Farmhouse decorating is warm, cozy, relaxing, and full of charm and character. It eschews modern sensibilities and goes back to a simpler time. That said, farmhouse style is surprisingly savvy. To keep a farmhouse from looking too “country kitsch” there needs to be a balance of old and new. It should be clean, stylish and warmhearted. And most importantly it needs to be in tune with nature – but not full of dried flowers and rooster paraphernalia.
For instance, craft show items and reproduction nostalgia designed to look “country” can be fun if it’s just one or two items, but put too many of them in a room and it will instantly look corny. Instead, check out flea markets and antique shows for items with real nostalgic value.