Early American Country Homes: A Return to Simpler Living
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Twenty restored or renovated Early American country homes feature the myriad of different styles from around the country. The homes exude a simplicity that is somewhat rustic and somewhat country in an understated way. Tim Tanner also features some small cabins that have been made livable for today as well as decorating ideas and outbuildings.
adds to the house. Paint colors are a nice blend of Tuscany and antebellum Virginia. Note the interesting carved timber upright—salvaged from an old barn. This unique area of the house—a stair landing—came about when Noah Bradley had to join the two main antique structures and incorporate an old heart pine staircase. The result is a beautiful example of architecture—sculptural in quality. The original artistic doors and trim work in the master bedroom were the contribution of yet another old
first tastes in furnishings were a few antiques and Ethan Allen–type reproductions. Time spent with a college friend and her old restored farmhouse began to cement in Jean’s mind that someday she would like to upgrade to more antiques or even nicer reproductions. One day she asked Rich, “What if I slowly sell what we now have, and use the funds to trade up?” Rich thought that was a great idea, and so began the process of filling their home with wonderful old antiques. Over time they built up
craftsmen around the country, particularly the Workshops of David T. Smith. As you’ve seen in other homes in this book, David is extremely talented at devising modern kitchens that fit perfectly into period settings. His vision, Cheryl states, was the perfect crowning element for the old tavern. The old millrace still runs through the property, leading to the site of what once was a gristmill. The original gristmill is long gone, unfortunately, but a new outbuilding, used for storage and
Fate Jense Home (Reddick Newton Allred Home), Sanpete County, Utah ca. 1870 Once in a great while, on very rare occasions, something happens in a person’s life that completely changes it. Such was the case when Sara Jense stopped to investigate an old dilapidated house one day. Sara cannot say for sure what prompted her to investigate the old structure. It was obviously in disrepair, and former owners had significantly altered the historical nature and value of the home. As she stepped onto the
testament to pioneer lives. This antique sofa was built by Anders Swenson around 1870. Swenson was a Scandinavian Mormon immigrant, a cabinetmaker by trade whose work is now highly collectible. This simple but stately limestone home once belonged to early Mormon pioneer leader Orson Hyde. This house is an excellent example of classic architectural principles in use among Early American pioneer settlers. The back lean-to reveals the added charm of the stone wall on what was previously the back