I’ve had quite a break over Christmas and New Year but back now and kicking the year off with a project from one of my favourite designers… Mixing pattern, textures and materials are the key to Studio McGee’s designs, for example juxtaposing a leather sofa next to a linen sofa. A dark almost black buttoned […]
Another fabulous project from Studio Mcgee, contemporary meets traditional… What’s not to love about this space, a mix of contemporary pieces and traditional give it a modern look with a heritage nod. Textures are big with Studio McGee and if you look closely at the coffee table in image 5 you will see it has […]
Crib Creative If we want to make a personal good impression we will want to dress our best, this can also be said of the first impression one receives as they step inside our home… When someone visits our home for the first time, it gives them an impression of the person we are, it […]
Described as “Cape Cod meets West Indies”, another fabulous project by one of my favourite design companies. The exterior architecture of this new build leans towards Hamptons, however Black Band Design have also injected a tropical feel inspired by quote, the “vibrant waters of the Caribbean”. When planning a new build by oneself with no interior designer […]
1. Image via Mercer Interior The word, ‘boho’ may conjure up a riotous mix of colours and patterns, muddle these together in a messy but creative way and throw in some greenery and you may have the boho of the past. However, today boho can be far more chic, in fact…..’boho chic’. ‘Boho’ stems from the word […]
“Casual and sophisticated, modern and timeless, serene but colourful” is how the designer describes this relaxed, South Carolina home. The designers, Guest House Studio, have used varying shades of blue for this project, with paint, soft furnishing and artwork. Blue is ‘cool’ on the colour charts but can evoke a moody or calming affect when you […]
Peek inside a gorgeous cottage of blue and white with the addition of a few surprising colours. Designed by award winning interior designers and home builders, Cottage Company of Harbor Springs, this sweet home has the perfect balance of style for coast or country. Specialising in creating “beautiful, classic cottages where generations of families can […]
Breeze Giannasio is an interior designer to the stars and I literally have stars in my eyes when I see the transformations she makes to these Hollywood homes. I’ve been in love with the distinctive style of designer, Breeze Giannasio since I viewed a video of her transformation of Mila Kunis parents condo on Houzz. Breeze takes […]
When I hear the word farmhouse, it conjures up images of a rambling stone building with mullioned windows, muddy boots in the hallway and a bridle alongside the dog lead. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth in this light filled, Carolina, Farmhouse.
A farmhouse is much about it’s location but farmhouse style is something that can be adopted in the city, country or mountains. A style that depicts relaxed, easy living but it doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish or even have a touch of the Hamptons.
This beautiful farmhouse by architects and interior designers, Wright Design is the perfect example of a modern day farmhouse and one I am just a wee bit envious of.It was hard for me to choose one of Wright’s designs as every project was so beautiful inside and out. I decided, however, to share this project as I can identify with its style, and the architecture and materials fill it with charm and personality. The beamed ceilings and ship lap walls could have you believing the building has been here for a 100 years when in fact it is a new build. The interior design has a country, farmhouse feel but it is not too rustic. The interior furnishing and decor is beautifully balanced with a traditional feel.
It is a bitterly cold winters day in Auckland and I can see me spending a lot of time in my little studio over the weekend finishing off my latest, large floral oil painting.
No offence to those who feel a farmhouse should be shabby chic or rustic, a new trend has evolved, a mix of tradition meets contemporary, I call it “modern farmhouse”, and it’s here to stay. This easy to live with style is not so much a trend but a lifestyle which can easily be adapted to the suburbs.
The bedroom image above is the perfect example of modern farmhouse style. Shiplap walls and wooden floorboards can be found in many old Farmhouses, however this new build retains tradition and mixes it with more contemporary pieces with its interior design. A luxurious wrap-around velvet headboard is an up-to-date look, paired with clean lined iron and wood side tables the space definitely leans towards modern farmhouse. The addition of the concertina wall lights reflect back to ‘traditional’.
Modern farmhouse is a mix of old and new, whether this be an authentic farmhouse with more contemporary furnishing or a new build farmhouse with a mix of antique, vintage and contemporary pieces. It is about selecting the right furniture or architectural design for the overall look of a space, regardless of kitchen, living or bedroom. I have been browsing Houzz and found some great images of spaces befitting “Modern Farmhouse” I hope you enjoy them.
2. Traditional style is given a lift by using opposing fabrics and textures to upholster a chair. This traditional style chair mixes velvet with cotton stripes – Design Lindye Galloway Design
3. Traditional in style yet modern with a choice of black/dark bronze tap ware and a slim framed mirror. The dark colours against a white palette also add that modern farmhouse feel – Design The Working Kitchen Ltd
4. A suave free standing bath juxtaposed with traditional tap ware add a contemporary feel – The Working Kitchen
5. Traditional furniture blends in a new build farmhouse with some contemporary features seen in the arch and stair rails and the addition of the decorative horse – Image via Baker Court Interiors
6. Mix up chairs… a traditional farmhouse table paired with modern chairs and a bench seat – Image by Elad Gonen
7. This entire space is traditional in style from the windows to the vertical shiplap, however the designer has brought it up to date with the simple, uncluttered furnishing – Photo Charlie & Co Design Ltd
8. A rug with a contemporary pattern instantly modernises a space. Blue and white gives a fresh look to the whitewashed floorboards of this modern farmhouse – Design Redbud Custom Homes
9. Contemporary lighting blends with more traditional pieces of furniture. Repeating lights will add more drama to a space. The architecture of the raked ceiling with its inset glass gives this open plan living area a contemporary feel, most definitely ‘Modern Farmhouse’ – Design Redbud Custom Homes
11. Open shelving is popular, these chunky dark wood shelves add a contemporary look to the more traditional style cabinetry below- Photo Lindye Galloway Design
I hope you have enjoyed these images, personally I love modern farmhouse style, it combines a lot of what I love in a home, a relaxed mix of furniture that is classic, yet modern at the same time and you definitely don’t have to live in a farmhouse to achieve this clean look.
This weekend we celebrate Waitangi day in New Zealand, Yay, an extra day off. We will be utilising the time to paint the rear deck as part of our back yard makeover. It is interesting as currently I am staring at ‘stark white’ primer on the deck and it doesn’t seem to agree with me. For some reason I have actually felt very tired this week, it is probably due to the smell of the paint but also I realise that the stark white primer is so reflective that it actually tires me out. Most people would think that white is simply white but there are a myriad of shades of white and some simply don’t work, stark white being one of them. I am so glad that I chose an off white for my studio as in hindsight it would have been a hard space to work in. I will be glad to have some normality back to the rear of the house and to be able to put the furniture back. I will share photos when it is finished and meanwhile I shall write a post on using the right whites.
If you love the look of modern farmhouse style, you may enjoy this beautiful home by Blackband Design. Or catch up on the latest images added to my idea book on Houzz, ‘Farmhouse – Modern’.
As a design blogger, I am constantly looking at beautiful homes and gathering ideas for myself and others and I believe this exposure has influenced me greatly in being a little more adventurous with my own interior style. I used to have a house full of antique pieces but now I prefer a mix of contemporary and traditional furniture. I still love traditional style, however I realise the most interesting spaces are when designers mix things up, especially in a building that has contemporary architecture and this is why I love this Californian Farmhouse so much.
I think what’s most important when designing the interior of your home is that it reflects your personality, its important to keep your identity. In saying that it is also important to be brave and be a little more eclectic in style. If you decide to build or move to a contemporary space and your furniture is traditional, it would be a mistake to give it up and start again. Look at what you have and choose to keep some of the more stand out pieces as a reflection of who you are, you can then mix these with a few contemporary pieces. A large, traditional piece of furniture can be the foundation of a new beginning of blending old with new.
Today’s interior features a contemporary, Californian farmhouse built by contractors Griffin and Crane, the gorgeous photography is by Jim Bartsch. I was drawn to the farmhouse when I spotted its stunning vaulted kitchen. The ceiling remind me of my beach house.This kitchen is classic, however the design works perfectly in this light filled, contemporary space. Clean lines are seen in the furniture and lighting. Striking, iron suspension lights reflect the bold lines of the bar stools legs. This space has an airy, contemporary feel, although at the same time it is traditional. The circular breakfast table and traditional style dining chairs with their simple loose covers are more classic compared to the contemporary bar stools. I love the classic dining chairs, they are timeless, suiting any style of decor, you may have seen similar chairs featuring in Interior designer, Irene Creans Mediterranean style home, which shows the elegance and simplicity of this chair suits many interior styles. In saying this, a loose covered chair such does look better in a larger space. The most traditional piece in this space which may have been a “keepsake” for the owners of this stunning home is the Persian rug on the kitchen floor which works wonderfully bringing a richness to the white palette.
The large arched doors in the kitchen area frame the view of the garden beyond which has been landscaped in rooms as an extension of the interior. I have a postage size back garden which I am currently re-landscaping into 3 areas which I plan to share on the blog, one stage at a time.
Building book shelves over a doorway is something I have always been drawn to and would love to do myself. This door frames the simple artwork and features antique books which when you look at it in its entirety is almost an artwork in itself.
In contrast to the kitchen/breakfast room, the dining room has a traditional look through the lights, furniture and the wainscot on the walls. It still has a contemporary feel because of the simple white palette. If you want to keep a space feeling light, spacious and contemporary then using white on walls and ceilings is the perfect solution. I am not talking about a creamy, yellow white but a lovely crisp white with just a hint of warmth.
The remainder of the house blends contemporary with traditional pieces with most rooms featuring strong lines, such as the simple four poster in the master suite and the iron supports of the marbled vanity in image 14.
Photography – Jim Bartsch
I hope you have enjoyed the images of this beautiful home and have been inspired to make little changes in your home or mix in some contemporary pieces with your more traditional ones. I am busy working on my garden at the moment as it has been neglected in favour of the inside of my house. After I completed my art studio (yet to share), I realised the garden and deck needed a major overhaul. I have grand visions for the tiny garden and will be sharing them as I complete one section at a time.
Few words are needed to describe this stunning, Napa farmhouse…
Tineke Triggs is the designer behind ‘Artistic Designs for Living’, voted, “Best of Houzz” for the past 5 consecutive years, there is no doubt in my mind that Tineke has great style. Far from what I would describe as a traditional Farmhouse, Tineke has blended traditional with contemporary, added a touch of industrial putting together a unique look for this Napa Valley home. Of course every farmhouse needs some rustic touches but the ones Tineke has incorporated add more an air of grace.
Above: The colour and style of this cabinet are similar to those at my beach house
Above: And the doors on this vanity reflect the style of my barn doors at the beach house. I always felt that my beach house had a touch of farmhouse to it.
The farmhouse is only one of Tineke’s projects, she also has a clever eye for colour so you may be surprised by some of her more colourful projects such as herdecorator showcase. View more of Artistic Designs for Living projects on their Houzz profile.
Reflecting on the images this home, I think it would be the perfect design for a lifestyle block in Marlborough or Central Otago, don’t you.
Recently I have been drafting a post on sun rooms and conservatories and came across this beautiful space while researching images. Not content with ‘waiting’ to share this new post I decided to dedicate today’s post to exploring a little more of this Grade II listed, home.
Esher is a leafy suburb of Surrey not far actually from where my fathers side of the family live in the UK. A listed building means that the building has significant architectural importance that relate to its age and architecture, this means you can’t simply add on or change things without council approval. Adding new windows may mean they are new but it is highly likely with a listed building that they have to be identical to the ones you’re replacing. This lovely Grade II listed house has clearly been renovated, but definitely in keeping with its traditional architecture. Natalie Forbes and Louisa Rix are the brain child behind their small interior design company, Forbes Rix Design.”Timeless design mixing classic with contemporary, old with new” is their hallmark style which is apparent in this beautiful home.
The conservatory which was the first image I spotted, is situated at the back of the house and leads to the garden. Forbes Rix have opened up the kitchen area to this conservatory so that it flows from kitchen to dining. Although built as a conservatory it is the perfect space for casual dining. The doors can be opened up in summer to allow a breeze and it would be the perfect place for long summer lunches with friends. I am really captivated by this space and the way it has been decorated. The pretty chandelier adds a touch of elegance. The surrounding indoor plants, keep that conservatory look so you feel like you are truly dining in a space with a difference.
I have included a few other photos of this gorgeous home. I am sure you will love the farmhouse feel that this design duo have incorporated into this project.
I hope you enjoyed these images and they have inspired you in some way. I will continue to work on my sun room post and share it with you next week. Meanwhile these images have given me light bulb ideas (but that is another story).