Modern Meets Traditional – A Chic Farmhouse Tour

As of late, Country Living is one of the cool places to find hidden real estate gems! Just the other day, as I was browsing their archives, I came across a beautiful farmhouse that immediately caught my decorator’s eye. A cute little 1930s Connecticut cottage, the home belongs to interior designer Dana Simpson & her husband, and it’s a beautiful blend of modern minimalism and more traditional elements. Now, I’m not a modern girl at heart but this home has a great balance between simplified (modern) bones and displays of antiques, mixed with carefully edited vintage collections. I absolutely love it!

The all white exterior is enlivened by a cheerful front door. Clearly cottages and color are best friends!

Café Design | Rustic Beauty

As you step inside, the entryway (below) makes the most welcoming greeting spot. Everything is thoughtfully selected and the décor is kept simple without lacking in interest. Cheerful pops of color in the painting and the Persian rug complement the clean lines of the Shaker-style settee. And don’t even get me started on that oil painting… It speaks perfectly for the space.


Next up, the kitchen is a textbook beach cottage space with dreamy blues and warm wood tones. Industrial style lanterns and bar stools are mixed with traditional Shaker-style cabinetry. The island takes center stage and it’s covered with a a honey hued butcher block. The deep gray backsplash and countertops are Pietra Cardosa sandstone. The color on the cabinets is Green Blue by Farrow & Ball.


A glimpse of the breakfast corner.

Café Design | Hollywood Hills Cottage

Breakfast is usually served at a round pedestal table-an antique find- surrounded by Windsor-style chairs. The rough iron pendant and bare windows are a modern touch.


Another space where modern and traditional elements create an interesting dynamic is the living room. Straight lines with minimal detailing, an industrial iron coffee table and sofa are all very modern and mix seamlessly with traditional roll-arm chairs and vintage console tables.


How great is this chair & painting vignette below?The open shelving in the hallway is ideal for showcasing Dana’s ample collection of ironstone.


 My favorite thing in the master bedroom has got to be this antique painted Swedish trunk – a family heirloom. Loving all the symmetry as well!


Another unexpected beauty is the mudroom, filled with Dana’s collection of oil flower paintings. The soapstone sink was a lucky antique find.

Café Design | Rustic Beauty

Overall, I loved this modern take on a more traditional style of architecture. The home Dana created for her family feels cool, modern  and breezy without compromising her love of antiques and vintage collections. For me this is farmhouse chic.

I hope you enjoyed and have a great Monday!




  1. Louise Badalucco
    June 6, 2016 / 3:33 am

    Love this! Perfect mix!

    • Eva Contreras
      June 6, 2016 / 7:38 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Louise! I’m glad you like this little farmhouse!