At Home With the Couple Behind Farm Fresh Therapy
In a 1918 bungalow in Ohio, Chelsea and Kiel Mohrman have merged their differing decor styles of rustic farmhouse and sleek modernism, on a budget. Take a peek inside this young couple's farm fresh home:
Found on Craigslist for twenty-dollars, the oversized sink was the inspiration point when the kitchen was remodeled. A island of wood and patina pipes add additional counter space (necessary for entertaining!) and storage. When working with open shelving, make sure to arrange dinnerware and glassware in an artful way, such as by color and purpose.
Kiel is the furniture maker behind Midwest Woods (see his home studio here!), so the Mohrman home is a mix of handmade and second-hand pieces. The rustic dining table, built by Kiel, was created from salvaged barn wood, which has the coordinates of where the wood was sourced, branded into the side. (Note: all Midwest Woods pieces mark the longitude and latitude of where the materials were sourced--so cool!)
A mid-century credenza serves as linen storage and a bar area. Keeping the nature of a modernized farmhouse, the duo used vintage finds mixed in with more modern pieces, such as a terrarium and local art. "Our style as eclectic rustic vintage modern (f that's a thing…). We love vintage pieces with character and making everything work together," says the homeowner.
Old and new collide in a mid-century way: an original arm chair and ottoman from the era were found at a garage sale (and reupholstered in houndstooth for an updated look) sits next to an Eames-inspired bent plywood chair Kiel made in art school.
"We love to create or modify our own pieces so that we can customize them for our space. Since most of our house was decorated on a budget, I pay a lot of attention to the price tag. If I can find things in the right size or shape, color can always be modified, especially with furniture. I love putting a personal touch on things such as adding a new coat of paint to a chair and reupholstering the seat with a colorful patterned fabric," says Chelsea Morhman.
Every creative home needs a home office slash crafting nook. Chelsea, who is an avid DIY-er, uses the space for her creations. We love the similar-style seating in mixed materials and the custom plank desk.
Crafting goes contained with various storage solutions.
A farmhouse wouldn't be complete without subway tile and a classic porcelain sink. While remodeling, the husband-and-wife team added in reclaimed wood for their spin on a bathroom counter.
Mixed vintage lighting works well with the modern bed that Kiel created as a design project. Collaged art and a turquoise door add a pop of modern to the hundred-year-old home.
Fun fact: When the couple renovated the fireplace with herringbone tile, they discovered, "An ultrasound from the previous owners, a movie ticket stub from the 1940's and an old black and white photo of the previous owners. We put everything into a tin with a few things of our own and placed the tin behind the mantle," says Mohrman. We love the idea of a time capsule!
What a luxury to have a porch! Modern textiles and brightly-painted furniture pieces pop.
The couple in their backyard.