New Mid Century Modern , Modern Craftsman, Modern Beach House, Modern Farmhouse… these are just a few home trends that have popped up over recent years and are modern takes on older styles. Recently you must have heard about “Modern Cottage”, unless you aren’t an avid follower of Chis Loves Julia; which if you aren’t, their blog and gram are worth checking out.
Chris Loves Julia published a post about their new home that they are renovating, The renovation has been exhilarating to follow. The house is quite large, and they are making some big statement changes. They have been defining the new style of their home as “Modern Cottage” which, much like Modern Farmhouse, is a bit of a nod to an older style, pulling in many elements, while modernizing it. Basically, it doesn’t have to be an authentic cottage- because how many of us live in the English countryside?
On my route to my sons preschool, there are about 5 large Modern Farmhouses being built/renovated in a 2 block radius- no, I’m not in the country, I’m in Silicon Valley. I think many of us credit the boom in this style to Joanna and Chip of “Fixer Upper” and Magnolia fame. Interiors and exteriors were white and crisp, with high contrast features; such as matte black hardware (which I will never stop loving), exposed brick, shaker cabinets, farmhouse apron sinks, shiplap everything, rustic wood floors, and country lighting fixtures- much to love.
Lately, we are seeing moodier vibes, stone exteriors and fireplaces, more vintage or vintage “look” items, European designs (like these ranges, absolutely gorgeous), white oak and light wood stained cabinets or darker painted cabinets, and matte black seems to be taking a back seat to brass, usually unfinished brass that will patina. With all of these features; its cozy, layered, and personal. I think Modern cottage is definitely a pretty trend and hope to see more of it.
So whats next, I guess thats the title of this post. Obviously no one can predict the next trend (though some designers might dictate it!), but I’ll tell you what I’m seeing popping up, and the vibe I’m digging the most right now…….wait for it…..
Modern Spanish Revival.
I know, its been done before, those early 2000’s home developments- but I’m not talking about those ticky tacky boxes on the hillside. I’m talking about this:
When Amber Interiors (my, and probably many others, design idol) revealed her “Whats The Story Spanish Glory” I was in awe. It was very different then a lot of her previous work, but so good. It really solidified my love for this style. Just take a look at these images of the inside!
I lived in a truly magnificent real Spanish Revival till about age 8. It was a special home with all the iconic features, terra-cotta roof, arched doorways, spiral staircase, arched window in the living room. It was a work of art and I credit my love of architecture and interior design in part to that home. It was also in dire need of restorations so we had contractors there almost daily, something I’m sure my kids will remember from their childhoods too! So maybe, the style is a bit nostalgic for me.
And in full disclosure- I recently moved. My new house is much like many homes built around the 70’s in the Silicon Valley; soulless, sorta a ranch but not really, with hints of some styles, but ultimately not staking claim to any of them. Obviously it wont stay that way, I can’t live in a home without the desire to beautify it. So I began looking at what features were already there, and how I could maximize the style without completely knocking down my home and starting all over. Jenny Komenda of Juniper Home also talks about this; when you go to add, renovate, or simply decorate your home, unless you are doing a total rebuild, make it work with whats there- Stay true to your homes style. For example, if you have a mid century modern home, adding modern cottage is probably going to feel really off.
After studying my home for a while, and getting a little discouraged, I realized its got more Spanish Revival elements than any other style, so I began working from there. My home is stucco, I have arches across the front porch, I have beams in a cathedral living room, and while I don’t have a clay roof, many in the neighborhood do (its definitely the style will we will go with when it needs replacing).
Since then I have been researching and pinning all the modern Spanish and original Spanish revival homes. The crisp white stucco exterior mixed with darker windows (black or espresso or bronze), and a terra-cotta roof, just totally does it for me! I fell in love and so this is my style story or house genre (such great phrases from CLJ)
I’ve also noticed that some of the Modern Cottage features that are so popular right now, don’t even read Modern Cottage to me- they actually read Modern Spanish. For example, arches everywhere (doorways, windows), concrete and Mexican tiles, dark trim and windows, moody vibes. I guess that goes to show how many styles and trends share similar elements and borrow from each-other to create entirely new looks. If you want to see the ultimate marriage between Spanish and cottage, look no further than Patina Farms, an absolutely beautiful Modern Mediterranean home.
So while I’ll let everyone label their own designs, you heard it hear first, Modern Spanish is coming, even if only in my home, but I think it will be glorious.
What do you think will be the next trend? Or whats your homes style?