This is not your grandmother's farmhouse, with gingham checks and ruffled curtains. Modern country is a look that is sleek, chic, and imaginative. It takes traditional country style to a new level, blending old with new, and mixing periods and patterns.
The style introduces hard edges to classic country looks. It calls forth chrome and glass, metals and leather, to blend with the rustic softness of country style. Collections and knick-knacks are pared-down-reduced and refined-with few frills. What counts is how you display your treasures and how you add contemporary or industrial items to the classic country mix.
The homes featured in Modern Country are those of people who respect the decorating traditions of the past but look to the future with the freshness of new ideas. What they all share is imagination. They have created a look in their homes that is as comfortable as classic country, while adding the surprising flair of modern country. It is a look we think you will love.
M. J. Van Deventer The author of Western Design and Native American Style, M. J. Van Deventer is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of the American West, The Great Plains Encyclopedia and Women of the Wild West. She has had articles published in Traditional Home, Renovation Style, Southwest Art, Cowboys & Indians, Cowboys and Country, True West and American Cowboy. Along with Charles Faudree, she was the writer for Charles Faudree's French Country Signature and Charles Faudree's Country French Living. She is Director of Publications for the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Jenifer Jordan Texas-based Jenifer Jordan has been a renowned photographer for more than twenty years, specializing in interior and architectural photography. Her work has been included in many books including Second Home, Cottage Style, Real Life Decorating, Better Homes & Gardens New Decorating Book, and New Classic Style among others. Her work also appears in leading shelter and city magazines. She was the exclusive photographer for the books Charles Faudree's French Country Signature, Charles Faudree's Country French Living, and Carolyn Westbrook Home.
Nancy E. Ingram Regional Editor for Meredith Publishing since 1988, photo-stylist Nancy E. Ingram produces feature stories for many of the Meredith titles, including Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Home, Renovation Style, Country Home, and Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publications. Her work is included in Better Homes & Gardens New Decorating Book, New Classic Style, Second Home and Real Life Decorating among others. She produced and was the photo stylist for Charles Faudree's French Country Signature and Charles Faudree's Country French Living. She resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.