This Twitter Account Is Shaming Homes That Try Too Hard To Come Off As Chic Farmhouses, Here Are 40 Of Its Funniest Pics
There's a Twitter account called 'Farmhouse Shaming' and it's pretty much what you'd expect it to be. Hilarious. According to its description, the account is directed at the current middle-class suburban interpretation of low-income rural housing aesthetics. More specifically, the seriously bonkers aesthetic dissonance that it creates.
It has all the cliches you can think of; from overused pseudo-motivating signs to outdoor picnic tables indoors and SO. MANY. BARN. DOORS. (Seriously, can someone tell me why people are putting them everywhere they can?)
But, to paraphrase a popular saying, your farmhouse is your colonial mansion. Nobody can stop you from decorating it however the heck you want it to look.
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Interestingly, though, we're probably going to see a lot more interiors like these. According to a 2020 survey conducted by Homes.com of more than 5,000 adults across the U.S., "modern farmhouse" was the favorite house style in 42 out of 50 states.
Particularly in the Northwest, East, and Southeast, respondents opted for the classic, comfortable home style. According to those surveyed, a modern farmhouse looks "simple, cozy, and not too busy" and like "a nice big home for a family." Since time at home has recently gained new importance, it's no surprise that people are trying to balance what they consider to be beauty with comfort.
The runner-up most popular style was the "Mid-century Modern Ranch," which is preferred by residents of Midwestern states such as Wisconsin and Minnesota, as well as Southwest states such as Colorado and Arizona. The Mid-century Modern Ranch is known for its "clean lines and big windows," and for being more "minimal and natural-looking," according to the respondents.
According to the survey, homebuyers pay roughly equal attention to many exterior features of a potential home. The size of the windows is most important to them, but they'll also keep an eye out for the number of windows, the presence of a porch or patio, and the shape of the roof.
'Live, Laugh, Love' (which has become an online synonym for basicness) dominates 'Farmhouse Shaming.'
Online retailers like Not on the High Street, Etsy, and Wayfair all stock hundreds of items urging us to Live, Laugh and Love in our homes with everything from wall stickers to coasters and pillows.
While it has often been misattributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, the words were first linked together in a poem called 'Success' by Iowan writer Bessie Anderson Stanley in 1904.
The opening line of the poem reads: "He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much."
The poem was originally written as an entry for an essay contest run by Brown Book Magazine, and Bessie actually won a cash prize of $250 for it, which paid off the mortgage on her house, among other things. When she died in 1952, aged 73, the verse was inscribed on her gravestone in Lincoln Cemetery, Kansas.
Fast-forward 70 years and as one tweet by 'Farmhouse Shaming' shows, now you can even be buried in 'Live, Laugh, Love.' There are actual casket companies that offer shabby chic-styled coffins with the words written on the inside.
Chris Boots, an owner of one of these companies, told Refinery29 that in the three years after they came up with the idea for the coffin's design, it has become one of their most popular products.
"We've found that our customers really like the option of this casket, it's more of a whitewashed look which is a popular style; but the quote is extremely popular too," Boots said, adding that they sell for around $1,500-$2,500.
If you pull it off, however, the modern farmhouse can really be a welcoming design. Experts think that many people have gravitated to it because it can easily work with other styles. In recent years, there have been many spinoffs with coastal, Scandinavian, and industrial versions.