1. A Warm Contemporary Farmhouse Kitchen
A large apron sink in cream-color cast concrete sets up a warm and sophisticated country tone in this Portland, Oregon kitchen by Emerick Architects. The island's black-walnut-slab top is complemented by open shelving and undercounter cabinetry in honey-stained maple, gray quartz counters, stainless-steel appliances, and a handmade ceramic-tile backsplash.
2. Corral-Inspired Stair Railings and Balustrades
Rift-sawn white oak with a custom whitewash stain forms the handrails and posts of the main staircase in a Stillwater, Minnesota house by Home Design by Annie. An elegant reinterpretation of the traditional wooden-rail fences found throughout rural America, the stair gets a high-tech twist in the form of stainless-steel guard wires.
3. A Characterful Rustic Kitchen
Charming rusticity is the name of the game in this Hesperus, Colorado kitchen remodel by Veritas Fine Homes. Existing beams and columns and a new oak floor—all in a dark finish—are joined by knotty-alder cabinetry and floating shelves stained a similar color to the island’s honey-tone maple butcher-block top.
4. A Cool Western Ranch–Style Bedroom
As this bedroom in Sag Harbor, New York, designed by Timothy Godbold shows, the classic look of Southwestern ranches—pared down and sun scorched—adapts well to a modern interior. The aesthetic is evoked with minimalist means: simple bone-white accessories set against an expanse of white-oak boards that clad the walls like barn siding.
5. The Industrial-Farmhouse Look in a Loft
Reclaimed hardwood is a beautiful, sustainable material that can be used in a farmhouse-style kitchen to create a sense of warmth, age, and texture. In this Santa Monica, California loft conversion, SUBU Design Architecture juxtaposes recycled wood with plumbing pipes and similar machine-age elements that nod to the building’s industrial heritage.
6. Open-Shelf Wet Bar with a Rural-Art Vibe
Timothy Godbold conjures another variant of that farmhouse staple, open shelving, with this wet bar cunningly tucked under the open stairs in a North Haven, New York residence. Stocked neatly with interesting glassware and bottles, the floating slabs of white oak and the gray honed-granite countertop become an art installation in their own right.