Using some salvaged materials, vintage decor, and family heirlooms, a young Colorado family builds a new home with ties to the past.

December 11, 2017

It was important to the Conklin family that their new home complement the 38 acres surrounding it, so they modeled the design after a traditional farmstead but adjusted the footprint to accommodate modern ideas about family living. Floors and doors are made from reclaimed oak and Wyoming snow fence; custom paneling and ceiling beams are made from distressed logs. In the kitchen, concrete pavers evoke the essence of old brick but are softer on little bare feet and easier to maintain.

This wholesome backdrop works with Lucy Rose's "reloved" finds, including her collection of vintage crates, cutting boards, Codd bottles and bowls, and antique furnishings purchased at local outposts, online through Etsy, and passed down from her paternal grandmother, Rosemary.

An upholstered chair and a burlap pouf dress up this corner of the bedroom. A hide rug adds softness to dark wood floors.

Stable Stairs

Lucy Rose and Kyle Conklin loved the idea of using wrought-iron spindles for the entry stairwell, but they didn't love the hefty price tag. To get the look for less, they used inexpensive industrial rebar for the stairway railing. The overall look is reminiscent of horse stables.

Farm Kitchen

The homeowners mixed open shelving made from reclaimed wood with unfinished and Blue-gray cabinets to give the new kitchen an old soul. To add more closed storage without a closed-in feel, they hung a crate (made from reclaimed Wyoming snow fence and chicken wire) from gas-pipe hangers above a 5×5-foot island.

Mixed Styles

Reclaimed-wood shelves and a vintage sign underscore the farmhouse vibe of the kitchen. A wood sink cabinet and cutting boards echo the texture of the shelves. Blue cabinetry has a touch of patina and cottage flair. All these elements standout against the modern, sleek subway tiles.

Pretty Pantry

Nestled beneath the dish rack is an antique nesting box Lucy Rose transformed into a snack station housing apples, oranges, nuts, and sundries. Cream-color cabinetry pops against vertical dark wood paneling. Brushed-bronze pulls and knobs on all the drawers and cabinets pull the look together.

Natural Decor

A potting bench on the front porch provides display space for ever-changing seasonal decor. Firewood storage is another layer of natural wood on the exterior.

Rustic Dining

Lucy Rose loves the dining room's unlikely combination of styles. There is unexpected harmony between rustic paneled walls, an ornate antique hutch, and industrial-style chairs. Rustic and simple light fixtures hang over the table. A large piece of art on the hutch adds a jolt of blue-green to the room, a color that's repeated in the salvaged shutters next to the hutch.

Heirloom Decor

Some of Lucy Rose's fondest childhood memories are of visits to her grandma Rosemary's house. She spent many moments daydreaming on Grandma's scrolly iron daybed, which now sits in front of the picture window in the Conklins' living room. A patchwork quilt lends itself to a mishmash of colors and styles of accent pillows.

Lofty Beams

Massive ceiling beams and a stacked-stone fireplace made from Montana moss rock ground the lofty living room. To emphasize the airiness, the Conklins chose an airy antler chandelier and a crisp, contemporary white for the wall paint. A jute rug layers texture onto natural wood floors.

Vintage Vignette

Layers of rustic materials make this console table a point of interest against a white wall. A carpenter's table's warmth contrasts with galvanized accents' industrial-cool vibe. Layered frames and cottage shutters complete the charming display.

Pattern Play

In the attic, scalloped-edge coverlets, floral quilts, and buffalo check pillows layer on the twin beds for a comfy, countrified feel. An oil painting by grandma Rosemary hangs between the beds. Dark wood ceiling boards give the illusion of beams without the bulk.

Custom Vanities

Built-in vanities would have made the narrow master bath appear tighter and darker, so interior designer Jenn Medoff drew up plans for a freestanding vanity with sinks on two different sides and floating mirrors. A tall, skinny dresser bookends the counter. The clever configuration freed wall space for an additional window to maximize light and views.

Flea Finds

Culinary antiques aren't just for the kitchen. On a dresser in the bath, Lucy Rose uses a tin cake stand to corral her collection of antique and artisanal jewelry. A quirky vintage hand form wears a mood ring that belonged to grandma Rosemary. 

Master Linens

Layers of natural textures provide an eye-pleasing complement to romantic white linens in the master bedroom. Dark wood flooring makes the white bedding look crisp and clean. Simple sconces and artwork don't distract from the beautiful wood accent wall.

Bath Retreat

Lucy Rose opted for a feminine feel for the master bath and hung a crystal chandelier above a Victorian-inspired claw-foot tub. A traditional silk curtain separates the bath from the master bathroom. Painted wood shutters add cottage charm.

Reclaimed Materials

Custom designs can be cost-effective when materials are used wisely. For the boys' bath, the Conklins commissioned a vanity from leftover paneling and topped it with raw-edge travertine. The "fish scale" floor tiles and metal antler mirrors add to the rustic vibe. A pulley-based sconce gives an industrial feel.

Comfy Cozy

The screen porch off the kitchen is a multipurpose space furnished for family fun. Passed down from grandma Rosemary, the worn table makes the perfect place for worry-free crafting, dining, and games. For seating, Lucy Rose chose classic X-back bistro chairs and a pair of comfy slipper chairs dressed in traditional mattress ticking.

Comments (4)

August 31, 2019
Wow. So unique. I doubt that there's another like it anywhere. Great use of specific decor, although some of the finishes would be a bit rough in everyday use, I would think. However, a beautiful example that I'm sure suits the owners.
January 25, 2019
The pulley light over the bathroom vanity is a great rustic touch. So many wonderful things to comment on in the house. Rustic charm to a tee.
May 22, 2018
I love the rebar idea for the staircase. I also was put off by cost of wrought iron. I will definitely be using this idea in a few years when I have enough money saved for this project.
May 19, 2018
Lots of both rustic and feminine ideas, effective combinations! Never saw a two-sided bath vanity, very attractive and practical! I may use the rebar idea when I remodel our staircase!