COUNTRY FARMHOUSE STYLE
If you are looking for home decor with a serene, comfortable and traditional feel for your casual lifestyle, it is hard to beat the County Farmhouse style. The interpretation can range from a more refined French Country style to a much more rugged and rustic style, but this style is defined by a connection to natural beauty, rather than furniture and home accents that are overly polished and glossy. The furniture is eclectic with the feel of being collected over the years, yet everything works together. Pieces that look aged are especially valued as they give the sense of being a much cherished family heirloom.
One of the most enduring influences in interior design, French Country style is charming and welcoming, with an emphasis on traditional craftsmanship, natural materials, and a sense of harmony and balance. Simple furniture with graceful lines includes ladder back chairs which often boast woven rush or rattan seats to add to the easy rustic feel. This timeless Old World French Country style is rich in nostalgia and distressed finishes are important. Antique furniture will be naturally distressed by age, but our newly crafted pieces have wonderful hand-rubbed or a hand-planed distressed finishes on the wood or painted surface.
The term French Provincial style is often used interchangeably with the term French Country style although the French Provincial style is arguably slightly more refined and ornately decorative. Pretty decorative details are not ostentatious, because they are combined with earthy natural materials, humble textural finishes and distressed finishes including weathered paint. Curved lines and decorative carved details create a sense of easy but gracious living. Chairs often feature rounded backs and curvy cabriole legs. Textiles focus on natural fibers such as linen and the painterly Toile de Jouy is a popular choice.
For a more rugged look, Rustic styles of decor with chunky and planked woods and rough, textural and distressed finishes are especially suitable for rural homes and mountain cabins and lodges.