“Urban Farmhouse” or “Farmhouse Style” is one of the hot design trends sweeping the country. Homeowners are looking for neighborhoods that speak a sense of community, where they can embrace a simpler life reminiscent of days gone by.

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Planned master communities are being developed from coast to coast. These “modern day villages” feature inviting pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined streets and homes with welcoming front porches, encouraging conversation and interaction with neighbors. Town centers along with neighborhood and community celebrations provide access to a simpler and richer life amongst our urban sprawl.

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The resurgence of historical districts and a desire to live in older neighborhoods in major cities is appealing to young families, empty-nesters, and young professionals. Their proximity to work, the arts, and professional sports and cultural venues make these areas desirable. New homes are hard to distinguish from older homes as the architectural integrity and curb appeal has remained intact.

Urban Farmhouse interior design spans across generations by incorporating a classic mix of antiques, reproductions, and modern day design. The basis of this style is to keep it laid back and relaxed so that your look will only improve with age. Don’t be afraid to take grandma’s dining room table and add slip-covered or industrial chairs to give it a new look and feel. Close off your home office or master bedroom with a set of barn doors that can easily be opened and closed throughout the day. Urban farmhouse proves that rustic and refined, worn and weathered, hip and modern love living together. Best of all, it stands the test of time!

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I so love this look. Perhaps it’s my Midwest roots or my appreciation for adding a little bit of family history and memories into your home. Whatever the reason, it allows us the freedom to break some design rules!

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