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Modern Farmhouse Style Summer 2017

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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Meredith Corporation
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on the web

OPEN INVITATIONCreate your own lovely but laidback gathering inspired by this dinner party held in an old barn. midwestliving.com/PartiesCHIC COOPSGive your hens a chic she shed all their own. Gather ideas from these stylish backyard chicken coops.livingthecountrylife.com/ChicCoopsFARMHOUSE STYLEThese decorating tips and tricks for the laundry, bath, kitchen, and dining space will help you bring a touch of farmhouse style to your home.BHG.com/MiniMakeoversDEEP BREATHINGA Chicago family of six escapes to their Indiana lake house where Amish neighbors remind them to focus on what’s really important in life.midwestliving.com/FreshAirsIN THE ROUNDTour these unique barns via one photographer’s collection of coast-to-coast stunners. livingthecountrylife.com/RoundBarnsFINAL FLOURISHLighting, like the perfect necklace with a little black dress, brings the final designer touch to any room, be it high-end traditional or cozy casual. BHG.com/FarmhouseLights ■…

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from the editor

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reactionSir Isaac Newton might have been referring specifically to the natural world when he created his laws of motion in the late 17th century, but I believe the human experience often charts a similar course. As technology transforms the way we live and work, we react by seeking ways to reclaim and embrace the familiar.Modern farmhouse style embodies this pendulum swing—it exists at the juncture between old (antiques, reclaimed wood, handcrafted details) and new (industrial accents, contemporary furniture). It’s the equal and opposite reaction to our fast-paced, high-tech lives. If these homes could talk, they would say, Slow down! And that’s exactly why we love them.We also love the uniquely personal stories behind every design. In Pennsylvania, we discovered a 120-year-old…

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crafting character

All-American This house boasts board-and-batten siding, a covered porch, and a layering of classic pitched roofs. Shutters mimicking the window silhouettes and a playful mix of siding push the exterior from being simply utilitarian to feeling distinctly farmhouse in style.“The design echoes the surrounding architecture: We’re right by Amish farmhouse country, so we decided to use simple, traditional materials in slightly different ways.” —homeowner and designer Shea SoucieNo farmhouse is complete without a place to enjoy morning tea. Add charm to a front porch with furniture in an unstained finish. Boston Loft Furnishings Samson Glider Bench in Unstained Teak, through TheMine.comInstall a fixture with filament bulbs to give newly built homes a hint of history. Cape Cod Ceiling Mount Light in Aged Zinc, Hinkley, hinkleylighting.comSimple CharmPlay off of typical barndoor…

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twice charmed

The mix of materials in the kitchen is equal parts farmhouse and industrial. Steampunk lighting illuminates the wood farm table, custom-made from house salvage. Copper pots and dual apron-front sinks complement marble countertops, and subway tile recalls vintage warehouse design.The dining room evokes drama with its black walls, built-ins, and salvaged beaded-board ceiling. “I love doing one dark space in a home,” Ford says. “A dramatic dining room is fun. Turn down the dimmer on the chandelier, light some candles, and you’re ready for a beautiful evening!”Black paint covers much of the dining room, including the built-in cabinets. “I love the dark shelves. It really adds to the richness of their bottles, books, and personal items,” Ford says.A new porch stretches across the front of the house, giving the exterior…

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family legacy

A pair of raw wood shelves breaks up the cabinetry to create a display spot.The Strecks chose a commercial-grade range in white for restaurant power that doesn’t overpower the space. To unify the range wall, designers Julie Holloway and Anisa Darnell of Milk and Honey Home suggested a vent hood that matches the backsplash. Its secret? The subway tile is installed on a cement board frame.Carl and Anna Streck and their children, Sumter, 2; Isaiah, 2; Trey, 6; Hope, 10 months; and Georgia Rose, 4.You can't beat Saturday mo r n i n g s , as far as Anna and Carl Streck are concerned. That’s when they get to do what they enjoy most—absolutely nothing. That is, nothing involving a checklist, a clock, or a commitment beyond their Marietta,…

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modern compromise

A fireplace anchors the living room from a space-saving bump-out. The Rumford fireplace design deflects heat into the room, minimizing loss up the chimney. Symmetrical niches filled with stacked logs complete the European aesthetic.Interior designer Allison Babcock admits that her ownwaterfront home in Sag Harbor, New York, is based on compromise. “I would be living in a tent if it was up to him,” Babcock says jokingly of her outdoors-loving husband, Luke. “This is our compromise. We’re able to have interior space that still feels like we’re living outside. He always wants to be outside, so that was super important.”The challenge was to create an open, modern home complete with generous open spaces and forward-thinking materials without giving up cozy decor. Architect Blaze Makoid proved to be the ideal design…