When you think of the latest farmhouse trends probably envision barn doors, ship lapped wall and antiqued furniture. Now not all of that is out of date, but there's new elements being added.
For instance look at this home by Kingston Homes. You have those lovely barn doors done in a modern shaker style with matte black tracks. Which works beautifully with that stair rail. This is by far one of my favorite homes they have built.
The entry way is so light and airy. Which you may notice as well the nice white walls, nope that is not ship lap, just a lovely white paint.
Wide Planked Floors
This lovely kitchen done by Home Bunch is beautiful. Just look at those gorgeous wide planked wood floors.
Here's a fun little fact, did you know adding large planks in a small room will actually make the room feel bigger? Yup...it really does! So with that being said it's best to use wide planks in your kitchen, it will visually make it feel bigger then it really is.
Right now all the rage is a nice wide plank with lighter wood finishes. You may even see gray toned floors. But if you are going for the "farmhouse" feel you want to stick with a wood tone.
Oh the ever popular white kitchen...my personal favorite. I love white kitchens simply for the fact they are timeless. I'm sure you all have walked into a home and been able to tell exactly when the home was built, just by the kitchen and the cabinet style. Each decade seems to have it's own wood tone.
This kitchen by Studio Mcgee is perfection. Notice the modern pendant lights, they add that modern touch to the room. Along with the modern drawer pulls. Mixing the feel of old with new is always a good idea!
Open wood shelves in a kitchen is a fun way to modernize your home. Styled to perfection. Studio Mcgee brings in the warm wood tones through out this kitchen, keeping it from getting too cold.
Classic Trestle wood table with modern chairs one way to modernize your dining room. I love seeing chairs that do not match the table. Keeping within the black and white color scheme helps tie the whole space together. I'm a little obsessed with this space. Anyone notice that vintage ceiling?
Add some modern light fixtures above your dining table. Changing out lights is a great way to change the feel of the room. There's so many wonderful industrial inspired lights that work well with the farmhouse feel.
Subway tile!! Just look at all of it..this lovely bathroom featured on Bunch Homes and done by A Finer Construction, did a beautiful job. I love the gold accents.
Using subway tile in your bathroom is one way to bring in the modern farmhouse feel. And if you are lucky enough to have a soaker tub, I would go with one like this.
Modern spin on your old claw foot tubs. These new modern soaker tubs are beautifully designed. There's so many styles out there. If you are lucky enough to have space for one, I would go for it. What a focal point!
You guys, I am super excited about this blog post. Rhiannon Gillis and I are guest blogging for one another. I absolutely LOVE her style!!
The following post is Written by Rhiannon Gillis. Rhiannon is the owner of the Amber & Honey Design Co., and she is presently leading all design and staging projects. She writes for this blog and multiple other blogs frequently.
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I know it sounds like a oxymoron but you can have white in your home even if you do have kids. It's certainly not easy, but it is totally doable. In fact you can have a lot of white in your home and not be in constant fear of stains. Here is how:
The best way to get a large amount of white in your home is with your walls. This is primarily because you don't have to worry about your children getting these as dirty as everything else in your home. Find a beautiful white paint that you love and you can paint the whole house. Lucky for you white paint has been a huge trend for quite some time and is incredibly easy to maintain.
If plain old white is just to simple for you, you can get a wallpaper with a white background and fun pattern. Like this example here, you can really make a statement with this beautiful geometric pattern, and it still gives you an enormous amount of white. Just be sure you are getting yourself a type that is easy to clean and wipe down.
Now with textiles you have to be careful. You need to make sure it's something that won't give you a heart attack if slimy fingers start touching it. So it should be something that is easy to clean. For example if you have curtains or bedding that is all white, once they get dirty you can easily have them cleaned and or bleached to get them looking new again.
Avoid white pillows and rugs because it's just too much work and will certainly increase your blood pressure.
Let me be clear, I am absolutely not referring to anything with white upholstery. That is guaranteed to fail. I do however think anything with a white laminate or paint is a fabulous solution. If you get something like catsup or applesauce on your white end table, you can easily wipe it clean. There is no stress for you or the kids.
Add in a large amount of white accessories wherever you can. One of my personal favorites are large white planters. You can arrange some white plant stands in a corner and fill it with some beautiful plants. Now you have suddenly made yourself a statement corner incorporating your favorite color.
Other great white accessories are candles, frames, flowers, lamps, or even art. You'll notice that you can have as much white as you want once you put pieces up high. Fill your walls or floating shelves with these accessories and you will discover what a difference these small pops of white can be.
Written by Rhiannon Gillis
I could have sworn I added the article from The Reflector on my blog page, but I guess I was wrong.
I really enjoyed my interview with Carla, she was so personable and sweet.
Here is a link to the page online:
Ridgefield designer creates beautiful spacesIntegrate the old with the new, stay cohesive
Interior designer Aundra Skinner of Ridgefield creates residential and commercial designs from space planning to finishing touches.
Designing a beautiful space doesn’t have to be difficult, and it doesn’t have to break the budget. Looking at the project with fresh eyes makes a big difference, said Ridgefield interior designer Aundra Skinner.
In her business, Aundra Skinner Interiors, Skinner focuses on creating interior designs which make the best use of space, reflect the owner’s tastes and lifestyle, and incorporate favorite existing pieces.
Even though it feels like her perfect career, designing homes wasn’t Aundra Skinner’s first career. Despite her upbringing in a family of creative types — painters, architects, and graphic designers — she started her working life in the medical field. She wasn’t especially happy with her job, but she had chosen her career and she stuck with it for seven years.
Along the way, she designed spaces. Her own homes, her friend’s homes, and the offices where she worked all bore her creative touch. Finally one day, a co-worker suggested that she should be an interior designer, and the idea took hold.
When Skinner’s husband accepted a job working in remote eastern Montana, she found herself many miles from medical career opportunities, and with time on her hands while raising their three children. She seized the opportunity to complete a degree in interior design, and set upon her second career.
Skinner’s first big project was her own home. A burst kitchen pipe flooded much of the home, necessitating a whole house renovation. The project was complicated by their remote Montana location, hours from building supply sources and scant in skilled labor.
“It was a lot of DIY (do it yourself),” laughed Skinner in retrospect. “If someone tells me it can’t be done, I figure out how it can be done.”
Finding alternate ways to achieve her vision stretched and challenged her design skills. At the heart of her kitchen plan was a showpiece island, but nothing of the kind was available in the area. Skinner used stock cabinets and wood trim to create the signature piece she wanted, making it stand on its own with a coat of stain in a contrasting color.
Skinner undertakes commercial and residential projects, from new construction and total renovations, to small updates which make the most of existing space and furnishings. Tools of the trade spread across her broad table, architect’s drawings sharing space with thoughtfully selected samples of granite, tile and carpet.
Skinner’s style mixes the old with the new in a fresh, minimalist approach, she said.
When working with an existing home, it’s important to think about how new spaces and finishes will tie in with the rest of the house. “I help integrate the old with the new so the house is cohesive,” said Skinner.
Technology has changed the way she works, said Skinner. She can provide design services to clients across the country using internet resources. A client will send her photos of their home, a floor plan, and a description of what they want to accomplish, and she will create a design plan customized for them.
Media has also changed people’s expectations about design. The popularity of home renovation shows on television offers a bounty of ideas, but a lack of realistic budgets and timelines. Most projects take longer than people realize.
Every project is aimed at suiting the client and their taste, said Skinner. The design process starts with an in-home consultation, where she discusses the client’s ideas, their preferences for colors and style and their goals for the project. She assesses how they can utilize their space better.
And that first talk includes the budget. “Knowing the budget can help you get the most for the money,” she emphasized.
“A lot of people waste money. They buy pieces that are a mistake, like the scale of the furniture is wrong for the space, or pieces don’t work together,” said Skinner. She assesses which furnishings work or don’t work, emphasizing that buying the right pieces the first time will save money in the long run. Plus, Skinner gets trade discounts on furnishings and materials and passes those on to her clients.
Once she has a plan which suits her client, Skinner brings in a contractor to evaluate any construction requirements and provide a realistic cost estimate. When there will be new construction, she utilizes an architect to provide technical drawings.
Working with clients to renovate their homes puts her squarely in the middle of their lives during a stressful time, she said. “It’s hard for clients to live in a project underway. I let them vent to me, always. We just talk and come up with a game plan so they feel reassured that work is in motion.”
When it’s time to put the finishing touches on a new design, Skinner thinks in terms of layering. She first considers how the room will be used, and selects the right type and amount of lighting.
Then, “I always bring in textiles,” said Skinner. Soft throws, blankets, pillows, drapes and rugs all add softness and texture to a room.
And there is always greenery, she added, a way to bring the outdoors in. She wants a room to feel natural and bright.
Beautiful spaces are accessible regardless of the size of the project or the budget, stressed Skinner.
“You can have it beautiful on a budget,” Skinner said emphatically.
More information about Aundra Skinner Interiors is available at her website,
aundraskinnerinteriors.com, or by calling (406) 360-9543.
Hello! Thank you for visiting my site. My name is Aundra and I have always had a passion for interior design. With much coaxing from family and friends I decided to start this blog in hopes to help inspire others to get that look they desire. I love the challenge of beautiful design on a budget. I am also here to help with design questions.