The new pieces come from near and far, acquired through traveling and antiquing—hobbies the couple enjoys. “Most of what is in this house are things we have collected on travels,” Leslie says. “Rarely do I look for something for a specific area of the house. If I love it, I buy it, and I know I’m going to find somewhere for it.”
Many accents, from decorative linens to an extensive blue-and-white porcelain collection, came from a buying tour in France, while the aged wood elements incorporated throughout have been salvaged from barns and old structures across town. One of the barns even belonged to Bob’s grandfather and yielded the bark wood to build the master bed.
Countless other fixtures are passed-down or repurposed heirlooms, found around the farm or in the area. With these treasured finds, Bob, who holds a Ph.D. in wood science, constructs many things Leslie commissions, including tables, bookshelves, benches, headboards, and more. “There’s very little we have found on the property or in this community that we don’t keep,” Leslie says.