MODERN FARMHOUSE STYLE

So what exactly is this modern farmhouse style that everyone seems to be aspiring to (#housegoals)??  


I'LL TRY AND BREAK IT DOWN HERE, AS WELL AS LIST THE TOP ESSENTIALS FOR CREATING THE LOOK.

The architectural style of a farmhouse has been around since the early 1800's.  Farmhouses were found in rural areas, typically on the same piece of land as a field of crops and barns filled with animals.  With a wave of interest in slow living, less is more, and wholesome food served around the family table, it's no wonder people would look back at a simpler time for inspiration. 


WHAT MAKES A FARMHOUSE "MODERN" ARE THE MORE CONTEMPORARY DETAILS THAT ARE MIXED IN LIKE BLACK WINDOWPANES, METAL ROOFING, AND SLEEKER LINES.





THINK PAST JUST A WHITE EXTERIOR.  THE FRESHEST FARMHOUSES ON THE BLOCK ARE POPPING UP IN BLACK, AND EVEN NAVY BLUE!



WHETHER IT'S ON THE FRONT OR BACK, ALL MODERN FARMHOUSES MUST HAVE A SPRAWLING PORCH.




Joanna Gaines certainly brought the farmhouse look to the forefront with the popular HGTV show Fixer Upper, but many of the elements she incorporated were more rustic with distressed finishes and shiplap.  

VINTAGE DETAILS HAVE EVOLVED WITH BOHO ACCESSORIES LIKE KILIM RUGS, LOTS OF GREENERY, (PARTICULARLY OVERSIZED VASES FILLED WITH EUCALYPTUS), AND GEOMETRIC LIGHT FIXTURES.

The kitchen was always the center of a farmhouse and that's where the focus remains with an open floor plan to the living area.  

CLASSIC DETAILS LIKE WHITE SUBWAY TILE, A DEEP SINK, AND OPEN SHELVING ARE KEY TO GETTING THE FARMHOUSE LOOK. 

And, notice the dark punctuations in the wood and countertops?  That contrast is necessary in order to keep the look feeling sophisticated over shabby chic. 



So, what do you think?  Is the modern farmhouse here to stay?  What trends do you see emerging that will continue to evolve the modern farmhouse style?

RHUBARB COCONUT CRUMBLE BARS

Rhubarb is a perennial that can keep coming up each Spring for up to 20 years.  But, these are stalks from the same plant I gathered from when I was little... 

STILL ABUNDANTLY PROVIDING OVER 30 YEARS LATER!

My mom so carefully wrapped them with water to keep them fresh on the drive home.


If you've never had rhubarb, it is slightly sweet and tart at the same time, perfect for pies, bars, and jams.  

SO YOU WOULD THINK IT'S A FRUIT, BUT IT'S ACTUALLY A VEGETABLE!

You can also pair it with more savory foods, but I baked it up into a typical crumble and it turned out oh so good!  

 

Total time: 1 hour (15 minutes prep / 45 minutes baking)
Serves: 24

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour, divided
1/3 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups fresh rhubarb, diced (approx. 6 stalks)
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup shredded coconut

Directions:
1) In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour and the confectioners sugar.  Cut in butter until crumbly.  Pat into a lightly greased 9X13 inch baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
2) In a large bowl, combine sugar and remaining flour.  Add eggs.  Stir in the rhubarb, walnuts, and coconut.  Pour over Crust.  Bake 30-35 minutes longer or until set.  Cool on a wire rack.  Cut into bars.

The above recipe was adapted from Taste of Home's rhubarb dream bars.  I cut the sugar down by a 1/2 cup and they were still plenty sweet so next time I would trim it down even more!  It also called for sweetened shredded coconut, but definitely go for unsweetened.  There is absolutely no reason for all that extra sugar and junk ingredients.  Bob's Red Mill unsweetened shredded coconut is literally just "natural unsulfured coconut," nothing else.  Whereas other brands that make sweetened coconut have a ton more sugar to start with, typically are sulphured, and have preservatives and chemicals to maintain freshness.  Wondering what the difference is between sulfured and unsulfured?  Sulfur dioxide is added as a preservative and to stop fruit from turning brown.  Most information you'll find will say sulfur is fine to consume, but since the World Heath Organization has set the daily acceptable intake for a 2 year old to half a dried apricot, I am staying away!  And, even if you don't believe that sulfur dioxide causes any health issues, isn't it always best to opt for food as close to its natural state as possible?  Especially when there is a natural option so readily available.


LET ME KNOW IF YOU DECIDE TO GROW YOUR OWN RHUBARB, OR MAKE A SWEET TREAT WITH THIS FUN VEGETABLE!