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Charming historic farmhouse in Tennessee with a peaceful forest backdrop

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This charming historic farmhouse was expanded into a contemporary country retreat by Wade Weissmann Architecture along with Rachel Halvorson Designs, set on 25 rolling acres on the outskirts of Franklin, Tennessee. What was once a pre-Civil war era cabin has undergone a full-scale renovation along with an addition, rich in character from exterior to interior.

Timeless stonework and a cedar shake roof present a breathtaking exterior facade. Inside, a pre-Civil War era settler’s cabin salvaged from Hartsville, Tennessee was disassembled and reassembled by the previous owner. Rough-hewn planks are fastened together with ‘chinking” mortar that was used in cabins from this era. 

DESIGN DETAILS: RENOVATION ARCHITECT Wade Weissmann Architecture BUILDER Davis Construction Services INTERIOR DESIGN Rachel Halvorson Designs

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The old cabin was integrated with the new addition of the home to flow with the same aesthetic. This can be seen in the sitting room, where the low ceiling is highlighted with thick wood beams. All of the windows throughout this home are single-pane glass. There is no drywall — interior walls either have shiplap or are finished with some type of wall texture.

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What We Love: Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful trees, this charming historic farmhouse provides a wonderful retreat for a family to relax and unwind. Thoughtful care was taken in the renovation and addition of this home to respect the historical past while infusing new architectural details throughout. We are loving the mix of old and new, lending a beautiful aesthetic to this one-of-a-kind home that fits in perfectly with its surroundings.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the re-design of this home? Would you change any of the details if this were your own home? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other fascinating home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of Tennessee: We’re dreaming of this peaceful lakeside family retreat in Tennessee and House Tour: An absolutely gorgeous transitional farmhouse in Tennessee.

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Above: The front porch of this charming historic farmhouse features rocking chairs that were found at Cracker Barrel — a chain of restaurants and gift stores with a Southern country theme.

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The interior of this home has been filled with family heirlooms that include an antique china cabinet, vintage sterling silver flatware, and English Wedgwood Appledore fine China.

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Above: In the kitchen, the vintage-looking hardware was sourced from Rocky Mountain Hardware and perfectly complements the log cabin chinking on the walls. Above the island, the light fixture was sourced from Lowcountry Originals.

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Above: The kitchen island is painted in Agreeable Gray SW 7029 – Sherwin-Williams. The wall paint color is China White OC-141 | Benjamin Moore.

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Above: Above the beautiful Wolf range is a gooseneck faucet from Waterworks.

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The dining chairs and the Oushak rug came from the owners’ previous home. Additional highlights to this space include an antique farmhouse table and a gorgeous multi-light chandelier that is original to the home. Family heirloom pieces in this space include the hutch and the silver service. The window treatments are by Fabricut.

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Above: The home library’s bookshelves feature a collection of the owner’s antique hymnals. The settee is by Lee Industries, while the vintage French salon chairs are covered in Mark Alexander fabric. The coffee table is by Lucy Smith Designs, and the window treatments are Rose Tarlow’s Trieste.

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Above: The main bedroom evokes this home’s historical past, featuring Venetian plaster walls and wooden pegs in the decorative woodwork. The headboard and bed surround were preserved from the original home, as the soft color palette fits perfectly with the owner’s vision for their home. The bed linens are from Matteo.

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Above: In the bathroom, the ceiling is painted in a haint blue from Benjamin Moore — a popular color selection for porches throughout the South.

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Above: In the water closet, the pendant light is from Waterworks.

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Above: This light-filled screened porch features a gorgeous vintage dining table with a bench from Lee Industries and Arbor dining chairs by Janus et Cie. The pillows and chair cushions are covered in a Perennials fabric.

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Above: This cozy and beautiful outdoor patio features furnishings sourced from JANUS et Cie.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Caroline Allison

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