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Design Inspiration

5 Essentials for a Modern Farmhouse Renovation

Photo Credit: Tina Kruger from Ema Peter Photography

 We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again. Our local design community continues to inspire us and today, we’re excited to introduce Dorothy and Katie as this month’s guest bloggers - or “Team Bozek” - as they’re often affectionately called. Below, take a peek at their stunning modern farmhouse renovation. 

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Located in the coveted West Vancouver area, this modern home was built with a farmhouse ‘flavour’ in mind. The homeowners had the goal of creating a dual purpose space that felt like a home, but that also served as an ‘office space’ for visiting clients - and we couldn’t wait to dive in to help furnish it!

This unique home, dubbed ‘Kings Residence’ is a one-bedroom, 2,275 square foot home located in beautiful West Van. It’s a new build that combines farmhouse elements with a modern twist. For anyone embarking on a similar farmhouse design, here are our five essential steps to bring any modern farmhouse to life:

A Modern Farmhouse Design 

Keep your practical living needs front and centre 

Before diving into any home renovation, it’s important to imagine the ‘big picture’ and to keep your end goals in mind. In this case, this home needed to be a work AND living space, so this very practical need informed our whole styling process. The clients wanted the home to look and feel modern with some nostalgic farmhouse elements. To achieve this vision, we focused on drawing attention to the sculptural lines of the home while also highlighting the warmth and practicality of a farmhouse feel. By foregoing the traditional farmhouse aesthetic, we instead decorated with a layered and eclectic, yet clean-lined approach that is as functional as it is beautiful.


Combine natural textures with mixed metals

When it comes to finishes, don’t be afraid to mix and match. Our palette for furnishing this modern farmhouse was heavily inspired by a desire to echo the West Vancouver landscape into the architecture and within the interior of the home. Natural textures such as the Jack solid wood dining table, honed matte materials and muted earth tones seen in the made-in-Canada Emery Dining Chairs are accented with black extensively throughout the home to create contrast and interest.

Throughout this modern farmhouse interior, we utilized a mix of metals, patterns and colours to create a relaxed and playful, yet refined and updated feel.


Don’t neglect the outdoor space 

While the interior makeover may be top of mind, your outdoor living area should never be neglected when it comes to designing a home. This modern farmhome’s outdoor space presented a huge opportunity to create an extended, luxurious outdoor living space that could be enjoyed year-round.

We wanted to highlight the outdoor living space to make it feel like a true extension of the main living area - one that was also intimately connected to the interior space. The large sliding doors are a key part of making this happen; we utilized the unique ‘L’ shaped configuration of the modern farmhouse-style home to design a seating area that both feels a part of the courtyard, but also acts as an extension of the interior dining area.


Consider custom furniture to uplevel your space 

As mentioned, our clients work from home so it was important to create a dedicated ‘wing’ for their home-based business. Scale and proportion were driving considerations in the styling of this space, and to ensure we exceeded our clients’ expectations, we turned to Once A Tree Furniture for custom pieces to uplevel the office. By customizing the desks in the workspaces, we were able to incorporate both the clients’ vision and at the same time, create a beautiful workspace that would be practical, too. With plenty of storage in the Miller Sideboard, a custom made-in-Canada Madison Desk on one side and the Xavier Desk by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams on the other, we achieved separate ‘his and hers’ workspaces that felt equal, yet different.

We also added in a luxurious Nash Sofa from American Leather and an equally comfortable lounge chair to create a practical - and stylish - spot to kick back in between clients, too. Without a doubt, the open multi-purpose study/lounge/guest area ended up being one of our favourite spaces in the home, and the custom furniture helped take this space to the next level! 

Collaborate with outside experts 

Renovating, designing and staging a home can be a daunting task if you don’t know where to start. Even with our years of experience in home styling and staging, we continue to learn something new every time we get the opportunity to collaborate with other talented partners in the design community on new projects. On this modern farmhouse design project, we’d like to give a shout out to the amazing partners that helped bring the clients’ dream home to life, including: Synthesis Design Inc., Kennedy Construction, Burritt Bros., CF Interiors, Tina Kruger from Ema Peter Photography (who captured these stunning photos!) and of course, Once A Tree Furniture.

If you’re considering a home renovation or re-design, don’t hesitate to reach out! Get started on your Custom Furniture Inquiry or get in touch with us so we can help you bring your home goals to life. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @onceatreefurniture for more design inspiration and find Dorothy, Katie and the Urban Presentations team on Instagram at @vancouverupstaging 

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    Daphne Nielsen