16 Fabulous Farmhouse Interiors

These rustic-chic spaces prove that there is sophistication in the simple life.

“I wanted to decorate the space keeping to the style of this 18th-century colonial Connecticut house,” Annie Kelly says. “However, I used a few modern elements to make it fresh. I designed a new version of the traditional wing back armchair and added a modern striped jute rug. The best surprise was the higher-than-usual ceiling. Often, these houses can seem cramped, but concealed beneath the original plaster were these beautiful and irreplaceable antique wood beams.”

Photo by Tim Street-Porter

Contemporary art balances the traditional elements in the dining room of this Marin County, California, home by Huniford Design Studio. The space includes a 19th-century English table and benches and Dan Miller artwork above the sideboard.

Photo by Max Kim-Bee

The entryway of G.P. Schafer’s home in New York’s Hudson Valley features a 19th-century clock (which chimes on the hour), a pair of antlers and a Victorian hall tree on which to hang coats and hats.

Photo by John M. Hall

Ike Kligerman Barkley used unfinished reclaimed oak beams to add rustic character to this new-build Nantucket beach house. The brass plumbing fixtures and French triple rise-and-fall custom ceramic lights give the kitchen a vintage feel. The backsplash of delft tiles in shades of whites bring depth, and the custom shutters add layers and texture.

Photo by Peter Aaron

A collection of calipers are displayed on the entryway wall in this East Hampton, New York, home by Groves & Co. Vintage lanterns flank the wooden bench.

Photo by Jeff McNamara

Suzanne Kasler designed this airy kitchen at Blackberry Farm in Knoxville, Tennessee, which includes whitewashed cypress beams, a herringbone-tile backsplash and leather-seated stools with nailhead trim. A wrought-iron chandelier hangs over the granite-topped island.

Photo by Erica George Dines

For the mudroom at Blackberry Farm, Kasler chose a distressed armoire.

Photo by Erica George Dines

Marcia Tucker renovated this farmhouse in Washington, Connecticut, for clients who requested that the furniture, fabrics and fixtures be American-made, organic, sustainably produced and locally sourced. In the kitchen, the fireplace surround was created from local stone and much of the wood throughout the home was reclaimed from a nearby barn.

Photo by Karissa Van Tassel

The light-filled breezeway of this 1700s Lakeville, Connecticut, farmhouse serves as a dining room, which Shawn Henderson outfitted with a Gustav Stickley dining table an a set of steel chairs by Pierre Abadie.


Saladino Group designed this guest house on the grounds of a family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, which features a reclaimed-wood staircase that leads to a sleeping loft.

Photo by Max Kim-Bee

At Patina Farm, Brooke and Steve Giannetti’s home in Ojai, California, the airy kitchen includes an island and cabinetry made from white oak, as well as a limestone backsplash behind the range. A farmhouse sink faces a large window that offers expansive views of the property.

Photo by Lisa Romerein

The sunny entryway in Shawn Henderson’s 19th-century home in Hillsdale, New York, doubles as a reading nook with its built-in bench topped with a cushion and pillows.

Photo by Steven Freihon

Groves & Co. updated this country house in Washington, Connecticut, highlighting the historic home’s naturally distressed beams and wide-plank flooring and contrasted them with modern appliances and cabinetry.

Photo by Eric Piasecki

The dining room of this MR Architecture + Decor-designed country home in Hudson, New York, features a pedestal table surrounded by a set of wooden chairs. A contemporary painting leans against the mantel above the brick fireplace.

Photo by Simon Upton

Designer Michelle R. Smith of Studio MRS Interiors bought this 1790 Sag Harbor, New York, whaler’s cottage with her mother as a weekend getaway. The mint-green kitchen features open shelving, beadboard cabinets and a butcher-block countertop.

Photo by Joy Sohn

This Water Mill, New York, home by Huniford Design Studio was designed as a relaxing retreat that references a classic Hamptons bar. Antique grain sieves hang on the wall of a guest room. The space also includes a vintage metal scoop and an early American drop-leaf table. The custom gray-green wall color varies from room to room and in the changing light.

Photo by Stephen Kent Johnson