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Modern Farmhouse Style

Modern Farmhouse Style Summer 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.

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Meredith Corporation

in this issue

1 min
on the web

PORCH BEFORES & AFTERS Using new colors and updated finishes, a variety of solutions revamp these home exteriors, improve curb appeal, and put on a pretty front porch show. BHG.com/PorchMakeovers A NEW CLASSIC A Massachusetts farmhouse sports a fresh, sophisticated mix of vintage and modern. TraditionalHome.com/RusticStyle WELCOME HOME When a New York design magazine editor moves home to Michigan, a Midwestern 1920s Colonial gets a new look. MidwestLiving.com/Welcome EGG-CELLENT CARE Starting your own flock of chickens is easy—just follow this essential advice. LivingTheCountryLife.com/NewChicks WINE COUNTRY RETREAT The Farmhouse Inn offers luxurious suites, farm-fresh cuisine in a Michelin-starred restaurant, and specialty spa treatments in Sonoma County. TraditionalHome.com/FarmhouseInn SPLISH SPLASH These farmhouse baths combine new, vintage, and modern-revival items to fashion a timeless look. BHG.com/FarmBaths…

1 min
from the editor

I asked my 9-year-old daughter, Daisy, what kind of house she’d like to live in one day and she replied, without hesitation, “One just like ours!” That doesn’t mean our house is Pinterest-perfect—far from it. We have a bathroom that needs repairs, walls that need to be repainted, and a series of plug outlets that were accidentally installed upside down by the previous owners. We like to say it gives the house character. But when I look at these messy, imperfect spaces through Daisy’s eyes, I see something entirely different. I see a dream house—one that is cozy, comfortable, and familiar, a place filled with love and memories. Each house in this issue mirrors that sentiment. Some are more clean-lined like Alice and Rusty Kendall’s coastal home on Sullivan’s Island, South…

4 min
character study

House Blend As a second-generation winemaker, homeowner Lisa Peju wanted her home’s design to emulate her passions. It had to carry classic charm—much like a sweet Riesling—but also needed unexpected moments. Copper accents and terra-cotta planters bring life to the front entry, while stained cement stairs welcome guests inside. Grille-free windows outlined in nearly black provide modern contrast without looking too stark. 1 Clean-Lined Get the most natural light with grille-free contemporary windows. Marvin Contemporary Casement Window in Ebony, Marvin Windows and Doors, marvin.com 2 Hidden Identity Don’t sacrifice durability. This steel shake-style metal roofing is distressed to look like authentic wood. Matterhorn Metal Roofing in Shake Profile, CertainTeed, certainteed.com 3 Light the Way Glimmering copper lanterns are the stars of the show when placed against a neutral backdrop. Governor Flush Mount, Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights,…

4 min
breaking ground

An acclaimed entertainment manager and Broadway producer, Allen Becker never planned to buy a farm. But after an especially inspiring Sunday drive in central Texas farmland, Allen decided to go in with his niece, Susan McCauley, on a scenic 79-acre property just outside the small town of Round Top. “With its beautiful pastures and towering oaks, it felt like a place the entire extended family could go to escape—myself included,” Allen says. Finding himself with a farm, Allen then found himself in need of a farmhouse. But for this aficionado of all things contemporary and clean-lined (his full-time residence is a Houston high-rise filled with modern art), the farmhouse aesthetic didn’t exactly come naturally. Enter interior designer Stacy Graubart, who teamed up with Allen to craft a brand-new home in keeping with…

3 min
artful approach

It was all about the bones. For six months, interior designer John Willey and his partner, Frederick Aronstein, had been searching for the ideal weekend getaway in Upstate New York. But none of the houses resonated until he viewed a 1990s Millerton, New York, home on a real estate site. While the pleasing proportions of the 2,000-square-foot Colonial-style house first caught his eye, he had to look past the less-than-ideal interiors to see the true beauty. “It was painted in horrible colors,” John says. “The walls were a buttery yellow and all the beams and the floors were dark brown—very heavy looking. But I could see the bones through that and envision something better.” That “something better” included changing the interior colors to match John’s preference for the pure-looking tonal hues typical of…

3 min
bright side

Many remodeling projects operate with the mind-set that more really is better. But a thoughtful design solution that doesn’t upend every square inch can yield enviable results. Take the California kitchen of Lisa and Chris Hauswirth: It functioned just fine but was closed off and dark. “The existing kitchen was super traditional with tons of heavy cabinetry,” architectural designer Sarah Reeves of Sazen Design says. Despite all the cabinets, the kitchen lacked the size and scale of storage space the Hauswirths required. But all of that changed with a remodel that repurposed a nearby bathroom and—shockingly—didn’t require moving any walls. Reeves and Nancy Madynski at builder Jeff King & Co. instead focused on minimal moves, and designers from Decorist incorporated style updates that complemented the home’s original architectural elements. The design…