Here she is folks!! Our new slice of heaven, apparently nicknamed "Stonewall Farms" by previous owners, due to the massive stone retaining walls that line the driveway. We're glad to report that the move went well and we're currently settling into the new space. WHEW! What a whirlwind!!
If you know me personally, you know my home is filled with consignment finds, fb marketplace scores, and lots and lots of items from what my mom and I like to call a good ole garage sale jackpot. While I'm regularly working with stunning custom high-end pieces for my clients, our own house has been pulled together on a shoe string budget—and I've always liked it that way! I love the thrill of the hunt, and I also feel much less sad when a dog puts a muddy paw on something I didn't spend too much mula on.
I'm also pretty choosey about what comes into our house because—while my aesthetic doesn't look it—I'm a minimalist at heart. As a result of that, I love just about everything we own, and almost all of our current furniture came with us to the new place. BUT. Since selling the house, we were able to set aside a decent little budget to spend on some new items and updates for the house, and I'm soooo excited to share those with you! I'm pumped for you to see our new abode!
The home we left behind (above) is a beautiful colonial style house built in 1915. I absolutely love old houses, and if you can believe it, the new house is almost double in age! This circa 1847 colonial farmhouse is a whopping 173 year olds and has quite a story:
In the 1980's, the house was located on local fairgrounds and had fallen into disrepair. The fire department had flagged it as one to be used for training firefighters, but some lover of historic homes heroically swooped in, bought the house, and moved it to a nearby plot of land—that's right, MOVED it! Since then, it's had multiple owners and undergone several renovations while still maintaining much of its original charm. The last owners left us a photo album full of awesome shots of the original house, so I'll definitely be sharing those here soon!
One of the reasons we liked this house is that there's potential to expand, if we want to. Our last house was on a jam-packed city block in a historic district, which means room to grow was limited, and even if you had it, you'd have to get everything through this historic preservation association, which is both expensive and difficult. In our new location, we get all the perks of owning a historic home—the charm, the quirks—but on a completely private two acre plot with zero historic regulations—woo hoo!
Kitchen Island Plans
We hope to do a kitchen reno/expansion at some point in the future, but we want to live in the house for a while first to figure out what exactly we need/want, or if we even need to expand. Additionally, the current kitchen, while not exactly my style, is pretty darn cute and has a lot of potential. Here are a few shots from the listing:
Initially, my plan is to swap light fixture, paint the walls, and add an island.
It's been interesting to observe how the style of this house and it's s surroundings has influenced my desired aesthetic for it. I've never been particularly drawn to the farmhouse style, but with this house, I find my style influences shifting. I've been pouring over stripped down primitive designs, searching for simple antique pieces, and regularly visiting the insta feeds of designers like Lauren Liess (newer to me) and Amber Interiors (who I've loved from the start, but am now seeing in new ways).
SO. The first piece I'm excited about is a custom island table I designed that my friends over at Katt Design & Carpentry are building for me. In my (pinterest) research (HA), I've discovered what are called draper's tables, and I. am. OBSESSED. Here are a couple I've been ogling:
I love the rustic, stripped down look paired with the perimeter of cabinetry. Now, a true antique draper table from Europe will cost you a good chunk of change, and while I LOVE the open storage and warmth they bring to a space, they don't have the exact functionality I'm looking for.
I stumbled upon the below piece of furniture designed by Lauren Liess for Woodbridge Furniture (if you're into it, I can get it for you, just message me for details!), but ALAS, it comes assembled in a solid piece and it is too wide for my teeny tiny 1847 doorways. DRAT!
It's all good, though, because it gave me a good starting place to figure out what I really wanted / needed. I liked that this one had a place for stools and the storage it provided, but I didn't like the vertical back panel that separates the shelves from where the stools sit—it's definitely functional, but I wanted those pretty open sight lines.
So, since I wasn't finding exactly what I was looking for, my next plan of action was to design my own and have my favorite carpenters build it for me! Here are a few of the tables/islands I used as inspiration:
This last one was my favorite, and you can see how I sketched my idea over the top to make it more what I was looking for. Mine will be much thinner to fit through those 30" door frames. The below shelf will be pretty thin, just 12" deep, but enough to set a few big baskets or pots for some extra storage while keeping the kitchen feeling open and airy.
The table will have three long, shallow drawers across what I'll call the front, which I'll likely use for kitchen utensils/knives etc. I also ordered some fun vintage-inspired cast iron hardware for the drawers, and will do the island in a stain similar to the last table above.
It's such a simple design, and since I couldn't find anything exactly like what I needed for the space, going custom made sense. The kitchen sort of a medium size, and while it's pretty open, there really isn't much counter space. The new island will give us an additional 6ft x 2.5ft of workspace, which is about as big as I could go in the space. My stools will be backless, and will slide almost all the way beneath the table.