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Modern Farmhouse Style

Modern Farmhouse Style Summer 2021

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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6 min
finding balance

There is so much to love about vintage farmhouses: thoughtful layouts, fine woodwork, and nearness to nature. But like many old homes, there are serious drawbacks—drafty rooms, scarce closets, outdated pipes and wires. The solution lies in grasping the good while overhauling the obsolete. Whitney Ferguson knows this balancing act well. An avowed city girl, she wanted a slower pace of life for herself and her three daughters, so they bought a 1925 home on the outskirts of a tiny town in Washington. It was in rough shape, but the price was right, the floor plan smart, and the setting absolutely charming. Inside, disintegrating drywall was hiding a treasure: shiplap siding, a lot of it in pretty good shape. “And that’s when it hit me,” Whitney says. “This was going to be…

3 min
it takes two

lesson number 4 Less is more when adding ceiling lights to a modern farmhouse kitchen. Keep fixtures simple, then give them an uptick in personality with vintage-look Edison-style bulbs. Alana Guglielmo has an endless prop closet and, as the owner of Mixed Greens Event Design, an unwavering focus when she is creating lively backdrops for her clients’ soirees. When it comes to her own surroundings, she confesses, she’s much less resolute. “I have ever-changing tastes and am constantly rethinking my selections and reimagining the possibilities,” she says. “Just when I think my house is complete, I stir up a new project.” When she and her husband, Rob Hornbuckle, decided to move away from New York City with their boys, an original Sears home in Westchester County, New York, absorbed Alana’s attention. Though the…

3 min
modern farmhouse style resources

Check Mate Pages 12–19 Visit Danie Gohr on Instagram: @danieshumblehome. BUILDER: Frampton Homes, Grimes, Iowa; 515/559-4443; framptonhomes.com. House Party Pages 20–31 Visit Kara Allen on Instagram: @karaspartyideas and @athomewithkaraallen. BUILDER: BUILDER: Charlee McNeill, Charlee’s Construction Services, Grantsville, Utah; 435/241-0227; charlee@charleesconstructionservices.com; Instagram: @charlees.construction.services. It Takes Two Pages 32–37 Visit Alana Guglielmo and Rob Hornbuckle at mixedgreensevents.com and on Instagram: @mixedgreenseventdesign. INTERIOR DESIGN: INTERIOR DESIGN: Becca Casey, Becca Interiors, 64 Wall St., Suite 402, Norwalk, CT 06897; 203/642-4536; becca@beccainteriors.com; beccainteriors.com. Visit Casey’s store, Ayr Barns; Instagram: @ayrbarns; Facebook: @AyrBarns; ayrbarns.com. History Loves Company Pages 38–45 ARCHITECTURE: ARCHITECTURE: Caitlin E. Struble, Winslow Design Inc., Medfield, Massachusetts; 607/592-3677; winslowdesign.net; Instagram: @winslowdesignarch. INTERIOR DESIGN: INTERIOR DESIGN: Karen Corinha, Corinha Design, 430 Almy Rd., Somerset, MA 02726; 508/326-1970; info@corinhadesign.com; corinhadesign.com. CONTRACTOR: CONTRACTOR: Ferguson Builders, 228 Causeway St., Millis, MA 02054; 508/654-1003; fergusoncarpentry@gmail.com. Finding Balance Pages 46–53 Visit Whitney Ferguson on Instagram: @farmsteadonfirst. It’s Always Sunny in L.A. Pages 54–63 ARCHITECTURE: ARCHITECTURE: Steve…

5 min
leap of faith

“Home is wherever I’m with you.” This scripted sign hangs in the dining room of Ashley and Cale Rice’s Tennessee farmhouse, and the sentiment has followed them since their first home—a simple builder-grade house that was well suited to their newlywed years. The loving notion moved with them when they upgraded to a split-level. They hoped to one day carry it to what would become their forever home—a place with a little bit of land where they could raise a family. While building a house was in their five- to 10-year plan, prospects for finding a lot in the area they adored looked slim. “We love living in this part of Hendersonville,” Ashley says. “We have the advantage of living outside the city, but we can be in downtown Nashville in…

6 min
house party

Call it the farmhouse that party planning built. In 2009—before Instagram was even founded—Kara Allen started an event-planning blog and wasn’t sure what would come of it. “I’d stay up way too late into the night [working on it] when my kids were babies,” she says. She never would have guessed how many people would crash her soiree. When her site started ranking on Google, “I thought, I could make money doing this! It blew up from there,” she says. Kara’s Party Ideas is now nothing short of a fete-planning empire, with more than 268,000 Instagram followers, a book, and devoted clients around the globe. Kara and her husband, Ben, have reveled in their success by building the farmhouse of their dreams on 5 acres in Utah, which they share with…

4 min
built to fit

Classic Scheme A black-and-white palette modernizes this Cape Cod-style house. When covered with a coat of white paint, worn red brick takes on a new life. A new front door with sidelights, wide shutters, and appropriately sized window boxes beneath the dormers—all in a rich black hue—work to elevate the exterior’s style quotient. Windows with black frames echo the accent color. Natural elements such as a layered garden, overflowing window boxes, and evergreen topiaries soften the high-contrast palette. Copper gutters accessorize the facade with timeless sophistication. Nautical Nod This raised Connecticut home was rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy to meet new elevation requirements. The owners chose to make the mandated space between the ground and the main level tall enough to be usable, so the ground level features a covered patio space for the…