The Rescue of a Bright Blue Farmhouse & Barn in Nova Scotia — House Call
Name: Shaune, Greg and their daughters Faye and Charlotte
Location: Just outside of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
The basics: Just over a year, owned — 1,400 square feet
Shaune and her family found the perfect weekend getaway in this farmhouse and barn. Filled with vintage and local finds, the decor of the home feels rooted in the history of the land and house itself.
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: We are urban dwellers but we also love Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Greg and I found this little homestead on one of our real estate rambles. It was in a sorry state, with an overgrown yard and a pale blue house in need of serious intervention. But there was just something about it; traditional architectural “bump” that characterizes old homes, the post and beam barn, and the pretty setting on a quiet tidal inlet. We put in an offer on a cold day in February when snow still blanketed the yard, and took possession in May when the apple trees were just starting to bloom. The renovation was a massive, mostly DIY effort on a tight budget. Having an empty barn to store all of our good deals helped keep us in financial check. Now we have a simple house we love saved from rough passage of time by hard work (mostly Greg’s).
What is your favorite room and why? The dining room, because we always wanted to have space for the kind of long dining table that makes for special gatherings. Our table is out of a mothballed industrial plant and was built by a Nova Scotian furniture company that folded in the late 1800s. Our china cupboard was purchased through an online ad from a man in Halifax and as luck would have it, it originated in one of the other old houses along our road. The gear form on the wall is from a foundry. Greg had to have it.
If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? We would make all of the floors even again, but instead we are accepting their charm instead.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? Greg just bought a circa-1962 regulation size shuffle board table (22 feet long!) for the barn. It will join the commercial grade pool table.
Which fictional character would be most at home in your place? Pippi Longstocking, a girl with a big imagination who found fun in everyday things. And she would love the big tree out front.
Shaune’s words of wisdom: Don’t give up the hunt for things that will make your home uniquely your own and don’t be afraid to work around unique pieces. That said, resist the urge to collect more than you can – or should – use. We have a few things left in the garage that will likely land in a yard sale.
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