Interior Impressions creates a modern farmhouse-inspired abode.
What began as an inspiration in a magazine is now a newly built Hastings home that is a perfect mix of modern and farmhouse styles. Complete with vaulted ceilings and interior wood beams, the home is quick to capture a designer’s eye. Nestled within a rustic outdoor setting, the homeowners wanted to keep the nature theme throughout the home but with a modern twist. Interior Impressions was up to the challenge.
The Woodbury-based company is a team of women who have a goal of tailoring design to their clients’ styles. “This particular client found a plan in a magazine that she liked and came to us to help put it together,” says Amy Leferink, founder and principal designer at Interior Impressions.
Having a preexisting relationship with the homeowner, Leferink already had an idea of the client’s aesthetic preferences and was able to take that knowledge through from the blueprints to hanging artwork on the wall. Leferink says Interior Impressions took the magazine inspiration and tailored it to the needs
of the homeowner.
“We put together new floor plans for them, and custom designed the home,” Leferink says. “While we didn’t do the full blueprint, we did the basic floor plan and helped them find a builder, Cardinal Homebuilders.”
All in the Details
Once construction of the home was complete, Interior Impressions played a key role in the completion of the project.
“We did everything from the very beginning of designing the actual house to hanging every piece of artwork on the wall and placing every accessory and book on the bookshelf,” Leferink says. “We really had our hands in all the details.”
Choosing a favorite part of the design was difficult for Leferink. With several standout pieces of the home, she says black accents came to mind first. “To add character to the wood beams, we stained them black to really pop,” she says. “There is also a porcelain tile fireplace and black window frames that you can’t help but admire when looking outside … It’s just not the typical new build.”
The dark accents help keep the modernized home warm and inviting. “The welcoming atmosphere is one of its many wow factors,” Leferink says. “It’s really inviting and has a lot of organic elements that bring nature in. We were very conscious about including the nature element in the design.
“It’s very relaxing and serene to sit in this house. You look out and see deer and birds and just feel zen,” she says.
Ready to Host
The homeowners are social and enjoy hosting groups of people. When laying out the home’s floor plan, Leferink says accommodating larger groups was a main point of making decisions. “These clients are social, wonderful people and really thought about how they were going to use the space and conducive to an environment of entertaining,” Leferink says.
With the kitchen being a traditional gathering place in any home, this project includes a large center island but with the addition of a bar area. Oftentimes, Leferink says bars are built into basements, taking attention away from the kitchen. “Kitchens and basement bar areas often compete with one another for the hangout location,” she says. “Not in this home.”
The open kitchen area will capture guests’ attention and will also accommodate summer pool parties in the backyard with a patio space not far from the kitchen. “There’s a nice, easy flow in and out,” Leferink says. “This home is definitely set up for hosting groups of people.”
Designed with Care
The project focused on family living, and Leferink notes her team enjoyed many aspects of the project. “The clients weren’t afraid to make some bolder choices,” she says. “That made the project a lot of fun for us so that we could push the envelope more.”
And because Interior Impressions was involved from start to finish, Leferink felt the clients were more satisfied with the outcome of their new home. “Sometimes, customers feel in the dark when they don’t have us do interior design service,” she says. “They have a beautiful remodel, and then it’s empty and they’re unsure what to buy. When we can help with all the details, it’s not only fun and rewarding for us, but the client feels really cared for and that’s our goal.”