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Modern 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.

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on the web

DIY BARNWOOD SHELVES Make 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/BarnShelves OPEN SPACES After 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/OpenSpaces BACKYARD PRAIRIE Prairie gardens require little care—no pruning, spraying, irrigation, or fertilizer. But they do require a little patience to get started. LivingTheCountryLife.com/PrairieGarden GET THE LOOK Whether 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/Farmhouse THE BEST EGG LAYERS Here’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 Mix Builder 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 Ten Add a sleek, sophisticated accent with easy-to-read exterior house numbers. 6” Modern House Numbers in Brushed Aluminum, Rejuvenation, rejuvenation.com 2 Watch Your Step Mimic the look—and durability—of natural stone with pavement that feels smooth underfoot. Mega-Libre stone in charcoal, Belgard, belgard.com 3 Get Glowing Crackled glass turns heads in a wall lantern that makes…

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ranch dressing

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, and lambs. Beyond that is acre after acre of walnuts, peaches, almonds, and rice. “It looks like the property goes on for hundreds of acres because nothing is developed,” says Whitney Fecteau of Design Shop Interiors who, along with Leyla Jaworski, whipped the house into sophisticated shape when the Thompsons bought it. “And there are cows just chillin’ in the front yard. One of the things that inspired us was to bring the outside in.” Sunshine came first. Previous owners had painted the walls deep gray and, Fecteau…

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raw & refined

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 craftsmanship over flashier finishes. The wild, natural setting also inspired an extensive use of reclaimed materials,…

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vintage revival

lesson number 3 Consider 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. With a can-do spirit and a bevy of tools, homeowner and blogger Jaime Costiglio accepted a challenge: to modernize a 1740s farmhouse in Port Chester, New York, while maintaining its historic integrity and while living there with her husband, Mark, and kids, Ava, Emma, and Andrew. Jaime shares the creative results on her blog, That’s My Letter. Jaime’s inspired remodel of the home’s tiny master bath is just one success; creativity and solutions abound in the 8×7-foot space. Storage was problem No. 1. The solution? Swap a pedestal sink for a vanity that offers ample countertop space, shelves, and cubbies. Jaime built the…