ZINIO logo
Modern Farmhouse Style

Modern Farmhouse Style Spring 2018

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.

Read More
United States
Meredith Corporation

in this issue

1 min
modern farmhouse style on the web

COOKING IN STYLE Farmhouse favorites like shiplap siding mingle with rustic touches and contemporary elements in this kitchen. TraditionalHome.com/FarmhouseKitchen CREATIVE COUNTRY HOME Overlooking Vermont’s Mad River Valley, this beautifully modern home takes advantage of its breathtaking vistas. LivingTheCountryLife.com/ModernCountry GET THE LOOK Cultivate your own farmhouse style with these design strategies and decorative details. BHG.com/FarmhouseDecor HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? Budget-friendly basic materials are the building blocks of a stylish landscape. MidwestLiving.com/GardenShapes A RURAL ESCAPE A Georgia couple’s beautiful barn home was built from a kit. LivingTheCountryLife.com/BarnHome FARMHOUSE FIXTURES These sleek lighting fixtures evoke comfort and warmth. TraditionalHome.com/FarmhouseLighting…

1 min
from the editor

It sat on two acres just outside of town and was always filled with family, friends, and overnight guests. The constant humdrum of activity is what earned the house its unique moniker. Sadly, when my mother relocated to South Africa in her college years, she lost track of the few photos ever taken of the house, but through her descriptions, I have conjured up beautiful images in my mind—of four-poster beds dressed in frilly linens, copper kettles singing on the stovetop, and the family Great Dane, Elsa, tracking dirt across the beaten-up wood floors. I can picture Granny at her sewing machine turning unassuming pieces of fabric into exquisite pillowcases and drapes. It wasn’t a perfect house—my mother loves to tell the story of how she once fell through the…

4 min
dress to impress

Fresh Take Jamie and Brad Simon softened the look of their Seal Beach, California, home by whitewashing the red brick pavers leading up to their front door and painting the dark brown exterior white. Matte black trim and a matching door and sconces create high-definition architecture. “It’s modern farmhouse meets boho beach cottage.”—homeowner Jamie Simon 1 Live It Up Vertical siding makes a single-story house feel larger. HardieTrim Batten Board with a Rustic Grain finish in Arctic White, James Hardie, jameshardie.com 2 Barn Revival Give a modern house traditional charm with barnin-spired fixtures updated for the 21st century with sleek finishes. Goodrich Sky Chief Porcelain Gooseneck Light in Black, Barn Light Electric Co., barnlightelectric.com 3 Black and White A high-contrast palette never fails to impress. Exterior Paint in Black Swan and Extra White, Sherwin-Williams, sherwin-williams.com 4 First-Class Mail Give a…

5 min
forever home

Friday night is a giddy time in the Arcese house. When IT executive Eric pulls into the driveway, Anna, 10, and Olin, 7, race to the door to jump into his arms. Christine is prepping a meal of local seafood and can’t help but sway to the music pumping from built-in speakers. It’s the weekend; everyone is in high spirits. And why not? They can dance in their light, airy kitchen or tuck into comfy armchairs to read by the fire. Olin can play with Legos on the kitchen table made from salvaged factory beams (“It’s indestructible,” Christine says), while Anna paints next to him. It’s exactly the kind of family togetherness that guided the building and decorating of their 2015 home. Christine and Eric asked architect David Kenoyer to create…

2 min
country calling

“Do you ever get tired of the color of the grass or the sky?” interior designer Desireé Ashworth once asked her husband, Matt. His answer, of course, was no—and that was all the justification Desireé needed to thread pale blues and greens throughout the couple’s Utah home. The palette shines in the home’s kitchen, where a distinctive European air reigns in the mountain cottage they designed and built. Timeless motifs and a hushed palette give the home an elegant simplicity, yet the rustic textures of old iron lanterns, beamed and barnwood-lined ceilings, reclaimed-wood built-ins, and gray-washed wood floors are reminders that this home has decidedly rural roots. “I like the juxtaposition of rough and refined,” Desireé says. As the Ashworths planned their home, they agreed that livability was compatible with style. “I…

4 min
subtly sophisticated

In the 1980s, the Hamptons were synonymous with over-the-top glitz, glam, and good times—and homes there reflected it. While the-shinier-the-better philosophy was chic then, design has, thankfully, moved on to a more comfortable and subtle aesthetic. Interior designer John Bjørnen transformed one of these costumed jewels into a modern boho farmhouse for a New York family. “It was super dated,” he says. “There was a huge rounded wall between the entry/kitchen/living room, and the master bath was black plastic laminate with bright gold fixtures. Yowza!” Still, the house had good bones and its location adjacent to a land preserve afforded privacy for its large lot. “The owners lived in it for the first year or so while we planned the renovation,” Bjørnen says. Working within the existing footprint, Bjørnen reconfigured spaces to create…