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Blending Styles to Design a Modern Farmhouse Kitchen
Mixing together a blend of favorite styles creates design harmony in this modern kitchen
Have you had a peek inside Blair Box’s Beach Farmhouse? Thanks to the help of interior designer Kathryn Smith of Kensington Smith Design, Blair’s home is a charming blend of rustic country finishes, a coastal color palette, modern sensibilities and French accents. The overall style is elegant and approachable, fresh and cozy. Naturally, the kitchen is no exception!... Keep Scrolling
Written by Meryl Schoenbaum
and by Kris Christensen
Photography by Bret Gum
Styling by Kathryn Smith
and by Margie Monin Dombrowski


Have you had a peek inside Blair Box’s Beach Farmhouse? Thanks to the help of interior designer Kathryn Smith of Kensington Smith Design, Blair’s home is a charming blend of rustic country finishes, a coastal color palette, modern sensibilities and French accents.

The overall style is elegant and approachable, fresh and cozy. Naturally, the kitchen is no exception!

modern farmhouse kitchen island with stainless steel appliances
The kitchen island was custom designed with Xs on both ends for a farmhouse feel and topped with Calacatta marble and stainless-steel appliances. The Naugatuck pendant lights are from Hudson Valley. The counter bar stools are from Noir Furniture. The island is painted with Vista Paint’s “Zanzibar.”

The shining star of the space is the elegant Lacanche range from France. “I looked at other ranges, but this is like jewelry for the room,” Blair says. “Learning to use the range is like learning to drive a European car, but once you do, it’s wonderful,” she adds.

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Simple Shaker-style, glass-front cabinets reach up to the ceiling to add height, and Blair likes that as a result there is no dust-collecting area above the cabinets. And the kitchen floor incorporates the home’s natural-palette color reminiscent of a nest made of twigs.

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen stove Delft Blue Lacanche Art Culinaire Sully range
Blair wanted the Lacanche Art Culinaire Sully range in Delft blue, and Kathryn used some of the color in the banquette seat cushions. She designed a custom hood: The zinc range hood with chrome straps looks industrial and is of a size to balance the range.

Blair knew she wanted subway tile for the kitchen’s backsplash. “From a New York penthouse to a California bungalow, subway tile is timeless,” she says. She chose these particular tiles because there’s not a sharp, beveled corner but rather a rounded edge to soften the look. She loves the clean look of stone for the backsplash.

Modern farmhouse dining table with banquette seating
Blair loves the banquette seating with intricate carpentry details in the kitchen nook. The bay windows and moldings remind her of homes in San Francisco.

With the home’s open floor plan, the kitchen is visible from the living room and dining room. Just off the kitchen, however, the breakfast nook offers a more intimate eating area for Blair’s friends and family to gather. The space is designed with spacious, upholstered banquette seating against bay windows. The round table and the chandelier are rustic elements paired with the sleek, modern form of the two chairs.

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