Betty Rose of Gobles, Michigan who runs a dog boarding and grooming business, converted a disused barn into a welcoming home using recyclable materials, antiques and help from friends and family. When her son, Jordan decided he wanted a place of his own, Rose decided to convert the barn which had previously been used as stables into a home for herself. The solution would leave Jordan in the main house with space to call his own, and a large barn which would house all the antiques which Rose had collected over the years.
Her brother Hank converted the barn using designs which Rose had drawn, using old materials where possible. The kitchen houses a number of antiques including a butcher’s block and butter churn, all acquired from friends or local antique shops. The display cabinets in the kitchen also came from an antique shop.
An antique Victorian red velvet sofa takes pride of place in the sitting room, accompanied by four chairs which belonged to her late mother. Rose has said that she would like to disguise any modern appliances in her home, as she loves anything which is antique. She said:
“We need to remember where we came from. We’re such a throwaway society. Stuff we buy now doesn’t last. Old stuff is built much better. My Hoosier cabinet is more than 75years old and will probably last many more years.”
Many people turn to antiques for inspiration when renovating their home or business premises, and whether you’re looking for antique desks to enable you to complete your paperwork or Victorian dining chairs and tables, Lancashire has many reputable dealers who can help you.
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