Valentine's Day got me thinking about love and how much I love this old farmhouse that seems to have a life of its own. And I wondered if it had a voice and could create its own wish list, what would it want that it doesn't already have? I'm thinking these 15 things would be great in every farmhouse:
1. These Gingham Checkered Cloth Napkins would be perfect in any farmhouse kitchen. You could mix and match them with a number of tablecloths or just use them on your bare wooden table.
2. This house has seen me sneak far too many desserts when I think no one else is looking. The Life is Short...Eat Dessert First handmade sign belongs somewhere in my kitchen, I am certain. But it doesn't apply to the children or Hubby. How many of you can relate?
3. Don't you just love these Copper Hurricane Lanterns? You can place candles or LED lights in them or do something festive and creative from Pinterest inside. I've got to get some of these before next Christmas. I think they'd also be great to have lit on a summer night while sitting on the porch swing under the stars.
4. Every old farmhouse needs a couple of these Reversible, Washable, Braided Area Rugs lying around. I would love to have one for our living room and one for the dining room. I've had to throw out more rugs than I can remember due to accidents and messes made by puppies, toddlers, and sick children. Being able to wash them or flip them over sounds fantastic to me.
5. What preppy bathroom wouldn't want a Teal Paisley Fabric Shower Curtain? This would be perfect to hang in the spring and summer, and it kind of matches a tablecloth I have. Not that the shower and the kitchen table need to match, mind you.
6. These Tartan Plaid Ceramic Tile Coasters are too cute not to have sitting on the coffee table or end table. I'm constantly having to distribute coasters to family members so they're not placing hot coffee or tea cups on the wooden furniture here.
7. These Argyle Wall Hanging Wood Letters would be terrific in the children's rooms spelling out their names or something fun or motivational. They're hand painted and can be purchased in different colors.
8. Can't you picture this Personalized Aluminum Sign hanging above your kitchen sink or the doorway? I love it, and what makes it even better is that it's made here in the USA.
9. Mother Teresa is my absolute favorite saint, and this quote of hers is made into these Handmade Maple Signs by a husband and wife team who make each sign as they're ordered. What a great reminder every day to start changing the world by loving your family first.
10. I have to admit I was unaware of the existence of these Handmade Monogrammed IPad/Tablet Holders until recently. They're made of solid wood in a cutting board style, and I can't imagine how we all managed following recipes on Pinterest without one of these holding up our tablets in the kitchen.
11. What preppy farm girl wouldn't want a Pink Argyle Lightswitch Plate Cover in her bedroom? I so wish I'd had one when I was a teen in the eighties.
12. For all of us backyard chicken owners, there's a Handmade Burlap Print for our kitchens. This time of year we're never sure if we'll find half a dozen eggs or no eggs in the nesting boxes. In another month or so, however, there will be more farm fresh eggs than we know what to do with.
13. This Handcrafted Rustic Farmhouse Mirror with Shutters has so much interesting design and texture and would work hanging in a number of rooms. I've got some teenagers who would stop and admire their reflections in this a number of times a day.
14. The book, A Touch of Farmhouse Charm, is definitely next on my book list. If I have this, I can probably eliminate entire boards of pins on Pinterest. It claims to have easy DIY projects, so it must have been written for people like me. I hope there are a bunch of pallet board ideas in it.
15. Seriously, what farmhouse is complete without an entire season of shiplap-loving home-flipping Chip and Joanna Gaines in Fixer Upper? I can easily spend an entire rainy Saturday viewing one episode after another of these two and their family renovating, decorating, and farming. They inspire me to get up off my chair and consider knocking out a wall somewhere. They've made rustic farm style chic.
All of the items in this post can be found at Amazon by clicking on the blue link. I was thrilled to learn that Amazon has a new store called Handmade at Amazon that features artisans and their handcrafted products. Many items can be custom made just for your home and family, and it's pretty cool to read about the people who create your decor.
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