Adding charm and character to a builder-basic, no upgrades purchased, brand new construction home requires some creative thinking and ingenuity when talking about home decor. it’s not like you can go in, see the gingerbread and architectural elements, and just repaint them. This place was naked.
We love using found materials in our decidedly industrial farmhouse style. I get my beloved old chippy paint, and Andrew gets the metal. I get the found pieces, he loves the history. I do too, but you know… all in the name of home decor compromise!
For me, the home decor key to adding farmhouse charm and character to a home utterly void of all those things, is to try. Try and select pieces out in the wild that are functional, the right size for the space, unique, and have a story to tell. I live and breathe for chippy paint, architectural salvage, or something repurposed. Andrew lives for pulleys, metal and iron, things with historical significance, multi-purpose items, and simplicity. Oh, and comfort.
Finding your style can be a lengthy process; I’ve redecorated our homes no less than 6 times in the 10 years we’ve been together. Three years ago though, I knew the direction I wanted to go, and went for it when we built our home. Even though I’ve found our home decor happy-place, it’s still trial and error (like just a refresh) on where I want all the little vases and frames to go, where the chipping shutters need to go, and what I’ve got stored (hoarded) in the garage and basement that I could bring out in a room refresh.