I am so glad you are here for another day of our Farmhouse Week! Today’s post is about a farmhouse belonging to someone who has been given a large serving of talent. He has been called a Renaissance man by some and “The Martha Stewart of the South” by the New York Times. I think he is more like Thomas Jefferson in his love of books, history, and design. Of course I am talking about P. Allen Smith, and the farmhouse we are touring today is at his Moss Mountain Farm in Arkansas.
The Greek Revival home sits on a 650 acre site overlooking the Arkansas River Valley. Besides the main farmhouse, there are gardens, a croquet lawn, a circular pool, an 18,000 sq. ft. rose garden, a daffodil hill with over 225,000 daffodils, an heirloom apple orchard, a conference center, barns, a gift shop, two clapboard structures, and much more (not the mention all the animals that are raised on the farm.) Whew!
One of the two small buildings near the main house is his art studio, and the other is the summer kitchen. rosemaryonthetv.com
The summer kitchen set with a tablescape using eggs – would make a nice natural setting for Easter, wouldn’t it?
When Allen came up with the idea of this garden home, he wanted to design it so that it “blurred the lines” between the outside and the interiors of the home. He also wanted it to be as green as possible in its use of resources. So it was designed with a systems approach – all parts working together. Allen and his team kept this in mind in all their planning from not only the main energy source/system used, but also to the materials used in construction and the site orientation.
He has a love for antiques and mixes them well with modern furniture. His philosophy is basically “If you sit on it, it should be new. If you don’t, it should be old.” Makes sense to me! This is the foyer as you enter the farmhouse. You can see that his love of art is evident everywhere.
Here is the stairway area…
Some of the little details…. (He has a great love for books.)
This is the formal dining area. Is this one table, or several tables put together? I can’t quite figure it out.
And now we get to see my favorite part…the kitchen! It is used as the set for his television show, so it had to be large and equipped with many lights. (I would love that many anyway!)
Details from the kitchen…
and yet another view of it. (Sorry, I love kitchens!)
This is the eating area off the kitchen. Oh my goodness, I just noticed he has white appliances! And don’t they look great?!
Moss Mountain Farm is also the site of a table dinner with local foods and chefs twice a year. Here is an event being held in the barn (yes, that is one of the barns.) Note the artwork on the wall that Allen himself did.
Now let’s take a peek in one of the bedrooms of this gorgeous farmhouse.nytimes.com
Here is the master bath…bootsmcblog.com
with its statue. (Not sure I could handle bathing with this staring at me…)nytimes.com
This is one of the guest bedrooms.bootsmcblog.com
Isn’t this desk area in the bedroom wonderful?rosemaryonthetv.com
And the attic has a dormitory style room set up for all of Allen’s nieces who visit the farm. Love those beds!
In the basement of the farmhouse is a full suite for guests. There is a gathering room, a bathroom, and another bedroom.
Now let’s look at some of the porches that many people think are the best rooms in the house. This is one of the screened porches.
Here is the fabulous sleeping porch…rosemaryonthetv.com
with its copper tub…(yes, on the porch)rosemaryonthetv.com
and ladder to hold your towels.bootsmcblog.com
There is a video tour of the sleeping porch here if you would like to look at the room in more detail. (You should. It’s good!)
What an amazing place, and we haven’t even looked at the gardens!tobifairley.com
What do you think of Moss Mountain Farm?
Let me hear from you in the comments, and remember if you do, you will be entered to win a trio of treats from Calloway Gardens in my drawing on Saturday night. (details here) I am loving all the wonderful things you have had to say about farmhouses this week!
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Happy Friday folks!