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Modern Farmhouse Design

Modern Farmhouse Design

If you have been hearing buzz about “modern farmhouse” or perhaps Chip & Joanna Gaines‘ makes your jaw drop, I am here to break it down for you!

This trend takes super clean palettes and layers on warm wood, texture, greenery and the result is utter simplicity. You may be a modern farmhouse devotee if you:

*Love to pop vintage finds against clean white walls;

*Have a thing for reclaimed wood;

*Think some over-sized lanterns would make great pendants over your kitchen island.

Some key elements to pull it off:

*Keep it simple. Remember relaxed elements and the contrast of the textures – think knotty wood and some wrought iron.

*If you want to pull off window treatments in this style think old shutters or even handkerchief linen. 

*What about rugs? How about some estate sale finds, worn with age?

*Then there are the elements of barn doors and ship lap paneling which I would use sparingly – unless of course you are on a real farm.

Photo Credit: KEN LINSTEADT ARCHITECTS

Spring Trends in Interior Design

It was a very unseasonable day in NYC for February when I entered the Javits Center for NY NOW earlier this month. Sunlight abounded and the temperature was almost 60 degrees! The perfect setting to shop for spring!

This show was a great opportunity to hone in on those accessory items I seek out for clients, and this trip was no different. Here are four key trends on the forefront for Spring:

Rose Gold
Rose gold is still in play. Use it for planters, because with greenery this tone is magical.

Metallics
From furniture to pillows, place mats to lamps, reflective metal was all over!

 

Abstract Prints
I am mad for these fabrics by Laura Park and I am putting them in two current projects!

 

Floral Motifs in Metal
Tommy Mitchell is an accomplished artist taking his cues from old world metal work. His creations are divine fruits, flowers and even butterflies as seen in this table base – I am obsessed with it! 

 

Caitlin Rutkay Designs' Walk Through Sussex

C. R. Interior Designs’ Walk Through Sussex

C. R. Interior Designs has been in love with British style for years ever since their first trip to London to buy antiques for a client.

“I love the traditional grand family house look of layers, lamps, plump cushions and the likenesses of ancestors hanging on the walls. It exudes a sense of warmth and history!” Exclaims founder Caitlin Rutkay.

Enjoy this walk through Sussex and its English charm:

Hotel

A great place to stay is by the water, there’s the Grand Brighton, an opulent Victorian-Italianate dating from 1864 built by architect John Whichcord Jr.

geek battle

Aside from some place to stay, theirs lots to do! History geeks and war buffs will marvel at Battle Abbey, the 13th-century Benedictine ruins on the southern coast where the Battle of Hastings took place.

Sussex Food

And when you’re hungry, theirs millions of great dining restaurants. Restaurant Tristan delivers uncomplicated, field-to-fork British-French cuisine under the original oak beams of a 16th-century cottage in Horsham.

shops in sussex

Want to go shopping? Shopping in Sussex is very extravagant and unique! Charleston House is now a museum and art gallery set in their rustic 16th-century farmhouse. The space also includes a shop where visitors can buy handmade items including fabrics and prints by Grant and Bell, ceramic pottery and jewelry. It also includes books by and about the celebrated Bloomsbury Group members who frequented the home.

Want to know more about Sussex? Click here to learn more!