The past four years our living room has been a beautiful deep navy, but I felt the itch to brighten things up.
Its a long rectangle with a single 9ft picture window that looks out onto the covered porch running along the front, so it doesn’t receive much natural lighting.
I narrowed the samples from my whiteboard swatches down to 4 options and tested them out on the wall.
The winning color was Sherwin Williams “Argos” which is a light gray with green undertones that keep it from looking too stark or flat in a dark northwest facing room.
The northwest direction means we receive the cool light from the north during the day and the warmth from the sunset in the west in the evening.
I was most concerned with the colors appearance during daylight hours since the warm western light will only affect the color for a few hours each day.
There isn’t enough warmth in this gray to completely cancel out cool northern light so it has a slight blue cast which reminds me of a Swedish blue.
There isn’t a single wall that is obstacle free in this room.
Besides the window wall, there is a large 1970s wood-burning stone fireplace at the end, and 2 of the other walls contain large doorways (leading into the dining/kitchen area and the other to the entryway and hallway leading into the rest of the house).
The fireplaces location at the end of the room makes it’s the first thing you see and the focal point.
The Mr. mounted the TV over the mantel long before I was around.
Despite my desire to decorate a mantel, he insists that it’s not moving anytime soon.
In order to mount the TV, he removed the built-ins flanking the fireplace and the stone above the mantel.
The wall was then finished in smooth drywall which left three out of the four remaining walls with the
awesome popular knock-down texture from 1790s ranch houses in southern California.
Since we plan to remove the wall separating the dining/kitchen area during our remodel this is something I have to work with for now.
The fireplace stone was whitewashed a few years ago to lighten the room and remove that black ghosting that plagues these types of fireplaces.
This is the fireplace in our vacation rental property that shows how ours looked prior to the upper half being removed. I applied the same whitewash treatment to this one as ours.
It was a vast improvement but I still can’t wait to rip it out and update the entire thing!
I used the matte duration line from Sherwin Williams to minimize how noticeable the texture is by avoiding sheen changes when the light hits it.
We live in a farmhouse of sorts with chickens, dogs, gardens, and a lot of trucks. So f
I guess a man can never have too many trucks.
I’ve loved the farmhouse look for a few years but know that even when layered with texture, too much white can start to make me feel anxious.
Plus, we have a lot of dirt and debris coming in and out between both of our businesses and the animals.
So I decided to bring in the farmhouse style but to also remain true to my eclectic California style with various shades of blues, corals, dark wood, and mixed metals.
Slipcovered furniture has been a favorite of mine for years so our sofa already had a white slipcover and the chairs have been covered in bleached drop cloths.
I love to layer white blankets, pillows, and throws with texture in muted shades and natural materials like linen, cotton, and hemp throughout our living room.
The cozier the better right?
The newest addition to our living room is a pair of custom made English-Rolled armchairs scored at an estate sale.
They were upholstered in a light coral check pattern that worked with the dark navy and coral accents but wasn’t really my cup of tea for furniture.
After finding that Ballard Designs ‘Rebecca Chair’ slipcovers would fit almost perfectly, they received a new set of clothes to match the rest of our furniture.
This was one of my happiest design moments yet!
Tip: If you’re in the market for quality slipcovers but can’t afford to shell out to have them custom made, measure your furniture carefully and look on sites like Ballard, Pottery Barn, and any place that sells Lee Industries Furniture to see if they have something that fits the dimensions!
Since the room is finally finished in the light gray color the room is looking bright and fresh.
Now it’s time for decor!
Although the built-ins flanking the fireplace are long gone, I am on the hunt for some chests to put in their place with large arched mirrors to hang over them.
There are some options on Wayfair that I’ve been thinking about but the problem is I want them to fill the spaces and each side has slightly different widths.
This is a classical style but can be blended into any type of decor depending on the accent pieces placed on top of the chests and around the
Anyways…back to the update & farmhouse decor!
With the slip covered furniture and other elements, I’ve collected or made that work with this style I set out to find some new items on Amazon and thought I’d share some of my favorites with you today!
Of course the jute rug is essential to farmhouse decor, right? We have the bleached version of this chunky jute, but if I were to do it over I’d get the natural color to hide stains and spills since jute cannot be cleaned without water mark staining. We purchased the natural version for the vacation rental sunroom and it’s held up beautifully!
This open ended wall scale makes me think of the weekend farmers markets and my families business back in Iowa. It screams farmhouse to me & I would love to find a place to hang it in our kitchen!
This 2 layer zinc tray would look stunning in the kitchen with linen napkins, dish soap, cooking utensils, and olive oil in an antique bottle. It would also work in the bathroom, entryway, craft room, or living room. The possibilities are endless!
I’ve been meaning to make a set of wood arrows for our staircase for quite some time…I love the simplicity!
Metal milk can..need I say more? If I lived anywhere actually requiring umbrellas this would be in my entryway as a stand! I’m thinking it will work beautifully for cotton branches or the white birch logs next to the fireplace.
Candlesticks are classic for any decor but this set of raw wood with whitewashed effect screams farmhouse to me. I can imagine them surrounding a short topiary plant, on the fireplace mantel (if you’re lucky enough not to have a TV taking up all that real estate), or grouped together on a side table.
Tobacco baskets are perfect farmhouse wall decor items! They look lovely hung alone or with items hung on top. They can fill up open spaces that would look cluttered with paintings, and are great for bookshelf styling or as a coffee table basket.
Olive buckets have been on my wish list for the last year. I’ve been eyeing them and for some reason never pull the plug…I think that’s about to change. This pair is perfectly rusty and classic!
Boxwood greenery is a favorite in farmhouse or any other decor style for that matter! Preserved boxwood topiaries, wreaths, or small pots last a lifetime and look re , because they are!
This Chandelier makes me wish we had higher ceilings so badly! The raw wood, light wood beads, and the overall shape is perfection don’t you think?
Isn’t this windmill clock so unique? Form+Function= Winner!
Cotton Branches are so popular they can be hard to find. I love how they are versatile enough to be used year round. This vignette shows the perfect display of farmhouse style with cotton branches in a bucket!
These small buckets would work perfectly for small potted plants hung on the wall, storing extra art or office supplies, or in the kitchen for many different uses. I love the patina they provide and will definitely be snagging one!
There are a lot of ticking stripe pillow options available on Amazon but I love this one for the additional ruffling around the edge. Anything that adds texture + pattern is a win in my book!
Last but not least, I love these barn wood shutters! If you’ve got access to Barnwood or even palettes it would be an easy build, but if not these are stunning!