Rustic Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal

See how an outdated ranch house was updated into a beautiful, open-concept rustic modern farmhouse kitchen. With classic, farmhouse style and elegant, modern convenience, this kitchen/living/dining is now the perfect gathering space!

big wood island kitchen with white counters and black accents

white counters and black range hood with white marble backsplash | Maison de Pax

I feel a bit like I’m running a sprint at the end of a marathon (not that I’ve ever run a marathon, or even sprinted for that matter)… but at least it’s with a huge smile plastered on my face. And probably my fourth cup of coffee in my hand. 😉

farm sink under window with black and brass pendant and appliance garage | Maison de Pax

You may have seen the first two parts of this kitchen reveal already: cabinets and appliances. This project has been sooooo long in coming. And I don’t just mean the full year since we bought the property. Nor do I mean the full six months since we started the renovation. I mean the near decade since my grandmother had to sell her home in the Texas hill country. You can catch up on the story of the property and renovation here.

texas ranch house with split rail fence | Maison de Pax

The house started with just 1600 sf of outdated space, but now it’s one unified gathering space… perfect for all our family and friends.

big rustic wood island in kitchen with beams | Maison de Pax

KraftMaid, The Home Depot, HanStone,, Elkay, Reclaimed Wood Solutions, and Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Paint, developed by Kilz have all provided materials for this space. Opinions are all my own.

Rustic Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Design

My vision for this space was a balancing act: a rustic, farmhouse feel with modern elegance and convenience. So I couldn’t resist pulling together for you the 10 things that I think helped achieve that rustic, modern farmhouse feel.

  1. warm white color palette
  2. marble-look quartz countertops
  3. open shelving
  4. modern industrial lighting
  5. rustic cedar beams
  6. farmhouse sink
  7. bridge faucet
  8. wide plank oak floors
  9. two-tone cabinets
  10. open concept design

Warm White Kitchen

The first time I entered this space, I envisioned opening it up, painting everything a warm white, and bringing in lots of wood tones. I’m normally a cool-color girl, but warmer tones just felt right for this little ranch house and its Austin stone and cedar exterior… So I partnered with Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Paint, developed by KILZ and chose Silos White in eggshell. And it is the perfect amount of cozy warmth without being too yellow.

big wood island in white kitchen with black hood and door | Maison de Pax

To complement the exterior stone further, I used this warm white marble backsplash in the kitchen.

large kitchen island with white quartz counter and island range | Maison de Pax

Marble-look Quartz Countertops

For the countertops, I was looking for a sleek, modern material that still complemented the warm white color palette. If you’ve followed along for any length of time, you know I’m a sucker for marble, and I knew I wanted this space to have a white marble look but with a mix of warm and cool tones and movement.

Since I hope to have family staying here often (and perhaps even rent it out sometimes), low maintenance was very high on my priority list. While I love the real marble counters in my current kitchen, I wanted something more durable and less susceptible to etching in this space that others would be using.

big light wood island in open concept kitchen | Maison de Pax

I’ve examined so many different brands of quartz in the past, searching for something that truly felt and looked like real marble… but many feel fake or look too uniform. So, honestly, I thought I would have to settle for that in this space in order to achieve the durability I was looking for. Boy, was I wrong.

white marble-look quartz countertops on large kitchen island | Maison de Pax

All four samples that I ordered from HanStone Quartz looked so remarkably beautiful and real. I had a very hard time choosing. But I landed on the Montauk from their Boutique collection, and I’m so pleased. The mix of warm and cool movement is perfect, and the 3cm thickness and jumbo slabs allowed enough for our giant island without any seams. We opted for our fabricators to give it a simple eased edge, and the elegance and simplicity this quartz provides is exactly what I was hoping for. I realize that all the natural light in this space makes it a bit hard to see the depth of the variations in some of these images, but trust me when I say that it’s remarkable.

It was so beautiful that I couldn’t resist a 20″ featured backsplash over the counter in the dining space. Be sure to check out Hanstone’s product page for even more images of this beautiful quartz or follow them on Instagram for more inspiration and ideas.

open shelves above kitchen cabinets | Maison de Pax

Open Shelving

Speaking of that amazing accent wall, I new I needed to balance the sleek marble with something truly rustic. When I found these incredible railcar planks from Reclaimed Wood Solutions, I knew they would be perfect.

rustic reclaimed wood planks as open shelves in kitchen | Maison de Pax

Reclaimed Wood Solutions has a variety of reclaimed wood that can be used for countertops, islands, furniture, shelves, and more. I opted to leave these planks as natural as possible, even keeping the tongue on the front edge.

reclaimed wood floating shelves above quartz kitchen counters | Maison de Pax

The chunky edges make for eye-catching open shelves, and I think they add the rustic balance to the modern buffet counter perfectly. (And because I know someone will ask, my contractor used these heavy duty brackets to install and hang them with that floating shelf look.)

black island range hood white kitchen appliances | Maison de Pax

Modern Industrial Lighting

Ahhhh… the jewelry of a room.

black and brass industrial farmhouse lighting | Maison de Pax

It’s like adding a pair of diamond earrings to an otherwise classic but simple outfit. I couldn’t be more excited about partnering with to elevate this space with these incredible Hinkley lights. They provided just the elegant, modern complement the space needed with a touch of industrial feeling to add drama.

big wood island kitchen black and white lighting | Maison de Pax

I will definitely share more when I reveal (and actually furnish – ha!) the living and dining rooms, but for now, you can see we chose the Everett chandelier for the living room. I love the addition of the brass accents to the otherwise rustic wagon wheel shape.

industrial rustic wagon wheel chandelier with brass and black | Maison de Pax

And for the dining room, this incredible modern twist on a traditional elongated lantern is just so amazing.

modern industrial chandelier and lighting in modern farmhouse kitchen | Maison de Pax

What started my passion for these beautiful Hinkley lights, though, was the Fletcher pendant that we hung over the island. I spotted this beauty before we even demoed the existing kitchen, and I knew it would be the perfect industrial/classic/modern touch to our rustic ranch kitchen.

black and white globe lights over kitchen island | Maison de Pax

And the Amelia pendant seemed a perfect complement to the others for task lighting over the sink.

rustic cedar beams and rustic alder island in modern farmhouse kitchen | Maison de Pax

I cannot say enough about the quality and beauty of these lights and the elegance they lend to the space.


Rustic Cedar Beams

Remember the balancing act? Enter the next rustic element: chunky cedar beams. Taking down the walls between the front three rooms was key to my vision for the space. Since we also built out the attic (more to come on that later), we needed significant support beams. We opted to simply encase the beams with raw cedar planks, and I cannot believe how well they complement the cabinets we chose for the island.

open concept modern farmhouse kitchen with vintage runner | Maison de Pax

Farmhouse Sink and Bridge Faucet

I love the single-basin farm sink we have in our other home, so it seemed natural to repeat that choice here.

black island hood with white appliances | Maison de Pax

Elkay provided this beautiful sink and faucet for the project, and I love the sleek profile of the farmhouse, apron-front sink. I also love the slightly industrial but still classic bridge style of this faucet and soap dispenser, and how they plays off the other black elements of the space… the perfect icing on the industrial modern farmhouse feel we’ve got going on in here.

black and brass pendant over farmhouse sink | Maison de Pax


Wide Plank Oak Floors

Another obvious change that lends to the farmhouse charm throughout the space was new flooring. We ripped out all the old tile and laid these beautiful engineered wood floors by Greenworld Industries throughout the home. It’s actually the same line we put in our other home almost four years ago (and still love!), but this color is called Rivera. I think the 7.5″ plank with its beautiful light wash speaks for itself.

rustic wood island with white quartz kitchen counters | Maison de Pax

Some people are nervous about wood floors in a kitchen, but as I said, we’ve had these floors in a different color in our current home – including the kitchen – for almost four years and absolutely love them.

vintage runner in kitchen with big island | Maison de Pax

(Edited to add – because I got so many questions about it! 😉 ): We protect our wood floors near the sink with a vintage runner, like this beautiful Turkish one I found on Etsy from this seller. Since it’s vintage, it is one-of-a-kind, but the seller has quite a variety and some that are similar to mine, so you might take a look at his other inventory. You can also see my post on where to buy affordable vintage rugs here for more ideas.

Two Tone Cabinets

I shared a lot more about this before, but suffice it to say that a combo of the rustic wood island and the crisp, clean white cabinets was just the rustic-modern contrast I was looking for.

rustic cedar beams and rustic alder kraftmaid island cabinets | Maison de Pax

Open-concept Kitchen

Planning the design of this kitchen was both instant (I had the vision the moment I walked into this home about a year ago) and very slow (working out every detail took so. much. planning.). Open-concept kitchens are obviously a more modern design style, but an essential element to our vision for this little ranch home. The giant island with the long bar was paramount. We hope to house lots of family and friends here, and the many seats at the bar offer both a gathering point and extra space to feed people. These little barstools will be perfect for packing them in.

modern farmhouse kitchen with black, white, and wood | Maison de Pax


And the open sight lines meant that appliance choices were very important to the overall aesthetic. You can read more about our appliance choices for the space here.


And that’s the basic tour. I will be back with more details, including a living room and dining room reveal soon, I hope! In the meantime, what do you think?? We couldn’t be more thrilled.


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  1. Wow again. Everything is so spectacular. You truly out did yourself. Just beautiful. Hopefully you and your family will enjoy it for many years to come and make so many special memories.

  2. Your farmhouse kitchen is so open and light-filled! A wonderful place to fill with family and/or friends! Thanks for the generous peak!

    Have you given a source for the beautiful rug in this space?


    1. Thank you, Linda! The rug is a vintage Turkish rug that I found on Etsy from this seller (affiliate): Since it’s vintage, it is one-of-a-kind, but he has quite a variety and some that are similar to mine, so you might take a look at his other inventory. You can also see my post on where to buy affordable vintage rugs here for more ideas: Hope this helps!

  3. Wow, the space looks amazing! I love the reclaimed railcar planks that you used for the floating shelves- the perfect rustic element to compliment the buffet.

  4. Really a wonderful place and i expect to pictures of family and friends of this pretty and wonderful space,lol!! Well, i hope you will share a few.

  5. Wow! It’s gorgeous and you did all of this for free? How is that possible…when you are sponsored and given products by a company…don’t you have to pay something?

    1. Lol. Thank you, Kim! It’s five years of growing this interior design blog business and the hundreds of thousands of readers and followers that allows me to partner with companies for their marketing efforts. It looks pretty glamorous (and I do love it!), but it definitely is a full time job. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! The windows were actually original to the home, so I’m afraid I don’t have a source for them… but we do love how the new look has highlighted them! 🙂

  6. Love this!!! Would you able to tell me where u got the knobs from????? I found the cup pulls just not the knobs! Thank you!

    1. Are you referring to the stools at the island? If so, you can find them here (affiliate link). They look to be out of stock at the moment, but I think you can set up to be notified when they are back in. I hope this helps!

  7. Congratulations on your beautiful kitchen. Really love the rustic, clean, white feeling of the room. Bright and fresh. It’s so inviting and warm. You really did a great job. You can be proud of jourself

  8. I love your black hood and the balance of the pendant lights on either side! If only they had it in white (for me!).

  9. Everything is so lovely! I have gone through this twice and passed it on to DIL who will be working on her new farmhouse kitchen soon! May I ask where you found the item on the island that holds your little tree? The white with exposed clay or pottery bottom? Thanks!

    1. Thank you so much! You are so sweet. The crock was a Target find… I can’t seem to find it online, but it was just about 6 months ago, so hopefully they still have it!

  10. Rachel, I love the kitchen. It has so many elements; different woods, lightness in the choice of counter and warmth of all elements. You covered all bases. Just Beautiful. Thanks for sharing…. May you and yours be Safe and Healthy.


  11. I’d love to know where your backsplash tile is from and what it is called? This kitchen is absolutely jaw dropping!!

      1. Hi! Thanks for sharing all the info. This kitchen is beautiful and inspiring. I am also interested in the tile & just wanted to confirm that you chose the 12×12 mosaic vs the individual tiles. On the Floor and Decor website the mosaic looks one color only – it doesn’t seem to have the dimensions of color that your pictures reflect. Their photo of the individual tiles looks like it has more color. Just wondering if it’s a bad photo of the mosaic their site. I want to make sure I order the right product. Also, do you recall which color grout you used? Thank you again for sharing such a lovely kitchen and design!

        1. Hi Katie! Yes, I used the 12×12 mosaic, and as it’s natural stone, you may find more or less variation than what I found. I always recommend picking out natural stone in person (if you can) to allow for you to choose among the natural variations for what you most like. And the grout color was Avalanche by Mapei. Hope this helps!

    1. Absolutely! They are made of alder. Officially, it is the “rustic alder” choice from Kraftmaid in a “natural” finish. I hope this helps!

    1. Thank you! They are actually the 14″ pendants. I started with the 18″ ones, but given the 8′ ceilings in this space (and the vent hood), it was just too big… so I switched them out for the 14″ ones. 🙂 I hope this helps!

  12. This kitchen is gorgeous! Do you have any similar suggestions for the knobs/pulls you selected? The ones you chose are now sold out or discontinued. Thanks so much for any suggestions!

  13. Hi! We have just put up the same hood (also with 8’ ceilings) and my installer said that the chimney is too long. How did you deal with that problem? Did they cut it down for you? Is this a custom part? Any guidance is appreciated!!

    1. I apologize for the delay! I’m afraid I don’t remember having any issues with installation, but I just measured, and our hood is only 24″ from the start of the rectangular chimney to the ceiling. So perhaps my contractor did modify it? Or perhaps Zline has altered the specifications since we purchased it 4 years ago? I’ve combed my records from that time and cannot find any evidence of alterations, I’m afraid. I wish I had more direction for you, but I wish you the best of luck on your project!!

  14. Hi Rachel! I just refinished my oak table using your tips to counteract the yellow. Thank you so much for sharing, I love it! But now I’m trying to get the look you have with the chandelier. I know it’s been a few years, but do you remember the name of the chandelier you bought? The modern elongated lantern?

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