When using old books, if the covers or spines are ugly or in bad condition, open them up and use the pages to soften up the mantel decor. Designer Janna Allbritton always tries to incorporate something soft (such as pages or ribbon) with something shiny (such as mercury glass) and greenery (such as a succulent or topiary). She also loves bringing in wire, wood and metal elements, which can be snagged for just a few dollars at yard sales or thrift shops.
Using gray grout with white subway tiles accentuates the tiles and provides contrast if your cabinets are white, says Minneapolis homeowner Patti Wagner, a senior product designer for Target. Plus, they easily hide food splatters, she says. David Heide Design Studio, a design company also in Minneapolis, won a 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Design Competition award for this kitchen.
A farmhouse style table works as a focal point in tandem with a contemporary, three-tiered round chandelier with glass drops to create an eye-catching pairing that brings focus into the dining room in this open transitional living space. Shorter tufted parsons chairs and taller white wingback chairs encircle the table adding a sense of comfort and act as a frame to the flow of the room.
This deep gray dining room blends country and traditional styles for a refined farmhouse look. A cream chandelier lends elegance to the space, while a country dining table maintains the space's farmhouse feel.
The open plan kitchen flows directly into the dining area for seamless entertaining in this stylish farmhouse. An industrial-inspired light fixture hangs above the spacious island, adding intrigue to the kitchen.
The open and spacious feel of this white kitchen is elevated with crown molding and industrial pendant lamps. The large island with a built-in sink provides ample workspace, while the white wood paneled ceiling keeps the room feeling fresh. Under cabinet lighting keeps the room feeling warm while above cabinet storage highlights artwork.
Even if your kitchen has a more traditional or modern style, you can accent it with country decor. Rooster home accessories add a chic, playful touch to any countertop, while stained glass or leaded glass panels in the cabinets can bring in a bit of farmhouse fashion. This kitchen remodel by Judith Wright Design in Seattle won a 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Design Competition award.
A pastoral, new urbanist deveiopment described as a "wellness community," where sustainability is a focus, Serenbe is about 40 minutes from Atlanta but a world apart in attitude. An array of beautifully built single-family homes make Serenbe a home for many, but it's also a great rustic tourism destination with an onsite Inn at Serenbe and plenty of farm, nature and cultural activities to keep visitors busy. The 40,000-acre bucolic planned community is home to farm-to-table restaurants like The Hil, The Farmhouse at Serenbe and The Blue-Eyed Daisy as well as a growing roster of smaller spots and cute retail offerings. The arts are a big part of the community, so see if your visit coincides with special Art Over Dinner al fresco meals with local creatives and check out the Serenbe Playhouse's schedule. This vanguard theater group has garnered national recognition for staging immersive theatrical experiences and fun, creative spins on the classics that often use the woodsy surroundings and outbuildings of Serenbe as stage sets.