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The Forever Home Project: Modern Farmhouse Style

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  1. Threshold™ Carey Dining Chairs from Target – $120/pair
  2. Dining Table I just ordered for nearly 50% off at Joss & Main – no longer available, sorry.
  3. Armoire wine cabinet from BHG
  4. Rustic barn art via Etsy.

It’s time for another update on The Forever Home Project. Thanks so much for your help choosing a rug for the living/playroom last time around. The decision has been made and I hope to be updating you guys with some pretty photos soon (hint: if you just can’t wait, check out my instagram feed).

Until then, we’re shifting gears a bit.  We won’t be covering things room by room because most people don’t actually decorate their houses that way. Even if they had the time and talent to do so, most folks don’t have the money to go out and furnish an entire room.

Also, most of us aren’t working with blank slates – we have pieces, often big pieces, that we’ve already spent money on or have inherited that need to be worked in. With all that in mind, the next logical step for me was to take a step back and look at the big picture. I figure that once I have an overall design style in mind, it’ll be easier to cohesively pick up a light fixture for the dining room or a rug for the playroom when I find a good sale.

Of course, picking an overarching design style isn’t necessarily easy and I was struggling a bit with the decision.  This is realistically the only time I’m going to be buying furniture in the next decade or two so I’ve been feeling a lot of pressure to get things we love now but also things we’ll love down the road.

In my quest for a design style that would suite our family’s tastes, our functional needs, AND fit with our new house, I did a lot of browsing on Pinterest, Houzz, and Apartment Therapy.  And then it hit me… Modern Farmhouse! Of course!  And then I felt kinda dumb for not realizing it earlier.  And here’s why…


We actually kinda, not really – but almost, live on a farm.  This is our backyard.  There isn’t any livestock.  But there is a rustic split rail fence, along with a whole row of fruit trees.  We have apples, japanese pears, plums, cherries, and some sort of mystery berries all growing back there.  But the Pièce de résistance?  Wait for it…


We have a barn.  It’s not a huge barn, when we first saw the house I initially thought it was a shed designed to look like a barn.  But further inspection revealed that it is indeed a functional barn with two horse bays. The previous owners even left behind a photo of the house from 30 years ago and right there, clear as day, is Mr. Ed grazing in the backyard.

I should also mention that across the street behind our yard, there are several properties with horses.  And directly behind us, an actual functioning farm.  Complete with horses, chickens (and a rooster), and even a donkey.

I know what you’re thinking.  Hello!? You live in the country, if you like modern style it should have taken you all of 2 seconds to come up with “modern farmhouse”.  Here’s the thing though – I don’t actually live in the country.

I live on a cul-de-sac in a neighborhood that has CC & Rs, it’s own website, a huge annual yard sale, and even a club house.  This is why we know this will be our forever house.  It’s not completely perfect, it still takes my hubby 40-45 minutes to commute to work.  But It’s a place I didn’t think actually existed, a web of cul-de-sacs full of kids on bikes but also space and nature.

Also, in my defense, the house isn’t a meeting of modern and country.  More like a meeting of the 80’s and country.  So even with this brilliant new plan, there will still be some issues to work around. Nevertheless, I have now have guidance and there’s comfort in that.

Progress is also being made. As I mentioned above, I just purchased a farmhouse table during a flash sale from Joss & Main. (The table’s gone now but you can sign up with Joss & Main here to get updates on all there latest sales – I warn you, it’s addicting.) I also picked up 10 of the white Target chairs pictured above for the dining room and our eat-in kitchen.  Photos to come!

In the meantime, I’m going to leave you today with some more of the modern farmhouse dining rooms I’ve been coveting since purchasing my table and chairs. Just click on the photos for more info.

For even more good stuff, you can also follow my new “Dining Room” pinterest board.



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