Representing a simpler, slower way of life, the new look of country style is very appealing to city dwellers, especially in uncertain times

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When world events and technology become overwhelming, the honest, back-to-your-roots spirit of farmhouse style is very attractive. Here in the cities and suburbs there is the belief that things are always better in the country and if we can capture some of that romance and nostalgia in our own homes, so much the better. But forget fussy details, the new farmhouse style is simple and pared down and, in keeping with modern tastes, includes a touch of industrial chic. Here are some great examples.


A wood-finished kitchen has become a prerequisite in the urban farmhouse. In this kitchen designed by Blue Planet Furniture, French oak was used for the streamlined cabinets which were fitted with contemporary brushed steel handles. Although it has a warm and inviting country style, the kitchen has all the mod cons including a built-in hob and downdraft extractor in the island and a coffee station in the cabinet on the left.


Originally a farm shed, this renovated weekend cottage features a stylish combination of country and modern styles. The surroundings are reflected in the Nguni hide and the basket ware on the table and walls, but the look is brought right up to date with chic black and white scatter cushions. Raw wood accents add the necessary rustic touches. Decor by The Design Group.

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Farmhouse goes glam in this KZN Midlands kitchen and dining room decorated by Fyfe Boyce Design. The face brick wall and exposed rafters called for dramatic light fittings like these railway sleeper pendant lights which marry rustic and industrial elements perfectly. Pairing leather chairs with the solid timber table gives the room its sense of sophistication.


The patina of the antique mirror, vintage tap and basin in this guest bathroom, is highlighted by the contrast with the slick contemporary countertop – perfectly capturing the spirit of modern country. Architecture by CC Architect.

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As the proportions of this contemporary take on farmhouse style (complete with silos), were so large, decorator Lloyd Cook had to choose big, bold pieces to fill the spaces. In the dining room, a large timber table dominates but is balanced by overscaled black beaded chandeliers and black cabinets.


To bring the veranda of this 20th century farmhouse up to date while still maintaining its traditional look, Claire Clarke of By Dezign Interiors started by giving the floor a grey screed which makes it look more modern. To furnish it, she chose a modern take on the classic rocker and Morris chairs but in a lighter wood and also introduced small metal tables to emphasise the contemporary feel.