So much design inspiration singing in this lovely 60 year young renovated modern farmhouse in Connecticut where a young family lives. Affiliate links appear in this post: you won’t pay any extra, but I’ll earn a few pennies.
Designer Nicole Fisher listened to the homeowner’s ideas and using curated items soured online, not only created a charming family home, but an inspiring show house in New Canaan. The concept is known as “residential retail” so customers can see furnishings in context and how real people use them. It’s a brilliant marketing plan I hope more home décor brands adopt.
As a real life renovator and lover of modern farmhouse style myself, after glimpsing the project,I craved “before shots” to fully understand its evolution so you can also check out the before and after story here.
Turns out, this beautiful home was well done even before the re-design…
First things first, what decorating ideas and inspiration may we borrow from this classic modern farmhouse to implement ourselves? There are plenty of inspiring ideas from which to choose!
Upon closer inspection of the design,I think what you’ll discover about thisproject is how much it departs from much of the typical “modern farmhouse” vernacular we encounter.
Sure, there are wood ceiling beams and rustic wood flooring, but let’s look closer…
Architect: Royal Barry Wills/Designer: Nicole Fisher/Photography: Frank Tribble
Think Beyond Rustic Kitchen Accessories.
Open shelving is a well established feature in farmhouse kitchens, and we are accustomed to seeing weathered wood cutting boards and stoneware displayed on shelves…so it’s refreshing to see the other side of rustic here.
The homeowner’s collection of English silver and lacy china marry beautifully with the traditional bead board wall, and why not see and use these pieces everyday?
(If this elegant look tingles your jingles,you will LOVE this kitchen I shared.)
Here’s a similar dining table with the top left natural:
Traditional Farm Tables Are Optional.
For many, a rustic harvest farm table is a farmhouse kitchen staple, whether the farmhouse design is traditional or modern. What we see in OKL’s farmhouse kitchen is not a planked antique, but a fresh, friendly, and contemporary 55″ Charlotte round table and chairs. The pieces for me read soft and sculptural which you are hard pressed to achieve with a rugged, wonky wood suite…and the circular table lends itself to friendly family chatter.
3. Sophisticated Yet Happy.
You can’t miss the happy chic factor in this kitchen dining area with its cheery blue striped rug and blue barstools. There’s a lightness of spirit and color which would be sadly absent had the designer opted for strictly wood tone pieces or the oft-used black and white neutral color scheme.
4. Sweet Symmetry.
Modern farmhouse styled rooms frequently exhibit a laid back casual vibe, so I admire the symmetry in this kitchen’s design with its paneled refrigerators flanking a doorway as well as storage chests topped with matching mirrors which anchor the opposite end of the room.nThe balance is pleasing to the eye and does not detract from the informality of this kitchen’s farmhouse style.
Wood Trim Need Not Be Bright White.
Notice in the entry area (above) and elsewhere, this modern farmhouse’s trim is painted in a soothing, calm, and warm creamy hue. One of my favorite design bloggers has a preference for light grey painted trim with white walls, and again, the takeaway is, don’t be afraid to go for a soft interesting contrast to add character and warmth.
New Design CAN Feel Evolved.
You will be hard pressed to find too many examples of newly designed modern farmhouse living rooms on the web which truly read “undecorated,” layered, and as if they evolved over time. But with the proper design help and expertise, this home proves it is indeed possible!
This living room with its gorgeous rosy linen sofa looks collected, effortless, live-able, and anything but showoffy…just what one desires in a modern farmhouse designed for living!
Modern Farmhouse Whimsy.
Many folks who love farmhouse style are crazy about their antique fleamarket finds and repurposed vintage items, and those items frequently add whimsy; but there’s another option available: contemporary pieces with personality. I absolutely love that the homeowner put sweet buttercreamy alligators front and center on her dining table.
For me, they conjure up Izod polos from my glory days in the preppy 80’s, and for you, quite possibly something else. My point is, you don’t have to schlep through markets and antique malls for 5 years to score the perfect “whimsical accent” for your dining room if you don’t feel like it.
Tomorrow is not promised.
Sometimes it makes sense to look the other way!
Look at what’s brand new, happy, one-off, and in stock at this very moment.
8. King Sized & Skirted Tables.
What an unexpected surprise to see the huge low coffee table and skirted side tables in this charming sitting room. I don’t think we see either of these options in too many modern farmhouses so it feels fresh, unique, and personal. The function of the enormous
Faded Burl Table may at first not strike you, but consider that the family who uses this room has a toddler and preschooler who use the table to play with toys and draw!
Also consider how this table lends itself for serving cocktails and snacks when entertaining.
And those skirted round tables! In designland, we see more slipcovered parson-style dining chairs and sofas than you can shake a stick at, but we don’t see often enough how lovely fabric can be introduced with table skirts and slips…I’m totally a fan for how this design choice made room for another pattern to be introduced into the layered room.
I would love to hear your comments about these decorating ideas, this modern farmhouse”residential retail” project, and the furnishings in this home’s design. And do check out the “before and after” of this modern farmhouse in this story!
Peace to you right where you are.