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Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

Elizabeth Tobin

 

We love it when a client presents us with the opportunity to wow! For our newest renovation our client had a simple request : A modern, clean kitchen with a pop of color. These renderings highlight a few fun elements we'll be implementing to bring a new heartbeat to this traditional farmhouse.

 
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Although the structure of the home is inherently farmhouse-esque, our clients personal taste sings clean and modern. To bring some warmth, we're opting for a two-tone counter top in a mix of walnut and stone. Surrounding the island are walnut barstools we're covering in a hot pink leather titled "Orchid" from Jerry Pair. To add texture and round out the space, we're adding an ombré backsplash that waves hints of purple throughout. See below!

 
 
 

We've curated a Jonathan Adler light fixture and some custom Lucite legs supporting the island and the kitchen to truly bring the kitchen together. Color, especially in fabrics, bring excitement when you want it and adaptability when you need it.

 
 

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Before and After: Beverly Farms Carriage House

Elizabeth Tobin

This project was one of our favorite renovations and I'll tell you why. We had the opportunity to renovate such a historical building type, a carriage house with 13ft ceilings, and transform it's mismatched interior into a modern take on mixing styles that boasted the clients gorgeous antiques. Our clients bought this home from the previous homeowner who doused the interior in french traditional style that lacked a lot of luster.

The neighborhood of Beverly Farms itself, in Northeast Coastal Massachusetts, is traditional and colonial to it's core. The history of the homes here date back to the 1700's. Inspired by the architecture and history of the neighborhood, I was tasked with grounding our clients existing art and antiques into a grandiose first floor (did I already say the home had 13ft ceilings?!) that needed a serious balance between size and style.

The homes' exterior is picturesque. Focused behind high stone walls, the original carriage doors peer out from the gravel entrance like big green eyes that certainly draw you in. Follow me inside for a before and after of this traditional carriage house renovation!


Before..

We had to begin our focus on a few key features that NEEDED to change. The first was the wallpapered dividing wall (1) that was put in to separate the first floor entirely and bring the ceiling height down to size. We put a fresh coat of bright paint over the gray faux weathered paneling (2) that stretched around the first floor. Dark window frames (3) gave the stairs a daunting introduction and all existing furniture needed serious reupholstering (4). The original rug (5) was just too large for the room. It completely hid the beautiful floors beneath.

With these considerations in mind and a lot of paint, process, and procurement later, we fulfilled the clients needs of mixing new and modern styles to create a first floor they loved. What was two separate rooms that needed a lot of attention quickly became a multi functional first floor that provided space for hosting as well as style. Here's how it turned out..


AFTER!

Lacquered Carriage Doors provided option for open concept living. The modern velvet couch, surrounded by statement antiques and dark wood hues, became the centerpiece of the space.

Lacquered Carriage Doors provided option for open concept living. The modern velvet couch, surrounded by statement antiques and dark wood hues, became the centerpiece of the space.

We hung this existing art piece higher which brought out the vibrant colors in the textiles we chose to give the room a lot of life!

We hung this existing art piece higher which brought out the vibrant colors in the textiles we chose to give the room a lot of life!

Here we opted to layer the clients existing oriental rug over the enormous DWR wool rug we chose for this room. This is a great trick for providing separation in an open concept space. We wanted this side of the room that was surrounded by antiques and an extensive library, to stand on it's own.

Modern textiles, a mixture of new accent furniture and lighting, and bright windows were exactly what this room called for. Not to mention that gorgeous rug! Bigger isn't always better, scale is just as important as style.

Modern textiles, a mixture of new accent furniture and lighting, and bright windows were exactly what this room called for. Not to mention that gorgeous rug! Bigger isn't always better, scale is just as important as style.

Want to see more of this project? Check out our Beverly Farms portfolio on our website!

Stylish Storage: Baskets

Elizabeth Tobin

Woven Basket with Leather Handles, Beverly Farms Project

Woven Basket with Leather Handles, Beverly Farms Project

The days of magazine racks, toy boxes, bread boxes, and laundry hampers, all of these separate containers for our 'stuff', may be behind us. At least with style in mind, we hope. More than just catch-alls, baskets are changing the handmade game and will definitely be a top styling trend of 2017. They beg the home owner to be minimal, collected, and stylish. We've styled them in offices and living rooms, as seen in our Beverly Farms and North End projects. And we've handpicked a few styles for every space in your home below!


For the living room..

Serena & Lily, Huntington Basket in Black & Indigo

Serena & Lily, Huntington Basket in Black & Indigo


For the playroom..

Pigeon & Poodle, Corfu Basket

Pigeon & Poodle, Corfu Basket


Le Bain..

Hesby, Pixel Basket


We get it, you want to make your home as comfy as possible. But sometimes that just isn't functional. A throw blanket on every piece of furniture might be a little overwhelming for guests. Place these Serena & Lily baskets next to the couch so that grabbing a blanket is a choice and keeping the shared spaces in your home tidy is a chore you want to do.

For neutral lovers, inviting color into the home isn't something to fear. Instead, it's an invitation for fun. These Corfu baskets from Pigeon & Poodle, which you can find at our lifestyle boutique SYD+SAM, are the perfect pop of color to help bring a room together. Place them in the playroom to keep the kids toys at bay (and keep cleaning fun!).


For the entryway..

Hesby, Vanilla Dipped Basket

Hesby, Vanilla Dipped Basket


For the kitchen..

MUES, Cotton & Jute Basket


Move over wire baskets. Wicker and cotton are coming to the kitchen. These tiny handmade baskets are perfect for separating fruits and veggies in the kitchen. Scandinavian inspired and subtle, the best thing about these smaller storage cotton & jute baskets are their multipurpose use. That goes for storage baskets of any size, really. Whether they're holding a fig leaf tree by the entryway or fresh linen in the guest bath, they're a well worth style investment and trend to keep your eye on in 2017.