THIS SECLUDED ONTARIO FARMHOUSE, DESIGNED BY ONE OF CANADA’S TOP DESIGN TEAMS, IS THE PERFECT WINTER OASIS
HOME TOUR Ι MODERN SCANDI DESIGN Ι DESIGNED BY: SARAH RICHARDSON DESIGNS Ι SHOP THE LOOK
Imagine looking out the window, into the snowy abyss of a cold Canadian winter, with a mug of warm cider. In this weeks feature, we will be showcasing this stunning home, designed by former Design Inc star, Sarah Richardson. Though the views from the exterior are breath-taking, this simple and modern farmhouse is both family friendly and ready to entertain.
The home is situated on the hills of a remote Southern Ontario town, and brings in the natural elements it surrounds from room to room. Upon first glance, you feel like you are in one of those beautiful Muskoka cabins from Architectural Digest or Dwell.
Equipped with all modern amenities, you can enjoy the beauty of mother nature without compromising on your lifestyle. Sarah used her notorious interior design instinct to make this secluded space fun, durable and very very Canadian!
The Serene Living Room
To start, every inch of this home has a calming ambience that is needed with Canadian winters. This living room is no exception. A light hardwood floor and stark white walls displayed throughout the home are accented with a simple panel wall leading up to the living room.
A large gray sectional is fitted with black and white patterned pillows. Muted gray is continued throughout with the coffee table, decor pieces, rug and ottoman.
No farmhouse (or cabin) is complete without hardwood flooring. One of the most versatile flooring options, hardwood is not only durable but available in various plank sizes and wood stains. Sarah chose a wide-plank light hardwood for the kitchen and living areas while going for a more gray look for the mud room.
The Guest Bedroom
In addition to the main floor plan, Sarah and Co. created a guest space that rivals most primary bedrooms. Though limited in size, the guest bedroom of the home is blessed with multiple windows overlooking the open fields it sits on. Allowing plenty of sunlight in, this room, along with the rest of the home, sticks to the very popular design element called Friluftsliv.
Friluftsliv is a Norwegian term for “open air living”. It believes in bringing the elements of the outdoors in. Open air living gives a sense of calm and tranquility that encourages the focus on natural elements instead of materialism. Every element of this home abides by this belief. With everything happening in the world, incorporating Friluftsliv has become very popular in Canadian interior design.
In this guest bedroom, every piece of furniture mirrors the hardwood it sits on. The wood paneled bed is framed with two Ikea BJÖRKSNÄS side tables. Everything blend in together to create a tranquil softness. A wooden sheep ottoman sits on one corner of the room.
The framed photo of the landscape is the inspiration around the bedding. Sarah chose to use soft blue grays and rosy-peach shades for the pillows and matching throw. No better inspiration than nature itself!
As in the rest of the space, the design of the kitchen is neutral and calm. Open shelving for the upper cabinetry helps integrate the design elements. This helps to take the eye right through the windows to the landscape.
The majority of the elements is this stark white. It is contrasted with the hardwood of the flooring, which is identical in colour to the paneling of the kitchen island, along with the upper shelving, bar stools and a simple long cutting board display.
A true contemporary kitchen with all of the necessary elements. Sarah and her team did a wonderful job at ensuring that the most high-traffic room stayed consistent with the themes of the rest of the home.
Modern appliances are displayed throughout. This includes a stainless steel gas stove that is completed with a long marble slab backsplash.
Two matching chandeliers sit above the island. The perfect piece to tie the space together. If you love these lights as much as we do, Wayfair Canada has this Orren Ellis chandelier. This is currently on sale:
Similarly, the dining room draws attention to the plethora of trees and greenery outdoors. A large wood table sits 10 modern dining chairs. Ikea’s Fanbyn dining chairs are an affordable option if you are loving this look:
In the case of Southern Ontario living, a fireplace is essential. And this home has two, with two very different design themes.
Right off of the living room is a cozy seating area,. The first fireplace is a traditional real flame foster electric fireplace. This style of fireplace is rarely used in modern interior design remodels, which is a shame. It brings so much character to the home.
The second fireplace has much more modern feel. Mirroring the backsplash in the kitchen, the veined marble mantel is complemented with a matching brick surround.
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