I’ve always had a thing for neoclassical interiors.
In our previous home we traveled down a more classic decorating path and installed wainscoting and lots of trim. It was around that time that the farmhouse “explosion” happened in the decorating world. While I love looking at farmhouse style in other homes, I struggled to make it work in our already-traditional style home. When I did pull it off, our vibe became “modern rustic” with a slight nod to farmhouse style. (You can tour the previous house here). Had I owned a true farmhouse (and not a suburban colonial) I would have gone all-shiplap crazy and raised goats and chickens. But a full farmhouse interior was never meant to be in our style home. Any farmhouse decor I used was in moderation.
New House Design Plan
– What is neoclassical style? –
And guess what? The same is true in our new house. This home is built in neotraditional or neoclassic style. It’s a combination of Greek revival, with a mix of other architectural elements. My love for an occasional chippy table, or French decor and black and white interiors will fit well here. Think lots of trim, white walls, furniture with fluted legs, black and white contrasts and natural wood. Sadly, many of my farmhouse items aren’t working well. I’ll try to keep some of my farmhouse elements and maybe try to put it all in one room. But I will likely be transitioning away from farmhouse to fit our new home. It’s not that I don’t love farmhouse…I just can’t make it work here.
A random list of my new home must-haves:
Black doors || Furniture with fluted legs || Tufted Furniture || New Flooring Upstairs || Gold & Mixed Metals || Update lighting || New kitchen island || Open Shelving in Kitchen (I thought I’d give this a try) || Floor-to-Ceiling Millwork || A Formal Dining Room || High Contrast Color Scheme || Lots of White Walls
Buy New? Thrift? Or DIY?
My first priority is low-budget, high impact interiors.
I love the thrill of the hunt and buying secondhand more so than buying new. So I’ll continue to shop secondhand stores or Facebook Marketplace like I did in the last home. If a store is running a good sale, I’ll definitely buy new and share good deals with you. Sometimes I splurge on an item that is unique and perfect for a space. Full room makeovers that happen in a day are unrealistic and rarely happen here unless I’m working on a sponsored post with deadlines. It’s not how most people on a budget do things – and I’ve never blogged that way.
My main goal is to embrace low hanging fruit DIY opportunities but make them look high end. If it’s a low cost DIY that looks expensive, that’s my #1 goal.
My honest take on farmhouse style:
First off, I believe that decorating isn’t a race that forces you to keep up with the trends. Everyone should enjoy the process of decorating and creating a cozy and functional home, surrounding yourself with items you love. Some of us – especially bloggers – use our homes as a template for bucking or embracing trends, trying new things and learning. That being said, I think farmhouse is a style that works well if you live in a true farmhouse. It is considered “classic” for that style home. For those of us living in a suburban neighborhood like mine, it can appear trendy. Replacing whole-home trends can get expensive, especially when you’re creating a “farmhouse” style home in a suburban neighborhood. It’s hard to know when to stop with a trend and to learn how to embrace truly classic decor that will transcend time. But it’s something I hope to get better at every day.
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Soon I’ll share some of my recent purchases and more mini room makeovers. I’m simply replacing furniture we sold to the buyers of our other house. Be sure to follow me on Facebook or Instagram where I’ve been sharing video tours of the spaces I’m working on. Be sure to turn on notifications so you don’t miss our latest projects.