The Modern Farmhouse

Hi everyone! Remember that new house we’ve been working so hard to build? I’m happy to report that construction has come to a close and we have moved in. I sure thought I would be posting these photos around Easter, but I guess a little after Memorial Day was in the plans… Life is full of surprises, isn’t it? I will spare you the gory details and just say that it’s been quite an interesting (to say the least) two months, but we have moved in and are loving our new home!

I know I’ve said it before, but building a custom home is not for the faint of heart. I have never experienced so much stress, worry, and excitement – all bottled up together. Between the infinite decisions that must be made, the trust required of complete strangers, and the inevitable issues that arise completely out of your control, it is a roller coaster ride… a ride you cross your fingers in hopes you make to the end in one piece yet arrive at the finish line jaded enough to think it might be fun to do again (ha!).

Looking back on the past nine months, I can honestly say we couldn’t have done it without our parents. Storage unit, restaurant, hotel, psychiatrist?, and office all in one. THANK YOU!

Without further ado, The Modern Farmhouse. Welcome!

k i t c h e n

WALL PAINT: Dunn Edwards “Droplets” | CABINET PAINT: Dunn Edwards “White” | CABINET BASES: IKEA | CABINET FRONTS: SemiHandmade | SINK: Elkay | FAUCET: Delta | HARDWARE: IKEA | WALL SCONCES: Rejuvenation | PENDANTS: Rejuvenation | APPLIANCES: KitchenAid | VENT HOOD: Custom | FLOORING: Timeless Designs “Venezia Oak” | WINDOWS: Pella | COUNTERTOPS: Island – Mont “Rhapsody” ; Exterior – Colorquartz “Frost White” | BACKSPLASH TILE: 3×6″ subway in matte white w/ “Bright White” (910) grout

l i v i n g + d i n i n g

WALL PAINT: Dunn Edwards “Droplets” | TRIM PAINT: Dunn Edwards “White” | FLOORING: Timeless Designs “Venezia Oak” | STAIR RAILING: Custom by Centerline Studio | WINDOWS & DOORS: Pella

m u d r o o m + l a u n d r y

WALL PAINT: Dunn Edwards “Droplets” | TRIM PAINT: Dunn Edwards “White” | FLOORING: Timeless Designs “Venezia Oak” | WINDOWS & DOORS: Pella | WASHER & DRYER: Whirlpool

p o w d e r b a t h

WALL PAINT: Dunn Edwards “Droplets” | TRIM PAINT: Dunn Edwards “White” | FLOORING: Timeless Designs “Venezia Oak” | SINK: Rejuvenation | FAUCET: Kohler | WALL SCONCE: Schoolhouse Electric | TOILET: Kohler | TOWEL HOLDER: Firm Living | TP HOLDER: Firm Living

b a s e m e n t

WALL PAINT: Dunn Edwards “Droplets” | TRIM PAINT: Dunn Edwards “White” | FLOORING: Timeless Designs “Venezia Oak” | STAIR RAILING: Custom by Centerline Studio | WINDOWS & DOORS: Pella

u p s t a i r s

WALL PAINT: Dunn Edwards “Droplets” | TRIM PAINT: Dunn Edwards “White” | FLOORING: Timeless Designs “Venezia Oak” | STAIR RAILING: Custom by Centerline Studio | WINDOWS & DOORS: Pella | DOOR HARDWARE: Schlage “Bowery” in Matte Black

g u e s t b a t h

WALL PAINT: Dunn Edwards “Droplets” | TRIM PAINT: Dunn Edwards “White”| DOOR HARDWARE: Schlage “Bowery” in Matte Black | SHOWER FAUCET: Delta | SINK FAUCET: Delta | VANITY: IKEA | WALL SCONCE: Schoolhouse Electric | TOILET: Kohler | TP HOLDER: Firm Living | BATHTUB: Kohler | FLOOR TILE: 2″ hexagon in matte white w/ “Charcoal Gray” (929) grout | WALL TILE: 3×6″ subway in matte white w/ “Bright White” (910) grout

b e d r o o m 1

WALL PAINT: Dunn Edwards “Faded Gray” | TRIM PAINT: Dunn Edwards “White” | FLOORING: Timeless Designs “Venezia Oak” | WINDOWS & DOORS: Pella | DOOR HARDWARE: Schlage “Bowery” in Matte Black

b e d r o o m 2

WALL PAINT: Dunn Edwards “Faded Gray” | TRIM PAINT: Dunn Edwards “White” | FLOORING: Timeless Designs “Venezia Oak” | WINDOWS & DOORS: Pella | DOOR HARDWARE: Schlage “Bowery” in Matte Black

m a s t e r

WALL PAINT: Dunn Edwards “Droplets” | TRIM PAINT: Dunn Edwards “White” | FLOORING: Timeless Designs “Venezia Oak” | WINDOWS & DOORS: Pella | DOOR HARDWARE: Schlage “Bowery” in Matte Black | CLOSET: IKEA | FLOOR TILE: 10″ silver hexagon w/ “Mist” (939) grout | WALL TILE: 1×8″ subway in matte white w/ “Bright White” (910) grout | SHOWER FLOOR TILE: 1″ Hexagon matte white w/ “Mist” (939) grout | VANITY: IKEA | SINKS: Kohler | COUNTERTOPS: Colorquarts “Frost White” | SHOWER FAUCET: Delta | SINK FAUCETS: Delta | TOILET: Kohler | TP HOLDER: Amazon

e x t e r i o r

PAINT: Sherwin Williams “Snowbound” | WINDOWS & DOORS: Pella | WOOD: IPE by Advantage Lumber | WALL SCONCES: Home Depot

The photos above were taken right before we moved in all of our stuff. It look the two of us a whopping one hour to move everything from the garage into the house… yes, one hour. ha! I’m not sure if that’s impressive or incredibly sad. Regardless, the house doesn’t look a whole lot different with our “stuff” in it than it does in these photos, but we’re working on decorating the place slowly but surely. Incredibly picky people with expensive tastes tends to mean that decorating becomes quite the lengthy process… I’ll be sure to share our progress in the months to come. Stay tuned!

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14 thoughts on “The Modern Farmhouse

  1. Wow, your home is stunning! I just happened upon it and am so thankful I did. If I may ask did you use the Dunn Edwards White on the ceiling or was that Droplets? Beautifully done!

  2. Can you share your interior door model and what you chose for garage doors? Curious if you had to paint your garage doors black or found a manufacturer that made them in black.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Jess! Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, I do not know the manufacturer of our interior doors. I simply asked our builder for a single panel shaker style. As for the garage doors, they are actually white! We had them open in the images on the blog so they appear black in the photos. We did not have them painted as they matched our exterior paint color almost perfectly. Thanks!

  3. Your house is beautiful! My husband and I are planning a remodel and would love to know more details. Who was your contractor and did you use a designer? We live in the Indianapolis area. Also, what retailer did you use for flooring? I love that white oak!! Thanks!

    1. Hi Danica! Thank you so much for the kind words. Our builder was Cedar Street Builders (http://www.cedarstreetbuilders.com) and our architect was David Rausch Studios (https://www.davidrausch.com) – both out of Zionsville. I handled all interior design. Our floors are 7″ engineered white oak by Timeless Designs in “natural” (https://www.timelessdesignsflooring.com/tab/engineered-wood). Feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Tyson! The house is ~1800 sqft. There is also a full size unfinished basement which is not factored into this amount.

  4. Gorgeous home! And the ipe detail you incorporated into the exterior design is beautiful. If I may ask, did you leave the ipe natural or apply a protective coating on it, like an oil or stain? Thanks.

    1. Thank you! Yes, we applied a coat of ipe oil about a month ago. If we didn’t, the wood would have turned gray – much like any other wood exposed to the elements. We thought about going this route but decided we ultimately liked the natural ipe color and we wanted to ensure the wood didn’t crack.

  5. Love your home, blog and Instagram. So simple, modern and timeless. We are thinking of building but have no idea where to start. Do you have any advice for who to contact first, second, third? I live in Seattle, WA. I would appreciate it so much. Thank you! ♡

    1. Hi Tiffne! I think there are a lot of different approaches, it really depends what works best for you and your family. For us, we started out by finding and purchasing some land as location was our first priority – half way between my job and my husbands. Once we had that nailed down, we really started to make a list of our must haves. We didn’t want a large house but we did want to make sure we built something as energy efficient as possible. We started looking for some Passive House inspiration and as luck would have it, we found a builder in Zionsville, IN. We met him and knew instantly that he was the perfect fit for us (www.cedarstreetbuilders.com). By the way, we actually found a different builder/architect in the area that we approached first, but we just didn’t feel like it was quite the right fit. So don’t feel like you have to settle! Our builder actually recommended a few architects, and we selected one that fit best with our aesthetic. Our builder came to every architect meeting which was REALLY helpful. He could help guide us when making a lot of structural decisions – the architect tends to be really focused on design while the builder can help offer alternatives that may be a bit more cost effective but still give you a similar look.
      Please let me know if you have any other questions! There really are a countless number of ways to go about this process, but this worked really well for us. Best of luck!

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