These days, just like in fashion, homes don’t always need to fall into one particular style or another. Mix and match is where it’s at, as long as the design is thoughtful. Interior designer Katie DeRario, of Hart & Lock Design, took on a redo of this Milton, Georgia home outside of Atlanta. The goal: Remodel the first floor of this circa-1986 Colonial house for builder (and homeowner) Corey Regan of Trademark Building Company and his family. “We modernized the house, but it’s not a typical modern farmhouse,” says Katie. “We kept some of the more intricate moldings throughout but also added modern molding in the dining room and family room, for instance.”
Reflecting the family’s love of the outdoors, rooms have a lot of wood and nature-inspired colors. The living room is an eye-catching example, with green accents, painted windows, leathered granite fireplace surround, and buffalo artwork. “The homeowners connected with the subtle strength and calming feeling of the buffalo, and we never looked back,” says Katie. “We started referring to her as Beatrice, and we would say, ‘The fabric on the windows will complement Beatrice nicely.’”
The team started from scratch in the kitchen, gutting existing cabinetry and moving elements around for better space-planning. Its off-white cabinets may share a look with modern farmhouse style, but this project went beyond white. “We incorporated stained doors on the pantry/oven area, as well as the legs on the island and band around the bottom of the hood, to keep a rich, warm feeling,” says Katie. “The sink isn’t your traditional white ceramic farm sink but rather a dark concrete apron front that added another layer of texture.”
The sunroom has been an Instagram hit. It retains some formality of the old colonial house (such as the arched, fluted doors) but has a lighter color palette and plenty of texture in the form of a hide rug, leather chair and brick floor. The designer gets why people are charmed by a modern farmhouse look but feels like that’s just the beginning. “People are drawn to a modern farmhouse style because it’s simple and approachable, yet nostalgic,” says Katie. “Fortunately, it’s easy to mix other styles into the design and still have a uniform canvas.”
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