An old post office is transformed into a modern farmhouse with minimalist furniture, shiplap walls and rustic touches

The property 

When renovating an old property, we always think the most important thing is not to lose the original feel of the house. Sure, the point is to update the space but it should never mean working against the original features of the home. Instead, it should be about bringing a homeowner’s personal style to the space and blending it with what has stood there for centuries before. And that’s exactly what was achieved with this now modern home, which had been both a farmhouse and a post office in its time.  

Designers Keren and Thomas Richter of interiors studio White Arrow were taken on to transform this 19th century property in Martha’s Vineyard into the perfect family vacation home. And the result is a modern rustic farmhouse that perfectly blends very contemporary furniture with original features and classic farmhouse style. 

Exterior of home in Marthas Vineyard

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White kitchen with island and black bar stools

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The kitchen, which was previously a dark living room and small home office, has been opened out into one space. It has a very classic farmhouse feel to it with the shiplap-clad walls, creamy cabinetry, and butternut wood countertop. But there’s a modern rustic edge too with the simple lighting, open shelving, and seagrass blinds. 

Modern white kitchen with wooden worktops and kitchen island

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The marble-topped island adds to the more contemporary feel and is a nice cool contrast to all the warm wood and tones going in the rest of the space. The black bar stools and deep blue Lacanche oven again add more contrast and ground the room’s lighter colors. 

Kitchen shelves

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Dining room 

Dining room with circular wooden table and white chairs

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Leading on from the kitchen is a minimalist dining room. The very heavy rustic dining table nods to the original farmhouse aesthetic, however, the simple, slimline dining chairs keep the space feel fresh and modern. The single pendant light that hangs over the table adds a lovely symmetrical, balanced feel to the room.

modern living room with leather armchairs

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On from the dining room is a second small living room. The Marcel Bruer chairs and sculptural coffee table give a very minimalist, modern look however the exposed brick wall and shiplap paneling continue the farmhouse vibe that can be found in every room in the home, so despite the very modern pieces the room still feels cozy and inviting. 

Family living room 

living room with blue velvet sofa

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The larger, family living room has that same mix of very modern and rustic. The indigo-dyed canvas sofa, minimalist leather chair, and squat ebony wood coffee table mix effortlessly with the vintage Moroccan rug, blending modern pieces with unique eclectic finds. 

Pantry in white kitchen

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A minibar tucked away in the corner of the living room provides the perfect spot to mix drinks, without having to return to the kitchen. The shelves are actually made from reclaimed wood from the original house. 

Powder room

Side table with circular mirror above

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Also downstairs, off the very minimalist entryway is the powder room. The entry, which doubles as a boot room, was deliberately kept very simple to contrast the colors of the powder room and make the wallpaper inside the focus.

Bathroom with palm print wallpaper

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And the powder room is quite a surprise after all that white. The exotic mural was designed by French brand, Ananbo and the cool tones work wonderfully with the marble sink, silver accents, and the large mirror. 


Hallway with view through to dining room

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A light-filled hallway leads up to an even brighter landing on the first floor. Large windows, crisp white walls, and the wide plank bleached flooring (iconic in many houses in Martha’s Vineyard) make the narrow hallway appear larger and longer.

Light filled white hallway

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Master bedroom

White bedroom with wooden four poster bed

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The master bedroom was added to the far end of the house and is the only room with double-height ceilings. The canopy bed was chosen to add an intimate, cozy feel to the space, despite its large proportions. Plus it adds that rustic farmhouse vibe to the room, mixed with the boho touches from the Berber-style rug and rattan pouf. 

Home office

Blue bedroom with wooden furniture

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The home office has a very different feel from the rest of the home, no white shiplap and soft textures here. Instead dark walls, Mid-century furniture, and warm woods create a cocooning space that doubles up as an extra cozy living room.

Dark blue home office in Martha Vineyard home

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