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Photo Credit: Stacy Zarin Goldberg Photography for Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC

For the month of February we will be focusing on one of Laura's personal favorite design styles, which also happens to be one of the hottest trends in interior design right now - the Modern Farmhouse. Last year Laura finished this stunning full-home renovation, which we nicknamed the #urbanfarmhouse. Thus, that project was the inspiration for this series which kicks off with Modern Farmhouse inspired living spaces. Stick around this month as we explore bathrooms, mudrooms & entryways, before wrapping up the series with everyone's favorite gathering place - the kitchen.

Photo Credit: Stacy Zarin Goldberg Photography for Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC

The Modern Farmhouse living aesthetic is all about clean lines, cozy fabrics, comfortable furniture, a touch of rustic, and a hint of industrial. When the world gets too crazy and chaotic, a house designed in the Modern Farmhouse style provides a homey sanctuary space. It's traditional but with a splash of modern sensibility provided by that industrial contrast to prevent it from feeling overly stuffy. The black-painted window and door frames throughout “took some persuading" but with the very neutral fabrics and walls, Laura pushed for contrast to fully bring out the Modern Farmhouse aesthetic that the client was looking for.

Photo Credit: Stacy Zarin Goldberg Photography for Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC

This style is a bit of a throwback to the more classical farmhouse aesthetic from rural America during pioneer days but has seen a huge resurgence when paired with this updated styling in the wake of hugely popular television shows such as HGTV's Fixer Upper. This show really brought the neutral color palette of whites, creams, and grays contrasting with black and natural accents to the forefront of the design world as shown in the photo below.

Photo Credit: Rachel Whyte for HGTV's Fixer Upper

The below photo from Jennifer Robin Interiors is another lovely example of a living room in the Modern Farmhouse styling. It has a wonderful balance of the neutral color palette and traditional furniture offset by some darker, more modern and industrial components.

Photo Credit: Paul Dyer Photography for Jennifer Robin Interiors

The primary goal of a Modern Farmhouse styled living room is to make it feel unbelievably warm and welcoming. It should ultimately be a space where you curl up on a big, comfy sofa with a soft blanket, a good book, and a cup of cocoa to escape the chaos of the outside world in your own private sanctuary.