Guest Writer: Shayna Chapman
A southern creative from Georgia and owner of S. Chapman Designs. Visit her website here.
This farmhouse built in 1910 is probably one of my favorite interior design projects to date! The home located on a farm in west Georgia and sits quietly between cow fields and Georgia pines. I always love old homes- after all, I grew up in one that was over 100 years old that my parents renovated and made their own, so when I was asked to design this one, I was jubilant!
When I first saw this home in January of 2016, the entrance of the home struck me as charming but in desperate need of a little TLC. The floors that you see throughout the home were the original heart pine flooring, as well as the original shiplap on the walls of the foyer. To save money, I kept the original hallway light fixtures and simply painted them and added glass orbs. My goal with this project was to keep the original farmhouse feel, but add a few modern twists. At the beginning of this project I found myself standing in a dusty, cold, kitchen and living area. My mind was racing with ideas of what could be done, and honestly my first thoughts were to pull a Joanna Gaines and knock out walls, windows, light fixtures, the whole enchilada. Then reality (along with the budget) hit me like a ton of bricks, and I found myself going back to the drawing board. For starters, I had a limited budget and was doing a lot of the cosmetic work myself, so I had to figure out what exactly I, a 27 year female could tackle. While my dad had taught me a lot of “handy-man tricks” growing up, I knew that there was going to be a lot of blood, sweat, long hours, and tears that would go into this home, but I wanted to knock it out of the park.
After sitting in the middle of the living room, on the dirty floor for a while with my pencil and note pad one cold January night, I had a plan. I knew a simple whitewash on the fireplace would be an inexpensive fix, along with different light fixtures.
Next, I wanted to give the home an envied “farmhouse” look by adding beloved shiplap in the entire space, and a mix of old farmhouse finds with modern new elements. I was bound and determined to make the open kitchen/dining/living room space the focal point of the home because to me, it was the heart of the home and place where so many memories had been and would continue to be made for years to come.
For the bedrooms, I wanted to keep them pretty simple yet “southernly charming.” I loved how the master bedroom and bathroom had fireplaces (as was standard in most older homes), and was super excited when I found an old claw tub at a local thrift shop.
To add additional sleeping, 6 full sized bunkbeds were installed in one of the bedrooms upstairs (so yes, 12 people could sleep there ha!), while the remaining upstairs bedroom was converted to a bathroom.
I’m not going to lie, the journey with this design project was tough, but it was so worth it! Once I was finished, I wanted this home to be captured in all its beauty. I was so happy that my talented friend and photographer, Christina Paz, was able to capture all the work that was put into this home. I hope you enjoy!