I am SO excited to launch my new series “Farmhaus Inspiration”. Lately I have been pinning and saving so many unique and interesting photos on Pinterest and Houzz my fingers are getting tired! As I was dreaming through these pictures the other night I thought…. I NEED to share these ideas with all of you! Not only is this is a way for me to organize my thoughts for each room in our future farmhaus, but it also gives you a chance to see my process of selecting layouts, color schemes, building materials, and the overall feel for each of the rooms I design. Even though I have yet to find a picture that completely encompasses everything I desire in a room, I take bits and pieces of different projects I like to create a new space that perfectly fits my style. For now, this series will simply be a big brainstorm of thoughts and ideas. Following this series I will complete actual style boards per room to reveal my final product selections. So sit back, relax, enjoy a nice tasty beverage, and watch me do all of the work to bring you creative ideas for each room in My Modern Farmhaus.
This week’s focus is the entry way! Our architect Murray Duncan and his team at Murray Duncan Architects have designed many of my all time favorite luxury homes. When selecting a design firm to design our farmhuas I knew I had to find an architect who was detail oriented and this team nails it every time. I have admit, I am very picky when it comes to the finishing details on a house! My overall architectural design requests included straight lines, clean, simple, open, inviting, yet elegant… so how is that for direction? Murray and his team surpassed my expectations by listening to all of my requests and turning them into my dream farmhaus. They designed a simple yet grand entrance and I can’t wait to start choosing the building materials and finishing touches. The following is a sketch of this room…
The entry way is a first impression room, the room in which guests are welcomed, and I believe this room sets the tone for the rest of your home. This is also the ONLY room that I have had a clear vision for ever since we signed the papers for our lot! There are so many factors that come into play with this space. I truly believe that the entry way begins just outside your front door. I had to stop and ask myself, how am I welcoming guests as they approach our home? Is our doorway environment inviting and comfortable for our guests as they wait for me to answer the door? In my mind, the immediate space outside my front door I should include in the entry way design because I believe it is just as important as the entry room itself.
Now, I am about to disclose a little secret… please promise me you will continue to read this blog even if you do not share my personal feelings! I have never been a fan of front porches! There I said it… it is out in the open… but PLEASE hear me out. In general, I am a true at heart “backyard girl”. Since I was young I have spent the best part of my days climbing in my fort, swimming in the pool, roller skating on a path my dad created, chasing animals around the ranch, helping with the garden, enjoying countless BBQ’s, and all of these things happened in the backyard! It is only fair to say, spending time sitting on a front porch makes no sense to me since all of the fun things I enjoy happen in the backyard. I hope I haven’t offended anyone who enjoys time on their front porch. If that is a space that works for you, I am completely happy for you! With that said, you will not see a formal white porch on this farmhaus simply because I do not choose to spend my time there.
Even without a traditional raised deck front porch to greet my guests, this farmhaus will have an impressive entry area none the less! I have been dreaming about my front door for months. As I searched through pictures I came to the conclusion that I love black front doors! Truthfully, this revelation surprised me! I typically do not go for dramatic color mixes and since we are opting for a white colored stucco, a black door is as drastic as it gets… but I am infatuated with this contrast!
This is probably my all time favorite door… I just love the simplicity! This door is featured multiple times on Pinterest as well as Houzz for obvious reasons…. it is amazing. This porch belongs to Annie Diamond from mostlovelythings.com. The things I love about this door is that it has a 3/4 light clear glass panel that allows ample light to shine through the door and and fill the entry way with warm natural light. I like that the window doesn’t contain grills but instead is a wide open clear panel of glass. This large window would also give me a perfect view of my guests as they arrive.
Another door that caught my eye was this one featured on Southern Living. The first thing that stood out to me is that this door is over sized! Currently the door that our architect called for in the farmhaus plan is an over sized door. Our current home has a functional double front door that opens to create a large space so I was concerned about downsizing to a single door and how it would affect our ability to move things in and out of the home with ease. Another concern I had was how a single door would look if it were over sized. But, as you can see, appearance will not be an issue…. this door is stunning.
As specified in our plans, the farmhaus front door will be an over sized single door with sidelights as pictured below. Although I am not going with this exact color scheme, you can get a general idea of the front door layout. As of right now, I am not planning on putting grills in the sidelight windows. With that said… I have some time to think about the finite details and things could always change. I am planing on having planters in front of each of the sidelights and due to the fact the patio will be on grade and not elevated, this will be easy to accomplish. Metal barrels have already been purchased from one of my all time favorite antique shops and are currently sitting in a holding pattern in our storage unit to add height and texture to these planter beds! These barrels along with my final detailed entry way selections will be revealed in a style board when I finally make up my mind as to what we are doing! For now.. more brainstorming…
Now that I have the black door with sidelight idea in place I have to address outdoor lighting. Ever since we took a family trip to Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina for Thanksgiving a few years back I have been completely smitten with GAS LANTERNS. They are classic, romantic, and offer a soft light that I am swooning over. Are you guys with me on this one? Gas lanterns on either side of the door are a MUST for our farmhaus. I am even thinking of placing a gas light lamppost along the path to the entry way for additional charm. Since these lanterns run on natural gas, I will need to alert our architect to draw gas lines to these specific places in our plan. Adding gas lines is not a big deal when the home is being framed and plumbed, but it becomes a very big deal if the gas lines are not plumbed to the correct locations after the home has drywall and stucco! A dear friend of ours, Henry Laredo, owner of Diablo Grills (the ONLY company I am allowing to complete our outdoor kitchen.. stay tuned for further details) distributes these gorgeous natural gas lit lanterns. I have my eye on a few different options! You can find amazing gas light options at The CopperSmith and also at Bevolo. Here are some pictures to give you an idea of what gas lanterns can look like…
Now that I have the basic exterior entry way features chosen… a black 3/4 light door with two open sidelights, gas lanterns on either side of the door…. I now need to plan what it is going to look like BEHIND the front door. Yes, I admit, I am a sucker for shiplap! I think Joanna Gains would be totally disappointed if I built a farmhaus and forgot to add shiplap! Ha Ha! With that being said, I do not want to go overboard and have shiplap everywhere in the house. I figure the entry way would be the perfect small room to showcase this farmhaus feature. This area will get a lot of natural light so I wanted to highlight the brightness of this room by adding white shiplap from floor to ceiling! I am still undecided if I am going to shiplap the ceiling as well… stay tuned for those final decisions! Here are a few of my favorite shiplap entry ways…
There is one piece of furniture that I am looking to feature in our entry way. Staging our speck house in four days nearly put me over the edge… I was second guessing and changing things all the way up to the end! I typically do not like to be rushed into making snap furnishing decisions. I prefer to spend a good amount of time shopping from store to store, antique shop to antique shop, distributor to distributor, before I settle on a final plan especially when it is a larger purchase such as benches, couches, or tables that become a key furnishings which I am not going to change out from season to season. Thank goodness I have a lot of time! I will be searching for the perfect welcoming bench for our entry way! As seen in both of the previous pictures, and the pictures I am about to show you… this simple piece warms an entry way by inviting guests to come in, take off their shoes, and relax! Which is precisely how our family works… we are very causal! I have a feeling that this will be a one of those purchases that when I see the bench, I will instantly fall in love, and it will go home with me! I’ll let you now the moment that happens 🙂
I have already addressed lighting for the exterior of the entry way so the last key element I am scouting out is the perfect chandelier to hang on the inside. Since our ceilings are quite high in this room I can get away with a larger chandelier. I am loving the hanging lantern look these days and think this type of chandelier would be the perfect way to softly light this space. Due to the fact that I am planning on a black front door, I am thinking this chandelier will also be flat black. Here are a few lantern chandeliers that have caught my eye….
This particular lantern can be found at Pottery Barn. I like the heavy metal look on the top, straight lines, and boxy exterior. However, I am not sure I am fond of the scrolling part beneath the candlesticks…
Here is another type of over sized lantern you can find at Ballard Designs. I like the way the lantern is open yet has the small sturdy metal piece where it attaches to the chain. This lantern has the optional lampshades to place over the bulbs inside the lantern. I personally think that adds too much to this light and would prefer the bulbs to be exposed.
I love the rough texture of this boxy lantern! The fact that this lantern doesn’t have glass that would need to be cleaned is a huge bonus! Yes, I am a clean glass freak and would have to drag out my ladder and clean the glass the moment I started to see dust! Having the open lantern without glass will be taken into consideration when selecting the final lighting for this room!
Here is another look at not necessarily a lantern look… but a CAGE. I like the unexpectedness and clean simplicity of this cage A LOT! This lighting feature has a delicate and airy feel about it as opposed to the heavier industrial feel of a lantern. Hummm… this might be my favorite so far…..
Well there you have it, all of my ideas for our farmhaus entry way. Now I can begin the process of narrowing down my final selections. I promise to reveal room by room style boards with my final selections as soon as I am forced to make up my mind! Luckily, I do have a bit of time on my hands! For now, I just need to let our architect know my plans for lighting especially since I need gas lines drawn to the front porch area. With all of these amazing products to choose from it is going to be a hard decision.
Off to brainstorm ideas for my next room… hummmmm… which one will it be?