Feature Friday: My Old Country House

I met Lesli with My Old Country House this year at the Haven conference in June and then again at Blogher in NYC in August.  She is a delightful blogger, super friendly,  and very talented in fixing up her home and painting beautiful artwork.  Wait til you see how colorful Lesli’s old country house is, located out in the country from Charlottesville, VA.  From the outside it looks like a vintage farmhouse and when you walk inside, it’s full of life and color from all of Lesli’s décor and paintings.

house and road

Built in 1880, Lesli’s old house has seen some years, but they are only the 2nd owners of the house.  That’s so amazing to me!

old country house]

Doesn’t this look like a Grandma’s house, with the gravel road leading up to it? Makes you want to see who lives in this house. On Lesli’s About page, she divulges that she has multiple master’s degrees and I find that so interesting. She’s done a lot of things, but she’s a mom, artist and blogger now.

entry way

Coming in the front door, her pine wood floors are so comforting and warm. The family dog doesn’t hurt either.


A painted church pew completes the scene in this spacious foyer.


Lesli’s artwork is displayed all over her home and you can tell she’s not afraid of color.  She’s a self-taught artist and get this.  She paints with left over Benjamin Moore wall paint!

Living room 2

Her living room is a combination of graphic fabric prints alongside traditional elegance in the furniture and feel of the room.

chevron sofa

Beautiful shot of the chevron pattern sofa and that magnificent fireplace with mirror and chandelier.

living room

I think I saw that Lesli’s home has back to back living rooms.  What fun that would be!  Check out the pink painted backing inside that bookcase.


Another pretty sofa and lots of color.

dining room

The dining room is alive as well, very vibrant and fun.

dining room sideboard

I love this chest with the yellow chair next to it.  Shots of color.

dining room piece

Painted furniture is Lesli’s specialty too.


Her kitchen has undergone a transformation too with refaced cabinets in a simple Shaker style.

kitchen subway tile

Subway tile backsplash, which of course, I love.

upstairs hall

Upstairs hallway.  These old houses had some incredible hallways.

master bedroom

Master bedroom with more graphic fabrics.

girls room

This pretty girl’s room is so fun. She found these twin beds at a yardsale, I think and redid them and I just love how they turned out.

boys room

Lesli has 2 boys.

laundry room

The laundry room isn’t ignored either, with bold stripes on the wall.

laundry room shelves

So pretty!


And here is a sampling of Lesli’s art. She has a gallery page on her site with all her artwork and she is quite the accomplished artist.  Love this one, Billy the goat.


Hattie the cow.


And this vibrant yellow barn.

Hope you enjoyed this tour of Lesli’s old country house.  I just loved touring her home and seeing her artwork.  Stop on over and say hello to Lesli, she would love to meet you, I know!

The winner of the Lowes $100 giftcard has been posted here and the winner has been emailed!  In case you miss the notice of the giveaway winners being posted on any of my giveaways, just an FYI, you can always go back to the original giveaway post and that’s where the winners are posted and I always email the winners as well. 

- Rhoda


  1. AWESOME feature! LOVE all the color and vibrancy of your feature’s home! I just found your blog and have added you to my blogroll and my google reader.

    Have a great weekend and I’m off to check out more of your site 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing this beautiful home! Such amazing decor and touches that make this home warm and inviting!

  3. Oh Wow! She had me at the Chevron sofa and blue grandfather clock! Everything is so pretty! Thanks for sharing Lesli’s beautiful home!

  4. Loved the whole house. Thanks for sharing, great post!

  5. Lovely home- so bright and cheerful! Her art is amazing! I love the cow! Thanks for sharing her wonderful home!

  6. Rhoda…what an amazing home…I just love her style and the colors throughout the home are just so beautiful…She is incredibly talented. I am so envious of where she lives…in that beautiful Shenandoah Valley…Thanks for featuring her beautiful home! Off to pay her a visit!!

  7. The bright colors are right up my alley! Very cozy, yet hip at the same time.


  8. Super cute! Thanks for sharing! I love your blog and your house is coming along so nicely too!!!!!

  9. What a delightful home, I love her style and the paintings are lovely, they certainly depict Leslie’s fun sense of colour. I am an artist but unfortunately since I moved back to NZ into a much smaller home I just don’t have the wall space to hang all my own art. I had 10 large paintings in my previous home and now where a painting should be hanging I have had to put mirrors to help create space.

    I think I will have to have to find a way of hanging my work again.

    I definitely want to re style my kitchen in favor of both of your kitchens, the doors and the subway tiles are lovely.

    Lovely post.

    Lee 🙂

  10. Rhoda – Thanks for the tour of this darling house! Love all the pops of color.


  11. You were right, Rhoda! I do love this home and art. Thank you, Lesli, for sharing your bright, fun farmhouse! I now need a pink living room.

  12. Love the cheerful colors!

  13. I LOVE her home, just beautiful! I wish I wasn’t so afraid of color:) I did pin her dry sink, love how it is painted black and white! I have one like it in the basement, it was my mother’s, I’m so going to put this on my to do list. Thanks for sharing this beautiful home, not I’m going to visit her!

  14. This house is so cute!! full of character 🙂

  15. Thank you Rhoda for such a LOVELY post! I am touched by your kind words and hope you know you are welcome to visit anytime! all the best to you and your lovely followers….xolesli

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