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Even though we’ve lived in our house for 18 months now, I still love looking through home decor and architecture magazines and blogs and finding beautiful images of homes, especially farmhouses. Here are some of my very favorite design elements that go well with farmhouse style (and no, we didn’t put all of them in our house!)…

1. Sliding Barn Doors
Sliding Barn Doors have become super trendy, but that’s not a bad thing. They really look cool, and I can tell you that out of all the things in our house, our barn doors get the most compliments. I kid you not,just today someone said, “Wow! Those sliding barn doors are really cool! Whose idea were they?” You can find them in all kinds of styles: weathered, reclaimed barnwood, painted, stained, rustic, modern, basically whatever style you want. And here’s the good thing about a cool decor element becoming trendy: they are so much easier to find and so much less expensive than they were a few years ago. I was at a really popular, totally normal hardware store the other day, and they had a really nice looking sliding barn door with the mounting hardware for under $500. Guys, that’s a steal!!!

Sliding barn doors look great in a modern farmhouse.
[photo from BHG]

Sliding barn doors look great in a modern farmhouse.
[photo from BHG]

2. Plank Walls
Is there anybody out there who doesn’t appreciate a good plank wall? We used tongue and groove boards on the plank wall in our mudroom because we had lots of them left over from another project, but shiplap is another kind of board you can use, and one that’s really popular these days. Either way, you get the same effect: Crisp, clean, white walls that are anything but boring!

Plank walls look great in a modern farmhouse.
[photo from BHG]

Plank walls look great in a modern farmhouse.
[photo from BHG]

3. Hex Tile
I love how timeless hex tiles look on a bathroom floor. Ceramic hex tiles have been used in bathrooms in America for over 100 years (yes, I looked it up!), so you know 10 years from now, no one will be thinking how your floor looks so 2016. And they can be as plain or as fancy as you want them to be. We went with plain white ceramic tile and love the clean look, but I’ve seen lots of amazing hex tile patterns too, and the marble hex tile is pretty gorgeous as well.

Hex tile flooring looks great in a modern farmhouse bathroom.
[photo from BHG]

Hex tile looks great in a modern farmhouse bathroom.
[photo from Studio McGee]

4. Black-Framed Windows
This is the one that keeps me up at night. Literally weeks after we had our windows installed, I thought, “Shoot! We should have gone with black frames!” It’s such a striking look, especially on a white farmhouse. The contrast between the white walls and the black windows is just so dreamy. My only comfort is that when I was visiting my sister in Connecticut last Fall, we drove past a new house that was really similar in style to ours, and I thought the black window frames made the covered porch look too dark. But 99% of me still wishes we’d gone with black-framed windows. Sigh.

Black window frames look great on a modern farmhouse.
[photo from Home Bunch]

Black window frames look great on a modern farmhouse.
[photo from FGY Architects]

5. Metal Roofs
I really don’t have too many things I’d change about our house, I promise, but I am curious how just our front porch would look with a metal roof instead of the shingles that match the rest of the house. Metal roofs are another design element that I admire whenever I see them on someone else’s house. It takes the farmhouse look and gives it a sleek, modern, industrial edge.

A metal roof looks great on a modern farmhouse.
[photo from BHG]

A metal roof looks great on a modern farmhouse.
[photo from Home Bunch]

Do you have any favorite farmhouse features?


We ordered most of the lights for the Dream House long before we needed them. Because our construction took longer than we expected it to, lots of things like light fixtures, drawer pulls, and medicine cabinets, sat around in boxes in our garage waiting and waiting and waiting to be added to the house. Luckily, we ended up being really happy with most of the stuff we chose when we finally had everything installed. We have had a little problem with the pendant light over our kitchen table. It’s not that we don’t like it–we do! We have two of them over the dining room table and three of them over the kitchen island. The pendant light just doesn’t cast enough light over the kitchen table. The kitchen table is in the breakfast nook, which has no recessed lighting and no sconces, just a single light fixture above the table. The pendant light just isn’t going to cut it–we need a chandelier!

We’re super excited to get some kind of fantastic light fixture over the kitchen table. We need a farmhouse chandelier, but those can be kind of tricky because farmhouses don’t really have chandeliers. But there are so many cool farmhouse-inspired chandeliers out there, and I’ve rounded up some of my favorites here!

dark metal pendants lights over a rustic farmhouse kitchen island

One option with lots of other sub-options built into it is using two or three small pendants in place of one larger light fixture. We only have the spot wired for one light, so this isn’t an option we’re going with, but if you do, it opens up a whole world of fixture possibilities. [from BHG]

This large, metal and glass pendant light combines industrial and farmhouse styles in a sleek, white kitchen.

I love this chandelier because it is so unchandelier-like. I like that it is a single light fixture with multiple bulbs, and that it is really cool. It’s not frilly or fancy. [from Home & Garden Sphere]

This rectangular chandelier with glass panes in metal frames combines industrial and rustic farmhouse styles.

This may or may not be the style we just ordered last night! I love the dark metal trim framing large panes of glass, and housing multiple bulbs for a nice, bright breakfast nook. This kind of chandelier reminds me of a greenhouse, which I always love. [from Design Sponge]

This chandelier featuring multiple small pendants looks like a collection of vintage jars.

For a modern spin on homespun, this great farmhouse light fixture features a collection of pendants that resemble mason jars. This particular one is a little more upscale, but there are ones that use actual mason jars for a very cute, casual chandelier. [from Architectural Digest]


Vintage Living-A Fresh Look at Doors

Spring is finally here! This time of year brings out a renewed sense of adventure in myself and once again I am ready to hit my local go to salvaged & antique shops to scour for time worn treasures. One thing I am currently obsessed with is salvaged doors. They bring character and charm to a space on a large scale and can make a huge style statement when used as its intended original function. The best part, usually you can find these sort of pieces for a steal, if you know where to look. I live on the east end of Long Island so when I feel the urge for a good hunt I head out to the country where there are tons of older homes and farms. I am convinced I will find the perfect salvaged door this season. I am not sure where I will put it, nevertheless I am hopeful.

Currently there is a huge trend towards replacing builder grade doors with sliding doors. Although hanging the track can require some patience I do love that the size of the door is more forgiving. Finding the perfect size door to fit your exact opening can be a daunting task but using a track system insures an outside mount, which can give you more flexibility when looking for that perfect piece of originality to add to your space.

BHG Sliding Barn Doors

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BHG Vintage Sliding Pantry Door

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You can choose to use your vintage doors as is, in the original condition or alter them by painting them and/or adding trim or other details. Either way you are bringing a rustic aesthetic to your home and creating a conversation piece that no doubt your guests will love.

The Hunted Interior -Traditional Sliding Barn Door

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Bathroom Designed by Carla Aston

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The Lettered Cottage Sliding Library Door

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Thinking outside the box when it comes to using salvaged finds is always a home run in my book. I love the way this large window is used as a room divider between the living room and dining room.

Jones Design Company Old Window Converted Into Sliding Room Divider

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Using vintage doors to fit your existing door frame is also a great option. If you are building or renovating a home you can even build your frames to fit your door. Keeping exact measurements on you or in your phone for if & when you find that perfect piece is a helpful tool to be able to make a decision. The doors can always be shaved or cut slightly so having your measurements insures you will find the closest fit for an inside mount. What a style statement these beautiful rustic doors make upon entering the room.

Beneath My Heart Vintage Frosted Bathroom Door

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My Lovely Things Vintage Doors

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Happy hunting! Have a beautiful week!

Jen-City Farmhouse


Reclaimed wood has quickly become a hot trend in home décor that I am fully embracing. The worn layers, tones and textures can bring a pleasing rustic aesthetic to any design style. There is just something warm & lovely about each piece and each has its own distinct story. I have a little crush on reclaimed wood myself and started a collection about a year ago. I live 25 minutes from the country {North Fork } where there is an abundance of farms, farm stands, wineries, beautiful beaches, historic towns & homes and plenty of reclaimed wood. Living so close I have become well versed at scoring the best deals on wood but recently found another source that was unexpected-the Habitat for Humanity Restore. If you haven’t been go and check it out, hint-their prices are amazing! There are so many original & creative ideas out there for using salvaged or reclaimed wood but here are 15 of my favorites……

15 Fabulous Ideas for using Reclaimed Wood-BHG

1. LightingBHG Dreamy Whites-Recliamed Wood Mason Jar Light

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2. HeadboardBHG Five O Eight-Reclaimed Wood Headboard

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3. FloorsBHG Gather & Build Reclaimed Wood Floor

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4. FramesBHG My Sweet Savannah Reclaimed Wood Picture Frames {via}

5. Wall Art-ArrowBHG recalimed wood arrows Natalme

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6. Sliding Barn DoorBHG Bob Vila-Reclaimed Wood Sliding Interior Barn Doors

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7. Ceiling BeamsBHG Recalimed Wood Ceiling Beams {BHG}

8. MantleBHG Recalimed Wood Mantle

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9. MirrorsBHG Recalimed Wood Mirror Frames{BHG}

10. Farmhouse TableBHG Recalimed Wood Table

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11. Planked WallBHG Recalimed Wood Wall {BHG}

12. Console TableBHG Reclaimed Wood Console Table

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13. Rustic SignBHG Rooms For Rent-Reclaimed Wood Sign {via}

14. ShelvingDezeen Folklore Recalimed Wood Floating Shelves

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15. Planter BoxBHG My Sweet Savannah Reclaimed Wood Planter Box

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Amazing ideas right?!

Keep your eyes open to the possibility & have a beautiful day,

Jen-City Farmhouse


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