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Springfield Project House: The Final Reveal
Our project house in Springfield, New Hampshire, is complete and ready for its grand tour!
At the beginning of last year, we announced our partnership with Yankee Barn Homes to build from scratch our dream cottage farmhouse. After one year of prep, brainstorming, mood boards, floor plans and color swatches, we’re excited to reveal the fruits of our labors! Here is the Springfield Project House! To recap, the build is... Keep Scrolling
Written by Kristin Dowding
Styling by Heather by Alton, Amy Mitchell and Joanne Palmisano
Photography by Kelly McCaskill

At the beginning of last year, we announced our partnership with Yankee Barn Homes to build from scratch our dream cottage farmhouse. After one year of prep, brainstorming, mood boards, floor plans and color swatches, we’re excited to reveal the fruits of our labors! Here is the Springfield Project House!

Exterior shot of the Springfield project house, a traditional farmhouse with a gabled porch and a detached garage.
A Firm Foundation. Using locally sourced materials was important to Yankee Barn Homes, so they used local stone for the foundation of the house. A classic gable roofline is an iconic farmhouse choice for the roof shape, and the covered wraparound porch completes the look.

To recap, the build is in Springfield, New Hampshire, and our editors, Jickie Torres of Cottages & Bungalows and Victoria Van Vlear of American Farmhouse Style, worked closely with Creative Director of Yankee Barn Homes, Jeffrey Rosen. The three talented designers worked closely with top-notch sponsors to bring to fruition the idea of blending farmhouse style with cottage charm. Follow along as we uncover all the spaces of this unique Springfield project house.

Large, open farmhouse floor plan that looks into the great room, dining room , kitchen and loft.
A GREAT SPACE. Expansive open spaces all tied in with the stunning beam work that runs between the kitchen, loft, great room and dining space.


With a wraparound porch, double cupolas, exposed beams and board-and-batten siding, the exterior of the home has eye-catching farmhouse appeal. Designer Heather Alton of New England Design Elements created simple seating areas with vintage-inspired furniture and décor to help increase its cottage vibe. Now homeowners can sip iced tea and enjoy the surrounding scenery.

Gabled front porch with wood planks for flooring and a small bistro dining set.
SIT & STAY. This sweet bistro set allows a place to sit and sip and take in all the beautiful surroundings.

Mudroom/Powder Room

The mudroom and powder room are both charming, bright and practical with the help of a few accessories and a striking foundation. The Cherokee Brick flooring acts as an attractive textural element, and its durable qualities and historic appeal made it the perfect choice. A few simple elements such as wall hooks and a bench keep the mudroom functional, and the blanket and pillows make it inviting.

Entryway to a mudroom with white trim and red brick flooring.
To create a flow between the mudroom and powder room, they installed Cherokee Brick flooring, which is both easy to clean and attractive to look at. It sets these spaces apart from the home’s entry, and it elevates the practicality of them.

Laundry Room

Making the laundry room both welcoming and functional was a priority in this home, as a tedious task such as laundry is better when your surroundings appeal to you. Heather kept a neutral palette in this space for a clean, utilitarian look with period farmhouse touches.

Laundry room with brick flooring, white washer and dryer, open shelving and wooden ironing board.
LOADS OF LOVE. Textural elements such as the Cherokee Brick flooring, open shelving, subway tile backsplash and vintage décor all provide interest in the neutral laundry room. 

Living Spaces in the Springfield Project House

“I have to admit, the great room is my favorite,” says Jeffrey. “It’s a two-story volume, which is cupola topped and full of post-and-beam timber structure. There’s light from the three walls of glass windows and doors, and warmth from the stone fireplaces that anchor both ends of the room. It’s truly the soul of the house.”

Expansive and open dining room with wood beaming framing the walls and looking into a kitchen with dark blue cabinetry.
BEAM ME UP. These post-and-beam timber structures add architectural depth and visual appeal to this great room.

“I love how we kept the softness of cottage style and married that with the natural rustic textures of the farmhouse aesthetic.” — Jickie Torres

With the room’s high ceilings and numerous large windows, designer Amy Mitchell of Home Glow Design made sure to balance that height with cozy elements. “We really tried to fill the rooms with the right scale furniture and choose accents and décor that had a lot of heft and visual presence,” says Jickie. “But at the end of the day, that gorgeous view was an element we wanted to celebrate and highlight, not downplay. So Marvin’s® beautifully made windows really were the glue that bound the indoors to the out.”

Great room with a farmhouse cottage feel. Large vaulted ceiling with wooden accent beams and blue and white cozy furniture.
FAMILY GATHERING. The hub of the home, the great room acts as the go-to space for gathering. “I love how we kept the softness of cottage style and married that with the natural rustic textures of the farmhouse aesthetic. It creates this wonderful cozy yet organic feel,” says Jickie.

All throughout, lighting from Golden Lighting perfectly illuminate the space while adding signature style all their own through beautiful pendants, scones and chandeliers.


Jeffrey chose to give the kitchen, the heart of the home, a touch of drama with gray-colored Shaker-style cabinets by Crown Point Cabinetry. “The kitchen is so eye-catching, and I love the proportions Jeffrey created in that room to help it feel both modern but also classic,” says Jickie.

Wooden beams accent the open galley kitchen with blue shaker cabinets and stainless steal appliances.
Traditional with a Twist. Traditional and modern elements come together in the kitchen to create a classic vibe with modern appeal. Timeless features such as a subway-tile backsplash, hardwood floors and Shaker-style cabinets keep the space cozy. Meanwhile, stainless steel appliances, open shelving, soapstone countertops and a full-wall backsplash give it a fresh take.

The kitchen flows naturally into the great room, so the space had to be both open and functional. A large island, open shelving, soapstone countertops and rustic lighting came together to achieve that goal.

Dark soapstone countertops with white subway style backsplash and fresh flowers on the counter, surrounded by blue shaker cabinets in the kitchen.
MAKING A STATEMENT. White subway-tile backsplash, hardwood floors and Shaker-style cabinets tie the kitchen together with the blue accents throughout the rest of the home.


Heather designed the loft to be a relaxing studio hangout with eclectic elements.  To balance the open space, she created three separate work zones with furniture. A work desk for more serious work, an armchair for less concentrated tasks and a comfy window seat for reading and conversation.

Vaulted ceiling loft space with art area and loads of bright window light.
CREATIVE SPACE. The loft is a fun space for hanging out or completing a project. With three areas to choose from, there’s a comfortable spot for every need.

Master Bedroom/Bathroom

Beautiful blue tones create a calming presence in the master bedroom. Designer Joanne Palmisano went for an eclectic modern farmhouse vibe with a mix of vintage décor and classic furniture with contemporary patterns. But the color palette helps tie in the cottage feel. “We chose colors that were soft but rich,” says Jickie. “The colors needed to communicate a traditional palette but were vibrant enough to stand up against big, beautiful windows.”

Master bedroom with cottage style blue and white accents and floral wallpapered accent wall behind the bed.
SERENE SPLENDOR. Light flows into the master bedroom through the large Marvin® windows, the window-paned door and the sconces from Golden Lighting. Blue touches blend with classic pieces for a fresh look. “We drew heavily on vintage and antique elements to drive home that traditional feel,” says Jickie.

“There’s room for everything, and yet the home really has that feel of a small historic house.”—Jickie Torres

Hardwood floors from Olde Wood create a flow in the first-floor rooms, and the window seat highlights the surrounding scenery. Jeffrey kept the master bathroom white for a clean and timeless look.

Master bathroom with custom wooden vanity and marbled, octagonal floor tiles.
SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN. The master bathroom has warm tones in the vanity and wall fixtures but the rest is white and crisp.

Guest Rooms

“I wanted the colors to express that cottage personality of quirk, charm and whimsy,” says Jickie. “I think the lavender in the living room and the emerald in the guest bedroom do just that.” Joanne chose to vary the guest rooms with modern and classic touches. One with vibrant green accents and modern patterns and the other with soft pink touches and traditional features.

Traditional twin beds in a soft pink with striped throw blankets separated by a vintage wooden bedside table.
TWIN CHARM. Soft pink twin beds with colorful accents make for an inviting and lovely guest bedroom.

In the End

“The Springfield Project House was a success through the right collaboration,” says Jeffrey. “The magazines came to us with a wish list and we ran with it. We incorporated all the Yankee Barn Homes gusto we could, using the architectural languages we are known for to pull it all off, and I think we are all happy with the end result.”

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