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Styling 101: Farmhouse Style

July 11, 2018

The Calgary Stampede is in full swing here in Southern Alberta and for anyone that lives here or has visited the city during this week, you know it’s a crazy time of year. It’s known as the largest outdoor show on Earth, and people come from all over the world come to see our fair city transform into olden day Western town, in the spirit of honoring our heritage and celebrating our vibrant community.

Truthfully, I have a love/hate relationship with the week. Some years, I’m all about cowgirl outfits and soaking up as much of the atmosphere as possible, from the chuckwagon races to midway fare and late-night line dancing. Other years, I get the heck out of dodge and avoid it altogether!

This year is a bit of a mix. Invitations to a few different events, have me taking in some of the festivities, while still trying to get some work done 😉 With the yee-haw spirit in the city, I thought I would pull together some of my favorite elements of Farmhouse Style. An aesthetic that just doesn’t seem to be losing any steam.

Front Porch

I’ve never had a front porch. But I sure do love the look and idyllic feel. I could absolutely see myself sipping lemonade or glass of wine at the end of a long day on any of these. Front porches can really bring your whole house design together. Adding details like one of these illuminated house signs could be the thing that makes your house feel more like home. It is an entryway to where you live, so designing it with the same aesthetic as inside can extend the warmness and welcomeness of your home. No matter what style you go for, door canopies made from plastic can make it look professional and smart, it is always a choice that should be looked at.

Barn Doors

Definitely a rustic touch, I can’t help but love the functionality of a barn door. Easy separation of spaces without worrying about door swings and clearance. They also create an amazing architectural feature.

Exposed Beams

I’ve written about exposed beams before and my love has not waned. Exposed beams have the allure of age and the softness of a natural element, while bringing texture to ceilings. Embracing and highlighting them creates an effortless farmhouse look, rather than a kitschy one. This is also a great look if you own a business appealing to a more agricultural market. For example, you might own a restaurant with a focus on organic, home-grown farm food. Luckily, there are Milwaukee Commercial Roofing companies that can help to install a barn-style roof with exposed beams, and it may be a lot easier than you think. Because of the height and openness, you’ll need fewer materials to build it, so it could actually work out as a cheaper option for both your home and business!

Cozy Textures

I’m not really sure if the amazing textiles we’re seeing are a part of this trend, but man do I love a hearty textile.

Mix of Metal and Wood

We can thank farmhouse inspired spaces for the gorgeous mix of earthy wood and simple metals, black in particular. Such a striking, yet timeless combination.

Modern Farmhouse Lighting

Not much to say about this, other than yes please! Just make sure you get an electrician, like someone from the team at SALT (, in if you’re going to be making any major changes to the lighting system in your home.

Farmhouse Tile

And perhaps my most favorite of all. Again whether this is entirely due to the farmhouse trend, I’m not sure. But the pattern, colours and depth these tiles offer to a space is un-matched and I’m not sure if I’ll ever tire of them!


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  • Reply Darlene July 12, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Beautiful! Are all of these photos from your portfolio? Wow! Stunning!

    • Reply Neelam July 21, 2018 at 5:56 pm

      Hi Darlene,
      I wish this was my portfolio! Inspiration from some of my design idols 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Carla July 13, 2018 at 4:01 am

    Love the style, clean lines and lots of texture!

    • Reply Neelam July 21, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      Hi Carla,
      It’s a winning formula in my opinion! 🙂

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