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Virtual Tour

Hope Willow Farm has been in my family for two generations. The original house was built in 1927 and moved to its current foundation above our pond by my mother in the mid 1980’s. Its complete renovation has been my labor of love.

Exterior

Though the original 1920’s bungalow style structure remains at the center of our home, the foundation was raised above the pond level, allowing the house to sit up upon a gentle hill. The family room, two bedrooms and sunroom were constructed lower than the original main structure to create levels inside the house. Paver walkways, and patios were designed and constructed for each ground level area, with raised decks allowing each room to open to the countryside. We repurposed cedar from the original pond side deck and stairways to reconstruct our newly designed “X” pattern deck railings. view

Foyer

This house was moved to the current location from old Saginaw City, so much of the original woodwork was damaged and removed. Our plan was to reconstruct a our own unique period inspired design of woodwork throughout, which we combined with reclaimed architectural detailing in each room. We constructed beautiful box beams in nearly every room, and where we had vaulted ceilings we used beadboard which turned out just beautiful. During this stage we simultaneously repaired the beautiful original oak floors in all original rooms, then added oak flooring to each room that was added over the years. view

Living Area

The living room is open to the foyer, which has a lovely vaulted ceiling and arched window allowing beautiful light to shine in through. We reconstructed the fireplace nook, with a reclaimed wood surround and mantle we found in an estate near Detroit. On each side of the original brick structure we designed and constructed cabinetry with architectural detail corresponding to the turn of the century surround. This became a perfect place to display treasured collections. view

Dining Area

With our open floor plan from the entry to kitchen, the dining room area is perfectly situated. Box beams frame each of three defined ceilings creating height as well as interesting detail. Adjacent is a sitting area connecting the living area to our sunroom so there is wonderful light. Original picture frame patterned oak floors are original to the house and date to the early lumbering days of Michigan. We finished all floors in a softly faded grayish green stain we mixed ourselves – reminiscent of California driftwood. Three walls are papered with lovely hand screened French floral wallpaper with pink cabbage roses and swags. view

Kitchen

Because we were living in the house while we renovated we decided to leave the kitchen for last. This worked out wonderfully because everything we had completed thus far provided us with a very clear vision for the overall design and layout. We constructed all of our cabinets, island, stove hood, bead board ceiling and box beams by hand on site. Natural white Italian Marble counter tops are combined with beautiful white concrete – hand crafted by my son and husband. We perfectly positioned our sink to face west so we can watch sunsets over our pond while we eat together at the island. We constructed a large valance box detailed with reclaimed carved antique swags of roses over the large bay window. view

Den

The den was created in the place of one of two original bedrooms. A large arched opening with doors removed is beautifully trimmed with architectural posts and valance top around the frame. Keeping with the hallway open helps this smaller room feel open and bright. We continued the bead board on three walls then papered one wall with the same lovely hand screened French floral paper we have used throughout the rest of the house. view

Sunroom

The sunroom has now evolved into a design studio, but we decided to leave the images of the original sunroom we constructed in our virtual tour. Life began here as an exterior deck, which joined the family room with the dining room sitting area. We enclosed the room with a bank of French doors, then added three perfectly spaced reclaimed Victorian leaded glass transom windows above. When the sunlight shines into the room, it is filled with delicate rainbows. A vaulted bead board ceiling framed with box beams bares a large antique Italian crystal beaded chandelier hangs over the large antique French library table. The transformation into a design studio can be seen in the Where Women Create article in our Media section. view

Family Room

A spacious family room was added to the house for family gatherings. The north wall features a large arched window seen in the front of the house. We found an incredible 19 th. Century French bronze valance with large swags of roses fit perfectly in the window. A vaulted ceiling with bead board features large box beams that give it a wonderful period feel. Handmade valance boxes crown both French doors. On the south wall is an 18 th. Century French Chateau mirror with a painting of cherubs surrounding a Goddess. This is one of our very favorite treasures. view

Bedroom

Our guest room is very special to me because it was originally my mother’s bedroom, so it was important to make it cheerful and serene. We added French doors facing the back of the property that look over the back yard and fields. This was her favorite view. A deck was constructed with rough sawn cedar to join this bedroom with the master bedroom. In the cozy little bathroom we crafted bead board walls, added lots of beautiful trim and placed an oval porcelain sink into the top of an antique Circa 1900 French vanity. I am told that everyone who sleeps in this room that they have never slept better. Could it be the smell of fresh green corn in summer, or the beautiful loving angel circling above? view

Master's Bedroom

The master bedroom was the very last addition to our country “French” farmhouse. We began by adding larger windows, two banks of French doors, each opening to outside decks. Beautiful woodwork and box beams immediately pulled the character of this lovely bright room into the rest of the house. An oak plank floor added country character softened by our “driftwood” stain. We used a touch of the same hand screen print French floral wallpaper used in the living room and den for warmth, just as they often did in Victorian farmhouses. Antique French beaded dome fixtures add romantic light, which combines beautifully with additional recessed ceiling lighting. From the bedroom, you see the large French chateau mirror with garlands of roses placed above a pure white pedestal sink. view
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