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Farmhouse Decor Ideas for Your Next Makeover

Hi there!! For anyone who is new to my blog, let me introduce the whole crew here. I’m Carson Presley, and I write the content behind Girls & Dogs, Oh My. I graduated college this May (err--sort-of, just not traditionally because of the Coronavirus).

The luckiest person in the world, I have two adorable Labradoodles! Scout, who is two-years-old, and Ryder, who is just 17-weeks-old. My better half, Spencer, is the most amazing dog mom who helps me keep a handle on our two wild fur babies.

Together, we love traveling. We love packing up our Jeep and exploring new places. We’re also (until recently) first-time dog owners. In other words, we’re young and make a lot of mistakes--which is where the inspiration for this blog came from!

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If you're anything like me, you are in love with everything related to farmhouse. It's rustic and simplistic approach makes it hard not to love. Today we are going to go room-by-room and help you to design a home fit for any cowboy.

If you read my first article on home decor tips, you're a step ahead of the game. When it comes to decorating a whole room, there is more that comes into play. One thing that is nice about farmhouse decor is that it sticks to an easy to follow color scheme. The two base colors are white and gray. Outside of that, you add touches of color. Most people will add in blues/greens/purples to their grays to go for a cool undertone, but you can do the same with red to have a warmer feel.

You also must consider what furniture/decor you have or plan to add. The number of windows and natural light getting into the room will help determine paint and decor choices. If there isn't a lot of natural light getting into your room, go with lighter walls and accent pieces to "brighten" the room. You would also want to do this if your furniture is a darker color. If your room gets more natural light or plan to go with lighter pieces of furniture, go with a darker gray paint, or maybe even a gray with a cool color undertone.

Before we get into the rooms, let's talk a few tips:

1:Work with what you have. You may need just a fresh coat of paint on the walls to change the entire mood of your existing room. Sometimes you just may need a few accent pieces and not a full makeover to create your perfect space.

2: Don't pick your paint color in the store. Grab the 20 different paint swatches of gray and white and take them home. Doing so will allow you to compare the colors with your furniture and help narrow things down to your final color choice.

3:Pinterst and Etsy will be your best friends for this process. Look for inspiration and 100+ ways you can decorate your kitchen or bathroom. Etsy is full of amazing artists and creators that will have what you need or can make it for you.

4:Lastly, try to stick to the same brand, or only a few brands. The more you start incorporating, the less a room will flow together. We have a few favorites that we have already purchased from or plan to in the future. Bee & Willow, Walker Edison, and Hearth and Hand are referenced throughout this article and I love everything each company has to offer.

Living room

Your living room is likely to have a variety of choices. I personally like the whitewash furniture over the darker-toned options. For this section, I stuck with the Walker Edison collection from Home Depot. I think this store may be on Shelbie's Top 5 Favorite Stores list, so when we move we will likely go here to furnish our room. Their entertainment system allows for a good amount of storage. There's a matching side table and entryway table that features the classic "X" support beams on the sides. Their coffee table matches the rest of these items and all that's left is incorporating some nice furniture that you'll be loving to come home to every day.


My personal preference for the kitchen is to add to what you already have. Plateware and some decor is all you need for this room. The majority of our plates and bowls are from Hearth and Hand. It's the brand created by Chip and Joanna Gaines, known for their little show called Fixer Upper. They stick with the simple approach to all of their products and we LOOOOOOOVE it.

Another kitchen idea that is cost-friendly is upcycling a table for a personal coffee bar. Facebook Marketplace will be your number one place to look for the table. People are always getting rid of perfectly good items, so take advantage! Give it a little paint job to match the rest of the kitchen, and voila, your very own coffee bar.

Lastly, you'll need a shelf to go above this new coffee bar to hold all of your mugs. Amazon has just what you need and I really love the look with the metal bars.


The bathroom, the place where some of the best ideas are created. So you must surround yourself with the best to be your best. First, let's start with a shower curtain and rug combo that brings in a pop of color. The Bee & Willow collection from Bed, Bath, & Beyond never disappoints. Pairing this light blue color with a gray keeps a great farmhouse feel to the room. This waste bin and storage cabinet help keep the energy of the bathroom. Lastly, place some towels and a vanity tray and soap dispenser to round things out and the bathroom will be complete!


Lastly, some pieces of furniture that will either work perfectly in an entryway or a multitude of rooms. This bookshelf is amazing and can go in a living room, study, or bedroom to add a bit of character. Next, we have this bench. The best place will probably be by the front door, but add it anywhere that makes your heart and home happy. Lastly, we have a shelf with built-in coat hooks. It makes for a great place to throw your shoes on as you head out the door to conquer your day.

At the end of the day, making your house into a space that you love is what matters most. Hopefully, there were a few things you found today that you can add to yours. Is there anything I missed or something you plan to incorporate in your next makeover? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo, carson

About Carson Presley

I'm a dog mom of two and travel enthusiast! I graduated from college this year and am running this blog part-time while I start my new career.

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