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A Farmhouse Renovation

With a little creativity and a lot of elbow grease, one Connecticut couple re-envisions and reinvigorates a run-down farmhouse.

By Tovah Martin

Installing French Doors
The couple’s wish for more light in the dining room was answered when they discovered a pair of many-windowed antique French doors on the side of the road with a cardboard sign that read, “Free.” The doors were in good working condition and suited the sun-infused, clean-line farmhouse style that the Cockerlines were striving to achieve; their only flaw was missing hardware, which was easily and inexpensively remedied.

About the Author: With goats and organic gardens around her Connecticut cottage, Tovah Martin is every inch a hobby farmer. She is a freelance garden writer, lecturer, blogger and author—her most recent book is The New Terrarium (Clarkson Potter, 2009).

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2011 issue of Hobby Farm Home.

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