Modern Farmhouse in the City
Clean lines, industrial accents, and heritage charm define look of this front porch, foyer and laundry room renovation.
Interior Decorator | Yoko Chapman
Interior Designer | Josephine Pulver
Front Porch & Laundry Room Construction | Jeremy Moffatt & Ryan Gammelseter
Mudroom Cabinetry | Mission Carpentry & Construction
The original front porch of this Edwardian era home, built in 1913, was sinking and needed to be levelled. This required rebuilding the floor, installing new windows, replacing the front door and rebuilding the exterior stairs. We found a reclaimed heritage door that better suited the age and style of the home. Custom-built bench seating with hidden storage was also added to make this three-season porch a more functional space.
For the modern farmhouse look we chose a neutral colour palette of soft whites and greys with black accents, rustic textures including reclaimed barn board, exposed brick and galvanized metal, industrial accents such as wrought iron finishes, and French touches like ticking and striped fabrics, enamel pots and lavender plants. Other elements include vintage wire locker baskets, black and white Moroccan style cement tile, sisal rugs, woven hyacinth baskets, Shaker cabinetry, wooden countertops, and open shelving.
Emphasis was placed on creating a welcoming and inviting front entrance while also adding more storage for the family’s busy drop zone. The foyer had long lacked storage, so a custom-built cabinet with plenty of space was added to the hall.
We continued the Shaker style millwork from the porch into the laundry room cabinetry. The washer and dryer can be conveniently hidden behind the custom-built flipper doors when not in use. The accent wall was finished with the same Moroccan tile used for the front porch floor. Thoughtfully selected antique pieces have always been part of our client’s family history. Over the years they have collected many rare and unusual treasures. The wooden slab countertop and open shelves display the client’s collection of accessories.
The simplicity and comfort of this style, combined with classic and eclectic design elements, helped to make this house warm, inviting and practical.