Here is the thing.Living in Arkansas (and I love my state dearly, I do) I have become accustomed to being disappointed in the interiors of homes deemed “showcases” or “fancy.” I know better than to judge the inside of a home based on it’s curb appeal. Cottage, colonial and farmhouse may describe the architecture style but it will most likely have nothing to do with the inside (which are usually so dark and heavy that I feel suffocated.) So imagine my excitement, delight and complete design geek-out giddiness when P. Allen Smiths farmhouse insides matched the outside above and beyond my wildest dreams.
It will come as no surprise to those of you who have been hanging around here that my two favorite spaces (besides the kitchen) were the Sleeping Porch and the Kids Space.
Here are some notes on the touches that made these rooms my very favorites: (WARNING: I might gush.)
Here is the sleeping porch. People you know how much I love screened in porches. People who build decks are weird (sorry!!) Screened porches are so much better! No bugs! You can have rugs and ceiling fans! What is wrong with everyone??
So P. Allen has 2 screened porches. 2. Oh that is heaven. One for eating/hanging out off the kitchen and then this one.
There is the great soaking tub, more painted floors and painted wicker. How could anyone not LOVE this porch?
Okay, so I am a bit of a fan and perhaps I have gushed a bit but being able to walk through a home that puts into practice so many of the design elements that I love was a real treat.
And not only is Allen’s home gorgeous, historically influenced and comfortable, it is also incredibly green.
You can read all about how he built Moss Farm using green and sustainable resources here.
And if you want to see his latest project building the greenest 1600sq ft house possible for 150K in 150 days check these videos out (I have already started taking serious notes.)
Tomorrow we talk gardening and soybeans and wind up this series officially (thought other bits and pieces may leak in from time to time…)