Introducing Farmhouse Style with Farmhouse White MMSMP
Is farmhouse style a new old trend? The original paint that Gardenhouse Studio carried as the go to paint was MMSMP by Marion Parsons. Milk pint has been around for many many years. Originally all the barns were painted with milk paint. Below is a farmhouse style paint painted with MMSMP farmhouse white.
It’s been awhile since the farmhouse style was introduced in home decor.When it first became popular,I painted a sign with Miss Mustard Seed Farmhouse White and the word “FARMHOUSE” and it sold within minutes [before I could take a picture]. I have been using the farmhouse style as a backdrop in our shop for years and I still love it.
My Neighborhood Farmhouse Style
Vermonters are not new to Farmhouse Style; most of Vermont is still very rural and although the dairy industry has been dwindling all over America, Vermont still has lots of dairy farms.
So what is farmhouse style?
Or my opinion of farmhouse style since there are no rules. The way to accomplish the farmhouse style look I am sure differs depending on where you live. ex.”Farmhouse in the City”
I guess the definition is kinda self explanatory, but farmhouse style to me is all about the family farm, a vanishing way of life in America. It’s chickens in the yard, farm equipment out back, lots of galvanized containers and every-day dairy items, it’s an old wood swing in the tree, clothes on the line, quilts, patchwork and mending, real country farmhouse living is making it yourself, growing it yourself or going without and making do with what you have, the original re-purposing and up-cycling. No farmhouse should be without a front porch and a few rocking chairs, a place to hang out with family and friends sharing the days stories after a long hard day of farm-work.
The Farm as Decorating Style
For the most part, the decorating world has capitalized on this way of life and actually romanticized the farm life with beautiful pictures of immaculate homes with lots of white paint and farm related decor and certainly no dirty boots or manure smell in those homes! I have lots of friends who operate farms here in Vermont and their homes don’t look like the ones on Pinterest or in the magazines and after milking the cows or slopping the hogs smell like it either!
No worries, it’s a decorating style and I love it!
A few farmhouse accessories in the shop for sale.
Achieving Farmhouse Style in Your Home
Farmhouse is cozy and warm, it’s natural wood and painted distressed furniture from years of use, it’s homespun and handmade, galvanized buckets, fresh flowers, old linens, chicken wire, crocks, wooden bowls and gingham tablecloths. Farmhouse style embraces rural life and abounds with once useful farm equipment and accessories to establish a connection to the farm. For many people the farm is a link from the past when grandparents or other relatives lived on the farm before the modern exodus to suburbia. I’ve lived pretty close to farm life most of my life so I guess you could say we are right in style with this new “trend”. Although my dad has always said my style is early depression, [stuff other people throw away] after all I am an antique dealer [junker]
As you shop for Farmhouse Style, look for things that speak of livestock, garden and fresh produce and harvest in their function. This is our antique shop several years ago in an old mill where we had the greatest beams, walls and floors to display stuff. The piece on the wall would have been used to “beat the flax” in the process of making linen. An apple-picker is just out of the picture and hay rake, dish pan and couple of other tools are great to hang on the wall.
Farmhouse White Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint
Don’t be afraid to buy an old piece that needs paint. Farmhouse White Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint will make it farmhouse style in no time!
I guess I should make a few more of these signs for sale because nothing says farmhouse style like a “Farmhouse” sign.