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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.

United States
Meredith Corporation
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modern farmhouse style on the web

COOKING IN STYLEFarmhouse favorites like shiplap siding mingle with rustic touches and contemporary elements in this kitchen.TraditionalHome.com/FarmhouseKitchenCREATIVE COUNTRY HOMEOverlooking Vermont’s Mad River Valley, this beautifully modern home takes advantage of its breathtaking vistas.LivingTheCountryLife.com/ModernCountryGET THE LOOKCultivate your own farmhouse style with these design strategies and decorative details.BHG.com/FarmhouseDecorHOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?Budget-friendly basic materials are the building blocks of a stylish landscape.MidwestLiving.com/GardenShapesA RURAL ESCAPEA Georgia couple’s beautiful barn home was built from a kit.LivingTheCountryLife.com/BarnHomeFARMHOUSE FIXTURESThese sleek lighting fixtures evoke comfort and warmth.TraditionalHome.com/FarmhouseLighting ■…

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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…

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dress to impress

Fresh TakeJamie 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 Simon1 Live It UpVertical siding makes a single-story house feel larger. HardieTrim Batten Board with a Rustic Grain finish in Arctic White, James Hardie, jameshardie.com2 Barn RevivalGive 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.com3 Black and WhiteA high-contrast palette never fails to impress. Exterior Paint in Black Swan and Extra White, Sherwin-Williams, sherwin-williams.com4 First-Class MailGive a…

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forever home

A chest that husband Eric’s dad used for basement storage is the star of their family room. “The doors are tricky. You have to have just the right touch or the handles fall off,” Christine says.“I like to build collages of collected pieces rather than scatter them all around, which I think lessens their impact,” Christine says of the sculptural mounted heads above the fireplace. A cattle hide laid over a cotton-and-jute braided rug softens the seating area. “Layering rugs feels a little more Bohemian to me and makes a space feel less generic. And it feels really plush underfoot,” she says.Anna, Christine, Olin, and Eric gather on the front porch of their then-year-old farmhouse. They’ve since applied a gray wash to the rough-sawn wood columns, “to soften the contrast…

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country calling

Wooden cooking tools in smooth white pitchers continue the textural juxtaposition.The kitchen’s poplar island was stained to match the doors throughout the house. Marble countertops, honed for a soft patina, offer a look from the past.“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…

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subtly sophisticated

Metal cocktail tables add subdued luster to the room, and vases display a touch of nature inside.To refresh the living room, Bjørnen clad existing beams in white-washed, reclaimed cedar and refaced the fireplace in wood planks and slate. The simple white upholstery of the wing chairs sets off the wood grain in their frames and adds softness to the room.The homeowners host frequent pool parties for both kids and adults. Multiple decks, strings of party lights, a jetted tub, and plenty of loungers keep things festive.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…