HEIRLOOM HOME

See how this turn-of-the-cen­tury farm­house has been up­dated for to­day with­out los­ing any of its his­tor­i­cal charm.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY WILMA TJALSMA/COCO FEA­TURES

See how these home­own­ers hon­ored their turn-of-the-cen­tury farm­house’s his­tory while per­son­al­iz­ing it for to­day.

When your home

is more than 100 years old, it can be over­whelm­ing to tackle a re­model.

But for Frieda Dor­resteijn and her hus­band, Jan, the agenda was clear: Honor the home’s his­tory, but per­son­al­ize it for to­day. It helps that Frieda is or­ga­nized, prag­matic and artis­tic. By day she’s a busi­ness an­a­lyst, and in be­tween work she runs her own in­te­rior de­sign busi­ness, holds work­shops, re­stores fur­ni­ture and gives tai­lored in­te­rior con­sul­ta­tions. And in her spare time, she is al­ways busy work­ing on her farm­house, up­dat­ing it and mak­ing it even more beau­ti­ful.

“Dur­ing the week we live in the kitchen, where

loveseat the is my

fa­vorite spot, with the glimpse into the liv­ing room

and the views of the mead­ows on the side and

back of the farm.”

KEEP­ING THE HIS­TOR­I­CAL CHARM

“Eleven years ago, Jan’s par­ents asked their chil­dren if one of them wanted to take over their house,” Frieda says. “Jan and I were the only ones who seemed up for the chal­lenge and liked the idea of liv­ing out of the city, so we moved into the old farm.”

Built in 1892, the farm had a lay­out tra­di­tional for its time. Most of the rooms were smaller and walled off from the rest of the spaces. Of course, the in­ner work­ings of the home were badly in need of up­grad­ing too. Out­dated elec­tri­cal and spotty plumb­ing were tol­er­a­ble when the house was used mostly as a sum­mer get­away. But for a full-time res­i­dence, Frieda and Jan needed more.

SEN­SI­TIVE DE­SIGN

The cou­ple de­cided to move in with lots of work still left to do. The first year the fam­ily lived in three tiny rooms in the front of the farm­house. “We were busy dis­man­tling and re­build­ing the house for a whole year. Fam­ily and friends helped with ma­jor projects; all the other work we did our­selves. An im­mense job, but with a fan­tas­tic re­sult.” And “fan­tas­tic” is not too strong a word— you just have to walk around to ap­pre­ci­ate the now more open-plan rooms and lighter and brighter feel.

By liv­ing in the space, Frieda and Jan were able to bet­ter un­der­stand how to reimag­ine it. They trans­formed the for­mer cow sta­bles into a lovely kitchen area, which they de­signed them­selves. The kitchen of­fers the young fam­ily enough sur­face for a big din­ing ta­ble in­clud­ing chairs, an old cov­ered bench and a cozy loveseat. “Dur­ing the week we live in the kitchen, where the loveseat is my fa­vorite spot, with the glimpse into the liv­ing room and the views of the mead­ows on the side and back of the farm.”

STILL LIFE. In­spired by Dutch and Flem­ish style, Frieda de­signed the liv­ing room to feel el­e­gant, earthy and not too fussy. Jan and his brother laid the solid oak floor, bleach­ing it to cre­ate a worn and rubbed look.

PAINT UP­DATE. Frieda re­painted this vin­tage roll-top desk all white for a crisp and clean look that pops against the dark-col­ored walls.

CLEAN SLATE. The cou­ple chose a honed slate tile for the floor­ing in the kitchen and din­ing room. This adds a Euro­pean farm feel and is eas­ier to main­tain out in the coun­try­side. They also kept the arched de­sign for the doors and win­dows that were orig­i­nal to the farm sta­bles. Leav­ing them smaller scale keeps the his­tor­i­cal look in­tact.

BEL­GIAN BEAUTY. Frieda loves the pared down look of Bel­gian style. In the din­ing room she paired a sim­ple farm ta­ble with richly up­hol­stered arm­chairs. On the op­po­site side, a tufted set­tee mixes up the vibe. The crys­tal chan­de­lier adds the fi­nal el­e­gant touch.

HIS­TORY RE­BORN.

The cou­ple kept the pine beams from the old barn ex­posed as a re­minder of the space’s orig­i­nal use as a cow sta­ble. The new kitchen is­land tucks neatly be­side one.

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