Step inside a designer’s modern farmhouse dream home in Michigan

modern farmhouse home exterior

Nestled on a woodsy property in Douglas, Michigan, this modern farmhouse home was built as a dream home for interior designer Beth Howley and her extended family. The association design guidelines give a nod to the farmhouses that sit on the sprawling apple orchards of Douglas and Saugatuck.

The dwelling features a large atrium that perfectly frames the surrounding trees. There are five bedrooms in this home, enough to host family and friends for long weekends of entertainment. Additional highlights include two fireplaces, a downstairs kitchenette, and an inviting screened-in porch.

modern farmhouse home front porch entry

Layered neutrals and a mix of metal and lighting throughout make this home bright and airy in the warmer months and warm and cozy during cold Michigan winters. It represents a dream realized and the perfect home base for the interior designer and her family.

modern farmhouse kitchen

Above: The kitchen is wrapped in a handmade brownstone ribbed texture tile by Pratt and Larsen. The black island gives ballast to the room and grounds the space. Modern island lights from Modern Forms mix with the more traditional fixtures souced from Hudson Valley Lighting that are over the sink, adding contrast and interest. The vent hood over the range is by Thermador. The barstools are from Arteriors Home, while the flooring was sourced from Shaw Contract.

modern farmhouse kitchen

What We Love: This modern farmhouse was created as a dream home for a designer to entertain family and friends. Living spaces are warm and inviting with a harmonious flow throughout. We are loving the bright and airy living room with its soaring ceiling and cozy window seat next to the fireplace, perfect for the cold winter months. The screened porch is also a wonderful spot to lounge and retreat with guests throughout the seasons to enjoy an indoor-outdoor living experience.

Tell Us: What elements in the design of this dwelling do you find most appealing and what would you change if this were your family home? Let us know in the Comments below!

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modern farmhouse kitchen with open shelves

modern farmhouse home bar

modern farmhouse dining room

Earthy and nature inspired, this home mixes a lot of metal finishes and layered textural elements that blends modern and traditional forms and styles. 

modern farmhouse home bar

modern farmhouse living room with a fireplace

Above: TVs in your living space are so fun to curl up and watch a movie by the fire, yet are not always aesthetically pleasing to look at. To address this, the designer wanted to keep the beautiful precast concrete fireplace by Hard Topix at eye level and the centerpiece of the great room. She opted to set the TV on an arm off to the side in a recessed cavity. When it’s not in use, it slips into the background to let this warm, quiet fireplace shine.

modern farmhouse living room with large windows and a fireplace

modern farmhouse living room with a fireplace

Above: The walnut mantel and Visual Comfort ‘Thomas O’Brien’ picture lights give additional warmth to this space with their light soft light and dark bronze finish. 

modern farmhouse built in window seat

modern farmhouse living room

modern farmhouse living room

modern farmhouse reading nook with an Eames chair and ottoman

modern farmhouse staircase

modern farmhouse built in window seat

modern farmhouse bedroom

modern farmhouse bedroom hallway

modern farmhouse bathroom with a vanity and freestanding tub

Above: In this luxurious bathroom, the tub is from Victoria + Albert with a Brizo tub filler. The light fixture hanging from above is from Hudson Valley Lighting. The windows are from Pella Windows & Doors. The floor tiles were sourced from Virginia Tile Company.

modern farmhouse bathroom vanity

modern farmhouse bathroom with a shower

modern farmhouse bedroom

modern farmhouse bathroom with a vanity and tub

Above: One of the guest bathrooms in this family home features a warm limestone flooring from Virginia Tile Company that is grounded by a rich, black vanity. Brass accents and the ever important side scones to each side of the large mirror make this a clean yet warm space for guests. The sink faucet is from Brizo.

modern farmhouse family room

modern farmhouse pool table with a fireplace

modern farmhouse screened in porch

modern farmhouse screened in porch

Above: The sunroom gives the illusion of sitting in the surrounding woods. Sitting right off the kitchen, it is the perfect dual-purpose room for expanded dining, lounging, and working. 

modern farmhouse mudroom with a storage bench

modern farmhouse powder room

modern farmhouse laundry room

modern farmhouse home exterior backyard view

modern farmhouse home exterior backyard with a fire pit

modern farmhouse home patio with outdoor dining

modern farmhouse home patio with outdoor dining

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9 months ago

Blah. She did everything she learned on HGTV, and the house ends up looking as if no one lives there. No personality, no sense that anyone has ever stepped foot inside. Shelves filled with tchotchkes that look as though they’re scooped up at Wayfair because they have black or gold in them. It’s a lovely home and setting, but it just looks mass-produced to satisfy HGTV trends, and there are hundreds of thousands of similar homes across the country now that look just like it and will forever mark this period in time in design/build.

9 months ago

Huge beautiful spaces. Gorgeous rooms. Too many sharp corners and reliance on black for me though.

Bonnie Lauria
10 months ago

Beautiful home, but not for me.it dosent feel lived in, I would be a very nervous guest!

K baysinger
10 months ago

I absolutely love this home! It’s is simple, exiquited perfectly! Simply gorgeous!

10 months ago

I think it is adorable. I would love to see it all decked out for the holidays!

Holly F.
10 months ago

I think the house is very cold and sterile. Way too monochromatic for my taste. I like the living room window seat and the porch. Other than that, don’t care for it at all.

Sheryl Manges
10 months ago

Love it! We are looking for plans to build a new home in South Carolina. How do we shop for plans like this one. It is gorgeous!!