Ranch Dress­ing

A lit­tle taste of the sur­round­ing coun­try­side is the per­fect com­ple­ment to this home’s con­tem­po­rary aes­thetic.

Modern Farmhouse Style - - Contents -

A whole host of crit­ters shares Ron and Heather Thomp­son’s ranch in

Marysville, Cal­i­for­nia. Their 13 acres of land in­cludes a large farm­house (home to the cou­ple, 16-year-old daugh­ter Lianna, and 7-year-old son Bodhi) plus plenty of coun­try­side for longhorn cat­tle, mop-headed chick­ens, and lambs. Be­yond that is acre af­ter acre of wal­nuts, peaches, al­monds, and rice. “It looks like the prop­erty goes on for hun­dreds of acres be­cause noth­ing is de­vel­oped,” says Whit­ney Fecteau of De­sign Shop In­te­ri­ors who, along with Leyla Ja­worski, whipped the house into so­phis­ti­cated shape when the Thomp­sons bought it. “And there are cows just chillin’ in the front yard. One of the things that in­spired us was to bring the out­side in.”

Sun­shine came first. Pre­vi­ous own­ers had painted the walls deep gray and, Fecteau says, “it was so dark you al­most couldn’t see some of the cool de­tails,” such as wood­plank ceil­ings and gor­geous mill­work. White paint worked won­ders for bright­en­ing the home’s at­ti­tude.

A wool rug stepped in as ad­di­tional in­spi­ra­tion. Hand­dyed with indigo and hand-wo­ven, it slips ef­fort­lessly un­der the din­ing ta­ble. “The darker blues in it be­came the in­spi­ra­tion for ev­ery­thing else in the great-room,” Heather says. Those blues crop up on a bench in the en­try, pil­lows near the fire­place, and a run­ner in the kitchen.

The de­sign­ers also in­tro­duced sub­tle, so­phis­ti­cated nods to the coun­try. A cowhide stretches un­der seat­ing near the liv­ing room fire­place. Sketches of farm­houses and pho­tos of the Thomp­sons’ cat­tle are framed and placed promi­nently on the walls. Leather abounds as ac­cents on din­ing chairs, seats on barstools, and pil­lows on a bench. Fecteau notes that they kept the “coun­try” con­tained: “We didn’t want the house to feel su­per rus­tic,” she says. “We wanted it to have a farm­house vibe but with mod­ern­ized, cleaner lines.” In other words, the per­fect dol­lop of ranch dress­ing atop mod­ern sen­si­bil­i­ties.

“The wood on this wall brings in the farm­house, and the black color is the mod­ern part. Black adds that wow fac­tor to a room.” —in­te­rior de­signer Whit­ney Fecteau

op­po­site: The guest room walls are sheathed in Stik­wood, peel-and-stick re­claimed wood planks. Heather was in­spired by a pic­ture on Pin­ter­est, “and it had th­ese amaz­ing pops of emer­ald green against black and white,” she says. Pale bed­ding and fur­ni­ture off­set the dra­matic black wall, and a brass sconce brings in just a glint of glam­our. above: Play­ful but not ju­ve­nile, Bodhi’s bed­room is just right for a 7-year-old who loves school, sports, and the color red. left: The Thomp­son fam­ily, Heather, Lianna, Bodhi, and Ron, en­joy views of their acreage and an­i­mals from the back porch.

left: In the din­ing room, pair­ing wing chairs with low-slung linen­cov­ered chairs part­ners tra­di­tion with mid­cen­tury style. Sleek, shaded pen­dant lights mod­ern­ize the room. be­low: Once shrouded in black paint and black tufted fab­ric, this cor­ner bar came alive with white paint and the work of a skilled cab­i­net­maker. Black metal pulls mod­ern­ize the cab­i­nets, and a col­lec­tion of vin­tage items on the wall nods to home­owner Heather Thomp­son’s eclec­tic bent.

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