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Country Contemporary

Photography by Stacey Brandford

Posted on Jul 20, 2012

Subdivision House - dining room - white ornate chairs with contemporary brown dining table

Start With An Iconic Reference And Reinterpret It

Here, authentic slabs of barnboard were installed in a striking herringbone pattern around the base of the kitchen island, anchoring the room and indeed setting its entire tone. If you’re not too keen on plucking old boards out of piles in a field, don’t worry: You can purchase kiln-dried reclaimed ones from any salvage facility.

Barnboard, Urban Tree Salvage | Backsplash tile, Saltillo Tile | Enamel pitchers on shelves, Century Old Salvage

Country Contemporary - kitchen - white marble with repurposed barn board

Seek Out Unique And Unsual Lighting

To illuminate the island, my team unearthed an awesome overscaled fixture made of tubular piping, a much more interesting option than a standard pendant lamp. It was paired with (and nicely contrasts) twin coach lanterns used in the seating area.

Light fixture over island, Addison’s Inc. | Range hood, cook top, wall oven, dishwasher, stand mixer on counter, Lowes | Island counter (Calacatta marble), perimeter counters (Grey Expo Silestone), Latitude | Sink, faucet, Blanco. Bar stools, Edison bulbs, Morba

Country Contemporary - elegant country dining - wood with bone white, dark blue grey

Use Outside Elements Indoors

In the seating area, a set of vintage iron patio chairs have been nicely transitioned with the help of handsome pinstripe twill upholstery. Reinforcing the natural look are the drapes, made from by-the-yard fabric patterned with large-scale dandelion blooms.

Dining table, Rose Antiques | Dining chairs, A.H. Wilkins | Rug, napkins, napkin rings, West Elm

Country Contemporary - kitchen detail - barn board back with white shelving

Pack And Stack Your Pantry

Try installing a full wall of cabinets comprised entirely of uppers with a depth of just 12 inches. You can mix, match and configure to create a wall unit that holds just about anything you could ever need to store.

Cabinetry, IKEA Cabinetry hardware, Lee Valley

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