Posts Tagged ‘architecture’

Modern Farmhouse Style

Tuesday, 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

texas construction

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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Architecture, A Love Affair

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

We’re sightseeing today in a mystery city, and I’m so excited to be exploring the architecture here.  Summer is the height of travel season, and in years past we would forego a faraway vacation – not this year!  One of my good blog friends toured Spain recently and his pictures of Barcelona took me back to our travels there many years ago.  No doubt since we’re all watching the Summer Olympics, you’re admiring the modern structures built for the event in London.

I’ve had a long time love affair with grand architecture.  We used to travel abroad a lot before the babies were born, once I even I climbed all the stairs to the top of the cupola above St. Peters in Rome (while six months pregnant!) and the stairs to the Eiffel Tower too.  Earlier this week, we took the kids to another famous monument and they loved it!  They’ve got their father’s climbing syndrome, he’s always looking up and asking “How fast can we get to the top?”  :)

We try to grab a souvenir of monuments, some are small, others are art prints still in tubes waiting to be framed someday.  We’ve seen some iconic structures over the last 15+ years, my favorites include La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Il Duomo in Florence, and the Coliseum in Rome.

iconic structures

Photo series via Third Floor Design on Etsy


The two l want to see in my lifetime are the Parthenon in Athens and the Taj Mahal.

taj mahal watercolor

watercolor by Bohemian Habitats


Today I thought I’d feature a few architectural watercolor prints and city views found on Etsy – be sure to check out the shop portfolios, they have a lot more to see!

flatiron nyc watercolor

Flatiron, NYC by Ilker Cocahan


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