Cozy throws, natural woods, greenery galore—what’s not to love about this design trend that’s enchanted the world of home decor? And while we all wish we could escape to a farmhouse in the Midwest and transform it into our getaway haven, there are plenty of ways to add a little rustic-chic charm into any room.
For starters, we’re drawing major inspiration from the beautiful barn-turned-studio of 24-year-old cookbook author and blogger behind Half Baked Harvest, Tieghan Gerard. Wanting to create an inspiring space where she could host events, style photo shoots, and make the culinary magic happen, Gerard teamed up with Anthropologie’s home styling manager, Anne White, to turn a traditional barn into a modern and welcoming workspace. Here, White shares her favorite tips on incorporating the modern farmhouse look into your home:
Mix Sleek With Rustic
“The modern farmhouse aesthetic is about creating a space that is both sophisticated and tranquil, where nothing feels too precious,” White tells us. To achieve this look, the stylist turned to juxtaposing modern fabrics and textures with more traditional farmhouse silhouettes (think marble coffee tables alongside wicker baskets).
Start With a Neutral Palette
If you’re looking for fresh coats of paint, White suggests starting light. “For the color palette, start with neutrals as your base, contrast them with deep tones, and inject an unexpected pop of color.” Then, add style and dimension by playing with textures like cozy woven fabrics, tassels, and leather; and that farmhouse feel wouldn't be complete without different types of wood.
Keep the Space Airy
To keep the space open yet inviting, White says, “avoid the urge to push furniture against the walls. Float your seating arrangement within a room so that it anchors the space and feels intentional.” In Gerard’s new studio, White opted to pull all of the seating—from Anthropologie’s Peruvian Stripe Tassa 3-Piece L-Shaped Sectional to a pair of leather Rhys Chairs—out a few feet from the wall. And to bring the look together she used an oh-so-soft tasseled rug in the middle of the seating area.
Bring the Outdoors In
Part of the reason we love the farmous aesthetic is that cozy, relaxed feel. “Inject your personality by layering in meaningful personal objects and natural elements,” explains the expert. “Both are key to adding warmth and life to any space.” Another simple way to inject the natural world into a room? Greenery, greenery, greenery!
Embrace Open Shelving
For White, this was all about treating the open shelving of Gerard’s pantry as a place for both utility and decor: “Tie eclectic dishware with a consistent color palette throughout. Try balancing neutral tones with subtle colors like blush and mint."
Create a Warm Welcome
Being a good hostess isn't just about having a picture-perfect invite or tablescape. Add a bit of countryside charm and hospitality and make any guest feel at home by intentionally designing your entryway. "They’ll appreciate thoughtful touches, like a well-placed accent chair where they can pause, put down their bags and take off their shoes.”
For more inspiration, check out a few of our favorite pieces from White and Gerard’s re-design:
$78 for set of 4, anthropologie.com
GLENNA CAKE STAND
GREEN GLASS JUG VASE
MACEY SOUP BOWLS
$64 for set of 4, anthropologie.com
LINEN CANE CHAIR
FRINGED KNIT PILLOW
MARBLE-TOP SIDE TABLE