My neighbor's house was originally a dairy barn, it has a Samuel Mockbee-designed modern addition to the left, and a tin roofed front porch that protects bright red Eames rockers.
This contemporary structure fits right in with its bucolic surroundings. The house respects vernacular country elements in terms of its shape and the window selection.
The farm table, hand-blown glass, wood on the chandelier, and beautiful beams add country touches to the sleek kitchen and open white space.
An antique wash on the cabinets, warm oriental rug, farmhouse sink and hardwood floors give this laundry room just the right dose of country.
This dining room could have wound up looking like a bright white, futuristic art gallery, but the wood table paired with metallic regency bamboo chairs and glass vases brings in a modern country aesthetic.
White Planks! Rough-hewn Beams! An Antique Oar. These things make it country while the neutral palette and spare furnishings make it modern.
A functional mudroom is a must in the country (it's also pretty much a must if you have kids). The unfinished floor and those tin pail light fixtures bring in the rustic element.
Antique botanical prints, fresh flowers, a large worktable and oversized basket are great pastoral elements. .
Apple green paint will always recall the farm.
Vintage fixtures hanging from thick rope and a picnic table in apple green fit right in on the farm; contemporary prints and white slipcovers keep it fresh.
Country style never cowers from color. This barn-like door on an industrial track is a showstopper and makes one think of fields of sunflowers.
The limited color palette here allows for the eclectic mix of vintage furniture without resulting in "kountry" overload.
This light, open, barn loft-like space is perfect for an artist's studio.
Back in Laura Ingalls Wilder's day, Pa built the cabin out of trees and rocks from their land. Use of indigenous materials recalls these pioneer building days.
Together, hand-hewn beams and industrial windows form a modern bedroom.
I use this picture all the time; I cannot help from adding my dream country house to ideabooks. Perhaps its an unconscious Oprah vision board kind of thing.
I'll end this ideabook with a modern farmhouse, bedecked in barn red.
Here it is from another angle.