This was a fun home for me to design! I began putting together the ideas for this Modern Farmhouse from the first sketch I sent to our draftsman. I knew I wanted steep gables with board and batten siding, and metal roofing. Of course reclaimed brick and black framed windows. I was thinking an all white exterior and soft grays inside. We had the plans drawn up and about to break ground when a great couple approached us. They were blending families and were in love with the location where we were planning to build. Nolan and I shared the plans with them and that sealed the deal. It was a great space for their large family with 3 stories for them to spread out. We tweaked a few bedrooms downstairs to make it most efficient for their needs and began building.
If you’ve been around us for awhile, you’ll notice that I’m a huge fan of Sherwin Williams Alabaster White shaker cabinets. Though this may be the current trend, it is also timeless. White shaker cabinets were popular 50 years ago and still today. They love to cook so they upgraded to a commercial oven and refrigerator to fully equip the space. They kept things clean and simple with a standard white subway tile and brushed nickel knobs and pulls. (Linked below)
They liked the style of marble for their countertops but wanted a modern twist and the ease of quartz. We ended up going with Pental Statuario quartz in the kitchen and it was beautiful. As you can see above, we also sourced several mixed metal lights for the project. This was an easy way to marry the matte black that is so notorious in a modern farmhouse, with a little bling like our Polished Brizo faucet.
Because we went with a large commercial oven rather than wall units, we needed to be creative with the microwave placement. Our favorite alternative is a drawer microwave, also tucked away in the island. It is a very handy feature and looks nice too! Here it balances the stainless of the dishwasher on the other side of the farmhouse sink.
THE LIVING SPACE
Their kitchen and great room has an open concept design with hardwoods throughout to tie all of the spaces together. This piece of property has an incredible view so we wanted to maximize it as the main focal point. These grand window let in a ton of light which allowed the homeowners to go with a bit of a darker paint. They chose Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray in their main areas. If that sounds familiar, it is the same color we have in our own home and we love it.
As mentioned before, a reclaimed brick look was selected to tie in that vintage farmhouse touch. We used a think brick called Mutual Used from Mutual Materials here in Salem. The homeowner found an incredible old beam that he wanted to use for the mantel and corbels. It was STUNNING! I mean….seriously!
The powder room is the place that is a perfect place to go bold with your style choices. Here we accentuated the modern style with a sleek round mirror and a matte black wall mounted faucet. This is another nod to mixed metals with a chrome light, stainless mirror and black faucet.
We kept the master on the main level here which is always great for resale value. Their bathroom features the same white cabinets and pulls from the kitchen keeping it classic and clean. We also used a 4″ x 12″ white subway tile and chair rail to give the classic appearance of wainscoting. When pulling a Modern Farmhouse look together we look to bring in clean, timeless features with rustic texture and a few bold contemporary details. Here, our rustic texture comes from this wood looking tile floor. It adds great visual warmth and character to contrast the crisp white. We did end up using a different counter top in the bathrooms which is a great tip to reduce your budget. Here we used Pental Quartz Cashmere. Our bold, contemporary details are added with this Delta Tolva waterfall faucet and Pottery Barn Mirrors, completing our trio for a Modern Farmhouse look.
One other trick of the trade is to make a space appear larger by using an element all the way through the space. Here, we carried the subway tile and chair rail into the shower to unify the space. It gives the eye the idea that the space is larger when it is not broken up.
So going back to the original vision and sketches sent to our draftsman… “steep gables with board and batten siding, and metal roofing. Of course reclaimed brick and black framed windows. I was thinking an all white exterior and soft grays inside.” Because our homeowners purchased this before it was completed, they were able to adjust a few things to their preferences. They chose Repose Gray with custom white trim rather than an all white exterior. I added a stained beam header as their window trim to bring in a bit of detail. WE LOVE IT!
To the back, we added a black and stainless cable rail for the modern feature. It is great as far as maintenance in our climate and it looks great without obstructing their gorgeous view.
I hope you enjoyed this tour through our Modern Farmhouse. We sure do love getting to share our work with you!
Wall Color : Intellectual Gray (Sherwin Williams 7045)
Trim Color: Alabaster (Sherwin Williams 7008)
Bathroom Walls: Worldly Gray (Sherwin Williams 7043)
Cabinets: Alabaster (Sherwin Williams 7008)
Hardwood: Coming soon
Tile: Coming Soon
Countertops: Pental Quartz Statuario & Cashmere
Exterior Paint: Repose Gray (Sherwin Williams 7015)