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Our 2019 Project House Reveal

Our 2019 Project House Reveal

Written by Kristin Dowding
Photography by Ridgelight Studio, LLC
Styling by Heather Alton, Amy Mitchell and Joanne Palmisano

At the beginning of 2019, we announced our project house. We worked in partnership with Yankee Barn Homes to build from scratch our dream farmhouse cottage. After a year of prep, brainstorming, mood boards, floor plans and color swatches, we’re excited for the house reveal!

To recap, the build is in Springfield, New Hampshire. And our editors, Victoria Van Vlear of American Farmhouse Style and Jickie Torres of Cottages and Bungalows, worked closely with Yankee’s Creative Director Jeffrey Rosen, three talented designers and top-notch sponsors to bring to fruition the idea of blending farmhouse style with cottage charm. Follow along as we uncover the house reveal of all the spaces in this unique project home.

The exterior of the Project House is white with a large farmhouse porch
Using locally sourced materials was important to Yankee Barn Homes, so they used local stone to build the foundation of the house. A classic gable roofline is an iconic farmhouse choice for the roof shape, and the covered wraparound porch completes the look.

Exterior/Porch

With a wraparound porch, double cupolas, exposed beams and board-and-batten siding, the house reveal of the exterior has eye-catching farmhouse appeal. Designer Heather Alton of New England Design Elements created simple seating areas with vintage-inspired furniture and décor. The combination helped increase the cottage vibe, where homeowners can sip iced tea and enjoy the surrounding scenery.

Two chairs and a mini table with a jug on the porch to our Project House
Our Project House’s front porch greets the beautiful lush greenery found in Springfield, New Hampshire.

Mudroom/Powder Room

The mudroom and powder room are both charming, bright and practical with the help of a few accessories and a striking foundation. The attractive Cherokee Brick flooring, with its durable qualities and historic appeal, was a perfect choice. “Farmhouse style is all about variety and texture,” says Victoria. “So the flooring, from the wood to the brick, sets a good base that will last for many years, while also providing texture.” A few simple elements such as wall hooks and a bench keep the mudroom functional. And accessories such as pillows and a blanket make it inviting.

The brick mudroom in the Project House. The walls are white and the floor is exposed, bare brick from Cherokee Brick
To create a flow between the mudroom and powder room, they installed Cherokee Brick flooring, which is both easy to clean and appealing to look at. It sets these spaces apart from the home’s entry and elevates their practicality.

Laundry Room

Making the laundry room both welcoming and functional was a priority in this home. We all know a tedious task such as laundry is better when your surroundings appeal to you. Heather kept a neutral palette in this space for a clean, utilitarian look with period farmhouse touches.

The white laundry room has a wood ironing board that folds onto the wall and the sink has white backsplash
Textural elements such as the Cherokee Brick flooring, open shelving, subway-tile backsplash and vintage décor all provide interest in the neutral laundry room.
The small bathroom has exposed brick flooring with a wood accent wall. A tiny white sink sits under the small vanity mirror
An accent wall is an easy way to add texture to a small space, and this wood wall is a welcome break from the white walls in the mudroom. The faucet and fittings from Signature Hardware were the perfect fit, with charming accessories by Marmalade Mercantile giving the space additional character.

Great Room/Dining Room

“I have to admit, the great room is my favorite,” says Jeffrey. “It’s a two-story volume which is cupola topped and full of post-and-beam timber structure. There’s light from the three walls of glass windows/doors and warmth from the stone fireplaces that anchor both ends of the room. It’s truly the soul of the house.”

This is a show-stopping space in our project house reveal. With high ceilings and numerous large windows by Marvin®, designer Amy Mitchell of Home Glow Design made sure to balance that height with cozy furniture, while highlighting the stunning architecture of the space. “The architecture really speaks to farmhouse style,” says Victoria. “Even just the building style of the post-and-beam house sets a ground floor for farmhouse elements. These include exposed beams, large windows and an open floorplan.”

A large fireplace made from stones reaches the Project House's vaulted ceiling. The room has many wood paneling in light, blonde wood
A mix of wood and upholstered chairs in the dining room helps elevate the mountain farmhouse vibe to a distinctive take on the style. Purples and blues complement the natural greenery from the outdoor scenery, and they bring a cottage feel with them. The artwork on the fireplace is an unexpected twist on showcasing collector’s plates, and it helps balance the vaulted ceilings with a focal point in the middle of the floor and ceiling.
A large fireplace made from stones reaches the Project House's vaulted ceiling. The room has many wood paneling in light, blonde wood
The hub of the home, the great room acts as the go-to space for gathering. “I love how we kept the softness of cottage style and married that with the natural rustic textures of the farmhouse aesthetic. It creates this wonderful cozy yet organic feel,” says Jickie. “There are stone details in the fireplace and wood paneling around the house, and that variety works well for the New England farmhouse look,” says Victoria.

Kitchen

Jeffrey gave the kitchen, the heart of the home, a touch of drama with gray-colored Shaker-style cabinets by Crown Point Cabinetry. It flows naturally into the great room, so the space had to be both open and functional. A large island, open shelving, soapstone countertops and rustic lighting came together to achieve that goal, really showcasing the blend of a cottage/farmhouse vibe. “The styles work well together because the lifestyles are so compatible,” says Victoria. “Both farmhouse and cottage enthusiasts love warm, friendly spaces that work for family life, and that’s what this home has.”

The kitchen has bluejay blue counters covered in black countertops. The white backsplash is paired with open farmhouse wood shelves
The kitchen has open shelves, a classic element of any farmhouse-style kitchen.
The kitchen has darker wood floors that perfectly complement the blue cabinets
The wood flooring perfectly combines with the blue cabinetry to create a classic farmhouse feel.

Loft

Heather designed the loft to be a relaxing studio hangout with eclectic elements. The space uses a vibrant color palette of reds, yellows and blues. These colors are based on the colorful farmhouse boho style in the wingback chair with the peacocks. To balance the open space for the house reveal, she created three work zones with furniture: a work desk for more serious work, an armchair for less concentrated tasks and a comfy window seat for reading and conversation.

The loft of the Project House has a wood floor and many unique pieces of furniture, including a vibrantly colored floral patterned chair
Also designed by Heather Alton, the loft is a fun space for hanging out or completing a project. With three areas to choose from, there’s a comfortable spot for every need.
The high ceiling of the Project House has blone wood beams
The loft has a gorgeous view of the Project House’s large, vaulting ceiling with wood beams.

Master Bedroom/Bathroom

Beautiful blue tones create a calming presence in the master bedroom. Designer Joanne Palmisano went for an eclectic modern farmhouse vibe with the mix of vintage décor and classic furniture with contemporary patterns in the rug and wallpaper. “It’s my favorite space in the house with the skylights and window seat,” says Victoria. “I’m a reader, so I love that it has a spot next to those big windows to curl up with a good book.”

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Fireplace with wood mantel, stockings and built-in shelves full of firewood.

Hardwood floors from Olde Wood create a flow in the first-floor rooms, and the window seat highlights the surrounding scenery. Jeffrey kept the master bathroom white for a clean and timeless look in the house reveal.

The master bedroom with white and blue floral accent wall. In front of the accent wall sits a queen size bed and blue chest of drawers
Light flows into the master bedroom through the large Marvin® windows, the window-paned door and the sconces from Golden Lighting. Blue touches blend with classic pieces for a fresh look.
The large window has a spot to sit on, a nook with blue pillows.
The master bedroom, designed by Joanne Palmisano, showcases a cozy reading nook with skylights above for optimal natural lighting.

Guest Rooms

Joanne had fun with color and chose to vary the guest rooms with modern and classic touches. One of the rooms has vibrant green accents and modern patterns. And the other room uses soft pink touches and traditional features. The result is a unique vibe for each space.

Bright pops of green greet you in the guest room inclue the green throw blanket on the all white bed and evergreen colored mini desk
Bright pops of green greet you in the guest room, where Joanne mixed vintage pieces with modern artwork, carpet tiles from FLOR by Interface and Herringbone wallpaper from Wallflora. The vintage side table from Vermont Antique Mall set the color palette for this room.
The upstairs bedroom has two twin beds. Each bed is identical with pale pink wire bedframes and a rustic wood nightstand covered in plants, mirrors and an oil painting of roses
The upstairs bedroom, designed by Joanne Palmisano, is a sweet vintage destination, with beautiful antiques and fresh colors.

In the End

“This home was a success through the right collaboration,” says Jeffrey. “The magazines came to us with a wish list and we ran with it. We incorporated all the Yankee Barn Homes gusto we could, using the architectural languages we are known for to pull it all off. I think we are all happy with the end result.”

The bathroom has hexagon shaped tile in hues of gray and white
The bathroom tile is hexagon shaped to create interest, along with its unique shades.
The bathroom has hexagon shaped tile in hues of gray and white
The bathroom floor is eye-catching, especially when paired with the white cabinets and black door hardware.

Just learning about our Project House reveal? Check out the beginning here. And of course, don’t forget to follow us on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest to get your daily dose of farmhouse inspiration!

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