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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


Simple farmhouse bedroom with bed, chest, nightstand and chair
Photo by Kindra Clineff
The Cockerlines love te texture of the master bedroom's partially stripped wallpaper and opted to keep it as-is.
Personalizing the Bedrooms
Also upstairs, the Cockerlines decided to leave the partially stripped wallpaper that came with the farmhouse in the master bedroom and found that they liked the textured walls without any further fussing. To emphasize the wall’s texture, they painted the ceiling a light shade of periwinkle blue. Adding only basic nightstands and great linens to the chunky wood-frame, headboardless bed, they left the large room open and uncluttered. Across the hall, their son David’s room received the opposite treatment. Robin designed a cozy, hunkered-down, built-in sleeping nook with a Scandinavian flair. And David, a carpenter, built it.

“I think it’s such a great way to deal with a small space,” Robin says. “It makes it so special.”

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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