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One Room Challenge 2019: From Out of Fad to Fab Farmhouse Living

One Room Challenge 2019: From Out of Fad to Fab Farmhouse Living

Another year, another One Room Challenge! This season will mark my 5th ORC project to date! And at this point, I feel like you’ve followed along with enough makeovers of my own home, so I’m switching things up a bit and transforming a room of a client. The homeowners also happen to be close friends of ours, making this even more exciting- and nerve-wracking if I’m being totally honest.

Before we get into the makeover plans, let me give you some information about the house and its owners…

The antique colonial 1750’s saltbox sits on 2 acres in a beautiful CT town. When our friends purchased the house just under 2 years ago, they were drawn to both the historical details preserved in the farmhouse section of the home as well as the contemporary, spacious rooms that were added onto the original “core.” The farmhouse boasts exposed wood beams (some with meat drying hooks still attached), a wood burning fireplace larger than most people’s guest rooms (lol), and wide plank floors. But, with all of the almost 300 year old history comes little annoyances that affect modern living. The ceilings are low and the floors uneven, making furniture and rugs tricky to place, and the rooms can feel dark at the brightest times of day. We also have battling aesthetics a foot. Though our friends fell in love with the farmhouse details, they are real mid century modern buffs, preferring clean lines, lots of primary colors with richer earth tones thrown into the mix (think mustardy yellows and burnt oranges) and organic curves. And to highlight just how far their love for this style goes: their only son was named for their favorite artist, Alexander Calder!

Below are the listing photos:

CT farmhouse living room before.PNG
farmhouse living room before.PNG

And now let’s take a look at the contrasting art that they love so much:

So, with this particular project, in which I’m updating the farmhouse living room, my job has been both conservator and interior designer. I need to be mindful in maintaining the integrity and historical value of the space, while injecting the personalities of my friends and bringing it into the current decade. To do so, I’ve enlisted the help of one of my favorite brands to collaborate with: Raymour & Flanigan! If you haven’t already visited them online, I highly recommend that you check them out-they offer a wide range of furniture pieces and accessories, as well as styles that will seriously fit almost everyone’s home decor preferences.

Here are a couple mood boards that I put together to create an eclectic space that mixes elements of the historical home with modern design.

R&F Living room ORC mood board 2 by the rath project.jpeg
R&F Living room ORC mood baord 3 by the rath project.jpeg

And this is where we ultimately ended up with the design:

Modern eclectic farmhouse living room design by the rath project
modern eclectic farmhouse design board by the rath project
the rath project eclectic modern farmhouse design boards

Turning this room into a space that the whole family loves is not only going take new furniture and a new layout, but we’ll also have to rework and rewire the electrical, refinish the textured drywall between each ceiling beam, patch and paint the room, and maybe we’ll get funky with some patterned drapery or wallpaper!

Check in next week to see where the room stands with what is bound to make it finally feel light and bright!

And while you’re here, go hop over to the blogs of the other featured and guest participants in the One Room Challenge by clicking here- they never disappoint!

Love & Creativity,


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