Nostalgic Decor Fills Farmhouse

Nostalgic decor fills this gracious farmhouse kitchen with a taste of the past.

By Karry Snyder, New Springfield, Ohio

Karry's Photo

Karry's Photo

Over the years, our 19th-century farmhouse has grown right along with our family. We've remodeled, added on twice and more than doubled the living space.

Soon after my husband, Don, and I bought the 76-acre farm in 1974, we redid the kitchen and built a large family room. The old farmhouse became the perfect place to raise our children—Trey, Amy, Bryan and Julie.

Years later, we enhanced the family room with an upstairs area and added a much-needed farm office. The kids got married and eventually blessed us with 10 precious grandchildren. Fortunately, everyone lives within 5 minutes of the farm, so we get together often…all 20 of us.

old kitchen photoBecause I was now cooking for a crowd, I needed more work space in the kitchen (old photo shown at left). So we decided to remodel once again. We wanted to expand and modernize but didn't want to lose the homey atmosphere. So we hired an architect/builder to help us blend all our ideas.

Our first task was removing the wall between the kitchen and back porch. By turning the porch into a dining area, we made room for the island I longed for.

marble island photoWith its attractive marble-look countertop, the island offers ample space for making meals, baking pies and canning homegrown fruits and vegetables (13 quarts at a time!). There's an appliance garage for my microwave and two sets of drawers. Plus the countertop features a handy step-down desk.

A dropped light fixture over the island illuminates the work space, and the decorative plate rail that borders the light fixture displays my collectibles.

glass cabinet photoA cabinetmaker designed the oak island as well as a matching Hoosier cabinet and kitchen cupboards, which have under-the-cabinet lighting. On one wall, floor-to-ceiling cupboards feature beveled glass doors for showing off my teapot collection. The lighter look is definitely an improvement over the dated dark wood cabinets we'd had.