Listen, I don’t want to air out my dirty laundry, literally or figuratively. While we’ve been camping out in the bedrooms at the Farmhaus, while working on the endless construction, I’ve noticed that I don’t have a place to put our dirty laundry. So, I’ve been on the hunt for cool hampers that could work seamlessly in our new retreat. Above all I want the hampers to be functional, for me that means two things 1) they need to have capacity and 2) they need to have a lid. I don’t want the smell of old socks wafting through the air. BUT, the hampers also have to look good since they will be out in the open. So, I’ve rounded up my top favorite 5 rustic modern hampers.
Spring is in the air and I want us to enjoy the outdoors at the Farmhaus, but the backyard/prairie is an untamed mess. On one hand we are really lucky because the soil is very fertile and the recent rains brought by El Niño have made the land green. But I’m imagining something a little more varied, a little more textured and very California casual; something a bit like these beautiful outdoor spaces.
For us, having 1.5 acres is huge and kinda daunting. I want to break up the space into areas that invite different kinds of activities some more active others more quiet, with paths the lead to exploration or solitude. Unfortunately I have a black thumb, so I will have to ask friends who know a thing or two about plants for some advice. I know what I like and that I want the landscape to be drought tolerant, but unlike what happens with the construction or interior design of a house, I have no idea how where to start when it comes to landscaping.
A while back, I pulled together some modern rustic black kitchens for inspiration for the Farmhaus. Since then I let all the inspiration simmer in my head for a while and then came up with the following mood board, which I’m calling Black Modern Industrial Farmhouse Kitchen.
So, what happened? How did I go from rustic modern to modern industrial? It all started with the black pendants. I scored 3 black enamel pendants at the Alameda Flea Market for $40 total (they are almost identical to the ones in the moodboard, except mine are vintage) I knew I wanted a black kitchen but I never know what my jumping off point is going to be until it clicks. The pendants set the direction in a slightly more industrial direction. To balance them out and maintain a warmer farmhouse feel, I want to add butcher block and a wide farmhouse sink. I’m also hoping to sprinkle a little extra detail with some graphic tiles and a touch of brass.
Now that the demo is done and we have started to rough in plumbing and electrical, I know I’m weeks away from a kitchen. Better start ordering. Can’t wait to make this kitchen come to life!
Everyone loves a good Before and After post. So, I wanted to share images of a recently completed kitchen and laundry room that I designed for a client. As you can see it was quite the transformation. We transformed the kitchen from 60’s yellow explosion, to timeless modern farmhouse.
I redesigned the floor plan and flow.
Added in a ton of additional storage.
Added a ton of useable counter space.
Brightened up the place and made it more reflective of the owners’ lifestyles, all without removing any walls.
Here are more views of the kitchen so that you can fully appreciate the metamorphosis. Lucky for us the kitchen’s footprint was large for a 1909 house. The soaring ceilings add to the sense of airiness.
Unfortunately, we uncovered a few structural and plumbing issues once we opened up the walls. That delayed the overall progress of the project, but the end product was well worth it.
The punch line is that this is an IKEA kitchen. Can you believe it? All the cabinet boxes and interior fittings are IKEA, but we had a superb cabinet maker create beautiful custom shaker doors. Since we were being more economical with the cabinets, the big splurge was the gorgeous quartz countertop. Unfortunately because of how the light reflects in the pictures, you can’t really tell what counters look like, which is too bad because they have gorgeous, yet subtle veining.
But it’s the smaller details, from the lights, to the counter stools, to the knobs and pulls, that really personalize the space, transforming it from a white kitchen into a warm and inviting family mecca.
From the kitchen you walk through a pocket door to the adjacent laundry room.
The laundry room also needed a complete overhaul, not only in terms of design, but also in terms of function.
Since the space is right next to the kitchen I really wanted to tie it into the kitchen design, while not repeating the same elements. I did so by echoing the color palette with a different interpretation. The real wow factor here was simply giving the room its proper function by removing the awkward shower, adding in much needed counter space for laundry sorting and adding tons of storage for all that stuff you don’t need to look at. Now the room can breathe. The hardware though elevates the laundry room to a different level of sophistication.
Wouldn’t you love to cook in this kitchen and do laundry in this laundry room? What are your favorite elements?
Out of respect for my clients and the design process I am only highlight a few sources. Kitchen: Cabinets bases – Sektion by Ikea; Knobs and Pulls from the Cottage Collection by Hickory Hardware in the Black Nickel Vibed finish that adds great depth and character without the contrast getting stark; Semi-flushmounts above windows by Schoolhouse Electric; Cabinet color is a creamy white BM Vanilla milkshake; Wall color is a warm gray BM Stonington Gray. Laundry Room: Oak butcher block by Ikea, Appliances by Miele, Pulls by Keeler Hardware in a stainless steel finish from the Facette collection.
Our Farmhaus only has two bedrooms, so the guest room is really the boys’ room. While the boys were begging for a bunk bed, I knew that with our low ceiling height that scenario would be less than ideal so I’m opting for a good ol’ side by side set up. So far we have transformed their space from this:
The white paint and light floors have done wonders, but my favorite thing has to be the shiplap wall (which I previewed on my Instagram). Now that the construction work on this side of the house is done, I get to have fun and design the spaces. I want their room to feel rustic yet modern, warm yet sophisticated. I want the boys to feel comfortable, but I want the space to work for grown ups too. Something along these lines, but leaning towards a more casual vibe:
The color palette is simple, yet the black spindle beds add a strong graphic element. The bed can go either traditional or modern, it all depends on how the room is styled around it. I’m going modern. Lucky for me, a while back I scored a pair of spindle bed frames at auction for a mere $60. They were in pretty good shape and I knew immediately that they would be perfect for the boys once I paint them black.
The mood board for their room looks like this:
As you can see from the progress picture, I’ve already located a dresser, which my Big Boy modernized by switching out the original knobs. To see what the dresser looked like before go here. The spindle bed I have is less sleek, dare I say, more authentic than the one in the moodboard. But I had to find good place holder for my board. Can’t wait for all the piece to come together! So far, so good.