Practical Decorating Advice & the Golden Rule

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Who Decides What Style is In & What Isn't?

According to an article in dated 11/1/19 (click link to see article) titled: "Modern Farmhouse is Officially Over---and Here's What's Taken Its Place. The author claims "farmhouse style" is no longer in style and has been replaced with "industrial farmhouse!"

The article goes on to discuss hottest trends, such as the following:


  • "black fixtures"
  • "tin tiles and accessories"
  • "concrete farmhouse sinks"


To get a better idea of what "industrial farmhouse" style means, take a look at some trendy Coffee Shops and Restaurants with that edgier style of  an old, rustic, warehouse look with "exposed pipes" instead of natural ceilings, that "darker mixed metals," and "live-edge wooden pieces." Look around and you're bound to notice darker colors and imperfections with an unusual mix of geometric lighting fixtures that one can often find in older city neighborhoods that have done revitalization on dying businesses and older homes designed during the Industrial Revolution. 


Seriously, Who Decides on Decorating Style?

In Flower Mound, TX, Dallas Builders such a Salcedo Homes is building country French-style traditional homes. For further information about what the builder means, click on the link above. Salcedo Homes are upscale luxury homes featuring two-story homes, a "porte-chochere and a spacious outdoor living area." With the average 6,300 square foot interior buyers will find unique and unusual features not found in traditional homes. The builder works directly with their clients to build custom homes unique for individual tastes.


Should Homeowners & Sellers Design and Decorate to Meet New Trends?

In my opinion, it all depends... If the seller wants to spend a lot of money on tearing out walls, sinks, changing vaulted ceilings into something more rustic and trending, and you can afford it, knowing fulling you may never gain enough equity back when you sell, that's your decision. After all with the right amount of money and contractors willing to take on the job, anything is possible. But when it comes to general cleaning, future updates, such as painting, or removing items that are no longer appealing, it can cost a small fortune. Also, buyers may not like what you decided on and you may never recover anything near the costs of what it cost you to turn your home into what people told you is trending. 


"Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then

get on with living. There's more to life than decorating." ---Albert Hadley


If you want my opinion, it's okay to dare to be bold but be practical and live within your means. Rising costs in home remodeling, decorating, and designing can take years and it can be stressful. Just because someone on T.V., a real estate agent says so, a Builder persuades and inspires you, you read magazine articles, or your neighbors are brave and persuasive, doesn't mean squat if making major trending updates or buying a home with the latest trends will not help you recoup costs if nobody wants to pay what you're asking if you have to sell.


Practical Advice I Agree With 

"If you wait until you have enough money to decorate and make your home your own, it will never happen. If you wait until you can afford to buy everything new, you are missing the point. It is the old, the new, the hand-me-down, the collected, the worn but loved things in your home that make it your own." ---Stacy Risenmay, Not Just a Housewife 

As for me, I'm not your usual real estate agent and I'm not married to my home/possessions, or in debt because I follow trends that everyone else is making a big fuss over what's new. From what I've seen in other people's homes and new construction is that perfection is just an illusion. Life is real.  

Author: Patricia Feager



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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Fresh, bright, clean lines and classic (simple) never goes out of style! I'm so with you and when we see homeowners go totally overboard with one 'trendy' design, we know it's all going to have to be changed out in a couple of years! Stay tuned!!

KISS - advice to go along with your Golden Rule rules! 😉 

Nov 05, 2019 08:13 PM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Patricia- when I started staging, there was a trend away from brass. I heard of agents and stagers telling their sellers to remove all of their brass fixtures. Not me!  Get your home as clean as possible and then make it even cleaner. Update where you can but I can't see knocking out walls and remodeling just to sell a house. 

And as for living in it, make it your home and be comfortable. Just know that if you do something that is very taste-specific, you should set aside the money and mindset to make it more user friendly if and when you sell. 

Nov 05, 2019 08:18 PM #20
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Wonderful post Patricia...  I think people should enjoy their homes and live in it they way they want to live.  You should think about resell but live for today! 

Life is real as you say and perfection is not perfect for everybody! 

Nov 05, 2019 11:59 PM #21
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Decorating is not my cup of tea. But I love the examples you presented.

To get a better idea of what "industrial farmhouse" style means, take a look at some trendy Coffee Shops and Restaurants with that edgier style of  an old, rustic, warehouse look with "exposed pipes" instead of natural ceilings, that "darker mixed metals," and "live-edge wooden pieces."

Nov 06, 2019 03:32 AM #22
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

These rules resonate with me, no matter the differences in style. Thank you for posting’

Nov 06, 2019 04:37 AM #23
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Nice post. I think you take some of the elements you like and make it your own. We are finishing up a remodel on our kitchen. I looked at tons of pictures and came up with a concept picture. I took the elements I like and made it my own. I'm still decorating and tile back splash will go in soon. Not everyone will like my kitchen but, I love it and my husband who doesn't have a strong opinion likes it too. It will probably be outdated soon but, I'll still be happy with it. I personally think the industrial farmhouse may be a bit too cold. I like some of the features but, it needs to be warmed up a bit. I've also noticed designers pushing black cabinets which is opposite of the white and gray we've been enjoying for a while now. 

Nov 06, 2019 05:04 AM #24
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Consider that the golden rule would be just another rule without the word golden and what it implies and states....

Nov 06, 2019 10:40 AM #25
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Richie Alan Naggar - those are good thoughts to ponder!

Nov 06, 2019 08:16 PM #26
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I've always told my clients (not sellers, but people looking for advice on their home) to not worry so much about trends and what others say...."If it makes you's the the right choice!" Your home should be the style YOU like and it should be the colors and have the furniture that makes you happy.

As for staging....Yes, there are some trends that will make a home feel more up to date and therefore well maintained, but it's crazy to spend a lot of money trying to meet trends. Clean and spacious is the most important thing. It's pretty easy to incorporate some current trends and add pops of color using accessories.

Nov 07, 2019 06:48 AM #27
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

I think your home should be an extension ... and perhaps a statement ... about who lives there, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP ... and that means that decor and style will be quite varied, as personalities and people are not clones of one another.  That said, when it comes time to sell, perhaps an eye should be given to what is on trend at that time.  

Beautifully written post, as always ...


Nov 07, 2019 08:10 AM #28
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

It is always interesting to see which trends grab on and become the next new thing.  I will say that stainless steel sinks are some of the trends that didn't last long.  I would much prefer a concrete farmhouse sink, as untested as it is, for the simple fact that it won't look as scratched as a stainless steel sink does just 5 years later. 

Nov 07, 2019 08:56 AM #29
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sharon Tara - your advice is always priceless. May I take this opportunity to say, I am grateful for you and all that you share about staging here on ActiveRain.

Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi - "We are not clones..." What a powerful message to remember, especially when it comes to advertising, such as during the holidays. Some times the things people save money on are their biggest regrets. Maintaining what we have, keeping things clean and function without safety hazards is what I gravitate towards and share with my clients too. 

One thing that always bugs me around the holidays is when flooring companies start their campaign to sell new carpets and other types of floors just in time for the holidays. For me, holidays is never a good reason to show off new flooring or carpets but to celebrate family and friends and to be grateful for what we have.

Your comments are always greatly appreciated. You have that home town feeling of caring, really caring for others. Thank you. 

Nov 07, 2019 09:06 AM #30
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kevin Mackessy - Since I still have my original white porcelain sink and never had the means to replace it with the stainless steel sink, you make me glad! I didn't know they scratch that easily. In my area, homeowners are tempted with Countertop People who advertise if you buy new Countertops they will give you a free Stainless Steel Sink. From your voice of experience, it sounds like a free SS sink is no real incentive after all!

I do like the concrete farmhouse sink for it's spaciousness and looks. If I stay in my home, I'm going to consider that as a replacement but if I move, I won't sweat the small stuff, like the kitchen sink. 

Thanks for the great comment. I learned something new from you! 

Nov 07, 2019 09:11 AM #31
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

It is an individual choice. Each one of us have different taste in decorating.  I don't follow trends if I don't like it.  The trend for me is "Timeless" after a few mistakes made in my younger days where the trend was over just as I was getting use to it.

Nov 07, 2019 09:44 AM #32
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Rose Mary Justice 

Timeless is like being neutral and it's classic too! I can't afford mistakes and avoid trends. I replace what must be replaced and update as needed because it makes me happy too! Sometimes consumers put too much faith in articles they read or shows they watch on TV or the Internet and begin to think bad of themselves for fear everyone else has a better house than they have. I feel confident you would agree, that is the furthest thing from the truth. May your day be wonderful in every way! 

Nov 07, 2019 10:08 AM #33
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Great post, Patricia. It reminded me of Corian countertops. They were the "wave of the future" and anyone who was anyone had to have them. Now I show a house with Corian and the buyers always say, "Wow, this place hasn't been updated in decades." Hope you're doing well.

Nov 07, 2019 10:44 AM #34
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Mimi Foster - Corian counter tops were very popular in my area too, but only for a very short time. It's too bad that so many consumers are under the influence to buy things without doing due diligence and researching beforehand. As we know, money is more accessible to some than to others. Recently, my oldest sister sent me a few photographs of when we were young. My siblings and I were sitting at the kitchen table but I couldn't stop staring at the kitchen sink in the background. There were no counter tops or anything underneath that sink to put even dish soap! Yet, we were happy and my sisters and I were her dishwashers - LOL. I hope you're doing well too! Thanks, it's always good to hear from you.

Nov 07, 2019 11:21 AM #35
Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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Industrial farmhouse-well, that's a new one to me, thanks for keeping me updated on trends. 

Nov 07, 2019 11:58 PM #36
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Great post Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP .  So when will shag carpet make a comeback?  Seriously, I agree with your opening line, "Live with what you love."

Nov 08, 2019 02:45 PM #37
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I was curious to see the inside of the Dallas home...but no photos!!  That's a huge house, way too much for me! However the link was interesting. I'm tired of seeing all grays and light blues and whites, which is what the builders are doing here. It's all cyclical.  Not a fan of the concrete sinks.  In ten years these trends will look dated!

Nov 10, 2019 09:33 AM #38
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