Our new vibe for our new home: Modern Farmhouse Traditional

Over the past two weeks, we have been settling into our new home and MAN it feels good. I had been scouring the internet in all the weeks leading up to our move, and I am so excited to finally be in our space and figuring out what feels right. I was so unsure of what style felt right in the space and we finally landed on Modern Farmhouse Traditional (Not to be confused with a Traditional Farmhouse)

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Why We Chose Our Home:

When we walked into this house, we knew. We loved the feel and even though it was a newer home, there were great details that made it feel unique and thoughtful. We loved the traced ceilings in the master bedroom, french doors, thick molding and trim, and real white shaker wood cabinets in the kitchen.

I’m a true believer in acknowledging the flow in the existing space and taking note of all the bones and character. I pay attention to what the house “feels” like and what style it leans towards. I also start to dream up how I can blend what I feel like my inherent style is with the existing character of the house.

Our master bedroom is unlike anything we have ever had. The traced ceiling makes my heart skip a little beat. We envision a beautiful head board, new nightstands, and wall scones to add some coziness to the room.

Our master bedroom is unlike anything we have ever had. The traced ceiling makes my heart skip a little beat. We envision a beautiful head board, new nightstands, and wall scones to add some coziness to the room.

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We love the solid wood white shaker cabinets with inset drawers and doors. We envision subway tile backsplash, new polished nickel hardware and maybe a rug to cozy up the space.

We love the solid wood white shaker cabinets with inset drawers and doors. We envision subway tile backsplash, new polished nickel hardware and maybe a rug to cozy up the space.

Our entry is such a great blank slate that invites us to put our own “stamp” on it with minimal effort. I absolutely love the clean lines of the front door and the solid wood railing that leads you to our second floor. I am envisioning a pretty new light fixture, maybe some extra wainscoting and a bench to invite guests to take off their shoes and stay a while.

Our entry is such a great blank slate that invites us to put our own “stamp” on it with minimal effort. I absolutely love the clean lines of the front door and the solid wood railing that leads you to our second floor. I am envisioning a pretty new light fixture, maybe some extra wainscoting and a bench to invite guests to take off their shoes and stay a while.

We have major vision for our main family room. We love the gas fireplace and we are looking forward to a cozy seating area that will be perfect for both TV and non-TV days.

We have major vision for our main family room. We love the gas fireplace and we are looking forward to a cozy seating area that will be perfect for both TV and non-TV days.

Why Modern Farmhouse Traditional?

The color palette, wood work, and overall vibe of this house called for something familiar (modern farmhouse) and a little different (traditional) than my typical style. The clean lines, white shaker cabinets, warm white color palette, and craftsman details all inspired a more Modern Farmhouse vibe.

Joanna Gaine’s most recent book, Homebody, does such a great job of explaining the different styles with visuals and key words. If you are looking for more information about finding your own style, I highly recommend her book.

Here are key descriptors that draw me to Modern Farmhouse Style via Joanna’s book Homebody.

  • Casual

  • Organic

  • Gathered

  • Authentic

  • Simple Lines

  • Inviting

Timber Trails Development Company via Houzz

Timber Trails Development Company via Houzz

Garden and Gun via Bungalow Blue Interiors

Garden and Gun via Bungalow Blue Interiors

Farmhouse Inn, Sonoma, California, by Healdsburg’s Myra Hoefer Design

Farmhouse Inn, Sonoma, California, by Healdsburg’s Myra Hoefer Design

The house brings more of a traditional feel than I typically lean towards. It’s fun to think we will get to try on a different style for the next few years. I used to associate Traditional Style with being more refined and sophisticated than I typically lean.

Here are a few key descriptions from Joanna’s book that helped me realize I can claim parts of the Traditional Style:

  • Classic

  • Timeless

  • Antique

  • Craftsmanship

  • Figurative Art


Serena Crawford

Serena Crawford

Mill Valley project by award-winning architect Gil Schafer III in collaboration with British interior designer Rita Konig via Cafe Design

Mill Valley project by award-winning architect Gil Schafer III in collaboration with British interior designer Rita Konig via Cafe Design

via Pinterest (Source Unknown)

via Pinterest (Source Unknown)

Next Steps…

  • Creating a warm white color palette by painting walls and ceiling white with touches of moodier colored accents

  • Purchase new hardware for kitchen

  • Search for larger furniture to help with scale and style.

  • Paint tile on fireplace white to add texture, but simplify the color palette of the entire room.


    Stay tuned for more updates, room-by-room vision boards, and a little bit of heart, happiness, and hand lettering in-between.

    Hugs,

    Meredith








SIMPLE DAILY ROUTINES TO BOOST YOUR HAPPINESS

The chapters of summer are coming to a close and my routines need a refresh.  The past few years I've worked on creating routines and habits that will help me reach my health and life goals. I am also very human and I easily lose routines I establish. The internet is overloaded with information and sometimes it can all seem way to complicated.  However, it truly comes down to what we do everyday is what will make the biggest impact in our lives. It comes down to what we do morning, noon, and night.  

A few years ago, I did a little reboot on my morning routine and it reduced my anxiety for getting stuff done.  As life often goes, I fell out of the routine after we got our puppy and I've been struggling to get it back since.  There is no time like the present to jump back in! None of the routines are revolutionary, but it is amazing how adding these into my morning really impact my overall day. Here are the key parts for my morning routine-

  • WAKE UP EARLY

I wake up super early for work (about 5:00AM early if I'm sticking to my routines).  I really enjoy quiet alone time in the morning.  Scheduling enough time to do the things I want to do without rushing greatly improves my mood in the morning.  I really have reduced my beauty routine (I often shower at night and do simple make up and hair for work), so schedule about an hour block to do all my routines before I leave for the day. 

  • QUICK WORKOUT CIRCUIT

After I drag, I mean get myself out of bed, I head downstairs and do a quick workout circuit.  I really don't enjoy working out, but I always feel better when I do it.  It is hard to commit to any classes or long workouts in the wee hours I am awake, so a short workout circuit always gets my heart rate up and it doesn't eat up too much time.  I just found one on Pinterest that I feel targets the areas I want the most and leaves my muscles feeling sore the next day.  Jumping jacks, squats, plank, lunges, push-ups, are just a few of the tried-and-true moves in the routine I found.  Oldies but goodies. 

  • MEDITATE

Mindfulness is one of the best ways to improve your life.  It is such a buzz word nowadays, and I am no where near mastering this great skill.  I struggle to turn my brain off and really clear my mind.  I am also not being overzealous with this routine.  I found an app that will guide me through a 3 minute meditation that will also build to longer meditations as I grow and get better (Whew.  Fingers crossed).  I find it's a really peaceful way to start the day.

  • WRITE GOALS AND AN AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAY

It will probably come as no surprise that I love checklists and setting goals.  However, something new is writing a daily affirmation.  There is tons of research about affirmations online, and I won't go into all the nitty gritty details here, but basically it's the idea that if you say it (or write it), then you start to believe it, and when you start to believe it, things start to happen.  I often change my affirmation based on my mood.  Some days it revolves around me being a more patient person and other days it's about me accomplishing all the things I want to do.  That's the beauty- it's a perfectly customized way to add happiness into your day.  

 

Morning routines are very dependent on night routines.  Sleep is the key component for honoring that earlier wake up time.  Here is my routine below-

  • SET YOURSELF A BED TIME

Think about what time you want to wake up in the morning and count back 8 hours from that.  7-8 hours are the recommended amount of sleep and I'll tell ya, I know I don't have children, but I guard my sleep schedule.  I always try everything in my might to get 8 hours.  I know that's not reality for everyone in every season. 

  • GET ALL PACKED UP

Pick out your outfit, pack your lunch, have your bag ready to go, set up the coffee maker, prep breakfast items, etc.  It's all about making the morning run as efficiently and as seamless as possible, because things always happen and it's better when everything else all in their correct places.  

  • GET WASHED UP AND IN BED EARLY

I like to to get washed up and in bed about 30 or 45 minutes before my bedtime.  This allows for me to enjoy my simple self-care routine that start to wind down.

  • SET YOUR ALARM AND PUT ELECTRONICS AWAY

I have this nasty habit of scrolling through Facebook and Instagram for way too long before I fall asleep.  It doesn't help me wind down and it distracts from better things I can be investing my time in.  I also put my phone on "Do Not Disturb" mode to keep me from getting woken up by late-night texts or messages.

  • READ OR JOURNAL

Or do all of the above!  This is the one I am constantly striving to get to.  For some reason, I equate reading a book as the ultimate self-care.  It is good for my brain, it takes me away from technology, and it just forces to exercise my brain.  When I'm fitting in enough reading time, I know I am really killin' it in the night routine game.


None of these routines are revolutionary or out of this world, but when they are incorporated in a daily schedule, they have the ability to boost happiness and productivity.  Make sure to sign up below and receive a free copy of my checklist that you can print as a visual to hang on the wall or print it daily and use it as a check for yourself.  Cheers for freebies!  

hugs,

    

 

ALSO- If you are looking for more information about habits and they important role they play, I highly suggest Gretchin Rubins book, “Better Than Before.”  It’s an amazing follow up to her book, “The Happiness Project” and she dives into personality types and figuring out how to cultivate habits and routines that will fulfill your dreams and goals.  It's on my nightstand and it's my go-to happiness book!