Modern Farmhouse Style

April 14th, 2015

I ran into a long time friend this morning at the post office and we were talking about architecture and real estate and how nice it would be to build here (but way too expensive for our pocketbook) and how much we really love the modern farmhouse style and how it fits so nicely with not only the landscapes here in Sonoma County but any country property with extra acreage. 

Many of the wineries in this area have adopted a similar style for their tasting rooms, a blend of contemporary clean lines with classic farmhouse style, pitched roof and covered porch required! Often the exterior is vertical board and batten siding with stone or concrete mixed in for variety.

contemporary farmhouse

 

mod farmhouse exterior

truexcullins architecture

What is also common is the use of larger windows, and in the lower level community spaces that open up to the outdoors, they often extend from floor to ceiling. Many of the windows you’ll find have no window treatments in order to bring in the natural light and views of the surrounding landscape.

In the kitchen, the cabinets are Shaker, the metal fixtures are industrial or barn style such as gooseneck. Wood is always present and in mixed tones.

modern farmhouse style kitchen

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modern farmhouse kitchen

cuppett architects

hanging shelves in kitchen

julie ranee

 

modern farmhouse kitchen

trueex cullins  

wood and white farmhouse kitchen

k marshall design

  

Dining rooms include raw wood farmhouse tables in traditional or modern X base styles, the Tolix or Windsor chair completes the look.

mod farmhouse dining

cuppett architects

modern farmhouse dining

the design atelier

mod farmhouse banquette

k marshall design

 

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New Favorite Design Books

April 13th, 2015

Happy Monday everyone! I spent most of my weekend running around with various obligations but took a few hours of downtime all by myself to pour over favorite design books I’ve recently added to my collection. Two were sent to me by the authors, two I purchased myself but I love each of them for varied reasons.

design books on bookshelf

The first among the group was written by Melissa of The Inspired Room, we’ve been good friends for years, traveling to NYC together, meeting up at different events, and she and I always share encouraging words behind the scenes. She’s a kindred soul and like me a west coast gal. 

love the home you have

Melissa has written the most marvelous book to inspire you called Love the Home You Have. Truly that’s the most important thing to feel when you look at your home and where you reside right now, having a positive emotional connection is so very important to daily happiness and it’s all about your frame of mind.

love the home you have melissa michaels

Melissa walks you through the steps of falling in love with the house you live in now. Just like in her thoughtful blog posts, Melissa provides tips and ideas for looking at your home with fresh eyes and releasing yourself from unrealistic expectations and why authenticity in your home is key to contentment.

Melissa offers inspiration for refreshing your home with simple seasonal decorating and has started a new website Home Love Stories where you can share why you love your humble abode too. I was inspired by the chapter to say goodbye to the things I don’t need anymore and spent several hours purging with that mindset. At the end Melissa offers her readers a 31 day Love Your Home challenge with meaningful steps to take each day for a month so that you can look at your spaces with new gratitude. Find Melissa’s inspiring book on Amazon. 

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Next up is The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes by Justina Blakeney, the designer behind The Jungalow blog. I’ve always loved the word “bohemian” especially in decorating because it imparts a devil may care I do what I please attitude.

the new bohemians book

Justina’s book like her blog is such a visual treat ! Twenty luscious and free spirited homes are captured on the pages showcasing a collection of modern bohemian spaces from earthy to maximalist. Each home’s feature includes the “Adopt an Idea” summary with many creative ideas for unique storage or display.

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To quote Justina, “Decorating is about feeling free, having fun, rejecting traditional notion of what goes with what (especially that everything in a room has to match) and getting a little bit wild.” Ditto that!

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You’ll also find a few DIY projects inside the pages plus a “Plant-O-Pedia” with tips on caring for the interior plants and terrariums featured within the homes. You can preorder Justina’s beautiful book The New Bohemians on Amazon.

 

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