Trim Take: Modern Farmhouse Style

Painting by Kathleen McArdle

Last week I broke the exciting news that Annabel  and I are starting Trim Design Co, a boutique online-interior-design firm specializing in an eclectic, collected aesthetic.  Trim is our response to a world of fast-fashion, big-box stores and manufacturing that’s wreaking havoc on the environment.  With Trim, we’re embracing sustainability and bringing a sense of history into our designs by including vintage and artisanal pieces in every room.  And because these pieces are our passion, there are several in today’s shoppable mood board!

But before I dive in to this week’s Trim Take on Modern Farmhouse Style, many of you have asked what exactly we’ll be doing over at Trim once we officially launch later this summer, so I thought I’d give you the lowdown!

What we do:

Trim Design Co. provides boutique online-interior-design services for the discerning client nationwide. To maximize convenience for our clients, we use email and software platforms to deliver our design services online. You can correspond with us in the comfort of your own home whenever is a good time for you!  You provide photos and dimensions of your space and tell us about your style preferences and goals. Then we get to work on your full room design, just like a traditional design firm, from paint color and floor plan to furniture, lighting and accessories. At the end of the design process, you have everything you need to implement your new room design including a shopping list, realistic room rendering, and detailed set-up instructions.  Then, you’re free to purchase and install when the time is right for you.

Why we do it:

It’s time for a change. The customization and service expected from full-service interior design should be available to clients who prefer the online experience.   

What sets us apart:

Trim Design Co. is the only online interior design firm incorporating vintage pieces, artisanal items, and emerging brands into each and every design, creating homes steeped in individuality. Trim knows that beautiful, authentic spaces are achieved only when the words that describe your home are synonymous with the words that describe you.

So that’s Trim Design Co. in a nutshell! In anticipation of our launch later this summer, we’ll continue to give you more information about us and how we work. We hope you’ll follow along as we embark on this exciting path!

Alright, back to the matter at hand…To read Annabel’s Trim Take this week, head over to her blog Interior Joy. And be sure to check out last week’s installments if you missed them: I took on ‘New Traditional and Annabel covered ‘Classic Coastal’ style.

This week I’m delving into Modern Farmhouse style! I had so much fun creating a living room in this aesthetic, and I found so many fantastic pieces to incorporate. I really hope you like it as much as I do!

Trim Take: Modern Farmhouse


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The Look: You’re inspired by the warmth and simplicity of farmhouse living. From plush, comfortable chairs you can sink right into, to the weathered wood of exposed beams, Modern Farmhouse is your style.  Yours is a fresh take on country-inspired design, mixing a clean, contemporary aesthetic with the coziness of the traditional farmhouse look. Warm whites and creams, earthy shades, natural wood accents, and vintage pieces are a must in your decor. You also emphasize function and practicality in your design.

Here are some suggestions to pull off this style:

  • Use a 60-30-10 color palette, with warm white or cream as your dominant color, followed by earthy shades of grays, tans and browns. A bold neutral might be your accent color, or you may prefer to include a pop of a bright hue.
  • Natural wood accents are a must! Consider design elements such as exposed beams, weathered wood tables, and sliding barn doors.
  • Don’t forget layering soft, airy textures into your rooms: flowing belgian linen drapes, cozy throws and pillows.
  • Steer clear of the floral and paisley prints typical of farmhouse styles from the past. Instead, embrace neutrals in a variety of textures and materials.
  • For purely decorative elements, take a cue from industrial-inspired pieces. Many of these are based on the machinery used for farming and thus pair seamlessly with your aesthetic: iron-style light fixtures, galvanized metal planters, antique chalkboards.

Related Styles to Explore*: Rustic Industrial, Classic Coastal

*Check out our other posts exploring these related styles.

Here’s a rendering I created of a ‘Modern Farmhouse’ living room:

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I used a warm, neutral color palette to play up the natural light that fills this living room. Benjamin Moore’s Super White is crisp and clean without being sterile, and a subdued Oushak rug in oatmeal and cinnamon adds texture and warmth to the space.

For the furniture, I chose pieces with simple, timeless lines and plush upholstery. A soft, rounded sofa from CuratedKravet sits opposite two Scandinavian style chairs from Eclectic Goods. The linen upholstered bench from Kim Salmela has beautifully turned spindle legs, a detail often found in traditional farmhouses of the past. Probably my favorite piece of all is the vintage coffee table. I love a large, square coffee table in living rooms! It’s a perfect centerpiece for the space, and its function is a beautiful as its form. Everyone gathers round it, and there’s plenty of space for drinks, appetizers, puzzles, books….whatever!

I included the two 18th century Spanish side tables because I love how their iron legs seem to give a nod to the more industrial side of farming. Grain sack pillows and a linen cotton throw also echo life on the farm.

Since this is ‘Modern Farmhouse’ however, the overall look and feel in this space is really a mix of refined and casual. It’s clean, bright and airy, but also very much a warm and welcoming place to unwind after a long day. I thought it would be fun, and maybe even a little unexpected, to add a more literal take on farming in the form of the art over the fireplace. This piece is a painting my mother, Kathleen McArdle, did from a photo of three of her grandsons after they’d finished up a long day working at a farm near their home. I love the colors and composition. And I also love how it’s a cheeky reminder that while modern farmhouse style may be all about a clean, contemporary, cozy aesthetic, true farm life still means lots of mud, dirt, and sweat for those working the fields every day!

So what do you think? Could you cozy up in this Modern Farmhouse living room?  This is how we do ‘Modern Farmhouse’ over here at Trim, so if you like this look, stay tuned for more inspo and details leading up to our big launch!   If you want to incorporate this style into your own space, scroll down for a shoppable round-up of furniture and decor inspired by this look!

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  1. Arcadia Sofa, Curated Kravet
  2. Scandi Lounger, Eclectic Goods
  3. Oushak, Landry & Arcari
  4. Vintage Tole Boxes, Recovered Relics
  5. Bakshaish Design Rug, Landry & Arcari
  6. Indigo Block Print Lumbar Pillows, Eclectic Goods
  7. 18th Century Spanish Side Tables, 1st Dibs
  8. Grain Sack Pillows, Ann Merrill Designs
  9. Jamie Young Hermosa Table Lamp
  10. Vintage Southeast Asian Basket, Annamita Klassika
  11. Vintage Southeast Asian Woven Tray, Annamita Klassika
  12. Celadon Bowl, Born of Fire Ceramics
  13. Acrylic Painting, Kathleen McArdle
  14. Ivory Bench, One Kings Lane
  15. Linen Cotton Throw, Brahms Mount
  16. Rustic Asian Coffee Table, Chairish

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!



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