Feature Friday: For the Love of a House

It seems that there is just an abundance of beautiful magazine-worthy homes out there in blogland to discover and share.

I recently came across Joan’s blog, For the Love of a House and was blown away by her kitchen. Well, her whole house actually, but the kitchen really caught my eye first. I asked Joan to come over and share her kitchen here with my readers and she was more than happy to do it. Living in a small town in New Hampshire, Joan is living a dream in a 150 year old house that she has lovingly brought to life.

Be prepared to be amazed and awed at Joan’s house and kitchen transformation. Truly beautiful and inspiring!  The words you see are from Joan’s blog and if you click the link above, it will take you to the entire post for lots more information.

Farmhouse in Spring…

And Winter. “An entryway is an introduction. Like the opening pages of a book, it leads us in and welcomes us to the world inside.”

~Rose Tarlow~
I adore old houses and am completely in awe of those of you who get to live in and preserve these historical places.
Enjoy Joan’s description on the rest of these pics.  Lots of details to enjoy and oh yes, eye candy galore!The countertops are soapstone. I love them! They have a small amount of green veining which I find beautiful. In my research I read that soapstone can be soft depending on where it is quarried. I have not found that to be true of mine, as it is very durable.

The fireplace was added during our renovation, the original fireplace (which only opened into the formal dining room behind the kitchen)  had major repair issues and was taken down to make a see-thru fireplace between the kitchen and the dining room. The bricks are from the original fireplace. The mantel board was found in the barn.

The glass in the cabinets is original to the house! We took the antique wavy glass from windows which were removed during the renovation and had it cut for the cabinet doors.

The glass front cabinets are filled with ironstone, hotel silver, green yelloware, hotel and vintage bamboo flatware, drinking glasses and crystal, and white everyday plates. While some things, of course, get used more than others I do believe in using all my pieces;  I open and use the cabinets daily!The marble on the island is honed Bianco Venatino. I had originally thought I wanted Carrara, but found the slabs at the time of the renovation to be very creamy (instead of white) and to have very little veining. When I spotted this slab at one of the many stone fabricators that we visited I fell in love! I loved the veining and the movement of the piece. I felt the island at a little over 3 feet x 7 feet needed to have a presence, and the movement of the veining gives it that importance in the room.The sink bridge-faucet is a Perrin and Rowe, and the farmhouse sink is a 36″ Shaw. I removed the doors I had originally had made under the sink to soften the long line of cabinets with a linen skirt.

The cupboard to the right of the fireplace is original to the house, and has it’s original iron bin pulls on the drawers. I adore the small panelled door! On the door is an unframed antique bovine painting hung with antique chain and an antique square nail found on the property.

Antique ironstone, hotel silver, cake stands and my cookbooks fill the shelves.  The antique white jardiniere that you see on the edge of the mantle in this photo was found at the Scott Show in Atlanta, it’s an unusual piece with the top lip being rimmed in iron.

Thanks Joan for letting me share your beautiful magazine-worthy home!  I truly hope that some of these homes that I share can grace the pages of a magazine one day.  The beauty of blogland is that there are so many homes out there so varied and interesting and unique and the internet brings all of us together who love our homes.  Blogs just allow us all to share the beauty and creativity that is abundant.

Now, that is fun!

- Rhoda


  1. I follow Joan’s blog and you are so right. Her house is just gorgeous!

  2. Wow ~ what an absolutely gorgeous kitchen. thanks for sharing ~ I’m on my way to Joan’s now 😉

  3. Oh my goodness! I think I’m in love. The fireplace, the farmhouse sink, all the counter space, the WINE FRIDGE!! I want that kitchen! Doggie bed and all.

  4. This is such a wonderful design. I love this. I would like to have this for my own house when possible. Thanks for this.

  5. I discovered this blog a few weeks ago myself. I was blown away by her home and especially her kitchen.

    Hope you are doing well….we’ll talk soon.


  6. What a lovely home!! Thanks for calling our attention to it Rhoda.

  7. Beautiful, beautiful home! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Oh yes. This is the kitchen right here!

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  9. I love Joan’s blog– so much fun to be along for the ride as they restore their beautiful home. She is quite inspiring and resourceful… I think her foyer is just as lovely and intriguing as her kitchen. Every piece has a story. Beautiful.

  10. thanks for this rhoda. i ran across her blog before but did not bookmark it (bad habit)…..i’m finding a lot of inspiration over there!! 🙂

  11. I love it when folks renovate homes and remain true to the time period in which the homes were built. The repurposing of the glass from the windows for the cabinet doors is brilliant. The kitchen is so homey. Thanks for sharing, Rhoda!

  12. Oh, my! Rhoda! This is dreamy! I love every detail of this kitchen, it’s full of charm and warmth. Lovely in every aspect!

    Rhoda, I know you’re always busy, but you need to check my CREEPY post today! 🙂
    Every Friday we have a “Cool or Fool” section where we judge the “crazy” side of decor. Today the post is: DEXTER INSPIRED DECOR! You gotta to see this one!!! 🙂

    Have a great weekend, sweetie!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  13. omgosh Rhoda!!
    thank you so much for featuring my blog and farmhouse on your “Feature Friday.” I am so very touched and honored by your sweet comments, thank you! I am happy to be meeting all of your friends/followers. And, speaking of followers- may I just say you have some very ‘pretty’ friends…. I looked over at my follower box and had all these new followers because of this generous post, and my thought was …” they’re all so PRETTY!!!” oh, and very nice too!
    I’m off to make a cake and put on some coffee for all my new visitors!
    thank you again!

  14. Hi Rhoda,

    You’re right, this is truly lovely. I just finished a bathroom, my husband and I, DIY all the way, and I think you’ll love it!

    Check it out!



  15. My brother lives in an older home in New Hampshire also. I’ll have to send the link to Joan’s blog so perhaps he and his wife will get some ideas. Gorgeous house.

  16. Thanks so much for the chance to see this gorgeous kitchen. It is one of the most beautiful that I have ever seen!
    Kudos to the lady who owns and created this lovely space. I will go over to her blog, I really must see what else she has done in her stately old home.
    Hugs, Cindy

  17. This is my dream kitchen! And it even has a beadboard ceiling!

  18. Just stunning. I love it!!


  19. Just gorgeous!!!! I would love to have a home as beautiful as this one. You’re right, the kitchen is fabulous!

  20. GORGEOUS!!! Thanks for sharing!! I will check out her blog!

  21. Magazine worthy!! I love the light fixture she has over the window by the sink, and the skirt under the sink is so pretty. 🙂

  22. I adore her kitchen, fireplace, chairs, accessories, oil paintings… love it all and swoon every time I see the photos!!

  23. I’ve knocked down a wall or two and finished concrete among other things. Did all the trim for a house my first husband and I built when youngest daughter was a toddler and again, when J and I built our house on the farm. Those were the days. We wish our old bones and joints were able to do these things nowadays. However, since we are unable to be the DIYer’s, we once were, I take particular enjoyment in seeing the work of others.
    I’ve visited this lovely home before. Beautiful and sensible/practicle design. Absolutely love it!

  24. I would love to have a fireplace in the kitchen although I don’t knows if that would be good or bad with my diet regime….I’m thinking bad- i would never leave the kitchen!!!! I could see my breakfast and dinners lasting for hours and hours.

  25. It is a beautiful home!! My eye caught that menu chalkboard in the beautiful old frame right away~ I love that and it makes me want to kick myself for passing up an old picture at a thrift store awhile back!

  26. This kitchen is absolutely amazing! I love the casual elegant eating area! We also have a brown round table in our kitchen but in this case, it’s the area rug and chairs that make the difference. This kitchen should be on the cover of home magazines.
    Thank you for a great inspiration!

  27. Wow…JUST beautiful. I could move right in… :o}

  28. Beautiful! A great balance of white and natural wood stains like I tried accomplishing in my home. There’s so much ALL white in blogland, that this is refreshing. Thanks for sharing!! xox, Sarah@ NorthwestHospitality.org

  29. Will have to check out Joan’s blog…you did a great job on this post!
    🙂 Diane

  30. Wow! Gorgeous! Going now to her blog to check out the rest.


  31. Hi Rhoda, I love Joan’s house and her blog. I have been a follower of hers for quite a while and I love seeing her beautiful home.

  32. I’m having house envy – not an unholy kind, but a deep admiration kind. It’s been a while since I was wowed by a home like this…and I think that’s the key, the missing element of so many – this looks like a HOME! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Thanks for sharing this most lovely house and HOME… that kitchen is so warm and inviting…. I agree with all the above who believe it is truly magazine worthy…. and so grateful to be introduced to another lovely blog to visit.
    Enjoy a warming trend this weekend!

  34. Of course, this kitchen would now be one of my favorites given that I am a white kitchen lover!!! She did an amazing job, what a dream kitchen!

  35. Love, love the kitchen, what a beautiful home and I appreciate how they recycled different objects they found in the home.

  36. Beautiful kitchen!!!!! Thanks for sharing it. I will definitely be checking out her blog.

  37. Rhoda,
    Love this kitchen especially the ceiling, sink, light fixture, cabinets and hardware. I am not a fan of the glass door fridge. I shudder at what mine looks like every time I open it.
    What I am swooning over are the porches on the side of the house.
    Thanks for sharing. I will certainly check out another old homeowner’s blog!

    Your Friend,

  38. Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for introducing us to this GORGEOUS house. I’ve not seen anything that beautiful in a looooong time. I will definitely be reading her blog from now on.
    Hope your sale went exceptionally well today.

  39. I just recently found Joan’s blog and LOVE her house too, Rhoda! I ahve been floowing her for about a week or 2. Thanks for sharing her with your readers. Hope all is well with you. XO, Pinky

  40. Absolutely LOVE this house! I adore old houses; thanks for sharing!!


  41. Ok, I am now praying away all of my jealousy! That is my dream house!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  42. Maybe I missed it, but what material are your countertops? I see the island is different, but I like that dark gray color and am on the lookout for new countertops for my kitchen. Thanks!

  43. can you tell me where you got the black handles on the doors of the island? i love them basied on what i can see of them

    • Hi,Jenn, this is a feature I did on this blogger’s house. You will need to click over to her blog and ask the question. Thanks!


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