New Home Design Inspiration Photos (& The Phrase That Pays)

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Love this modern coastal farmhouse glam style! Like Joanna Gaines moved to the Hamptons!source: Pinterest

Last year, I perused real estate listings for months in anticipation of our move to North Carolina. After seeing hundreds of available homes online, I decided new construction was the way to go. Since we had renovated our entire home in Pennsylvania piece by piece, I wanted the chance to start from scratch– we wanted to choose the lot, layout, flooring, tile, granite, EVERYTHING ourselves. While there have certainly been some pitfalls along the way (and let me tell you, choosing everything for your home in just three sessions is daunting) overall the freedom of moving into a home where we tailored most of it to our family’s unique needs feels pretty good.

If you do ONE thing when choosing your design elements, let it be this: know your style! After spending what felt like years browsing magazines, books, Pinterest, blogs and Instagram I noticed several similarities that always drew me in– and that helped define the look for our new home.

That style turned into a single phrase. I need to trust you won’t think I’m nuts when I say it out loud. I promise I didn’t write a bunch of words on cards, throw them in a bucket, and pull a few out randomly and paste them together. I HAD A HIGHLY SCIENTIFIC PROCESS, PEOPLE. Okay, maybe not scientific but it involved drinking champagne and browsing Pinterest so at least it was fun.

The style in my head when walking into our builder’s design center was Modern Hamptons Farmhouse With a Side of Glam. Let that phrase sink in a bit.

Picture if Joanna Gaines lived in Montauk and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams moved in as roommates– THAT’S what makes my heart flutter, that’s what we decided for our design plan. (and by ‘we’ I mean ‘I’, for future reference. My husband did not enjoy one single second of this process.)

Love this modern coastal farmhouse glam style! Like Joanna Gaines moved to the Hamptons!source: Studio McGee

Let’s break down each part of that phrase and check out the inspiration behind it:

Modern: When I say modern, I don’t mean sleek and cold but rather updated versions of classic pieces. Think less ‘shabby chic’ chipped paint and more of a clean and fresh look. Crisp paint, clean lines, but comfort and warmth too.

Love this modern coastal farmhouse glam style! Like Joanna Gaines moved to the Hamptons!source: J. Barron Interiors

ove this modern coastal farmhouse glam style! Like Joanna Gaines moved to the Hamptons!source: Studio McGee

Love this modern coastal farmhouse glam style! Like Joanna Gaines moved to the Hamptons!source: Keep Calm and Carry On

Love this modern coastal farmhouse glam style! Like Joanna Gaines moved to the Hamptons!source: Atlanta Homes

Hamptons: Truth Bomb– I have never been to the Hamptons. However, I want a coastal style that doesn’t look kitschy and the Hamptons style seems to do that very well.  I’m avoiding mermaid signs and pastel colors and steering towards light wood furniture, white walls and beautiful blue accents.

Love this modern coastal farmhouse glam style! Like Joanna Gaines moved to the Hamptons!source: Driven By Decor

Farmhouse: Our storage unit currently looks like a Joanna Gaines warehouse. I’ve been picking up pieces I love over the last few months and I now have a large black and white sign, huge wooden handled box, two large olive buckets, a massive wall mounted mug rack… the list goes on. I do think this style is a bit trendy, so I’m not investing major money in it but rather choosing decor that can be updated in a few years once everyone is over the farmhouse look. However for this time in my life, farmhouse feels comfortable, friendly, and very livable.

Love this modern coastal farmhouse glam style! Like Joanna Gaines moved to the Hamptons!source: Ciao Newport Beach

Love this modern coastal farmhouse glam style! Like Joanna Gaines moved to the Hamptons!source: HGTV/ Fixer Upper

Love this modern coastal farmhouse glam style! Like Joanna Gaines moved to the Hamptons!source: Studio McGee

Love this modern coastal farmhouse glam style! Like Joanna Gaines moved to the Hamptons!source: HGTV/ Fixer Upper

Love this modern coastal farmhouse glam style! Like Joanna Gaines moved to the Hamptons!

Side of Glam: One of my favorite designers is Kristin Jackson from The Hunted Interior, and she does this look so well. I also adore the furniture store Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, who manage to work in styles from every era and ‘touch of glam’ is a signature look. There’s a sophistication there that I want to embrace. Investing in art and timeless pieces like rugs will add a level that the other styles didn’t quite cover. A touch of gold, some statement lighting pieces… you get the idea.

Love this modern coastal farmhouse glam style! Like Joanna Gaines moved to the Hamptons!source: J. Barron Interiors

Love this modern coastal farmhouse glam style! Like Joanna Gaines moved to the Hamptons!source: Hunted Interior

Are you still reading? Does that plan sound nutty? My design center choices are much tamer and I am so looking forward to showing them to you. We went fairly basic but beautiful, and plan to add paint and decor to get the rest of this look across.

Later this week, I’m sharing the MODERN HAMPTONS FARMHOUSE DESIGN PLAN room-by-room! I’ll take you through the entire house and share where we saved money and where we splurged. I even have some exciting in-process photos to share since they’re currently installing the tile and cabinets! It’s getting real, friends!

Find the rest of the Building Up Series here:

The Big News: We’re Moving to North Carolina!

Let the New Home Adventure Begin

How to Maximize Your Budget When Building a House

What phrase sums up your design style? Don’t hold back, let ’em rip– no matter how crazy it sounds, you love what you love. Let’s hear it!

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10 Comments

  1. Looking forward to seeing your choices… so happy for you. We are renting now, trying to decide, build new or refurbish. There are pluses and minuses to each. Anxious to see how it worked out for you!

    1. So true, there’s definitely pluses and minuses to both– my husband says he will never build again because you give up a lot of control in that process. But it’s tough to live in the middle of renovations, too– so it’s for sure a balancing act as to what you can handle. Good luck with your decision and I’ll share the good, the bad, and the REALLY ugly after we close on the home. 🙂

  2. Carrie,
    I think it’s wonderful that you are in NC! As a native North Carolinian, let me say welcome, welcome. Now, I’m in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina (towards the Tennessee border). You really need to come visit the area at some point when y’all are more settled. It’s a beautiful area with lots of natural resources. We also have the Cherokee Indian Reservation and a lot more. I hope you enjoy your time here. I do think we are normally more friendly up this way, than down your way, but you are also closer to more cultural things and the Outer Banks. It is beautiful there. I love your design style. I also think it fits you to a “T”!
    Best wishes to you and your family,
    Cindy

    1. Thank you! I absolutely love it here. I lived in Charlotte for five years right after I was out of college and fell head over heels for the people, weather, and culture. It must be beautiful out where you are– the furthest I’ve gone (so far) is to Asheville, but I hear great things about your area. Hopefully we’ll get out there this summer and explore!

  3. Hey Carrie, it’s an awesome read thanks for sharing the images of fabulous interiors they are truly inspirational

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