Hey guys! I hope you had a wonderful week!
I have an announcement about the link party. After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to change the link party name from Farmhouse Friday to Embrace Your Style.
Why have I decided to do this?
- I’ve discovered that I define farmhouse style in a much broader sense than most people. Most people see the word “farmhouse” and think modern farmhouse / Fixer Upper, whereas I define it to include that as well as any combination of rustic, shabby chic, vintage, French farmhouse, industrial, Victorian, nautical, boho – basically any style that is warm, cozy and inviting. I don’t want to get into a discussion about what defines farmhouse style as we’d all have different ideas about it, and that’s perfectly okay. The point is that I think the word “farmhouse” in “Farmhouse Friday” kept a lot of bloggers from linking up because their style wasn’t farmhouse in the strictest sense and thought their style wouldn’t fit in with the party theme.
- I believe Embrace Your Style describes our party regulars better, as they have all beautifully embraced their own personal style! One of the many things I love about this party is the eclectic mix of decor shared here. I’m hoping the name change will honor our party regulars as well as attract new bloggers to the party that also have a strong sense of personal style and don’t worry about “fitting into the box” décor-wise.
- Discovering the way I think of farmhouse style doesn’t fit into the most widely accepted definition of it made me think that I didn’t know what my style is, but then I realized I know exactly what my style is – it’s my style. My style can be defined as mainly farmhouse, but it also includes a mix of other styles, collections of things I love as well as things I’m passionate about. And I’m totally okay with that.
All this brought me to another realization: I’ve never had a “mission” for my blog beyond sharing DIY projects and décor inspiration, but I’ve always kinda wanted one? I mean, there is nothing wrong with sharing projects and decor being my mission in of itself. But I always felt that I should be focusing on something more specific when it came to décor, but I wasn’t sure what that something was.
Well, I think I may know now. I run a décor group on Facebook called DIY Farmhouse Style. Many of the group members that post asking for décor help are so unsure of themselves when it comes to décor that they don’t know where to start and end up completely relying on others to style their homes for them. Don’t get me wrong – we all get decorator’s block from time to time and getting input from others can give us the ideas and inspiration to make a decision. But at the end of the day, the way you style your home should be your decision and no one else beyond who you share your home with. A lot of people worry about what other people will think about their décor and end up decorating their homes in a way that they think will please others instead of themselves. I’ve been guilty of this myself when I decorate with the intention of putting the end result on the blog. I want to show people how to find and embrace their own personal style and learn how to not worry about what others might think. And since my blog mission is now helping others embrace their style, I think it’s only fitting that the link party be named along those lines as well.
So, what do you think? I appreciate any and all feedback! And to my party regulars, thank you so very much for sharing your creativity and love for décor over the past 3 years. (Yes, this party as been going for 3 years now – can you believe it? I can’t!)
At this point you might be wondering – is Farmhouse Friday gone for good? As a link party, probably, But I have some other ideas I’m kicking around to bring it back in another form, like a weekly roundup. I’m open to suggestions on this too! 😊
This Week’s Features:
Pretty Vintage Inspired Home Office in the Bedroom by Lora B. Create & Ponder
A Charming Technique for Displaying Vintage Buttons by Adirondack Girl at Heart
Antique Pewter Collection ~ “In My Mother’s Home…” by Dabbling & Decorating
Spending time in my Garden – Stenciling! by Fresh Vintage by Lisa S
Using Thrifted Pieces in Your Farmhouse Decor by Clover House
Make DIY Tiny Terrariums from Jam Jars by The DIY Mommy
Link Party Rules:
The party rules are super simple! Link up your favorite farmhouse style DIY projects or indoor/outdoor decor inspiration. You don’t have to live in a farmhouse or have farmhouse style as one of the main themes of your blog – as long as the project or decor would work in a farmhouse style home, it will work here 🙂 No food or recipes, please.
I don’t require you to link back to this party, but if you do, I appreciate it! I also don’t require you to visit or comment on other blogger’s linkups, but it’s always a nice way to share the bloggy love! By linking up, you will get a chance to be featured here at next week’s party and across my social media. If you pin anything from the party, please pin it from the original source.
By linking up to this party, you permit me to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features, roundups, etc. with a link back to your post or a link back to this party on the week your post was featured.
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!Click here to enter
Thanks so much for stopping by and and have a great weekend!
Thank you so much for sharing my garden tour in the feature.
I am so happy we can be outside enjoying the warm weather!
I hope you have a wonderful week!
xo Lisa S
You’re very welcome Lisa! Thanks so much for sharing it with us and have a wonderful week!
Thank you so much for hosting! This week I am excited to share Week two of the one room challenge which includes window treatments and the new bed frame! I hope you are having a great day and are staying healthy and safe!
You’re very welcome Kristin! Thanks so much for sharing what you’re doing in the one room challenge – I love the bed frame!!! Have a happy and healthy week!!!
Thank you so much for the beautiful feature this week Michelle. Wishing you a wonderful long weekend🇺🇸
You’re very welcome Ann! Have a wonderful long weekend and week ahead!
Lora Bloomquist says
Thanks for featuring my Vintage Inspired Home Office, Michelle! Fun features! Can’t wait to hear about the changes. Have a great long weekend!
You’re very welcome Lora! Thank you for sharing it with us and have a wonderful long weekend and week ahead!
Thanks so much for continuing to host during this health crisis, spreading beauty, laughter and information!! Stay Safe, Healthy and Happy!!
You’re very welcome Debbie! Thanks so much for stopping by and stay safe, healthy and happy as well! Have a wonderful week!
Anita Holland says
Thank you for hosting and have a great weekend
You’re very welcome Anita! Thanks so much for joining us and have a great weekend as well!
Michelle, I’m happy about your decision to expand the farmhouse theme of your awesome party. I have to admit there have been times when I haven’t linked up because I didn’t think my current posts qualified. I can so relate to your quandary about having a blog mission, I’ve been feeling the same about mine. Have a great Memorial Day long weekend!
Thanks so much Marie! I’m happy the new party name and focus works better for you as I always love all the gorgeous projects you share ❤ If you’d like to chat about a blog mission for you, feel free to reach out! Have a wonderful long weekend and week ahead!
Thank you Michelle for your 155th Farmhouse Friday, always appreciated.
You’re very welcome Joy! 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful week!
Sarah @ The DIY Mommy says
Thanks for hosting and featuring DIY Mommy’s Tiny Terrariums from jam jars. Love the new name for the link party!
You’re very welcome Sarah! And thanks so much for the feedback – I’m happy you like the new link party name!
Your definition of Farmhouse decorating matches mine exactly! I was worried my house would look like a hodge lodge of styles but you have inspired me to decorate with all the styles I like! Thank you.
You’re very welcome Laura! I think most of us are more eclectic with our sense of style than we realize. I’m happy I could help you embrace yours! 🙂
Thank you for hosting the party. Have a great weekend.
You’re very welcome Virginia! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week!
Jennifer Dynys says
Hi there, I’m pretty new here, but can totally relate to the mission idea. My blog is all over the place, a good reflection of me, but probably not the best for building a following…oh well. I too have a broad definition of “farmhouse”. Thank you for hosting the party, it’s fun to “meet” new people and see what others are doing! I linked up with a buffalo check dining room.
You’re very welcome Jennifer! 🙂 I believe that the best way to build a following is to not worry about building a following 🙂 I know that sounds counter-intuitive, but keep doing what you’re doing and your following will come. I checked out your blog and I love it! A lot of people are moving out of city these days to live a simpler life as your family did, so I’m sure as that continues to gain traction your blog will grow. Thanks so much for joining us and have a wonderful week!
Julie Briones says
I love the new name for the link party, Michelle… and your new mission sounds perfect! Your FB group is super busy, and that’s such a great thing! Listen to what is working, right?! Thank you for hosting!
You’re very welcome Julie! Thanks so much for the feedback on my blog mission and I hope you have a wonderful week!