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Let wood shine by creating white backdrops. The hardwood floors, farmhouse table and wooden chairs take center stage while white cabinets, walls and objects create a serene and updated background. This kitchen has replaced fussy cafe curtains and upper cabinets with unadorned windows and open shelving.
Dress up your outdoor spaces. This beautiful Michigan garden is casual and comfortable, but carefully chosen pieces and a well-thought out furniture layout give it an air of sophistication. It looks to me like it's in an advertisement for some fabulous European rental villa. I'll take it!
See the rest of this Michigan farmhouse retreat.
Let your architect know you are a country girl/boy. Vernacular buildings serve as constant inspiration to new construction. This modern farmhouse is a wonderful example of this.
Now go enjoy a bit of John Denver, because that first sentence probably made this song go through your head. Give into it.
Swipe a bright hue for a neutral one. In the 1980s, this kitchen would have had bright yellow everywhere you see tan, and some gingham thrown in here and there. All it really takes to update some country rooms and add sophistication is a bit of editing, a new coat of paint and perhaps trading out one of the bright colors in the palette for a more subdued neutral.