Modern Farmhouse Design

Unconcerned by decorating rules, a couple follows their hearts and roots to create a home filled with whimsical relics rich in meaning.

The reverence for quiet simplicity spills out of the antiques-filled music room, across the whitewashed oak floors, and throughout the three-year-old house Courtney Yezerski and her husband, John Eric, created with architect Preston Shea in Franklin, Tennessee. Aged ceiling beams; tall, woodcased double-hung windows; and thick, blunt-edge molding give the house a sense of history that reminds the couple of their rural Kentucky upbringings. 

With a little help from friend and interior designer Kim Nunn, Courtney has filled rooms with a unique blend of contemporary and vintage furniture, striking light fixtures, and pedigreed art as well as family heirlooms that give spaces a personal edge. Guests also find a little bit of funk, like the tiny narwhal in the kitchen, whose mounted head hangs among an assemblage that includes a folk art painting and old stamps nabbed by Courtney at one of the area's many antiques stores that she loves to frequent.

Textile Color

Courtney Yezerski delivered on husband John Eric's request for "dad chairs" in the living room with leather recliners sporting clean midcentury lines. Then she added her touch with bright textiles by artist Anna Maria Horner. A woven rug and worn wood beams bring a natural feel to the space.

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Framed Feature

Courtney grew up surrounded by her mother's folk art, and she's cultivated an eye for curating displays. She likes to blend frames of different sizes and chooses art with simple themes and colors to turn plain walls into riveting galleries. The mix of sleek frames and unfinished canvas edges adds visual interest.

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Bold Pattern

Courtney's friend, interior designer Kim Nunn, helped her pick attention-getting light fixtures for the house, like the dining room's chandelier, which is made from thin white wood pieces. The mixed fabrics on the slipper chairs complement the color scheme of the bold window treatments. Brushed metal side chairs and a shelving unit bring in an industrial farmhouse feel.

Neutral Industrial

The homeowners opted for an industrial-style poured concrete countertop for their large kitchen island to balance the look of new cabinets. Pendant lights with bentwood shades add rustic appeal, as does the matching white shiplap on the walls and island.

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Vintage Vignette

Courtney likes to tuck 3-D elements into art groupings. A tiny narwhal head is featured in an arrangement above an aged workbench in the kitchen. Wire baskets and a galvanized tray add to the collected look in the farmhouse.

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Happy Pantry

To make it a standout feature, the butler's pantry cabinetry is painted a sunny yellow—a departure from the white walls and gray woodwork throughout the house, which Courtney chose because they would recede and let art and furnishings take center stage. Instead, in this space, the geometric decorative tiles allow a more impressionistic piece of art to shine.

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Cozy Kitchen

The kitchen hosts a custom table that combines old wood and iron for an aged appearance. A simple light fixture works to bring in as much natural light from the windows as possible. Bench seating saves space.

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Thrifted Warmth

To fill the walls in the music room, Courtney envisioned a cluster of old family portraits. Then she happened onto the guts of an upright piano in one of the picking stores in downtown Franklin, Tennessee. Golden tones in the worn floor rug, vintage frames, and piano hammer wall art warm up dark charcoal walls.

Eclectic Combo

An old crank record player in the music room is flanked by a pair of new vintage-looking armchairs that are just right for enjoying a cup of coffee. Rough wood footstools pair interestingly with a mirrored, geometric side table for a collision of styles.

Play Hard

Replaceable carpet squares cushion the playroom where the Yezerski boys spend time creating at a long weathered workbench. Cloth baskets cleverly hang from beneath the workbench for tucked-away storage. Metal wall sconces match the light gray trim in the space.

Working Space

In the mudroom, a chair from Courtney's grandmother sidles up to a small desk from City Farmhouse, one of Courtney's favorite haunts in Franklin, Tennessee. A chalkboard organizer and wall pockets keep office supplies neat and tidy with a rustic flair.

Cowboy Digs

Courtney wove the colors from a cowboy painting by her mother's 80-year-old fiancé throughout the master bedroom to create a warm, eclectic look that speaks to Courtney's passion for personality-rich versus perfectly matched decor. A angled golden rug gives the basic beige carpet a dynamic finish.

9 Comments

  1. I love almost everything about this house! Really the only thing I would change is the kid's artwork gallery, but that's only personal preference for my own kid's and grandkids work. I might tuck it into an area in the kitchen where it would be in a more relaxed, intimate area.

  2. I think Farmhouse style should be left "Original Farmhouse Style" (Country), not modernized. The mixture, in my opinion, creates a tackiness in these photos. (Sorry)

    1. I believe that the “tacky” responders may simply not have the same vision of the homeowners. We could all see the world as a more beautiful place if we could see the beauty in homes that are not necessarily homes we could live in. You couldn’t pay me enough to live in Windsor Castle but ask me what I think of it and I’ll tell you that it’s stunningly beautiful.

    2. I totally disagree. Although the first picture surprised me, I loved the creativity shown in the interior.

    3. I totally agree. Well said. If I were to walk in this house I would think “tacky”.

    4. Agree.

    5. Agreed

  3. can you tell us the brand of rugs in the pictures?

  4. I'm more of a traditionalist, but I love the creativity displayed in this house. To me, the house shouts "happy"! And isn't that really what a home is about?

  5. Can you identify the mid-century leather recliners in the living room?

  6. In the frame Eclectic Combo, love the 2 sidechairs! Where can I purchase them?

    1. these look like they are from Restoration Hardware, their 'deconstructed English roll armchair'

    2. I agree, where can we find the chairs? And the foot stools?

  7. I love the happy pantry.....it would make me smile every time I was there.

  8. While the colors wouldn't work for me, for you it's an appealing mixture of textures, colors and old and new. I like the way you've combined them. It gave me some hints of how to approach a few of my rooms, including my storage/pantry area. And I loved that copper round lamp hanging in the living room. My favorite room was the bedroom with the gold rug. VERY nice!

  9. What is the light gray trim paint brand and color?


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