Bucolic Beauty

A graceful Loomis farmhouse combines contemporary with traditional.
loomis kitchen furniture
Design: Angie Edwards and Whitney Fecteau for Design Shop Interiors

He wanted practical. She wanted pretty. That more or less sums up the direction homeowners Chris and Bethany Reeder gave their interior designers as they embarked on a top-to-bottom renovation of their home, which sits on three picturesque acres in Loomis.

living room
“I wanted to keep the furniture plan simple, incorporate lots of different wood tones and use fairly traditional lines,” says designer Whitney Fecteau, who styled the shelves with wares from the firm’s shop and antiques from Round Top, Texas.

“Chris is meticulous and wanted everything done just right and for the finishings to be super-functional,” says lead designer Angie Edwards of Folsom-based Design Shop Interiors. Bethany, an Alabama native who favors a classic look, “wanted guidance choosing timeless fixtures and furnishings that they wouldn’t tire of after a few years.” The full-scale makeover resulted in what Edwards describes as “a modern farmhouse with traditional touches.” Design Shop’s Whitney Fecteau, who managed the furniture plan for the project, incorporated lots of different wood tones and used fairly traditional lines in order to let the character of the home shine. “Angie gave me such a beautiful canvas to work with, and I wanted to honor it by keeping thing simple,” Fecteau says.

The open-plan living space on the main floor is flooded with light streaming through black-steel double-hung windows. “We wanted the windows to be the star of the show,” explains Angie Edwards. “You don’t need much else in this space.”

Surrounding the stunning residence is a chicken coop, a garden and a wide front porch overlooking a creek running through the front yard. As far as Edwards is concerned, “It’s everything country living should be.”

powder room
The moody gray used in the powder room and mudroom (Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe) contrasts dramatically with the white walls that dominate the majority of the house. “We wanted a little bit of character in those spaces, something with a lot of personality,” says Edwards.
powder room
The powder room makes a statement with an oak vanity from Restoration Hardware and dramatic board-and-batten walls.
A simple farm table graces the entryway.
kitchen table
The durable dining room table and slipcovered chairs make for easy living and entertaining.