A Standard Builder-Grade Townhome Was DIYed into a Modern Farmhouse Dream Home

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Credit: Rehma Khan

Name: Rehma Khan, husband, Shehab, and kids Hoda and Ayub
Location: Columbia, Maryland
Type of home: Townhome
Size: 2,300 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years, owned

Credit: Rehma Khan

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: Our home is located in Columbia, Maryland (one of the top 10 places to live). The home is a 20-year-old standard builder grade townhome that we turned into a modern-farmhouse dream home. My kids (Hoda, 4 and Ayub, 1) have contributed to the renovation of this home including their bedroom transformations.

Credit: Rehma Khan

My style is modern, clean lines with rustic touches. It is reflected all over the home including the dining room that is linked here. I am a henna artist by profession, so the art in the home is a reflection of my skill.

Credit: Rehma Khan

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Modern Farmhouse

Credit: Rehma Khan

What is your favorite room and why? The family room because I took a builder-grade, standard black tile fireplace, and built a fireplace surround/mantel, transforming this home to an elegant place to hang out. This fireplace is the focal point of the home. The kids hang out in this space 24/7 and aesthetically, it’s the most pleasing to look at.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? A thrifted handmade wooden highchair for my one-year-old. I upcycled the highchair just in time for his birthday, and now it is the perfect addition to our kitchen.

Credit: Rehma Khan

Any advice for creating a home you love? Stick to your own style. Gain inspiration from other creators, but do what works for you and your home. Create a the type of home that when you wake up in the morning, you think to yourself, “This is my home, there is no place I’d rather be.”

This submission’s responses were edited for length and clarity.