Memories Reimagined - The Bend Magazine

Memories Reimagined

Farmhouse decor offers a unique take on comfort and simplicity for this childhood home renovation.

By: Jaqueline Gonzales  Photos by: Jason Page

As a child, Christy Snodgrass grew up in Flour Bluff, on a home sitting at the edge of a 30-acre ranch that has been in her family for more than 20 years. She recalls the joy of  growing up in the middle of nature around a bunch of animals, so when her parents decided to downsize and purchase a new home, she and her husband, Blake, decided to buy the home so their sons Liam and Eli could grow up in the same environment. 

Although the home was filled with many childhood memories, Christy and Blake wanted to modernize it, too. They hired Justin and Amy Brandt of Brandt Design Co. to renovate the entire house, from top to bottom, transforming their home with modern farmhouse décor. They preferred to be hands-off in the execution of the design, but knew exactly which color palette, décor, and furniture style they wanted, and presented a plan to Amy before letting her execute their dream design. Throughout the six-month process, Amy presented different options to Christy and Blake, and together, they selected the best items to transform the home into the perfect balance between classic comfort and modern flair. 

Christy and Blake chose light colors, industrial inspired pieces, wooden furniture, and rustic-looking décor, still modern enough to suit their tastes. Local shops are the best place to purchase unique quality furniture, and although much of the furniture was purchased locally, due to the stay-at-home orders that were put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic, some furnishings and décor were purchased through Wayfair and other online retailers. Luckily, they found some amazing pieces!

The most eye-catching space on the inside of the home is the open kitchen, dining area, and bright white living room. Together, this area boasts solid white walls to contrast with the large windows, creating a brightly lit space and a fabulous backdrop for the gray, brown, black, and light blue shades of the décor. 

Upon entering the home, guests are greeted by a brightly lit living room with a large gray L-sectional couch and brown leather accent chairs that add a masculine touch to the soft color palette. The wooden coffee table with black-rimmed, lantern-style candle holders brings in the rustic barn style that Christy opted to place throughout the home. The metal on both the lantern centerpieces and the accent chairs adds a distinctive touch to the décor. 

In the kitchen, Christy opted for bright white and wood tones, with cabinetry that Amy designed herself. The style of cabinets chosen for your home will have a huge impact on the look and feel of the space, so Amy selected a combination of closed, open, and patterned glass door cabinets. The iron-inspired caged light fixtures in the kitchen and throughout the home echo the industrial inspiration of the perfect farmhouse style. 

A custom-made wooden table by Retro Revival, a local woodworking shop, sits in the breakfast nook that the Snodgrasses turned into a dining area. Christy found a dark stain that worked for other pieces in the home, such as the mantle and coffee table, including them in her chosen design, and they created a functional masterpiece with bench style seating that works really well for a home with small children. 

When they bought the home, Christy’s parents left behind a black Kimball grand piano that she had while growing up, and it was perfect for Blake, who enjoys playing. They decided the formal dining area was the perfect place for it, and the shape in which the room was built works fabulously for the sounds reverberating off the walls. 

The master bedroom also has many elements of farmhouse décor, including an iron-inspired bedframe, plush white sheets, a khaki-colored armchair, and wooden floating shelves. A large black sliding barn door conceals a spacious white master bath with a walk-in shower and stand-alone tub. 

The master bedroom also has two glass doors leading out into the pastures. After a neighborhood was built right up against the ranch, Christy’s parents purchased the closest lot, so Christy and Blake now have ample space for outdoor grilling, a large play area for the kids, and the perfect view of a large pond. 

The many different elements used in the Snodgrass home to create a modern farmhouse make it warm, cozy, relaxing, and full of charm and character.