The Prettiest Old Farmhouse // Star Bright Farms


Do I ever have a treat for you guys today!  I found the most amazing old farm via Pinterest recently and immediately reached out to the owners to see if I could feature their home here on the Grit and Polish.  Thankfully Helen said yes, and we got to chat about the 2 renovations she and her husband, Mark, have undertaken over the past 23 years.  I cannot express in words how beautiful their farmhouse and surrounding farm is, so let’s have a look at the photos (these stunning photos are all taken by Helen!).


Star Bright Farms has it all.  An 1850s farmhouse, a barn/shop turned guest house, a milk house turned garden shed and office, a renovated barn turned party space, and a soon-to-be lavender field.  But it didn’t always looks this perfect.  When Helen was 7 months pregnant with her second child, she toured a very different, very dilapidated 130 acre farm with 7 outbuildings, all beautifully situated, but falling down.


Helen credits the windows in the 1850 farmhouse with selling her on the property.  The plaster-over-stone construction made for 12″ deep window wells that featured curved returns and drawers in the sils.  She was smitten. But can you just imagine moving into that space with a toddler and another one on the way?!  Sounds like something I would do 😉

Since that fateful day decades ago, the farmhouse has undergone 2 extensive renovations, including one major addition.  It’s finally done, and picture perfect!

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Garden Room Makeover, designed by Caroline Saunier Better Homes & Gardens

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Better Homes & Gardens "My Favorite Room" Helen Norman Garden Room


Helen and her builder went to great lengths during remodel #2 to keep the new kitchen looking original.  Cabinets were built on site and painted by brush after installation (so they would look less than spray-finish perfect).  A stone fireplace was also built to match the original stone exterior of the home.


The above photo was one of the images I used as inspiration for our Porch House kitchen.  I love the simple marble countertops with short backsplash and open shelving!  Helen really did an amazing job designing this kitchen!

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It’s stunning, right?!  Did you see the vintage sink and faucets?  Oh my!  It may be hard to believe, but there’s lots more.  Check out Star Bright’s website for photos of their other buildings, including the most amazing guest space, and Instagram for current going-ons.  Helen and her family are in the middle of a kick-starter campaign to raise funds for a lavender field.  Here is the link if you’d like to help.

all photos by Helen Norman | Helen Norman Photography



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  1. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like historic homes are starting to include a lot more dusky green kitchen cabinet paint. I did blue 10 years ago but now that I have some new cabinets that need to be painted I’m leaning toward repainting all of them green or lighter grey/green.

    I also love the garden right outside the house.

  2. Thank you Cathy!!! You rock and I love the post!!! Wow

  3. The Star Bring Farms garden is what my country dreams are made of! What a beautiful home in the perfect country setting. The renovation is downright unbelievable…WOW!

  4. Beautiful house! Do you happen to know the color of the kitchen cabinets? It’s so great. Thanks for sharing!

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