Hey friends!
Okay, so y’all know I’ve done the capsule wardrobe lifestyle for almost six years now, and I thought it might be fun to try and apply it to home decor!  The purpose of a capsule wardrobe is to curate a closet full of only the pieces you truly love and feel beautiful wearing…so why not do the same with home decor?  Having a focused grouping of lovely, beautiful and coordinating pieces means you can mix, match and restyle any space and it will always create a result you love!

For this home decor capsule, I decided to go around my own cottage farmhouse style home and narrow down which pieces I would say I use and reuse most often.  This solid cottage farmhouse decor base allows me to constantly play and restyle spaces in my home that go and flow, because all of the curated capsule items vibe with each other and play nicely together room to room!  Of course, adding in fresh pieces is always fun to spice things up, but this neutral and lovely baseline keeps things cohesive and quite cottage farmhouse-y!  (It’s a word.  Let’s just go with it.  😉)


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As you can see above, the base of the cottage farmhouse home decor capsule is pretty neutral with lots of warm woods, soft textures and pale greens to add a pop.  Grouping multiples of these items is one of my favorite ways to create major visual interest and loads of texture…all without too much busy color in keeping with this specific design style.  See below how I’ve used my cottage farmhouse capsule items in different spaces of my home and throughout the varying seasons of the year…such a versatile concept!

(Wood candlesticks, glass bottles and white dishes)


(Grain sack stripe linens, farmhouse sign, lamb’s ear, white dishes, old books and glass bottles)


(Wood lamp, nubby white pillows, old books)


(White dishes and lamb’s ear)


(Glass bottle, old books, white pillows)


(Wood lamp, glass bottles, old books, corbels)


corbels vintage books(Corbels, old books, lamb’s ear)


So many different ways to use and reuse these simple yet statement-worthy cottage farmhouse capsule items, and, when you have a neutral base of home decor like this, restyle a space becomes so inexpensive…you can use and reuse, style and restyle to your heart’s content!  Rather than buying lots of new decor each time you get the itch to switch as I always say 😉 then try formulating your own simple home decor capsule that you can use any time of the year and in any space!  It’s a challenge AND a lifestyle change that keeps your storage spaces cleaner and your wallet happier.  😂🙌🏻

What do you think, buddies?  Do you maybe already have a home decor capsule base that you return to again and again to build upon when you get the itch to switch?  What are some of your favorite items to use and reuse in your designs?  Anything from my cottage farmhouse capsule look like something you also use a lot?  Thanks for reading, friends!

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  1. Denice says:

    Although I haven’t called it a capsule, I do have certain items I return to again and again: trays of all kinds (flat and tiered), spools of threads/yarns or just naked, varied faux greenery, crocks and wooden spoons and of course, IRONSTONE everywhere all the time (even to hold q-tips). Enjoyed this post.

  2. Tracey Hiebert says:

    Yep! I have collected a lot of treasures over the years and I find I definitely gravitate to the same “theme” I have a spare room in the basement which hold all of my decor…I “shop” it quite often! Thanks Erin for your continual inspiration 💗

  3. Bonnie S says:

    What a cool idea! 🙂 I’m going to be thinking about that. I do have certain items I really like… wooden frames, vintage books, and soft neutral blankets. I like this, too, because I feel like I’m a smallish house it would keep things feeling less cluttered to have some consistency. 🙂 love your blog and creativity, Erin!

  4. Donna Bergthokd says:

    Such a great idea! I have favorites I use all the time. Faux plants, old books, candles, pillows. The list goes on and on. Nim going to hace to try your capsule idea! As always, thanks for the inspiration. Love your blog and instagram!

  5. Carmen says:

    Love the idea. I have a lot of dishes in plastics containers that my husband insists that I should get rid of. Obviously, I won’t. I think I may use this method to use those beautiful pieces that I have in storage. By the way, they are not a lot. I manage to place three containers under my bed. I will give some to my girls for their homes. Thanks for this awesome idea.

  6. Sandy B says:

    Love this idea… I hope you will do more😬!!

  7. Lily says:

    Oh my goodness — my total go to’s for home decor — add in galvanized metal, extra greenery, reclaimed wood! and it’s everything for a must have room at my house 🙌🏻❤️

  8. Loretta says:

    I ordered the big jug with the rope on the top. It’s really amazing, I love how big and well made it is, looks beautiful in my home.

  9. Tamara Krebs says:

    Love this concept. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Yadira Arellano says:

    Love your style so much! Thank you for the ideas!

  11. Noreen says:

    eRIN I JUST FOUND YOUR SITE AND LOVE IT . The capsule such a great idea and saves money! would luv since I live in a small coop for you to shed some light and decor for smaller spaces too! trying to transition to cottage I have to lighten up things gradually on a budget…. I have to most trouble with curtains ugh uneven window placement on wallet. anyway you will be hearing from me for lots of advice! 🙂

  12. Noreen says:

    sorry uneven windows on wall placement..sorry!

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