Jefferson and Anna's Colorful Farmhouse

Jefferson and Anna's Colorful Farmhouse

Jennifer Hunter
Sep 21, 2012

Name: Jefferson and Anna Duval
Location: Ashland, Oregon
Size: 1,280 square feet
Years lived in: 7 months; Rented

When Jefferson and Anna arrived on the scene, their century-old farmhouse was in desperate need of a facelift. Adjacent to a 15-acre field that still grows hay in summer and feeds cows in winter, their cottage boasted flaking paint and destroyed hardwood. Luckily, they saw past all that and, after a new floor and an exterior paint job, they were rewarded with a true vintage charmer.

They performed a similar transformation with the decor. It's cheerful and happy, with plenty of color and cool details, from the vase that Anna keeps filled with flowers to the drum set, always ready for an impromptu jam. As a couple, they're friendly and relaxed, and their home feels just as comfortable. Much of their furniture and art is either homemade, thrifted, or donated by friends. It's clearly a space that has come together organically, as they filled in what was needed.

And the improvements are ongoing. Jefferson is still working on his latest project, the back deck. In fact, it was here that he recently proposed to Anna. While I was touring their house, they were hard at work ironing out wedding details. They're clearly very much in love, and they also seem very well-matched, both in temperament and style. After all, they've already successfully conquered the challenge of renovating and setting up a home, and the result is a lovely, welcoming space, perfect for any newly-married couple.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Lush, rich, sweet details, care, colorful, playful, meaningful.

Inspiration: Feeling the raw space, our relationship, ourselves.

Favorite Element: The hardwood floor in dining room, the big pantry, and the views!!

Biggest Challenge: The somewhat old and funky layout of the house, specifically the front enclosed narrow porch, and the small bathroom.

What Friends Say: It's lovely, intimate, homey, comfortable.

Biggest Embarrassment: Before the outside was painted… the outside of the house.

Proudest DIY: Interior wall colors and painting; establishing the garden, re-designing and building the rear deck.

Biggest Indulgence: The couch.

Best Advice: Take your time, feel your space and expect to make mistakes — in other words, take risks.

Dream Sources: Ourselves, keeping alert while we're out and about… nature.

Resources of Note:


    •All paint was PPG Architectural Finishes Inc. (ACE Hardware mid-grade)
    •Living Room- flat finish - Butterfly Bush
    •Kitchen- semi gloss- Flax
    •Green Room- flat finish- quaking grass
    •Bedroom- Flat finish- Egyptian Gold


    •Couch: Macy's
    •Flat Screen: Best Buy
    •Artwork: local gallery, myself, on hold for a friend.
    •Moveable Heart Table : Thrift store
    •Corner swivel comfy chair : free from friend
    •Floor lamp 1: friend
    •Floor lamp 2 : dumpster
    •Bookshelf: friend
    •Pillows: JC Penney & Pier One
    •Record Player: bought from friend
    •Salt lamp: ShopNKart
    •Purple Vase: local yard sale


    •Table: Craigslist
    •Driftwood snake: Emigrant Lake, OR
    •Driftwood artwork: Caroline Platzek
    •Coat rack: found by dumpster and repaired
    •shoe rack: Bi Mart
    •Weird table: thrift store
    •Bamboo side table: friend
    •Print: Local Gallery


    •Kitchen Island: Craigslist
    •Side table to stove: Bi Mart
    •Tall chairs: gift from friend
    •Lovely refrigerator drawings: Sophia Raymond; Kai and Aina Frazier, (young ones!)


    •Dresser & Matching night stand: Craigslist
    •Bed: Craigslist
    •Floor lamp: Amazon
    • White night stand: IKEA
    •Chachkies: From our travels, etc.
    •Mbiras (large thumb pianos): Zimbabwe- Africa
    •Curtains: Bed Bath & Beyond
    •Jewelry Stand: Caroline Platzek
    •Driftwood Staff: Emigrant Lake, OR

Thanks, Jefferson and Anna!

(Images: Jennifer Hunter)

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