Our new vibe for our new home: Modern Farmhouse Traditional

Over the past two weeks, we have been settling into our new home and MAN it feels good. I had been scouring the internet in all the weeks leading up to our move, and I am so excited to finally be in our space and figuring out what feels right. I was so unsure of what style felt right in the space and we finally landed on Modern Farmhouse Traditional (Not to be confused with a Traditional Farmhouse)

 
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Why We Chose Our Home:

When we walked into this house, we knew. We loved the feel and even though it was a newer home, there were great details that made it feel unique and thoughtful. We loved the traced ceilings in the master bedroom, french doors, thick molding and trim, and real white shaker wood cabinets in the kitchen.

I’m a true believer in acknowledging the flow in the existing space and taking note of all the bones and character. I pay attention to what the house “feels” like and what style it leans towards. I also start to dream up how I can blend what I feel like my inherent style is with the existing character of the house.

 
Our master bedroom is unlike anything we have ever had. The traced ceiling makes my heart skip a little beat. We envision a beautiful head board, new nightstands, and wall scones to add some coziness to the room.

Our master bedroom is unlike anything we have ever had. The traced ceiling makes my heart skip a little beat. We envision a beautiful head board, new nightstands, and wall scones to add some coziness to the room.

 
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We love the solid wood white shaker cabinets with inset drawers and doors. We envision subway tile backsplash, new polished nickel hardware and maybe a rug to cozy up the space.

We love the solid wood white shaker cabinets with inset drawers and doors. We envision subway tile backsplash, new polished nickel hardware and maybe a rug to cozy up the space.

 
Our entry is such a great blank slate that invites us to put our own “stamp” on it with minimal effort. I absolutely love the clean lines of the front door and the solid wood railing that leads you to our second floor. I am envisioning a pretty new light fixture, maybe some extra wainscoting and a bench to invite guests to take off their shoes and stay a while.

Our entry is such a great blank slate that invites us to put our own “stamp” on it with minimal effort. I absolutely love the clean lines of the front door and the solid wood railing that leads you to our second floor. I am envisioning a pretty new light fixture, maybe some extra wainscoting and a bench to invite guests to take off their shoes and stay a while.

 
We have major vision for our main family room. We love the gas fireplace and we are looking forward to a cozy seating area that will be perfect for both TV and non-TV days.

We have major vision for our main family room. We love the gas fireplace and we are looking forward to a cozy seating area that will be perfect for both TV and non-TV days.

 

Why Modern Farmhouse Traditional?

The color palette, wood work, and overall vibe of this house called for something familiar (modern farmhouse) and a little different (traditional) than my typical style. The clean lines, white shaker cabinets, warm white color palette, and craftsman details all inspired a more Modern Farmhouse vibe.

Joanna Gaine’s most recent book, Homebody, does such a great job of explaining the different styles with visuals and key words. If you are looking for more information about finding your own style, I highly recommend her book.

Here are key descriptors that draw me to Modern Farmhouse Style via Joanna’s book Homebody.

  • Casual

  • Organic

  • Gathered

  • Authentic

  • Simple Lines

  • Inviting

 
Timber Trails Development Company via Houzz

Timber Trails Development Company via Houzz

 
Garden and Gun via Bungalow Blue Interiors

Garden and Gun via Bungalow Blue Interiors

 
Farmhouse Inn, Sonoma, California, by Healdsburg’s Myra Hoefer Design

Farmhouse Inn, Sonoma, California, by Healdsburg’s Myra Hoefer Design

 

The house brings more of a traditional feel than I typically lean towards. It’s fun to think we will get to try on a different style for the next few years. I used to associate Traditional Style with being more refined and sophisticated than I typically lean.

Here are a few key descriptions from Joanna’s book that helped me realize I can claim parts of the Traditional Style:

  • Classic

  • Timeless

  • Antique

  • Craftsmanship

  • Figurative Art


Serena Crawford

Serena Crawford

 
Mill Valley project by award-winning architect Gil Schafer III in collaboration with British interior designer Rita Konig via Cafe Design

Mill Valley project by award-winning architect Gil Schafer III in collaboration with British interior designer Rita Konig via Cafe Design

 
via Pinterest (Source Unknown)

via Pinterest (Source Unknown)

 

Next Steps…

  • Creating a warm white color palette by painting walls and ceiling white with touches of moodier colored accents

  • Purchase new hardware for kitchen

  • Search for larger furniture to help with scale and style.

  • Paint tile on fireplace white to add texture, but simplify the color palette of the entire room.


    Stay tuned for more updates, room-by-room vision boards, and a little bit of heart, happiness, and hand lettering in-between.

    Hugs,

    Meredith