7 Budget Friendly Decorating Ideas for Farmhouse Style Rooms

Charming cottage style living room with faded red accents, vintage decor, and interior design by Holly Mathis. #livingroom #cottage #vintagestyle #traditional

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget

This pretty  1890 cottage with charming country interiors, 11-foot ceilings, and farmhouse style in Brenham, Texas has beautiful budget-friendly interior design by Holly Mathis. This is the designer’s former home, and the cottage has so many lovely details to admire that I doubt anyone would guess there were many restrictions, financial or otherwise. Don’t you love it when a designer spills her secret sources and they don’t require discovering a grove of money trees?

I shared a peek at this home in yesterday’s post introducing a slew of patriotic red, white, and blue interiors and ideas to get us primed for Memorial Day.

There is a breeziness I love about this flavor of modern farmhouse in Holly’s cottage. What makes it modern? Holly did not  go overboard with all vintage pieces and antiques here.  It doesn’t look too granny or too contrived. She mixed plenty of new decor with the old, and the cool grey color of the walls feels unexpected and fresh. She also sprinkled soft faded reds (do they read warm coral?) and bold blues with beautiful results. I found some pretty home decor suggestions if you care to achieve a similar look (affiliate links follow and won’t cost you extra yet may earn me a small commission).

Photography: Buff Strickland/Styling: Becki Griffin/Interior Design: Holly Mathis/Source: Country Living

The last time we spotlighted this cottage, it had been featured in Country Living magazine, and this time around, its loveliness graces the pages of Modern Farmhouse magazine. Have you checked out this gorgeous source of lovely yet?

Farmhouse Decor & Low Cost Decorating Ideas in a Texas Cottage

Gorgeous modern farmhouse style in a Texas cottage by Holly Mathis. Vintage church pew with beautiful pillows, lantern pendant, and light grey painted tall cabinet. #modernfarmhouse #cottage #interiordesign #decorating #entry

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget

Budget Friendly Idea No. 1: Ikea Ektorp Sofas in Living Room

Mathis used simple inexpensive Ektorp sofas from Ikea and slipcovered them with custom white slips from Bemz. I love Bemz, and commissioned Belgian linen slipcovers made for my Ektorps at our second home in Arizona.

Modern farmhouse decor in a living room in a Texas cottage with interior design by by Holly Mathis. Ikea Ektorp sofas with Bemz Loose Fit Country cover in Absolute white Rosendal Linen. #livingroom #cottage #decorating #modernfarmhouse #ektorp #bemz

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget

Budget Friendly Decorating Idea No. 2: Rug Layering

The designer recommends layering smaller, more expensive rugs like this oushak, over inexpensive natural fiber rugs.

Living room with modern farmhouse decor and interior design by Holly Mathis. Ikea Ektorp loveseat with country fit slipcover from BEMZ, antlers on walls, and soft red accents. #livingroom #loveseat #Ektorp #modernfarmhouse #cottage #decorating

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget

Charming cottage exterior with rocking chairs on the front porch, a right blue door, and a sweet do. Design by Holly Mathis. #cottage #exterior #frontporch #hollymathis

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget

Budget Friendly Decorating Idea No. 3: Painted Furniture

Save a piece of vintage furniture from a landfill and give it a makeover with chalk paint.

Beautiful cottage in Texas with interior design by Holly Mathis has charming farmhouse decor and country charm. #interiordesign #hollymathis #cottage #modernfarmhouse

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget  

Farmhouse decor in a charming cottage with old rustic wood bench, blue pillows, and vintage framed horizontal photographs. Design by Holly Mathis. #cottagestyle #interiordesign #farmhousedecor #vintagestyle #decoratingideas

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget

In a cottage in Texas, patriotic bedroom decor in a boys bedroom with American flag, red quilt, and interior design by Holly Mathis. #patriotic #decorating #bedroomdecor #boysbedroom

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget

A patriotic farmhouse style gallery wall above a black dresser in a cottage decorated by Holly Mathis. #patriotic #decorating #cottage #modernfarmhouse #collage

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget

Budget Friendly Decorating Idea No. 4: Bamboo Blinds

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Charming farmhouse decor and cottage style in a farmhouse kitchen with subway tile, white cabinets, and vintage wood sign. #kitchen #cottage #farmhouse #vintagestyle #subwaytile

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget

Country kitchen with farmhouse decor in a Texas cottage with interior design by Holly Mathis. #kitchen #farmhouse #cottagsestyle

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget

Budget Friendly Decorating Idea No. 5: Mix Vintage With New

Holly Mathis mixes old ironstone with new white dishes to great success.

Farmhouse kitchen decor in a cottage with interior design by Holly Mathis. White country style shelves with white ironstone and dishes hang above glass cannisters and vintage accessories. #farmhousedecor #shelves #ironstone

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget

Budget Friendly Decorating Idea No. 6: Skip the Rug

They can be costly when you require a large one in a dining area, so consider a naked floor!

Farmhouse style dining room in a charming cottage. Blue and white plates adorn the wall, ladder back chairs cozy up to the farm table, and check curtains decorate the windows. #diningroom #farmhouse #cottage #homedecor #decoratingideas #countryliving

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget

Budget Friendly Decorating Idea No. 7: Plates as Art

Dining room with farmhouse decor in a cottage with interior design by Holly Mathis. #diningroom #farmhouse #cottagestyle #blueplates #Frenchcountry

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget

Look at this pretty room during the holidays…EVERYBODY PIN!!!!

Farmhouse dining room with rustic farm table, French chairs, French Country chandelier, and Audubon framed prints. Design by Holly Mathis. #farmhouse #diningroom #holidays #decorating

Farmhouse style dining room and living room during the holidays – Holly Mathis

Charming cottage style living room with white sofas, bamboo blinds, soft red accents, and interior design by Holly Mathis. #cottagestyle #livingroom #modernfarmhouse #hollymathis

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget

Living room decor with farmhouse style in a charming cottage. Wood spindle chair has blue accents, and a rustic pine armoire nearby holds blue and white porcelain. Interior design by Holly Mathis. #livingroom #farmhouse #cottagestyle #decorating

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget

Enry with farmhouse style and neutrals in a charming Texas cottage with interior design by Holly Mathis. A putty colored console table holds books and blue porcelain, and framed botanical prints flank a vintage mirror hung above. #decorating #farmhousestyle #consoletable #cottage #botanical

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget

A tranquil living room with farmhouse style in a charming Texas cottage by Holly Mathis. Blue grey painted tall Secretary cabinet and a natural linen slipcovered wing chair create a cozy reading corner. #decorating #farmhouse #cottagestyle #paintedfurniture #livingroom #wingchair

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget

Beautiful bedroom with blue decor in a charming cottage in Texas with interior design by Holly Mathis. Blue print churtains, a natural jute rug over pine floors, and a cozy cottage style arm chair star in the winning mix. #bedroom #decorating #bluebedroom #farmhouse #cottage

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget

Burlap Grain Sack Pillow

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Patriotic bedroom decor in a boys room of charming cottage in Texas with interior design by Holly Mathis. American flag ung over vintage bed, cowhide rug, and French cafe chair work magic in the farmhouse style mix. #bedroom #patriotic #farmhousestyle #cottage #decorating #americana

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget

Dining room with cottage style and farmhouse decor including blue porcelain plates on wall, buffalo check curtains, and rustic farm table. Design by Holly Mathis. #diningroom #farmhouse #cottagestyle #FrenchCountry

Modern Farmhouse Decor Ideas from a Cottage Decorated on a Budget

I could move right in! For you cottage style lovers, you may be inspired by this and this.

More Pretty!

Motivo French Chandelier
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
Laluz French Country Chandelier
Black Modern Farmhouse Bench
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
Cara White Sofa
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
27″ Bar Stool
Rattan Side Table
Beachy White Felicity Sofa
Beachy White Armchair
Rattan Armchair
Aidan Gray Collier Lamp
Light Grey Rattan Chair
French Country Altar Candlestick
Round White Saarinen Style Dining Table
Black & White Wool Area Rug
French Tolix Style Metal Side Chair (Set of 2)
Modern Farmhouse Wall Mirror
Linen Curved Loveseat
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Reclaimed Elm Accent Stool
Rustic Ring 12-Light Chandelier
French Upholstered Gray Bench
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
French Country Lantern Pendant
Jute ARea Rug
Leather Club Chair
Old World 2-Light Sconce Pair
French Candle Style Chandelier
Swedish Writing Desk
French Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Accent Stool
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Linen Slope Arm Dining Chairs
Parisian Glass Bottle Vase
Life is Beauty…Pillow
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Concrete Table Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
Sarah’s Marble Coffee Table
Sarah’s Slipcovered Sofa
Tufted Headboard
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
White Writing Desk
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
White Maze Quilt Set
Fair Isle Green Rug
Sarah’s Bedroom Lamp
Grey Accent Chest
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant
Inverted Pendant Light
Modern Brass Sconce
White Vase Set
Arteriors Swivel Bar Stool
Apothecary Chest
Grainsack Stripe Armchair
Leather Patchwork Ottoman
Sarah’s Chesterfield Sofa
Black Tray Table
Industrial Task Lamp
Round Wall Mirror
White Honeycomb Mosaic Tile
Industrial Sconce
Fireclay Farm Sink
Leather Chesterfield Sofa
Round Marble Side Table
Modern farmhouse Style Bar Stool
Teak Farmhouse Stool

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5 Comments

  1. May 4, 2018 / 4:14 am

    I have Ektorps in my house. They are comfortable, and I love that I can wash the slipcovers (which are white).
    On a budget, always look for second-hand and vintage first. As much as I admire Ikea’s knack for design and emphasis on keeping prices affordable, you can often find better quality at lower prices by shopping flea markets and online. Some people just don’t want grandma’s farmhouse dining set, yet with a little paint it would look great and it’s probably solid wood. There are so many people who look at this stuff–like a single decorated plate–and say, “junk.” And that’s where you hit gold.

    • michele
      Author
      May 4, 2018 / 8:41 am

      Great advice as always! I was shocked that the Ektorps were actually comfortable when we bought them for the Arizona place. I have always been a thrift store and fleamarket girl, and both of our kids have been hooked since childhood. Just writing about it gives me the itch to hunt for gold! 🙂

  2. Cheryl
    May 4, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    Is there a source for the round ottoman shown in the #1 photo. A different ottoman appears in subsequent photos. I am looking for a round upholstered ottoman to go with my family room sectional.
    Thank you!

    • michele
      Author
      May 4, 2018 / 2:46 pm

      Ha! I knew I should have added that sweet tufted cocktail ottoman! Here it is, I added it to the post, and I think I need it too since it’s so versatile: http://shrsl.com/xjzj. Happy weekend, friend.

  3. May 12, 2018 / 2:37 am

    Love your article. These are the best budget friendly farmhouse decorating ideas. I am so excited to add these items to my farmhouse decor. Thanks for sharing.

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