About

A Farmhouse Reborn

Growing up in Virginia, I always loved the aesthetic of historic homes, beginning with my grandparents’ 1792 brick farmhouse in the Shenandoah Valley. I graduated from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria (go Titans!) and attended Wake Forest University where I met David.

I then moved to Germany for a year as a Fulbright grantee before getting my Master’s degree at Georgetown University.

Upon graduation, I commuted hours every day around the DC Beltway as David did the same for his job and after a few months, we decided to both uproot our lives and relocate to Charlottesville, where we’ve lived ever since. Neither of us had any experience with a fixer-upper but we jumped in with the confidence only two kids in their mid-twenties would have.

I had gotten great joy out of renovating our 1850 farmhouse over the years, which has been featured in red in two HGTV “House Hunters” episodesas well as: Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Country Living, Remodelaholicand other fun sites!

Starting in 2021, I decided to return to blogging to share inspiration and ideas from my farmhouse but also bask in the beauty of other historic Virginia homes with my readers.

David and I have a daughter, Eve, and three sons: Wilson, Chip & Briggs. When I am bored from all the free time that comes with being a mom to four kids, I enjoy gardening, hanging out with my pet kune kune pigs Tinkerbell and Mr. Smee, and dreaming up the next interior design project to tackle one day when my hands aren’t quite so full. I’m so grateful to share this snippet of my surroundings on this site and hope you find some joy from it, too!


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27 thoughts on “About

  1. Loved you guys on House Hunters! Loved how positive and excited you were. Was holding my breath and so wanting you to pick the farmhouse! So cool that you started a blog!! We bought four acres in PA and bulit a house and have enjoyed every moment! We have horses, goats, chickens, rabbits, and barn cats. Our six granddaughters are here almost everyday doing what children should be doing. Playing outside! Best wishes!

    1. Thanks Amy! It sounds like y’all are living the life up in PA. I love that you have so many animals! We’re so glad we picked this house but sometimes we yearn for newer construction. (If we were to do it again, we’d do the exact same thing though!) Thanks again!!

    1. Kelley… us too! Haha I have a feeling it will be a few more years before it could be called anything close to “finished!”

  2. Hi,
    I just saw your episode last night. What a beautiful charming home! I spent all day online looking for farmhouses! I live in Miami, FL and one day hope to leave the rat race as well. Congrats on your beautiful home!

    1. Thank you so much Anthony!!!! Good luck leaving the rat race– we haven’t regretted it for a second, if that helps at all. 🙂 Thank you again.

  3. We were friends of the former owners, now deceased. We spent many happy times – weekends – at the beautiful house which you are now renovating. They had many friends and entertained frequently. It was sad to see that it was so much in need of repair. Although our decorating ideas differed greatly, we always thought of it as a most beautiful, welcoming home.

    When we arrived, usually early on a Friday evening, we would sit on the front porch and have wine and cheese. After a delicious meal, (she was a wonderful cook), both husbands would recline in chairs on the porch and we wives would laugh and take pictures of them as they slept. We managed to collect quite a few of these photos.

    I was up late last week and when, at 1 a.m., I saw that House Hunters was in Charlottesville, I stayed up for the episode. It brought back all those happy memories. I am so glad that you are young and energetic – the perfect couple for such a wonderful house! She was an animal lover, and they had several dogs through the years. He was Mr. Fixit – and always did the work himself.

    You have purchased the most gracious home on the most beautiful property overlooking the mountains.
    We wish you a very happy life in your new home.

    1. Wow. Thank you so much for sharing that with us. I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Mrs. C. last June and wish I had gotten to know her sooner. I can only imagine the fun that was had on the front porch or the kitchen… the happy energy still abounds in those places. My grandparents had a similar home and a similar lifestyle and the house has also fallen into disrepair over the past few years– and I treat our new home with the same love and respect that I would want someone to give my grandparents’. Living in a house after someone tells you a lot about them, and I know the former owners paid attention to detail but paid greater attention to enjoying their lives here. I hope David and I can do their legacy justice! Thank you again.

  4. I would LOVE to see the blog post “The Cutest Dang Coffee Nook You Ever Did See” but for some reason when you click on it – it takes you straight to Pinterest. Anything you can do to help?

  5. Wow, I really wish you had stayed in our area!!! I could hire you to do my house! Anyway, one of your old peeps here told me about your blog and all of the amazing things you are doing down there, including having a baby!!!! Congratulations!!! Thought I would reach out and say HI. Would a picture of the rooster wallpaper in the kitchen bring enough sympathy for you to come up??? 🙂 JK, take care of yourself and the family! So happy that you found a house to make your home! I am sure we will meet again some day!

    1. Hey Amanda!!!!! Thanks so much! Hahaha oh my gosh good luck with rooster wallpaper… makes me kind of want to gag myself with a fork just thinking about it. Hope you and your family are doing well! If you ever want to get away and head south to God’s country (aka this part of Virginia, obvi) let me know– would love to see you. 🙂

  6. I just discovered your website! Our family has been living overseas for the last 5 years (Korea, Germany, Hawaii) and we will be moving to Charlottesville in the spring (if all goes to plan). Would you mind sharing the info on the farmhouse you rented? We want to buy something, but not right away- and renting a farmhouse seems like a good way to get our feet wet until we know the area better. You seem like our kind of people, and I love your blog! 🙂

    1. Oh welcome to the neighborhood! Army I take it? I hope it works out. 🙂 The farmhouse we rented actually ended up selling since we left. Too bad though. Our realtor was Bill May of ERA Realty and he knows everything there is to know about Charlottesville… recommend him for finding a farmhouse rental! Let us know once you’re here and we’d love to meet up, maybe at the farmer’s market or something like that!

      1. Air Force. 🙂 The job hunt is on! I’m trying to do everything possible to avoid us moving to DC. It seems like the majority of jobs in my husband’s field (Geospatial and Imagery Analyst) are there, but I just feel like the pace of life, cost of living, traffic, schools, and house prices are better in Cville! I’m a teacher, so I can do that wherever. Plus, Cville is just a gorgeous place! I found an old house I want to buy, now we just need a job offer! Ha!

        1. Oh man, yes Cville is a hundred times better than DC. The pace of life alone is worth every penny. The schools are seriously amazing from what I’ve heard, and I am obsessed with all the old houses around here. I will keep my fingers crossed the job offer works out for y’all!

  7. I love all the changes you’ve done to the house. I am the granddaughter of the previous owners. I spent many Summers there. I even learned to swim in the pool there. Thank you for giving that house the love and attention it deserves.

    1. Lisa,
      Thanks so much for reaching out!! My grandparents’ farmhouse is in disrepair right now and I am hoping that by loving our house, someone will pay it forward and love my grandparents’ home the same way. I totally get it. Hope to get the pool back one day so future generations can learn to swim in it too!
      Hope to hear more from you,
      Lynne

  8. Hi David and Lynne, I grew up in your lovely home in Ivy. My great grandfather built the house and I was the third generation to live there. As I recall, my father sold the place to the Cannon family in the early 1960’s. If you are interested in learning more about the earliest history of the house and property, do send me an email.

  9. Hi Lynne – Youand I have chatted a bit on Facebook over the past year due to the cville mom’s connection. I was having lunch this week and talking homes with my girlfriend Michelle Roberts and somehow you popped up. She told me to google your House Hunters clip. Amazing! I love your home and I bet you two have made great progress. Maybe we can grab coffee at some point soon!

    Congrats on your impending arrival!

    Xo,
    Megan McKeel Armstrong

  10. I saw your post on David hacking off the bottom of poison ivy vines. Did it work? We have a ton of them and I’d love to kill em all.

    1. I think they’ve (perhaps temporarily?) discontinued them! I just searched too and couldn’t find them. 🙁

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