Graphic designer Ashley Putman imagined buying a cozy country getaway from their hectic Houston-based life. Then, she and her husband Steve fell in love with a crumbling antique farmhouse near Round Top, Texas, and embarked on a one-and-half-year-long gut-renovation. The long-awaited result is a stylish, yet un-fussy modern-farmhouse, an ideal weekend retreat for their young family.
The front door of the house opens directly into the living room. What might have been a deterrent for some, suits the family just fine as they run in and out of the house all day long and spend a good deal of time outdoors. A gallery wall of Ashley’s collection of funky artwork leads upstairs.
Putman romps in the living room with four-year-old son Scott. She committed to using white paint on the walls with a grey trim to create a light, airy space that she anchored with darker wood furniture. A mix of new furniture (the George Sherlock sofa), and antiques, and a whimsical collection of vintage and local artwork creates an affect that she calls “lived in, not stodgy.”
At the far end of the living room, where the family likes to hang out in front of the fireplace, a soft, neutral palette of whites, grays, naturals strikes a good balance with wood accents. Custom-made slipcovered chairs are grouped with a graphic jute rug, soft linen pillows and vintage furniture for a casually layered look.
The open kitchen has a farmhouse feel, but the addition of modern amenities to the house that was built in the early 1900‘s adds luxury and practicality. As she designed the kitchen addition, Putman enlisted the help of her contractor to source the same long leaf pine plank flooring he had discovered hiding under peeling linoleum floors elsewhere in the house.
A little nook in the library where Ashley and her husband can check e-mail or catch up on paperwork while at the farm. Putman scoured vintage shops, flea markets and ebay for the pieces pictured here as well as throughout the house.
Campy Pendleton stripes meet a modern light fixture in the master bedroom for a light, airy, not-so-serious effect. Putman made the drawing over the bed as a gift for her husband on Father’s Day
Little decorative details on one of the bedside table add a whimsical note to the room.
On a friend’s gutsy recommendation, Putman painted the guest room a deep, rich aubergine for a “dark, cozy old farmhouse feel.” She paired the antique bed with a vintage table, lamp, mirror and vase all from a favorite source: The Guild Shop in Houston.
Although the roomy master bath was an addition to the house, Putman wanted it to look like it had been built with the original structure so she sourced old-school fixtures and materials.