ED­I­TOR’S LET­TER

Modern Farmhouse Style - - Table Of Contents - SAMAN­THA HART Ed­i­tor

to live in one day and she replied, with­out hes­i­ta­tion, “One just like ours!” That doesn’t mean our house is Pin­ter­est-per­fect—far from it. We have a bath­room that needs re­pairs, walls that need to be re­painted, and a se­ries of plug out­lets that were ac­ci­den­tally in­stalled up­side down by the pre­vi­ous own­ers. We like to say it gives the house char­ac­ter. But when I look at these messy, im­per­fect spa­ces through Daisy’s eyes, I see some­thing en­tirely dif­fer­ent. I see a dream house—one that is cozy, com­fort­able, and fa­mil­iar, a place filled with love and mem­o­ries.

Each house in this is­sue mir­rors that sen­ti­ment. Some are more clean-lined like Alice and Rusty Ken­dall’s coastal home on Sul­li­van’s Is­land, South Carolina (“Fam­ily Cen­tered,” page 44), and Natalie Mcge­hee’s un­fussy week­end get­away—a roughly 1,000-square foot pre-en­gi­neered me­tal barn, which she de­signed from the ground up on a patch of pas­ture land out­side Col­lege Sta­tion, Texas (“Pretty Tough,” page 90). Oth­ers, such as Laura Lee Sam­ford’s old-meets-new farm­house just out­side Sa­van­nah (“South­ern Charm,” page 36), are lay­ered with clas­sic fur­nish­ings and an­tique trea­sures. There are no wonky out­lets or scratched-up walls in these sto­ries, but the cozy, com­fort­able, fa­mil­iar feel­ing per­me­ates each home.

This is what makes mod­ern farm­house style so special. It puts an un­wa­ver­ing value on au­then­tic­ity, both in terms of the build­ing tech­niques and ma­te­ri­als and the feel­ings they evoke. Whether ur­ban or ru­ral, built new or lov­ingly re­stored, these homes have one im­por­tant thing in com­mon—they are places filled with love and mem­o­ries. Daisy would surely ap­prove.

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