Explore 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 modern home (opens in new tab) with a farmhouse feel, and a bright, open and fresh aesthetic. Designed by Interior Impressions (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab)) 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.

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White kitchen cabinetry (opens in new tab), rustic kitchen island pendants (opens in new tab) and glossy grey metro tiles pair well for a calm, neutral kitchen scheme.

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Turquoise stools at the kitchen island breakfast bar (opens in new tab) add a pop of cheerful colour.

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

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The downstairs cloakroom (opens in new tab) continues the relaxed, modern rustic theme with shiplap style wood panelling, and a reclaimed wood vanity with cement basin.

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Downstairs there's a home bar (opens in new tab) for entertaining, with a drinks fridge and built-in wine storage (opens in new tab).

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In the master suite, a light and spacious bathroom features his and hers basins (opens in new tab) and ample bathroom storage (opens in new tab).

Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.