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In the living room library, Kristin created her own wallpaper by cutting shapes out of FedEx boxes, layering the shapes on top of each other and hand painting each shape.
A long hallway between the living room and the kitchen holds a plush window seat sandwiched between two built-in bookshelves. It's the perfect spot for resting and reading without being too excluded from the rest of the home.
A blue and white patterned blanket and some of Kristin's hand-crafted pillows adorn the cushioned seat. Her original artwork hangs under the wall lamps.
A colorful seating area with wicker furniture sits across from the dining area, adding to the indoor-porch feel of this space. Plenty of windows make the space seem even larger than it is.
More of Kristin's handmade lamps and colorful pillows keeps the upstairs area bright and inviting. The family loves this addition to their home and spends a lot of time relaxing here.
Kristin and Mark knew this house was the one for them as soon as they saw it. "Mark called me at work and I insisted on seeing the place first, so we drove up to the house the next day, and before I got out of the truck, I said, 'OK, we can buy it.'"
On the exterior, the couple replaced the dilapidated cedar roof, an outdated 1970s gambrel dormer addition, and added a mudroom.
"Our area is steeped in history, but unfortunately there is not much known about our house," says Kristin. "All our deeds state the year built as 1751. It was no doubt built as a farmhouse by one of the founders of our little town. Supposedly the stagecoach used to pass our house!"
The couple added this section of the house two years ago.