Feature Friday: Moss Mountain Farmhouse, Part 1

I’m still riding on a cloud from my visit to Moss Mountain farm last week near Little Rock, AR.  Getting invited to this beautiful farm that belongs to P. Allen Smith was a high point in my blogging journey and it definitely didn’t disappoint at all. In fact, this is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited here in our glorious United States.  I had never been to AR, but it truly was a beautiful place.  We stayed in the iconic Capital Hotel and visited the farm for 2 whole days and it was such a fun time.  Today, I’m sharing the farmhouse tour.  We were invited inside to see the farmhouse and guided by Allen himself, so we got to ask lots of questions and hear his comments about the house.

I knew from the exterior that I was going to love this house.  How could you not love it?  It’s so historically appealing, even though it’s not an old home, it’s built to look like one. And I could tell by meeting Allen and hearing him talk as an old soul that he loves beauty and architecture and making a beautiful home for himself.  It was that all right.  Beauty everywhere we looked inside and out.  I’ll be back to share a lot more from my visit including the entire farm tour and all the neat people and sponsors we met there. It was all about gardening on this trip and a very informative time.

Anyone can take a tour, just check out the website for all the details. I think lunch and house and garden tours are weekends only, but it’s available if you want to visit.  I see he also does weddings and other events on the property too.  It’s definitely a place worth sharing with the world, it’s that gorgeous!

The description from the Moss Mountain farm website says it all…..

Allen’s Arkansas home, Moss Mountain Farm, which The New York Times hails as a “stunning estate,” is an epicenter for promoting the local food movement, organic gardening and the preservation of heritage poultry breeds. The farm serves as a place of inspiration, education and conservation. We invite you to come see us and experience first-hand how Allen is helping write a new chapter in the evolution of the classic American farm and a celebration of the cuisine of the South!

I took so many photos that I won’t try to describe all of them, but just look at this view!  That huge oak tree is 300 years old and they call her Big Sister oak.  He said when he bought the 600 acres that a doublewide trailer was sitting here.  I thought that was funny! What a change from then to now.

 

The house is only 10 years old and that’s when this property was developed with all you will see in my pics. Greek Revival in style, it looks to be hundreds of years older than it is.

It was such a gorgeous space that we were all in awe of the beauty and majesty of this beautiful land.

The huge oak in front of the house just sets it off to perfection.

He based his home off historical homes of the past and it really does look old.

Someone asked me about the brick treatment in the pics I shared on Instagram and I asked Allen what it was.  He said it’s lime wash and it does give this brick a very historical feel.

Going inside, the stairs go up to the master bedroom level and a second screened porch.  I’ll share the porches in another post next week, since I took so many photos of the main level, which consists of the living room/dining room combo, behind that a keeping room with another dining space right off the kitchen.  Such a pretty space and very livable.

I really love how welcoming his entryway is with all the beautiful antiques and collectibles he has acquired over the years. He has such great taste in everything and much of his artwork is his original work.

The attention to detail on the millwork is really outstanding.

Everything was so beautiful to look at, it was so much fun walking through and taking it all in.

Allen and his two Scottie dogs, a male and female. They were so cute!

Living room right off the entryway.

Living room setting. He painted that gorgeous painting over the sofa!  I just love the soft and serene colors he used.

The fireplaces on this floor are back to back with one side facing the living room and the other facing the keeping room on the back of the house.

Dining room table was full of books.

It was so fun to meet up with these sweet blog friends and we had a great time hanging out and catching up, since we are all home bloggers.  In the middle is Kelly from My Soulful Home and Courtney with French Country Cottage. Check them both out if you haven’t already, very talented ladies!

Keeping room off kitchen area. Notice those tall doors which I think are closets in the thick millwork pass throughs from room to room. So stunning!

And the gorgeous kitchen, which I took so many pics of.  Just the perfect farmhouse type kitchen with lots of windows and a gorgeous view.

I liked how he did all the lighting on the ceiling in here.

I spy the same Dash and Albert rug that’s in my master bedroom.

I’ll be back next week for Part 2 of the Moss Mountain farmhouse to see the upstairs and the porches!  Definitely a drool worthy house that I just fell in love with.  I know you did too!

Enjoy this video of Moss Mountain, one which made me so excited to visit!


Note: This was a sponsored trip by Moss Mountain farms and P. Allen Smith.  There were several bloggers invited and our travel expenses were comped.  It was such a thrill to be a part of this and I’ll be sharing much more about the plant and gardening sponsors we met at the farm. They were inspiring as well! 


- Rhoda

Comments

  1. Barbara Hunnicutt Moore says:

    Keep ’em coming! Visiting this farm is a dream of mine. Can’t wait to see more…

  2. Wow! More is more, P Allen! I need to come back to this post to soak in all the details. Thanks for capturing it so wonderfully, Rhoda. So glad you were a part of this!

  3. I can feel the peace and beauty of this place OOZING from my computer screen. Makes me realize what a blessing it was to have grown up on a farm in Southern Illinois, even though our place was not as grand as P. Allen’s. Thank you for sharing !!!

  4. Andrea G Corley says:

    I love several things I see in this house. That rug in the kitchen that you also have I really like and the color of the bathroom walls…. how would that look in my house? Looks like you had a great time!
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  5. I have that same toilet tissue holder in my powder room! ha ha…

  6. Wow what a grand home! It definitely looks historical! It’s so warm and filled with personality and the details of the millwork are exquisite. I love that he leaves his books out all over the place. Love his kitchen with the white appliances and that storve is divine! I always look forward to feature fridays so keep them coming. I’m sure part 2 of this tour will be a great one too.

  7. Connie Luck says:

    Rhoda, I enjoyed this tour so much. My 150 year old home that we had from 1997-2013 was a Greek Revival. Of course, it was not as beautiful as this one. It was neat to see how it would look with the large porch with their huge columns on the front of the house. I had the huge large windows and the very large doors with transom over some of the doors. Can’t wait for part two.

  8. This house is outstanding. Bein a newer home made to look old Allen has done a wonderful job decorating it. I especially love the beautiful oak tree. Looking forward to part 2.

  9. What a wonderful opportunity!! So glad you got to visit and share with us. 🙂

  10. I loved this home, beautifully decorated yet looks like real people live there. Lot’s of interesting eye candy, thanks for sharing!

  11. Rhoda, thanks so much for sharing your trip. It brought back wonderful memories of my trip there with my mom. I agree with Muriel, the house is so elegant but you can just imagine P. Allen cooking in the kitchen and reading in the livingroom. I hope you enjoyed your visit to the Natural State.

  12. Rhoda, this house is beyond gorgeous! I have long admired his work and I must get there in the near future to see it with my own eyes! In the meantime, thank you for sharing it with us! It is truly a stunning estate!

  13. Thank you Rhoda for sharing. So much to love about this home. I laughed when I saw the stacks of books in the table. I do that occasionally to regroup subjects. Love our books. The home has a warmth, looks like comfy couches not (do not touch) feeling. So much to love.

  14. When we go to AR we are going to tour this home. We see him all the time on the Create Channel on PBS and just love his home. What a dream.

  15. Elvis Meilke says:

    Hi Rhoda, thanks for sharing your photos. I live in Northeast Arkansas and hope to visit someday. You managed to capture photos of this beautiful house that I have not seen in publications. Great job!!!

  16. Big P. Allen Smith fan here!!! I actually spoke with him on the telephone last year concerning a seed trial. I had watched the segments on ETV when his home was being built. One day I want to see it in person but in the meantime, I’m enjoying your beautiful pics!

    • Jane, I can see why! I’m a new fan and just really hearing about what all he does, but his property blew me away!

  17. Roxanne says:

    Rhoda, you captured his home beautifully. I cant wait for your next installment! I watched all the episodes of the house being constructed also, and it was great to see your pictures and blow them up for detail. Do you have any idea what his countertops are made of…granite, marble? They are gorgeous. Definitely want to visit there, and lucky girl you got two whole days!

    • Roxanne, oh I bet that was a fun show to watch, I’ve got to go and see his videos. I think that countertop was a type of marble, that’s what it looked like to me. It was gorgeous!

  18. I live in Arkansas and have followed everything that man has said or done for years. The spring tour of house and multiple gardens are gorgeous. But if you can go at Christmas it is phenominal! It is still warm enough to enjoy the tour outside, and the luncheon is delicious. Rhoda, you captured the best of Allen’s home, it is beautiful. My favorite is the upstairs sleeping porch. Thank you for sharing this. We are pretty proud of this Arkansan.

    • HI, Carol, you must be so proud! He is some kind of talented guy and I was just in awe of that property. I’ll share the porches next week in Part 2, they were so gorgeous. I was warned about the copper tub on the porch and woah, it was awesome, as were the 3 twin beds.

  19. Oh how exciting to have been able to tour his magnificent farm!!!!….and to meet up with Kelly and Courtney was certainly a bonus!

  20. Kim @graysattic says:

    I live in Northeast Arkansas and I’ve heard of this place. Beautiful!!

  21. Cindy Osborn says:

    Glad you enjoyed Little Rock, that’s my home town!

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