Best functional beauty: Black-and-white modern farmhouse

Best functional beauty: Black-and-white modern farmhouse

Photo by Laura Sumrak, courtesy of THR Design Build.

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This eclectic modern farmhouse borrows from multiple styles but still feels cohesive. Meet our pick for the best example of functional beauty.

Style in 3 words: Romantic, warm, inviting.

Who:The homeowners, the Taylor family, also own the residential design build firm THR Design Build behind this house.

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The house: The house is 4,614 square feet with 5 bedrooms and 6.5 baths. The Taylors didn’t want to compromise between beauty and function, so they designed spaces like the laundry room, mudroom and pantry with just as much thought as the rest of the house (and gave those spaces more square footage).

Design: It has a comfortable and warm aesthetic, that draws on both traditional and modern elements that keep the space feeling elegant without feeling stuffy. There are clean lines, but also rounded corners and arched openings. There’s a lot of texture, but it doesn’t feel cluttered or overwhelming.

  • They went with neutral colors to create a comfortable vibe and the large windows to let light pour in.

Inspiration: The Taylors drew inspiration from the wooded setting and past design projects. “We took more risks than usual to create thoughtful spaces for everyone in the house, including our two young boys and our animals. It truly became our peaceful retreat this past year.”

Best rooms: The main living area — great room, kitchen, and dining room — are the core of the home, highlighted by a dramatic black cathedral ceiling. And each corner of that space leads to another part of the house to create a balance of privacy and connectedness.

2021 Finalist- Functional beauty front

The exterior of the home feels like a blend of a modern farmhouse and an oversized bungalow. The black, warm wood and stone work well together. By Joe Purvis, courtesy of THR Design Build.

2021 Finalist- Functional beauty ceiling

The hub of the house is under this gorgeous, dramatic cathedral ceiling. By Laura Sumrak, courtesy of THR Design Build.

2021 Finalist- Functional beauty living room 2

By Laura Sumrak, courtesy of THR Design Build.

2021 Finalist- Functional beauty kitchen 2

I love how sleek the kitchen looks and how the panel-front appliances and cabinets flanking the range create a seamless look (and hide some of the practical kitchen items). By Laura Sumrak, courtesy of THR Design Build.

2021 Finalist- Functional beauty fridge

By Laura Sumrak, courtesy of THR Design Build.

2021 Finalist- Functional beauty bar

This wet bar and wine fridge were made for entertaining. By Laura Sumrak, courtesy of THR Design Build.

2021 Finalist- Functional beauty laundry room

I think I’d be more likely to fold my laundry if I had a cool room like this. By Laura Sumrak, courtesy of THR Design Build.

2021 Finalist- Functional beauty pool deck

A pool and spa, fireplace and outdoor kitchen make this backyard a dreamy oasis.

2021 Finalist- Functional beauty outdoor fireplace

By Joe Purvis, courtesy of THR Design Build.

2021 Finalist- Functional beauty outdoor kitchen

By Joe Purvis, courtesy of THR Design Build.

2021 Finalist- Functional beauty back

By Joe Purvis, courtesy of THR Design Build.

Design team: THR Design Build; Beth Barden at Design Post Interiors; G&G Landscaping.

See all 2021 finalists.

Exterior photos by Joe Purvis and interior photos by Laura Sumrak, courtesy of THR Design Build.

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