Of all the interior design styles that have come and gone in the past year, there is one that reigns supreme and continues to gain traction: modern traditional, or as Emily Henderson coined in her recent kitchen reveal "updated traditional." This look can be created by fusing classic shapes and antique fabrics with contemporary color palettes and minimal styling. Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent showed us how it's done in their stunning L.A. home.
So we were thrilled to see this sleek, modern farmhouse home from Prior Lake, Minnesota, drop into our inbox this month. Decorating the four-story 5941-square-foot home was no easy feat with six bedrooms and five bathrooms, but Bria Hammel of Bria Hammel Interiors was excited to marry the comfortability of a farmhouse with the sleek, modern touches of a contemporary home. Nested on a piece of land overlooking Prior Lake, this spacious home has ample room for a large family along with a stunning view that's guaranteed to impress guests.
Take a look through to see inside this stunning home, read Hammel's style notes, and shop the look.
Although this home was new construction, Hammel wanted to make the spaces feel lived in and comfortable. "Our client wanted something bright, clean, calm with accents of color throughout," she tells me. "They also loved the idea of a Scandinavian take on a farmhouse." The clean, simple lines maintain that minimal feel. The rug also helps to bring in that Scandinavian style, which is actually one of Hammel's greatest finds, sourced from a vintage rug vendor in Nashville.
Hammel's style is fresh, bright, and inviting, which is immediately obvious in this light-filled living room. Her main focus is to create livable spaces for her clients, proving beautiful can also be practical. Hear, hear.
While Hammel's style is fairly neutral, her clients weren't afraid of color. They found a happy middle ground by adding pops of color via the soft green and blush pillows scattered throughout the living room. "We decided to use neutral staples and incorporated color through the accessories so that it can transcend time and space," Hammel explains.
As with any project, budget constraints always prove a challenge. But for Hammel, it actually turned out to be a fun challenge. "It drove us to be very intentional with every choice we made," she says. "We did a mixture of high and low selections, which still gave us the high-end impact we wanted."
Everything, right down to the objets d'art stayed in line with the modern traditional style. This in-built shelving brings a blend of vintage farmhouse pieces with modern pottery and decorative items.
The exposed beams are a nice touch and really give the space a farmhouse, traditional vibe within the context of neutral, minimal styling.
The kitchen is where the updated traditional trend really shows off. The mostly neutral space is given a modern lift with the brushed bronze ceiling pendant. The addition of timber in varying shades (from the flooring to the bar stools and pantry) brings much-needed texture and warmth.
This open-plan style is perfect for a large family with plenty of bar stools for guests too.
The white brick in the pantry is one of Hammel's favorite things about the space. Although it wasn't entirely intentional. She tells me the "bump out" was actually hiding pesky vents that were necessary for the house, so instead, they embraced it and made it beautiful by adding the brick. "It gave some old-world charm to the otherwise contemporary pantry," she explains.
Every detail was thoughtfully considered, including the addition of farmhouse objects such as the bread tin and milk canisters that serve as beautiful decoration yet are practical too.
This dining room is very modern, but the wire candle pendant light harks back to a bygone era along with serving up some serious visual interest.
A family room should be just that. This one has a cozy couch by the fire and a swing with a view—what more could you want?
Every kids room should serve up some serious fun, and this one comes with a tee-pee that no kid could resist hopping into.
The room is flooded with natural light via large open windows at the back and a stunning wall display of blue butterflies.
The poster bed in this room actually makes the ceilings appear higher than they are, along with the hanging pendant lights. Such a dreamy touch.
The nightstand has a hint of greenery to brighten up the neutral mood.
The modern traditional twist spread throughout the house, including the master bathroom where they added a beautiful antique dresser that was handed down to Hammel's client by her mother. "We dressed it up by adding new Anthropologie hardware to it," she says. "It created such a focal point in the space and was one of our favorite moments in the room."
This has to be our favorite part of the house. A two-headed shower complete with antique brass hardware. Now that's our definition of luxury.
The guest bathroom has interesting tile work in black and white to bring the floor and walls to life.
We're big supporters of two sinks being better than one so everyone can wash their hands without a wait.