Farm to Table

A black-and-white kitchen with natural finishes inside a modern farmhouse.
Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

Photography by Neil Landino Jr.

“Modern farmhouse” is perhaps the most popular aesthetic in contemporary design, however as an architectural style the term can be used a little too liberally—is every Colonial with barn doors truly a farmhouse? It absolutely is in the case of this Stonington estate, situated on a working farm. The property was neglected for nearly 50 years before the current homeowners tapped Di Biase Filkoff Architects to replace the dilapidated structures including a barn and, yes, farmhouse. Inspired by classic New England barns, the goal was to build a home that looked as if it had always been there.

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In the kitchen, the understated palette continues with European Ash floors, white Bilotta Kitchen & Home cabinetry, Visual Comfort pendants and Caesarstone quartz countertops. Photography by Neil Landino Jr.

Inside, the plan was to juxtapose the traditional farm cottage exterior with a modern black-and-white interior. In the kitchen, “white cabinets and white subway tile combined with leathered black granite, black hardware and black light fixtures create the classic timeless look,” says partner Cynthia Filkoff. “We added warmth with the natural finishes of the rustic antique beams, wood floors and fieldstone fireplace and natural wood finish on the island.”

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Inside, a modern look rules with white paint and black hardware, paired with wood floors for warmth. Photography by Neil Landino Jr.

Fully custom Shaker cabinetry by Bilotta Kitchen & Home offers a clean, minimal aesthetic with frameless construction and European hinges. “The perimeter is painted in Nordic White, while the island is painted Vintage Dunes for a more organic feel in an otherwise all black-and-white space,” explains Bilotta senior designer Danielle Florie. Despite the pared-down aesthetic, the tech is top-of-the-line, and, “there are hidden surprises!” adds Filkoff. “A large walk-in pantry is next to the kitchen, and a solar-powered electrical system powers the appliances and electric induction cooktop.”

Modern Farmhouse

A home by Di Biase Filkoff Architects on a former working farm was inspired by classic New England barns. Photography by Neil Landino Jr.

A concealed door in the nearby entry leads to the basement. Overhead, the farmhouse aesthetic is punctuated by reclaimed wood beams. “We love how the rustic antique wood beams contribute to the traditional farmhouse feeling and contrast with the crisp white nickel gap wall boards and the black painted windows and doors,” Filkoff says.

The print version of this article appeared with the headline: Main Character.