Private Quarters: Young couple’s new Woodstock home blends modern, farmhouse style

When Mauro and Kristen Martinez bought a new home in Woodstock, she desired a change from her former home’s palette of black and brown to lighter tones and add sparkle with quartz countertops and furniture embellishments.

“Our previous house was a lot darker. We had darker furniture. We had darker walls,” Kristen Martinez said. “So I wanted this one to be a lot lighter, to feel a lot more open.”

One space that embraces the brightness of a new palette and her modern farmhouse style is the kitchen.

“I love everything about it, from our Cambria quartz countertops, to our Shaker-style cabinets, (the) personal touch of the designed backsplash and just the fact that we entertain and I can see everything from there when watching our toddlers,” she said.


Residents: Mauro and Kristen Martinez, daughters Alessandra, 3, and 17-month-old Isabella, and dog, Roxy. Mauro works as a sales representative for LCL Foods, and Kristen is a Realtor for Live Love Atlanta.

Location: Woodstock’s Riverside neighborhood

Size: 3,200 square feet, four bedrooms, three baths

Year built/bought: 2016

Builder: Ashton Woods

Architectural style: Traditional

Favorite architectural elements: The open concept main floor and custom built-ins

Project consultants: Preeti Howlett (interior design), Aguilar Landscaping

Interior design styles: Modern farmhouse

Favorite interior design elements: The table and banquette within the breakfast nook embrace the modern farmhouse look with a wooden top and a stainless steel base. Stainless steel continues with the gas range and kitchen appliances while the farmhouse sink offers space at the island.

Favorite outdoor features: The screened porch, especially in warmer months, Kristen said. “We have our breakfast on the patio and drink wine on the rainy nights,” she said. “It’s great for hosting friends and family and relaxing after a long day.”

Resources: Furniture from American Signature FurnitureAshley Furniture, Woodstock Furniture & Mattress Outlet, Rooms To Go, Costco and Ashton Woods. Lighting from Masterpiece Lighting. Appliances by LG, Whirlpool and Kohler. Countertops by Cambria. Flowers by EcoFlower. Curtains by Budget Blinds. Pillows from HomeGoods and RH. Rug from Rooms To Go. Accessories and artwork from RH, Ashley Furniture, American Signature Furniture, Kohl’s, Hobby Lobby, HomeGoods and Kirkland’s.

Decor tip: When decorating with photos, look beyond walls and shelves. The dining room table has a place to add pictures of family and friends underneath the glass top.

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