Keith and Heather Ruth found a way to give their modern furniture a different vibe when they moved from Atlanta’s Virginia-Highland to a farmhouse-style house away from the city.

With details including a tin roof and reclaimed wood beams, they wondered, “How are we going to blend our modern furniture with this home and add in some stuff to soften everything?” Heather said.

That meant rethinking existing pieces, like adding upholstered seating around their glass dining room table, to bring comfort and functionality into the home. The couple bought the home after initially planning to buy a lot and build a custom house.

“We really utilize and live in the space, so I wanted it to feel that way,” Heather said.


Residents: Keith and Heather Ruth, and their rescue dogs, Jessi and Jake. Heather is owner of Serenbe Yoga and Bodyworks; Keith is retired.

Location: Serenbe neighborhood, Chattahoochee Hills

Size: 6,900 square feet, five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths

Year built/bought: 2014/2017

Architectural style: Modern farmhouse

Builder: John Bynum Custom Homes

Architect: Winston-Dray

Interior design consultant: Mister + Mrs Sharp

Favorite architectural elements: Reclaimed wood beams and ceilings, tin roof, black metal windows

Interior design style: Modern farmhouse

Favorite piece of furniture: The driftwood console behind the living room sofa. It incorporates natural elements into the space with its raw, unfinished feel, Heather said.

Favorite outdoor elements: In addition to the porches, they added a dog run behind their fire pit, where Heather, who offers a goat yoga class in Serenbe, raised Nigerian dwarf goats before they went to live in the community animal village.

Decor tip: When traveling, pick up street art as souvenirs and decor. "We like things with a story rather than just purchasing something because it has a big price tag on it," Heather said.

Resources: Furniture from Gallotti & Radice, Camerich, Bungalow Classic, Design Within Reach, West Elm, R Hughes, Skylar Morgan Furniture + Design, Room & Board, Crate and Barrel and CB2. Rugs from Mathews Furniture + Design and Decor from Scott Antique Market and Natural Curiosities. Wallpaper by Schumacher. Kitchen appliances by Thermador.