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MAY-JUN 2019

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LEFT: "This dining room is like an eccentric great-aunt," says Farmer. "Beautiful but a little bit off." The designer created a harmonious hodgepodge by mixing linen curtains, a sisal rug, and a cane-and-bamboo sideboard with Chinese Chippendale chairs, a double pedestal table, a gilded mirror, and a crystal chandelier. ABOVE: A hand-painted Italian screen is a playful contrast to the primitive huntboard made in England from Southern pine. these days but it was hosting holiday dinners and grandmother did." —JAMES FARMER "The condition was both a blessing and a curse," Farmer says. "A blessing because so many of the authentic architectural elements were still intact, just begging to be revealed and restored. A curse because it lacked a functional kitchen and pantry, garage, modern bathrooms, and other amenities that we expect today." Working with Atlanta-based architect Norman Askins, Farmer unearthed design surprises throughout the house and righted more than two centuries' worth of wrongs. Dated paint colors and dingy wallcoverings were peeled back to expose layers of plaster and shiplap that stretched up to 12 feet above the wide-plank heart pine floors. Original leaded windows and doors were retrofitted and reused whenever possible, and uncharacteristically short entryways were brought to new heights with custom transoms that added interest and light. "A museum is a nice place to visit but certainly no place to live—especially for a family with young kids," Farmer says. "So while we worked diligently to honor the home's rich past with a historically accurate design, we made M AY/J U N E 2 0 1 9 | 63

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