Hello, my wonderful friends! How are you today? I hope everything is good in your life and everyone is healthy, after all, that’s fundamental in our lives.
From time to time I like to, very carefully, select some talented homeowners I find on Instagram to feature on our “Beautiful Homes of Instagram” series. I have learned a lot since I have started this series back in 2016. I have learned that having a beautiful home isn’t enough for me. The homeowner’s personality and taste must be reflected in each space and, unfortunately this is quite rare these days. Homes on Instagram have become showrooms and that’s not something I am interested showcasing in this series. I want you to feel throughout the post that the house truly feels like a home and it reflects the homeowners’ real personality because this is the type of home you create for yourself; a home where you feel welcomed and comforted by every room.
Today’s “Beautiful Homes of Instagram” reflects everything I have mentioned above and more, much more. Katy’s home, of @r.house__ (make sure to follow her!), has her personality stamped in each corner, in each detail, and you can’t help but feel embraced by her taste and choices. This is a home with soul and it certainly reflects its homeowner’s taste and lifestyle. Here, Katy shares more details:
“Hi there! My name is Kathy Rich, and I am so happy to share with you my home today. A homebody by nature, my home is incredibly important to me, and I believe mine is a true product of labor, and love. I hope that translates in the photos, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to showcase it here on Home Bunch, the home of design inspiration for so many.
When people ask me to describe my style, I never quite know what to say. So many styles are appealing to me. But I suppose I best fit into the French Farmhouse style, with an eclectic mix of old and new furnishings, decor, refinished, customized, store bought, and lot’s of naturals! My European influence is very apparent in my gardens, greenhouse, and all of curvy and distinct furnishings throughout the home. I will be sharing with you just about all the rooms (excluding my bathrooms and a study that is very hard to shoot due to the angle), and exterior spaces in my home. So you are about to see a lot of custom furnishings, woodwork, and finishes, as our home has been completely, designed, styled, and built by us.”
I hope you enjoy the tour!
Beautiful Homes of Instagram: French Farmhouse
“Our journey to create the home of our dreams, started over twenty years ago when we found a home in a small town just north of Boston, Massachusetts. The small, and quiet suburb, had great appeal. Lot’s of land, great schools, and a wonderful community. The not so good part, we were buying the worst house in town, A square, concrete box built into the side of hill, flat roof, and devoid of all light and charm. I certainly wasn’t sold at first glance, but my husband was. The eternal optimist, he saw an unbelievable opportunity. An opportunity to make the home our dreams, lots of land to spread out and grow, and all for a fraction of the cost of other homes in the same community. So he convinced me, and we embarked on our journey. A journey that really hasn’t ended, and that may ultimately never end, as our home evolves with us. I hope the takeaway from all this, is that home doesn’t mean, pricey furniture, expensive hired hands, and conventional design. Home is creating spaces that you and your family love and can live in comfortably, no matter how you get there, not matter what your budget is. Home-sweet-home can be achieved with just four walls, hard work, creativity, and of course, perseverance.”
Meet the Homeowners
This is Kathy and her husband. What a beautiful, not to mention, talented couple!!!
“The Foyer is a very light and bright spot. First point of entry in our home, even though, technically it’s the side entry.” – Kathy Rich.
Wire Basket: HomeGoods – similar here.
Lighting: Joss & Main.
“I wanted to have a mudroom with places to hang jackets, so I designed this low profile, coat check area with a bench. My husband built it, as he did everything in the home. All the the structures, customs millwork, and specialty pieces, like my custom Armoire in the living room, are all built by him.”- Kathy Rich.
Hooks: here – similar.
Frame is an Antique.
Floral Arrangement: Dried tumbleweed.
Walls throughout the house are Benjamin Moore Ultra Base White – Flat finish on walls and semi-gloss on trims and doors.
“When people ask me to describe my style, I never quite know what to say. So many styles are appealing to me. But I suppose I best fit into the French Farmhouse style, with an eclectic mix of old and new furnishings, decor, refinished, customized, store bought, and lots of naturals!”- Kathy Rich.
The kitchen island is an antique sideboard converted into an island. Kathy’s husband added a shelf ad Kathy painted it and gave it a distressed look. Countertop is Butcher Block. Kathy also added Cremone Bolts on the kitchen glass cabinets.
A Breakfast Nook is located just off the kitchen and it brings plenty of natural light to this space.
This bright and light sitting area is perfect to relax with a cup of coffee.
“Coffee Table is a vintage custom refinished piece – I refinished well over 75 percent of the furnishings in my home, even some of the new ones. I am always tweaking everything so it works.”
This space feels so peaceful… I am sure I would spend a lot of time here if I lived in this home. 🙂
Coffee Table Decor
A beautiful vase at the table, plants that you love, decorative things that catch your eyes and speaks to your heart… these are the small details that add personality and character to a home.
The chandelier is vintage from a local shop and it was refinished in a worn white color.
French Secretary Writing Desk: Vintage, custom refinished by the homeowner.
The Dining Room is a walk-through space to get to the Kitchen and Nook. Isn’t this French Farmhouse Dining Room breathtaking?! I love how Kathy decorated her dining table with the oversized basket and florals from her garden.
Basket: Local store – similar here.
Dining Table: Arhaus Drop Leaf Dining Table – “I love this table. It’s very unique with the Cabriole legs. The dropleaf was perfect since the space is a walk through.” – Kathy Rich.
Dining Chairs & Cabinet
“Cabinet is a custom Maple Hutch cabinet, built by my husband with A29 Hardware Cremone Bolts.” – Kathy Rich.
Antique Dough Bowl: here – similar.
Inspired by this Home:
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Grandfather Clock: Howard Miller La Rochelle, custom refinished in Chalk paint.
The Dining Room feels connected to the Living Room and this entire space seems to be perfect for entertaining.
This Living Room is all about getting comfy and spending some great time with family and friends.
Buffet: Arhaus, with custom finish.
Wooden Wall Decor: here – similar.
French Farmhouse Hutch: Custom built with a custom finish. The Hutch conceals the TV.
Using different textures add layers and a welcoming feel to any home.
Kathy added Cremone Bolts to the French doors to add character and a vintage look to them.
Cremone Bolts: Signature Hardware.
This Drop Leaf Foyer table is an antique and it was refinished by the homeowner.
“The Sunroom is technically upstairs from the first floor area, but not the second floor. Second floor is up one more sets of stairs.” – Kathy Rich.
Light & Bright
I am loving the vaulted ceiling with skylights. This room has such a great vibe/energy!
Sofa: Restoration Hardware Natural Belgian Linen Slope Arm Sofa – similar here.
Round Table: Vintage with custom finish.
Coffee Table: Antique Lane Coffee Table with Pull-out stools – custom finish.
Chair: Ikea Jennylund Chair with Belgian Linen.
Rug: Rugs USA.
Wire Basket: Crate & Barrel.
Faux Dogwood Plant: here – similar.
All antique door knobs, plates and hinges are from Nostalgic Warehouse.
Roses in a Basket
Kathy has the most amazing ideas with decor! I am loving these gorgeous baskets with plants. This idea is a keeper! 🙂
This small, quaint room leads to the roof deck.
Glass vase: Arhaus.
Armoire: “My husband added antique shutters from France and converted this linen storage Armoire.” – Kathy Rich.
The Master Bedroom is a large and bright space with sitting area with a fireplace and a dreamy Juliet balcony.
All vaulted ceilings in the entire home are done in White Washed Pine Shiplap.
This sitting area feels so romantic and private… 🙂
Chandelier: Domaine, custom finish.
The fireplace mantle features a collection of antique mirrors.
Cabinet is an antique with custom finish.
How romantic is this Juliet balcony?!
Candle Holder/Hurricane: HomeGoods.
The deck newest change to our home. I place to enjoy the birds, the roof deck garden, and there is a place to hang a tv if you want. We often have movie night in this space.
Outdoor Chairs: Target.
Exterior Paint Color
Exterior Paint Color: Intellectual by Behr.
Kathy’s dog is so lucky!!! What a beautiful and sunny spot! 🙂
Outdoor Modular Sofa: West Elm.
White Market Umbrella: West Elm.
Outdoor Rug: Target.
Wine by the Fire
Ahhh… who wouldn’t love to spend a few hours by the fire and under the stars on this comfy deck?
Outdoor Fire Table: BC Products – similar here.
“The home consists of lots of levels, paths, gardens, retaining walls and lots of privacy. The structures on the property are the Main house and potting shed on one level with various gardens. Steps lead up to the back yard area. There is the guest house, the greenhouse and the facade shed area. There is a large bonfire fire pit out back, a stone fireplace, a basketball court and a hot tub area behind the guest house.”
Trim Paint Color
Trim Paint Color: Behr Burnished Clay.
Planters: Kathy’s husband DIY project and Kathy painted them.
The exterior wall chimney and fireplace are cement retaining walls done over facade brick.
Siding: Cedar Clapboard Siding.
“Steps lead to another level with all the other structures on it.”
Guest House Interior
Open concept loft style area. This is where our children gather with their friends, we entertain here, lots of open space, a bar in the back ( Sam Adams always on tap ;-). Ladder that leads to a loft for sleepovers. Barn doors slide open to the outdoors. This level of the yard houses the guesthouse, the facade shed and the greenhouse. No neighbors in sight and walking trails behind us. Very private.
The Guest House features comfy furniture and beautiful decorating ideas.
Sofa: Ikea Sofa.
Custom barn doors on custom bookcase hides the tv.
“The coffee table is a folding gaming table from Boston Interiors that I gave a custom weathered finish.” – Kathy Rich
The wooden chair is an antique with an IKEA cushion.
The caged cloche is from @carriedawayantiques.
The Corner chair and ottoman are both the Ektorp from IKEA – similar: here.
Glass bottle Homegoods.
Wire laundry basket from Magnolia.
“Large shed was built so we would have a large area to store tools, but made it look like a little cottage rather than having an unsightly shed. The shed features a sitting area with stone fireplace and two Adirondack chairs.” – Kathy Rich
Potting Shed and Storage: “We installed my grandmother’s window from her old Victorian home overlooking the rose garden.”- Kathy Rich
Roses always make me think of my late and beloved grandmother… This one is for all of our loved ones that are no longer with us.
Focus on the beautiful things life brings to you, not on the thorns. 🙂
“Greenhouse is made out of 100 reclaimed window sashes that my husband built out of 100% reclaimed materials.” – Kathy Rich
Reclaimed & Re-loved
All furnishings and decor at the Greenhouse are vintage with custom finishes.
Flooring is reclaimed Pine board.
Kathy gives a hint of paint to almost to everything she has at her home and I love that! She isn’t afraid to give personality to everything she owns. 🙂
You will find an inviting Al Fresco-style dining area just outside of the Greenhouse.
Teak Outdoor Furniture: BC Products – similar here.
Umbrella: BC Products – similar here.
Every picture of Kathy’s home seems to transport you to a peaceful place.
This truly is a memorable house tour and I am honored to be sharing Kathy’s home with all of you!!!
I want to thank the homeowner for not only sharing all of the details above but also for taking each and every photo shared with you! That’s not an easy task, so please make sure to follow Kathy on Instagram to continue seeing her magical home!
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