We recently explored my friends’ modern farmhouse’s exterior, and our 1875 Modern Industrial Farmhouse Interior Design Tour continues with the minimal industrial farmhouse interiors on the first floor of this charming home on Grove Avenue in Barrington, IL. Well peek at the living spaces, dining room, and kitchen on this leg of the tour.
First, this modern farmhouse underwent a complete restoration and expansion in 2008 to become the iconic American hometown treasure it is today. Secondly, with quality craftsmanship and thoughtful classic design, the home seems destined to outlast generations. Thirdly, refurbished and doubled in size, no modern amenity or detail has been overlooked.
Finally and best of all, it’s on the market and available for a new family to enjoy.
Modern Industrial Farmhouse Interior Design
Overview of Modern Farmhouse For Sale
Location…609 South Grove in beautiful Barrington, IL, is surrounded by well-cared for historical homes. Each shines with a unique identity and point of view. I love how the restored farmhouse is within walking distance of charming downtown Barrington. Walk to wonderful schools, family restaurants, boutiques, and thriving businesses.
Labor of Love
Four Years of Perseverance…Nearly two years of deliberations with Barrington’s Architectural Review Committee marked the beginning of the lengthy process of bringing this modern farmhouse back to life. Another two years were required to finish the architectural work of art. Worth the wait, indeed!
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High Quality Finishes…From the exceptional quality of the architectural design (from Glen Ellyn architect, Jamie Simoneit, of Z+O architecture + interiors) to the discerning choice of rich construction materials, the bar was set high for this restoration and new build. With an eye to the future, the homeowners invested in durable, long lasting design elements.
How Would You Decorate the Interiors?
Were this 1875 farmhouse yours, how might you decorate these spaces? Would you opt for a more traditionally farmhouse color palette? (In fact, this home began with historical yellow walls throughout!) How about a tranquil palette of quiet grey-blues? Would you head in a more modern gallery white direction and inject color with art on the walls? It hardly matters what style you love. Because from shabby chic to Mid-century modern to luxurious boho, it would all work within these walls. ALL OF THE HARD WORK HAS BEEN DONE. Each room is so rich with architectural interest, its design purity can accommodate any number of decor interpretations.
Design elements in the mix work beautifully together as a whole.
Quality Classic Design Elements
White cedar siding.
Galvalume metal roofing.
Heavy Amish custom woodworking and trim.
Industrial farmhouse interior design.
White Carrera marble.
Dusty red brick.
Ebony stained wood floors.
Expanses of windows and glass allowing for maximum light.
Modern Industrial Farmhouse Interior Design
A Modern Farmhouse Favorite…This isn’t just any modern farmhouse we’re touring on Hello Lovely…it belongs to longtime besties of mine, whom I call family. My friends painstakingly sacrificed and persevered for years to give the 143-year old beauty a second life. Now that they are downsizing, someone very fortunate will be able to inherit a place where so much joy lived. A whole lotta sweet moments were shared here, and I’m grateful for special memories.
Let’s begin with one particular design choice you may be happy to learn:
Paint Colors for Interiors
The homeowners used two different grays from Benjamin Moore for the first floor. In rooms where there is less natural light or no natural light, it is often preferable to use a lighter shade.
Paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Stonington Gray
Paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Platinum Gray
Let’s peek inside this historical farmhouse…
Modern Farmhouse Living Room
I hang out here often. It is where the more intimate, quieter gatherings happen daily and during parties. Speaking of parties…see the office to the side? It easily converts into a bar space. For my 50th birthday party a few years back, my friends built a custom industrial farmhouse bar counter. It worked like a dream. The living room is also where I’ll play the piano (badly) or jam with guitar. In fact, the man of the house and I were in a garage band together.
A mix of Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn pieces. The lady of the house is a talented photographer, and her work is displayed throughout the home.
Why, yes, that IS one of my mixed media collages upon the coffee table. It is a piece my friend requested as a gift for the lovely Maggie Gobran. It traveled with my friend on her trip to Cairo to deliver supplies, teach, and lavishly love on impoverished children at the orphanage Stephen’s Children. I chose a butterfly motif for the art which has a transformation theme.
Sunny Spot to Play
Below is the hallway connecting the original house to the new. Note reflective ebonized wood floors and schoolhouse lights which lend such age. A bank of windows ensures the passage never feels dreary or cut off. Another brilliant architectural move? From the front door, you can see straight through to the backyard.
Signature Scent in This Home
Modern Farmhouse Dining Room
While most of the action takes place in the kitchen and family room, dessert is often served in the dining room. This table gets prettily layered with candlelight, fresh flowers, and if were lucky…bundt cakes (yum!).
Modern Farmhouse Scullery
One of the smart additions? A collection of dishwashers (yep, three) since they entertain large groups of people often. This gorgeous scullery off the dining room is also the perfect place to arrange flowers and store seasonal items.
Modern Farmhouse Kitchen
It’s quite a kitchen! You can’t miss the industrial farmhouse elements…hello, stainless steel! Historic light green on the cabinets? Traditional yet feels unique.
I remember when we were designing our first home (the French country one) at the time this modern farmhouse kitchen was under construction. Comparing notes with my friend, I asked about the kitchen cabinet color. When she said green…I was all “wait, green..like, mint green?” And she was all, “nope.” I thought they were very brave and possibly nuts (as in PISTACHIO nuts!). Yet it was me who was ultimately the nutty one (big surprise).
Pistachio green adds an appetizing smile, personality, and history. A Spring-like organic mood offsets the coolness of steel.
Design Elements in the Modern Farmhouse Kitchen
Stove and Hood – Wolf.
Refrigerators – Sub Zero.
Industrial Sprayer – Elkay.
Gooseneck Faucet – Waterworks.
Cabinets – Custom – Amish – Yost Miller.
Countertops – Black Honed Granite/Carrera Marble.
Stainless Steel Island – Custom.
(Above) Hall between the kitchen and a pantry. The three art pieces on the walls here are by me, and the room with the window at the end of the hall is the mud room.
Do you love the row of square spice drawers to the right of the refrigerator? A custom stainless island serves as a buffet for parties. Open underneath, it is stacked with plates and essentials.
Not Yer Granny’s Kitchen
An industrial sprayer lets you know you’re not in granny’s country kitchen. (Below) Also note the breakfast bar, sited between the kitchen and family room.
Even the coffered ceilings are magnificent!
“Nutty” enough to bring pistachio green to your kitchen too? Here’s a pretty something.
Additionally, get that industrial farmhouse look with stainless steel kitchen possibilities here.
If you want to know where the true living gets done, it’s right here:
Yep. It’s a favorite gathering spot and where nearly every meal is taken, homework gets done, and intimate conversations about spiritual formation or the Cubs are uttered.
(Below) See one of my quote panels commissioned for the hall. The family’s favorite getaway? Mexico. So I hand-lettered James Taylor lyrics from a beloved song.
Modern Industrial Farmhouse Interior Design: Mud Room
Modern Industrial Farmhouse Interior Design: Butler Pantry
Modern Industrial Farmhouse Interior Design: Family Room
By the way, my friends didn’t just tidy up for this photo shoot or to stage their home. What you see is how they live: minimal and highly organized. How cute are the little glass canisters with bits and bobs?
Here’s the fun part. Go inside for a walk-through.
Other Places You’ll See the Farmhouse
My friends’ home was spotlighted on Apartment Therapy and stars in several short films. Seared, in particular, is powerful and so worth your time.
S E A R E D | The Journey of a Chef from Ben Gustafson on Vimeo. Styling: Modern Farmette.
See this home’s exterior here.
Learn more about this breathtaking modern farmhouse for sale HERE!
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To learn more about this home’s architect, visit: Jamie Simoneit, of Z+O architecture + interiors
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