The form of this rural New England farmhouse is traditional, but otherwise it’s modern and high-tech: “a state-of-the-art vehicle disguised as an old pickup truck,” says architect D. Michael Collins. A cream-color AGA cooker and a green-grey soapstone double sink are the basis of the period-inspired kitchen. New work was cued by the salvaged fixtures and fittings found by the homeowners. Adding warmth and a farmhouse feel to a serene room with spare lines, the center worktable was built by Ohio-based craftsman David T. Smith. Crafted in curly maple, the 7’6″ x 4′ piece with deep drawers is reminiscent of an old farm table. Smith also built the lower cabinets, which have a custom finish in hand-rubbed milk paint, adding to the antique sensibility.
Patricia Poore is Editor-in-chief of Old-House Journal and Arts & Crafts Homes, as well as editorial director at Active Interest Media’s Home Group, overseeing New Old House, Traditional Building, and special-interest publications.
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