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This All-White Barn was Built for Modern Open-Plan Living

"There's something about the repose of a barn that makes it seem at home in nature," said Eric Haesloop of Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects of his firm's stunning recent entry into the budding genre of all-white modern farmhouses. Speaking to Houzz about the Sonoma County project, Haesloop said that "the fact that it is in a little valley makes the whole thing a naturally enclosed outdoor room," a feeling undoubtedly helped by the home's entirely glass back wall. The 2,500-square-foot abode that the firm created for a couple and their three young children follows a simple, gabled barn-like shape, in which an open-plan living area hosts a living room, dining room, and a petite loft with two twin-size sleeping niches in the walls, while "saddlebag" wings on each side hold bedrooms and a kitchen. But despite the silouette, the interior couldn't be more modern, as is the wont of many farmhouse-style projects of its ilk. One look at the centerpiece of the living room, an 8'x12' canvas imprinted with an image of Mexican film star Maria Felix brought in by interior designer Erin Martin, and it's clear that they weren't aiming for something quaint and pastoral.

As Haesloop tells it, TBH designs homes with the idea of diminishing the need for furniture. "The philosophy is that there should be places for people and places for things," he says. Built-in shelves and window seats take care of that quite nicely in the master bedroom. For more on the project, including views on the pool, the garden, and the loftspace, head to Houzz.

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