Gorgeous modern farmhouse radiates with warmth in North Carolina


Samsel Architects designed this light-filled modern farmhouse as a relaxing refuge for its owners, located in Mill Spring, North Carolina. The 7,400 square foot, six-bedroom, six-and-a-half bath dwelling is nestled in the countryside, a horse property with beautiful rolling pastures and a mountainous landscape. The homeowner’s design request was to create a cozy atmosphere for themselves and their dogs. They also wished to maintain a comfortable feeling when entertaining friends and family.

There was a dilapidated home already existing on the site, which the project team had torn down to start fresh. The new residence was reoriented on the property, taking advantage of the sight lines of the barn to the west and the pastures and pond to the north. Starting from scratch also enhanced access to the barn, vehicle circulation and parking. Above: The product used to gray the cedar is called LifeTime Wood Treatment. 

Project Team: Samsel Architects / Morgan-Keefe Builders / Allard + Roberts Interior Design / Landscape Architecture: Knight Strategies


This understated, but sophisticated equestrian estate was constructed with virtually no disturbance to the land. With the preservation of the trees on this property, the house visually blends into the landscape. Maintaining a low profile, the house forms an L-shape around the front drive. The exterior facade features a weathered wood aesthetic, with expansive windows offering both natural light and views. Also on this property is a swimming pool, two-acre man-made pond stocked with fish and a garden that can sustain the family for a year!


Above: The kitchen cabinets were custom fabricated by Gregory Paolini Designs. The hardware is Manzoni, product number MC2295. The countertops are Ceasarstone quartz — perimeter color is Fresh Concrete and the island color is Raw Concrete.


Above: The main level features a great room and den, which are bookended by stone fireplaces. The kitchen is at the heart of the main living spaces where multiple islands were designed for base cabinet storage. This also enables for visual connection from the kitchen to the living spaces.


What We Love: This bright and airy farmhouse offers a calm and neutral color palette, while natural wood accents adds warmth throughout. Light walls serves as a backdrop to the homeowner’s beautiful art collection, curated from living abroad… Readers what do you think of this modern farmhouse style home? Any details you would like to have seen done differently? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below!

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Above: All the aluminum clad windows and doors in this home are from the Weather Shield Premium Series line. The paint color on the walls is Benjamin Moore London Fog 1541.


Above: The black leather Vanessa Chairs are from Resource Decor. The console is a custom designed version of the scissor cocktail table, by The Old Wood Co.


Above: The wood flooring on the main level is 5″ oak stained oak boards. 


Above: Gray oak barn wood clads the walls of this powder bathroom, sourced from Appalachian Antique Hardwoods. The concrete sink and vanity are custom designed by local companies. Sink: Hardcore Concrete Designs / Vanity: Gregory Paolini Design. The Regent mirror is from Made Goods. The downtown mesh pendant lights are from Hammerton Studio.


Above: The paint color in this living room is Sherwin-Williams Modern Gray (SW 7632). The painting on the wall is by Stephan Pentak. The sectional loveseat with chaise is from Vanguard Furniture, the fabric color is Tallard Pepper.


Above: This bedroom is located on the lower level of the house. The coverlet and standard shams are from Pine Cone Hill. The coverlet on the bottom of the bed, throw and Euro shams are from Traditions Linens. The area rug is from Togar Rugs. Flooring is concrete.


Above: The 8′-10″ long floating vanity in this bathroom is custom fabricated out of solid oak wood. The 6-inch deep countertop is Caesarstone quartz in the color Fresh Concrete. Kohler Mirabelle undermount sinks are paired with the Purist Widespread Lavatory Faucets in brushed nickel. The shower tile is Walker Zanger, the “Shift” Chevron Mosaic in Moss color.




Above: The wall panelling behind the bed is white oak with a combination of stains from Rubio. A base of Vanilla Cream precolor with Havana stain on top. The Chatfield Bed is from Vanguard Furniture, while the Conrad nightstands are from Made Goods. The area rug is from Feizy.


Above: A custom fabricated console table is by the Old Wood Company, part of the “Strapped” collection.


Above: In the family room, the flooring is polished concrete. The ceiling is Benjamin Moore 1548 Classic Gray and is paired with Benjamin Moore 1541 London Fog on the walls and trim. On the wall, the horse photo is from Left Bank Art.


Above: The lower level features an expansive game room which connects to a screened-in porch, pool terrace and fire pit beyond. On one side of this space is a media/lounge area, while the other offers a built-in wet bar and accordion windows that opens to the porch. The television is concealed on a sliding track system by barn doors with reclaimed gray oak barn wood siding — sourced from Appalachian Antique Hardwoods.

Above: The sectional with a bench seat is called Claremont, from Vanguard Furniture. The color is Jerome Charcoal fabric.

Above: The screen walls of this porch are wooden frames custom designed and built for this space. The paint color is Sherwin Wiliams 7019 Gauntlet Gray. The space is approximately 16′ x 34′. 

Photos: Todd Crawford Photography

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5 years ago

I love this post! We are always looking for modern farmhouse ideas to match our selection of country kitchen sinks. Cheers

Kyle from Annieandoak.com