I’ve recently been rearranging my living room and wanted to share a few things that I’ve done. Our house has a beautiful two-story stone fireplace and a blanket ladder has been on my list of things I have wanted to find to place beside it. I needed something that was a larger scale to be balanced in size next to the large fireplace. And, I should have known that as soon as I mentioned this to my Dad that the perfect piece would appear with a knock at the door a few days later. That’s a Dad for you, isn’t it?!
Previously, I had ordered the LARGE WOODEN MONOGRAM LETTER to hang on our fireplace. I love it! I wanted to do something different than a large wreath that you commonly see.
We are pretty sure that the ‘blanket ladder’ is a very old tobacco ladder. If you might have any knowledge of what it is, it’s age, or how it was used, please leave us a comment. Would love to learn more about it! It is pretty amazing and I am so excited my Dad found it! To style it, I wanted three main things.. you will see as of now, I only have three pieces on the ladder, I may add more with time, but I definitely prefer an uncluttered approach to my farmhouse decor style. So, for now I am keeping it like this. So, back to the three main things I wanted to include to style the ladder. These same three things are what I recommend to use as your rule of thumb when decorating a room or piece of furniture in modern farmhouse style, too.
My 3 Must Haves to Decorate in Modern Farmhouse Style
metal, in particular galvanized metal
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Styling A Blanket Ladder
The first item I got for the ladder was the blanket….I had my eye on it for when I found a ladder for the room. I knew I wanted something with a simple pattern that brought some grey into the room. This THROW BLANKET is under $20 ($16.99 when I ordered) and is available in a number of soft tone shades and patterns. I am very happy with it!
The second item I wanted was a galvanized metal bucket with some greenery. I picked up this one at Michael’s, but have gotten others at Hobby Lobby and Amazon, too. With the Spring season just kicking off, I just found some smaller ones at our Dollar Tree store, too. So be sure to keep your eyes open for deals on them.
I know some people will be turned off by my partially stripped blue wash stand, but I just love it! To me, it is such a cute accent piece in this room! And, it’s even more special because it was passed down through my family. I love having pieces that I know came from my grandparents! I chose to add these knobs to add an eclectic touch to the piece, as well as add in some black that is an accent color in the room.
The final touch I wanted for my ladder was a wreath. Hobby Lobby for the win here. This wreath was the perfect size and style I was looking for. There are a couple rungs missing from the ladder…which just add to the rustic charm, in my opinion. So, I hung the wreath from one of the rungs above a missing one to fill that space, not that I am trying to hide the fact it is missing, but it just worked well. Another thing I use all the time in decorating is WIRED BURLAP RIBBON. I always keep a roll on hand of that and TWINE. I seem to use twine for everything from in the house to tieing up vegetables in the garden. I even went through a phase of covering everything in twine, anyone else do the craft where you wrap twine around bottles? Pretty sure my husband was afraid to leave anything laying out during that phase for fear it would be covered with twine when he returned! HA!
Below is another little touch of burlap ribbon I added to a piece in the room. It just added another layer of texture to the large metal piece that I loved. And, if you notice…you don’t always need to think bows…keep it simple. Even when I do bows, I like to keep them simple, too. Check out my DIY on Making a Perfect Farmhouse Style Bow to see the style of bows I love to add to my decor.
So, just those three pieces on the ladder for now. I plan to incorporate various seasonal and holiday decor items through the year, but overall, I plan to keep it pretty simple. If you notice I didn’t put any items on the bottom third or so because I plan to have an armchair in front of that.
Favorite Modern Farmhouse Recliner
I just received this chair this week and it.is.everything!! Well, everything and more…because it is a recliner, too!! OMG….yes!!! Oh, and that’s not even the best part…..the price….this recliner is around $250 and comes Prime shipping. It is perfect!!!! I could not be happier!!! Sorry if I seem overly excited, but you know how it is shopping for furniture….sooo expensive. This MODERN FARMHOUSE RECLINER is exactly the style I was searching for, is the perfect color, & was priced so well….I was thrilled!! It is called taupe, but I would describe it as a light grey….beautiful shade! Love the clean lines, the nail head trim, and the feet on the bottom finish the modern farmhouse look of the chair. Obviously, since I just received it a few days ago, we haven’t gotten to test it out too much yet, but I am really pleased with the feel of the cushions. They seem nice and firm and it reclines really nicely and is very comfortable both upright and reclined! I really recommend checking this out…it is so exciting to find a piece with this look at this price! I hope you love it as much as we do!
I ordered BURLAP PILLOW COVER that is on the chair previously on Etsy in a set of mix-matched prints that work great in the room.
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Favorite Farmhouse Style Rug
As I mentioned earlier in this article, one of my rules of thumb for decorating is adding texture. I have really been enjoying the look of natural fiber rugs. I originally bought this rug for a guest bedroom and I loved it so much that I bought a second one in a larger size. My favorite SISAL AREA RUG is under $200 for the 6 x 9 foot size, which is a great value! One of the other things I love about it is how the back is finished. It is rubberized, so no need to worry about having to purchase an additional pad or non-skid piece. That made the rug an even better value to me. To read more about my favorite area rug, check out this article on MY FAVORITE RUG TO ADD TEXTURE TO A FARMHOUSE STYLE ROOM.
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Thank you so much for reading! I would love to hear what you think of the room so far. Always more ideas and projects we want to do, but really enjoying how it is coming along. One of the things I would love to add is a mantel to our fireplace. If you have any suggestions, leave me a comment. And, we would love to have you join our community by subscribing to our newsletter. No worries, we do not spam. We will send you our new content to your inbox. Subscribe here and you will receive a FREE GUIDE TO MAXIMIZING COLOR IN YOUR PERENNIAL GARDEN THROUGH THE SEASON.
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Hi! I'm Tara, half of the Growit Buildit duo. I am a frugal DIY enthusiast!! My professional background is in education and counseling, but have spent the last few years as a stay at home mom, which has given me the opportunity to explore my passions that have been put aside for so long.
I gravitate towards what I'd consider modern farmhouse style, with a little boho mixed in.
I have planned remodels for larger projects, like our kitchen, as well as many smaller DIY projects around our house. In addition, I create a lot of smaller craft projects.
I am currently a maker for a local retail boutique in our area called 6ix North.
I hope my posts provide you with some useful information for your DIY projects.