How to style your modern farmhouse with pottery

How to style your modern farmhouse with pottery

If you want to see some beautiful examples of how to style your modern farmhouse with pottery, you’re in the right place! In high school, I took pottery class because I liked crafty projects and making things. Did you take pottery, or wish you would have? It’s not that easy, and don’t even get me started about glazing. To this day, I still love and appreciate pottery and I find that it elevates my modern farmhouse decor.


How to style your modern farmhouse with pottery

How to style your modern farmhouse with pottery

The best thing about pottery is that it works in every room and with every design style. The type of glaze or finish alone can determine if it works with your style and feel of the room. The size of pottery may determine its purpose in the room. And the shape may determine which room you use it in. I also love how pottery can be left empty, used to display stems or other items, or even to hide something (like money or a spare key). Pottery is so abundant and affordable these days. I have selected nine pots/vases, all neutral, and all under $60.


Handmade pottery

And I can’t do a post about pottery without mentioning my talented sister-in-law, Stephanie. Their family are missionaries, and she sells her hand-thrown creations to help fund their journey (overseas missions, state-side missions, kids missions, service projects, etc.). I also know that Stephanie is very close to becoming a state certified midwife, but she will need expensive tools for her birthing bag. Did you know a quality Doppler is like $500?! So, if you love one-of-a-kind handmade coffee mugs and more, check her out on Instagram @wadsycreative.


Where to add pottery around the house

I think it’s important to give some thought to the space or spot you’re wanting to add pottery to. Consider the height of the space or shelf and make sure the pottery will fit. Also consider the bottom of the pottery, will it need some felt pads so that it doesn’t scratch surfaces. Also consider how it will be used; does it need to hold water, if it does, can it?



Pottery works so well in all home decor styles, but I love how versatile it is in modern farmhouse design. If you want to add a contemporary or modern look to an area, like an old vintage cabinet, then you’ll want to lean towards a smooth glaze finish, even glossy. A piece of pottery can also lean towards a modern feel if it has less curves and minimal external texture or grooves. Modern farmhouse pottery is also usually neutral and solid in color – it’s simple and sleek.


Conversely, if you have a modern cabinet that you want to add some rustic charm to, look for curvy pottery pieces, and pottery with rough texture, and natural or a natural mixing of colors. Pottery with an aged or vintage look can add the perfect touch of farmhouse to your modern farmhouse style. Handmade pottery also adds a story to your design, and the uniqueness of the piece will add a lovely detail to your styling.

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Another strength of styling your modern farmhouse with pottery is that one piece can stand alone, as long as the size is right within the display, but it also looks good coupled or grouped with other pottery pieces. And if your pottery is waterproof, it can have multiple purposes.


To elevate your modern farmhouse decor, consider adding pottery; to any room, in any shape or size, for any purpose, modern or rustic – you will love the designer-look of having pottery around your home, inside or out. There are so many wonderful shops out there with various options for selecting pottery pieces at all price ranges. I know what my budget is, but I also know that when I really love a piece of decor that it might be worth getting it because I’ll use and love it forever.


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Affordable spring throws

Affordable spring throws

There is plenty of room for cozy vibes in every season, and that includes springtime! I want to share some affordable spring throws in lovely springtime colors and textures. A throw blanket in any of your living spaces will add a spot of color and coziness.

I picked up this tassel fringe cream throw from Target by Opal House. I love the neutral color, light texture, and the tassel detail – my girls love it too!

Affordable spring throws

Affordable spring throws

Spring throw blankets are usually lightweight, have a soft feel, and have texture or detail. Here is a line up of affordable cozy spring throw blankets:

Affordable spring throws
  1. Cotton tufted throw
  2. Chunky knit throw
  3. Cotton woven stripe throw
  4. Color block faux cashmere
  5. Herringbone throw
  6. Brushed buffalo checks throw
  7. Herringbone faux cashmere throw
  8. Lightweight faux cashmere throw
  9. Textured solid throw

There are many ways to add cozy vibes to your home, throughout the year, but I love all the color choices in the spring and summer months. Plants also add life and comfort as well as throw pillows or fresh cut flowers. Spring is often associated with cleaning and de-cluttering — which I personally love — but there is new life and joy found in the spring too. So, consider adding a few spring touches to your home this season to show off all the spring cleaning you’ve done!

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Cozy spring decorating inspiration

Here are some of my favorite blogs showing how to make your home cozy in the springtime. I love the inspiration they share and I hope you do too!







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Easy ways to decorate with plants

Easy ways to decorate with plants

I think every room should have some plant life, real or artificial – so I’m going to share some easy ways to decorate with plants. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a plant-lady or a green thumb. I planted my first garden at age 40, so I’m no expert. But faux plants are another story entirely – I have decorated with them forever and love them. I don’t even care that some need dusting because the life they add to a room is worth it.

Easy ways to decorate with plants
These little domes can cover plants to create mini terrariums.

Easy ways to decorate with plants

Like I said, I’m no green thumb, but I do have some real plants that have lived on in spite of my novice skills. I think their survival is purely based on the fact that they only require watering once a week, year round. And even though I can handle the watering schedule of a few real plants, I don’t want to deal with too many real plants, but I want plant life in every room. Luckily, these days so many stores, online and brick and mortar alike, carry faux plants for decorating that it’s never been easier to find a real looking plant to spruce up your style.

I love how this one drapes past the shelf.

Keep in mind that I move decor around all the time, sometimes daily, but I walked around and snapped some photos of where and how I have displayed some real and fake plants. I’d like to point out that the planters are different colors, materials, sizes, etc. but they’re all neutral so that I can use them anywhere all year long. I hope you find some plant-decorating inspiration:

Loving the Boston fern from Target on my island!

My succulents are still going strong in the kitchen.

Even kids rooms need a little greenery.

I love to set faux plants inside other containers to change the look and have layers.

Faux plants work especially well in rooms without windows.

Fresh clippings from Trader Joe’s

Use all the same color pots for a modern look.

Spruced up the faux library with faux plants.

More inspiration decorating with plants

There are a lot of great ways to display plants and decorate with them. There are some fun diy projects to decorate with plants and some very affordable fake plants and planters to help get you started or to get ready for some spring decorating:


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Maiden hair fern from Target

Plant stand from IKEA


Ranuculous potted flower from IKEA

Little greenhouse from IKEA

Lined plant basket from IKEA

Belly basket from Amazon

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As we head into spring, I hope you’re inspired to cut some fresh clippings from your blooming trees, plants, and flowers – or to find some faux plants to add life to any room! As always, thank you so much for reading. I love hearing your comments (scroll down and leave a note) and seeing your follows on Facebook and Instagram. And thank you for spreading the word – sharing is caring!

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Book wall art

I have been so excited and nervous about this wall-art project. Could I pull it off? Would I get tired of it shortly after? Do I use books I love or just repurpose some damaged ones? The answers ended up being; yes I pulled it off, I don’t think I’ll tire of it anytime soon, and I used damaged ones.

For several years now, I knew I wanted to create wall art using old books. I love reading, I love old books, and I’m constantly inspired by Anthropology displays – so creating my own book wall art was inevitable. But, I had no idea of how to attach the books (without putting a million holes in my wall) or how to arrange them so that there was some movement and direction. I was nervous I wouldn’t like it and then all I would be left with was a wall to repair. Lucky for me – I love the final result (only 2 nails per book) and I hope you do too!

Tools
Brad nail gun and brad nails (I used 1.25” nails)
Glue Dots
Loose book pages
Thumbtacks
Step stool
Old books (I had some and found the rest from Aunt Bees House – they were less expensive than the local used-book stores. However, garage sales, Craigslist, and estate sales are also good places to search.)

Steps for attaching book wall art:
1. You’ll need to gather loose book pages of varying sizes and color. Gather or buy old books of varying sizes (aim for an odd number of books – I used seven). Organize the pages by size so that you can easily grab the size you want.

2. Use Glue Dots or tape to attach book pages to the wall. I started in the middle of my area and then worked out. Be sure to angle pages, overlap pages, turn some upside down, and be aware of the text on the page – make sure you’re OK with it.

3. Once you have a good foundation of book pages for the background – start with a book towards the center of your design and nail one side of the book cover with a pinch of pages too – then nail the other side. To help hold back more pages than the nail would hold, I used thumbtacks and then taped one page back to cover the tack. You can decide if you want the book fully opened or if you want the pages flared. For most, I let the book lay however it did. Angle the books differently to help give movement to the design.

4. Step back often and add more pages or books when needed. I added several pages and one more book over a week of looking at it and noticing gaps. Who knows if it’s completely done yet…

Here are some of the items I used to style my floating shelves:
Set of clear bottles
Brass boxes
Votive candle holders
Faux eucalyptus plants
Faux string of pearls faux plant

Even though I repurposed old damaged books, I lucked out with my shipment of book pages from Etsy! I recieved a page from my favorite book, Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen.

Let me know what you think about book wall art! Thanks so much for stopping by. For more inspiration, follow me on Instagram and Facebook.