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  • Raised In Cotton

    The other night after reading our blog post about our transom opening, I received an email from Carol of “Raised In Cotton”. She sent us photos of the transoms in her 140 year old farmhouse.

    We were so excited to see they looked just like the one we had just cut out!

    Her transoms made us feel even better about the impulsive decision we made to cut a hole in our wall! :-)

    Of course, because we’re obsessed with fixing up houses, we asked Carol if we could see more photos, and if it would be alright for me to blog about them. She sweetly obliged, and emailed us a handful of photos that literally had Kevin and I gasping as we scrolled through them…

    Carol and her husband, a.k.a “Mr. PracticalPants”, purchased the farmhouse this summer. One of the first houses in Jackson County, Missouri- it was built in 1865 by a farmer and his wife, who at the time owned 500 acres. The home sits on one acre today- which sounds a lot easier to mow. :-)
    Painted in creams and whites, with nine foot ceilings and crown molding throughout, Carol said she “pretty much lost it upon stepping inside the front door”.
    Among other amazing details, the home has three porches with stained glass doors, a center staircase and formal foyer, and the most spectacular antique chandeliers hanging everywhere you look. Carol adores a “clean, farmhouse style with a just a bit of elegance”, so for her, this house is perfection!
    She described the experience of buying the place as a “dream come true” and was so surprised to find out that it sat just 5 minutes away from their previous home.

    Since moving in, they’ve been doing renovations, such as replacing the wooden lap boards on the exterior, and re-doing the master bathroom- which actually started out as a closet. Carol has so many ideas, and I for one will be anxiously awaiting her blog posts as they lovingly restore this fascinating old place!

    The dining room has a darling built-in window seat…

    Carol’s cuddly dog “Belle” likes it too…

    The family room also has a window seat. The attention to detail in old houses like this really fuels our passion to buy a much older home in the future.

    From the original doors, stained glass, mouldings and chandeliers throughout, to the amount of natural light flooding into each room, this house is simply breathtaking!

    Thank you for allowing Kevin and I to blog about it Carol, and good luck with all of your renovations. We’re so happy and excited for you!

    Layla :-)

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