A Family-Focused Farmhouse

The Goodwin Home

Family has always been extremely important for Katie Goodwin, so when her parents decided to retire to Chattanooga, she was along for the ride.
“My mom and dad started looking around for different places to live. They were looking all around the South and Midwest, and it just so happened my mom had a friend in Chattanooga,” explains Katie. “They came for a visit and really loved the area. They decided to move and asked me and my brother if we’d be interested in moving too.”
With four small children, moving from the Golden State was truly a family affair for Katie and her husband, Ben. After six motor home trips, graciously driven by her father, and one long plane ride, the Goodwin family had arrived in Tennessee ready to start a new life.

By Christina Davenport

Photography by Ryan Dugger/Creative Revolver

Situated on 20 acres, the Goodwin home offers a stylish take on a traditional farmhouse – and the kitchen is no exception. Simple white shaker cabinetry runs along the perimeter and stretches to the ceiling. White shiplap serves as the room’s backsplash, and true to style, the entire area is dotted with black hardware.

The color is repeated on the island, which doubles up on many other features of the room. Two crosses embellish the ends of the island and repeat the same pattern found on the top stack of a glass-front accent cabinet. The light natural wood used for this cabinet also mimics the island countertop, which was created by Ben out of excess gymnasium flooring. Two cube pendant lights are the perfect accompaniment and marry both natural wood and black finishes.
“Our family spends a ton of time in the kitchen, and we’re always baking or cooking together,” says Katie. “Sometimes I’ll put out stuff to bake cookies after school, and the kids will fight over who gets to help. They also love to go with me down to the chicken coop and gather eggs to cook with. It’s so much fun.”

Just off of the kitchen, a threshold outfitted with reclaimed barn wood provides access to a small dining nook. A round table seats four, and the table’s gray metal chairs are in a similar style to those found tucked under the bar. The seating options don’t stop there, however.

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Several feet from the island is a long wooden table that features a mixture of chairs and bench seating. “Aside from eating, we play a lot of board games over here, and I’ll also craft or paint in this space with my daughters,” says Katie. “We also like to host people, so this area is usually pretty full. I host a lot of playdates, and we have couples and our small group over for dinner a fair amount. We also have a party with big balloon arches for almost every holiday. Our house is just always full of food and people.”

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This tile adds a bit of a feminine flair, but the color palette and metal and wood items that dot the space provide balance.

 

Turning off the kitchen, visitors can gain access to the first-floor powder room. Here, the classic farmhouse elements are back at play. White shiplap cloaks two separate walls and matches an all-white vanity. A combination of drawers and a sliding barn door on the cabinetry drives home the style, but the real attention-grabbing component of this room is the black and white patterned tile.

This tile adds a bit of a feminine flair, but the color palette and metal and wood items that dot the space provide balance. Another non-traditional element in this room is the urinal. “One of the quirky things about this house when we bought it was that this bathroom was outfitted with a second toilet,” explains Katie. “We considered getting rid of it, but with a husband and two boys, we decided to keep it, and it can certainly be a conversation starter.”

A combination of drawers and a sliding barn door on the cabinetry drives home the style, but the real attention-grabbing component of this room is the black and white patterned tile.

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Proceeding down the hall, guests find themselves in the master bedroom. A king-size bed rests on top of a black metal bed frame, and white linens make for a familiar pairing. Matching wooden nightstands are topped with metal tabletop lamps, which are outfitted with Edison-style bulbs, and an array of plants add a lively touch. A sliding barn door, crafted by Ben, uses the same reclaimed barn wood seen in the kitchen area and provides access to the master bathroom.

 

A sliding barn door, crafted by Ben, uses the same reclaimed barn wood seen in the kitchen area and provides access to the master bathroom.

 

A cow pelt is situated in the corner of the room and appears before a rattan egg chair. This area of the Goodwin home is a tranquil oasis where Katie likes to start her day.

“I love waking up in my room. I have my kids’ handprints and footprints from when they were born hanging on the wall, and it’s great opening my eyes and seeing those every morning,” explains Katie. “I’ll also sit in the chair in the corner of our room every morning and do my daily devotionals. Starting my day in prayer really helps get me going.”

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On the outside of the home, pops of black can be found in the front door and shutters, as well as a set of metal sconces flanking the door. A church pew sits to one side of the door, while a set of rocking chairs on the other offers yet another seating option. Sitting on the wrap-around porch provides a prime vantage spot for watching the kids run around the yard, which is the root of why the Goodwins moved in the first place.

“We wanted a better life for our kids. We wanted land and space where they could thrive and have fun and just be kids, and that’s hard to come by in California,” says Katie.

“I saw the potential in this place, and I loved that my husband loved it. I especially loved that my kids loved it, and it’s been the most rewarding challenge to turn this into our home.”

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