“Nestled in the midst of live oaks, magnolias, and pecans, The Farmhouse at McCullough is a bucolic oasis in the heart of town. One the oldest homes in Houston County, the Farmhouse, with its heart pine floors, nostalgic front porch, and classic décor, is the place for your next event. From a shower to a party to a fun time with close friends, the Farmhouse provides its guests with a down home feeling of warmth and delight – an experience of Southern charm and gentility we all crave in our busy lives.
The moment one enters this home, charm and tradition along with comfort, envelop your senses and you cannot help but feel a part of this special place. Grandmother’s house, a childhood home, or any of the memorable settings that bring a smile and happy memory to mind are reminiscent in this place. The smoothly worn floors evoke the thoughts of those who have trod those steps and steps like them. The inviting surroundings, collection of antiques and furnishings, and simple sense of place this home radiates is a must see, must partake, must experience when planning or hosting your next event.” www.thefarmhouse.info
Laura and I have had an absolute blast decorating The Farmhouse at McCullough. Trips to Antiques and Beyond, Scotts, Big Peach, Warner Robins Antique Mall, Timeless Treasures, Angel’s Antiques, and Resurrection along with other hits and haunts along the way gave this beautiful old home such character and personality. Everyone should be so lucky and honored as I am to work within my passion and be able to give back to a community that has raised me, nurtured me, and shaped me into who I am today. There are not many folks who have been in Warner Robins proper for long, and I am grateful to be a part of a family that has had roots here for many years. I cannot thank this farmhouse and its owners, “natives” as well to Wonderful Robins, enough for allowing me to be a part of this home’s story.
When decorating a place with such presence and pizzazz, each piece must have a story and be able to stand along with a cast of characters that all seem to have been a part of the house’s interior ensemble since antiquity. I wanted the house to have a gathered, collected feel; whereas I pretended that this was a family home I had inherited, recovering old sofas and chairs, adding to a grandmother’s collection of this or that, or taking inspiration from older homes I’ve visited and cherish.
Oushak rugs, with their velvety touch and vegetable dyed color ranges make for soft base points for the interior color scheme. Blue Willow, Flow Blue, and pieces of majolica and transferware continue the hues of the rugs onto the walls and shelves. Antique and vintage oils depicting scenes of familiar farm scenes, agrarian animals, or picturesque glimpses of yesterday hang in gallery form above mantels and on walls and fill the home with the depictions of times gone by.
“Smoke and ball” chandeliers in the foyer and living room give a nod to nostalgia and light this house the same way these fixtures have done so for hundreds of years…even longer, for the Romans and Greeks used this style of lighting in their homage to classicism, order, and balance. Furthermore, a vintage Italian chandelier hangs over the dining room, drop leaf English style table and illuminates the rooms with the presence only a fabulous fixture can do.
Schumacher’s “Kantau Tree” adorns the kitchen window as a glorified valance and Scalamandre’s “Edwin’s Covey” dots along in the living room. Rich velvets, updated plaid, and a new damask dress up older upholstered pieces and give new life to the chairs and sofa that these previously tired prints and fabrics. Original French velvet on “mutton leg” chairs along with handsome nail head trim grounds the dining chairs with a fabulous, saturated color that falls somewhere between coral, rust, and terra cotta – a delightful blend of these marvelous earthen tones.
Lamps, previously used as wine jugs, vases, and crockery, continue the wealth of light this space offers and adds character through designs. A former work table serves as side board in the family dining room and side pieces from a Welsh dresser chocked full of antique plates and one Italian guinea to an English pine side table continue the elegant mix of different periods and styles that give The Farmhouse its collected distinction. Green wine jugs and antique Mason and Bell jars fill the kitchen with a colorful presence and pull the color scheme out of the glorious fabric. An antique pie cupboard, with an ocher/olive green and black finish, old baskets, and collections of books, tole ware, and oils make this kitchen hum with warmth.
Too much fun…not ever work I feel when decorating a place like this. All those who enter just leave the place blessed having been a part. Keep The Farmhouse in mind for your next Middle Georgia event or be inspired to collect a cache of patinas, fixtures, and decorative elements to feather your nest. From This Farmer’s favorite farmhouse to yours – enjoy!
photography by Jenny Evelyn