Kitchen & Bath Design News

JAN 2018

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For 2018, KBDN introduces a new Style Alert series, which will take a look at several different design styles throughout the course of the year. This month, designers talk about Modern Farmhouse design. BY KIM BERNDTSON Modern Farmhouse he farmhouse kitchen seems to be everywhere these days. Design shows on TV flaunt its ubiquitous appeal, as do de- sign websites on the internet and even design magazines. If kitchen designers were to look at their own internet sites and social media postings, they would likely be showcasing at least a kitchen or two that exemplify the farmhouse style. Designers cite an array of reasons for its current allure, with comfort often topping the list. "People find they can relate and connect to it," says Bonnie Bagley Catlin, CID, Signature Designs Kitchen Bath, in Carlsbad, CA. "It's comfortable and cozy. It doesn't seem stuffy…everything is also a little more casual. I think the world is so busy, and we are so technologically driven, that people are looking for a connection to a time when they were comfort- able, maybe a remembrance of their grandmother's home." Taylor Billings, designer, WS Design, in Perrysburg, OH, agrees. "In a lot of homes we're designing, especially in new construction, the kitchen is the center of the home," she says, noting a departure from the more formal dining room in favor of an eat-in kitchen or an open dining room adjacent to the kitchen. "A farmhouse kitchen is comfortable and casual. It isn't overdone. It invites people in to enjoy a glass of wine or beer. It's easy to be in, and it's easy to entertain in." Jennifer Zarkos Conrad, CKBD, adds that her clients seem to gravitate toward its timeless appeal, noting that in her mar- ket, they often refer to this style as 'mountain contemporary.' T 88 Kitchen & Bath Design News • January 2018

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