We live in an area that is semi-country. We are definitely not a suburb, but we do have houses around us. Most of the houses are on a half acre to one acre lot. We have four acres, so we are like a farmette or a homestead.
For years I've decorated in an eclectic cottage style, because I used what we had, furniture wise, and most of it was free. Also we were raising 6 kids here and didn't want anything too precious to us that we had to worry about it getting ruined.
I've always loved English Country Houses, and have begun to style my 'grown up' home this way, now that we mostly have to kids left at home and they are teenagers.
Here are some photos I've pinned on my Pinterest board For The Home.
I already have wood floors like this, its just lighter. I do love this color, and hope that we have move toward this tone in our floors.
I love the cozy, warm feeling in these rooms.
I love this entryway but our home doesn't have the space for this!
I have a plate wall already.
And Tim's been wanting to replace my current desk (which he's never liked) for a secretary style desk. I love them so I'd be happy to change desks!
I love the way this space looks beautiful but lived in.
This door and the entry space here! That's a dream, but its okay to dream, right?
The joy of dreaming and planning is that you can take what you currently have, and begin to style it in the way you love.
I have silverplate items that I've found at thrift stores and antique stores very inexpensively. People don't want these items so when their parents or grandparents downsize, these treasures are headed to the thrift store.
Whatever style you love, you can do on a scale that fits your home. We're never going to buy a grand country home, but not every country home has to be grand. It just has to be a place of warmth and welcome, and the things that are important to us.