Wrapped in white walls and mid tone wood floors, this farmhouse takes a modernist approach while still embracing its traditional roots. The mix of new and old is a common theme used throughout this Tim Cuppett Architects designed family home in Texas and the living room pictured here is a perfect example of the approach. A modern bookcase of same sized symmetrical shelving wraps around a cut out that features a vintage inspired window for a peek a boo look into the stairwell beyond. Past the stairwell, the kitchen boasts a modern dark grey island fronted with traditional bar stools and while the family room is furnished with a traditional wing back chair, the silhouette of the chair is definitely contemporary. Even the floor lamp combines a traditional silhouette with more contemporary materials
The kitchen continues this back and forth design element with the use of arrow back chairs at a small banquette, a farm sink, a long open shelf that spans the window wall without regard for the windows, and the subway tiles on the backsplash. All these features bring in the more traditional elements while the solid surface counter tops, the gooseneck faucet, grey cabinets, stove hood and oversized bar pendant bring in the modern touches. The smart choice of ageless shaker frames on the kitchen cabinetry and bench seating bridges the two design aesthetics to create a unified and cohesive kitchen that any chef would enjoy working in
The long shelf running across the wall of windows in the kitchen connects the cabinets with the banquette. The spaces between the windows each feature a sconce for down-lighting while the windows themselves flood the room with natural light. Tucked into the corner, the banquette is topped with a cheerful striped seat in shades of blue, grey and white to tie in with the rest of the kitchen while the pops of amber pillows take their cue from the vintage mixing bowls featured on the window shelf. Extra storage is located in the banquette and is defined as separate from the kitchen cabinetry with the change of handle pulls. Beadboard wraps the walls of the banquette for that country cottage feel.
While the banquette is perfect for family meals, the dining room is a large and spacious room designed for entertaining. Here, too, arrowbacks are used on 3 sides of the table while the fourth side switches it up with two slipcovered chairs in a natural linen shade. A large sculptural pendant suspended over the table has a silhouette reminiscent of a house and the powder coated black finish ties it into the chairs and window mulleins. The wood ceiling has been painted out white and the far wall has been clad in the same stone used on the exterior of the home. With the entrance just beyond the dining room and views to both the front and back yards, the stone flows seamlessly from the front of the home, through the interior and into the back facade.
With most of the lower volume of the home wrapped in white walls, the family room switches it up by having walls painted the same amber hue found on the kitchen pillows and vintage mixing bowls. This continuum from the kitchen doesn’t stop with the walls. The area carpet is reminiscent of the striped bench seat and the furnishings tie in with the dark grey cabinetry and while the kitchen did not have a painted wood clad ceiling, it did have white beadboard behind the banquette.
The stairs lead up to the upper volume where the private zones are located. Opting for a traditional white riser and wood tread, the sleek and geometric Newel post at the base of the stairwell creates a statement of modernist proportion.
Upstairs, the Master Bedroom appears to leave the modern look behind and wraps itself in mid-tone neutrals and vintage furnishings, but look down, a geometric area rug of hexagonal pattern and soft grey shades reminds us, this is a home of contrasts.
Staying true to form, the ensuite is outfitted with a clawfoot tub. Sitting happily in a niche wrapped in tiles and windows the tub set back from the traffic pattern around the double sink vanity. A heated towel rack located just below one window and beside the tub brings in a modern, luxurious touch.
From the street, this farmhouse hides its opposing styles behind a simple façade of siding and stone.
But on closer inspection, even the entry features a contemporary moment in the form of a tall plant vessel.
Tim Cuppett Architects