Get the Look! Modern Farmhouse Living Room {7 Design Lessons}

Decor Inspiration: An Inspiring Modern Farmhouse Living Room

A beautiful renovation in Atherton, California,

by Giannetti Home, appearing in C Magazine

and photographed by Lisa Romerein

has captured our imagination with its

lovely modern farmhouse incarnation

(it began life as a traditional Midcentury Cape Cod!).

 

A closer look at this beautiful home’s

living room reveals at least 7 design lessons

worth turning our attention toward.

 

Architect: Steve Giannetti

Interior Design: Brooke Giannetti

Carter Seddon of Seddon Construction

Ryan Oliva and Javier Perez, architectural associates

Madison Lussier, interior design associate

SourcesC Magazine and Velvet and Linen

Photography: Lisa Romerein

Homeowners: Annie and Jim Barnett

Decor Inspiration: An Inspiring Modern Farmhouse Living Room

1.
Keep it Airy.
You’ll notice the Giannettis interpret a
modern farmhouse look in a distinctive manner.
There’s an absence of mill work and trim, which
lightens the weight of the room and evokes a
feeling of both modernity and informality.
Leaving off the baseboard, ceiling, window,
and door trim creates
calm, relaxed, less fussy spaces.

Even the atrium style lanterns are airy here!
Not in a precious, delicate way, but
in a well-designed architectural
and sculptural fashion, echoing the choice
of steel windows, which maximize
the natural light.

In this living room, we don’t find any
complicated or dense floral arrangements,
which would not only be too formal
a choice, but which would also
detract from the easy breezy feel.

 

Decor Inspiration: An Inspiring Modern Farmhouse Living Room

 

During the renovation! Wow!

2.
Balance and Symmetry.
Notice how the built-in shelves balance
the glass doors on the other side as
well as how the two sofas and floor lamps
bring a pleasing symmetry.

Decor Inspiration: An Inspiring Modern Farmhouse Living Room

3.
Add Simple Live Branches.
What happens when in lieu of fresh flowers
you accessorize with the perfect simplicity
of a fresh green leafy branch? Magic.
Branches add life and nature to this room and
possess an organic airy quality which
heighten the sense of natural beauty.

(I am very fortunate to live on a wooded
lot which affords beautiful branches
to bring inside, and many of you
don’t have to travel far to find
a pretty, no-cost specimen!)

Decor Inspiration: An Inspiring Modern Farmhouse Living Room

 

Decor Inspiration: An Inspiring Modern Farmhouse Living Room

4.
Feathery-light Window Dressing or None at All.
The billowy linen drapery hung from a delicate
rod of iron works so beautifully to softly
frame the view without detracting.

Yet treating windows this way is tricky
when we may wish to block out a given view
or create privacy.

I think the key to achieving a similar look
is to choose materials which visually read
lightweight and filter-y, such as linen.
The hardware should not be visually
heavy or ornamental, but rather
refined, light, and simple.

 

Decor Inspiration: An Inspiring Modern Farmhouse Living Room

 

Decor Inspiration: An Inspiring Modern Farmhouse Living Room

5.
Mix of Tables.
This living room would lack interest if
the cocktail, coffee, and side tables in it
matched too closely, hailed from the
same era, or were made from the same
material.

Instead, the coffee/cocktail table has more of
a modern look, there is a mix of rustic and
refined antiques, and each piece appears to
be collected rather than purchased at once
for the living room’s design.

Decor Inspiration: An Inspiring Modern Farmhouse Living Room

 

Decor Inspiration: An Inspiring Modern Farmhouse Living Room

6.
Layered Rugs.
I love this look Brooke Giannetti often uses
in her designs where a vintage rug is layered
over a larger, natural fiber one.

The look is less formal, adds an element of
beachy barefoot elegance, and just feels
more interesting.

Decor Inspiration: An Inspiring Modern Farmhouse Living Room

 

Decor Inspiration: An Inspiring Modern Farmhouse Living Room

 

This elegant ornamental table creates a

beautiful, feminine European-inspired

moment of pretty.

 

Decor Inspiration: An Inspiring Modern Farmhouse Living Room

 

The faceted-glass lanterns are reminiscent of

modern terrariums.

 

Decor Inspiration: An Inspiring Modern Farmhouse Living Room

 

So much textural goodness layered on the zinc topped

table–it makes a natural statement with objects

with beautiful patina.

 

Decor Inspiration: An Inspiring Modern Farmhouse Living Room

7.
So Much Pretty Patina.
To truly appreciate the natural, aged,
distressed, weathered, and antiqued finishes
of furnishings and objects in the room,
you likely will need to enlarge these
images on your screen to look closer.

And if you’re like me, you will
wish you could see it all in person
to absorb the harmony of it all.

View more of this beautiful home.

Decor Inspiration: An Inspiring Modern Farmhouse Living Room

 

See more of the work of

Giannetti Home in
this French Country beach house
and Patina Farm.

Peace to you right where you are.

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. August 2, 2017 / 10:51 am

    So very beautiful and so refined! Love Brooke's work a lot! The interiors always look so elegant!
    xoxo
    Greet

    • August 2, 2017 / 11:07 pm

      Hi Greet! Yes! Refined and yet accessible and organic–winning combo there. xox

  2. August 2, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    Great design lessons today, thanks Michele! Those two definitely have a signature style and I like dissecting it to understand what makes it that way!

    • August 2, 2017 / 11:08 pm

      thanks for reading, Holly. I loved seeing the pic of you next to your painting to appreciate the scale of it! xox

  3. Anonymous
    August 3, 2017 / 3:15 am

    I may be repeating myself, but since I didn't see my comment, here goes again. I love the serenity of these rooms, the space, the light, and the filtering greenery. Do you know what they have planted in their pots to achieve this look?

    • August 3, 2017 / 4:56 am

      Besides the succulents, I can't tell what is flourishing in that California sunshine! I'll dig a little deeper. 🙂

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