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Creating Farmhouse Style Home with These Simple Tips

Interior design is subjective. Some may want a modern interior, and others not, and rather, it seems in recent years many people are deciding to opt for more rustic interiors. Rustic and farmhouse interiors provide warmth and comfort and can be a great way to decorate the interior of your home. You do not need to live in the countryside to enjoy this aesthetic, nor do you even need to live in a house, as you can easily decorate the interior of your apartment rustically.

This page will tell you a few ways that you can create a farmhouse style at home with a few simple tips. When embarking on interior design projects, be sure to have the full approval of any other parties who may live in your home with you. It is unfair to force your taste on people and you may make them want to move out, whether it be friends or family.

Oak

Oak is something that is an absolute necessity for farmhouse style. There is not a single farmhouse in the world that doesn't make use of oak furniture for its durability and its aesthetic. Oak is a wood that is versatile and can be used in anything from modern to rustic interior design. It, unfortunately, does come with a very high price tag. If you want to go for a truly unique, rustic farmhouse design, then you could potentially consider shopping at thrift stores for your oak. This way, your furniture will look aged and will have had life in it already. Rustic is all about your furniture and belongings looking this way, so if you are considering a farmhouse interior for your home, definitely check out local flea markets, second-hand stores, or online bidding platforms.

Walnut

Walnut is another furniture that is highly versatile and is used often in the farmhouse and rustic designs. Oak and walnut go together very well and, with the right interior, accentuate each other. You can find walnut much the same as you can find oak: at thrift stores and second-hand shops. Walnut is often much more expensive than oak, owning to its rarity, even second-hand. Consider buying larger furniture in oak, and smaller in walnut. Consider walnut lamps, decorative pieces, and clocks. Walnut is a brilliant, durable, and hardwood that should definitely be incorporated into a farmhouse / rustic design.

Linen

Linen is a fabric that goes extremely well with rustic interiors. You can use linen for virtually anything in your farmhouse, from curtains to the sofa. It is important to add, linen can be a very expensive fabric, owing to its lengthy manufacturing process. You must be sure to have money set aside for anything linen, as it is sure to run into the thousands for furniture pieces, and hundreds for curtains and rugs. Linen is a very comfortable, cool, and trendy fabric that you should certainly make the most of, provided you have the budget available to purchase it. You can likely find second-hand linen online or at second-hand shops, so you needn't fret if you cannot afford it new.

Artisan Tiles

Purchasing and installing handmade tiles are an absolutely crucial part of cultivating a farmhouse aesthetic. You should put these tiles down throughout your kitchen and bathroom and even into your living-area should you see fit. The ground floor of farmhouses is often a combination of hardwood flooring and tiles. Tiles are a crucial component, and you should strive to find the best-made artisan tiles available so that you can truly turn your home into a rustic farmhouse from the Middle Ages.

Hardwood Flooring

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, hardwood flooring is an essential component of any farmhouse. You cannot have a farmhouse without it! If you cannot afford hardwood flooring, or cannot get permission to put it down, then consider laminate. In many cases, laminate is the next best thing and is a great way to make the interior of your home look rustic.

Hardwood flooring is beautiful when polished, so if you get the real deal, expect to draw attention from friends and family when they come over because your flooring will look truly breath-taking.

A Shaggy Dog

Let's be honest; there is nothing that screams farmhouse more than a shaggy dog, is there? If you really want to go the extra mile toward cultivating a farmhouse aesthetic, then get on down to your local dog pound and pick up the shaggiest puppy you can find. Only when you have that can your farmhouse be complete.

Now, hopefully, you have a few ideas for turning your home into a veritable Medieval farmhouse. Rustic design is very popular nowadays, maybe more popular than minimalist, which was the go-to five or so years ago. For a warm, comforting interior, go rustic.

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Culture

Please Don't Forget to Say Thank You

"More grapes, please," my daughter asked, as she continued to color her Peppa Pig drawing at the kitchen table.

"What do you say?" I asked her, as I was about to hand her the bowl.

"More grapes?"

I shook my head.

"Please?"

I stood there.

"I want green grapes instead of red grapes?"

I shook my head again. I handed her the bowl of green grapes. "Thank you. Please don't forget to say thank you."

"Thank you, Momma!"

Here's the question at hand: Do we have to retrain our leaders to say thank you like I am training my children?

Many of us are busy training our young children on manners on the other side of the Zoom camera during this pandemic. Reminding them to say please, excuse me, I tried it and it's not my favorite, I am sorry, and thank you. And yet somehow simple manners continue to be undervalued and underappreciated in our workplaces. Because who has time to say thank you?

"Call me. This needs to be completed in the next hour."

"They didn't like the deck. Needs to be redone."

"When are you planning on sending the proposal?"

"Did you see the questions he asked? Where are the responses?"

"Needs to be done by Monday."

Let me take a look. I didn't see a please. No please. Let me re-read it again. Nope, no thank you either. Sure, I'll get to that right away. Oh yes, you're welcome.

Organizations are under enormous pressure in this pandemic. Therefore, leaders are under enormous pressure. Business models collapsing, budget cuts, layoffs, or scrapping plans… Companies are trying to pivot as quickly as possible—afraid of extinction. With employees and leaders everywhere teaching and parenting at home, taking care of elderly parents, or maybe even living alone with little social interaction, more and more of us are dealing with all forms of grief, including losing loved ones to COVID-19.

So we could argue we just don't have time to say thank you; we don't have time to express gratitude. There's too much happening in the world to be grateful for anything. We are all living day to day, the pendulum for us swinging between surviving and thriving. But if we don't have the time to be grateful now, to show gratitude and thanks as we live through one of the most cataclysmic events in recent human history, when will we ever be thankful?

If you don't think you have to say thank you; if you don't think they deserve a thank you (it's their job, it's what they get paid to do); or if you think, "Why should I say thank you, no one ever thanks me for anything?" It's time to remember that while we might be living through one of the worst recessions of our lifetimes, the market will turn again. Jobs will open up, and those who don't feel recognized or valued will be the first to go. Those who don't feel appreciated and respected will make the easy decision to work for leaders who show gratitude.

But if we don't have the time to be grateful now, to show gratitude and thanks as we live through one of the most cataclysmic events in recent human history, when will we ever be thankful?

Here's the question at hand: Do we have to retrain our leaders to say thank you like I am training my children? Remind them with flashcards? Bribe them with a cookie? Tell them how I proud I am of them when they say those two magical words?

Showing gratitude isn't that difficult. You can send a thoughtful email or a text, send a handwritten card, send something small as a gesture of thank you, or just tell them. Call them and tell them how thankful you are for them and for their contributions. Just say thank you.

A coworker recently mailed me a thank you card, saying how much she appreciated me. It was one of the nicest things anyone from work has sent me during this pandemic. It was another reminder for me of how much we underestimate the power of a thank you card.

Apparently, quarantine gratitude journals are all the rage right now. So it's great if you have a beautiful, leather-bound gratitude journal. You can write down all of the people and the things that you are thankful for in your life. Apparently, it helps you sleep better, helps you stay grounded, and makes you in general happier. Just don't forget to take a moment to stop writing in that journal, and to show thanks and gratitude to those you are working with every single day.