After buying a modest farmhouse, interior designer Sarah Richardson completely overhauled it to create an elegant country retreat. From the rustic mudroom to the cozy bedrooms, tour the home to see Sarah's take on country living.
Using earthy materials and antique accents, Sarah designed a stylish entryway that maintains the rustic quality of a century-old farmhouse. Two vibrant, red closet doors add a splash of color to the subdued space, while a vintage cabinet and a 19th-century light fixture provide old-fashioned character.
Adorned with lively patterns and an energetic color palette, the north bedroom of Sarah's farmhouse pops with personality. Sarah combined red paisley and polka dots to create an eclectic look, but kept the space cohesive with a brass bed and brass accents throughout.
Rustic Yet Refined
A foil to the vibrant north bedroom, the west bedroom feels calm, classic and country — but not hokey. A custom headboard upholstered in a floral-print fabric makes a strong statement, while a refurbished chandelier adds a bit of glitz to the space.
A Sunny Space
A soft color scheme of yellow, white and graphite makes the main bathroom in Sarah's farmhouse feel like a country afternoon: bright and fresh. A vintage bathtub and other timeworn treasures fit the old-fashioned home.
Efficient Country Kitchen
Sarah designed the large kitchen to be functional and family-friendly, but not too sleek for a century-old home. Vintage details, such as the salvaged corbels supporting the open shelving, preserve the kitchen's old-fashioned feel and add a hint of sunny yellow to the space.
Luxury Lightened Up
In the dining room, a bold wall covering conveys the richness of a country manor, while crisp, white paneling keeps the space from feeling too heavy. A built-in window bench adds extra seating without sacrificing one square inch of floor space.
Sarah chose a primarily neutral color palette for the home's large living room addition, punctuated with splashes of burnt orange, apricot, garnet and other rich colors. Exposed knots and wood grain in the ceiling and a textured, grass cloth wall covering make this sizeable space feel warm and inviting.
To top off the living room's welcoming, wood-burning fireplace, Sarah created a unique mantel from a fragment of an old bay window. The vintage crest mounted above the mantel makes a strong statement and fits the grand scale of the room.
An antique quilt in a strong, simple pattern served as the inspiration for the master bedroom design. Sarah paired the quilt with an antique four-poster bed, a Persian rug and an assortment of bright fabrics to create a striking yet relaxed space to wake up in.
Old Meets New
The family bathroom, which serves both the master bedroom and two kids' rooms, offers ample storage space thanks to a set of antique dressers converted into vanities. Topped with marble counters and timeless fixtures, the restored vanities blend seamlessly with new, custom-made mirrors.
Grownup-Friendly Girl's Room
For the girl's bedroom, Sarah took a traditional color scheme and gave it a fresh, new look. The bold, floral fabric covering the unique headboard feels feminine and youthful, but not too sweet. White bedding and muted wall colors also make this room easy on the eyes.
The boy's bedroom in Sarah's farmhouse feels almost gender neutral, with classic, beadboard-paneled furniture and fern-patterned drapes. But a wingback chair and vintage army blankets lend a masculine feel to the space.