Serene modern living room in a farmhouse renovation via @thouswellblog

In a traditional eighteenth century farmhouse, designer Julie Hillman brought her sleek design sensibility and a neutral palette to life against the quiet green scenery of Pound Ridge in upstate New York. With a nod to the home’s age, Hillman brought in eighteenth century Scandinavian pieces to ground the rooms, then layered modern pieces and a hint of rustic design in the decor to bring a new spin to countryside style. The predominately-white rooms are bright and inviting, while maintaining both a sense of history and humor woven together to create a comfortable environment. There are many interesting pieces of art in the home as well – a mix of abstract paintings and contemporary photography, which complement the rooms beautifully. Now don’t you just want to curl up on that fur rug?!


 Contemporary living room with bold modern art in a farmhouse in New York via @thouswellblog Elegant white bathroom with beautiful tub in a modern farmhouse renovation via @thouswellblog

This elegant bathroom showcases Julie’s approach to designing this farmhouse perfectly – a hint of modern metallic, a plush textile to vary the textures, a little rustic design element, all brought together around the graceful shape of the traditional bathtub and faucet.

White bedroom in a modern farmhouse renovation in upstate New York via @thouswellblog Bright, playful kids room with industrial chair in a modern farmhouse renovation via @thouswellblog Modern white decor in a contemporary farmhouse renovation in New York via @thouswellblog
(via AD España, photography by Manolo Yllera)

I think contemporary design is especially beautiful in the rural setting of the countryside. What do you think – should design reflect or contrast its setting?

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  1. Hmm, I think design should work with the setting, which is my evasive way of saying that it could reflect or it could contrast 😛 I hope the rug is faux! Loving that bright pop of green on the wall 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Posted 6.19.15 Reply
  2. That bathroom though.. I need one like that in my life.

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  3. Monique | WritingMonique wrote:

    Wow! This place looks absolutely perfect! I love the bathroom,especially that bathtub; wow!


    Posted 6.16.15 Reply
  4. I love this!! The bathroom 😀

    Posted 6.16.15 Reply

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