Farm made mod­ern

les­son num­ber 6

Modern Farmhouse Style - - From The Editor -

A bright hue in a large dose—on cab­i­netry, a sofa, or an area rug—en­er­gizes a mostly white color pal­ette. In each room, sprin­kle echoes of the same ac­cent color in small doses.

Art is a win­dow to the soul, at least ac­cord­ing to

home­owner Katie Bullard. An art lover and preser­va­tion­ist of his­toric homes, she was pe­rus­ing lo­cal an­tiques stores when she came across a vi­brant paint­ing of a longhorn that would soon serve as the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the re­model of her 1920s house in Austin. Elec­tri­fy­ing blues, greens, grays, and pur­ples en­cap­su­lated ev­ery­thing Katie wanted her home to be in one piece of art—bold but not over­pow­er­ing. “I knew ex­actly how I wanted to de­sign my home when I found that paint­ing,” she says. “Art is often my rally point for choos­ing a color pal­ette.”

Though she had found her in­spi­ra­tion, it would take more than a fresh coat of paint to re­vive the house. Her home’s foun­da­tion lives on the site of the first freed slave set­tle­ment west of the Mis­sis­sippi River, mak­ing it a re­quire­ment to sal­vage the less-than-600-square-foot orig­i­nal struc­ture that now serves as the home’s foyer. But this wasn’t Katie’s or her hus­band Jeff’s first rodeo—the cou­ple have been re­mod­el­ing his­toric homes for more than 15 years. With the help of El­e­ment 5 Ar­chi­tec­ture, the Bullards brought the small house to life with a two-story ad­di­tion that mim­ics the charm of its quaint city lot, which sits just min­utes from down­town Austin.

White board-and-bat­ten sid­ing, metal roof­ing, and land­scap­ing that’s built to en­dure in­tense Texas heat em­u­late the farm­house style Katie and Jeff imag­ined. In­side, 100-year-old re­claimed lon­gleaf pine floor­ing—still in its nat­u­ral fin­ish—of­fers a warm wel­come against the stark white walls, bold col­or­ful ac­cents, and hints of steel. An­tique finds—such as a French ar­moire in the en­try­way and a re­fin­ished claw-foot tub in the mas­ter bath—are sprin­kled through­out the space to blend old and new. “I wanted to keep the de­sign neu­tral for the most part but bring it to life with pops of vi­brant col­ors and eye-catch­ing tex­tures,” Katie says. “I didn’t want it to be bor­ing.”

Katie and Jeff agree that this home re­flects who they are more than any other home they’ve worked on. “I think it feels so com­fort­able be­cause it re­flects the ur­ban sen­si­bil­i­ties we have from liv­ing in the city but is also an ode to our roots, which are in the coun­try,” Katie says. “Hav­ing that blend makes it feel like home.”

op­po­site: Golden hard­ware on the wet bar is a taste­ful touch when paired with the deep blue cab­i­netry. A steel handrail on the stair­case strength­ens the sub­dued look of white and wood. above: Be­cause the home sits on a his­toric site, the Bullards were re­quired to sal­vage the orig­i­nal 565-square-foot struc­ture—which is now the front en­try—and in­cor­po­rate it into their ad­di­tion. Board-and-bat­ten sid­ing and a metal roof honor the farm­house ar­chi­tec­ture that ex­isted be­fore ren­o­va­tions started, while dark wood-clad win­dows and posts in­tro­duce a taste of mod­ern flair.

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