Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Pennsylvania Farmhouse

I love this time of the year in New England when the leaves have all turned and the weather is getting a bit more chilly. It's time of making apple pies and getting the wood stacked and ready for roaring fires in in the fireplace. I thought this would be a great time to share this thoughtfully restored 1840's Greek Revival Farmhouse in Pennsylvania, a two hour drive from NYC.
Paul Ochs, founder of Och Design has a passion for restoring historic homes in country, that are commutable to the Big Apple. This rural residential restoration showcases his wonderful talent and gift for returning an antique abandoned home back to its original beauty.
Paul was careful to keep as many of the original details of the home as possible. Above, the mudroom has been restored with the original plank ceilings and hemlock floor.
The kitchen was completely renovated, but the new cabinets evoke a true farmhouse feel. The countertops are bluestone that was found locally. Notice the moulding detail above the window that was enlarged to hold antique crockery.
Paul designed the farm table to seat 10. He also hung a collection of antique butter paddles as a reminder that the property was once a dairy farm.
The fireplace was added to the dining room and, because it was done so thoughtfully, it looks original. The antler light fixture in the living room is an Ochs Design original. I really like the cozy feeling in this room. The two old chests pushed up against each other create an interesting coffee table. Also notice the enhanced moulding around the windows - it creates a great shelf for displaying what looks like bittersweet branches.
The historic paint color selection creates a lovely autumn feeling in this guest suite. A black Windsor chair is a classic in any farmhouse decor. The addition of the botanical prints creates a perfect accent.
In an effort to embrace the interesting roof lines, a custom velvet headboard was created in the master bedroom.
Every farmhouse needs a chippy iron bed! The wall color in this guest room is just beautiful.
The attic was renovated to hold an artist's studio. I adore the interesting chair made from found objects.
The barn was also restored and renovated into a four car garage with a large overhead space which could eventually become an apartment or guest house. The house also sits on a bubbling stream and is surrounded by acres of undeveloped property.
If you are interested in seeing more photos of this wonderful home, including many detailed before and afters click here. A two hour drive from NYC and you feel world's away - I can almost smell the apple pie baking!
(all photos Ochs Design)


  1. oh. my. word. what a gem!! thank you so much for sharing this beautiful home!

  2. Simplicity is always so elegant. The angled headboard is a wonderful custom touch.

  3. Love all the details...very nice! Tracey xx

  4. This is such a beautiful house. They did a fantastic job. The detail of the butter paddles struck me -how fantastic.

  5. oh I love this! And the barn is fabulous!!

  6. Thanks for taking me back Gina --I grew up in rural PA. That attic studio is a wonder. Wow.

  7. That is absolutely beautiful! We lived in rural NY/PA too....home, ahhhhh.

  8. I LOVE it! I want an old farmhouse sooo badly. I'll take that one! :)

  9. I adore the entry and the creativity of the slanted headboard to match the roofline. I could be comfy here!

  10. This is all I what love, such a gem!

    My daughter (12) told me today in a sweet innocent way, she wants to live in a farmhouse in Pennsylvania, not to far from us, with her husband and three children, horse and pets....
    ONE DAY!
    Love that post!

  11. Tracey,
    I really love that! And especially the pictures with the decorative items on the wall!
    I love all of this!
    Thank you!

  12. Gina,
    Sorry I called you Tracey in my comment! Sorry I did not know where my thoughts were!


  13. Great space, thoughtful details throughout creating a very warm and inviting space. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Great house with excellent features.

    Deirdre G

  15. Oh My Goodness - I LOVE this house! The part of the world I live in is also called New England, but obviously thousands of miles across the other side of the world in Australia!! Our beautiful autumns feature the same amazing trees, and this house is my idea of the ideal home!! What a wonderful post, as always I adore your blog :) Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. I would like the color name and brand of the red-orange walls in the guest suite. It is lovely!
    thanks you

  17. I just love it!!! - I live in a small new england town in Massachuestts, I guess not that far from
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures...
    mmmmm Apple pie...I love fall in New England it's the best..
    Prim Hugs


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