Modern Farmhouse

Family Room Design

Decorating an entire house is a slow, but steady process and we are excited to be thinking about our basement/family room area next! Our basement will essentially become a family room where we can relax, watch movies, and comfortably seat 10+ people. Right now our current family room/living room area upstairs is great, but it’s more formal than a typical family room. The basement will be the perfect in between. Family Room Design I love to mock up a simple design layout in Photoshop before purchasing anything. It’s an easy way to get a feel for what a room will look like and readjust as needed. I centered the room around the sectional I wanted. And I knew I wanted a neutral L shaped sectional to fit the space. I then chose a rug to make the area feel warmer. I love a patterned rug and the colors in this one are beautiful. From there, I chose a coffee table that would compliment both the sofa and rug styles and colors. Then I chose a side table, table lamp (still on the fence about this one, but I have a few other options I’m mulling over), and lastly the 2 side chairs. I rarely like to use patterns when it comes to furniture, but the subtle, neutral stripe fabric in these chairs is timeless and ties in nicely with the rug. All of the pieces I chose blend together without looking cookie cutter. They play off each other well, while each standing out in their own unique way. The overall vibe/theme I was going for was relaxed, cozy, neutral, updated classic. Our basement floors are going to be a thick jute carpet (they’re an ugly tile right now that I can’t wait to get rid of!) so the patterned rug will really pop against the jute. Family Room Accessories I want the room to be bright and airy, so I don’t want to clutter it with too many accessories. I’m thinking of bringing in a few different textures like these subtle velvet pillows, linen pillows, maybe even a quirky floor lamp, these fun straw floor pillows, and ceramics. I really love these abstract prints. Shop the rest of the room below!
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Farmhouse Dining Room

Our Connecticut dining room has finally come together in the most beautiful way! Many of you may remember we scored these wingback chairs at an estate sale for $7! They were hideous before – covered in a bright green fabric, and we had them reupholstered in this cream linen material. Thomas then sanded down the legs of the chairs and stained them a light honey color. I am so happy with the end result. It really is incredible what a little stain and fabric can do to a chair. Farmhouse Dining RoomVintage RugThis vintage rug is what ultimately pulled everything together and made the space feel warm and cozy. It’s from Linda’s Barn – an incredible vintage rug store with literally hundreds of rugs in all shapes and sizes! It was so hard to narrow down a rug (I legit wanted each and every one), but Linda was so helpful and I went with this neutral one. Although each rug is one of a kind, she has several similar to this – so definitely browse the site. Dining TableMany of you may remember that Thomas built our dining table. I did a DIY post about it here. It’s such a special piece, and the thick white oak planks are so unique. I’ve linked a few similar options below like this table and this one. Dining ChairsThe 2 end chairs are wingback chairs from an estate sale that we had reupholstered, and the 4 wooden chairs are “wishbone” chairs from Wisteria, which sadly now is closed. I’ve linked several similar options below though! In terms of reupholstering, I’ve received several questions about the process. This article is really informative. We used Prince Upholstery in Connecticut. They picked up both of our chairs, brought fabric books for us to choose from, and also dropped the chairs off when they were done. Make sure to be specific if you want a cushion remade to be thicker, want it down filled or partial down filled, etc. I suggest writing down your requests and giving it to them so it’s very clear! ChandeliersThese Visual Comfort chandeliers are one of my favorite pieces in our entire home. They are so classic and well made. They really make a statement and elevate the entire room. The previous owners had a straw/rattan set of chandeliers which were really fun, but they made the home feel too rustic/casual for our personal preference. The brass chandeliers really add that elegance I wanted in the room.
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Our First Home

Our First HomeI’m so excited to share more about the home we bought in Fairfield County! We bought a charming modern farmhouse in the cutest town just an hour outside NYC. The second we walked into this house, we just knew it was “the one.” It instantly felt like home. The previous owners had decorated it impeccably, and picked beautiful fixtures throughout the home. The home buying process was stressful no doubt (will share more on that later along with tips!), but it was all worth it in the end. From NYC to CTWe loved living in NYC, but after a series of events (the last straw was our apartment building getting broken into by someone who had robbed the surrounding buildings multiple times), we made the decision to leave. This wasn’t an easy decision at all, since we both not only loved the city, but loved our apartment, our doormen, and our neighbors. Everyone’s experience in the city will be different based on their own circumstances. So I can only speak to and share what ours was like during this time. Ultimately, I feel that for our family, we made the right decision, and I’ve been so pleasantly surprised at how much I love it here. I say surprised, because I didn’t envision myself “moving to the ‘burbs” for many, many years. I love big cities and need a sense of culture/liveliness wherever I am. Luckily our neighborhood has a great downtown with a nice vibe/buzz to it (even during the pandemic.) While we aren’t sharing exactly what town we moved to for our privacy, I will say, you can’t go wrong with any of the towns in Fairfield County area – they’re all beautiful. I included a ton of my favorite shops, restaurants and sites in each town on my Travel App in case you’re ever interested in visiting. Modern FarmhouseIn the coming months I can’t wait to share more photos inside our home, fun DIY projects (I’ve gotten hooked on refurbishing estate sale finds), and our kitchen renovation which is hopefully happening this spring! Our home is new-ish, but doesn’t look or feel “too new” if you know what I mean? It still has a real sense of charm and coziness to it. For our kitchen reno, I’m swapping out the more traditional elements like the white cabinets and stainless steel appliances, for slightly more modern/unique elements like mushroom/taupe colored cabinets, gold hardware, a plaster hood, and cool veiny marble countertops. My design inspo for the process is Eye Swoon; her kitchen is to die for! And this black La Cornue oven is at the top of my wish list! Year of ChangeWhile 2020, was certainly a year of change for all of us, I’m personally really grateful and happy about where I’ve landed. I’m so looking forward to sharing more tidbits of our home and life here in Connecticut! If you’re contemplating a move or just in need of a little bit of guidance right now… I highly recommend reading these posts; Life On Your Own Timeline, Advice On Moving And Changes, Dealing With Uncertainty.
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