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Modern Farmhouse Kitchen: How We're Designing Ours

House update: we made final selections for the interior yesterday, eeeek! I'm going for a modern farmhouse look in the whole house so we're doing the iron spindles for the stairs, wood flooring (actually it'll be LVP which will work so much better with Achilles and his claws), lots of farmhouse-style light fixtures, etc. I'm so excited and I cant wait to see how it turns out!

If you're new here and dont follow me on Instagram, my husband and I are building a house for the first time. We never thought we'd end up building one but due to the interest rates being so high there is no inventory, and we have this apartment for a year anyway, so it's kind of the perfect solution.

Here is what we picked for our modern farmhouse kitchen:

Cabinets & hardware:

We're going with white shaker cabinets for the perimeter and the island will be light grey - Manchester White and Manchester Gray from Signature Custom Cabinetry. I finally decided on the gold hardware for the cabinets (technically this one is called "satin bronze"), this was one of those decisions that was SO difficult! I wanted this color but I was concerned with how it would look a few years from now if and when we go to sell, but then decided I'm just going to pick what I really want and not worry about what others might think of it later! And to be honest, if we sell this house 10-15 years from now, we'll probably need to update a few things anyway. The hardware is Glendale knobs and Sutton pulls in Satin Bronze.


I'm such a sucker for white subway tile and when we renovated our old Georgetown home we used it both in the kitchen and one of the bathrooms! Its just such a pretty, timeless look. So of course we went with white subway tile here as well, especially as it'll fit so well with our modern farmhouse feel!


Since this house is in a neighborhood, we have a predetermined selection to choose from which I'm SO happy about. It means I dont have to scour every single home store for the PERFECT countertop! Instead I could just pick the nicest one they have and call it a day - so I went with the Calacazza Laza Quartz. Its such a pretty look and its what they used in the model home as well, so it was a pretty easy choice. Here is what it looks like in the model, pretty stunning right??

A beautifully designed kitchen in a builder's model home, showing two kitchen islands with calacatta Laza countertops
The Calacatta Laza countertop in the model home

Island pendant lights:

We're placing two pendants over the island and I went with these beautiful gold ones from Kichler! The model is called Abbottswell Pendant and the color is Natural Brass. I figured it'll go really nicely with the gold-colored cabinet hardware!

a brass pendant light on a chain
The Abbottswell Pendant from Kichler in Natural Brass


We went with the Kohler Simplice Semi-Professional for both looks & utility. Its a great faucet and I think we had this exact one in our other house, but it also looks beautiful with the farmhouse sink - we're going with one in stainless steel, I'll explain more in the next section below.

farmhouse sink and farmhouse faucet showed in a white kitchen
We will do the brushed nickel to match the color of the farmhouse sink, but this gives you a good idea of what they look like together!

Farmhouse sink in stainless steel:

This was another tough decision... I wanted the white farmhouse sink but we had that in the Georgetown home and its a nightmare to clean if you wash your pots and pans in it. I'm VERY low maintenance when it comes to cleaning (i.e. I'm super messy) so it needs to be EASY. At first we decided to just do a regular undermount sink but then we compromised and went with this beautiful Kohler Strive Farmhouse Sink!

Farmhouse sink in stainless steel
More utilitarian than its white ceramic cousin but still oh-so-pretty!

Kohler strive farmhouse sink with a pot of apples inside
This stainless steel version still gives that farmhouse feel without the cleaning issues of the classic white version!


This was by far the hardest decision and its not 100% final yet as we're going to see this in a model home this weekend to understand exactly what it will look like installed. Its so difficult to pick flooring because they often just have small samples to look at but it covers such a large area. And for us, this floor will take up the ENTIRE main floor - kitchen, living room, dining room, sitting room, office, hallway + foyer and even the powder room! So its very important we get it right. The version displayed here is Polaris Plus Luxury Vinyl Plank from Shaw Flooring. The color is Boardwalk and I'm hoping it'll give us that nice rustic look we're going for.

Thats it, these are our selections for our modern farmhouse kitchen! I'll keep you updated on the process and will of course show lots of photos when its finished!



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