Originally, farmhouses were decorated with whatever was handy and practical. These days more thought tends to go into decorating in farmhouse style, but practicality is still an important factor. Nothing should be too delicate or precious. Instead items should be hardy while still maintaining some sophistication and style. Also, a home decorated in this style should consist of hand-me-downs and flea market finds combined with newer pieces.
For instance, craft show items and reproduction nostalgia designed to look “country” can be fun if it’s just one or two items, but put too many of them in a room and it will instantly look corny. Instead, check out flea markets and antique shows for items with real nostalgic value. Find an old barcart to display some books or accessories; an antique armoire makes a great coat closet or pantry for your kitchen; vintage apple-picking ladders are great for hanging quilts or tea towels. Add some real vintage pieces and you’ll create instant character.