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Vintage Farmhouse with All the Charm of Yesteryear

I’m excited about sharing this vintage farmhouse by DeGraw & DeHaan Architects because it exemplifies all that I love about older homes! And it starts with the six-over-six windows, clapboard siding, and a wealth of charming vintage details inside.

Vintage Farmhouse with Clapboard SidingPhoto by DeGraw & DeHaan Architects

“They don’t build them like this anymore,” is a phrase you frequently hear about older homes, and it’s so true. The artistry and craftsmanship that went into constructing a vintage farmhouse is so beautiful. Gorgeous wide-plank wood floors set the stage for many a historic home.

Vintage Farmhouse Entry with Wide-Plank Floors and Yellow WallsPhoto by DeGraw & DeHaan Architects

Windows in older homes might be drafty, but I love that each pane is usually a separate piece of glass. In newer homes, the look of mullioned windows is created with a plastic insert placed over a single pane of glass. It’s just not the same. The kitchen windows above the farmhouse sink let in plenty of natural light. I’ve been searching for a pendant light to hang above my sink, and I like the looks of this one.

Vintage Farmhouse Kitchen with Trio of Mullioned Windows and Farmhouse SinkPhoto by DeGraw & DeHaan Architects

Purchasing an older home gives you an economical option for enjoying custom built-ins like this butler’s pantry. Today it’s expensive to add custom elements like this to a new or existing home.  The cabinetry details are exquisite – did you notice the hardware on the lower cabinet?

Butler's Pantry in Vintage FarmhousePhoto by DeGraw & DeHaan Architects

I would much rather have a piece of cabinetry like this sunny yellow one to hold dishes and such, as opposed to a walk-in pantry. The checkerboard floor is a whimsical touch.

Built-in Yellow Cabinet with Black and Red Checkerboard FloorPhoto by DeGraw & DeHaan Architects

A built-in credenza creates a cozy space for a coffee bar in the vintage farmhouse dining room. A vintage radio adds its own charm to the space.

Built-in Dining Room Sideboard in Older Vintage FarmhousePhoto by DeGraw & DeHaan Architects

Walking through an older home always makes me wonder about who built the house and how the first family lived there. You can always feel a certain vibe about the interior spaces. See those snowshoes hanging on the peg rail? I’ve asked for a pair like that for Christmas this year.

Vintage Farmhouse Back Entryway with Checkerboard FloorPhoto by DeGraw & DeHaan Architects

The bathroom has been updated with a newer vanity and lighting, but you still get the charm of the large window. The owl print reminds me of the owl printable I featured earlier this fall.

Farmhouse Bathroom in Sage Green and WhitePhoto by DeGraw & DeHaan Architects

I love paneled, painted doors, bookcases, and all types of nooks and crannies you see in older homes. In new construction, you have to pay the upgrade fees for architectural details like this.

Farmhouse Entryway with Built-In BookcasePhoto by DeGraw & DeHaan Architects

Did you know that in early America a red door signified that the home was a safe place for travelers?

Old Clapboard Farmhouse with Red Front DoorPhoto by DeGraw & DeHaan Architects

We all have our own taste when it comes to the home we choose to live in. I tried living in new construction once and didn’t like it – but that’s just me. I’ll always choose the warmth and soul of an older home despite its quirks and flaws.

You can see more of today’s vintage farmhouse by DeGraw & DeHaan over at Houzz.

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  1. Beautiful home! You are so right about how expensive it is to add into a home the features that were just practicalities 100 years ago. I really loved the framed American flag and the cross cutouts in the dining chairs. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I too love older homes. I miss the one I lived in for over 30 years. I now live in a newer home and spend my time trying to make it feel older and vintage. You just can’t duplicate the solid feel of an older home and all it’s quirks and character.

  3. I would have loved to have a really old home, mine is 1958. My parents had an older house 1890, i loved it but they sold it and moved to a smaller one, my mom’s health. I have a lot of old pictures of it, those built-ins and trim. i love your house, you have done a great job with it.

    1. That house is my dream home. Being raised in New England I have always dreamed of living in a central hall colonial. Now retired to N.C. and living in a house built in the 70s this is not to be but we love where we are and have created a warm and welcoming home. Close to our children and grandchildren and just fine for my husband and I at this stage in our life.

  4. That is a beautiful home. I, too, love all the architectural details of an older home, and this one has many to salivate over.

  5. Really warm and beautiful home.
    I see that I commented the first time that you put this out! I love that you recirculate some older posts because I notice things the second time that I didn’t see in the first posting. Like those checkerboard floors… not digging the color choices. And I didn’t comment on how much this home reminds me of my brother and SIL’s first home. It was a custom home and built to look 200 years old. And it did!

  6. Thanks for sharing this one Jennifer – it is exactly the kind of home I love. We also live in an older home (1880s) but it is void of all the character it once held having been updated to rent prior to it finding its forever home with us. It belonged to several generations of a simple farming family. Even with the ‘updates’ it still has the warmth and soul we love.

  7. Give me the built-ins! I wish apartments had more storage of this sort. I scored some vintage snowshoes at a thrift store several years ago and can’t wait to get them out for Christmas.

  8. Thanks for sharing this wonderful old home. Too many times today, blogs show how to demolish it all and make it look like a builder’s display model- UGLY and such a waste…ie, For just $350,000, you can have a two story marble Roman bath and get rid of that old claw foot tub, built in old cabinets, quirky fun spaces, and destroy history and charm and that wonderful feeling of actually having a home.
    I get that sometimes repairs and replacements, new plumbing, etc, are all needed- but with a real understanding and appreciation for the home that was built in whatever era. Sad to think of what we are loosing all over the US.

  9. Very nice, that iron hardware brings back memories…my dad built our home in 1950 and the bedroom I shared with my brother was all knotty pine paneling. (😮) with built in bookcases and drawers that were built into the wall. The hardware was the very same. It was also used in a few other places. Lol, I would like to have those storage cabinets AND a walk in pantry. Big fan of built ins. All the painted wood is so pretty.

  10. It was always a dream to have a classic old home like this with all its character and charm. There is not one thing I don’t love about this home.