Who Lives Here: Angelina and Brad (no, not that Angelina and Brad!)
Location: Medusa, New York
About This Home: Angelina and Brad are the owners of Full Moon Farm, an impeccably restored barn and farmhouse in upstate New York. While the couple split their time between city and country living, the barn is often rented out for weddings and photo shoots due to its "beautiful bones and incredible acoustics." Read more below:
Your Style: Primitive chic
Your Inspiration: Our architect designed the farmhouse to evoke an elevation of our favorite author's house in Salem, MA, Nathaniel Hawthorne. Also important was that the barn and farmhouse communicated with the same design vocabulary. We kept their shapes similar so the structures wouldn't compete, and so forth.
Special Problems You Had to Overcome: There too many to name, but the straw on the camel's back was the town telling us late in the game we needed a whole new septic system. Since our house was sited on the exact location of our first house which had burned down, it was not considered a retro fit, so a new septic had to get top priority and we forwent other things to accommodate the ordinance. It would have been nice if they told us sooner, but ah well, live and learn.
The Thing You're Most Proud Of: We love the whole thing. However, our proudest design accomplishment is the vanity in the master bath. The slab is a found piece of 200 year old heart pine from the barn. All we did was sand it, finish it and voila, a vanity like no other. And it was free!
Specific Green Features: Pretty much everything is found or used. We bought very little new, and when we did, we made sure we did so responsibly (Energy Star rated appliances, made in the US sustainable materials, local carpentry etc.) There are vestiges of our previous home intertwined within this one. Example: The rough boards throughout the house used as trim and built-ins are pulled off of the former house; some black from charring. Upcycling the building materials from the barn meant that we could clean out and restore the barn as we built the house. It was like we were getting a barn restoration to boot. We restored the barn so successfully that we now rent it out as a wedding venue and shoot location. It's an honest, authentic, early American barn. It has beautiful bones and incredible acoustics. We love how it looks empty; we sit in there on cushions and read for hours.
Favorite Shopping Resources: For sustainable design items you need only remember two words: country auctions!
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