Farm Dreams.

When I was younger, all I wanted was an apartment in the city. Then I grew up a little and decided I wanted a yard, and all that suburban life offers. Now, I have moments when even THIS feels too congested and busy and I declare that I want a freakin’ FARM.  Granted, this desire might stem from my addiction to baby goat videos on the internet, obsession with owning a mini-horse and general dislike of people- but it also comes from a deeper place that craves solitude, quiet and peace.  You know how your blood pressure just drops when you are in the middle of beautiful countryside or by the ocean? Well, this house will slay you then- because it’s BOTH.  Welcome to Grey Barn Farm on Martha’s Vineyard, as seen in this month’s Architectural Digest.  This couple left behind the city rat race and built the most amazing modern, minimalist farmhouse on the gorgeous islands of Martha’s Vineyard I’ve ever seen.  Dreamed up by the incredible Hutker Architects, this place is just a bit of heaven to me.


{Get ready for some rustic wood beam porn}






I’d like to be looking out the window at this pasture while I’m cooking*.

* And by this I mean me drinking wine sitting in that window seat watching Andrew cook, because as of late he does all the cooking.


The combination of the light green-grey built ins with the pale wood AND reclaimed beams is so good.


Stop it right now with all that stone and reclaimed lumber!





All the outbuildings are amazing too, and is this not the tidiest farm you’ve ever seen?


I’ll just live in the barn, thanks.


I wonder if they styled those chickens to be in perfect color-balanced order?




Did I mention this is a working farm? And of course their packaging is per-fec-tion.

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I don’t even know what Prufrock is (methinks I would not like it, it sounds stinky) but I want it in my fridge because of that packaging.

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Love this look? A few ways for us mortals to get it:

– Remember to stick to a neutral palette (white, cream, beige, grey)

– Use natural materials like linen, wool, cotton, leather, jute, wood and metals. A little tiny bit of lucite thrown in (note the corner of their desk chair) never hurt anyone though.

– Mix a base of clean-lined traditional furniture with a few pieces of mid-century or modern ones.



* As a side note, I recently discovered that the New England classic Simon Pearce has a whole new line of gorgeous lamps, pottery and entertaining pieces with a more modern flair. You best be checking it out.

Images courtesy of Architectural Digest and Eric Roth Photography.





  1. Wow. That may be the most beautiful homestead I have ever seen! I had no idea – it is beautiful from the outside but I would not have guessed what lay within… Anyway, I just had the Prufrock cheese this weekend and it is absolutely delicious (and only the teensiest bit stinky), but they also sell the cheese wrappers separately – they really are lovely – so you could wrap up whatever kind of cheese you like in them! Or use them for gift wrap for small packages… As am aside, they were displayed in Farmhouse Pottery vessels – perfect for their clean rural style.

  2. Gorgeous!! We have cows like that near our house and my kids call them “Oreo Cookie Cows”. :)

  3. This is pretty awesome….I agree! I do enjoy a little space between me and my neighbors out here in the ‘burbs :-)

  4. Gorgeous! But it makes me uncomfortable for some reason. “Leaving behind the rat race” suggests a simplification, an honesty that I don’t see in this house, Yes, it’s minimal, but the look is about luxury and hushed control–creamy rugs, a La Cornue stove, everything placed just so–rather than the freedom & possibility I associate with a farmhouse.

    But I’m with you on the design, Erin–it is undeniably beautiful and well done.

  5. Ha, “Prufrock” is from “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, a famous poem by T.S. Eliot. Clever!

  6. Erin have you seen any fainting goats? If we every move to “the country” (my husband would go tomorrow if I gave him the go ahead) that is the first thing I’m getting!

  7. Such a midweek treat. Design crush + advice on re-creating is my absolute favorite thing on EOS and you pick the chicest spaces! Thanks!

    PS: most stylish chickens ever, for sure.

  8. This home and the grounds are gorgeous! I love all the natural elements inside, and the clean neutral palette! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  9. have mercy, that farm is beautiful! i second the comment above wishing it was a retreat we could rent or visit as a b&b guest!

  10. Haha, I love that you use the word ‘mortals,’ because that’s exactly how those photos make me feel! That’s a level of beauty and perfection one only hopes to someday achieve. So good!

  11. LOVe this. Love love love. I spend a lot of time on the Vineyard and this really fits the modern vernacular there. Glad to know about it!

  12. I’m feeling the same way about living out in the country. It’s only the pictures of dead copperheads I see on my friends’ facebook page that makes me pause. I love that kitchen and fireplace in the living room! Chickens freak me out a little though. My grandmother had them and they are mean little things.

  13. I am assuming the “Prufrock” is cheese? I can’t imagine what else it could be. I got the T.S.Eliot connection, but why would they choose Prufrock as a name for a cheese? I must be missing something. Would one of your kind readers please explain this for me?

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  15. did you HAVE to mention baby goats??? oh good god they are so freakin cute. if you do have a farm, you will have to have goats. the one that jumps all over the place and the one that hops up and down on a bucket? good lord…and believe me, whatever kind of house(s) you have, you will rock it and start a trend, i’m sure.

  16. thank you for posting this!! we are going to MV this summer for the first time and will definitely make a trip to their “honor box farm stand”. there are so many gorgeous things about the whole story!

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