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  New Construction With 1800's Charm

Old world feel meets modern design.

There's something special about mixing the old with the new. For this project, I used traditional design elements from an 1800's farmhouse and made them modern for this newly constructed home. 

Working with this design inspiration allowed me to get creative with fixtures, materials, and accents that I don't typically work with. The result is an interior design that feels charming, welcoming, and unique.


Read on to see more!

High-Traffic Foyer

Space Planning

As soon as you enter this home through the foyer, you get the classic 1800's farmhouse feel. The cedar beam detailing draws the focus up, allowing the plank ceiling to shine. This immediately gives a warmth and authenticity to the space. 

We selected simple, industrial-inspired sconces and light fixtures that bring the traditional elements of the space together, while still keeping it fresh and new. 

Because this foyer is a high-traffic area of the home, we opted for extra tall wainscoting. This protects the walls from scuffs, and also adds some drama.  


I love that when you enter this foyer, there's an immediate feeling of comfort and home.

Solutions For A  Messy Family

The other way to enter this home is through the mudroom. I knew I wanted to create continuity with the historically-inspired design theme. But people coming in through the mudroom could be wet from the pool, sandy from the backyard volleyball court, or dirty from being outside. So it was important to design a space that was easy to keep clean!

This mud/powder room ended up being the perfect area for the family to clean up after a fun day outdoors. 


Tile is a great solution for walls in high-traffic spaces that need to be cleaned often. So I selected classic subway tiles to go floor to ceiling in this mudroom.

The simple, metal vanity and minimal medicine cabinet add to the industrial farmhouse vibe. The metal storage bins are a perfect solution for wet bathing suits, dirty socks, or other items that don't need to be tracked through the house.

I fell in love with the industrial sconces from Troy Lighting - they're inspired by insulators and feature these cool, old-school bulbs.

Although I used historically-inspired elements throughout the space, it still feels like it belongs in a modern family home. We laid the large, 24x24 at an angle, perpendicular to the subway wall tiles to put a fresh spin on things. This gives the space more dimension and interest. Even the rug is laid at an angle, to bring attention to this unique orientation. 

For the final touches, we added greenery and cute painted signs that add charm to this functional mudroom

and show the family's unique sense of humor. 

Want to update your home to feel just right for your family?

Contact House 2 Home Designs today!

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