• Nicole Burke

Farmhouse Tour: Living Room

One of the things I was most looking forward to about moving in with my hubby was finally getting to decorate my own house! I'm pretty sure I married a farmer just so I could decorate a farmhouse (lol just kidding I love my hubby so much)! I’ve been accumulating things for over three years that I knew I would want to put into my home someday. We are definitely sticking with a neutral modern farmhouse look, which is so on trend right now. I love all the grays, whites and light blues and greens; it’s totally calming and you still have the opportunity to add your own touches and pops of color.

It has been exciting to start decorating and renovating our 1979 farmhouse which my husband Josh’s grandparents built and used to live in, how cool! We live on the main farm where five generations of Burkes have lived before us. We are the sixth generation to be farming here. It’s amazing all the history and families that have lived right where we are going to raise our own family someday. It’s a privilege to carry on the legacy and begin setting up our own farmhouse with our own unique style. 

We have started with the main rooms of the house and have done mainly cosmetic upgrades to begin with such as painting, scraping off the popcorn/sparkle ceiling, new light fixtures, new furniture, decor, and french patio doors. All somewhat minor changes, but they make a HUGE difference and are less expensive than other major renovations. Down the line, we will be putting in new flooring and totally gutting the bathrooms and kitchen. For any of the other Joanna Gaines, Fixer Upper fanatics this is for you!!

Today’s post is all about the living room:

This room mainly involved painting, furniture and decor. We were able to mix and match many different brands (many for a cheaper cost) and fit many of the pieces I had already purchased into the room, mostly from craft fairs in the area. I just wish I had taken more before photos (ugh).

Side Note: If you have a popcorn ceiling and you are thinking about removing it, make sure you DO NOT paint over it. This will make it much harder or impossible to remove in the future. We were originally just planning on painting over our popcorn ceiling until luckily a family friend told us before we did. We decided to go ahead with the process and have it completely removed. If our ceiling had been just the popcorn I would have maybe left it, but it also had legit sparkles in it (apparently this was popular at the time)! I am so happy with the smooth finished outcome. Though the process was messy and dusty, they wet the ceiling before scraping which reduced the dust, and the pieces came off in bigger chunks than I was originally expecting.

For the big display wall, we invested in a laser level to make sure everything was even. This really helped my husband line everything up and keep it level. We also have used the level hanging our curtain rods. I highly suggest looking into one if you plan on doing a large display wall that you want symmetrical and level.

Make sure you also check out Amazon. We found some awesome farmhouse items from Stone and Beam, an Amazon brand. Everyone is so surprised when we tell them the lamps and coffee/side tables are from Amazon (my hubby actually picked those out). The trick is to get your husbands involved and excited about renovating too lol! ;)

Check out the pictures and links below:

TV Stand: https://www.hobbylobby.com/Home-Decor-Frames/Furniture/Cabinets/Sliding-Barn-Door-Cabinet/p/80851551

Couches: https://www.shermansnow.com/living-room-furniture/sofas/sofas/1435/

Lamps: https://www.amazon.com/Stone-Beam-Column-Living-Standing/dp/B073776MSB?th=1

Coffee and Side Tables: https://www.amazon.com/Stone-Beam-Coastal-Farmhouse-Natural/dp/B075Z8KXW7/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=5VFVJZVCIH1P&keywords=stone+and+beam+coffee+tables&qid=1564433270&s=gateway&sprefix=stone+and+beam+coffee%2Caps%2C166&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzMzI2Tlg4WFlGRE0zJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUExMDA0MTkyM0M0REFCM0RNV1pXNSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNjk5NTA3M01LSTNGTDQyVUJNWSZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=

Curtains: https://www.potterybarn.com/products/eden-stripe-curtain-set-of-two-blue/?catalogId=11&sku=8947885&cm_ven=PLA&cm_cat=Google&cm_pla=Windows%20%3E%20All%20Curtains%20%26%20Drapes%20%3E%20Pattern&cm_ite=8947885&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9Oztj5ze4wIVD5-fCh1nfQkXEAQYAyABEgLacvD_BwE

Curtain Rods: https://www.target.com/p/french-pipe-drapery-rod-bronze-36-x66-threshold-153/-/A-50983875?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&CPNG=PLA_Home%2BDecor%2BShopping_Brand&adgroup=SC_Home%2BDecor&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9021937&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxIjJ2pze4wIVhZ6fCh2rIQ8xEAQYASABEgL_cPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Pillows: Gather-https://www.hobbylobby.com/Home-Decor-Frames/Decor-Pillows/Pillows/Gather-Ticking-Striped-Pillow/p/80928384


Faux Fur-https://www.potterybarn.com/m/products/faux-fur-ruched-pillow-covers/?cm_cat=Google&sku=2747744&catalogId=11&cm_ite=2747744&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI1tvDnbLT4wIVEL7ACh12CwNnEAQYASABEgKeZfD_BwE&cm_ven=PLA&cm_pla=Pillows%20%26%20Decor%20%3e%20Solid%20Pillows

Throw Blanket (on love seat): https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/magnolia-home-by-joanna-gaines-colleen-throw-blanket/5050296

Plaid Chair and Blessed Pillow: Marshall's Peru, IL

Floating Shelves: https://www.potterybarn.com/m/products/rustic-wood-shelf/?pkey=s%7Cfloating%20sheleves%7C47

Bible Verse Sign: https://www.hobbylobby.com/Home-Decor-Frames/Mirrors-Wall-Decor/Quotes-Wall-Art/Ephesians-4-2-Wood-Wall-Decor/p/80827792

Pitcher (similar): https://www.hobbylobby.com/Home-Decor-Frames/Decor-Pillows/Accent-Pieces/White-Enamel-Pitcher/p/80824605

Barn Doors (similar): https://www.hobbylobby.com/Home-Decor-Frames/Mirrors-Wall-Decor/Wall-Art/Rustic-Door-Wood-Wall-Decor/p/80824581

Painting: JT Dosset Original (Check out his story, all proceeds go to Relay for Life)


Coasters: https://www.potterybarn.com/products/alphabet-marble-and-wood-coasters/?catalogId=11&sku=9452729&cm_ven=PLA&cm_cat=Google&cm_pla=Tabletop%20%3E%20Bar%20Accessories&cm_ite=9452729&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIsIfsrL_b4wIV5__jBx0NOwOJEAQYASABEgKNCvD_BwE

Candle Holders: Rustic- https://www.hobbylobby.com/Home-Decor-Frames/Candles-Fragrance/Candle-Holders/Distressed-White-Candle-Holder---Medium/p/80820479

Jar- https://www.hobbylobby.com/Home-Decor-Frames/Candles-Fragrance/Candle-Holders/Industrial-Jar-Glass-Lantern/p/80885542

Greenery: Stems- https://www.hobbylobby.com/Floral-Wedding/Flower-Stems/Frosted-Green-Botanic-Artistry-Lambs-Ear-Spray/p/80921775

Wreath- https://www.hobbylobby.com/Home-Decor-Frames/Decor-Pillows/Floral-Arrangements/Lambs-Ear-Wreath/p/80919185

Homebody Book: https://www.target.com/p/homebody-a-guide-to-creating-spaces-you-never-want-to-leave-by-joanna-gaines-hardcover/-/A-53737880

Paint Color: Sherwin Williams- Mindful Gray

Sincerely xoxo,

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