A historic renovation of an 18th century farm house


Nancy Fishelson is an architectural designer renowned for her renovation and design of period country houses.

I was totally smitten when I came across the pictures of her 18th century Killingworth,CT restored farm house.

Nancy Fishelson says : “I try to leave as much of the integrity of the house as possible: You can take the good bones and the good structure of the house and then find a way to bring it to the way we live now.”

In Killingworth, Nancy removed the drywall in the ceiling, and exposed original textured beams and took cramped rooms to new airy heights. 

Original floors in the house were hand scraped and waxed.

The designer loves a lot of light and sun.

Visual flow was created by opening up walls between rooms.


1Painting the walls in white brought more light in the house, as here in the wood-paneled dining room.


9Antique furniture which are mostly lighter, painted pieces from Fishelson’s antique collection. Nancy placed an 18th century sofa in the living room.


7Handcrafted special reproductions of period lighting fixtures as the pewter-finished sconces by Vermont’s Authentic Designs.


11Original beams and floors.


14The 19th-century wide board pine floors in the kitchen were sourced from Brooklyn Restoration Supply in Connecticut. Kitchen island with Restoration Hardware stools.


8A muted palette illuminates the home.


5The antique barn door opens into what is now the master bedroom.


2The master suite is one great room, with a bathroom separated from the bedroom by the glass panes of carriage doors.


12A Waterworks-outfitted bathroom. Nickel sconces from Hudson Valley Lighting.


10The antique exterior of the house barely changed.

Nancy did an incredible job by restoring her house with a lot of respect to history!


Photography by Keith Scott Morton

Source Cottages-Gardens.com


To know more about the designer’s work, please visit her website http://nancyfishelson.com




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