A New Take on the Classic Farmhouse

Rustic Touches
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Architect Bethany Puopolo pulled from the influences of American barn construction and her Swedish heritage for a new take on the classic farmhouse. The result? Whimsical wood finishes, a relaxed vibe with touches of elegance, a charming pale-blue-and-white palette, and plenty of porches to relax on. From installing slate floors to hanging European art, here's how Bethany added her signature to the modern farmhouse.

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Farmhouse Decorating

Farmhouse Decorating
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Bethany based her clapboard farmhouse on the style's basics—two stories with a gable roof and lots of porches—but she gave it her own signature.

"Instead of duplicating the compartmentalized way rooms are laid out in old farmhouses, I employed post-and-beam barn construction to open up the inside and get a more modern floor plan."

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Unique Kitchen Surfaces

Classic Farmhouse Kitchen
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Southern meets Swedish in the kitchen with blue gingham fabric and whimsical carved-wood pulls.

Mike Puopolo made the concrete kitchen counters with white sand for a light hue. Bethany chose the chandelier in the dining area for its pale blue hue.

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Warm & Welcome Floors

Warm & Welcome Floors
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"In lieu of wood floors, Mike and I randomly laid all colors of slate dug from our land, making the house feel more connected to the outdoors" — Bethany Puopolo

The slate found in a quarry on their property lies atop a radiant-heat grid to create continuous flooring.

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Walls of Wood

Walls of Wood
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Shiplap pine wall paneling sets off Puopolo's personal touches like Italian watercolors, African antelope horns, and an heirloom chair.

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Rustic Touches

Rustic Touches
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Barn builders used post-and-beam construction in rough-hewn yellow pine. Linen curtains with vintage trim add elegance to the rustic room.

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Simple Elegance

Simple Elegance
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This bedroom's Gustavian bed is framed by an upholstered cornice and draperies. Instead of drywall, Bethany paneled the bedroom with charming board-and-batten and painted it Fanfare by Benjamin Mooore.

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Wrought Iron Windows

Wrought Iron Windows
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Handmade wrought iron hardware on the bedroom windows lets the screen swing in and the casement swing out.

"I wanted windows with the traditional four-light look that is at once classic and also modern, but I also wanted them to be large—I like the purity of having my windows made. I bought the individual sashes and had my barn builders turn them into operable casement windows with handmade hardware."

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Heritage Hues

Heritage Hues
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Bethany's Swedish heritage drew her to a palette of white with blue accents. Here, an exterior door is painted Skylight by Farrow & Ball.

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Plenty of Porches

Plenty of Porches
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In good Southern tradition, Bethany wanted plenty of porches. On the wraparound front porch is a large seating group consisting of a classic Lutyens bench paired with all-weather wicker.

"Farmhouses always have porches, but I added even more. Half the home's 2,400 total square footage is devoted to breezeways and porches where we can see the animals, take breaks from gardening, or have a meal and watch the sunset."

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Cozy Coop

Cozy Coop
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Bethany designed the chicken coop with board-and-batten construction. Their farm also has goats, guinea hens, honeybees, dogs, and (of course) a barn cat.

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