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Black and White Modern Farmhouse in London Countryside

October 11, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG

A young couple's pleasing sense of style creates modern farmhouse vibes.

OUR HOMES London Fall 2018
A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES London and Middlesex County, p.20. Find local businesses in our London directory.

Luke and Patricia Oslizlo have made a life and a living designing, renovating and flipping houses. The husband and wife team founded Details Renovation & Design in 2013 when their shared passion for design evolved into a full-time business. This fall they will become Tarion-licensed builders and will begin building custom homes for others.
 
With a growing family, the couple decided it was time to put down roots. Eventually Luke stumbled across a piece of land 10 minutes north of the city limits. “If you asked us five years ago whether we would move outside London we would have said absolutely not,” Luke says. “But you can’t get space like this in the city anymore.”
 
The result is a stunning 4,400 sq. ft. modern farmhouse. With its white Hardie Board exterior and black front door and window frames, the home is a standout along the rural road. “Everyone thought it would be too much white, but we broke it up by using cedar shake on the dormers,” Luke notes.
 
A large, open great room was a must. The kitchen, designed, built and installed by The Wood Studio, features shaker cabinetry reaching to the ceiling. The enormous centre island was built to look like a piece of furniture. It features pull-out drawers and a grey-veined Marrara quartz countertop from Sloan Stone Design Quartz & Granite, and is a popular gathering spot for family and friends.
 
Black window frames and black doors used throughout the house provide a striking contrast to the walls, which are painted Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. 
 
The serene master retreat is painted Benjamin Moore Dove Wing and boasts a shiplap feature wall as well as long, white drapes.
 
The couple’s love of black trim continues in the master en suite. Custom mirrors, bronze-finish faucets and fixtures from The Ensuite, a large walk-in shower freestanding bathtub and penny tile flooring create a contemporary oasis that respects the farmhouse aesthetic. 

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