A Ranch Re­born

With wood­work­ing skills and an eye for an­tiques, first-time Penn­syl­va­nia home­own­ers trans­form a dated 1970s ranch into a prim par­adise.

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First-time home­own­ers with a knack for wood­work­ing and col­lect­ing an­tiques un­der­take a per­fectly prim makeover in their 1970s Penn­syl­va­nia ranch.

AAl­lie Sos­noski

spent many years dream­ing about decorating her first home. “I have been ob­sessed with in­te­rior de­sign ever since I was a lit­tle kid,” the 28-year-old ex­plains. “I can re­mem­ber look­ing through mag­a­zines, dream­ing of what my fu­ture house would look like. Even be­fore my hus­band and I had a house of our own, you could find me in an an­tiques store buy­ing things I loved for some­day.”

That day fi­nally ar­rived, but that first home was not a stately Colo­nial or a ram­bling farm­house—it was a dated 1978 ranch with blue car­pet­ing near Har­ris­burg, Penn­syl­va­nia. Al­lie and her hus­band, Bill, were ul­ti­mately won over by the 1,200-square-foot, three­bed­room home’s “good bones,” as well as its ren­o­vated kitchen and large com­mon rooms that would suit their grow­ing fam­ily, which now in­cludes their 1-yearold daugh­ter, Peyton.

Al­lie de­scribes her per­sonal style as “ever-evolv­ing” but says it def­i­nitely leans to­ward prim. “When we first bought our house, I would have de­scribed my style as coun­try/craft,” she re­flects. “Since then, I have added more au­then­tic and prim­i­tive pieces and am al­ways on the hunt for some­thing new to add to my col­lec­tion. I love how unique each prim­i­tive piece is. You will al­most never find two pieces that are ex­actly alike.”

It helped that Al­lie grew up with a mother who was also a prim­i­tives en­thu­si­ast and a part-time an­tiques dealer with a booth at a nearby an­tiques mall. “I can re­mem­ber my mom be­ing so pas­sion­ate about coun­try decorating,” Al­lie says of her child­hood home. “Our house al­ways felt so homey and invit­ing.


Left: Old hard­ware adds vin­tage char­ac­ter to a newly built door in the mas­ter bed­room. Next to it, a white bucket stacked with other rus­tic con­tain­ers pro­vides con­trast to the room’s darker wood tones and high­lights the chippy fin­ish of the prim­i­tive wardrobe cabi­net.Be­low: Al­lie and Bill start their sea­sonal decorating out­doors, bring­ing 1-year-old “pump­kin,” Peyton, along for the ride in an an­tique wheel­bar­row that an­chors their front-yard dis­plays through­out the year.

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