For 10 years, the property served as a weekend getaway for Bob, Leslie, and their six children. When the couple made it their primary residence, Leslie decided to play up its idyllic appeal and craft a charming cottage with French-country style. “We knew we’d be here for the rest of our lives, so we started a major renovation,” she says.
A nurse by profession, Leslie has always been a decorating enthusiast, so she was excited to try a new aesthetic in their pastoral setting. Knowing she wanted to infuse the abode with a rustic ambience, she sold the furnishings that filled their previous traditional-style home. All they brought with them was their piano. “This farm had been in Bob’s family for a long time, and I wanted everything to look like it belonged,” Leslie explains.