My dream of owning an old farmhouse goes as far back as I can remember. Little did I know back then, that I would be living out my dream, and preserving an 1820 farmhouse.
We have lived in our old farmhouse just over 10 years, and this year we are celebrating the bicentennial of our 1820 farmhouse! We truly learn something new about our old house everyday. But that’s the charm. There are no right angles anywhere. I’m hard pressed to say that any of the floors are truly level. She needs a new roof in the near future, and she desperately needs a paint job. Some insulation would be a plus as well. But all in due time, and as our budget allows.
We have accomplished a few major projects that aren’t so glamourous. We’ve changed out our water heater for a more efficient one. We updated our plumbing, and have added much needed additional electrical outlets. But it’s the pretty projects that have made us feel at home. Those are the projects that I love working on the most.
Every homeowner always says that the projects are never completely done. There’s always something that needs updating, or fixing, or enhancing. To me, that’s just the beauty of owning a home. And, to me, it’s also the beauty of owning such an old home. And with that, I would love to welcome you on a tour of our home, and show you around a few rooms.
Let’s get started!
I’d love to start our tour with our kitchen. The pulse of our house.
The fireplace is a working fireplace, and every night, and many days in the winter, we have a fire burning. It cranks out the heat, and is a major heat source for our house. There is also an iron arm in the fireplace where a kettle can hang. Back in the day, the fireplace was used as the main source for cooking meals, as well as heating the house.
The bookcase that houses my collection of cookbooks was the third staircase in the house, leading the way up to the servants quarters. That staircase area now, has been made into a laundry room, which is located on the other side of the bookcase. The space also gave way for two closets upstairs.
Walking back through the kitchen, I’m taking you to our dining room. When we moved in, we voted this room “Biggest Eyesore.” It had some scary eagle wallpaper, and some burnt wooden beams that were not original to the house, and were only held in by one screw each. The beams got chucked out the window, and the wallpaper removed.
I added pops of apple green for an unexpected and cheery mix. But, I am most proud of the brick wall and love the warmth that it brings to the room.
Be our guest! I love our guest bedroom so much because of the family and friends that occupy it, and because of the fact that it stays neat and tidy. I mixed old and new, my favorite way to decorate. The prized quilt on the bed is a hand-me-down from my great aunt, dating back to the early 1900’s. I’ve paired it with a new duvet cover.
Loaded with light, and an eyebrow window, our guest bedroom is comfy cozy. Along with my parents, we welcome a lot of friends visiting from out of town. Our guest bedroom proves to be a nice retreat for our visitors.
As our master bedroom is under construction, I’m going to take you back downstairs, and backtrack just a little bit.
We come and go through our mudroom, which is directly adjacent from our main front door. Our mudroom was dark, and really didn’t make much sense at all. So I gutted the room and started over, including sanding and refinishing the floors. Now, for us, the room makes sense, and certainly is the hub for all of our outerwear, shoes and boots.
Right off the mud room is our half bath. The only bathroom on the ground floor, it started out uglier than ugly. So, we gutted it and started over, again mixing old with new, and decorating it like an art gallery. Because hey, a lot of art in the bathroom is the next best thing to a Reader’s Digest.
Our half bath was an embarrassment. Truly. All of our bathrooms need(ed) serious help, and I wanted at least one that was acceptable to show off and not be embarrassed for company to use. My inspiration for the bathroom were the outdoor light fixtures that hang in there today. I always believe to add a little of the unexpected in a room.
Our beloved old farmhouse has a few more rooms that are in in transition. But before we go, I still want to show you our back porch and patio area.
We spend as much time as we possibly can on our back porch during warmer months, as well as hanging around the fire pit. It’s so quiet and serene, and we are so grateful that our back porch is so big and spills out to our back patio. Whether we’re just sitting out there enjoying a quiet read and enjoying a drink, gathering around the table for family dinners, or entertaining around our fire pit, our back porch and patio area is undoubtedly our favorite place to relax and to spend time with family and friends..
And an old farmhouse wouldn’t be complete without a barn. Our barn dates back to the late 1700’s, and it is loaded with character and charm. This past spring, I painted an American flag on the side for a huge touch of Americana. Passers by slow down, and sometimes pull over just to look at the flag, and to take photos. I am so proud to have a 20 foot flag on the side of our barn.
I hope you have enjoyed your tour as much as I have enjoyed showing you our home. Stay with me as I continue to update, preserve and remodel our beloved old farmhouse.