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Get the Look: Farmhouse Style
Old meets new and rustic meets refined in this timeless style
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A compelling mix of rustic and refined, farmhouse style continues to capture hearts. Whether in an old home with well-worn charm or a new home with an old spirit, the look is comfortable and welcoming. It’s found in a space where cherished heirlooms mingle with new furnishings. It’s found in a space with a story to tell. Gather ideas from the homes that follow to create your own inspired space.
Nothing says "welcome" quite like a gracious front porch. And this country home in Connecticut is serving up one warm welcome with its street-facing covered porch. The home, a 1920s Sears Roebuck kit house, features white wood plank siding and charming green shutters. The porch swing and a pair of rocking chairs encourage relaxing over morning coffee or an evening cocktail and are ideal for reading quietly or chatting with neighbors who walk by.
California Ranch House
The modern ranch house has its roots in agriculture, where the style was often found on working ranches and haciendas. This particular ranch house, with its covered front stoop, cupola, and relatively low-lying profile, serves up that farmhouse feeling.
An upbringing on an Alabama farm paired with a career in fashion led to a chic spin on farmhouse style for this homeowner. A soaring pecky cypress ceiling and wood floors set the stage while clerestory windows let in abundant light. Antique pieces—see the doors above the mantel and the cane-back chair—mingle effortlessly with a gleaming chandlier and marble fireplace surround. Slipcovered seating reflects the easygoing lifestyle befitting a Florida beach house.
Interior design: Paige Schnell
The steeply pitched ceiling of a traditional working barn—born out of function—is mimicked in this Vermont home. Designed to fit the regional vernacular, this stylish and spacious "barn" serves as a guest house and gathering spot. Wooden beams, a soaring stone fireplace, and polished concrete floors evoke a rustic vibe while walls of windows allow unmatched views of the countryside.
Architect: Lee Grutchfield
Interior designers: Richard Cerrone and Nancy Galasso, Lillian August Furnishings + Design
The stone fireplace in the great room was the jumping-off point for this Martha's Vineyard home's subdued palette. Reclaimed oak beams and floors, V-groove ceilings, paneled walls, and hand-wrought masonry create an always-been-there feel for the new home. Woodwork stained soft gray with a matte finish takes on the appearance of weathered shingles.
Interior design: Liz Stiving-Nichols
Shiplap siding—a farmhouse favorite—climbs the walls in this white Napa kitchen. Wood floors and a brown island base introduce warmth to the space. Rustic touches come courtesy of a reclaimed-wood barn beam crowning the range hood and distressed-finish lanterns illuminating the island.
Design: Marie Flanigan
Filled with Character
Tracery detailing on the ceiling adds a been-here-for-decades kind of character to this kitchen, where black-and-white tile underfoot is equally charming. Bronze hardware warms up white shaker-style cabinets, and a window above the farmhouse-style sink offers views outside.
Design: Lori Gilder and Rebecca Reynolds, Kitchen Design Network
Walls and stairs painted a crisp white provide a fresh contrast to the warm tones of the barn-height ceiling. The slatted railing and loft area area make use of the tall space but maintain the room's airy, open feeling. An x-base dining table nods to farmhouse style, while dining chairs embellished with nailhead trim provide a tailored look. Above the dining table, a large square chandelier is a contemporary focal point.
Interior design: Alys Protzman
Architect: Larry Snively
Charming Dining Area
Sweet simplicity dominates this casual eating area. Surrounded by windows on three sides, guests lucky enough to dine at this round farmhouse-style table will be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding Georgia countryside. Antique dining chairs bring a storied charm to the table while a tribal-print rug adds a touch of color—and warmth—underfoot.
Interior design: Krista Nye Nicholas and Tami Ramsay, Cloth & Kind
Past and Present
Beaded-board walls and a shiplap ceiling—the opposite of typical applications—were discovered during the renovation of this 1840 cottage. In the dining room, the white shiplap, gray walls, and natural wood flooring speak to simpler times. A sculptural light fixture, contemporary art, and an updated take on Windsor chairs bring the room into the 21st century.
Architect: James Dixon
Shiplap walls are striking in their simplicity. In this quaint bump-out, little is needed to create a cozy window seat. Throw pillows and a soft blanket in subdued gray tones underscore the restful nature of the space.
Interior design: Cynthia Hayes
Wide-plank, rough-hewn cedar painted white unifies the walls in this Colorado cottage. Left natural, one of the bathroom walls exudes a cool, rugged texture. The plank look is continued in the walk-in shower with large tiles installed to mimic the cedar walls. An industrial caged double sconce illuminates the wall-mount sink.
Architect Janet Sutterley
Rough-hewn wood walls painted white have a character fitting this century-old house. Custom vanity cabinets finished to resemble antique furniture are topped with sleek marble. A hand-knotted rug adds a burst of warm red to the honed slate floors. The materials used will patinate over time and continue to enrich this home with the stories of its occupants.
Interior design: Leanne Ford
Architect: Greg Dutton
The Sidecar, price available upon request from Moore & Giles [1-800-737-0169]
This beautifully crafted bar cart, The Sidecar by Moore and Giles, is a great way to store liquor, glassware, bar tools, and anything else needed to complete your own miniature bar. The cart, made of Virginia black walnut, birch, leather, aluminum, and brass, is wheeled to make sure the party can travel with you. Perfect for drink-lovers without the space for a full bar.