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Modern Farmhouse StyleModern Farmhouse Style

Modern Farmhouse Style

Spring 2019

Modern Farmhouse celebrates the distinctive design aesthetic that comes from blending classic country elements with modern and industrial influences. Our featured homes showcase this eclectic style at its best, with character-filled interiors and charming outdoor living spaces that feel fresh and personal. Beautiful photography highlights the details that make these homes unique.

United States
Meredith Corporation
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on the web

DIY BARNWOOD SHELVESMake a rustic floating shelf display out of reclaimed barnwood. The secret to making it float? An invisible bracket built from inexpensive lumber. We show you how!BHG.com/BarnShelvesOPEN SPACESAfter years of searching, high school sweethearts Clary and Travis Pfeiffer built a breezy farmhouse on a hilltop field of dreams just outside their Illinois hometown.MidwestLiving.com/OpenSpacesBACKYARD PRAIRIEPrairie gardens require little care—no pruning, spraying, irrigation, or fertilizer. But they do require a little patience to get started.LivingTheCountryLife.com/PrairieGardenGET THE LOOKWhether in an old home with well-worn charm or a new home with an old spirit, farmhouse style is comfortable and welcoming. Gather ideas from these featured homes to create your own inspired space.TraditionalHome.com/FarmhouseTHE BEST EGG LAYERSHere’s our guide to the 13 best chicken breeds for small acreages. These pretty and personable hens will…

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from the editor

I moved thousands of miles away from home with two suitcases and a painting of a red door. I spotted the framed piece of art—a watercolor depicting a barn-red door with the hint of a farmhouse kitchen around it—at a flea market and fell instantly in love with it. I adored the rustic, handmade wood frame almost as much as the painting itself. It was dinged up and faded in parts and looked like it had lived many lives before this one. My mother bought the painting for me as a farewell gift, and after many failed attempts at stuffing it into my suitcase, I finally accepted that the only way to get the prized artwork to my new home in Iowa was by lugging it through the airport, tucked…

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frame of reference

Material MixBuilder Chris Milligan and his family’s Little Rock, Arkansas, home is one that can be spotted from down the block. Traditional building materials—white-washed brick, stucco, and Yellow Balau hardwood—provide rich contrast to the cheery sunset yellow front door. “Everybody’s home should reflect who they are,” Chris says. “Christy and I are a little more funky. I wanted the house to be an experience—not just a house—that was warm, unique, and had a personality as big as ours.”1 Count to TenAdd a sleek, sophisticated accent with easy-to-read exterior house numbers. 6” Modern House Numbers in Brushed Aluminum, Rejuvenation, rejuvenation.com2 Watch Your StepMimic the look—and durability—of natural stone with pavement that feels smooth underfoot. Mega-Libre stone in charcoal, Belgard, belgard.com3 Get GlowingCrackled glass turns heads in a wall lantern that makes…

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ranch dressing

Bohemian and modern elements, such as the entry’s batik bench and dramatic round mirror, tame the home’s hints of ranch-style flavor.In the dining room, pairing wing chairs with low-slung linen-covered chairs partners tradition with midcentury style. Sleek, shaded pendant lights modernize the room.Once shrouded in black paint and black tufted fabric, this corner bar came alive with white paint and the work of a skilled cabinetmaker. Black metal pulls modernize the cabinets, and a collection of vintage items on the wall nods to homeowner Heather Thompson’s eclectic bent.A whole host of critters shares Ron and Heather Thompson’s ranch in Marysville, California. Their 13 acres of land includes a large farmhouse (home to the couple, 16-year-old daughter Lianna, and 7-year-old son Bodhi) plus plenty of countryside for longhorn cattle, mop-headed chickens,…

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raw & refined

Subtle design changes, such as exposed framework on the vaulted ceiling in the living room, differentiate spaces.When you live somewhere as picturesque as Cape Elizabeth, Maine, it’s only natural to want to embrace the outdoors full time. That desire was the inspiration behind this hybrid post-and-beam home, designed to flow breezily from inside to out through nature-inspired architectural details and walls of windows that bring the surrounding coastline in. “[The homeowners] are gardeners, bikers, walkers—they’re very active people,” interior designer Krista Stokes says. “I wrote down two words when I met them: raw and refined. They wanted it to have an air of casualness, but we needed to nail those details upfront.”Influenced by the historically modest design of Japanese structures, the home aspires to similar restraint, celebrating rustic wood and…

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vintage revival

Different paint sheens (semigloss on the window trim and wainscoting and a matte buffalo plaid wall treatment) partner with stained finishes to lend eye-catching contrast to the walls of this master bath.Considering form, function, and floor space, homeowner Jaime Costiglio swapped out a pedestal sink for a homemade storage-rich vanity that wraps around a vintage sink found curbside.Hexagon floor tiles, board-and-batten wainscoting, and warm wood finishes reference the past, while a vivid buffalo plaid pattern painted on the walls gives the room modern-day appeal.lesson number 3Consider creative ways to incorporate reclaimed wood. A walnut-stained floorboard is reinvented here as crown molding, its flat profile perfectly in keeping with the home’s Colonial roots.Jaime turned weathered floorboards—gifted by a friend and finished with walnut stain—into a display shelf above the commode.With a…