Located in Old Chatham, New York, this colonial-style home has been standing since it was first built by Revolutionary War lieutenant Jonathan Chapman in the 1790s. The 17-acre property contains a 20,000-square-foot barn, a detached garage, and a spacious pond for summer dips. While many original elements of the farmhouse’s wooden exterior remain intact, the interior has been given a breath of fresh air.
Tour this beautiful 1790s farmhouse in rural New York
The colonial-style, four-bedroom home features two-storeys and a partial basement. Our favourite space within the 2,891-square-foot home? The breezy sunroom wrapped entirely in windows.
This farmhouse kitchen is all rustic chic. The homeowners were happy to sacrifice cabinets for natural light and added a ribbon of windows above the counters. The white tile backsplash reaches the ceiling and extends around the entire room, providing a nice contrast to the dark soapstone counters and lower cabinetry. Meanwhile, the flooring is equal parts old and new—it’s made of bricks sourced from the original chimney, but is heated radiantly. Other touches, like a wooden dining set in two hues, and a brass lamp and vintage lighting pendants, create a comfy atmosphere.
Although much of the interiors were upgraded, the renovations remain in-sync with the home’s colonial past. Crisp crown moulding outlines both the windows and the fireplace, while the wooden floorboards match the antique dining set. A bench nestled under a window cleverly disguises a radiator.
The front sunroom is completely wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows. Divided into two seating areas, the room feels even more spacious thanks to the leggy furniture and slim floor lamps.
In this bedroom, the ceiling, walls, and floorboards were all given a fresh coat of white pain. Pops of colour—courtesy of the bedding, area rugs, and window treatments—liven up the monochrome space. Located above the sunroom, the bedroom has direct access to a private balcony terrace. Our favourite element of the space? The abstract canopy bed, sans-canopy.
A typical powder room is elevated with this funky anatomical wall covering. The homeowners sourced the images from a reprint of Albertus Seba’s 18th century history book, Cabinet of Natural Curiosities.