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It’s such a pleasure to be sharing René’s home, of @pleasantlybuilt, on our “Beautiful Homes of Instagram” series. Her newly-built Modern Farmhouse was beautifully designed inside and out and she is here to share not only the many pictures of her home but she’s also sharing all of the insights on her approach to design. I hope you enjoy!
“Hi everyone! My name is René and I am incredibly honored to be able to share our home with you through Home Bunch! I started @pleastantlybuilt to document our build for ourselves and to help others as so many others were helping us through the building/design process. While documenting our experience I discovered how much I enjoyed helping others and wanted to continue after our house was complete. But as everyone knows, a home is never truly complete and there is always something to be done.” – René of @pleasantlybuilt
A winding pebble driveway leads you to this beautiful Modern Farmhouse home with front porch.
Windows: Quaker windows Manchester series textured black vinyl.
“A little background information before we dive in. My husband Christian and I are located in our hometown in Illinois, 20 minutes outside of St. Louis, Missouri on 12 acres. We were lucky enough to find land less than five minutes away from both of our parents. We both work full time, Christian is in healthcare and I am in sales. Even though it is currently just the two of us and our fur baby Toby, we designed our home to be able to accommodate a growing family. During our build process I can remember looking at all the gorgeous homes shared by Home Bunch and I’m so happy to have Home Bunch share ours.” – René of @pleasantlybuilt
Exterior Brick – General Shale- Winterhaven with white mortar.
Gable siding- LP-smartside vertical siding prefinished in Snowcap White.
Guttering- Standard 4′′ Square – Black.
Contractor: Trifinity Custom Homes.
Porch columns – 8” oak beams stained with Minwax Helmsman Semi-Gloss Clear Oil-Based Spar Urethane.
Landscape lighting- Volt lighting- bronze fat boy spotlights and max spread path lights.
Black Trim Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black.
Front Door: South wood doors- 6’ x 8’ Andalcia 4LT Mahogany with Flemish glass.
Door Stain Color: Minwax Helmsman Semi-Gloss Clear Oil-Based Spar Urethane.
Wreaths: here – similar.
Exterior Stone: Semco stone- Silvermist with white mortar.
Bench: Windsor Metal Stack Patio Bench Black – Project 62™ – Other Favorites: here, here, here & here.
Olive Tree: Artificial Olive Tree.
Garage Door Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black.
Garage Lights: Hampton Bay- Black Outdoor Barn Wall Lantern Sconce.
Roof: Shingled Roof Owens Corning-Onyx black.
High vaulted ceiling with beams, double front doors, along with tall windows, bring plenty of natural light in and give an airy feel to René’s beautiful home.
Flooring: Luxury Vinyl Plank Coretec Pro Plus XL Enhanced Cairo Oak – similar here.
Faux Olive Plant: 37″ Artificial Olive Bush Tree in Pot Black – Threshold.
Umbrella: ShedRain Wood Stick Umbrella – Black.
“When we were designing our home we knew we wanted an open concept that centered around the kitchen, because whenever we hosted in the past, that is where everyone congregates. With that in mind we needed a large island that would seat as many people as possible. Our island measures 10’ by 5’ and comfortably seats eight. Some of our other must-haves for our kitchen were cabinets to the ceiling, full-sized fridge and freezer, and a farm sink.” – René of @pleasantlybuilt
“We decided to do two different types of bar stools in our kitchen. Backed Bar Stools -Distressed Wood Bistro Counter Stool.”- René of @pleasantlybuilt
Backless Counterstools: Laila Upholstered Counter Stool.
Cook book stand: Mcgee & Co. Aged Cookbook Stand.
Cookbook: Sunday Suppers.
Crock: Dashed Ceramic Crock.
Wooden Utensils: Oak Wood Salad Servers.
Riser: Wood Risers – similar.
Rolling Pins: Vintage Rolling Pins (Set of 4).
Cutting Board: Vintage-inspired farmhouse cutting board.
Salt and Pepper Grinders: Elle studio crafts – Brass Pepper Grinder Unique Coffee Mill / Herb Grinder.
“In our original design we had a door going into the pantry. Throughout the building process, we noticed how much natural light was coming in through the opening, and decided to leave off the door. It also makes the pantry feel more like an extension of the kitchen.”- René of @pleasantlybuilt
Cabinetry: Shiloh Cabinetry – made of American Poplar – stain is Mohawk Finishing Sandalwood.
Faucet: Matte black kitchen sink faucet.
Cabinetry: Aspect Cabinetry-Maple. Color is custom to cabinet maker very similar to Sherwin Williams SW 7006 Extra White.
Kitchen Lights: Kichler Everly 13.75 in. 1-light Natural Brass Bell Pendant Light – Also available here.
Kitchen Countertop: MSI Calacatta Classique Quartz.
“Anyone who follows my page knows that I am all about supporting small businesses. This beautiful flower arrangement is from a local flower shop called the Secret Gardeners. This is extra special to me because it’s from the same company who made our wedding flowers. They make the most beautiful arrangements!
Flower arrangement @secretgardeners_” – René of @pleasantlybuilt
“Growing up I loved baking and I was always used to having two ovens. I made sure a second oven was on my list of must-haves. However, the traditional double oven did not work well in our kitchen design as I didn’t want to lose the counter space. That is why we decided to put a second oven in our pantry along with our microwave.”- René of @pleasantlybuilt
Espresso Machine: Cafe- Affetto Automatic Espresso Machine.
Coffee Mugs: 16oz Solid Matte Stoneware Mug – Hearth & Hand.
Host Dining Chairs: Linen Elena Upholstered Rolling Dining Armchair.
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Side Chairs: Distressed Wood Bistro Dining Chair Set of 2.
Lighting: Chandelier: Pagoda 49 in. 6-Bulb Oil Rubbed Bronze Farmhouse Lantern Metal LED Pendant.
Faux Olive Tree: Artificial Olive Tree.
“I love the warmth that wood beams give to a space. We had them custom made locally to match our flooring which is Cortec Cairo Oak.” – René of @pleasantlybuilt
Wall Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Pure White – Eggshell finish.
Ceiling Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Extra White – Matte finish.
Ceiling Beams: Maple 8”x6” with custom color to match floor.
“My husband and I contemplated whether we should mount a TV on the fireplace. Surprisingly enough, I was the one who wanted a TV. My husband didn’t like the idea of covering up stone. Soo.. we compromised and got a TV. 🙂
We ended up getting the Samsung Frame TV and it was the best decision! I love how you can select from a gallery of art work. You would be surprised at the amount of people who were shocked to find out that it was a TV over our fireplace, and not an actual piece of art.” – René of @pleasantlybuilt
Interior Stone: Semco Silvermist with gray mortar.
Coffee Table: Sullivan Coffee Table.
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“When designing our living room, we went back and forth on where to center the fireplace. It was between the wall or center of the room. My husband likes things symmetrical, so we decided to center it with the room.” – René of @pleasantlybuilt
Wood Knot: Wood Knot Decor.
Right Sofa: Discontinued – similar here.
Cabinets: Custom – similar Paint Color: Sherwin Williams SW 7006 Extra White.
Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs Pulls, Black.
Woven Vase: Buhera Natural Vase – similar.
Textured White Ceramic Vases: Textured Ceramic Vase White – Project 62™.
Flower Arrangement: Venus Et Fleur – Eternity Gypsophila with traditionelle vase.
Planter: Kante Lightweight Modern Outdoor Concrete Urn Planter Slate Gray – Others: here, here & here.
Artwork: Abstract Shapes Framed Canvas Brown.
“Since we both work indoors, we wanted to come home to as much natural light as possible. I always love the ‘light and airy” look, and incorporated that when designing our home.” – René of @pleasantlybuilt
Slider: 12’ x 8’ Quaker Modern vu Aluminum Door.
Baseboard Trim: 6” mdf Sherwin Williams Extra White semi-gloss.
Window Trim: 4”mdf with 6” pine header – Sherwin Williams Extra White semi-gloss.
Ceiling Fan: Trudeau 60 in. LED Indoor Matte Black Ceiling Fan.
The Mudroom is located between the Kitchen and the Laundry Room.
Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Extra White semi-gloss.
Throw Pillow: Woven Cotton Slub Striped Throw Pillow Green/Cream.
Wood Bench: Custom stain to match the floor.
“Our laundry room ended up being my favorite room in the house. I love the character the
flooring brings, along with the cabinet color. I figured doing laundry in a pretty room would make
the chore not as dreadful!” – René of @pleasantlybuilt
Countertop: Caesarstone Pure White Quartz.
Hardware: Top Knob Honey Bronze Square Bar Pull.
Cabinet Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Unusual Gray.
Floating Shelves: Pottery Barn 36″.
Canister: Glass jars Heritage Hill Jar with Glass Lid.
Leaf Arrangement: Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee.
“If you haven’t figured it out already, I love neutral colors! I wanted each room to feel warm and inviting when you come in. I feel like neutral colors are timeless!” – René of @pleasantlybuilt
Accent Wall Paint Color: Sherwin Williams SW 7029 Agreeable Gray.
Bedding: Cashmere Blend Quilt – Casaluna.
Euro Pillows: King Euro Heavyweight Linen Blend Throw Pillow – Casaluna.
Comforter & Sham Set: Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee.
Chunky Knit Throw Blanket: Threshold.
Oversized Lumbar Throw Pillow: Hearth & Hand with Magnolia.
Olive Tree: Nearly Natural 82” Artificial Olive Tree.
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Table Lamp: Natural Ivory Textured Table Lamp.
Marble Dish: Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee.
Flower Arrangement: Venus & Fleur- Eternity Gypsophila with traditionelle vase.
Accent Table: Shaker Accent Drink Table – Hearth & Hand.
Planter: 7″ x 7.5″ Rustic Weathered Planter White – Threshold – similar here.
Chandelier: Sarolta Sands 5-Light Black Orb Chandelier.
“We decided to extend our flooring into our bathroom/closet. We wanted to have a continuous flow throughout the house.” – René of @pleasantlybuilt
Faucets: Delta Nicoli Widespread Bathroom Faucet.
Towel Accessories: Allen + Roth 3-Piece Latitude 2 Matte Black Decorative Bathroom Hardware Set.
Hardware: Top Knobs.
Black Flamed Mirror: Amazon Basics Rectangular Wall Mirror 24″ x 36″ – Peaked Trim, Black.
Body Jet: Delta Matte Black Shower Jet.
Rain Shower Head: Delta.
Secondary Shower Head: Delta.
“We are inside everyday with our jobs so coming home to a big outdoor space was a must!” – René of @pleasantlybuilt
Patio Loveseat: Hugh 57” Wide Outdoor Loveseat with Cushions.
Chairs: Helen Patio Chair with Cushions.
Outdoor Rug: Alegre Indoor / Outdoor Area Rug in Tan – similar.
I hope you all enjoyed seeing René’s gorgeous home. She was so kind to share all of the details with us, so make sure to stop by her IG feed and give her a follow! 🙂 Thank you, my friends!!!
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