High Design in a New York Farmhouse


In a traditional eighteenth century farmhouse, designer Julie Hillman brought her sleek design sensibility and a neutral palette to life against the quiet green scenery of Pound Ridge in upstate New York. With a nod to the home’s age, Hillman brought in eighteenth century Scandinavian pieces to ground the rooms, then layered modern pieces and a hint of rustic design in the decor to bring a new spin to countryside style. The predominately-white rooms are bright and inviting, while maintaining both a sense of history and humor woven together to create a comfortable environment. There are many interesting pieces of art in the home as well – a mix of abstract paintings and contemporary photography, which complement the rooms beautifully. Now don’t you just want to curl up on that fur rug?!

This elegant bathroom showcases Julie’s approach to designing this farmhouse perfectly – a hint of modern metallic, a plush textile to vary the textures, a little rustic design element, all brought together around the graceful shape of the traditional bathtub and faucet. 

(via AD España, photography by Manolo Yllera)

I think contemporary design is especially beautiful in the rural setting of the countryside. What do you think – should design reflect or contrast its setting?

About the author: Kevin O’Gara is the founder and editor of Thou Swell, a blog he created as a high school student in 2013. Thou Swell has grown to be a premier destination for design lovers and has allowed him to work with industry names such as Target, Behr, and Black & Decker. Thou Swell captures O'Gara's fresh eye for beauty, and adds a palpable dose of his hometown, Atlanta, GA. College and a career in design are in store for the young man.

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