February 22, 2018

Modern Farmhouse Style – Quiet Moments of Simplicity

Pinterest has been flooded with modern farmhouse inspo and there’s no denying it’s a look that appeals to many! Farmhouse style evokes a sense of nostalgia, transporting us all to a simpler time when families gathered around a long oak table to recount their days over a shared meal. We all know those moments are worth celebrating in the modern home, but how do we know which rustic-chic elements to hold onto and which we should leave behind? Read on to discover the elements we think are worth resurrecting.

Farmhouse Sinks

A total no-brainer, farmhouse sinks are a surefire way to bring this classic style to life in your home and they look charming in just about every design. Plus, they offer up tons of space for washing dishes, watering flowers, and storing ice when entertaining… functional beauty we can totally get behind!

Modern Farmhouse Sink Brass Hardware

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Bronze Copper Farmhouse Sink

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Farmhouse sinks don’t always have to be a standard white. Selecting a dark metal finish allows the sink below to steal the show in an otherwise neutral space.

Trough Sink in Bathroom

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Whether passed down through the family over generations or found at a local flea market, antiques are an important factor in the modern farmhouse design formula. The character and patina of vintage furnishings lend a welcome sense of warmth and texture to every space, creating a cozy vibe that feels lovingly collected over time.

Create moments within your home where precious pieces have the opportunity to tell their unique story. We love how this antique chair and carefully crafted Hermle clock infuse a dose of depth into an otherwise light and bright Craftsman interior.

antique writing desk entryway decor

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Don’t be afraid to get creative with your antiques! Something old feels fresh and new again when its function is reimagined, such as the secretary desk above that we opted to use as an entry table. Added bonus – the vintage brass umbrella stand is equally attractive whether corralling wet rain gear or sitting empty next to the front door.

Antique wood headboard

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Transforming artifact into art is a common trick of the modern farmhouse trade. We salvaged antique architectural fragments to craft a headboard in this soothing master suite, and we love re-purposing old doors, mirrors, columns, and corbels to infuse that one-of-a-kind farmhouse touch.

Vintage Copper Pan Storage

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Instead of hiding your copper cookware away in a storage cabinet, why not bring it out in the open to shine (literally!) The minute we saw this client’s collection, we knew we knew these beauties needed to be on display. One of our favorite local craftsmen fashioned this hanging rail from a piece of reclaimed lumbar and iron piping. Voila! The pans are readily accessible come dinner time, and otherwise, they are constantly showing off their farmhouse charm.

Organic Textiles

Pairing sleek, more contemporary furnishings with raw, natural textiles is a wonderful way to achieve a modern farmhouse vibe. Think burlap, linen, cotton, and any other organic materials reminiscent of ones you might find down on the farm.

Organic Textile Pillows

Vintage grain sack burlap pillow covers from Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top, Texas via Marie Flanigan Interiors.

Linen Chair Organic Textiles

A slipper chair covered in a solid neutral gray fabric softens up this seating area filled with antique furnishings via Marie Flanigan Interiors.

Shiplap Paneling

Shiplap is an architectural staple that was around long before our favorite fellow Texans made it famous! As you can likely tell, we’re huge fans because it’s an element that can be incorporated into virtually any room in your home, and it has an uncanny ability to blend into nearly any aesthetic.

Shiplap Mudroom Study

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If you are renovating an older home or building a new one from scratch, don’t underestimate the power of architectural elements like shiplap – execute them in fresh new ways for a look that’s distinctively you.

Shiplap and Natural Shades

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Shiplap dining room napa valley showhouse traditional home

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Treat shiplap like any other wall – don’t be afraid to break it up with windows, doors, and art for visual rest.

Shiplap living room

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Industrial Lighting

Authentic farmhouse fixtures were primarily concerned with fulfilling function versus making a fashionable statement, but we love how modern fixtures are working hard and bringing the wow factor!

Industrial Lighting Vertical Shiplap Farmhouse Style

Vertical shiplap and a bold industrial fixture via Marie Flanigan Interiors

Industrial Lighting

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As far as lighting is concerned, the modern market offers an endless array of colors and finishes, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding an industrial-style light suited to your needs and budget.

Industrial School House Lighting Bathroom

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Farmhouse Lighting

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The Napa Valley kitchen we designed for Traditional Home is one of our favorite examples of modern farmhouse style! Oversized lanterns look down on crisp shiplap paneling, industrial metal shelving, bronze cup pulls, and a gorgeous farmhouse sink. On their own, each element stands firm as classically farmhouse, but when combined, their execution tells a more contemporary story…and that’s a story we can’t get enough of!


Join the Conversation

  1. Beautiful post as always!!

  2. Kyleen says:

    Thanks for the tips! Always love how you apply trends, but still keep the design timeless.

  3. Linda says:

    I really enjoyed your post! What color is on the wall with the antique chair? Love it!

    • marie says:

      Thank you, Linda! So happy you enjoyed it 🙂 That’s Benjamin Moore Athena. Wishing you a lovely week!

  4. Emmanuel says:

    Thanksso much for the post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

  5. Bonnie Hyde says:

    I am so happy to have discovered you today! Everything you do is sooo beautiful! Will you please tell me what colors of paint you used in the bathroom with the farmhouse sink andthe living room with the shiplap walls and industrial light? Many thanks!

  6. Katie says:

    That bedroom is beautiful!! Can you share where you purchased the woven wood window coverings? They’re gorgeous!

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