Meet this Restored Farmhouse (Grandmillennial Style)
CJ Swank’s gorgeous pictures of her historical home beautify my Instagram feed weekly, and I’m delighted to feature her stunning upstate NY home in this week’s home tour edition!
CJ is retired but she’s worked as a fashion stylist to celebrities and as a visual art director for museums. She even had her own art studio! She is also a USAF veteran who has lived all over the world.
Her passion for traveling has influenced her home style, which features antique furniture and mix-matched accessories that complement each other. Eclectic meets preppy with a slight touch of French bohemian vibes; her farmhouse is a curated collection of pre-loved pieces found on Facebook Marketplace. Yes, you heard that right! Read my own post here – How To Buy And Sell On Facebook Marketplace With Confidence.
Redecorating Using Facebook Marketplace:
I think all of us decor-enthusiast know how complicated furnishing a new house can be.
Making a new house feel like home is neither easy nor inexpensive. It also requires creativity and flexibility as most things don’t always go according to plan.
So, you can imagine how jarring it was for CJ when someone stole her furniture during the move from Seattle to NY!
“I furnished my home during a pandemic with no money (I live off a very modest SS check) primarily through FB Marketplace. I’ve been a widow and lived alone for nearly 20 years, doing all things house related by myself. From fixing the fence to fixing the boiler…I’ve done it all!”
CJ’s eye for detail and design-savvy skills have paid off marvelously. Her home decoration is a curated collection of furniture that compliments the house’s original structure while adding her signature style.
Like I mentioned in a previous post, the Grandmillennial style is a home decor aesthetic that’s all the rage, and CJ’s home is a beautiful example of why it has become so popular.
It’s stylish, cozy, and timeless, with personal touches making it unique. Grandmillennial aesthetic is all about having a home that tells a story, an inviting space that feels personal and this farmhouse is just that.
Here’s a bit bit about this fascinating home decorator known as CJ Swank!
After moving across country from Seattle to New York a few weeks later, the very first thing I did was get myself a dog, a Golden Retriever I named Skye, who quickly became my shadow and likes to walk himself. Life on the farm was not as idyllic as I’d fantasized. It had been vandalized in the decade it was uninhabited. Copper pipes were long since gone, and so was the plumbing, heating, hot water, electricity, gas, and much, much more. Appliances had been stolen. Walls were unmercifully painted with slop. Weeds and wildflowers adorned the landscape. Time had ravaged this once magical farmhouse. But I was undeterred. I saw past the neglect to its beauty, and knew “Riverview Farm” was home. These days, Skye and I explore the fields, fences, riverbank, and wildlife like a land baron. It’s not much. But it’s ours.
I find her farmhouse irresistibly charming, so I’m delighted to share this home tour with you.
Now, grab your cup of coffee, and let’s walk through every room of this gorgeous home!
Crafting The Perfect Grandmillennial Dining Room
The dining room’s dark and moody color palette brings old-world charm with just the right dose of contemporary style.
The black walls (“Domino” by Sherwin Williams from their Fashion Forward Collection) and dark furniture emphasize the room’s dramatic feel.
The two white love seats add a soft and modern touch.
The chinoiserie vases and framed golden mirror hanging above the French commode create symmetry and add a hint of traditional sophistication.
A far cry from how this room was before the makeover!
Upgrade Your Farmhouse Living Room With a Preppy Style
This lovely living room is what grandmillennial decor aesthetics is all about!
A Boston fern awaits for the harsh winter weather to go away in the comfort of this room. Next to the white and blue accents and mix-matched patterns, the bright green of this beautiful fern adds vibrancy to the color scheme.
In these before pictures, we can see the home had so much potential, the house structure is stunning on its own but it needed some love.
Now all the elements of decor balance each other, crafting a beautiful space that invites you in.
An unfiltered golden glow from sunrise fills this room every morning, making it even more dreamy. Isn’t lovely?
Welcome The Grandmillennial Style Into Your Bedroom
A serene color scheme inspired this bedroom – a soft blue is paired with white and pops of warm hues for a relaxing and French-vintage-inspired vibe.
The stunning 1920’s French primary bed featured a curved footboard, intricate details, and a gorgeous patina. A beautiful bed like this is all a bedroom needs to make an impression!
The guest room is a work in progress, but we already love it. Mustard yellows, reds, and oranges accents are spread out across the room, while the soft pale blue walls make the original wood of the furniture stand out. No doubt, the lush vintage chartreuse channel back, scalloped chair steals the show immediately. All the decor elements flow harmoniously together, from the vintage seashell prints to the eye-catching animal print rug.
Transform Your Porch with Facebook Marketplace
Secluded in an idyllic spot, the river runs along the left of this farmhouse (lovingly named “Riverview Farm”). And the porch is one of the best places to take in the serene surroundings of this home.
But, this porch makeover took some time to come together. Have a look at the before picture!
A set of vintage wicker furniture hand-painted in a muted green set an inviting scene.
CJ added throw pillows in white and blue patterns and a blanket for chilly nights. A distressed white coffee table, a woven rug, and ceramic vases add texture and rustic vibes.
The combo works pair beautifully with the greenery and surrounding nature.
Upgrade Your Outdoors With These Grandmillennial Ideas
Built around 1910, the house seemed stuck in time, but CJ brought new life to it and made it her home. After years of neglect and vandalism, the once magical farmhouse is now thriving with beauty just like in its golden years, thanks to the love and effort of her new homeowner!
“These days, Skye and I explore the fields, fences, riverbank, and wildlife like a land baron. It’s not much. But it’s ours.”
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