Editor’s Take: Modern Farmhouse
Combining rustic and industrial with a dash of simplicity, this aesthetic spans the best of all worlds. Our Editor-in-Chief LouAnn Haaf explains the elements that make the style.
TO ME MODERN FARMHOUSE IS THE PERECT MASH-UP OF FUNCTIONALITY AND STYLE. —LOUANN HAAF
Light It Up
Black and brass lighting fixtures in an industrial style (Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. is a good source) fit the utilitarian nature of the farmhouse aesthetic.
NEUTRAL PALETTE An all-white base is the perfect backdrop for black, gray, and timber accents. Stick with natural fibers, like the woven bar stools here, for a rustic vibe.
Cambria design shown: BRITTANICCA™
Photo by Jaclyn Peters Design
Ask Your Builder
If there’s scope to renovate, check whether your dropped drywall ceiling is hiding a vaulted roofand beams above and expose them for a spacious barnlike feel. Alternatively, add wooden lengths as faux beams over the top of an existing ceiling. Selecting reclaimed timber over new will make it look like the beams have been there all along.
Graphic black windows contrast beautifully with clean white. Add warmth with natural aged wood.
Cambria design shown: WHITEHALL™
Design by Jean Stoffer Design Photo by Stoffer Photography
THE BOHEMIAN IN ME LOVES TO WARM UP A ROOM WITH RICHLY COLORED VINTAGE RUGS AND ACCESSORIES.
– LOUANN HAAF
Beautiful and maintenance-free, Cambria stone is ideal for any space, but especially high-traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms. Unlike marble, it won’t stainand you can choose either a high gloss or Cambria Matte finish.
Cambria design shown: OAKMOOR™
Open timber shelves are the ideal place to display flowers, greenery, and pretty canisters, alongside more functional kitchen favorites like oils and spices.
Cambria design shown: WHITEHALL™
Design by Sita Montgomery Interiors Photo by Sara Boulter
I’m a sucker for graphic elements in a space and these steel-framed doors have an industrial look that modernizes and toughens up the farmhouse look. It also allows light to flow through the space.
Design by Garden Design Photo by SGM Photography
A farmhouse sink, also known as a butler sink or apron-front sink, is nostalgic but also practical and ergonomic (you don’t have to lean so far forward). White ceramic is classic but don’t discount the other options like copper and stainless steel. The latter provides not only an updated farmhouse feel, but the durability and forgiveness needed in a bustling kitchen.
VINTAGE RUGS The Bohemian in me loves to warm up a room with richly colored vintage rugs. Persian kilims, overdyed dhurries, shaggy Moroccan rugs, and ikat rugs will all offer a much welcome dose of vibrancy. Just choose your favorite! Etsy and eBay are good places to start the search.
Design by 3 Lights Design
Photo by Thomas Kuoh Photography
GET THE LOOK
"Steal the style with some of my favorite rustic-refined finds."
1. Barn light with gooseneck arm by RecessoLighting, $120, destinationlighting.com. 2. Paulownia wood vases by Magnolia, $8–$12, magnolia.com. 3. Natural rattan bar stool by Bloomingville, $372, bellacor.com. 4. Small jute floor basket with charcoal stripe by the Dharma Door, $120, onekingslane.com. 5. Adair hand-knotted rug by Rejuvenation, from $499, rejuvenation.com. 6. Farmer table by 57st. Design, from $1,690, 57stdesign.com. 7. Leather pillow cover with linen back by Rejuvenation, $199, rejuvenation.com. 8. Costa Allegra Rhombus tile by Bedrosians, $6.50 per square foot, bedrosians.com. 9. Vero 753LF-CZ faucet in champagne bronze by Delta Faucet, $720, deltafaucet.com.