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Modern interpretation an old farmhouse in the Connecticut countryside

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This countryside farmhouse retreat was designed as a family vacation home by Marisa Bistany Perkins of M West Designs, located in Litchfield County, Connecticut. The abode is nestled on a sprawling twenty-acres, which once hosted a dairy and horse farm. The original 19th-century homestead was beyond repair, so the homeowners decided to start fresh — rebuild from the ground up. Designed to seem as if it has always been sitting there, the front of the home is a replica of the original. It was modified by adding a barn room at one end, while the other end encompasses a mudroom/porch/garage.

The designer wanted her home to be a relaxing place to escape from frantic suburban life. Her family of four visit on the weekends, but they also have plenty of space to host friends — up to five families at one time! It feels like an inn, so those who visit would feel like they were really on vacation.

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The designer created both floor plans and elevations of this five-bedroom home herself. At the heart of the home is the cozy great room. Antique barn-board was installed on the ceilings, sourced from Canada. The focal point of the room, a stone clad fireplace features granite from the original home’s foundation. Decorated with a rustic-outdoorsy feel, leather sofas feature orange fabric cushions and vintage armchairs covered in Pendleton fabric.

An antique butcher’s chopping block was repurposed into a coffee table by cutting down the legs. Infusing character into this room are the collections of Native American art and artifacts displayed on wood and metal shelving sourced from Restoration Hardware.

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What We Love: This beautiful farmhouse retreat offers the ideal family getaway with plenty of space to play and roam. Trails were created on the property that leads to fabulous hiking and fishing spots, offering activities for everyone to enjoy. Original details and rustic design adds warmth and personality to this inviting and unique family vacation home. We could imagine feeling very comfortable and relaxed staying in this gorgeous abode!

Readers, please share your thoughts on the overall design of this farmhouse retreat in the countryside. Would this be your ideal vacation home? Tell us in the Comments!

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Above: An enclosed breezeway connects the great room to a large den, illuminated with natural light thanks to large windows and skylights. This space can be closed off from the rest of the home via sliding barn doors, whose original hardware was purchased for $100 from the antique store. The doors create a barn-like aesthetic in this space that is decorated in a hybrid Adirondack/Rocky Mountain style.

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Above: Highlights of the open plan kitchen includes: Pietra del Cardoso sandstone countertops, a custom copper sink, and a custom designed range hood composed of rustic barn board. Mirrors were inset into the paneled blue-gray-painted upper cabinets, which reflects the beautiful sunsets that comes through the French doors.

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Although there is no formal living room in this casual home, the designer wanted a formal dining room by the front door. The decor of this space reflects traditional styling with a twist. The custom dining table is composed of tiger maple with turned legs, accented by wooden chairs with purple leather seats. The end chairs are covered with Cowtan & Tout fabric. When the family entertains during the holidays, the open floor plan allows for a second table to be used in the adjacent foyer.

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The third level is used to host the sleepovers for the friends of the homeowner’s children. There are six mismatched Early American mahogany beds, covered with Pendleton blankets and antique patchwork quilts.

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Outside, steps down to the swimming pool are made from stones that were part of the original home’s foundation. The pool house was designed as a custom barn from Connecticut Post & Beam. It has a tin roof, fireplace, bathroom, and a kitchen separated from the seating area by a pass-through. There is also an outdoor kitchen, which features a large grill and a pizza oven.

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Photos: Laura Moss Photography

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Modern? Yes in that it has an electric refrigerator and stove.

BAB
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Lively use of color/pattern blend so well with the rustic texture.

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beautiful