The Chandelier Refresh: Giving Your Space New Life with a New Light

When Katey and Paul took on designing their house, they put off the master bedroom for last. For many, the master bedroom is a challenge, as both people want to feel like it is totally their room and want to feel really comfortable in it. This might mean striking a balance not only between each other’s tastes but conventionally masculine and feminine aspects. (We did a whole post on this subject here, if you’re interested.) Their idea was to ground the space with the masculine hues of dark brown with the wooden floorboards and a “chocolate-velvet” bed, then contrast these with airy and glamorous feminine accents.

It was a great idea, but the first attempt didn’t quite work

Then, working with interior designer Maddie Hughes, they swapped out the leopard print for white pillows and a lucite bench with angora throw, placed a beautiful rug that tied into the established palette under the bed, added a very tasteful window treatment, exchanged the white art triptych above the bed for one with earthy tones and gilded frames, and selected a new chandelier: Cielo by Corbett Lighting. In Katey’s words, the effect of this chandelier and these textiles on the room was “transformative.”

Below is the outcome. Get the whole scoop from Katey in her blog post on her site, Chronicles of Frivolity.

Photo by Madison Katlin | Design by Maddie Hughes | Home by Katey and Paul of Chronicles of Frivolity

If you’re thinking it’s time to revitalize your space, giving it a powerful refresh with a few decisive changes, you may want to start with the chandelier.

Selecting a piece that has presence gives the center of a space definition and gravity; when matched to colors and accents throughout the space, it pulls the room together.

Banishing the drab and ushering in the drama, the physicality of Corbett chandeliers redefine the spaces they occupy. 

Below, our Charisma, with three layers of handmade glass accented with gold-leaf finished metal on top and bottom makes a decorative impact, refreshing two dining rooms and a bedroom.

Design: Ryan Saghian
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Design: Laura U Interior Design

Laura U shows us how it’s done in this amazing space. Obviously, the incredible work on the ceiling is a major part in this room’s transformation. If you look at the header image up top, from the same room, you will see how hints of gold and silver thread their way through the ceiling and the window treatment, amplifying the polished stainless steel rod and gold-leaf accents along the trifurcated crystal in the Charisma chandelier. The proximity of these elements intensifies their connection.

The chairs, too, contribute to this design unity, immediately striking. White and gold, with contrasting organic curves and hard angles, they complement the chandelier beautifully while also subtly connecting to the artwork in its golden square frame in the background. As daylight hits three ringed layers of suspended crystal in the chandelier, they reflect white light, strengthening the impression of this gold, white, silver, grey, and blue palette. 

There are almost more beautiful components to this space than one can enumerate, but clearly, the chandelier commands attention immediately and serves as a unifying force for the many elegant elements that come together for this gorgeous dining area.

This is Kelly GoLightly’s living room after selecting a Pulse chandelier from Corbett to complete the space. As she mentions in her useful blog post about picking out a chandelier, she had a great template to build on because the room had been designed for the Traditional Home Modernism Week Showhouse by Barclay Butera. True to the week’s theme, Butera outfitted the room with immaculate taste in a style leaning heavy on mid-century modern. 

Kelly kept some of his ideas and added her own furniture and lighting. Favoring bold, white, chrome, and glamour with slightly bohemian touches, Kelly needed a new light fixture that was going to work with those elements and define the space. As you can see, the difference setting a statement-maker piece like Pulse in the space makes is profound. 

You can read the story in Kelly’s words and see many more pictures here.

The room in its original form for Modernism Week 
The room after Kelly’s transformation

Meet Our Crew: Kyle Cordova

I am a part of the Commercial team here at Springhaus, where I specialize in corporate and office interiors. I hail from the beautiful Island of Oahu, Hawaii.  For over the last 10 years I have called Colorado my home, essentially trading my Surfboard in for a Snowboard.   When I am not working with clients to create amazing office spaces, I am spending time with my Wife and 4 children.  We enjoy seeing live music, watching the Broncos, and visiting local brewery’s. As a Rotarian am very passionate about philanthropy which I show trough my community involvement with local charities and nonprofits.  Here at Springhaus we are not only dedicated to designing breathtaking spaces we are equally dedicated to making our community a better place to live, and that is why I am blessed to be a part of such an amazing group of people.

Spring Refresh: In With the Bright and Light

Spring is here! At last. Will there be a last snowstorm next month? It’s possible. Is that going to stop us from hitting the refresh button on our home NOW? No.

The place can get drab through the winter months. Join us as we take a gander at these spring-ready spaces and get inspired to shake things up. 

Design: Holly Hollingsworth Phillips | Light: Leigh by Mitzi

Let’s start with the mudroom shall we? As we all know, spring is a muddy season. This is a transitional space, so it’s a great place to experiment with taking risks. And hey, speaking of risks, bring in the color!

An easy place to start is with accents, decorative items you can place on shelves and sidetables. This might also include the accent light layer, with a wall sconce like Leigh in a fun pop color. The yellow and brass combo here sure puts a smile on our face. The white on white on white here with walls, mouldings, and ceilings feels fresh—it also provides a great blank canvas against which all the color in the space can POP. This way, the space doesn’t become too overwhelming.

Not that the mudroom is the only space for such adventures. The bathroom or the powder room is a great place to refresh. People go into a powder room to freshen up.

These blue and yellow tones are so refreshing. Rather than make the Leigh lantern truly pop here, this room ties it together with art with yellows in matching hues. Many of the first flowers to appear in the spring are yellow: daffodils, crocuses, winter aconites, and forsythia. Maybe that’s why this combo is giving us all the spring feels. Yellow like crocus, blue like cloudless skies. 

Another thing that makes this powder room by Pencil Shavings so refreshing is something you don’t notice right away: the mixed metals. This gives it a feeling of confidence. A bronze-toned doorknob, nickel handles on the vanity, and subdued brass everywhere else looks awesome. Also, who doesn’t love a big round mirror? The blue leather ribbon with tassels used to mount it here gives it a little something extra. Adding mirrors is a great way to maximize the natural light with the longer days come springtime.

Obviously, wallpaper is a bit of a commitment, but oh, the difference it makes! Whether it’s the natural imagery or the colors used in the pattern, wallpaper changes a room, and definitely may bring the spring in to a stale space. This is true even when it’s used in a small accent wall space. Which is also a great way to test it out and see how it feels to live with it.

A new rug with soft colors and textures to match breathes a lot of new life into a room. It’s a game-changer. Pillows and plants freshen things up considerably.

This space suggests another idea to freshen things up: Create an intimate conversational space, then have friends over to enjoy it and reward yourself. If you’ve got the nook, we’ve got the look. Here, our Paige flush mount fits the style of the space perfectly, ready to help with the ambience.

A sectional couch, a large area rug with soothing hues, some version of Paige, some plants and things from the outdoors—this space continues a lot of spring-ready elements we saw in the previous room, but it widens out into something different. We love the big pillow to sit on, the hanging chair, the use of art throughout the space. The pastels by the window and the mix of fresh flowers and potted plants gives us a “We’re ready for spring!” feel. 

Another great take-away from this relaxed boho space is on the ceiling. Adding a medallion around a chandelier or pendant is a smart and easy way to elevate the space. We’ve been seeing more and more of these medallions around Mitzi installs, and there’s something about their baroque filigree next to our clean, contemporary lines that makes such a cool contrast.

Spring comes in soft and gentle, and this space seems to speak to that. Keeping it neutral, architectural features like wall paneling and soft textures like those on the blush curtains and curved chairs stand out more. Even details like the wooden frame around the beautiful black-and-white photograph go a long way with the tasteful restraint here. Natural forms possess such grace in this setting, and even our Carrie chandelier seems to reflect this organic branching quality.  


New Mitzi fixtures like Kenzie, Willa, Scarlett, and Margot are sure to help in scheming and dreaming for your refresh. Bringing spring into your space is easy with the colors, shapes, and textures in these fresh creations. Scarlett comes in a few spring hues and classic colors, so it blends into a range of styles. Great for apartment dwellers or renters, Margot comes in a portable plug-in version with two small canopies and a long woven cord for you to attach to your ceiling and hang in any way you see fit. Perfect for creating that conversation corner. 

With a little help from your Mitzi friends, it’s easy-breezy to keep things in your home au courant au printemps. 

Meet Our Crew: Melissa Clow

I am a Colorado native pursuing my passion for Interior Design and Architecture while specializing in the Kitchen and Bath department here at Springhaus! My love for the outdoors brought me to Gunnison, Colorado where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Western State Colorado University. While living in Gunnison, I was able to indulge in the great outdoors by becoming a raft guide, hiking, and skiing at Crested Butte all year long. During this time, I became highly interested in International Education which proposed an opportunity to travel to multiple countries. So far, I have made it to 25 countries, and I hope to continue the opportunity to see the rest of the world. During my experiences through multiple different countries, their cultures, and the design history that presented itself, I found myself fascinated with the Architecture and Interior Design community. This circumstance opened up a new outlet to lead me straight to Fort Collins, Colorado where I graduated from Front Range Community College with my Associates of Applied Science in Interior Design, a Certificate in Kitchen & Bath, and an Architecture Drafting Certificate. 
I have been with Springhaus since the beginning, and it has been incredible to see how much we have grown and all of the relationships that I have gained over the past few years. I love working for Springhaus because I’m encouraged to try new things and be innovative with endless types of design. There is nothing better than seeing the finished product and helping your clients vision come to life!

Meet Our Crew: Erin Miller

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”.

House Tour: Brit Arnesen Deco, Boho-glam, and MCM Vibes in a Revitalized Ranch

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!

Homeowner: Brit Arnesen of Brit Dot Design | Image: Wendy Swanson Photography
Homeowner: Brit Arnesen of Brit Dot Design | Image: Wendy Swanson Photography
Homeowner: Brit Arnesen of Brit Dot Design

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! 

What role does lighting play in this space?

It’s the focal point for sure. I wanted something bold and elegant to really make a statement and help me nail down that Hollywood Regency vibe. The Estee chandelier with the Milo pendants and Ellis flush mountdo just that. 

Homeowner: Brit Arnesen of Brit Dot Design | Image: Wendy Swanson Photography

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 PinterestInstagram, 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, although Breaking Bad is a close second.

Homeowner: Brit Arnesen of Brit Dot Design | Image: Wendy Swanson Photography
Homeowner: Brit Arnesen of Brit Dot Design | Image: Wendy Swanson Photography

Homeowner: Brit Arnesen of Brit Dot Design | Image: Wendy Swanson Photography

The story continues! Check out the amazing transformations pulled off with a little Mitzi-love along the way in her bathroom and bedroom

Design: Brit Arnesen of Brit Dot Design
Homeowner and Design: Brit Arnesen of Brit Dot Design 

Meet Our Crew: Matt Brunk

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. 

Meet Our Crew: Deseray Mann

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!

Wallpapers That Make You Say “Woah”: Pairing Creative Wallcoverings with Bold Light Fixtures

January 10, 2019


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. 

Design and Photo: Rebecca Propes of Make and Do Studio | Light fixture: Mitzi Asime
Design and Photo: Rebecca Propes of Make and Do Studio | Light fixture: Mitzi Asime 

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.”

Design: Michelle Gage | Chandeliers: HVL Dunkirk | Sconce: HVL Julien
Design: Erin Lepperd of Style Me Pretty Living | Chandelier: HVL Washington | Sconce: HVL Garden City

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.

This article from the Washington Post covers a lot of the practical advice stuff pretty well. 

House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016 | Design: Matthew Quinn | Light fixture: Troy Andromeda

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.

Design: Erin Kestenbaum | Light fixture: Troy Ace

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.

Design: Curtis Elmy of Atmosphere Interior Design | Pendant: HVL Glendale

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. 

Design: Michelle Gage | Sconce: HVL Julien
Design: Erin Lepperd of Style Me Pretty Living | Sconce: HVL Garden City

20 Modern Farmhouse Design Ideas That Are Irresistibly Chic

By Christin Perry – 

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.

“The main volume presents a traditional front and is wrapped on the west and south by a deep porch,” says architect Erin Sterling Lewis. “Living and dining spaces access the porch.” A standing seam metal roof with a Kynar finish and HardiPlank Lap Siding cover the exterior of this 3,000-square-foot home.

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.

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 site includes a farmhouse-inspired residence along with a timber-framed barn and attached greenhouse, adjacent to an enclosed garden area and surrounded by a beautiful orchard.

 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.

A Kennebunk family needed their forever home, and the old farmhouse and barn that stood on their property wasn’t going to cut it. The architects at Caleb Johnson Studio started the process by salvaging everything they could from the old buildings, including the timber roof structure, interior wood cladding, and interior doors. Additionally, the architects also claimed cabinetry and fixtures from a midcentury home that was being torn down in Weston, Massachusetts. By incorporating such materials into the new home’s design, they were able to create a modern farmhouse with soul.

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.

A Baker’s Rustic, Industrial Kitchen 

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.

The marble countertop functions as both indoor and outdoor space in this unique modern farmhouse kitchen.Flournoy’s partner is a baker, and was given free reign to develop a modern farmhouse kitchen that met his needs. The space combines black, Shaker-style cabinets, white subway tiles, Carrera marble countertops, and wooden floors to create a balance between rustic warmth and industrial simplicity.

A Stunning Farmhouse Kitchen on a Wooded Property in Colorado 

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.

The marble countertop functions as both indoor and outdoor space in this unique modern farmhouse kitchen.

A Simple but Colorful Kitchen Sits at the Heart of This Wisconsin Farmhouse

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.

The open kitchen is fitted with black granite counters, a ceramic backsplash, and melamine cabinets.

A Fully Renovated, Monochromatic Kitchen in Poland

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.

Cut firewood, ready for the cooler months, sits in custom-made cutouts.In this modern farmhouse 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. The large cupboard was designed by his company. Appliances are by Smeg and the stove hood is by Elica.

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.

Colorado Farmhouse Employs Unique Firewood Storage

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.

Cut firewood, ready for the cooler months, sits in custom-made cutouts.

Simple but Colorful Furnishings Pop in This Wisconsin Farmhouse

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.

Red dining chairs provide a touch of color in this modern farmhouse in Wisconsin.

Exposed Beams and Wide Open Spaces

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.

Modern farmhouse decor is on display throughout this stunning home. Here, you can see common elements like wide-plank wood floors, simple yet elegant furniture, and a sleek double-sided fireplace.


A Refurbished Modern Farmhouse in Poland Employs a Monochromatic Palette

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.

White paint with just a hint of gray dominates the farmhouse, reflecting Kolasiński’s love of bright spaces. The pine wooden floors were also enameled in a white oil imported from Denmark.

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.

Light-Filled Family Home in Copenhagen

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.

French doors in this modern farmhouse living room let light into the kitchen and open onto a lovely garden.

Striking Angular Cottage in Connecticut

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.

Entire walls of floor to ceiling windows make it difficult to tell where the house ends and the outside begins in this modern farmhouse living room. The Kelleys furnished the cottage with help from Suzanne’s daughter Betsy Burbank of Betsy Burbank Interiors. Classic modernist icons, such as a Saarinen Womb chair for Knoll, a Herman Miller Eames lounge chair, and an Eileen Grey E1027 side table look at home alongside present-day pieces such as an Encore sofa (which handily folds down into a sleeping surface) from Room & Board and a Doka rug designed and produced by Stephanie Odegard.

A Retiree’s Chic but Effective Modern Farmhouse Living Room

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.

In this modern farmhouse living room, 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.

Striking Slatted Wood and Glass Home in San Francisco

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.

A 606 Universal Shelving System by Dieter Rams for Vitsoe hangs tough on the only opaque wall of the living room. 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.

Texas Homeowners Curate Unique Modern Farmhouse Lighting

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.

Flournoy’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, and provides the ideal spot for another bookcase. Flournoy and his partner found the hall chandelier, along with the salvaged mill table that they repurposed as their kitchen island, on a trip to Chicago.

Perfectly Understated Lights in an Open Corridor 

In this stunning Colorado home, lighting is an integral part of the modern farmhouse interior. A fully glazed corridor with recessed lighting allows the owner to enjoy the autumn foliage outdoors.

Simplistic recessed modern farmhouse lighting provides just the right touch of illumination in this open corridor, allowing the owner to  enjoy the autumn foliage outdoors.

Simple Home With Farmhouse-Style Lighting 

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.

Understated modern farmhouse lighting is the right touch in this simple living space.

This Farmhouse Design Is a Modern-Day Fairytale

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.

Unique modern farmhouse lighting in the form of these simple silver cylinders makes a great choice for this sleek 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.

A Black and White Modern Farmhouse Bathroom in Texas

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.

The juxtaposition of black and white is perhaps the most notable detail of the home’s interiors. In the guest bathroom, black and white tiles provide visual interest.

An Elegantly Styled Modern Farmhouse Bathroom

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.

White walls, a luxurious marble double-sink, and an area rug give this bathroom an inviting atmosphere. “The natural light, open spaces, and light color palette make it a great place to wake up in the morning,” Flournoy says of his home. The sink is from Restoration Hardware and the rug is from West Elm.

A Pedestal Sink Provides a Rustic Touch

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.

A salvaged antique tub stands beside a sink by Waterworks. Town and Country Surfaces supplied the Malaga cement tiles that color the floor.

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Employs Open Storage With a Console Vanity

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.