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An inviting table set with a vintage tablecloth and Elisabeth's Fiesta dinnerware sits on the front porch. A collection of vintage watering cans nestled together speaks to her love of gardening.
Elisabeth found the table and chairs at a garage sale, repainted them and re-covered the seats.
In the living room, a bold red couch and a patterned armchair create a cozy gathering place. The door to the right leads upstairs. Mark recalls coming home after curfew when he was younger and trying to be quiet, "but the stairs would always squeak and wake Mom up," he says.
Couch and chair: Smith Brothers
This bedroom, lined with wallpaper from the 1970s, was shared by Mark as a child with three of his brothers. "Once a year we changed the straw in the mattress," he quips.
Mark and Elisabeth rescued the full-length mirror after a neighbor discarded it. They repaired the frame and replaced the mirror.
Elisabeth's style continues into the flower bed. Here, a spray painted chair and table sit in a bed of vinca. One of Elisabeth's recent projects was to drill holes in used paint cans, spray paint them bright colors and plant some of her favorite flowers in them.
Boxwood planted in pots become instant garden borders and can easily be moved. A basket of petunias and lobelia sit atop a large maple tree trunk. Purple sage and spider wort provide color and variety near the bench. A vintage tricycle purchased for $1 can be seen behind the tree.
The updated Adirondack-style glider is made of a durable polylumber consisting of recycled milk jugs. Elisabeth painted a vintage wooden ironing board and placed it on their front porch to hold decorative items and freshly cut flowers in old milk bottles. The "No Dumping" sign was a flea market find.
Glider: Holmes Crafted Furniture
The front exterior of the 1930s farmhouse remains structurally the same. The 1970s addition can be seen in the far right of the photo. Because the couple rents, they are limited to what renovations they can do. While they have embraced the quirks that come with an old house, there are plenty of things they'd still love to change.
More: How to Get a Modern Farmhouse Look
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