The Shouse, Style Inspiration

Since construction of our house is in full swing, I’ve been trying to share more about what we have planned for our home. Last week I shared details on my kitchen dreams. In two weeks I am planning to give a full progress report, (with lots of photos included.) And this week I am talking all about our style inspiration. 

Picking a style

The style that we are hoping to pull off is farmhouse. More specifically, I would say rustic farmhouse with a few modern flares. For example, cement floors. I have to admit, my feelings on the farmhouse inspiration are a bit mixed. Here are a few thoughts I’ve had over the past year.

#1 I feel like the farmhouse style is a bit overdone. I think it is mostly because it is so classic, & Joanna Gaines is amazing, but I usually tend to shy away from things that feel trendy.

#2 When building your home in a “barn”, out in the country, farmhouse style just feels right.

#3 For me, farmhouse style goes far beyond decor. I want the bones and features of our home to radiate the style. I don’t want to simply just imply it with accents.

#4 Since we are DIY’ing as much as we can, picking a style that has plenty of inspiration to be found has been very helpful. 

Now that I’ve shared about the style we want, lets talk about the ways we hope to to incorporate it.

Farmhouse Inspiration

Sliding Barn Door

We were wanting to come up with a unique door idea to separate the laundry area from the entry of the house. Russ said a pocket door then I came up with the thought of a sliding barn door Not only will it be super functional in that space, (not having a door swinging in or out) but I can see us leaving it open often and mostly just closing it off for company. 


I always wanted to do this in our old house but we never did. I would love to make this a feature at the new house, especially in the main living areas.

Shiplap Hallway

I’ve been dreaming up an entryway for a while now… and it always has shiplap, ALWAYS.

Barn Metal

One of the creative materials we are hoping to use in the new home is barn metal. We’ve talked a lot about the different ways we could utilize it. We haven’t made any final decisions yet, but I know it will make an appearance in a few different places.


Most people opt for traditional ceilings with new construction, but we have actually spent a lot of time thinking about other options. We haven’t made any final decisions, but something like this has been tossed around a few times. 

Paint Colors

I used to be a fan of BOLD paint, never afraid to use color, but now I am wanting to keep things light and bright.


With 10′ ceilings through the house, I’d like to really think through my curtains. I’ve already been spying out some great options from the IKEA catalog and I can’t wait to look more in store.

Kitchen Elements

I feel like I already touched on this last week but, just in case you missed it, a few farmhouse kitchen elements we plan to work in are subway tile, butcher block and an apron front sink


With the style being defined with some larger decisions, I feel like I can use the little things like lighting, fans, and decor to really set things off. 

Right now we only have a shell of a home, but the bones are starting to come together and we are getting close to seeing our vision come to life. Its a little scary, a little stressful and a whole lot of exciting. I know the coming weeks are going to be a bit, chaotic. But we’re as ready as we’ll ever be. 

Tell me, what is your favorite decorating style?

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