Striking straight lines, symmetry, and the multiple windows of the exteriors capture the simple elegance of this antique farmhouse interpretation. An oversized stacked-stone chimney cultivates the vintage feel. It’s continued with help from a flickering lantern, the galvanized metal shed roof, white columns, and charming mirrored benches and potted plants that bring in warmth and character.
A truly special feature, the front door was designed with thoughtful intention. The door itself was an exciting find at a local antique store. After refinishing it in a subtle aqua tone, the Paulsens flanked it with antique wooden shutters. “I grew up antiquing and going to estate sales with my dad every weekend, and so when Andrew and I got married, it became our thing too. When we found these shutters, which are from a 19th century Italian farmhouse, they were perfect. We bought them before we had even begun the building process. I just knew we’d use them somewhere. So now they’re front and center,” Natalie shares.
Walking into the home, all of the main living spaces are open to each other in a long corridor. “This is probably the space where we spend the most time, and I love the way it came together,” Natalie says. Andrew agrees, adding, “I really like how each space has its own identity and at least one special feature.” The living room features a stunning custom fireplace as the focal point. “Natalie really loves old limestone fireplaces, so we built this one with the same kind of straight lines and really clean look,” Andrew shares. On either side of the fireplace are windows built to replicate antique leaded ones that Natalie found and wanted to incorporate. “The ones I found really wouldn’t have been energy efficient, so our window supplier custom made these to look exactly like the ones I found,” she says. More favorite features are the wooden ceiling beams. “They bring in more of a rustic feel,” Andrew says. The soft earth tones in the furniture are offset by the whimsy of the Oriental rug, while ample seating makes for a cozy and social living area.