A Lit­tle Bit Coun­try

Built in three dif­fer­ent eras, this cozy home—with its old stone walls and painted wood—fea­tures a Colo­nial coun­try style with up­dated aes­thetic that pro­vides a beau­ti­ful back­drop to the warmth of the hol­i­days.

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This cozy home, with its old stone walls and painted wood, fea­tures a Colo­nial coun­try style with up­dated aes­thetic that pro­vides a beau­ti­ful back­drop to the warmth of the hol­i­days.

alk through Cather­ine and John Pierce’s home and it feels like you are mov­ing back­ward through time. And you are! The cou­ple’s Penn­syl­va­nia home was built in three dif­fer­ent sec­tions dur­ing three dif­fer­ent cen­turies. The orig­i­nal struc­ture, with its curved back stair­case, was a one­room log cabin built in the 1700s. The stairs led to a sleep­ing loft, and it was that space that won Cather­ine’s heart.

“When we first saw the house in 1992, this was the room that I fell in love with,” she says. “It was late win­ter, and the sun was stream­ing in the lit­tle win­dow, and I said to my hus­band, ‘I don’t ever want to leave.’ It was love at first sight!” The lit­tle loft has since been con­verted into a laun­dry room, but it’s still one of Cather­ine’s fa­vorite parts of the home.

Jump for­ward a hun­dred years or so and you find the main sec­tion of the house, a Vic­to­rian farm­house that was built in 1873 and fea­tures 18"-thick Penn­syl­va­nia field­stone walls. This por­tion en­com­passes the cur­rent liv­ing room, li­brary, main stair­way (the orig­i­nal stairs be­came a back stair­case), bed­rooms, and bath­room com­plete with claw-foot tub.

Move into the last cen­tury, at which point a mod­ern ad­di­tion was built

Wonto the home in the 1980s, con­vert­ing the old kitchen into a back fam­ily room and cre­at­ing a new kitchen and din­ing room. But even though these rooms are new con­struc­tion, the char­ac­ter of the 1800s farm­house still shows through. The ex­posed stone wall in the din­ing room was an orig­i­nal ex­te­rior wall, and the old Colo­nial bee­hive oven orig­i­nally used in the old sum­mer kitchen was added to the back fam­ily room along with a new low stone wall repli­cat­ing the orig­i­nal.

The home it­self pro­vides plenty of charm and char­ac­ter, but Cather­ine and John have in­tro­duced even more with their col­lec­tions of an­tiques and hutches. The cou­ple have long been avid col­lec­tors, start­ing early in their mar­riage and in­flu­enced by Cather­ine’s mother’s friend He­len. “He­len was a life­long col­lec­tor and dec­o­ra­tor who had her home fea­tured in a coun­try mag­a­zine, so she was our men­tor,” Cather­ine says. “She was a big in­flu­ence, and my hus­band and I truly loved how these hum­ble prim­i­tive pieces seemed to be­long in an old farm­house. Cather­ine says she would go to weekly an­tiques auc­tions and had ac­cu­mu­lated quite a lot of pieces, but He­len was al­ways there to help her pare down to the best. “He­len didn’t like a lot of tchotchkes and would go through our house when she and my mom vis­ited us, gath­er­ing all the tchotchkes and putting them in a big

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