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This 60-year-old Connecticut farmhouse hadn't seen any major changes since it was built, and the owners felt it was time for change. Within their facelift renovation, they maintained the home's original charm while adding elegantly simple style.
This Connecticut farmhouse hadn't been updated since it was built in 1950s, but the homeowners were undaunted. Through the renovations, they preserved the home's charming simplicity but also brought it into the 21st century by opening the home's layout and adding French doors and windows for extra light. The result is a timeless home with modern amenities that cater to its family's lifestyle.
Traditional details—including the gray-stone paving and multipane windows—mix with ageless accoutrements such as the wooden bench to create an inviting walk up to the humble farmhouse.
The original staircase received a minor facelift thanks to chunky newels and balustrades, as well as Shaker-style wainscoting. A paneled mirror casually leans behind the table, tricking the eyes into believing the room is bigger than it actually is.
The homeowners installed six sets of double French doors throughout the home, including one here in the living room, allowing natural light to flood the spaces. Another recurring look: white. The home’s white neutral palette leaves room for season-appropriate accent colors in pillows and other decor.
The homeowners opted to swap in a more detailed mantel for the original one, then paneled the rest of the fireplace wall—upping the house’s classic aesthetic even more. Bronze starburst mirrors bounce light and complement the touches of brown throughout the room—in the chairs' piping and on the legs of the coffee table.
Eliminating walls and uncluttering spaces was key in the home’s renovation. In the kitchen, the owners added an island and breakfast bar in the middle of the room and moved all major appliances to the walls. Enlarging the doorway between the kitchen and the dining room further connects the spaces and continues the homeowners’ vision for an open and relaxed home.
Another major alteration the homeowners made was to the family and dining rooms. They converted the formal dining room into a library, turned the screen porch into a casual dining space, and knocked down a wall separating the family room from the new dining room. The result: an open space for the whole family.
Postrenovation, the dining room is connected to the family room. French doors and minimalist furnishings prompt interactions between family and friends and allow for casual mingling.
Opting for gravel or stone over concrete increases a home’s rustic and timeless ambience—as it does with this outdoor walkway. Other touches, such as the cupola and columns, draw attention to the front entrance.