Along with the help of her handyman hubby, Jen is working to transform her family's builder-grade home into a modern farmhouse one DIY project at a time. The Pennsylvania couple have two young boys, so the space must be as functional as it is beautiful.
From tackling hefty projects like refinishing a farmhouse table and chairs, to simple upgrades like painting a statement wall, Jen has curated a shabby-chic aesthetic that brings classic farm decor into contemporary times.
Jen's favorite DIY in the house is the white-painted kitchen cabinets. It was labor intensive, but created a sleek complement to light stone countertops, gray subway tile backsplash and gray paint surround. A spacious island features a basin sink and large pull-down faucet, as well as an extended breakfast bar with stools for enjoying morning coffee or a quick snack. A DIY barn door completes the aesthetic.
In the bathroom, a sage green wall adds a pop of color against white shiplap siding. Twin square vessel sinks sit atop a slate countertop, with brass vintage faucets installed above. Moroccan tile in a rich gray ties the room together.
A Pike Place chandelier through Troy Lighting features vintage-style ropes and wrought-iron detail in the living room. Below, a tufted sectional sits opposite twin armchairs for ample seating.
In the breakfast nook off of the kitchen, Jen found the table, chairs and bench for a steal on Craigslist, and refinished the tops to complement barn doors nearby. In front of the table, simple shelving offers a display for rotating decor, which is changed out each season.
In the formal dining room, a dark table and chairs sit beneath a wrought iron chandelier with candle lighting. A roomy hutch offers storage for China and space to display antiques and other collectables.
The master bedroom features a canopy bed anchored by a geometric rug. A moody navy blue accent wall makes the space feel sophisticated, complemented by textural pillows and throws, and gold frames hanging above the night stands.
In the older boy's room, a color palette of orange and navy is bright and classic. Tribal throw pillows complement the geometric rug below.
A Star Wars theme defines the younger boy's room, where a Rugged Stripes duvet cover is from Linens and Hutch. Wallpaper creates a faux brick statement wall behind the bed, decorated by a gold star hanging above and pillows from a galaxy far, far away.
In the guest room, Jen used gold spay paint to transform a vintage metal bed-frame, flanked by matching brass sconces. A black statement wall adds edge to the room's feminine aesthetic.
Outside, a dreamy patio is finished in brick underneath strings of cafe lighting. Vintage lanterns complete the glow for an evening spent al fresco.
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