Keep your holiday decor traditional and vintage this year with front porch styling that's timeless, farmhouse-inspired and packed with old-school country charm. The front porch of the 2015 HGTV.com Holiday House is packed with classic country charm. Playing off of the mustard and barn red tones of the home's exterior, textural items packed with character and flea market appeal add a festive touch.
A favorite kitchen element is a farmhouse sink with a window just above. If you're going to be cooking or doing dishes, why not have a beautiful view in sight? This lovely space is also defined by its custom refrigerator, which matches the white cabinets perfectly. High cabinets are ideal for storing infrequently used pots and pans, and the simple black backsplash behind the range adds an understated punch of contrast.
Custom floating reclaimed shelves flank the farmhouse apron sink and play off the walnut kitchen island top while creating a textural contrast against the polished tile wall. Where the three vintage-style pendants now hang, there was a large wall closing off the entire kitchen. Demolishing the wall gave an opportunity to marry the two spaces and allow for bar seating.
Let shiplap stretch the appearance of a small bathroom. The chic wall treatment also doesn’t have to be relegated to a farmhouse or rustic-style space, either. In this powder room, Atlanta designer Michele Gratch painted the shiplap a brighter white to match the ornate mirror and graphic floral designer wallpaper in navy. The elegant crystal sconces with polished nickel arms look expensive but are affordable, for less than $80.
Futuristic upholstered arm chairs, farmhouse style black Windsor chairs and traditional upholstered nail head trim chairs add variety to the dining room seating. “I used three completely different kinds of chairs in pairs at the dining table to add a little personality, charm, and to tie it into Asheville which is all about individualism,” says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn.
A large window floods the kitchen with natural light highlighting the white fixtures for a bright and shining look. A kitchen island with white leather bar chairs creates an eat-in area opposite the stove top and stainless steel range hood. A stainless steel farmhouse sink fits the sleek design of the room and works well with the modern look of the white cabinets.
Where does Joanna Gaines, co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper, find all the great pieces she uses in her farmhouse and in her shop? "Off-the-beaten-path antique stores and flea markets," she says. "My favorite thing to do is hunt for really cool pieces to sell or repurpose and use in my home."
This beautiful, South Carolina country kitchen has a neutral color palette that makes the space feel light and inviting. The white custom cabinets give the space an elegant farmhouse charm, and the countertop the homeowners chose had to compliment them. A marble countertop was the perfect choice. The gray in the slab makes brings some warmth to the kitchen, while the durability of the material means that it can stand up to anything the family can throw at it.
The renovation allowed the designers to increase the functionality of the kitchen, add a peninsula for seating and give the clients a large, open pantry that they coveted. For the design, the clients wanted to marry rustic and modern elements to create their dream kitchen. By using a light wash on the floors, a farmhouse sink and a wood hood, they added just enough rustic charm while still maintaining an overall modern feel.
The kitchen’s white apron-front sink has a streamlined and versatile farmhouse style. The single bowl sink with touchless faucet sits next to a stainless built-in dishwasher, surrounded by a polished quartz countertop. “I choose pure white because of all the elements that were going on, especially with the brick, the woods, the stainless steel, the paint and everything else going on,” says designer Tiffany Brooks. “I wanted to add calm there to the perimeters of the kitchen.”
Home decor blogger Amy Buchanan started with a yard sale table and layered in finds, such as a tobacco stick star, a pinecone garland and a frame from an old dresser. Ticking ribbon and wooden Christmas trees painted to look like old grain sacks are in keeping with the farmhouse theme. "I love collecting vintage items throughout the year, then mixing them together to create rustic and farm-style vignettes," says Buchanan, who blogs at AttaGirlSays.
Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines used plumbing pipes and wood planks to create industrial-style open shelving that is perfectly at home in this rustic farmhouse kitchen. The shelving blends well with the shiplap paneling feature wall, island made from vintage wood and wood-trimmed range hood. Elegant white subway tile and cabinets and gray quartzite countertops balance the rusticity of the space.
This modern kitchen, including a wall of windows, adds rustic touches with a farmhouse sink, open shelving made of reclaimed wood, and a butcher block island. This kitchen leaves everything on display and accessible. Open shelves provide plenty of storage while keeping everyday serveware, pots and pans within easy reach. For the serious chef, built-in knife slots in this kitchen's butcher-block island keep culinary tools handy.
A black and white color scheme can be considered neutral, but in this dining room it's anything but. Funky patterned wallpaper plays off a differently patterned black and white rug. The farmhouse table pairs nicely with wishbone chairs, and a gathering of plants with antler horns gives the space an outdoorsy flair. A large hanging light fixture provides plenty of light, and a red tray on the table adds a punch of color.
In the remodeling of this living space, a new open concept plan—and clever design strategies—allowed for a chef-grade kitchen, dining area and family room to flow seamlessly together. A long narrow dining table tucks neatly against an L-shaped banquette. In the family room, a large sectional handily covers seating needs. Farmhouse sink and faucet: Kohler; Integrated fridge and freezer: Sub Zero; Wood and iron lantern pendants: Entwined Oval Driftwood by Shades of Light, Countertops: Fantasy Brown by Arizona Tile
The light-filled breakfast nook in this modern-Victorian kitchen features a playful mix of bentwood chairs that evoke the mood of a Parisian sidewalk cafe and a built-in, space-saving, farmhouse-style bench. The table combines styles, too, with a modern pedestal base and a reclaimed wood and industrial metal top. The oversized pendant fixture adds drama and its own industrial flair.
As seen on HGTV's Elbow Room, Chip and his design team continue the rustic feel throughout the sitting room. Incorporating natural elements such as the wood furnishings and the wood above the mantel, as well as the beautiful wood farmhouse door and refinished wood floors help the bring out the look. Details such as a stylish deer head and plush throw pillows pull the space together. The large windows above the couch bring in natural light and make the whole space glow.
This kitchen is a traditional design with a some farmhouse flavor. Contemporary lighting such as Murano glass cylinder ceiling light pendants provide some eclectic flair to the kitchen. Upscale appliances by Sub-Zero and Wolf add luxury to the kitchen design. Gray-colored Italian marble slabs are used to create a backsplash that provides a good deal of texture. The windows are purposely left untreated in order to allow for the maximum amount of light without disrupting the view to the outdoors.