Make Your Home Unique!

Make Your Home Unique!

Hopefully this post doesn’t rub anyone wrong. I only want you all rubbed right. Inappropriate? Probably. Funny? Definitely.

My intentions are not to knock anyone’s décor style. Not at all. I am just incredibly passionate about the contents of this post. There’s your disclaimer. 🙂

Originality is extremely important to me. In my blog posts, the way I decorate my home, how I live my life, in everything. Well, everything except the way I dress. I’m a lousy dresser, so I copy what Miranda Lambert wears. Can’t go wrong there.

My favorite vintage scale is from a local antique shop. I picked this up for $18.
My favorite vintage scale is from a local antique shop. I picked this up for $18.

I am not anti-reproduction. I mean, I SELL some reproduction décor in my online store! So, obviously, I’m not against it. I have a few reproduction décor pieces that I LOOOOVE!!!  However, it is my design opinion that reproduction items should simply serve as supplemental décor. I LOVE HomeGoods and Marshalls as much as the next guy….er….girl. I just don’t want my entire home decorated with reproduction cheap stuff from those stores where the rest of America shops to decorate their homes. I want my house to be original and unique. Be it’s own.

That cool vintage box that holds my magazines is from an antique shop. It was only $8 .
That cool vintage box that holds my magazines is from an antique shop. It was only $8 . This entire room is compiled from things I found at antique stores, flea markets, and garage sales. There is not one single item in this picture that I bought at a Reproduction Store.
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The large box we use for our firewood was only $15.

 

So, how do you make your home original and unique? You shop at antique stores. You shop for authentic vintage and antique décor. Décor that isn’t made anymore. Antique stores aren’t your Grandmas store anymore. Times have changed and todays décor trends and styles are REPLICATING antique and vintage pieces. Wouldn’t you rather have the REAL thing?! I would. I would much much prefer to have the real deal. Unique and authentic pieces make your house stand apart from the rest. And bonus. You’re keeping that old vintage piece alive. Double bonus. You’re supporting small businesses. You know all those booths at antique stores? Those are individual dealers who work day in and day out to salvage those amazing pieces. You’re keeping your money in your local economy when you shop at antique stores. And that friends, is a beautiful thing. Some might argue that you have to spend more to shop at antique stores than you would at Hobby Lobby or HomeGoods. That may be true at times, it isn’t necessarily always the case. I’ve found plenty of great deals that I wouldn’t have been able to beat at a chain store. Authenticity is important enough to me to spend a few extra bucks when necessary.

 

There are also DOZENS…..no, hundreds…..of small online shops that sell handmade items! These aren’t vintage, but they’re unique and different and fun! And again, supporting small businesses. You can also find some great vintage pieces on Etsy. Or another great shop is House of Hudson. Tiffany has a great variety of vintage and unique items available that will make the perfect statement in your home. You can also check out my online shop. I have a mix of reproduction (supplemental items, ahem) and handmade items. I’m working on incorporating more vintage pieces as well as featuring other small businesses who offer handmade items. Or if you’re local to me (NE Ohio) you can visit my booth at Brother’s Antique Mall.

Be inspired by the big chains, or the professional designers….and then create your own space with your own originality.

This great Windsor chair was only $12 at an antique store!
This great Windsor chair was only $12 at an antique store!

Lastly, I’ll touch a bit on the thrill of the hunt. If you’ve never spent an entire Saturday hopping from antique store to antique store you have not LIVED!!! Antique dealers are constantly loading up their booths with new merchandise, so it’s Ever-changing. The hunt for the best deal or most unique piece is absolutely thrilling. And addicting.

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This coffee table was only $30, the black chair was $28, the vintage window was $15, the ladder was $7, the box holding the pillows was $18, the vintage letter holder was $6. ALL from Antique Stores!

 

If you’re entire home is decorated with reproduction items, and that works for you, then I’m not upset. Quite the contrary. If you love your home and the space you’ve created, then that’s all that really matters. However, if you’re inspired to make your home unique and a little different, then I hope this helped! Google your local shops and set aside an afternoon to hit them up. Break for lunch and a sweet tea. And perhaps a donut. And find me on Instagram so you can tag me in all the good things you find!

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The vintage funnel we made into a pendant was from an Antique store.
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The shutters, chairs, and ladder….all from antique stores.
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The window and chandelier both are from antique stores.

I posted some of my favorite finds and what I paid for them….not to boast, but to simply show you that shopping at local shops is affordable and worth it!!

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10 thoughts on “Make Your Home Unique!”

  • 1
    KRISTINA on April 1, 2015 Reply

    I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH EVERYTHING YOU HAVE SAID! MY THOUGHTS ON DECORATING MY OWN HOME, I DON’T WANT IT TO LOOK LIKE ANYONE ELSE’S, SO WHY WOULD I BUY CHAIN STORE DECOR ITEMS THAT EVERYONE ELSE HAS? WE ARE ALL UNIQUE INDIVIDUALS AND OUR HOMES REFLECT THAT. I LITERALLY CRINGE WHEN I ENTER SOMEONES HOME THAT LOOKS LIKE THEY BOUGHT EVERYTHING FROM THE CHAIN FURNITURE STORE – PAINTINGS INCLUDED. THAT BEING SAID, I LOVE YOUR DECOR AND HOW IT FITS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

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      thewillowfarmhouse on April 1, 2015 Reply

      Agreed!! And thank you!! 🙂 Individuality is important! Even in our homes!!

  • 3
    Christin on April 1, 2015 Reply

    I love this! As much as I love Hobby Lobby, Home Goods and the like, there is something to hunting for and finding pieces with character and a story behind them. I actually posted a couple of items I’ve found on my blog recently, http://www.theauburnfox.blogspot.com

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    Phil on April 2, 2015 Reply

    …you go girl! Completely agree with your post! and if you can’t find what you are looking for, have something built to your design specs using REAL reclaimed materials that have a history not new materials made to look old or antique. i’ve been fortunate on Long Island, New York to be able to find very unique items and great craftsman that use reclaimed and repurposed materials! It makes for better conversations……just saying’ 🙂

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    Kim on April 9, 2015 Reply

    I wrote a post about decorating trends and how they affect your personal style and Carol from Art and Sand left me a link to your blog. I am so glad she did. Wow. Well said and gorgeous…and by the way, funny. Definitely funny. 😉

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      thewillowfarmhouse on April 9, 2015 Reply

      🙂 Thank you so much!! I’ll have to find your post!!

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    Amy Kinser on April 10, 2015 Reply

    Agreed. ..

    Amy, Farmhouse Dreams

  • 8
    rue on April 14, 2015 Reply

    Fantastic post and I agree with every. single. thing. you wrote.

    Thank you!

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      thewillowfarmhouse on April 19, 2015 Reply

      Thank you Rue!!! Love your blog and your passion!!!

  • 10
    Jaybird on April 28, 2015 Reply

    Oh girl….you are SOOOO right!!!! Following the crowd does not allow you to show your own heart!!! I can’t think of anything that we own that was purchased new in the box, except bath towels and underwear :^)…oh, and food :^) We are scroungers of the first ilk, and if we can’t “find” it, or build it, or sew or make it…well, we often decide that we don’t need it!
    I will have to admit though, it was nice to know the HVAC man when our air handler bit the dust….it’s Texas, doncha’know!!
    Be blessed,
    J

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