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Designer tip: Dan Bergeron on modernizing farmhouse style

When George and Sharon Balhoff set out to make over their newly purchased home, they had one unique request.

“When we were planning the kitchen,” says Dan Bergeron of McMillin Interiors, “I actually designed a cabinet around a rooster.” Sharon’s wooden rooster, that is, one of her favorite pieces.

In keeping with the farmhouse theme suited by the rooster, but maintaining a modern edge, Bergeron replaced the home’s original French doors and half-moon transom with an arched deep brown pair, which complemented the entry’s new warm gray color palette. Other doorways were heightened and floors were darkened, with the spaces kept open and airy.

For the kitchen, Bergeron modernized the farmhouse feel by replacing cypress cabinets with white ones, and he used white beadboard in combination with the ceiling’s existing wooden beams. The rooster itself went into a built-in hutch in distressed blue-gray—a perfect look for a farm-style furniture piece.

To learn more about the Balhoffs’ renovation and Bergeron’s transformation of the space, check out our article in the November issue of inRegister, available on newsstands now.