Growing up I was always surrounded by different types of design, all the way from landscapes to interiors. I am a Colorado native and living so close to the Rocky Mountains I have been very fortunate to be surrounded by some very beautiful and unique designs. I graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Interior Design and was then able to turn my passion into a profession! I started at Springhaus in 2017 as one of the Designers and have now moved into the role of the company Buyer as well as working in Accounting! I developed a passion for Interior Design at a young age and have been very blessed to expand my role into the business side of the design world as well!
There are many things I love about working at Springhaus but one of those is that we can help anyone with their design needs and have the most amazing team to assist with that! Springhaus really is “Everything Amazing”.
Maybe you’ve seen Brit Arnesen’s cool, relaxed, and elegant home, inspired by a contemporary mix of Art Deco, boho-glam, and mid-century Modern influences run through her personal filter? There was that Apartment Therapy article, and that feature on her bathroom transformation on Clare’s paint blog. Or maybe you’re one of her 33 thousand Instagram followers?
Brit bought the very same house she used to ride by on her bike as an 8-year old, not fantasizing about living in it someday but thinking to herself that it must be the world’s ugliest home. A ranch-style built in 1962, with the bare minimum done for almost 50 years and then abandoned for nearly 5, Brit must’ve surprised herself then, when she and her husband, Derek, bought it about 5 years ago, thinking they would fix it and flip it. But as they invested all their time, dreams, and energy into it, they became really attached. We would, too, if we’d made such a beautiful place for ourselves, and worked so hard in the process. Along the way, Brit, formerly a model, an elementary school teacher, a world traveler, and a graduate scholar, reinvented herself.
With two children, two dogs, one cat, and one hardworking husband (with freshly renewed vows!), she had her work cut out for her: How was she to craft a space out of the existing structure that lived up to her design dreams but was practical for the loves of her life? Knocking down walls, making the most of natural light, she created an open floor plan where living room, dining area, and kitchen all flow together, their styles complementing each other seamlessly. Through trial and error, an autodidact’s passion for teaching herself interior design, and a great community of likeminded folks online, she made this amazing, liveable space. Brit carved out a little time from her busy life to answer a few questions from us. Read on below!
How would you describe your style?
I feel like my style is actually pretty eclectic. I’d describe it as Art Deco-inspired boho-glam with some MCM thrown in.
Where did you look for inspiration when designing this space?
I have a pretty decent collection of interior design books that I looked at for inspiration. I also went to design blogs as well as Pinterest and Instagram, of course! The interior design community on Instagram is actually pretty close-knit and some of the interior designer friends I’ve made were also a huge help, especially when it came to sources.
What is the main impression or vibe you hope this space makes on someone coming to it?
I hope it comes across as stylish, yet relaxed. This area of the house gets a lot of use and I want it to be a place where my family wants to be. I think the mix of high and low design helps to accomplish this. The swing helps, too!
Can you tell us more about that dramatic ceiling medallion in black around Estee’s canopy? Where’d you get the idea? Did you customize it?
As far as the medallion goes, it was actually my friend Emily’s (@gildedhearth) idea. We met and became friends through Instagram. She’s an interior designer in LA. We chit-chat a lot and I asked her opinion when I was figuring out what I wanted to do in the dining room. I’d been contemplating painting an area on the ceiling around the light when she sent me a link to the medallion and said to paint it black. I’m so glad I did! The combo is perfection!
What advice would you give to someone looking to expand their design horizons?
I would say to look for inspiration on either Pinterest, Instagram, or the many interior design blogs out there and then just go for it. I feel like design is trial and error, or at least it has been for me. I tend to change things up frequently in my home not only because I enjoy having a project to work on, but also because I’m trying to home in on what I really like and create a space that I can feel comfortable and content in. I feel like every project I do, I get closer and closer to knowing my style. You have to start somewhere and just keep going.
Fun question: What’s your favorite show to binge-watch?
Definitely Law & Order: SVU, althoughBreaking Badis a close second.
The story continues! Check out the amazing transformations pulled off with a little Mitzi-love along the way in her bathroom and bedroom.
Although a Californian by birth, I have called Colorado home for nearly 20 years now and proud to say that I love it here. After attending College at the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor’s in Marketing, I moved back to Fort Collins and haven’t wanted to leave since. I first was introduced to the commercial world 10 years ago with a moving and installation company that continued to expand on ways we could help clients with their spaces, by adding furniture, walls, and flooring to our capabilities. After helping open the Colorado headquarters and Nebraska Branch, I joined Springhaus to help build something even bigger. Now I get the opportunity to provide everything for a client for not just their office, but for their entire building. The sense of pride when driving around Northern Colorado knowing that I was part of that building is what drives me to continue to grow our business and capabilities. Married to my amazing wife Jessica and blessed by our two boys Hudson (4 years old) and Ryker (1-year-old), my time outside of work is dedicated to enjoying their laughs, smiles, and amazing hearts. We love going to the pool in the summer, watching football during the winter, and dance parties in the living room to get all that energy out. Other hobbies include a deep passion for golf, fishing, and waterfowl hunting. I also am a member of the Northern Colorado United for Youth and a huge advocate for fundraising events to support the kids and veterans of Northern Colorado.
One of the many reasons why I love working at Springhaus is the ability to truly create a full tenant finish package and really helping a client from start to finish of their business. While helping offices, restaurants, beauty salons, and much more we get to provide the wide breadth of products, looks, and feels to our clients and make every project something unique and special. Springhaus has allowed me to expand my capabilities with my relationships to be even more involved in their projects and hold even more pride in the finished project.
I am one of Springhaus’s Kitchen and Bath Designers that specializes in everything within that space and it’s surrounding elements. I’m originally from Alaska, though grew up in Breckenridge, Colorado with a high interest of outdoor activities as that’s where you’ll typically find me when not indulging in design. I graduated from Front Range Community College with an Associate of Arts and Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) focused in Interior Design along with a Kitchen and Bath (NKBA Accredited) certificate, Drafting Fundamentals certificate, and Design Communication certificate. In January 2018, I was nominated and awarded as first place kitchen design through the Nation Kitchen and Bath Association Student Design Competition as well as Way Point Living Spaces. Having an outdoorsy background, I am usually spending my off time: kayaking, hiking, camping, fishing, snowshoeing, and gallivanting on the funny farm with the dogs and goats!
Working with Springhaus has been a completely different evolving design experience that has opened up so many different relationships, connections, and collaborative events between clients, peers, vendors, builders, and installers. Being able to be a part of this larger, local firm has truly been an eye opening experience that just keeps evolving everyday. I can’t wait to experience it with you all!
It’s been great seeing the creativity infusing the wallpaper world with new zest. Timorous Beasties, Abnormals Anonymous, Cole & Son, Anthropologie, Ashley Woodson Bailey, Hygge & West, Lulu & Georgia—just to name a few—have been absolutely killing it. (Emily Henderson did a nice round-up here.) From single image pieces to updates on toile to things that have textural appearance to geometrical to symmetrical to asymmetrical to chinoiserie to huge sensuous flowers on dark backgrounds to soft natural tones to glinting golden lines to animals, there are so many options out there now. (I’m out of breath just writing that.)
For a long time, wallpaper was used by those inclined to do so, but it wasn’t a popular choice, and there might even have been an attitude that it was somehow inferior to paint. But now, wallcoverings have become re-energized with new ideas that are setting spaces apart. An arty sensibility and a playful boldness have banished any connotation of boringness or backgroundness it might have had.
Looking to breathe new life into a room and give it a whole new look? The combination of a contemporary wallpaper and a wow-worthy light fixture could do just the trick.
There are contradicting opinions. On the one side, you have notions like ‘Make sure you love the wallpaper. Replacing it is hard.’ On the other, you’ve got, ‘Well, not really. Replacing it is easier these days, depending on what options you go with.’ Some designers suggest that the key to using wallpaper is restraint: ‘Do one or two rooms before committing to more than that.’ Others say ‘Go big or go home!’ Similarly, some suggest an accent wall while others say ‘H-E-doublehockeysticks no.’ (Accent walls, as we’ve covered, can be a divisive subject). The question is no longer ‘Will I still love this in 10 years?’ but ,’Is this going to be great for 5 years?’ Let’s face it: There’s no way of knowing. Just jump in.
Interior designer Betsy Helmuth says, “Go the distance. You want to make a statement, make a statement,” arguing that using wallpaper for an entire room is era-appropriate. “The way you do paper is you do a whole room.”
Are you considering doing a wallpaper refresh? A few things to consider before plunging in.
First off, hire a pro installer. Get it right the first time; get the best look; avoid waste; prevent buying an outrageous yardage.
Second, prep the surface it’s going to go on. The wall may require considerable sanding, spackling, and evening out.
Thirdly, consider angles in your placement. Is it an old room where planes don’t meet at a sharp perpendicular angle? This can create a bad look. Wallpaper works best when everything meets neatly and every situation has been prepared for, including where the repeats in the pattern happen and where windows and doors will interrupt it.
Let’s say you do want to start small, try it out as an experiment. Powder rooms are one of the best places for wallpaper. The small area to cover makes it an inexpensive lark with the possibility of an aesthetic payoff that is big.
It’s also a place where you indulge yourself in something whimsical, something dramatic. Since a powder room is not really a space you livein, spending a lot of time, it’s a safe space to lean into your wilder proclivities. At its best, it’s a refreshing oasis for a guest, a place to step away from it all for a moment.
Another brilliant way to apply wallpaper (and a way to use it so that it’s not the whole room) is to combine it with wainscoting. Wallpaper used this way, offset by crown moulding and half-wall wainscoting, makes for an enduringly elegant combination. It also offer possibilities for engaging color combinations. You could tie the color of the wainscoting and moulding into the wallpaper or even match it completely, making a beautiful complement, as in the room above, or you could use it as a chance to make a bold contrast, as in the energizing scenario pictured in our header image to this post.
But just because it’s called wallpaper doesn’t mean it has to have to go on the wall.
Using wallpaper on the ceiling creates an unexpected element that lifts your head as well as elevates the whole space. Often barely considered when putting a room together, giving the ceiling attention may prove transformative, as seen here.
In this space by Curtis Elmy of Atmosphere ID, the grey, brass, black, and white scheme is lifted by the stunner of the ceiling with our eye-catching two-tone Glendale in the center.
The right combination of a bold wallpaper and a bold light fixture which complement each other is a sure-fire way to energize a room with a needed dose of the unexpected.
I’ve been in love with art and design since the day I picked up my first crayon. Constantly drawing, doodling and making things as I grew up, I always knew that I wanted to pursue a design career. I graduated from Front Range Community College with my AAS in Interior Design along with a Kitchen & Bath Certification. Right out of college I began working in the design industry, where I gained knowledge of Tile and Flooring. Now as the Design Director for Springhaus, I am passionate about finding ways to let my creative juices flow. I am often inspired by a simple sketch or element in nature that transforms into my concept. I’m a firm believer in the power of a strong concept with an unexpected execution and I challenge myself to explore with every project. My favorite part of my job is being able to see the design process from the ground up, through this I continue to learn and become a better designer for my clients.
I am a California girl at heart, but living in Fort Collins has made me never want to leave Colorado. I love happy hour, hiking to the top of mountains, trees changing colors in the fall and Starbucks flat whites.
Springhaus is a very upbeat work environment. Every day is different and I enjoy being able to visualize the whole design of a project by collaborating with our lighting, flooring and cabinet specialists.
A balanced blend of rustic and refined, the modern farmhouse style continues to be a rising trend. We break down our favorite modern farmhouse looks—inside and out.
Modern Farmhouse Exteriors
A modern farmhouse exterior is often a perfect blend of modern and traditional elements. Whether it’s a fabulous farm porch or siding made with reclaimed wood, homes that hearken back to simpler times can be expertly styled with an of-the-moment feel.
Modern Touches to a Traditional Farmhouse Exterior
This gorgeous, peaceful home in rural North Carolina seamlessly combines both traditional and modern elements. The wrap-around porch is an undeniable vestige of days of old, when rocking chairs and lemonade dominated a family’s free time. But the ample windows and open floor plan (along with the entire interior decor of the home) incorporate elements that easily bring this home to the modern day.
“Our goal was to strike a good balance between traditional and modern in a way that did not result in simply a traditional exterior and modern interior,” says architect Erin Sterling Lewis. A pressure-treated wood deck extends from the property under a stained pine, V-groove ceiling. Steel and wood comprise the columns.
Sizeable and Chic in Vermont’s White Mountains
A winter vacation retreat for a private client in Vermont, this four-bedroom home sits nested on a hill facing north toward the White Mountains. On this modern farmhouse exterior, vernacular materials such as HardiPlank siding, sheet metal, board-formed concrete and timber framing are reinterpreted with a modern focus.
Tall windows are strategically placed around interior spaces to provide optimal views out toward the mountain ranges in the distance and provide natural light to key living areas. The house also allows for strong ties to its surrounding landscapes with a bridge that connects its users to a network of paths leading up through the mountains.
A Stately Farmhouse in Upstate New York
Inspired by hilltop views and traditional New England farm and barn structures, Marvin Architect’s Challenge winner Michael Waters of LDa Architecture & Interiors set out to strike the perfect balance between time-tested tradition and sophisticated, clean lines.
The ultimate goal was to create a home that would have an authentic presence in the surrounding agricultural landscape and strong visual and physical connections to the site.
The design incorporates an existing colonial residence, re-situated on the site and preserved along with contemporary additions on three sides. The resulting home strikes a perfect balance between traditional farmhouse architecture and sophisticated contemporary living.
A Maine Farmhouse Built With Salvaged Materials
Caleb Johnson Studio combined materials recovered from a vintage farmstead, as well as a midcentury modern teardown, to create the ultimate modern farmhouse. By incorporating such materials into the new home’s design, they were able to create a modern farmhouse with soul. Large Marvin windows and an unpainted galvalume-coated steel roof complete the modern farmhouse exterior.
Modern Farmhouse Kitchens
A kitchen designed in a modern farmhouse style is functional, free of clutter, and always chic. Scroll to read about some of our favorite modern farmhouse kitchen designs.
When beginning construction, Austin–based contractor Royce Flournoy hoped that the simple, gabled structure of the farmhouse-style home he now shares with his partner would blend seamlessly into the urban space around it.
The result? A simple, modern layout with ample light thanks to the open floor plan. In keeping with that, their modern farmhouse kitchen is a marriage of rustic warmth and industrial simplicity, with open shelving and a sleek marble countertop.
Inspired by historic American farmhouses, this modern dwelling is sited at the base of the Rocky Mountain Foothills in West Boulder, Colorado. Designed by Boulder–based firm Surround Architecture, the 6,800-square-foot property features a modern farmhouse kitchen with a unique feature: a countertop that extends beyond the home’s four walls to create an outdoor bar area.
At the heart of the main level is the stunning kitchen, which expertly incorporates both light and dark elements for added visual interest. And expansive windows draw the eye (and the counter!) outside to a peaceful gathering place.
Dotted with barns aplenty, the agricultural stronghold of Door County, Wisconsin, was the perfect place for Beth and her husband’s vision of a modern farmhouse. Enlisting the help of Minnesota–based Salmela Architect, the clients worked closely together with principal architect David Salmela, as well as project architect Malini Srivastava to craft a custom rural home inspired by the local weathered barns.
The couple chose a minimalist design approach for their home, due to both budget constraints and desired outcome. The style is mirrored in the diminutive modern farmhouse kitchen, which makes use of deep blue tiling set apart by stainless steel appliances.
When a dilapidated farmhouse went up for sale in Jacek Kolasiński’s dream neighborhood in Szczecin, Poland, he didn’t hesitate to buy it. “”I had been looking for a place here for a very long time,” the interior designer explains of the urban area, which retains the countryside charm it had before World War II. “I’ve liked it since I was a child.”
He brought the 1,500-square-foot structure back to life by tearing down light-blocking walls and cramped ceilings and salvaging unique features like columns and old brickwork. Its reconstructed bones were then bathed in white in true modern farmhouse style.
In the kitchen, an exposed brick wall stands out against the milky smoothness of the marble tile floors. “I wanted the house to be raw and interesting,” Kolasiński explains.
Modern Farmhouse Decor
When choosing decor in the modern farmhouse style, keep in mind that simplicity and functionality were at the heart of the farmhouses of old. It’s about carefully choosing pieces that speak to you, and fit beautifully into your space.
The interior areas flow toward the outdoors in all directions, and thanks to the use of bi-fold Dutch doors, as well as movable glass walls in the living room, the home is able to maximize its connection to nature.
In keeping with this, sizable cutouts provide ample indoor storage for firewood. It’s an attractive but functional use of natural decor, which will come in handy during the cold Colorado winter.
Here, a small farmhouse employs simple yet effective decor in keeping with the homeowner’s original vision. “Our client, Beth, loves the open farm fields of the area, and this project was in many ways her vision,” note the architects, who named the project House for Beth.
Too much furniture would obscure the sweeping view of the fields. Instead, simplistic pieces were used, many of which offered just the right amount of color to keep things interesting, like this dining table with red chairs from IKEA.
In this stately modern farmhouse, the client was interested in a clean look with large windows and lots of light. The spacious structure is supported by wooden beams, while floor-to-ceiling windows take full advantage of the natural light. Reclaimed materials are perfectly in place in this gorgeous home, which combines a number of styles from minimalism to elements of industrial chic to contemporary.
Furniture is sparse, and employs elements that blend nicely with its surroundings, so as to draw the eye neatly from one space to the next.
White paint with just a hint of gray dominates this modern farmhouse decor, reflecting the owner’s love of bright spaces. The pine wooden floors were also enameled in a white oil imported from Denmark. Even possessions have been placed mindfully so as not to interfere with the dwelling’s clean look.
Modern Farmhouse Living Rooms
A modern farmhouse living room can be styled in a variety of ways as you’ll see in the photos below. However, regardless of the modern farmhouse decor you choose for your living room, it should always be comfortable and inviting.
White wood-plank floors blend into the walls and ceilings in this diminutive living room in Copenhagen. The family chose to employ a monochromatic color palette to add light and create the illusion of space. A sleek dark grey sofa sits in juxtaposition with the rest of the room’s decor.
Working with project architect Kyle Bradley, the homeowners, along with architects Lisa Gray and Alan Organschi, started with the simplest of designs—a shed-type structure with a steeply canted single-pitch roof—and, as Organschi puts it, “started blowing it open and filling it with large areas of glass.”
And there’s no want of it in this stunningly simple modern farmhouse living room, where an obvious connection to nature takes center stage.
The versatile living room is the focal point of this narrow but stately Virginia home. After the client bought a one-acre plot in a close-knit community, Wiedemann and project architect Felix Gonzalez designed her a house there that embraces the community spirit as well as the country scenery.
Expansive windows on both sides of the open living area bring the outside in. Marvin doors, the Ultimate Swinging French door, flank the mahogany-wrapped fireplace and provide easy access to the screened porch.
Teaming up with architect Craig Steely, an industrial designer and a mechanical engineer find just the right design for a striking home on a San Francisco hill. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room allow for a sweeping view of the city, while a 606 Universal Shelving System by Dieter Rams for Vitsoe hangs tough on the only opaque wall. Russell-Clarke and Moolsintong designed the coffee table, and Marcel Wanders gets credit for the Bottoni sofa for Moooi.
Modern Farmhouse Lighting
Modern farmhouse lighting serves to illuminate the space without drawing too much attention. Whether it’s a suspended pendant light or understated recessed lights, the lighting you choose should make sense with your space. Take a look at some examples below.
No detail was overlooked on this modern farmhouse in Texas. The owner’s favorite aspect of the design is that “every space in the house is used and appreciated.” This light-filled hallway overlooking the staircase connects the home’s two bedrooms to an upstairs living space.
In keeping with this farmhouse’s simplistic style, two gently glowing orb lights in white provide the living space with soft light. Here, it was critical to have lights suspended from above so as not to interfere with the view of the surrounding fields.
In this stunning home, the owner desired a modern farmhouse style that was clean and uncluttered, and full of light rather than dark and gothic. In keeping with that, this modern farmhouse lighting was chosen.
As simple and unobtrusive as they come, these sleek, silver lights are suspended from dramatically long cables in the master bedroom.
Modern Farmhouse Bathrooms
Similar to a modern farmhouse living room, your modern farmhouse bathroom can be just about anything you want it to be. Incorporating natural elements alongside more classic, modern pieces is a great way to pull off a bathroom retreat you’ll never want to leave.
The juxtaposition of black and white is perhaps the most notable detail of this home’s interiors, and this element is mirrored in the guest bathroom as well. Here, black and white tiles provide visual interest alongside the freestanding tub, which was painted black on the exterior.
This modern farmhouse bathroom in the same Texas home employs noticeably softer tones, where a gray marble double vanity gives way to a matching floor. An area rug incorporates gentle yellow tones, which are mirrored in the decor as well.
A classic ceramic pedestal sink brings a touch of heritage design to this otherwise modern farmhouse bathroom. It’s an appropriate design element for a traditional, heritage home with modern design details. Seen here with Malaga cement tiles from Town and Country Surfaces and a salvaged antique clawfoot bathtub, this particular pedestal sink was sourced from Waterworks.
In this modern farmhouse bathroom, the storage the owner has incorporated is similar in structure to a freestanding cabinet unit but has exposed shelves rather than closed-door cupboards. A console vanity creates a light and elegant look, while still providing ample storage space for towels or toiletry baskets.
Form meets function in this stylish modern farmhouse bathroom, where the console vanity creates a light and elegant look.