shelf with toys, plants and china

Photo: Modern Farmhouse Style (Weldon Owen)

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Embrace the Melee

We tend to think that farmhouse must be industriously tidy, and modern must be severely minimalist. The truth is, both spaces should feel lived in and loved. If that means the paint on your china storage stays chipped and your Windsor chairs never quite seem to marry up with your elegant linen light fixture, or if—oh dear—guests can see your washing machine, so be it. Focus instead on the touches that make the space homey to you: a beloved and bright toy, miniature offerings from the pumpkin patch, an artful mess of Black-Eyed Susans, and a cool pitcher of milk waiting to be enjoyed.