Style Guide: Modern Farmhouse

 

Welcome to the second edition of my Style Guide Series where I highlight a trending style and describe what makes it unique.  Hopefully you can use this series to hone in on your likes and dislikes and identify your own style!

My first installment featured what I like to call “Industrial Chic”, the blend of urban edge and utilitarian design.  This week, I’ll be focussing on a style I like to call “Modern Farmhouse.”  Modern Farmhouse delivers rustic and nostalgic elegance with a fresh, modern twist.

Currently this is my favorite style as I often find myself gravitating towards these elements and “pinning” examples on my boards.  You may be asking, which characteristics are associated with Modern Farmhouse?  Crisp whites and contrasting blacks, painted wood paneling, muted florals, pops of “barn red,” hand-forged metals, farm or apron front sinks, and antique bronze finishes, just to name a few.  I believe this modern farmhouse style is currently popular because of its comfy lived-in feel achieved through recognizable elements, but done in a clean and minimalistic way.

Here are some beautiful examples of this Modern Farmhouse style.

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Modern Farmhouse Items to incorporate into your home….

Anson+Side+Chair

Nantucket+Beverage+Dispenser

3+Tier+Stand

Safavieh-Feuille-Sideboard

EMB+RING+RED+10.25D+PIE+PLT+GB

Preston+Wall+Organizer

Personalized+Brantley+Drinking+Jar

6+Bottle+Tabletop+Wine+Rack

Elmwood+Storage+Basket+in+Denim

Daniella+Stool

 Roscoe+Pendant

Set+of+4+berry+baskets

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Dynamic Duo: Turquoise & Tangerine!

Separately, they are vibrant, cheerful and fun accents for any space, but together Turquoise and Tangerine are a power couple!

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As a design blogger, I’m constantly looking at beautiful interiors of all sorts and was struck by how popular the combination of these colors have become.  If you look at a color wheel, they are innately complementary because they are directly opposite each other. You can see this relationship in the wheel below; blue hues are the primary color while complementary orange hues are on the opposite side making them compatible!

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When complementary colors are put together, they create visual harmony giving the viewer an inner sense of order and balance…like all is right with the world…well, maybe not that much, but you know what I mean!

Here are some examples of amazing spaces I found featuring this dynamic duo. Hopefully they inspire you to integrate them into your interiors. Not only that, these colors are great selections to use for the upcoming Autumn season!

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Football Season = Man-Caves!

In honor of the upcoming football season, I thought it would be fun to look at a few examples of “Man Caves”!

Wikipedia defines a man cave or manspace, as a male sanctuary, such as a specially equipped garage, spare bedroom, media room, den, or basement. It is a metaphor describing a room inside the house where “guys can do as they please” without fear of upsetting any female sensibility about house decor or design. Paula Aymer of Tufts University calls it the “last bastion of masculinity”. (Source-Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_cave)

I know there can often be a stigma or controversy behind the need for these rooms. I myself have often rolled my eyes when hearing a man declaring his need for a “man cave”, however, I do think they are great spaces and would love to have one myself someday…”Wo-man cave” perhaps?

There are MANY different types of man caves depending on the interests of its inhabitor. Themes can range from video games, movies, specific sports or teams…but today I’ll be focusing on sports-themed caves.

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Now of course we all don’t have the luxury of having a dedicated spare room or basement to create one of these, especially if you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area like myself. Despite that, there are some cool ways to carve out a small space or incorporate fun items into your home that can lend themselves to the feeling of having a man cave!

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