A Slice of Americana in a Westchester Farmhouse

We were hired to stage a Westchester new-build spec house in a very specific style - Urban Farmhouse in the manner of Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper and Magnolia Home fame. We squealed with delight at the prospect of stretching our pastoral muscles to envision a space that would be at once compelling, urban and contemporary, while also honoring a plain-spoken simplicity and enhancing the work of our Los Angeles developer client, Blu and White Homes. All photography by Christopher Lee.

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Our first impulse was to go with fresh off-white linen furniture in a pair of comfortably overstuffed Chesterfield tufted sofas, facing off with an industrial coffee table between them. A warm seagrass rug underfoot ensures a family-friendly vibe that says, “kick off your shoes and stay awhile.”

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A matched set of rustic wood and linen campaign-style chairs defy any particular genre and add their unique prairie-influenced accent to the space. We love their relaxed shape and mixed-material construction. The vintage pitchfork in the background was sourced at one of our favorite salvage vendors Silverado Salvage.

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Our goal with this staging was to mix whimsy with a serious chill factor. So when the absolute best rustic authentic ladder presented itself at Silverado Salvage, we said, “Oh, yes!” An oversized wood-slice mirror plays along, as do wood-topped end tables and a fiddle leaf fig.

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A casual basket of birch logs and a filigree end table help by softening the mood and creating moments for potential buyers. Moments that speak of a blazing fire in winter, a warm cup of tea while curled up on the sofa. Ah, moments.

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A demijohn bottle holds a simple spray of thistle plant. Mantel decor is kept neutral with vintage books and candlesticks.

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A peek toward the dining room reveals a farmhouse table (here, it’s IKEA’s Morbylanga) and a set of statement-making Windsor back chairs in black.

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These awesome high ceilings and a wow-factor chandelier worthy of Joanna Gaines herself ensure that this dining room won’t be ignored. A soft cowhide underfoot defines the area organically.

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We’ve accented the table with a runner, an oversized basket and a mercury glass vase filled with eucalyptus leaves. A stack of linen napkins await a heartwarming family dinner or potluck with friends.

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The open staircase’s black metal railing echoes our Windsor chairs. in the foreground, a trio of Emeco counter stools soften in gray.

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Kitchen styling is deliberately pared-down for maximum impact. A galvanized metal tray holds a white pitcher, plant and a jar of sea salt. A rough-hewn cutting board is always at the ready for impromptu recipe-making.

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A vintage farmhouse ladle peeks out from behind an ironstone jar filled with wooden spoons.

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The all-important entry console in an industrial style holds baskets to accommodate mail, keys and a dog leash or two. A large open basket below corrals the family’s shoes and flip-flops.

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In the master bedroom, a grand rattan headboard holds court in a neutral color scheme under an oversized leather mirror from West Elm. Ample nightstands serve as individual dressers whose surfaces hold your latest bedtime read as well as double gourd lamps in a fresh white.

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We love styling beds in crisp white linens, with soft ticking stripes and a touch of gray.

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We are officially obsessed with staging bedrooms with dual twin beds, and we take every available opportunity to do so. When you have these awesome vintage headboards, how can you not? Fresh B&W buffalo check pillows are tempered with moss green accents and a ‘lil fiddle leaf fig.

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A globally influenced round table brings an organic touch to the room and pairs well with the rattan tones.

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This soft, gender-neutral nursery invites play and comfort with its light, bright vibe. A print from Juniper Print Shop injects a little whimsy.

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When presented with an ideal nursery corner, always, always, always add a teepee! We found this simple white linen teepee on Amazon, and paired it with a soft aqua kilim bench and a few toss pillows on a sheepskin.

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For your adult guests, treat them to this soothing guest bedroom with a tufted linen bed and organic tones. We’ve repeated certain colors and textures throughout the home — like basketweave — to create a cohesive feeling. A gray and white tribal textural rug warms the toes upon rising from this sweet spot.

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Italian Post-Modernist Influences in NoHo

For our most recent Planet Home Living small-lot residential development project located in North Hollywood, CA's hip Arts District (NoHo), we dipped into the 1980s -- and drew inspiration from the Italian post-modernists. We wanted to play with a new box of crayons and we absolutely love the muted tones and Art Deco shapes we're seeing lately. Photos by Christopher Lee.

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Minimalism, matte black finishes, concrete, russet, olive green and blush all had a say in this home's design. The living room's centerpiece, a sofa from Article, opens the door to our soft pastel scheme.

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An amazing Crate and Barrel rug with graphite stripes lays down a simple base for khaki green chairs from Urban Outfitters and rust-tone pillows from West Elm. A little blush goes a long way. Here, it's as light as a kiss.

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The Cobra lamp from France & Son brings a hit of danger to the space with its stealthy darkness and sinuous shape. We like adding the tension of an unexpected piece to each room.

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A look into the dining room and kitchen reveals more matte black in the Serge Mouille-style lighting fixture and counter stools. In the foreground, a Blu Dot smoked-glass coffee table brings in a moody feel.

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The undisputed star of the dining room is a large art piece from German textile artist Meike Legler. The subtle color palette of the fabric piece brings out the aloe-green chairs from Article. Living Spaces' industrial dining table completes our matte black metal theme. Simplicity is sometimes the most elegant solution.

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Here, Urban Outfitters' concrete side table lends heft next to the sofa. A pale terracotta pillow ties into a hit of peach in the small potted succulent.

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Proof positive that a fiddle-leaf fig looks good everywhere!

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Graphic, bold, simple. These adjectives all describe the counter stools we found at Industry West, one of our fave stores for bar stools. We brought in natural bamboo, white and blush rose accents.

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Fresh white pendants over the kitchen island. A refreshing mix adding contrast.

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In the master bedroom, an Art Deco-influenced bed adds height and drama. Millennial Pink counterpoise lamps with marble bases tie-in to the pink tones of the Meike Legler art and throw pillow.

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This quiet moment in a corner of the master bedroom brought to you by CB2 and Structube. We fell in love with CB2's Antonio Acrylic Chair at first sight and when we spied Structube's tomato red ottoman, we knew these were a match made in heaven. Just add a print from Jenny's Print Shop and a subtly-patterned World Market rug.

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Meike Legler's pale pastel art is made up of pieces of fabric stitched together. It makes a strong statement here, but with a soft speaking voice. We simply love how well it plays with our color story here.

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We love bathrooms with tile all the way to the ceiling. And when you add an awesome pendant light and double-tall mirrors, well, all the better.

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With a home office this flippin' cute you might never get any work done. But you'll sure have fun looking around. We'd been wanting to put a Stendig calendar into a home staging project for-EV-er, and finally we got to. Love how Article's blush chair looks here too with the surprisingly chic IKEA Torsby desk.

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A cozy settee from West Elm on the opposite wall of the home office wears a chic patterned fabric. A simple black and chrome globe lamp and a framed fashion print taken from a coffee table photography book complete the look.

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CB2 has really embraced this whole 1980s Post Modernist thing and we embrace CB2 (big hugs!) for creating the Azalea Moon Chair. A dragon plant in a rounded ceramic vessel and a few office necessities on a matte black bookcase make this one cool corner.

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A guest bedroom steals the show with oversized chrome mushroom lamps and Urban Outfitters' cuter-than-cute Art Deco-style nightstands. Another Jenny's Print Shop original in a fresh white frame finishes it out.

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