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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.

United States
Meredith Corporation

in this issue

1 min
on the web

OPEN INVITATION Create your own lovely but laidback gathering inspired by this dinner party held in an old barn. midwestliving.com/Parties CHIC COOPS Give your hens a chic she shed all their own. Gather ideas from these stylish backyard chicken coops. livingthecountrylife.com/ChicCoops FARMHOUSE STYLE These 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/MiniMakeovers DEEP BREATHING A 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/FreshAirs IN THE ROUND Tour these unique barns via one photographer’s collection of coast-to-coast stunners. livingthecountrylife.com/RoundBarns FINAL FLOURISH Lighting, 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…

1 min
from the editor

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction Sir 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…

3 min
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 Soucie Simple Charm Play off of typical barndoor style with decorative shutters. Board-and-Batten Z-Bar Shutter in White; Atlantic Premium Shutters, atlanticpremiumshutters.com Linear Equation Board-and-batten siding is arranged vertically to contrast the horizontal lap siding. HardieTrim Batten Board with a Rustic Grain finish in Light Mist, James Hardie, jameshardie.com PRODUCT PICK A statement chimney in a traditional brick adds warm layers and character. RomaBrick in Bracciano, Eldorado Stone, eldoradostone.com Mix-and-Match Farmhouse style…

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twice charmed

It’s easy to find the charm in a historical Pennsylvania caretaker’s cottage, especially when it is full of wide-plank wood floors and tall, 120-year-old windows. Owners Ann and Gus Frerotte were smitten from the moment they saw it. Despite its charisma, the house needed updating—both structurally and for modern living. “It needed to be reworked for our family, but it was a warm, welcoming home and I wanted to carry that vibe through the renovation,” Ann says. Working with architect Greg Dutton and designer Leanne Ford, the Frerottes began the project with the goal of elevating the authentic essence of the home. “The kitchen was the first and most important room to address,” Dutton says. “The original kitchen was small, maybe the size of a generous walk-in closet.” To fulfill the Frerottes’…

2 min
family legacy

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, Georgia, home. “We love to spend the morning having breakfast as a family,” Carl says. “It’s our time to be together with no agenda.” This young family has the perfect place to take care of everything on the nonlist: a remodeled kitchen and family room in their ranch-style home. The open floor plan allows Carl and Anna to help Trey with a Lego project, admire Georgia Rose’s artwork, or race cars with Sumter on the refinished hardwood floor while they care for and cuddle…

5 min
modern compromise

Interior designer Allison Babcock admits that her own waterfront 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 partner. With a wish list in hand and a vision of leaving the crammed spaces and choppy floor plan of their previous historical house behind, the Babcocks and Makoid designed a home that embraces…