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Modern Farmhouse Style - - Pretty Tough -

Natalie Mcge­hee’s guest-first mind­set dic­tated a lot of this home’s de­sign. Here’s how she made the house user-friendly:

AD­JUSTABLE SEAT­ING. You never know where a big group will gather. Thank­fully, ev­ery seat but the sofa is light­weight and eas­ily por­ta­ble. Barstools that raise and lower with a spin of the seat ac­com­mo­date kids and grown-ups alike.

OPEN STORAGE. Guests never have to search for a ce­real bowl in the morn­ing thanks to the kitchen’s open shelves. The same prin­ci­ple reigns in the pantry and in the bath­rooms, where metro shelv­ing and open van­i­ties store ne­ces­si­ties in plain sight.

EX­TRA EN­TER­TAIN­ING SPACE. Slid­ing glass doors al­low the garage to morph into an airy gath­er­ing space for a crowd.

SHOWER FOR ALL AGES. Long be­fore her grand­son was in the pic­ture, Mcge­hee in­stalled a hand­held sprayer in the hard­work­ing bath­room off the bunk room so vis­i­tors with chil­dren could eas­ily clean up.

this page: The mas­ter bed had Le­mas­ter and Natalie stumped un­til they re­mem­bered their rule about contrasting ma­te­ri­als. Then it be­came ob­vi­ous: The room needed me­tal. Luck­ily, they found an iron bed frame in a pared-down take on a tra­di­tional sil­hou­ette. The duo spray-painted the faux-horn lamp bases white and topped them with linen drum shades.

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