As you may be aware, the ‘farmhouse modern’ style is very popular right now. It is a good fit for Texas and many new homes in the Austin area are being built with this architecture. We worked with a couple last year who were preparing to move out of their downtown condo and into a full sized house.
After choosing a Farmhouse Modern style, they were fairly far along in the architectural process when we joined the team. Above you can see the finished exterior of their new home. Even though the layout and most of the details were set, we still had time to select many of the cosmetic finishes, such as paint, lighting, hardware, and any built-ins or finishing woodwork.
On the blog we are going to cover several of the home’s rooms, starting this week with the kitchen, breakfast and family rooms.
In the kitchen, we selected some fun, metal pendant lights that would make a statement amidst the fairly clean and classic kitchen style. The rustic/industrial wood and metal barstools also add to that farmhouse style, yet are very practical in a house full of little ones.
Classic, shaker style cabinets are painted in Benjamin Moore’s clean white, Chantilly lace, as are the walls and trim.
The “breakfast” area is the only eating space in the home and the homeowners wanted to maximize the number of people they could sit. Technically it was a little tight and was really constrained by the two walls and walk path. We decided to install a built-in banquette so the homeowners could fit as many people as possible and not have to worry about having space at the head to slide a chair in and out.
We added shiplap to the walls to give this nook some personality. I am a big fan of shiplap. I had it installed in my breakfast nook about 8 years ago and I still love it!
A zinc top table adds a little more farmhouse style and can withstand a lot of wear and tear. The open iron lantern makes the space feel casual and approachable.
For the family room, the homeowners, who obviously like white, also wanted some practicality. The main sofa is covered in a light grey fabric and the side chairs are covered in white denim twill slipcovers.
A patterned floor rug will be forgiving with potential spills and stains.
The iron cocktail table and reclaimed wood and iron console table continue to contribute to the farmhouse feel. The ‘modern’ comes in with the clean lined upholstery, colors and patterns. We used a neutral color palette (no reds, greens or yellows) and focused on graphic patterns in the pillows, as well as textures, such as velvet and linen, to add atmosphere to the room given the lack of color.
Over the next few weeks we will show you the home office, master bedroom and a couple of small outdoor vignettes. Even if farmhouse modern is not ‘your’ style, I think you will enjoy it! Stayed tuned!