Monday, June 7, 2021

Reviewing Farmhouse Decor Ideas: Character Wood and Metal

I have a small home that is currently under construction. The exterior is purposefully barn-like. The siding is sheet metal and the side facing the road is windowless. I plan for the interior to also suggest (suggest or scream - I'm not quite sure yet) barn interior. While shopping and planning I have found that the look I am imagining is not always easy to find examples of but my plans are slowly coming together.

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One problem I have had while shopping and researching decor ideas is that search words such as "rustic", "country" and "cabin" brings results of bears, moose, mountains, bentwood, and plaids. All very lovely, and very appropriate for the mountain ridge where my home is being built, but not quite the look I am going for. Many "farmhouse decor" searches yield lovely photos that include monotone white decor and flower bouquets. Again, quite gorgeous but not exactly what I'm going for. 

I am looking for barn doors, concrete floors, metals and wood combinations. While there are entire books written on other home styles; contemporary, coastal, southwestern, industrial, and more, the books on the "rustic" style comes closest to my goal. But aren't quite what I'm after.

One of our contributors is an incredibly talented DIYer. Lucky for me, Renaissance Woman shares projects that are exactly what I'd like to make for my future home. She shared how she made a DIY Pallet Book Nook. In that project she utilized character wood (from pallets) and corrugated metal to turn a small, odd space in her home into a uniquely wonderful spot to read, hangout, and relax. She shares the definition of character wood; "weathered wood that captures your imagination." This style is very much what I'm imagining.


Renaissance Woman's DIY Pallet Book Nook

If you enjoy her DIY Pallet Book Nook article, you can find more of her reviews under her tab here. She is quite talented.

This wine rack is a much smaller example of barnhouse decor. In this example, it can be purchased fully assembled. But people with DIY talent could easily make their own.


Rustic Barn Door Wine Rack


Not everyone needs or wants a wine rack. But most everyone likes to have a wall clock in plain view for convenience. And how much better if that wall clock compliments the decor.  This wood and metal clock is a wonderful example of my definition of barnhouse decor.


Vintage Farmhouse Clock

Sliding barn doors are one of the most notable farmhouse (barnhouse) features. They are so popular that not only are they functional doors but they are also a part of furniture, wall-hangings, featured in paintings, and more. I have even seen printed shower curtains that mimic wooden barn doors.

I want a barn door. I have watched video tutorials and hope to make my own sliding barn door to cover at least one window. There are versions that do not required angled cuts and I think I can manage simple straight cuts and assembly. I am hoping for both functionality (blocking sun on hot days in that south-facing window) and visual appeal (a barn door hung in my barn). 

If I decide I am unable to build my own sliding barn door there are many options for purchase. This is just one example:

sliding barn door kit; assembly required

While I've never shopped at Pottery Barn, I have noticed that some of their wood furniture fits my idea of the farmhouse style. If you don't already shop there, you may want to take a peek.

If you are looking for some barnhouse inspiration, I hope these ideas spark your imagination. 




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17 comments:

  1. Oh Dawn Rae, I like your ideas for your decor in the new "barn". I think all of those ideas will work so well together. I am so amazed at the transformation I have been seeing in all your projects so far and I'm so impressed with how it is all coming together. Wonderful ideas here to give you a real nice sense of the outdoors coming in!

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    1. Thank you Olivia. I appreciate the compliments and comment.

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  2. Dawn, I love all the ideas for rustic d├ęcor. Our son made us a wine rack out of pallet wood very similar to the one you have here. Best of luck to you in finding what you are looking for and building that sliding barn door. I'm sure it will be great.

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    1. Sam, that's so cool that your son made a wine rack of pallet wood. I hope to someday be able to build my own things.

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  3. Dawn, wonderful ideas on your decor. Especially like that wine rack. Well done.

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  4. I love this style of decorating a home.You have some fantastic ideas here which I am sure you will put together beautifully! I especially love that sliding barn door and the clock is lovely.

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  5. My favorite is also the sliding barn door idea. Very clever of you to want to decorate in a rustic farmyard/farmhouse style to match your farm-style new home you are calling the 'Barn'.

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    1. Thank you Ms. Elf. I've wanted a sliding barn door for so long that I've begun to think that I designed the house around the door idea. Haha.

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  6. Dawn, you and Renaissance Woman are teaching this city girl to appreciate farmhouse/barn and rustic home decor styles! I love your character wood and metal picks, from Diana’s cozy DIY pallet book nook to the barn door wine rack with its handy storage for stemmed wine glasses, the gorgeous vintage farmhouse clock, and the sliding barn door to use instead of window shades or draperies to block the sun from your south-facing window on hot days. I also admire your ambition to try to make your own! I’m looking forward to seeing your farmhouse decor take shape!

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    1. Thank you so much Margaret! Speaking of Diana, at one point I saw photos of a barn door she made. So much talent! Her book nook is amazing.

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  7. I do think the barn interior farmhouse decor is perfect for your new home! How exciting to still be in the decor planning stages. I used to love walking through Pottery Barn, especially at Christmas. I'm not sure if we even still have a local Pottery Barn any longer, but they do have great merchandise. Oh, and I love that wine rack! I would use it for the large bottles of Colevita Olive Oil & Vinegars which we use frequently. I see the sliding barn doors in a lot of magazines these days. While they wouldn't fit with my current home decor, I do really like them. I oft wondered if I could use them over windows instead of curtains :)

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    1. Oh what a great idea about the wine rack! I might need 2 of those racks. One for wine and one for olive oil. About the barn door, I had originally put one outside but changed my mind. It is so windy up there that the door would probably bang in the wind. So that is when I started thinking about putting it inside (on the window in the livingroom. It is a south-facing window so it will get hot in the summer). Thank you so much for your comment and compliment.

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  8. The Barn/farmhouse style is perfect for your barn home. I don't know if you have Hobby Lobby near you but they have many aisles of farmhouse decor and they have an online store. Great for ideas! So exciting to see all your progress on your new home.

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    1. Heather, I do have a Hobby Lobby near where I work. And just a couple of weeks ago I went through the store in a hurry for something else. I walked right through their farmhouse decor aisle. I am absolutely planning on returning when I have time to actually look. Their old barn and old truck "painting" was AWESOME! Thank you for the comment and making sure I knew about Hobby Lobby (it's not near my apartment and haven't really shopped there for decades)

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  9. Dawn, I love all these choices for rustic farmhouse decor. I'm especially a fan of the combination of wood and iron. I absolutely love rod iron. I don't have enough of it in my house, and I've been wondering why since it's my favorite! When, if, we ever re-do our master bedroom I want rod-iron and wood!

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