance, or choose to go in one direction or the other altogether. You do not want the room to become a hodgepodge mess, which it can easily go. I am half Cherokee Indian and have a lot of hand me downs, but I had to pull back as to not become looking like a flee market truckstop. I also don’t want my house looking like a saloon and keep the “western” motif down to a minimum as well. Using some solid natural wood pieces and a rough textures, I was able to keep what I have without going over the top.

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    1. Lighting: It is amazing what natural lighting can do for a room. Most adobes and Indian dwellings really focus on minimalistic forms of window coverings using natural and light fabrics that are generally open, letting the natural light do what it does best and highlight the accent pieces you have.
    2. Research: My finalthought is research. You will be amazed what you find out about the great Southwest and all its superstitions and history. For me there are certain colors that I use that ward off evil spirits. I continually use a cactus or succulent by my fireplace as a way to keep them out of that space. Although I was raised with these beliefs, create some of your own that get into your core. Loving something for more that what it looks like, and gives it a purpose, will really help you love your new Southwest feel.
  • Instagram-oholics!!

    As many of you know, we are instagram-oholics over here and cannot get enough of it. Some of you are even kind enough to show us how our items look in use!! What I love about this is we all have ideas about how/what an item can be used for but it’s amazing that so many of you find new and creative uses for them that we never imagined. We thought his week would be fun to share those pictures with you of just how creative and awesome our fans are!!

    Here they go:
    This area by boelizabeth is so warm and inviting, we love the use of a large family photo by the fireplace instead of the obvious above the mantel. The earth tones pair nicely with the shabby chic décor and the use of plants and all natural materials really add to the country feel that this focal point is giving. Such a fantastic and creative use of our “vintage tin windmill” having it caddy corner vs the usual go to of centering a wall piece. Props to the homeowner.

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    This area by roomsforrent gives a great spin to the country garden look. The moss they have added gives a great pop of color with that rich green that compliments gorgeously with the white dishes. The use of the antique silver ware and different levels is very appeasing to the eye.  What an innovative approach to a place for napkin holders by using our “soup tureen” kudos for the creativity, we are loving this idea.

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    Both of these areas from dearlillie are so cute! The chandelier adds such an elegant touch to this slice of shabby chic heave. I am absolutely loving the repurposed wood table, it gives this space just enough earthiness to ground that amazing chandelier. Using our “galvanized tin” as a focal point center piece was a fantastic idea. The pop of pink in the flowers is just enough and puts me in springy happy mood. Another inspiring use of our “galvanized tin” is shown here with a distressed country chair with a cheerful pop of lavender from the flowers.

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    This area from dearlillie has a great fresh clean feel to it! I am loving all the white with the muted blue pillows. The use of pitchers for flower vases adds a fun shabby chic effect.  The accent of our “bird on mirror” ties this room together putting a great everlasting touch to this space.

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    This area from unionwillow shows you just how beautiful and versatile distressed stained wood can be! All the different textures and colors are fantastic. This buffet makes a great place to showcase our “vintage drying rack”! It looks so cute! I adore all the baskets and the mirror adds great dimension behind.

    See how much fun you can have with a variety of items? Send us some more of your before and after photos and maybe we will feature you in one our posts!

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