no-fuss farm­house style

Modern Farmhouse Style - - Breaking Ground -

Cre­ate a coun­try look that’s clean, not kitsch, us­ing these easy steps.

PUT IT IN NEU­TRAL. A muted color pal­ette in­stantly reads as more so­phis­ti­cated than bright tones.

DON’T OVERCROWD. Giv­ing items—art­work, shelv­ing, fur­ni­ture—room to breathe will keep a room from look­ing too pre­cious.

ACCENTUATE UTIL­I­TAR­IAN MA­TE­RI­ALS. Show­ing off hard­work­ing el­e­ments such as me­tal, con­crete, and steel lends mod­ern grit to a space.

GO WIDE AND LIGHT. These white oak planks mea­sure 11 inches wide and fea­ture a light stain—a for­giv­ing color choice for dust and grime tracked in from the fields.

RE­FLECT LO­CAL LIFE WITH ART. A black-and-white steer por­trait, painted on a piece of sheet me­tal, pays trib­ute to the live­stock raised on the prop­erty.

clock­wise from top left: Marigolds dis­played in a colan­der-cum-planter give new mean­ing to the term “farm to ta­ble.” Sim­plic­ity reigns in the kitchen, where un­honed stone coun­ter­tops and alder wood beams accentuate the space’s clean lines. Fab­ri­cated from cedar, the kitchen’s open shelv­ing lends an aro­matic el­e­ment to the room. What’s a Texas farm­house with­out a few rock­ing chairs? The sin­gle-story home was mod­eled af­ter tra­di­tional farm­houses both in look (white board-and-bat­ten sid­ing, me­tal roof, ledge­stone chim­ney) and in lay­out (a cen­tral kitchen/liv­ing area flanked by bed­rooms on ei­ther side).

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