Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Old Farmhouse in Tennessee

Some of you asked about the old farmhouse in Tennessee we used to own that I showed you a picture of in my last post.

We bought it in 2002 and totally remodeled it.  We sold it in 2005 to move to North Carolina.  It was originally built in the 1940's.  By the time we purchased it, it had been badly remodeled several times.

You asked for more pictures so here are some pictures of the old farmhouse after we remodeled it.  The only before pics I have are not digital.... You will see a lot of the same furniture I have in my house now in this old house.  Like the dining table (we now use in our eat in kitchen), chairs in the living room, master bed, dresser and armoire...etc.

This is a view standing on the back porch...

The living room....


The dining room...

The kitchen....which BTW, we gutted and put new cabinets (stock from Home Depot) and new counters (white formica) and white basic GE appliances from Lowe's.  No granite...no stainless steel.  I think this is my favorite kitchen I have ever had.



The master bedroom and bath....



So there you have it.  We loved this house.  And it was really close to being our DREAM HOME...

I know you all are wondering while we sold it.  Well what you can't see from the pictures is the dairy farm across the street.  It was a very small dairy farm when we bought our home.  Over the few years it grew in size and the SMELL of the dairy farm, literally drove us away.  We couldn't eat outside because of the smell and the flies.  We couldn't have our doors and windows open...it really smelled terrible!

So maybe someday, I will find another old farm house to fix up that doesn't have a dairy farm across the road.

On another note....come over to my Lavender Hill Studio blog and let me know what you think about this.....

Welcome Home,
Penny

45 comments:

  1. Penny, your former home is beautiful. I love the little breakfast nook with the wicker chairs and round table. I am sorry about the reason you left. It must have been a difficult decision.

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  2. I love it so much...nothing like the real thing..pure and simple and beautiful! Too bad about the stink across the street! :D

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  3. So, I have to ask how difficult was it to sell the dream house if it smelled really bad. It sure was nice!

    Carol

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  4. Darling! I really like the dining room table and chairs , if you don't mind me being noisy where did you get them. I have a new house that needs a set and we are in such a quandary as to what to buy. I really like that set and think my husband would too.

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  5. I love that kitchen too, sometimes simple really *is* best.

    Janet

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  6. That kitchen is so bright and truly delightful. Thank you for showing us what simple and cost effective can look like. I'm going to remember this. Sorry about the dairy farm...the smell would be bad, but the flies so much worse.

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  7. Thanks for sharing your former home with us. With that smell I would have moved, too.

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  8. That would have been hard to give up that house! Question: did white countertops stain? I think they are gorgeous!

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  9. Loved the hardwood floors in your former home. Thanks for sharing those pics. Dairy farm... say no more. My brother in law lives downwind from a massive dairy farm in Idaho... stink-o-rama! They tried to sell, but have had no bites.

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  10. Penny....That's too bad that you had to move away from a place that you loved. Good memories, though!~Hugs, Patti

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  11. Loved your former home - too bad about the smell! I especially liked those tall, narrow nightstands you had in the master bedroom - I've been looking for something similar for our bedroom at the cabin.

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  12. Your old farm house was beautiful. I know you enjoyed it (all, but the flies). Sorry you had to move. I love your new mosaic piece that you have posted on your work blog. It is gorgeous!!! Penny, you are one talented lady. Your mosaic work is awesome! Love & blessings from NC!

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  13. what an amazing old farm house. sorry you had to move. i would have loved living there, except for the smell! have a great day.

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  14. Penny, your farmhouse is beautiful!!! I'm so glad I don't live just a tad bit down the street. There is a cattle farm there and you can hear them mooing real early in the morning. I'm sure they stink too. People are building houses right beside them too. And these are not small homes either! I live in the upstate of SC, btw! We it gets a little cooler I plan on making a trip to Fletcher, NC to go to Smileys flea market!

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  15. It's nice to revisit a beloved old house, isn't it? I can see why you loved this one so much. I've had many kitchens over the years, but the one I liked the best was the smallest and the most efficient - a galley kitchen.

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  16. Adorable, so sad you had to leave it. Just caught up on your other posts as well. Love the Sunflower!

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  17. What a fun tour Penney!
    Your home in Tennessee was just gorgeous! I love the bath, the kitchen, the hardwood floors, well just everything!
    And you have a great eye for decorating too.
    But your new home is gorgeous too, I love that studio so much!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  18. I am sure you and your husband had worked a lot fo magic on that house, but the dairy smell would have run me off too. My husband's family had a dairy which was located just a couple of miles from their home. Ugh! The smell and, yes, the flies were AWFUL!
    Glad that part of those days is gone.
    Loved your posting.
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  19. Oh how sad to leave such a lovely home! Yes, the smell would drive me away, too. I always wanted to live on a farm but not be in charge of it! Now I know I don't want an animal farm!!!!

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  20. Penny-You have a "thing" for pretty bathrooms :)! I love that kitchen too! It's a shame the smell drove you away, but I love where you are now!

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  21. There's nothing like the smell of a dairy farm! I know why you moved!

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  22. Penny, it is such a lovely place. I can see that special Penny touch in every room.

    Ooh, I couldn't have taken the flies either. I admit that I am a city girl. I love all the wonderful things about the countryside, but I don't think I would be very tolerant about the less than wonderful things.

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  23. That is indeed a wonderful kitchen. You have such an talent for home decorating.

    Darla (in CA - I see there's another Darla following your blog who commented above)

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  24. Oh yes, I can see why you loved that home so much Penny. It must have been hard to leave it behind. Of course I LOVE your home now in N.C. - it is just stunning. You certainly have the decorating touch!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  25. That is a beautiful home! Too bad for the smells, that would drive me away too. Good smells are part of a great home! I added this blog to my blog list on my blog! Keep up the good work. Check out my site when you can ;) www.carrotcreekboutique.com

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  26. Oh Penny, a dairy farm across the street sounds so romantic and country cozy! I guess not! I can only imagine how much more you are enjoying those outdoor days at your new place :)

    Hugs,
    Dena

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  27. Penny this is the size and type of house I'd love to have as our retirement home someday. It's perfect! I know what you mean about how bad the odor is from a dairy farm as my sister lives near one in Arizona and when the wind blows her direction ...whooooo!

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  28. Penny it's truly charmimg and beautiful! Love it's peaceful quality. :)

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  29. What a lovely home! I really loved the nook with the round table and wicker chairs. What a perfect spot for a cup of tea.
    The kitchen is perfect! I sometimes feel sorry for people who go to such expense for granite countertops (they will fall out of vogue one day). Stainless steel is beautiful; but you really can't go wrong with white.
    I really enjoyed the pictures of the bathroom, too. I usually have some shade of blue on the walls and would have never thought of how peaceful the creamy beige and white could be in a bathroom. I've saved this picture to my computer for when we next paint the bathroom.
    Thanks for sharing with us all.

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  30. So pretty. It is a shame that you had to leave such a beautiful home but so understand. Ken and I were interviewed by a church whose parsonage was very close to a pig farm...it was awful. We did not get called there...the Lord works in mysterious ways!

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  31. It's so sad you had to sell your charming almost-dream home because of a nasty smell! Did the buyers not care about it? Farmhouses are completely wonderful, but I think your current home is quite lovely too! ::Jill

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  32. What a beautiful old home! So charming. I just love the French doors - I have a set just like that in my home, between the living and dining room.

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  33. Hi Penny,
    The old Farmhouse was delightful. Its always sad to leave a home we worked so hard on. I adore your new home now...but then I also loved your other home too. Every home you touch turns into gold..
    Have sweet day, Hugs, Elizabeth

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  34. Penny, what a beautiful house. It's a shame you couldn't stay and enjoy it. I love the farmhouse kitchen ~ I actually love the whole house! Thanks for showing us the pics.
    I love your new home too! I think you can make any house beautiful.

    Hugs,
    Donna

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  35. What a beautiful house. What a shame about the smell and flies across the way. So sad to leave something so perfect. I especially love the kitchen, the heart of the home, and this one is beautiful from the floor to the ceiling. I can see why you loved that kitchen.
    Always interesting to see windows and pictures above a bed...we can't do that in CA because of earthquakes. I miss that a lot!

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  36. Penny, That is a beautiful farm house! Love the bathroom! Love the kitchen! Love it all! Nancy

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  37. Oh Penny! What a shame to be chased away by the smell of cow poo! lol, those pesky creatures. IT was a beautiful house though, as full of charm and beauty as all of the homes you have shared with us. I love old farmhouses best:>)

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  38. Penny, thanks for showing us your former home. It looked lovely. Sorry about the dairy literally chasing you out. I do love your new home though too-it is gorgeous! Enjoy your weekend!

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  39. Penny your farmhouse certainly had the comforts and the coziness you created!Keep your dream alive of finding another...you know that I'm one gal who believes that dreams DO come true! Living my own dream with gratitude..hugs anna

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  40. Oh I love it! You must have been so sad to have to sell it. Too bad about the smell from the dairy farm! That's something I would never even think about being a problem! I love, love, love that kitchen! It was such a charming home! Thanks for sharing the pics!

    Manuela

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  41. Hi Penny,

    Goodness gracious - I think you are a "country girl" at heart. Your country home is so charming - but - - - I can understand about the large dairy farm across the street -hmmm- could be a problem.

    We have not had a Rooster rug painting lesson yet- the photograph you took of the Rooster would make a great little painting. Would you like to give him a try sometime and start off small?

    Have a wonderful week.
    Blessings,
    Erin

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  42. I would move into your old farmhouse TODAY, if I could. It was beautiful... my dream!

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  43. Hi Penny, I love the story of your farmhouse, and understandably you had to move!! If only all things were picture perfect! I added you to my blog roll Penny. Looking forward to connecting more of my readers with your wonderful posts and talents.

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  44. Hi Penny, I'm almost positive I know the view from your backyard. Was the old farmhouse in Greene County by chance? I live in Greeneville, TN. Been here over 20 years and still don't have a view of those mountains. Gorgeous!

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