A North Carolina Restoration

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

When I came across this story in Garden & Gun I just had to share it.  Until recently I had always lived in the state of North Carolina, so any reminders of home are welcome.  The image of this circa 1875 Victorian home in Murfeesboro, NC hit me like a ton a bricks.  I can't put my finger on it, but it's sooo North Carolina.  I can almost smell the cotton, hear the crickets and see the summer lightening bugs (that's what we call em) sparkle at the woods edge.  Being home sick may be causing me to romanticize a little, but you get my drift.  North Carolina ROCKS!!  The first 12 years of my life were spent in a town very much like Murfeesboro.  It's not hard to understand why Kenny Long Thompson (a former VP of design for Ralph Lauren) and his partner Leeta Harding (a photographer) would fall in love with the place.

Thomas and Harding moved into the home in 2009 and immediately got to work with historical officials to get the home protected and declared a historical site.  The home, outbuildings and seven acre plot were originally owned by David A. Barnes, a judge in the town of Murfeesboro.  The Barnes family has left behind a mountain of documents and wood carved signatures expressing their love for the family homestead.  As a result the homes new residents have worked hard to restore the home to its original state and keep the project "honest".

The house has eight fireplaces as well as a set of up and down stairs.  Not to mention these double porches!  Those alone would make me happy.

Artisans were brought in to restore the original ceramic moldings and refurbish the ornate wood carvings.  Every effort has been made to keep the architectural integrity of the house.

I just can't get over this Wonder Bread wall!  Why not have a little whimsy with your history lesson.  Perfect for a childs room.

The plaster and lath walls were also fully restored.  You won't find any sheetrock here.

The furnishings are in keeping with the house.  Thompson and Harding decorated with vintage finds from their travels and yet you feel that this home belongs to a modern family.

With home restorations on the brain it is good to see a historical home being preserved.  I hope to one day find a project similar to this for myself.  In the meantime I have to appreciate the work of people like Kenny Thompson and Leeta Harding.  I wish them the best and thank them for showing us the joys of a historical home in a small town.  Just thinking of Murfreesboro makes me want to pack a bag and head for the Carolinas!  Fortunately I get to go home for the Holidays.  It can't come soon enough.  

Images & Story via: Garden & Gun


  1. As a North Carolinian myself, I was completely smitten with this home when my issue of Garden and Gun arrived. It's wonderful and the boat on the mantle is certainly statement making. Thrilled to find and follow your blog!

  2. Thank You so much! It's so nice to hear from other NC natives! I enjoy your blog as well. Thanks for all the design inspiration.

  3. Eight fireplaces! That sounds so grand, I can't imagine that here in the Midwest. I'd love to visit this home!


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