Jayson Home

Phyllis Trevor Higgerson, a New England-based interior designer and photography stylist, touts modern farmhouse as a great option for people who want cozy home interiors that feel “familiar and comfortable, but are also current and stylish.”

For a fresh spin on the classic, rustic style, Higgerson suggests investing in “updated versions of furnishings [you] might have grown up with (or seen in Grandma’s house),” such as adjustable-arm wall sconces, stoneware pottery and printed floor runners.

But don’t forget the black accents, says Higgerson, which “bring the drama” and can provide a clean, bold contrast with the style’s signature muted and neutral shades.

Here are Higgerson’s top picks.


(Jayson Home; Overstock)

SPLURGE: Mod Windsor chair (jaysonhome.com )), left. SAVE: Set of two Blanchard black dining chairs by Safavieh (overstock.com ).


(Circa Lighting; High Street Market)

SPLURGE: Boston double-arm library light in bronze (circalighting.com ), left.  SAVE: Jefferson double-arm wall sconce in bronze (highstreetmarket.com ).


(Ethan Allen; Houzz)

SPLURGE: Brant chair in Brax Gray fabric with an Ebony finish (ethanallen.com ), left.  SAVE: Colonnade spindle accent chair in cloud gray (houzz.com ).


(Kaufmann Mercantile; Target)

SPLURGE: Handcrafted large ceramic pitcher in black (kaufmann-mercantile.com ), left.  SAVE: Stoneware pitcher in black by Hearth & Hand with Magnolia (target.com ).


(March; Rugs Direct)

SPLURGE: 2½ -by-6-foot canvas floor-cloth runner (marchsf.com ), left. SAVE: Spicher and Co. 3-by-7½ -foot vintage vinyl floor cloth in Astraea (rugs-direct.com ).


Phyllis Trevor Higgerson, a New England-based interior designer and photography stylist. (Courtesy of Phyllis Trevor Higgerson)