8 Surprising Modern Farmhouse Decorating Ideas {Farmhouse Style}



Gorgeous farmhouse style kitchen in Connecticut of Debbie Propst of One King's Lane - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Modern Farmhouse Style Décor Inspiration (One King’s Lane)



So much design inspiration singing in this

lovely renovation of a 60-year-young farmhouse in

Connecticut for One King’s Lane president,

Debbie Propst!

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Designer Nicole Fisher listened to Propst’s

ideas and using curated items from OKL,

not only created a charming family home

for her boss, but an inspiring show house

you can actually visit 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 this

project 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

look closer…

(And lucky for us, we can buy

all these pieces at One King’s Lane!)

Architect: Royal Barry Wills

Designer: Nicole Fisher

One King Lane’s President Debbie Propst

Photography: Frank Tribble

Source: OKL



Gorgeous farmhouse style kitchen in Connecticut of Debbie Propst of One King's Lane - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Modern Farmhouse Style Décor Inspiration (One King’s Lane)



1.

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.)



Gorgeous farmhouse style kitchen in Connecticut of Debbie Propst of One King's Lane - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Modern Farmhouse Style Décor Inspiration (Charlotte Table)



2.

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.



Gorgeous modern farmhouse dining room in Connecticut of Debbie Propst of One King's Lane - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Modern Farmhouse Style Décor Inspiration (Charlotte Table)

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. 



Gorgeous farmhouse style kitchen in Connecticut of Debbie Propst of One King's Lane - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Modern Farmhouse Style Décor Inspiration (One King’s Lane)



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.

The balance is pleasing to the eye and

does not detract from the informality

of this kitchen’s farmhouse style.



Gorgeous chest in dining room of Connecticut farmhouse of Debbie Propst of One King's Lane - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Modern Farmhouse Style Décor Inspiration (One King’s Lane)



Gorgeous farmhouse style kitchen in Connecticut of Debbie Propst of One King's Lane - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Modern Farmhouse Style Décor Inspiration (One King’s Lane)



Gorgeous farmhouse entry in Connecticut of Debbie Propst of One King's Lane - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Modern Farmhouse Style Décor Inspiration (Similar Demilune Table)



5.

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.

(I actually like this Napoleonic Blue Camille
Demilune Table more than the one shown
to accent with blue and white ginger jars like this
and to inspire a blue trim color!)



Gorgeous shingled entrance and front door of Connecticut farmhouse of Debbie Propst of One King's Lane - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Modern Farmhouse Style Décor Inspiration (One King’s Lane)





Gorgeous farmhouse in Connecticut of Debbie Propst of One King's Lane - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Modern Farmhouse Style Décor Inspiration (One King’s Lane)





Gorgeous living room in Connecticut farmhouse of Debbie Propst of One King's Lane - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Modern Farmhouse Style Décor Inspiration (Cara Sofa)



6.

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!



Gorgeous dining room with alligators on table in Connecticut farmuse of Debbie Propst of One King's Lane - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Modern Farmhouse Style Décor Inspiration (One King’s Lane)



7.

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 Debbie Propst 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.



Gorgeous sitting room in Connecticut farmhouse of Debbie Propst of One King's Lane - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Modern Farmhouse Style Décor Inspiration (One King’s Lane)



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.



Gorgeous console table in Connecticut farmhouse of Debbie Propst of One King's Lane - found on Hello Lovely Studio
Modern Farmhouse Style Décor Inspiration (One King’s Lane)



I would love to hear your comments

about these decorating ideas,

this modern farmhouse

“residential retail” project,

and the furnishings from One King’s Lane

in this home’s design.

And do check out the “before and after”

of this modern farmhouse in this story!

A different approach to “modern farmhouse” is explored

in Ojai, California, in Round Top, Texas, and in Atherton, California.

Peace to you right where you are.

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8 Comments

  1. May 25, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    Love everything you share. Thank you! Any idea what the wall and trim colors are in the picture of the foyer with the strip rug and table. Looks like light grey trim but would love to know the color of both the walls and trim.

    • May 26, 2017 / 2:29 am

      I haven't found an answer yet but will continue to try! thanks for reading. 🙂

  2. May 25, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    Nice twist on modern farmhouse, after all, rules are meant to be broken right? Thanks for your inspiring post today!

    • May 26, 2017 / 2:30 am

      thanks for reading, holly! rules schmules!

  3. May 26, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    The first thing that caught my eye were the white bentwood dining chairs. I love them! Do you have any info on them? I hope they aren't vintage.

    • May 26, 2017 / 8:31 pm

      i think they're vintage. someone needs to reproduce them immediately.

  4. June 12, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    A lot to love here Michele,
    One could shop from each inspirational modern farmhouse photo pictured here.
    That butlers pantry is a very favorite of mine.

    Thanks again for a creative sharing.

    Xx
    Dore

    • June 13, 2017 / 1:02 pm

      thanks so much for taking the time to visit and comment, Dore. I am so grateful for your support and the beautiful way you encourage and spread positive energy. xox

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