Coastal-Inspired Farmhouse

A white farmhouse is given a coastal sensibility through the use of texture in furnishings and wall coverings, eye-catching fabrics and colorful artwork. The home's open floor plan offers plenty of space for entertaining and opens up to bring the outdoors in.

Modern White Farmhouse in Newport Beach

Modern White Farmhouse in Newport Beach

This home is located in Newport Heights,and has a coastal design but with a Modern Farmhouse twist. Keeping the walls white keeps things bright, clean and coastal and lets the furnishings do the talking.

Photo by: Tessa Neustadt

Tessa Neustadt

What did your clients want for their new home?

The home, built and designed by GrayStone Custom Builders, already had an amazing open floor plan. The design goal was to create a contemporary coastal farmhouse. The one specific request of the clients was to be able to use this space for entertaining. What immediately stood out to our design team was the huge open floor plan encompassing the kitchen, dining room and living room with bifold doors leading to the covered patio. With more than 5,000 square feet, four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and an upstairs loft, there’s plenty of room for a growing family. The homeowners love to entertain, and the home’s crisp white kitchen is the center of the action, open to the family room where friends and family naturally gather.

How did you make the home functional for your clients?

Since this was a new build, several site visits during construction were made to understand the flow and feel of the layout and how materials and finishes come together before we selected furnishings. The next step was understanding the clients’ desires and needs for living in the home and creating a layout that served that purpose. From there you bring in color and texture with pillows and accessories to achieve what the client wants, which in this case was an earthy, contemporary farmhouse that still had a coastal vibe.

What was your biggest obstacle on this project?

Contemporary Coastal Living Room Is Tranquil, Relaxing

Contemporary Coastal Living Room Is Tranquil, Relaxing

Bright white and soft neutral tones fill this open living area for a calm, soothing atmosphere. Blue accents and ocean-inspired touches add a coastal feel, while clean lines ensure the look is fresh and current.

Photo by: Tessa Neustadt

Tessa Neustadt

One of the biggest challenges was figuring out how to divide this large, open floor plan into a space with good flow. We did that by using large-scale rugs and creating individual vignettes that complement each other. Another challenge we faced in designing this house was how to add color and warmth to the entry hallway.

What inspired the unique coastal-farmhouse design?

It’s coastal bohemian with a farmhouse twist. It’s current, but it has history to it thanks to new, vintage and legacy items. It’s clean, but has depth to it. GrayStone Custom Builders built this great farmhouse-style home, but we loved adding some unique features that set it apart, for example, the blue velvet sofa, which is not necessarily something that screams “farmhouse,” but still works nicely in this space.

How did you create room transitions?

Color has a lot to do with the way we design. It must complement the rest of the house, but doesn’t need to match, and it also has to make sense with the architectural details of the home so everything is cohesive. We wanted to give the large, open floor plan continuity while giving each space its own personality. We mixed different tones and textures of wood throughout the home to keep things casual yet interesting.

What was your favorite room to design?

Our favorite room to design was the family room. It’s one of the first spaces you see when you enter through the front door, and we wanted it to have a strong impact. We loved the shiplap in this room — it brought in an extra layer of texture and gives the space a traditional coastal feel while drawing the eye to the fireplace.

White Coastal Living Room

White Coastal Living Room

Placing velvet on a settee that is already an interesting shape really made the piece pop and instantly catches the eye. Mixing wood tones and textures in a subtle way helped to add variety a bring a fancy yet casual atmosphere.

Photo by: Tessa Neustadt

Tessa Neustadt

We love mixing wood tones and textures. It keeps things casual and interesting. Placing velvet on a sofa that is already an interesting shape really made the piece pop. By using a jute rug underneath the sofa, it helped ground the space and keep things neutral. The mixture of tones in this room were subtle, but just enough to grab your attention and create a cool, interesting space for entertaining.

One of the hardest things about designing this room was figuring out what to place in the niches on both sides of the fireplace. We wanted to keep the room light and airy and couldn’t use anything too bulky or heavy. We custom-made these matching reclaimed wood tables that fit the space perfectly.

Modern White Farmhouse in Newport Beach

This home is located in Newport Heights,and has a coastal design but with a Modern Farmhouse twist. Keeping the walls white keeps things bright, clean and coastal and lets the furnishings do the talking.

White Farmhouse in Newport Beach

This home is located in Newport Heights,and has a coastal design but with a Modern Farmhouse twist. Keeping the walls white keeps things bright, clean and coastal and lets the furnishings do the talking.

Farmhouse in Newport Beach

This home is located in Newport Heights,and has a coastal design but with a Modern Farmhouse twist. Keeping the walls white keeps things bright, clean and coastal and lets the furnishings do the talking.

Modern Farmhouse in Newport Beach

This home is located in Newport Heights,and has a coastal design but with a Modern Farmhouse twist. Keeping the walls white keeps things bright, clean and coastal and lets the furnishings do the talking.

Modern Farmhouse Foyer

This foyer keeps things light and neutral and brings in color through potted plants. Keeping the walls white keeps things bright, clean and coastal and lets the accents do the talking.

White Coastal Foyer

Keeping the walls white keeps things bright, clean and coastal and lets the furnishings do the talking. Mixing wood tones and textures also keeps things casual and interesting.

Coastal Farmhouse Foyer

Keeping the walls white keeps things bright, clean and coastal and lets the furnishings do the talking. Mixing wood tones and textures also keeps things casual and interesting.

White Coastal Living Room

Placing velvet on a settee that is already an interesting shape really made the piece pop and instantly catches the eye. Mixing wood tones and textures in a subtle way helped to add variety a bring a fancy yet casual atmosphere.

Modern Farmhouse Open Living Room

The open living room right when you walk in instantly catches your eye, with a navy velvet demilune perfectly placed to do just that. The room was kept light and neutral and brought in color through furniture, pillows, rugs, and accent pieces.

Contemporary Coastal Living Room With Blue & White Palette

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Cube-Shaped Armchairs in Stylish Living Room

The cube-shaped armchairs in this living room feel simultaneously contemporary and bohemian, giving the space a relaxed yet stylish feel. Accessories adorning the built-ins bring additional personality to the room.

Outdoor Living Room Boasts Nautical Vibe

With several comfortable armchairs and a white brick fireplace, this outdoor living room is as cozy as its indoor counterpart. A navy, white and neutral color scheme and striped rug give the space a decidedly nautical feel.

Photo By: Tessa Neustadt

Accessories Personalize Black and White Kitchen

Crisp white hues pair with dramatic black hues for a high-contrast look in this gorgeous kitchen. Fresh-cut flowers and other accessories are corralled in a wood tray, making the space feel personalized and homey.

Dreamy Canopy Bed in Clean, Fresh Master Bedroom

Breezy and bright, this soothing master bedroom is the ultimate retreat. Sheer linens adorn a clean-lined canopy bed to create a dreamy place to rest your head, and a crisp white comforter completes the clean, fresh look.

Charming Country-Style Dining Nook With Round Table

A round wood table, slipcovered chairs and a shiplap accent wall come together to create this country-style dining nook. A lovely glass pendant light centers the space, and a potted tree adds a touch of natural color.

Contemporary Farmhouse Kitchen With Leather Barstools

Clean lines update this gorgeous farmhouse kitchen, which features a soothing color palette of black, white, gray and brown. Leather-upholstered barstools add rusticity to the design, while a marble island countertop adds luxury.

Eclectic Home Offices Oozes Personality

A zebra hide rug and vibrant artwork make this crisp white home office spring to life with personality. Quaint white chairs add an unexpected touch — especially paired with the ultra-contemporary desk.

Contemporary Coastal Living Room Is Tranquil, Relaxing

Bright white and soft neutral tones fill this open living area for a calm, soothing atmosphere. Blue accents and ocean-inspired touches add a coastal feel, while clean lines ensure the look is fresh and current.

Spacious, Bright Bathroom With Herringbone Tile Floors

Gray tile floors provide contrast in this ultra-bright bathroom. The gray tiles form a herringbone pattern, creating movement in the clean, crisp space. A glass-enclosed shower makes the spacious room feel even larger.

Accessories Pop in Chic White Living Room

Accessories and accents make all the difference in this chic living room. Blue patterned stools add color to the space, while leopard print pillows add pizzazz. Clean-lined furniture in neutral hues keeps the design grounded.

Comfy Outdoor Seating Area Is Ideal for Conversation

Six cozy armchairs are comfortably situated around a fireplace on this covered patio, providing the perfect spot for intimate conversation with close friends and family. On chilly nights or mornings, the fireplace ensures guests can linger.

Large Gray Island in Stylish Farmhouse Kitchen

A large kitchen island doubles as extra prep space and a casual spot for dining. The island's muted gray color goes well with the kitchen's updated farmhouse aesthetic, and an apron-front sink completes the look. A gorgeous marble countertop adds a sophisticated touch.

Comfortable, Bright Master Bedroom Blends Design Styles

This gorgeous master bedroom borrows design elements from a variety of styles for a look that's bright, casual and oh-so-comfortable. The clean-lined canopy bed screams contemporary, and the natural fiber rug gives off a coastal vibe. Meanwhile, the light wood floors hint at a farmhouse aesthetic.

Contemporary Console Table in Farmhouse Living Room

Ceramic blue and white accessories bring a lively splash of color to this crisp white living room. A shiplap wall provides a farmhouse-style backdrop, and clean-lined furnishings update the look with contemporary flair.

Contemporary Coastal Living Room With Bright White Walls

A framed octopus print and ocean blue accents lend a coastal feel to this living room. Contemporary furniture looks sleek and stylish, and white walls and built-ins create an ultra-bright atmosphere.

Bright Master Bedroom Boasts Casual Seating Area

At the foot of the canopy bed in this lovely master bedroom, two chairs offer a comfortable spot for morning coffee or afternoon tea. A natural fiber rug softens the bedroom's beautiful wood floors.

Did you use plants to tie the design together?

Live plants are so important in our designs. They are a great way to add color and life to a room and help bring the outdoors in. Plants enhance the design and create ambiance by pulling together the overall look and feel of each space. Plants are a great way to fill dead space and add another layer of depth to a room. It doesn’t matter what color scheme you have going on — plants work with all palettes.

How did you support an indoor-outdoor lifestyle?

I’m inspired by color, architectural details and the outdoors. The point of inspiration is always how the client will use the indoor and outdoor spaces together. We like to refer to this as complementary convergence of the interiors and exteriors. The indoor-outdoor connection — the whole idea of bringing the outdoors in and the indoors out — has changed so dramatically in the last few years. The folding doors throughout the home create an open feel, allowing you to have the sense that you are outdoors. Each area has its own personality and vibe, but they flow together to create a cohesive feel.

How did you choose the blue velvet settee for the living room?

We found the demilune sofa at a local vendor and had been holding onto it for the perfect project. We took it down to the bones and reupholstered it in this rich navy velvet to bring new life to it. We added nickel nail heads to give it a more luxurious feel. It adds another layer of texture to this space and elevates the room, blending a casual vibe with a sophisticated look.

What inspired the home office’s eclectic look?

Eclectic Home Offices Oozes Personality

Eclectic Home Offices Oozes Personality

A zebra hide rug and vibrant artwork make this crisp white home office spring to life with personality. Quaint white chairs add an unexpected touch — especially paired with the ultra-contemporary desk.

Photo by: Tessa Neustadt

Tessa Neustadt

Again, it’s not your average farmhouse style. We wanted to do something different and mix it up while still staying cohesive with the overall look of the home. It started with pairing the zebra-print area rug with the metal of the zinc desk to create an eclectic, layered look. It seems a little masculine, but by pairing it with this beautiful orange-and-blue pillow it helped soften the look and create a coastal vibe. We loved how the orange played with the grays and flax, so we also wanted to bring the same colors in through artwork like the viewfinder print and wave piece, which was created by a local Southern California artist and is representative of the beach lifestyle in Newport.

What do the patterned pillows add to the living room?

A lot of our designs are fabric-driven, and at Blackband Design we have a library of more than 10,000 different types of fabric to choose from. We love coordinating fabrics that at first glance you wouldn’t necessarily believe would work together, but we always play with adding different patterns or textures to make it creatively interesting.

We spend quite a bit of time nurturing our relationships with our fabric reps and those smaller mills that aren’t always accessible to designers.

What makes this project uniquely yours?

We definitely have a “Blackband” vibe to our designs. We like to refer to our style as coastal bohemian. We do a lot of beach-area designs, but we have a more bohemian undertone to our style. I am constantly mixing things up in my designs; I like to mess things up a bit. My style is not overly done and matchy-matchy or symmetrical; there’s a little bit more of a comfortable feel and casualness to our work.

I think people can tell our work from others’ by the way we layer in different tones and textures through our fabrics and surface materials. I understand balance and composition of colors and patterns, so I work really hard to make every space interesting and unique.

What “hidden gems” are in your design?

Dreamy Canopy Bed in Clean, Fresh Master Bedroom

Dreamy Canopy Bed in Clean, Fresh Master Bedroom

Breezy and bright, this soothing master bedroom is the ultimate retreat. Sheer linens adorn a clean-lined canopy bed to create a dreamy place to rest your head, and a crisp white comforter completes the clean, fresh look.

Photo by: Tessa Neustadt

Tessa Neustadt

We love the fresh, mixed vibe in the master bedroom, including a great retro surf totem pole-styled block-print fabric for the pillows. Your natural tendency would be to go and pull something much more serene that would match and complement the design, versus pulling something that contradicts it a bit which is what we have done.

In the family room, it’s the same idea: You have this reclaimed table with a serene water-inspired print over the mantel, but we juxtaposed it with a royal-blue velvet circular sofa. To further contradict the lushness and sophistication of the sofa, we featured two deconstructed accent chairs. Again, in keeping with our own internal design style, we mix the old with the new, the sophisticated with the casual, and the beach with the city.

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