This House Built in the 1780s Will Fuel Your Dream Farmhouse Fantasies


Name: Chelsea King, my saint of a husband, two dogs, one cat, and a bust named Evelyn
Location: Middletown, Connecticut
Type of home: House
Size: 1896 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: Built in the 1780s and resting on just over two and a half acres, lays a white house. Previously a working farm, this house was sold to a flipper and the surrounding land subdivided in 2015. The house had five bedrooms, one bath, and only one floor had heat—despite it being two and a half stories tall. The flipper stripped the majority of the historical (albeit probably in poor condition) crevices and flipped the house into a four-bedroom, three-bath house with two whole heated floors. The King family then swooped up this blank slate in 2017 and have been trying to bring it back to its glory days as well as start a new chapter for this antique house.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Animal house with vintage finds

What is your favorite room and why? Currently the dining room—probably because it’s my latest finished project and is mostly furnished with the same items we closed on the house with. I had found our dining room table, chairs, and side buffet on Craigslist the weekend after we saw the house and had just started to work on our offer.

I told my husband, who was against getting furniture for a house that we did not yet own, and while unhappy and unsure, he eventually caved and went with me to get the set. We drove over an hour to get it and had to bring a truck and my Jeep, but we made it work! And then we got the house, so it was meant to be. And while the room has gone through some changes (which includes SIX sets of dining room chairs being cycled through), I think it has finally been completed to the house’s standards.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? RUGS. SO MANY RUGS. Every room has a rug or two to pick from… it’s a slight issue.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Only buy things that you love and are funny or conversation starters.

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