modern farmhouse kitchen

Coventry Banks

When I posted a few of these photos on my Instagram account last week, I wrote that it was bittersweet when a project comes to an end.  Coventry Banks is no exception.  I honestly walked down the driveway thinking "you did a great job on that house!".  I've been doing interior design for almost 25 years and I'm pretty sure I'm going to remember this project as one of my favorites.  

My client and I met for the first time in January 2017.  To say she was excited about building her new house was an understatement.  But, she didn't have the time required to get it where she dreamed it would be.  With both parents working busy jobs and two teenage boys, they needed help and I was happy to provide it.  

Our first step was finalizing the plan before construction began.  So, I got out my red pen and went to work.  Having another set of eyes to go through your plans is always a good idea.  After months of planning, sometimes you don't notice something awkward or can envision how the finished space will look.  A good interior designer can!  I not only see the construction, but where furniture would most likely go or where you need a plug for that table lamp.

Enjoy the final photos!  If you want to see any progress photos, then follow me on Instagram.  @jennifertaylordesign and search #coventryproject 

Jennifer Taylor Design
Jennifer Taylor Design, Tallahassee, Florida
Jennifer Taylor Design, Tallahassee, Florida

All the stained wood in these photos - family room bookcases, mantle and back entry drop zone - were all milled from trees that were removed from the property.  It was very important to my client to find a use for that wood and I think she did an excellent job!  

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Jennifer

The Modern Farmhouse

I sometimes think if I see another kitchen with white shaker cabinets and white subway tile my mind will explode!  But then when I look through my portfolio, some of my favorite projects are just that.  So, what is a designer to do?  Embrace the trend of the modern farmhouse and give my clients ideas on how to make it their own. For this project, we used real brick for the splash.  Not only did it bring in some much needed color into the room, but the texture is amazing.  I love seeing my client's photos on Facebook cooking in this kitchen with her children.  This was designed in 2012 and still feels like it was designed yesterday.

Jennifer Taylor Design - Tallahassee, Florida

This is a classic, all-white kitchen.  White cabinets, white counters and white back splash tile.  But, what I love the most about this kitchen is the x-design we used on the glass front doors.  I use the hashtag #designisinthedetails a lot on my Instagram posts and this is a perfect example of how important those details are when designing a modern farmhouse kitchen for your family.  My biggest piece of advice - make it your own!

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One of my favorite kitchens was one I designed a few years ago for a sweet family moving to Tallahassee from Atlanta.  As you can see, we did white shaker cabinets and white subway tile, but my client wanted a wood counter.  We opted to do the raised bar out of a stained wood.  A great idea that I still love so much today!

Jennifer Taylor Design - Tallahassee, Florida
Jennifer Taylor Design - Tallahassee, Florida

Last week I presented finishes for a builder's spec home.  This means I had to design a kitchen that would appeal to the masses.  So, I'll give you two guesses to what they wanted.  Right!  White shaker cabinets, but I am mixing it up a bit and instead of white tile, we are doing gray.  Oh, and wait until you see the tile we are doing around the fireplace.  Greenbriar is a brand new project in Tallahassee and I can't wait to share more about it on a future post.

Jennifer Taylor Design - Greenbriar Spec Home Selections - Tallahassee, Florida