Design Project: A Relaxed & Functional Country Home For A Young, Active Family

This country home might be newly built, but inside it features modern rustic interiors, inspired by the farm on this home's doorstep. It's the perfect relaxed, durable and family-friendly setting for a young couple with three busy boys and a dog.


A five bedroom, four bathroom new-build property with a farmhouse feel, and a bright, open and fresh aesthetic. Designed by Interior Impressions, the new home sits in the countryside next to a farm on the outskirts of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and spans 5600 square feet.

The Interior Impressions team worked with the builder (Divine Custom Homes) from the blueprint and design stage all the way through to furnishing and decorating. The owners wanted to create a farmhouse feel since the property sits next to a farm. The family have three busy boys and a dog, so all finishes and furnishings needed to be easy to clean, very durable and family-friendly.

There is a lower level bar area and a pool entrance with a secondary laundry space. The garden has a gorgeous putting green, swimming pool, and pergola covered patio. The main floor has a spacious open-plan kitchen, dining area, family room and hallway with a boot room. There is also a screened porch with a stone fireplace, cedar tongue and groove ceiling, and screen sliding windows.

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To keep the light, airy hallway (pictured top) free from clutter, there’s a designated boot room with alcoves for shoes, and locker doors to keep coats, cardigans, gilets and scarves etc out of sight.

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The home is surrounded by woodland and offers gorgeous views through large, black framed windows.

The designers added shiplap details to the ceiling, with exposed wooden beams, and white painted wood panelling on the walls with a stone chimney breast to create a modern rustic setting. The large black-framed windows keep it modern, as do the furnishings and modern fireplace.

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Doors lead from the sun room to a small, cosy and informal family room.

Get the look: Sofa and lounge chair with ottoman – Rowe furniture. Swivel Chairs – CR Laine

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White kitchen cabinetry, rustic kitchen island pendants and glossy grey metro tiles pair well for a calm, neutral kitchen scheme.

Get the look: Counter Stools – Lights – Restoration Hardware. Countertops – Cambria Swanbridge. Tile – Ceramic Tileworks.

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Turquoise stools at the kitchen island breakfast bar add a pop of cheerful colour.

Get the look: Counter Stools – Lights – Restoration Hardware. Countertops – Cambria Swanbridge. Tile – Ceramic Tileworks.

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The open-plan kitchen also features a relaxed dining area, with a mish-mash of wooden chairs, a wooden bench and a pair of upholstered dining chairs for a relaxed, informal look.

Get the look: Dining table and chairs – Essentials for Living. Hardwood flooring – Urban Floors.

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The downstairs cloakroom continues the relaxed, modern rustic theme with shiplap style wood panelling, and a reclaimed wood vanity with cement basin.

Get the look: Concrete sink, vanity cabinet custom- made from Forever Barnwood, mirror from Restoration Hardware

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Downstairs there’s a home bar for entertaining, with a drinks fridge and built-in wine storage.

Get the look: Provenance woven shades from Hunter Douglas. Reclaimed barnwood on bar

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In the master suite, a light and spacious bathroom features his and hers basins and ample bathroom storage.

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