Down on the Farm.

Barns give us so much to appreciate. Be it a place for feed storage, a home for horses or cows for milking, and even reclaimed wood for decorating our homes and commercial spaces. We are all familiar with the idea of a ‘barn’. And I’m especially familiar with the architecture of barns. I held the position of Marketing Manager for a boutique Washington, DC based architecture firm that specialized in renovating and building barns. Most times, these were new construction homes for horses, but other times, these barns became ballrooms for entertaining large crowds or living spaces for summer retreats. I love them all. So you can imagine my curiosity when I read an  article on the renovated farmhouse and barn of a somewhat young family and a farmhouse in Roxbury, Connecticut.

The original silo with a middle set of contemporary windows.

The original silo with a middle set of contemporary windows.

They were originally constructed in the 19th century, joined together in the 20th century, and now surrounded by fields.

The fixtures are from a factory with their original set of paint.

The fixtures are from a factory with their original set of paint.

Chairs by Pierre Paulin and a custom sofa surround a vintage walnut coffee table.

Chairs by Pierre Paulin and a custom sofa surround a vintage walnut coffee table.

The owners were looking for a good blend of rustic furniture and folk art along with their collection of contemporary art. Bright colors were used though out becuase days can be grey in New England and the dark wood beams and wall inside needed something to pop.

Acrylic on canvas art flanks the wooden walls.

Acrylic on canvas art flanks the wooden walls and the small original doorway. Cool!

The grandfather clock turned sculpture in the billiard room is by Walter Martin.

The grandfather clock turned sculpture in the billiard room is by Walter Martin. Looks like beavers are on the loose!

In every room, multicolored, textured ceramic lamps and pendant fixtures have a kicthy California-modern vibe, like the hourglass lights that were once hung over booths at a Los Angeles coffee shop.

In the kitchen, a soapstone topped kitchen island rests below a vintage pendant fixture.

In the kitchen, a soapstone topped kitchen island rests below a vintage pendant fixture.

The library and game room of a house are combined for one large entertaining area.1

The library and game room of a house are combined for one large entertaining area.

This contemporary fabric in earthy citrusy colors and hand-drawn animal shapes is just perfect.

This abstract fabric in earthy and citrusy colors and hand-drawn animal shapes is just perfect for morning wake ups in the master bedroom.

A simple vintage lamp sits beautifully on a French walnut table in the master bedroom.

A simple vintage lamp sits beautifully on a French walnut table in the master bedroom.

In the master bedroom, the headboard is made from a single slice of polished wood.

In the master bedroom, the headboard is made from a single slice of polished wood.

Ceramic subway tiles and barn siding replaced marble in the master bathroom.

Ceramic subway tiles and barn siding replaced marble in the master bathroom.

Photos are by Eric Laignel.

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