10 gadgets that double as decor for your home's rustic farmhouse style
Rustic meets modern with these farmhouse-inspired pieces
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Farmhouse decor has dominated Pinterest feeds this year. Joanna Gaines is to thank for this trend, spotlighting her trademark lovingly worn, vintage-inspired aesthetic on the HGTV show Fixer Upper. With a focus on simpler times and unfussy pieces, the trend is marked by white shiplap walls, worn wood, airiness, vintage treasures, potted plants, and galvanized metal, things that you could easily find in a classic farmhouse.
While homeowners honor the style as much as possible through decorating with floor-to-ceiling antiques and matching the pages of their favorite magazines, one unavoidable thing can throw a wrench into the look—technology. A large, black subwoofer or an iPhone charging station quickly bring spaces back to today and can disrupt the farmhouse flow of a room.
But we’re guessing that you actually enjoy those gadgets, and the ease they add to your life. If you’re a farmhouse devotee, the good news is that you don’t have to sacrifice your tech products to achieve this aesthetic. You can have the best of both worlds—vintage and now—with these 10 items.
1. A slow cooker inspired by a garden trellis
The farmhouse trend is marked by classic, subtle patterning, typically in darks and lights. This Crock-Pot mini slow cooker will serve as a pop of pattern to an otherwise all-white farmhouse kitchen, where cozy dishes like casseroles fit right in.
2. A stunning windmill-style wall clock
A digital clock just look out of place if you’re aiming to stay true to the farmhouse aesthetic. In its place, this metal, windmill-like wall clock seamlessly brings in a charming touch of the country.
3. A telephone from another era that actually works
Yes, you could just pick up your iPhone and make a call, but wouldn’t it be more fun to use an old-fashioned payphone? The farmhouse style weaves in black to add contrast to spaces, and it’s also known for showcasing vintage signs and lettering. This “modern” payphone that connects to a landline has both of those aspects, plus it’s a great conversation starter when guests visit.
4. A wireless keyboard inspired by typewriters
If you fancy yourself to be Hemingway rather than Rowling, this wireless keyboard can act as a final touch to your fantasy of typing away in a quiet farmhouse in the country. Except you won’t have to deal with those pesky ribbons and you can actually save your work.
5. A good, old-fashioned ice-cream maker
Even if you don’t literally live in a farmhouse, you'll feel like you do when you use this nostalgic ice cream maker. You won’t necessarily be doing any churning, since it has a handy electric motor for that, but you can certainly savor fresh-from-the-farm taste. Cows not included.
6. A record player that does more than play records
With its white, black and wood details, this Victrola record player is perfection in a farmhouse-styled home. But it has present-day conveniences, too, like Bluetooth technology to wirelessly play music from your devices, a recording mechanism, a built-in CD player and more.
7. A functional yet airy-looking digital picture frame
Most digital picture frames are made in customary black with very little visual interest. This frame is ivory and tipped in rose-gold edging, and to boot, it has bells and whistles. It has the highest resolution of any digital picture frame ever made, plus it has sharing capabilities and facial recognition, and unlimited space to display any images you want. It’ll be a fresh, yet techy, accent for any Fixer Upper-esque room.
8. An electric kettle in traditional white ceramic
Handmade ceramics are hallmarks of the farmhouse look. But if you don’t have a lot of time to throw around some clay and you love convenience when you make your tea, look no further than this cordless electric kettle with a handcrafted appearance.
9. A metallic, old-school toaster to complement your kitchen
Galvanized metal is a material commonly found in and around old barns, and this toaster looks to be derived from that very look. The throwback detailing is a quaint addition to farmhouse kitchen décor.
10. A rustic planter that's actually a Bluetooth speaker
A bit of greenery is a must-have in a farmhouse home. But instead of putting your plants into standard pots, why not try this pot that does one better? Put a flowering plant or succulent into a pot that acts as a Bluetooth speaker, a soothing piano-music player and a lamp. Modern, but not too modern for your farmhouse décor.
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