Step Inside This Country Home with Contemporary Vibes

Layered textures and contemporary furnishings refresh this country cottage.

Modern Farmhouse kitchen
Photography by Helen Norman

The biggest renovation was the kitchen. “As much as I love living in the country, I grow tired of seeing cherrywood cabinetry in every kitchen,” says Bethany. “Our aim was to bring in more light and give the kitchen a contemporary look while still keeping it modern farmhouse in feel,” she says.

The kitchen was reimagined in its existing footprint for economy, with new doors and drawer fronts added to the lower cabinetry. The upper cabinets on either side of the range, however, were replaced with quartersawn white oak floating shelves. “For the counters and backsplash, I chose a heavily veined gray soapstone as a nod to the beautiful Virginia fieldstone found throughout the property,” says Bethany.

When it came to décor, the process was organic and very much driven by lifestyle. “Because our dogs are a huge part of our lives, my decisions always consider the furry feet in our home,” Bethany says. “I opted to use leather where possible for easy maintenance, and for the lighter fabrics, I went with indoor-outdoor options.”

Modern Farmhouse dining room
Photography by Helen Norman

Throughout, the furniture honors what Bethany calls “the country vibe” but is also clean-lined, contemporary, and comfortable. “Our design principle is to add layers,” she says, “so we added Oushak and Turkish carpets on top of room-size sisal rugs. Most of the windows have drapery. The dining room walls are finished in a textured grass cloth.” Despite the rich layering, the home’s overall palette is light and bright, with earth tones like green, brown, and tan added for organic warmth.

Modern farmhouse bedroom
Photography by Helen Norman

Furnishings are a mix of custom pieces and box store goods as well as vintage and antique finds. The Browers were true to the goal that Bethany set when embarking on her decorating journey. “My motto was to honor the farmhouse while adding contemporary finishes and a modern flair,” she says.

For more spring-inspired decor ideas, check out the issue below!

Cottage Journal Spring 2018