They bought a house in foreclosure then renovated and lived in an RV for six months while they renovated the house. You will not believe the after of today’s Eclectic Home Tour of Seeking Lavender Lane. This New Jersey rancher got a complete makeover and now it’s her “white picket fence farmhouse dream!” She says her “style is a little farmhouse, a little French, a little Italian, a little modern, and hints of old world and rustic … summed up as European Farmhouse.”
“It was a true gamble but after sketching up a design for the home with a local architect, speaking to our contractor, and lots of dreaming and praying, we went for it,” says Deb.
Adding a huge front porch with metal roof completely transformed the look of the house. You can see the full ranch farmhouse floor plan here.
Step inside onto a “doormat” of tile inset into the hardwood floors.
The absence of upper cabinets keeps this kitchen looking clean and uncluttered and a mix of carrara marble and butcher block counters add interest.
The brass faucet, pot filler and lighting add warmth as do a collection of copper pots displayed on the wall and lots of warm wood accents.
Picture lighting highlights Deb’s shelf displays and I love the unexpected addition of the old portrait.
Adding an archway creates architectural interest.
The walk in pantry displays serving pieces while a curtain over shelves hides clutter and porcelain tile that mimics the look of brick adds interest underfoot.
Deb says, “all tiles declare that the room is separate and has its own personality, but all make for a smooth transition and added character to the home.” Gray and white checkered tile is a classic choice for this laundry/potting area complete with its own farmhouse sink.
Soaring ceilings and lots of light from a double set of French doors make this great room a welcoming place for family hangouts.
High ceilings call for a dramatic chandelier and slipcovered sofas mean easy clean for a busy family.
Arches in the bookcase mimic the arched openings throughout the house.
When in doubt, put a plant on it! I love covering the black hole of a fireplace during warm weather months.
A giant metal lantern adds drama to the dining room with a mix of wood, metal and rattan furniture.
I love this clever idea of turning a shutter into a door for a surprise storage nook.
Doors were removed from a wood cabinet to display everyday serving pieces and linens.
A huge peel and stick wall mural is a beautiful backdrop in this home office. Deb went with her gut and painted not only the walls a dark charcoal color, but also the ceiling, built-ins and trim.
The powder room gets a custom look with a reclaimed barn wood vanity and a marble Hammam (Turkish wash basin) found at a salvage yard.
Peel and stick wallpaper offers a dramatic focal point when entering the master bedroom.
High ceilings call for the drama of a four poster bed.
A faux fireplace creates a focal point in the bedroom and I love the antique metal grate they incorporated into the tile.
An all white studio is the perfect backdrop for creative pursuits.
This little girls room is the perfect place to hang your hat.
They found this “ugly” shed on Facebook Marketplace and gave it a farmhouse makeover. See the shed makeover process here.
Visit my fellow Jersey girl Deb at Seeking Lavender Lane to see more of her beautiful home.