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.
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