Inspiration: Black and White Bathroom

When we first began looking for a country retreat, I had visions of something rustic, simple, perhaps a little Scandinavian. But when we finally found the Farmhaus, I let the space speak to me and help guide some of my design decisions.  This is especially true in the main bathroom.  The original bathtub had a cool vintage tub faucet, and a great train rack style towel rack.  Both are pictured below:


Buying these new would normally cost hundreds of dollars, so instead I opted to save them and use them as the jumping off point for my design inspiration.  I felt these pieces called for a traditional black and white color scheme, something along these lines:





Black and White bathroom




I kind of loved the idea of doing a black claw foot tub and found one that would fit the width of our small bathroom. However, after discussing it with my plumber, we agreed that the fit would be a bit tight and would not leave and room around the back of the tub for cleaning.  After giving up on the claw foot tub, I was dead set on including a graphic pattern, to offset the simplicity of the bathroom.  If you follow me on pinterest, you’ll see I have a whole board dedicated to tile, with TONS of cement tile patterns.  However, after reading about cement tile, I came to the conclusion that it would require a little more maintenance than I am willing to give it.  It’s a farmhouse afterall, muddy boots are going to be a fact of life. Ultimately, I decided to look for a graphic pattern in an easy care porcelain.

The final mood board is a traditional black and white bathroom, with a twist of modern. This is what I’m aiming for.

FARMHAUS Bathroom 2

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Construction: Farmhaus Progress

I’m finally getting around to posting a progress report on the construction that’s been going on at The Farmhaus.  If you follow me me on Instagram you’ve probably managed to catch glimpses of what’s been going on, but now that we’ve passed our first inspection and are getting ready to close up the walls, I wanted to take a moment to show you what’s been going on.  To be fair, progress has been slow, but when you’re doing much of the construction work yourself on the weekends, there’s only so much you can get done each time.

The bathroom is what drove the redesign.  Basically, we wanted to convert what was once a large but strangely dysfunctional bathroom, into two very efficient smaller bathrooms.  One is going to be en suite to the master bedroom, the other bathroom, will be the main bathroom used by the boys and guests who come and visit our new digs.

FARMHAUS - Progress Bathrooms


We hired a crew to do a lot of the demo of the bathroom since we were also having the chicken coop taken out.  After that, we did the “finer” demo ourselves.  Taking out the super-sized garden window was the most time consuming.  We didn’t just want to cut it out and push it out since it would leave shattered glass everywhere.  So we spent several hours taking it down carefully.  Once that was out, we took down the whole wall.  See here for a dramatic video. It always has to get worse before it gets better, and having portions of the exterior wall missing was a little intimidating. However, once the space was fully opened up, I put down blue tape to get a sense of how the bathrooms would function. Sometimes things work on paper, but in reality they feel odd.  I was pleased to see that my blue print translated very well to my blue tape mock up.  Once we were happy with where things were placed we started framing.  But then, I called in the pros.  Hubby and I are more than willing to get our hands dirty, but we felt that plumbing and electrical would be better left to the professionals, who could get it done better and faster.  With the plumbing and electrcial roughed-in I was able to call my first inspection.  I was quite nervous.  Not only is the remodel based on my plans, but we did so much of the construction ourselves.  I had nothing to be afraid of, the inspection went very well and I was given the green light to start closing up the walls.

In the meanwhile, once we finished framing the bathrooms, we moved our attention to the master bedroom.  It had one large window that provided no light and a small door to the deck.  We decided to close up the window and get a larger door to the deck.

FARMHAUS - Progress Bedroom Window

Right around the time I got my plans submitted, Home Depot had a window and door sale which gave me 15% off.  So, I took advantage of the discount and ordered our doors right away.  That’s a good thing because it takes the manufacturers a while to custom make the doors and windows.

FARMHAUS - Progress Bedroom Patio Door

The natural light that comes in through the back of the room is a MASSIVE improvement on the light this room used to get.  Plus, by centering the door, we are able to capture a much better view of the backyard and the pastures beyond.

It’s so exciting seeing things take shape.  I know that once drywall goes in, things are going to start moving quickly so I need to narrow down a few finishes. YAY!


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Celebrate: Modern Christmas Inspiration

If you’re still looking for fun, modern way to decorate for the Holidays, look no further.  I’ve rounded up the best ideas from the interweb to infuse your home with minimalist Holiday chic.

Modern Christmas Inspiration


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What I love most about these ideas is their restrained color palette and scandinavian vibe. Want something a bit more glam?  Check out last year’s inspiration for a wintery Holiday party with super cute DIY Holiday Pompom Straw.

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Inspiration: Modern White Farmhouse Exterior

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The minute I saw our Farmhaus I knew I wanted to modernize and brighten it up.  Everyone I know thought I would want to make it grey.  They know I love grey.  But every house and space has its own story to tell and I didn’t think grey was what I wanted here.  Instead, I want white, inside and outside.

I am very inspired by these clean, modern white farmhouse exteriors.




modern farmhouse exterior


modern farmhouse exterior


modern farmhouse exterior


Our house isn’t as grand as these houses, but I think a coat of white paint will give it a huge facelift.  Also, did you notice that all these houses have a standing seam metal roof?  LOVE! Unfortunately that’s completely out of the question. Replacing our roof with a standing seam roof would cost two and a half times the price of asphalt shingles.  Complete budget buster! Though I’m told that a standing seam roof is more durable.  So, I guess in the long run it could be worth it, but with all the other fixes we need to make, I need to manage costs wisely.

Since our house has cedar shingle siding and we’re putting in a new shingle roof, I think the overall effect will be similar to this one below once painted. Ours will have a darker roof, black windows (existing) and black fascia gutters, for a slightly more modern look.



Here’s the modern farmhouse moodboard I’ve put together for our place.

Modern Farmhouse Exterior Moodboard

Do you like where I’m going with this?

tania - what is your recommendation for painting a white farm house-paint for hardy board if you have bought a standard white garage door and don’t want blinding white/too stark or yellowy undertones?

isadorag - Hi Tania,
I haven’t tackled the exterior paint of our Farmhaus yet, but the white I keep coming back to is White Dove by Benjamin Moore.
Good luck. Let me know what you end up picking.

Christina McMaster - Hi:). Can I have the source for the last picture posted? Love it!

isadorag - Hi Christina,
All images which are not my own have a link below the image to the image source.

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CELEBRATE: A Modern Organic Thanksgiving Inspiration

And just like that it’s goodbye Halloween and hello Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving.  It’s not about the presents, it’s just about family and friends.  This year is extra special as one of my cousins, whom I haven’t seen in more than 20 years, is going to celebrate the occasion with us. This will be her first Thanksgiving in the U.S. as she and her family just moved here a few months ago. With that in mind, I really want to make their first Thanksgiving memorable, so my mother and I will start planning the menu soon.  While Thanksgiving is about family, food and taking a moment to reflect on our blessings, it wouldn’t be complete for me without a nice table scape. This year I’m inspired to keep the look very organic and natural.  Maybe all the time I’ve been spending at the Farmhaus is having and effect on me, but I definitely don’t want any glitz at the table, just warm, natural colors and textures.

Modern Organic Thanksgiving

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What’s inspiring you this Thanksgiving?

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