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Best Modern Farmhouse Decor Tips & Tour

Welcome to my Summer Farmhouse Tour. I’m joining 30 of my friends for the Blogger’s Best Summer Home Tour hosted by Kelly at the Tattered Pew.

The Best Modern Farmhouse Decor Tips & Tour will give you ideas to create a modern, industrial farmhouse feel within your own home as well as a tour of my farmhouse styled for summer.

This summer I felt a need to simplify my decor and remove some of the clutter. I’m sharing my tips and ideas for decorating the farmhouse with a lighter summer feel.

If you are joining me from my friend Paula at Sweet Pea, I’m so excited you stopped by. If you are new to my blog, welcome. My husband and I built our modern farmhouse almost 5 years ago. It includes several vintage elements as well as a strong industrial vibe. We live at the end of a long dirt road, over looking 3 ponds and pastures filled with cattle. Thanks for continuing on the tour and I hope you’ll join me on all our down sizing, thrifting, DIY, decorating & gardening adventures.

Be sure to check out all the amazing tours and tips at the end of this post.

Modern Farmhouse Entry

Well, to be honest, we don’t have an entry! You just enter the farmhouse from the front doors and there you are. However, this view of the staircase is one of your first impressions. We spent a lot of time in planning and executing the construction of this modern focal point.

We had several complications along the way but where there’s a will, there’s a way. And I was determined to get this stair case.

One of the first problems was the air exchange. Unfortunately, it’s important to have those modern conveniences and therefore some compromises had to be made.

I’ve previously shared how we disguised the unsightly air exchanges and you can see the Brilliant Ways to Hide That Ugly Vent here.

Another issue was support for the open stair case. I enlisted the help of my brother and he built this iron support beam which allowed for an opening under the stairs. I actually love the extra industrial feel it gives the farmhouse. In addition, the beam creates a cozy spot for the wine bar.

All one BiG Room

The center of our modern farmhouse is actually all one big room with a loft over the kitchen and dining area.

You begin in the living room as you enter the house, but as you can see, the kitchen and dining area are also immediately visible.

Rudy is wondering what happened to all his toy which are usually visible here.

The Living Area

Although I love all my vintage and thrifted items, I wanted a less cluttered and open feel for summer. I love the minimalist style farmhouse but when I try to achieve that look, I find myself constantly adding more! LOL.

The neutral rug and sofa fabrics allow for various changes in pillow colors. This summer I chose to add blue pillows to the sofa and they work well for a more patriotic feel also.

You can see more details and sources for the living area here.

The patriotic pillow is the one I shared recently on this easy tutorial. The blue sofa pillows are a HomeGoods find.

Farmhouse Style Dining Area

In this modern, open concept living area, it’s hard to decide what to call a space. It’s not a dining room exactly, so I call it an area. I hope that’s correct.??

From this view, you can see one of my favorite combinations, woods and whites! The dining area is full of white ironstone, white shiplap walls, a vintage white enamelware light fixture, a white bench and a chippy old church pew. This allows the warm honey tones of the antique hutch, old bread boards and vintage copper pieces to really shine.

Mother’s Love is an original painting and I have prints available here.

Although I tried to simplify, I couldn’t remove the layers of woods and whites in the DIY Plate Rack. You can see how to build this easy DIY project here.

Don’t you just love fresh flowers? The beautiful hydrangeas are from beside my greenhouse. They were just planted last year and I’m thrilled to have lots of blooms to add to my summer home tour.

You can also see a vintage industrial piece tucked underneath the staircase. I realized the card catalog drawers are perfect for holding bottles of wine and therefore decided to use it as a wine bar.

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

In order to make the heart of our home cozy, we added a huge 6′ by 7′ DIY Island. Everyone likes to gather in the kitchen regardless of the size, so we wanted to give everyone plenty of room. You can see all the construction steps here.

Since it’s usually just the two of us, the industrial style metal bar stools are a perfect spot for our indoor meals.

We were fortunate to find a pair of vintage gas station enamelware lights to place over the island. They are very similar to the one over the dining table and over the front entry doors.

I love changing the pantry door, chalk board sign, seasonally. The original chippy paint is a great accent color for the kitchen and I plan to paint the island a similar color soon.

The festive colors in this rug, from Boutique Rugs, really helps to brighten up the neutral kitchen.

Another DIY project was the concrete countertops. The brick wall is a perfect compliment to the natural concrete tops and adds lots of texture to the neutral space.

The open shelving is made from new wood which we aged to look like old barn wood. You can see how this was accomplished here.

the Loft

The loft area is where we watch TV and hang out after a long day. This area is full of industrial modern farmhouse charm.

A chippy, rusty industrial cart was transformed into a fun place for the TV to rest.

The bar is a DIY project and the old chicken nesting box holds seldom used bar items. The nesting box influenced the DIY sign over the bar.

Last spring the powder room became the perfect spot to display a portion of the old inherited family photos. You can see The #1 Best Way to Use Old Inherited Family Photos here.

Industrial Farmhouse Screened Porch

In addition to the dining and living area, we spend a lot of time on the screened porch. It’s a great extension to our living space and the industrial vibe continues on the porch.

This is one of my favorite spots to entertain. I have had several girlfriend brunch events on this porch.

The vintage metal icebox is one of my favorite purchases from Vintage Cottage.

The old tractor funnel made a fun light fixture for the porch. I added the thrift store jars and fill them with different items seasonally. For a patriotic feel, I choose these DIY flags. You can see more Patriotic Ideas on this recent post.

In addition, the bakers rack holds many vintage and thrift store finds. It can double as a serving area for my girlfriend brunches. See more about hosting a girlfriend brunch here.

I hope you are enjoying the tour so far. Next up is Cindy at DIY Beautify and you are going to love her beautiful tour.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I look forward to your comments.

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Margo A Kobs

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

Hi, We are moving to NC and I was wondering can you share some information on your home. What is the sq footage of it and do you have a floor plan or builder that you can share with me. Thank you.

Wednesday 28th of July 2021

Margo, Welcome to NC. The sq. ft. is 1,980. I drew my plan and had a draftsman put it together for me. Our builder has retired and I really don't have any good contacts. I wish I could be of more help. What area are you moving to?

Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

Monday 28th of June 2021

I enjoyed your tour so much Rachel! Your post will be featured at our Tuesday Turn About Link Party this week. Hope you will stop by again to link up!

Friday 2nd of July 2021

Michelle, Thank you so much. I really appreciate this.

Amber D Ferguson

Monday 21st of June 2021

Why, yes, I DO love fresh flowers! Love how how your hydrangeas pop in your gorgeous neutral farmhouse home. Everything looks beautiful for summer!

So fun hopping with you! Happy Summer!

Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

Amber, Thanks so much for stopping by.


Monday 21st of June 2021

Love everything! I always enjoy your pictures they make me feel so cozy and warm. I was wondering about the ceiling. I searched your site but I could not find out how you did it. If you could direct me where I can read about it and get more information, I would appreciate it. Thank you and take care.

Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

Tracy, I really appreciate this. I plan to write a post soon about the ceiling. I don't have one as it was done before I started the blog. Stay tuned.