If you’ve ever wished you could follow your passion and start life over in a small town while renovating the farmhouse of your dreams, you’re going to love today’s Eclectic Home Tour of The Farmhouse Project! “They traded in taxis for pickup trucks and store-bought for handmade, and filled their lives with what brought them the most joy: entertaining, cooking, gardening, learning to live off the land, restoring an old farmhouse, and creating sustainably-made home goods.”
Shawn, a designer and Kris, a doctor, said keep Manhattan just give me that countryside when they moved from their hectic life in New York City to a rural town in upstate New York. Says Shawn, “Our farmhouse, originally known as the Woodman Cottage, was built in the year 1800 by the Woodman family, proprietors of the local grain mill and is one of the oldest homes in town. In the previous century the Woodmans’ property was significantly larger, allowing them to farm and breed cattle. Today the charming Dutch colonial farmhouse is surrounded by seemingly ancient black walnut trees, other beautiful homes, and wonderful neighbors.”
Nature inspired the color scheme on the first floor and a crystal chandelier adds glamour.
The house boasts rare American chestnut trim throughout, including the great room with coffered ceiling and wainscoting.
Cocktails anyone? Who needs a bar cart when you can have an antique buffet bar.
A pair of settees are upholstered in coordinating fabrics and the owners initials are stitched onto antique grain sack pillows.
The dining room is perfectly placed to take advantage of roaring fires from the stone fireplace with chunky wood mantel.
The farmhouse boasts a simple kitchen that eliminates upper cabinets in favor of letting in more natural light from a giant window and a rustic wood table makes the perfect island.
One of my biggest tips to make a kitchen seem more high end is to take the backsplash tile all the way up to the ceiling.
My silhouette collection pales in comparison to this stunning antique silhouette gallery wall that fills the entire staircase wall.
If the downstairs was all about neutral business, the upstairs is a colorful party!
The whimsical pink and blue bird and floral wallpaper is beautifully reflected in the Venetian inspired mirror that Shawn designed when he worked as a product designer for Ethan Allen.
Plate walls aren’t just for kitchens and dining rooms and should definitely be considered when decorating a bathroom.
Another gallery wall that mixes old a new art.
Toile wallpaper is the perfect backdrop for green platters and plates above the headboard.
Fresh flowers are always a good idea and curly branches add height and drama.
This picture perfect farmhouse, barn and old Ford pickup truck that perfectly matches the shutters, is straight out of a storybook.
When Shawn and Kris aren’t tending to their chickens or updating their farmhouse, they’re dreaming up unique new products that reflect their passion for entertaining and living a low-impact, sustainable lifestyle (I’m lusting over the colorful butterfly cloches)!
Visit The Farmhouse Project to see more of this charming farmhouse.