You are in for such a treat today! We are touring the dream home of Patsy and Jeffrey Schmidt in Tennessee, and it is one of my favorite houses. Like ever. Seriously. 🙂 Now keep in mind dream homes don’t just happen overnight. They require thought and planning…and then a lot of action. And that was the case for the Schmidts (along with a lot of patience.)
They were living in an 1,100 sq. ft. carriage house on their property with plans to eventually build a dream home there. They had two daughters, and Patsy had a shop called The Briar Patch, located in Murfreesboro, NC. When their third daughter, Maggie Rae, was born with Down Syndrome, their plans changed. Patsy needed to close her business and become a stay at home mom to care for their daughter. But they had been living in that small carriage house for 11 years and with a third child, the Schmidts needed more room.
So after Patsy sketched out an addition on a piece of paper, Jeffrey drew it up on a simple computer program, and they hired a framer who was willing to work with them even though they had no blueprints. And that was the start of this, their dream home.
This house is truly a home, with so many objects that are treasured for their sentimentality. For example, the newel post in the photo above came out of an old school.
(I had to throw in another view of this pretty entrance, even if it is a Christmas shot. 🙂 )
Photos of their family and a treasured Bible verse are displayed on the wall by the staircase.
Jeffrey can build anything that Patsy asks for. The dining room table is one of his many projects. (He and Patsy make a pretty good team. 🙂 )
On the other side of the dining room is the large open kitchen/living room area that occupies the space that was originally the garage for the carriage house. Every brick in the brick wall is reclaimed brick that was hand-placed by the Schmidts. They decided to leave the duct work and beams exposed but improved their appearance by covering them with reclaimed 100 year old poplar out of Jeffrey’s grandfather’s barn.
Jeffrey also built the cabinet you see over in the corner in the next photo.
It too is surrounded by pieces that the family treasures…a heart shaped rock one of their daughters found, art by each of them, silhouettes with a Bible verse for each girl, a quote of “I have a reason to sing,” the numeral 5 for the five members of their immediate family, and many other things.
Patsy and Jeffrey are not only creative when building things, but they are also quite clever. Take a look at the door below. Patsy knew she wanted the doors in this piece to have wire in them, but there was duct work running through it. So they cut some books to 3 inches in size, attached them to the door, and no one can tell that they are not real books to be read. Pretty smart!
As you look across the room in the next photo, you see that corner with the cabinet above and their pantry with sliding barn doors. Jeffrey built those doors out of more wood from his grandfather’s old barn.
Everywhere you look in their home you see the most charming little vignettes. 🙂
I fell in love with their wonderful pantry.
And now to that gorgeous kitchen. Jeffrey built all the cabinets and Patsy painted and glazed them. The center island’s countertop is made from wood.
Here is a photo that was taken during the construction phase of the room.
The skirt below the sink is yet another charming touch in the kitchen.
And isn’t that one of the most beautiful vent hoods you’ve ever seen?! Patsy found some old doors at a yard sale, and Jeffrey constructed it out of them.
There is even a small windowed area upstairs that overlooks the kitchen. Such a fun place for their children!Here is a view of their laundry room. Their daughter loves Blabla dolls and carries them around with her all over the house. 🙂
Now take a look at the detail in the trim work of the mudroom. And I bet you have already guessed that Jeffrey built the bench there. Patsy did the painting that hangs over it.
Here is more of her artwork.
And I wanted you to see the precious baby Jesus paintings she made at Christmas.
Oh and one more thing about the mudroom. She and her mother just recently wallpapered it, and you can read more about that change in her latest blog post here.
Jeffrey also constructed the mirror in this half bath.
Next up, we are taking a peek in the master bathroom. Patsy said it took two years to construct it. (Remember I said building their dream house took patience.)
Patsy did all the tile work on the floor. She purchased plain white mosaic tile, laid out a design (several times until she got it like she wanted) removed some of the white tiles, and replaced them with some black ones. This created the flower pattern you see there on the floor.
She also painted the old dressers in the bathroom with Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint and waxed them with antique wax.
The master bedroom looks like such a calm and relaxing retreat.
It too features objects that have a sentimental value for them..photographs, framed wedding vows, baby shoes that belonged to one of their daughters.
Two of the daughters share this sweet bedroom.
Here is their schoolroom/playroom/art room where all the girls hang out.
Now let’s wander outside a bit before we leave the Schmidts’ home. This is their covered barn porch – a great spot for entertaining!
For many years, this cattle trough has been the swimming spot for their girls in the summer.
But last year, Jeffrey started on another major project…
He installed this swimming pool!
Yes, he really did!
(I could hear you saying, No way… 🙂 )
And he built the little pool house at the end of it. Patsy has been painting away on it, and I can’t wait to see it all finished!
And that, dear friends, brings us to the end of our tour, but I have a few more things to share with you. First, their home as been featured on a number of blogs and last summer in Country Living’s “50 Most Beautiful Country Homes Across All 50 States.” Recently The Cottage Journal photographed it, and it will be in their Fall 2017 issue that comes out late this summer. I know you will want to look for that! 🙂
But even more beautiful than this house, is the heart of this family. I don’t think you will find a finer Christian family anywhere. Patsy and Jeffrey’s love shows in all that they do. They are truly blessed with talent, and they bless all of those around them with love. Patsy’s blog, Miss Maggie Rae, documents life with Maggie Rae (or Magpie as they affectionately call her. 🙂 ) You can follow it here, and you can keep up with all their projects on her Instagram account here.
Thank you so much for coming along as we visited the Schmidts’ Tennessee farmhouse.
Wasn’t it beautiful?!
Until next time…