Amazon Finds with Modern Farmhouse Traditional Vibes

I think we can all agree at this point that Amazon is a glorious and amazing resource for anything and everything. Anything you want at the tip of your finger tips and can be shipped to you in about two days, could we ask for more?

BUT, it can also be a little overwhelming to navigate ALL the goodies and amazing finds on there. I recently started to use with more of a “fined-tuned'“ eye searching for items that are made of real materials and that will look just as beautiful sitting out as they are functional.

I am also very head-over-heels for anything that evokes a ‘Modern Traditional’ with a touch of ‘Modern Farmhouse’ vibe. It feels cozy and homey, yet collected and quality. It feels welcoming and curated without being stuffy and too formal. It allows for natural textures, greenery, light and bright with darker contrasting colors to anchor it. It feels like the perfect wining combination.

Y’all trust me when I say, there are some REAL good finds on here.

Loren Bullard Photography

Loren Bullard Photography

One of my favorite things we have gotten for our house is our LoLoi rug! This rug appears to be different colors in different shades of light, but it is always equally beautiful. It is a SUPER affordable price point that is made to get better with age. It is very flat which makes vacuuming and cleanup a breeze. I put a nice thick rug pad underneath to keep it in place and add a little extra cushion. I want this rug in every room of our home and we are going to be getting another one as a runner for our kitchen. Seriously, for the price and size and quality this rug can’t be beat- it truly is the bees knees.

Loren Bullard Photography

Loren Bullard Photography

After reading “Remodelista” and diving into their website further, my thinking and approach for adding materials to our home changed. Textiles like cotton and linen only get better with age, opposed to cheap fabrics like polyester, acrylic, etc. I found our stoned-washed cotton king-sized duvet cover and matching shams on Amazon for such a steal. The fabric is so soft and it almost feels like linen. The buttons add this beautiful natural touch and function amazing (these buttons never pop open and always do a good job). King-sized bedding can be so expensive from other retailers and they often don’t include pillow shams, which made me feel even better about this set. The fact that it has a quality feel and look makes it a guaranteed win in my book.

Below are the rest of my favorite goodies from decor to reading. Here are the deets on what’s below (you can read through, or scroll down and click on each photo to be taken directly to the goody!) .

BOOKS:

  • Remodelista: if you know me, you’ve heard me talk about Remodelista. I’m obsessed. I’m a HUGE fan and believer in anything they do. This book is not only beautiful, but it is filled with rich and inspiring home interiors AND a whole list of resources and items that can be part of your home.

  • Habitat by Lauren Liess: This book is one I grab for time and time again. It is filled with TONS of tangible information how to lay out and design your home. It truly demystifies and gives great strategies and information for crafting your space. Also, it even makes your home look prettier while it sits out.

KITCHEN:

  • Breadbox: This beauty is made of sturdy enamel and is made to hold so much more than bread. I had put all of our coffee supplies in here and it really allows you to put anything you may want concealed out on your kitchen counter. In a pantry or on a counter, it delivers in both function and style.

  • French Style Drinking Glasses: These beautiful and classically shaped Duralex glasses are 2.5 times more resistant to break. They are dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave safe AND to top it off they are made in France.

  • French Market Tote: Are we sensing a theme here? But truly, this bag is not only beautiful, but it’s also functional. I actually leave mine in my car filled with all my other canvas totes for our grocery store trips, but it is beautiful enough to be used in an entry way, to put blankets in, or have out in any room.

  • Wooden Shelf Sitter: This can be used in the kitchen, on a shelf, in the bathroom, on a long table— it can be used anywhere. It’s super versatile and it can be used alone, or items can be placed on top.

  • Linen Apron: This linen apron will look beautiful beautiful hung up AND on. Also bonus: linen gets even more beautiful with age. Win Win.

BEDDING:

  • Stone-Washed Cotton Duvet Set: I am IN love with our duvet set. It is super soft and has a very natural organic feel (very similar to linen). This bedding set has beautiful button closures and it comes with two matching shams.

LIVING SPACES:

  • Rug: Like I said up above, this beauty is the BEES KNEES. It’s super affordable, flat woven which let’s it be cleaned and vacuumed so easily. It look vintage and it’s made to get better with age.

  • Basket: This basket needs no introduction. it looks beautiful in any room, any where, any time. And it’s crazy affordable.

  • Basket Tray: This tray could be used truly in any room, anywhere. It adds great texture and it can help break up the non-stop color of surfaces our eyes see. Couldn’t love it more.

  • Brass Lamp: Something about a brass lamp is so inviting to me. It invites us to read, sit, be with each other. The shape of this is a little more interesting than the typical cone variety on the market and the soft curved lines help break up all the rectangular shapes that usually run a room (tables, sofas, rugs, etc.)

BATH:

  • Turkish Towels: Hang ‘em up, drape ‘em over stuff— I honestly think they would even look beautiful lying on the floor. Made of natural cotton they will only get better with age. Total winner.

Which ones are your favorite? What is your favorite way to infuse a modern, but collected and cozy feel in your home? Leave a comment below.

Hugs,

Meredith

Affordable Amazon Finds with Modern Farmhouse Traditional  Vibes
Tiny Bits of Happiness: Amazon Finds with Modern Farmhouse Traditional vibes

Master Bedroom Reveal - Phase One

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When we first walked through our new house, the cherry on top was the FANCY feeling traced ceiling in our master bedroom that created some serious presence.  It felt so much more grand and serious than any other bedroom we’ve ever had. It was a design challenge for me to create our laid-back style with something more traditional and formal.

The before photo is definitely not bad, it’s just not us. We like light and bright. We like the feeling of fresh and clean. The room just didn’t do it. The entire room was also painted a medium-dark gray that was found in the rest of the house and it felt a little too dark and enclosed. I knew we had to paint the walls, while trying to work with the trim and traced-ceiling paint that was already in the room.  

Our whole gameplay revolved around three words “light, bright, and texture”

If you follow me along on instagram, you will know about ‘paint-gate’ which was a joke, but also totally not a joke.  All of our trim in our house is painted “Eider White” by Sherwin Williams. Eider White is technically not a white and is in reality a very, very light gray that has a base of black and maroon.  This paint can go pink/purple REAL fast if you don’t pair the right color paint next to it. When it was next to a much darker gray it allowed it to appear light a very creamy white, but pairing it next to a brighter white was going to let it reveal its true gray color.  

The whole paint scandal is a story for another day, but just know I thought I would paint the whole room this color and after I did the whole room turned a purple/pink hue and it felt like a chill bedroom of every teen girls dream.  I.e. not the light and bright chill master retreat I was hoping to create.

Tiny Bits of Happiness- Master Bedroom Before

I quickly went into research mode to remedy our purple bedroom situation and ended up finding the perfect pairing with Benjamin Moore’s color, “Simply White.”  This color is TRULY a great color. I left the trim and traced ceiling the “Eider White” which created a super pretty contrast. This bright and neutral white allowed “Eider White” to look gray and created a really cool contrast with the ceiling.  

Once the room was painted it gave the perfect foundation and feeling for the master.  We are currently furnishing and decorating a lot of rooms in our home, so the master bedroom will have to be completed in phases because that’s the reality of a budget and wanting to feel at home in other spaces of our home.  I’ve got a general outline of where I want the space to go, but I’m also open to finding new fun and unexpected pieces.

Here was our plan for phase 1:

PHASE ONE:

  • Paint walls a nice and bright white (cue: Benjamin Moore Simply White)

  • New king mattress (our queen looked SO SMALL in this space and we’ve been itching for an upgrade.  It was the perfect time. Our Casper mattress has exceeded our expectations)

  • New king bed frame

  • Cherry on top was the art above our bed

Tiny Bits of Happiness: Light & Bright Master Bedroom Reveal

We chose a deep-gray bed from Wayfair for a substantial comfy look while also being durable and forgiving.  I LOVE me some white,light beige, or linen looking furniture, but it HAS to either be a slipcover or SUPER stain resistant material.  I could not justify us getting a super light colored bed frame knowing how easily it might stain (I had visions of dogs throwing up, future babies projectile pooping or vomiting, etc. My head took it a bit far). It was also a  GREAT price for a king-sized frame and it was paired with wonderful reviews (which is crucial when purchasing from Wayfair).

We purchased a Casper mattress and it has honestly exceeded our expectations.  We paired our new mattress with two Casper king-size pillows that create the feeling of laying your head on a cloud while still being supported.  It was been a life-giving gift.

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After making those two big-ticket purchases and needing other furniture for our house, I went and hunted around our other rooms to find a quick solution.  I knew I wanted wood or wicker/rattan to lighten up the color of the bed, add a laid-back feel, and add some easy texture. I snagged two caned chairs I had found on craigslist that had the perfect flat seat that allowed for books and/or a tray to be placed on top.  A basket in the bottom allows us to store anything we don’t want to be seen. They are a perfect temporary solution.

We kept the bedding simple with white sheets, white duvet cover, and linen-cotton blend throw.  I used everything we had on hand and while I plan on adding more pattern in the future, I am focusing on texture.  I paired it with a pair of light beige throw pillows we had already and a white tassel throw. It is a perfect cozy and neutral bed that allows it to snuggle in.   

So what are three guidelines you can use to get a bright and neutral bedroom?

Three ways to get a Bright and Cozy Space:

  • White/Bright Neutral Bases

    • Think warm white walls, white bedding, and white throws. These create the base of the bright canvas and create the greater overall bright feeling in the room.

    • I know painting a whole room white isn’t always an option or desired, so focus on large light surfaces. This can be done with all white bedding, a white head board, white art and white frames. If you haven’t painted your trim in a while, it is amazing what a freshening up of a ceiling and trim will do to a space. White drapes that are placed high and wide around a window can do wonders too.

  • Add in pops of contrast

    • We did this with our charcoal gray head board, black vases, and the Seascape art above our bed.

    • It feels a little counter-intuitive to add dark elements, but it really does ground the space and make the lighter areas that you’ve established pop.

    • These contrasting elements can also be added through a dark pattered rug, dark art or art frames, black/dark light fixtures (sconces next to the bed are my favorite), or some dark contrasting throws and throw pillows.

  • Add in texture and coziness

    • Adding in texture kicks the whole thing up another notch, but this does not mean adding a bunch of stuff to make it feel cluttered.

    • We added texture with our neutral woven throw pillows, throw blankets, and the rattan chairs we are using as night stands. The brass lamp and floral elements add in a nice flavor as well.

    • Think woods, woven items, and brass elements to layer these in. Texture is a great way to add again through art or wall hangings, cozy throws or patterns, shams, rugs, and baskets.

    • A nightstand is a great place to add in some subtle and functional texture like wood boxes, a vase, table lamp, and a plant.

Sources for our bedroom:

Our King Bed: This bed frame Wayfair is a great price point. The upholstered headboard goes all the way to the ground and the side rails coordinate nicely with the whole frame.

Our Art Prints: Seascape I and Seascape II were both downloaded as digital files from Juniper Print Shop

Our Frames: c/o Frame it Easy! We had them print and frame our prints from Juniper Print Shop. We chose wood frames in the color “honey” without any matting. They add the most beautiful subtle texture and really let the prints shine.

Our Brass Library Lamp: Now I had found this beauty on sale at Target for $50! SO GOOD! But, it is BEAUTIFUL and I would say it’s worth every penny full price. The brass is solid and it has a very natural feel opposed to passing for another metal that was spray painted in a gold matte spray.

Our Duvet & Bedding: Guys, this stone washed cotton is the real deal. The price point is amazing for a king sized cover and it has held up beautifully the past two years. It almost has a feel of linen, but it is a fraction of the price. It washes up amazing (there have been spills and dog throw-up) and each stain has come out super easy with stain remover. This one is such a goody.

Our Throw Pillows: All the pillow covers we’ve ever had have been scored during a Pottery Barn clearance event, but they are seriously the real deal. I have this style in two different colors and it is so beautiful. They have held up to naps, dog snuggles, and being tossed from the bed to the floor.

Our Mattress: Our Casper mattress and pillows have exceeded our expectations.

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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