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5 Easy Ways To Work Your Walls

Decorating your walls can be scary, I should know, I am a big time procrastinator when it comes to putting together a gallery wall. I am a visual person but also someone who likes to be sure before I dive into a project. There are so many ideas out there to curating your walls & it can be a bit overwhelming. Not sure why putting a nail hole in the wall for the first time seems frightening, but it does. Lucky for us there are some easy ways to get creative and work your walls. Whether you are someone who likes continuity and balance or someone who prefers to mix and match your wall space, this post has something for everyone.

1. Get Personal. You will never regret crafting a wall that tells a story of your family with memories. This does take time but it is well worth any effort put into this project. Black and white photos are a beautiful way to display these treasured pieces, plus it makes it easy to blend with the decor in any room. Mix and match frames sizes and colors for a stylish compilation.

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2. Add Dimension. Think outside the box when it comes to your walls. Adding dimension to your vertical space can give interest and character plus it is playful and & a bit unexpected. Be on the look out for items that aren’t necessarily meant for walls, anything with a shortish depth can be hung. You can use dimensional art alone or to compliment your existing pieces.

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3. Layer in Vintage. There was so many cool ideas for adding vintage details to your walls, from old maps & blueprints to oil painting, signage and photographs. You can add vintage with new or go strictly with items that have an aged history. Either way they give an authentic texture unlike anything you can buy new and of course each piece is embedded with a story.

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3. Create Function. No matter how much space we do or don’t have, making the most of your wall space is key. We can easily forget that the vertical space is just as important and bring added function to any space. Displaying jewelry, hats, scarves and bags can make for a beautiful and purposeful art installation. You can also hang cutting boards, crates for storage, boxes with herbs and/or a grouping of mirrors, just to name a few.

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5. Make it Yourself. In a day in age where 3 little letters can be found spoken in just about every household, it surely does makes the idea of DIY less frightening. Plus, you can find the directions to make anything online. Whether it is a simple sign, a palette clock, an abstract painting or faux taxidermy it can all be done, so why not try it. Adding pieces you made or maybe your children made can only enhance your walls and give them an added bit of sparkle.

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Have a fantastic week,

Jen-City Farmhouse


Chinese Chippendale chairs

If there’s one thing I keep seeing pop up every time I turn around, it’s a Chinese Chippendale chair. I just got back from High Point market in North Carolina, and Chinese Chippendale influence was everywhere — and I couldn’t be more thrilled. These chairs are one of my absolute favorites. Characterized by their bamboo fretwork design on the back, they normally feature an upholstered seat and may or may not have arms. While they’re available new from a variety of retailers, you can almost always find vintage versions as well by searching on sites like eBay, Etsy, Chairish, 1stDibs, etc. And if you’re really lucky, as a steal of a deal on your local Craigslist. Originally designed by prolific English cabinet maker Thomas Chippendale in the 18th century, the Chinese Chippendale chair is a classic design that can work in practically any style of interior. If you’re traditional, it’s a great way to toss in a little chinoiserie; if you’re more modern, it’s the perfect contrast and unexpected twist. But above all, I adore it in a bright, bold color.

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Most of the images I found while doing a little Pinterest hunt led me to dining rooms like this fun Palm Beach-inspired room designed by Maria Barros. Pairing a Chinese Chippendale chair with the uber-modern Saarinen tulip table is a fun and unexpected combination of modern and traditional. I also love that the chairs are in two different colors.

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A pretty little breakfast nook via Quadrille Fabrics – again with a Saarinen tulip table — is rounded out with four white chippendale chairs. The gilded feminine chandelier keeps the scene traditional overall.chippendale breakfast nook

 

Here’s a preppy rustic dining room with loads of texture by AGK Design Studio. A big modern farmhouse table in a natural wood finish is an interesting and unexpected match for the white Chippendale chairs.chippendale brick wall

 

Stunning and bold red chippendale chairs are a statement-maker in this traditional dining room. Check out those tassels on each leg.

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But if you prefer something a little more natural, go for an unfinished bamboo chair – I saw a ton of this particular finish at market, too. (Via Sara M. Dorsey)

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For a more subdued or monochromatic interior, go for contrast with bold black against a crisp white table (via The Zhush).

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Are you inspired yet? I’ve got my eye on a bright blue set that I might have to snap up!


I have a soft spot in my heart for colorful retro kitchens. Beyond the aesthetic appeal, it makes me nostalgic for our first house we moved into as newlyweds. It was built in the late 1950s and everything was original to the house. The bathrooms were never updated and the kitchen wasn’t either. But I was okay with that because they had absolutely pristine white powder-coated metal cabinets manufactured by a company called Youngstown (see an interesting history here of industrial steel kitchen cabinetry). We painted the walls yellow and it all felt very fresh and retro. It was where my blog began, in fact!

The retro kitchen trend is probably best known for its style and color appeal along with some personality-laden details. Here are a few favorites to get your ideas flowing.

This all white kitchen is brought to life with the red floral hardware, a more colorful spin on the traditional checkerboard floor, scalloped vent hood, and vintage-inspired modern appliances. Design by Alison Kandler.

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European brand Smeg is maybe best known in the US for their line of refrigerators, providing major vintage style appeal in a wide spectrum of hues. But, they’re maybe not the most practical as their European size is substantially smaller than what most Americans are used to. I like how Joy Cho of Oh Joy integrated this mint one into her studio kitchenette.

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A pretty pink option (notice how everything else is kept pretty simple, allowing the color to pop).

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In this kitchen below, the vintage theme is carried through with other accents such as the pastel dishes and glasses, bread box, and icy blue refrigerator.

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Sugar & Cloth brings color to an all-white kitchen through the retro fridge as well as a few other appliances.

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I love the Rocketeer feel of these stand mixers, also by Smeg. I caught a glimpse of one of their toasters over in our local West Elm and these are a great way to get the look without doing a total kitchen remodel. Dualit also offers a classic line of small appliances (this toaster has been on my must-have list for awhile).

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A moody retro-inspired black kitchen is kept interesting and not too serious with the addition of a little aqua and cream.

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Two great classic kitchens above and below (via BHG) with great monochromatic texture and style.

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Elsie Larson’s kitchen tour at A Beautiful Mess features loads of vintage details. A colorful KitchenAid stand mixer is a classic appliance that can add a pop of unexpected color.

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This beachy kitchen is chock full of vintage details, including the enameled vent hood and matching toaster oven in the corner. I’m also really intrigued by the French door refrigerator as I haven’t seen this particular option in the US before. (Via House of Turquoise)576233d0b0f39c5b56d8aa27da00a429

I love seeing modern interpretations of classic designs. This kitchen (via Big Chill) has the pastel retro colorscheme, but it’s softened and modernized.

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A few tips on sources to help you get the look: so many manufacturers are bringing back the retro style (but with modern guts). A recent perusal of a few local kitchen showrooms locally turned up some pretty awesome options. Smeg is probably the best known in the US for their colorful refrigerators, but Big Chill is another company that offers everything from small appliances up to the major items like fridges, washers, dryers, and stoves. US retailer GE’s Artistry Series is fun (although only in black and white) but also a little more subdued overall to fit a more mainstream audience.

Happy shopping! Share in the comments your favorite vintage appliances!


BHG Flea Market Chic-Farmhouse Tables

It is hard to believe we are about to embark on the holiday season, it seems like those carefree summer days were just yesterday, doesn’t it? I happen to like the change of seasons, there is something about hunkering down and enjoying quiet time inside. And of course, lets not forget the holidays, where family and friends gather in our homes to share and create lasting memories. When I think back to my childhood & all the festivities, I can’t help but think about our dining room table. I have vivid memories of my mother and I setting the table the night before, cooking all day & then finally bringing the food out for everyone to enjoy, there was just a contentment about all of us being together. The dining room table has always been that place everyone gathers, laughs, shares moments, makes connections and of course where we all eat way too much. We have seen this trend towards getting back to the basics when it comes to hospitality and enjoying the simplicity of it. Just people gathered around a table sharing time, with that has been a lean towards rustic, farmhouse tables. There is just something so idyllic about a big table with the ones you love joined together. Here are a few of my favorite farmhouse table inspirations, as well as some tips if you are hoping to make a change yourself by introducing one to your home this season…

Farmhouse tables come in all shapes and sizes but if you host sit down dinners or large gatherings often, then you may need one that is extra long and can seat at least 3 people on each side. The great thing about these tables is you can create one that is custom for your space. You can either DIY one yourself using reclaimed wood or have a local carpenter make one for you. If you have any local farmhouse shops in your area, ask them, chances are they have someone they can recommend. You can also find them pre-made at those same local shops or flea markets.

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If you are looking to use reclaimed wood for your farmhouse table be sure to shop around. Ask your local shops to see if they know of anyone who sells it, check salvaged shops and look in the classifieds. I found that the more I knew about pricing, the less I paid.

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The organic, natural look is what draws people to these tables. Whether you have authentic barnwood or creating your own using a layering of stains, you should protect your table and its beautiful patina. Sealing the wood with a non-tinted wax will maintain the rustic look & tone but will prevent stains. Testing a small hidden area beforehand is a good idea, even if just to test the amount to use. This is also especially helpful if you intend to use your table outside as well.

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If you are looking for a little bit of a challenge then why not build one yourself. You can use a plan from Ana White with either your reclaimed wood or your DIY wood. I have many friends who have used this source & have LOVED it!! If you don’t have all the tools, ask your local hardware store to see if they will rent them, usually they will.

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I saved the best for last-styling! Oh how I love a good, authentically styled farmhouse table, don’t you? The simplicity of the table allows for a bit of styling freedom. You can mix and match chairs or add a bench or 2. You can see how bringing a table outside for an event can also add ambiance by allowing the natural landscape to set the mood. Blankets, throws and pillows add a coziness to the space while organic objects & flowers give way to store bought accessories. And a farmhouse table set for an occasion wouldn’t be quite perfect without an abundance of candles.

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Thank you for stopping by!

Jen-City Farmhouse


Flea Market Chic-Oil Painting

The time of year definitely plays a part in the colors we crave and want to use in our home, doesn’t it? Lately I am loving organic, moody tones, especially against white or any light color backdrop. It seems to go hand in hand with another little something I am currently fascinated with, vintage oil paintings. You know, the ones you have passed over dozens of times at the thrift store, local yard sale or flea market, thinking how could I make this work. Often when we see one painting it can be hard to imagine how & where it will go in your home. So I thought I would share some ideas on how to use these once loved pieces in your space.

Less is More. You don’t need a huge collection to get started or to make an impact. Keep your eyes open for 1-2 to begin. Looking for some sort of continuity through tone or type can also be helpful but not necessary. Here are some of my favorite examples of this…

Using two landscapes together in a small space gives a big impact and the gold tones in these frames make them feel connected.

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Using two paintings together in a small entry can also make a statement. Despite a difference in palette and genre, somehow nature ties it all together. Sometimes a good visual can help you decide if 2 pieces are a good match, my best advice, go with your instinct.

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One single oil painting when balanced with tone and texture can be a show stopper and I love this idea of using one in the kitchen.

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Size Matters. A large piece over a sofa, credenza, desk or mantle gives a big impact. It is also an easy way to create a focal point, it can be a bit more pricey but it is worth it, take a look at these…

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I bet the next time you pass a vintage portrait you will look twice. If you are like me then the idea of having another person hanging on your walls, other than a family member may have seemed less than ideal but you can see how stylish & beautiful it is. I am now a believer.

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This piece below from House of Hipster blows me away. By simply altering this portrait it was giving a modern makeover.

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A Collected Look. Using collections of a similar genre to layer your walls is an art. By using a common theme and/or color palette you have the ability to create a space that is not only original but tells a story.

Finding one vintage oil painting that you absolutely love, whether it be the style or tone, can be a perfect place to start your collection. These tropical landscapes over this mantle anchors the room and sets the mood in this modern rustic dining room.

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Looking for a creative idea, how about starting a collection of paint by numbers. This gallery wall gives a vintage vibe to this urban beach house. Another example of how taking a risk on something you love can pay off.

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Ahhh… seascapes you had me at hello. Continuity within a palette and genre can create a stunning collection that is drool worthy.

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Primitive and Proper-vintage oil nautical paintings line the walls of her dining room

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An Eclectic Mix. Often when creating a gallery wall we think there has to be a running theme but as you can see when there is creative intention we are instantly drawn in. It really has to do with personal style and taking chances on what feels right.

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As you can see there are many reasons to not pass up a worn landscape, seascape or portrait next time you spot one.

Happy hunting & have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse


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Today’s roundup is all about the perfect pairing of vintage dining room tables with contrasting modern chairs. I love an eclectic space, and the dining room is the perfect place to have some fun with an aesthetic mashup of vintage and modern, like in the space above. There’s no wrong way to make this look happen and it’s also a great way to interject personality and history into your home without having to spend a ton of money as this look can absolutely be achieved on a budget.

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Maybe you inherited your grandmother’s dining set or were stuck with a hand-me-down set after college. It’s simple to give an old table a fresh spin by switching out the chairs for something new. . Contrast is everything when it comes to this look, so don’t be afraid to push the envelope a little bit. This look is anything but matchy-matchy and sometimes the natural and traditional raw look of wood can enhance the contrast between old and new all the more.

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Studio McGee paired the classic Eames molded plastic chairs with a spindle-legged wooden table in a beautiful dark finish. It contrasts sharply with the white plastic and lighter wood dowel legs. The Eames chairs are available in a variety of colors (as well as price points if you don’t want to grab an original) and they also have different leg options too.

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I love the mismatched colors in this shot above from BHG. This entire room feels inviting and feminine with pops of English garden colors and a drapey capiz shell chandelier. You could find a similar table in any antique shop, a yard sale in your neighborhood, or by hunting around on Craigslist.

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The uber-traditional table (above) in Gen Sohr’s dining room table definitely feels like a piece that might be relegated to a fancy dining room, only to be used on formal occasions. But it suddenly feels family friendly and well loved when paired with simple white Emeco and funky modern art.

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Of course, there’s my favorite modern chair of all, the Louis Ghost chair, which works with practically any table you put it with, beat-up wood included! A little bit of lucite can go a long way, and in this case, it allows the beautiful accents of the table to really shine through, in both the image above and below.

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My brandmother had a round table that reminds me of the one below. I wish now that I had that table because it proves that a classic and simple design can be so flexible in any interior.

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It’s gorgeous in the dark wood with the white chairs, but you could switch it up by painting the table, as evidenced below.

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These mismatched chairs above are loaded with personality and this look would be super easy to recreate with a quick perusal of your local Craigslist. Sometimes public schools also sell off old fixtures and furniture at auction (rolling library carts are my current google obsession), and you could snap up a bunch of chairs and other fun finds for not a lot of money.

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Such a great way to bring style and personality to your space. There’s just something about having a history and a story about the items you surround yourself with! Ok, a few sources if you’re hunting for some great modern chairs. My current favorites are West Elm, Industry West (Tolix knock-offs in a ton of colors, as well as several fun modern options), Craigslist, CB2, and good ol’ Ikea (check out the Tobias style for a lucite chair lookalike at a fraction of the cost).


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