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May 4, 2015 at 4:44 PM

Rustic cool: The modern farmhouse look is a perfect match for our local lifestyle


By Allison Ellis / Special to Sunday Market

Unfussy yet refined, the modern farmhouse style lends itself well to our Northwestern sensibilities.

Its clean lines, eco-friendly materials and sparse, hip aesthetic make it one of the hottest looks for 2015. A rule of thumb in creating the look: If your home is more modern, soft textures will make it feel warm; if your dwelling is more farmhouse or cottage-style, modern appliances and bold accents will make it feel new.

Here are some products that will help you achieve the look.

Kitchen & dining

Build your foundation with solid, multifunctional pieces that can be easily dressed up for any occasion.

Start with a signature focal point, such as — you guessed it — a farmhouse table. Search online or at antique stores for one-of-a-kind finds, or get ready-made rustic elegance with Anthropologie’s Polished Marble Dining Table ($1,298–$1,498 at, which has a marble slab top and turned oak legs.

Seattle furniture designer Bruce Hanamura, of The Design Pallet, uses local reclaimed wood in most of his pieces. His Wakefield Farmhouse Table ($2,900; find contact info at is made of Douglas fir from a former millwork supply company in Sodo.

To add the modern element, look for chairs that offer a contemporary contrast. Graceful and strong, the Era Round Armchair with Cane Seat ($299 at Design Within Reach) is a classic choice. The back of each chair and the rear legs are constructed from a single piece of sleek, curved European beech wood.

For high-use areas, consider the Crate and Barrel Turner Gunmetal Counter Stool ($199). Crafted in easy-to-clean sheet and tubular metal, and enhanced with gunmetal finish, the stools adjust easily from dining to counter height.

West Elm’s Market Kitchen Cart (on sale for $399) offers a compact workspace for cooking or craft projects, and it’s deep enough to hold plates, platters or cookbooks.

And don’t forget to don the right gear for all your farm-inspired canning and baking projects. Butter Home’s Cotton Ticking Apron ($48 at Butter Home, Capitol Hill, or gets the job done in red or blue stripes.

Living spaces

How do you achieve country-themed informality without sacrificing style? First, lay the groundwork with white walls and neutral textiles, then add pops of color.

The Jaipur Rugs Mason Modern Pouf Ottoman ($179 at, made of jute and wool, is a multifunctional pouf that blends well with any décor. Z Gallerie’s Spindle Chair ($599) and Ottoman ($200), crafted from solid birch, is a contemporary update on a tried-and-true design.

Upstairs, the Land of Nod’s Jenny Lind Bed ($599–$699) in yellow, azure or raspberry, provides a vibrant update to a kid or guest room. And for an added homespun punch, consider Fall City designer Amanda McLeod’s handmade Big Minky Blanket ($88 at, with ultra-soft minky fabric on one side and pretty prints on the other.

Porch & patio

Whether you look out onto rows of veggies or at urban rooftops, all it takes to transform your indoor/outdoor areas are a few fresh additions.

Contact Seattle Urban Farm Company ( for expert assistance in constructing an edible landscape with raised beds or in a rooftop garden. Founders Colin McCrate and Brad Halm are also the authors of Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard” ($19 at a beautifully photographed guide that will help anyone develop a green thumb.

The Coral Coast Pleasant Bay Curved-Back Porch Swing ($180 at holds all the charm of a carefree country afternoon, and is made of weather-resistant, eco-friendly acacia wood.

When it comes to entertaining, serve your guests lemonade the old-fashioned way with the Glass Yorkshire Drink Dispenser ($20 at Cost Plus World Market), inspired by vintage mason jars. Butter Home’s 25’ Indoor/Outdoor Globe Lights ($34 at create just the right evening mood.

And Skagit Valley’s Bitters Co. Flip Flop Doormats ($20–$40 at, made of recycled scrap foam rubber, are a colorful, whimsical way to get them through the door.

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