Architectural Designs Modern Farmhouse – Tucked into the Russian River Valley near the heart of California wine country is the idyllic Farmhouse Inn. From the decadent breakfasts to the bursts of flowers to the dreamy rooms, it’s a labor of love by brother and sister Joe and Catherine Bartolomei, fifth-generation Russian River-ites.
No surprise, the inn is a favorite of wine-country weekend warriors, with the kind of luxe, laid-back decor that reigns in this neck of the woods: easy, effortless, elegant, and oh-so covetable. “Wine-country style is first and foremost casual,” says Catherine.
“A good mix of high and low: neutral textures, marble counters, and barn-wood cabinets. Galvanized is big, and so is anything reclaimed.” Below we take you deeper into the inn and share some of the decorating ideas we love most.
photo by Brian Woodcock
Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say, and for Natalie and Tim Hamm, it inspired a livelihood. The couple, who married as teenagers while Tim was studying at Ole Miss, didn’t have a lot of disposable income for interior design pursuits. “We would go to yard sales, find furniture, and fix it up,” says Natalie.
Tim became so good at rehab that he decided to try his hand at building things from scratch. “People started asking to buy it, and that’s when we decided we should start selling it,” she says. Today, they manufacture custom wood furniture and swing beds built by Tim, painted by Natalie through their company, Hammmade Furniture.
Alabama Farmhouse Renovation
photo by Brian Woodcock
Now it’s a full-blown farmhouse thanks to a few clever updates to the exterior. The Thorntons removed the shutters and added a metal roof, double doors at the entryway, square columns on the porch, and a board and batten siding to the exterior walls, These days, the family (which includes daughter Alle and son Rhodes, who attends college nearby) has settled into country life along with horses Zippy and Idgy, who no doubt appreciate having room to roam.
This farmhouse’s exterior is made of pristine white cement board. It’s intended to look like painted cedar, but offers greater longevity and practicality.
Blue stone pavers make up the back patio. Four fire engine red Adirondack chairs energize the whole backyard scene and, paired with the white house and blue pool, deliver a cheery hint of patriotism.
A winding paver pathway studded with boulders leads to a stunning farmhouse. Pairs of Adirondack chairs scattered in the yard offer idyllic vantage points for taking in lake views.
This charming farmhouse boasts both traditional and updated elements. The welcoming front porch is reminiscent of an old general store, while the vertical siding gives the home a more modern-day look.
The plans for this multi-story family farmhouse are available for purchase build this beauty wherever you’d like.
Bucks County Retreat
Situated in what the owner calls a “sleepy Delaware River town,” this Bucks County, Pennsylvania, country house is made of scraps from old decommissioned barge boats.
Steeped In History
This former home is now a museum dedicated to the 19th century. Sit at Henry David Thoreau’s desk, or check out the attic where Louisa May Alcott and her sisters once lived.
Albemarle Country Home
This amazing abode, designed by Mark Finlay Architects, was built for the country lifestyle: just look at that adorable porch and wrap-around deck.
With its own barn, stable, and open pasture on a 4-acre lot, it’s hard to believe this historic home is technically in the suburbs of Atlanta.
Can you imagine an afternoon spent on the front porch of this Victorian-style home with a glass of ice tea and a good book? Heaven!
Santa Ynez Stunner
The Meadows farmhouse is a 40-minute drive from Santa Monica, and it’s for rent! Guests can spend the day at the pier and come home to this tranquil getaway.
This 10-acre farmhouse in the Hamptons can accomodate up to 20 guests, so bring the whole family along.
As if the gray roof and light pink door weren’t enough, the on-property pony makes this Texas retreat over-the-top adorable.
Photo: Helen Norman
Almost everything about the 1940s mountain house Norman Askins discovered 23 years ago delighted him. The unusual site with a secluded meadow in front and wide mountain views behind, the charming cottage details, and the long front hall with interesting vistas all captivated his eye.
Shortcomings such as dull gray shingles, dark pine walls and floors, and dated decor called Norman to do what he loves most. “It was a wreck when I first saw it, but the bones were there,” he says. When he brought his wife, decorator Joane Askins, to the house years later, they joined forces, combining their talents to bring out the home’s charm.
Inspiring Garden Entry
photo by Alison Miksch
The brick walk, laid in a traditional running bond pattern, leads the eye (and guests) right to the front steps where a bright red door welcomes guests into the home. Too often, a foreboding hedge of large shrubs obscures the porch.
Here, low plantings and a short entry gate complement the facade and allow the full exterior of the home to be seen from the street. Homeowners Christine and Gil Pritchard worked with a landscape architect to ensure that the outdoor of their home was transformed into useful living space.
Timeless Southern Design
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn
This Louisiana home, designed by celebrated architect A. Hays Town, is both elegant and welcoming. When a journalist asked what Town wanted his typical home to epitomize he said, “[My houses] settle down to look as if they’ve been here forever.”
Baton Rouge Beauty
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn
Located in Baton Rouge’s Bocage neighborhood, this brick home was designed by celebrated Southern architect A. Hays Town. The classic materials, generous front porch, and elegant setting are all signatures of Town’s designs.
The Genteel Cottage
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn
A couple from Connecticut moved down South with the plans to develop land in Virginia’s horse country. With a plan that would take years to complete, they decided to start with a guest house to provide lodging while the main house and stables were built. The straightforward floor plan can be seen in the cottage’s simple exterior.
Photo: Hector Sanchez
This Arkansas home and garden prove you don’t need a mansion to live big. Garden designer Daniel Keeley was searching for a small, affordable house to make his own when he stumbled upon a 1,004-square-foot fixer-upper in a desirable neighborhood in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Daniel was drawn to the cottage, built in 1948, because of its simple, symmetrical design and relatively level, corner lot. He saw opportunitiy for creating unique spaces for gardening and outdoor living.On a lot of less than a fifth of an acre, he’s integrated a house, front garden, perennial garden, fountain garden, cabana, courtyard, rear garden, and vegetable garden
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn
This delightful cottage gives Southern Gothic a new meaning, updating the classic Carpenter-Gothic-style space for contemporary living without altering any of its wonderful charm. Built around 1890, this beautiful Monteagle, Tennessee mountain cottage is a study in simplicity, mixing natural materials including stone and timber to create a warm, inviting, and welcoming space.
The “window” that underscores this house’s Gothic charm is actually a repurposed mirror found at an antiques shop in Nashville. A chipped Victorian front door sets the tone for the decor inside. Clearly rooted in history and tradition, but delicately and sympathetically restored for comfortable living today, this Tennessee mountain cottage is elegant, enticing, and clearly fit for the Southern life.
Charming Cottage Makeover
Photo: Alison Miksch
With a little give and take, the inherent charm of a 1920s cottage comes into full view. Easy shifts in scale and dimension with tidy plantings boost this home’s curb appeal. The exterior makeover of this Alabama cottage included removing metal awnings that were hiding the house and adding a dormer for extra dimension.
The awnings were drawing attention away from the rotting cedar wood cladding, which they replaced with cement siding. A coat of bluish gray paint and crisp white trim were the final touches for transforming this cottage into the most dashing home on the block.
photo by Jana Carson
All of the homes in the lake community of Carlton Landing in Oklahoma are designed with large porches to foster neighborliness. The home of Jen and Grant Humphreys is extra-inviting, featuring a 10- by 16-foot seating area on one end of the porch and an equally spacious dining area on the other.
Picturesque Tennessee Farmhouse
New outbuildings, exactingly restored woodwork, and a commitment to maintaining the integrity of the original house add up to this picture-perfect makeover in Nashville.
Modern Farmhouse in North Atlanta
When I drove up and saw the house in person, it took my breath away. Gorgeous to the max, this says farmhouse and Southern Living all rolled into one.
I personally love Cape Cods and this one is perfection.Notice the plain gray metal roof, just what Barbara ordered. She said she had to have several stern conversations with her contractor as he asked her on several things, are you sure you want this?