Bucks County Designer House + Gardens

 

We are pleased to be designing a space in the 2019 Bucks County Designer House + Gardens.

 

The Bucks County Designer House & Gardens is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Village Improvement Association, an organization that founded Doylestown Hospital in 1923. Proceeds from this year’s designer house will help fund Doylestown Health’s new Center for Heart and Vascular Care, planned to be completed later this year. Funds also support scholarships and other community organizations.

Peppermint Farm

This year’s designer house is being held at Peppermint Farm.

Aptly named for peppermint, the main crop that was grown on the property, this 30-acre farmstead includes a c. 1860 six-bedroom farmhouse, a two-car garage with a workshop, the base of a bank barn, a milk house, a studio, and storage shed. This farmhouse features unique built-ins, deep curved window sills, exposed beams, random width wood floors, stone floors, and two covered porches.

Space #1- The Side Porch Entry

We just finished the Empty House Party yesterday. This event sells out every year! It is a fantastic event where visitors were able to preview the home and the designs before the designers and landscapers transform their spaces. There was fantastic food and a ton of amazing raffles from local businesses. If you didn’t make it this year, I highly recommend you try to attend the event next year.

 

I want to share with you some of the before images of our space, and tell you about my process as I’m designing this space.

 

A designer’s first impression of a space is invaluable. I always pay attention to where my eye is drawn when I enter a space for the first time so I can choose to create a focal point there or to draw eyes away to a different focal point. This natural movement of my eyes, is the launching point for the design.

The image above is the view to the front door of the home. 

This view depicts the porch from the front door looking back to the stairs.

There is a couple of steps leading up to the front door. The steps and landing feature irregular flagstone.

Design Board

The porch is weathered- currently featuring a coat of moss and mildew. The simple posts and railing have cracked and flaking paint, and the ceiling is dingy and dark. This is to be expected of an old home, but an old home boasts character and unique architectural details. This space has some lovely qualities that I adore- the flagstone stairs and landing, the vertical siding and the farmhouse shutters. We will be preserving the quintessential farmhouse details, but we will be adding an updated organic inspired, global aesthetic.

I’ve decided to transform this porch entry into a Parisian Retreat- featuring a painted harlequin floor and blue porch ceiling, outdoor sheer draperies, and vintage decor and natural elements. Check out my design board below!

My design board is a representation of my design- featuring a 3D rendering of the space, main furnishing elements and materials that will be used within the space. It doesn’t contain all of the elements, but it is a good communication of our design intent. I’ve also included a few sneak peeks of my 3D model I developed when working on the space planning and sourcing for this design.

We are working with some amazing sponsors on this design. I’ll be revealing them and the services they offer on upcoming blog posts!

Thanks for joining me today! Be sure to follow-us on Instagram and Facebook for more behind the scenes as we make progress with our design house space.

You can find out more about the Bucks County Designer House and purchase tickets on their website: http://www.buckscountydesignerhouse.org/ and on their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/BucksCountyDesignerHouse/.

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