Visit a Modern Country Home on an Almond and Sweet Potato Farm

Visit a Modern Country Home on an Almond and Sweet Potato Farm

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Visit a Modern Country Home on an Almond and Sweet Potato Farm

Cindy Souza didn’t feel like her home reflected herself anymore. She and her husband, David, built the house on 20 acres in Atwater, California, in the 1990s. The architecture leaned somewhat contemporary, but over the years the couple, who farm 500 acres of almonds and 700 acres of sweet potatoes, tried to make the home a little more country. That resulted in layers of outdated colors and an overall heavy style that Cindy grew tired of. “It wasn’t me anymore,” she says. “I didn’t want to bring friends over. It wasn’t comfortable.”

She wanted to freshen up the style, add more square footage and create a more welcoming home overall that could handle the tough and dirty days of farm life. For help, Cindy searched Houzz for an interior designer in her area and found Wendy Glaister in nearby Modesto. “We hit it off and she saw my vision,” says Cindy, who used Houzz ideabooks to communicate her style preferences to Glaister.


The pair worked together on renovating the kitchen, updating all the interior paint and furniture and designing an 800-square-foot addition that includes a new laundry room and master bathroom. They selected durable materials that hold up to tracked-in soil and, when possible, chose furnishings made by people who, like Cindy and David, have a family-owned backstory.

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sheridyn

We are farmers also, and I just loved the tip to avoid glassed-in light fixtures. Dust is a constant battle near an orchard so this is a brilliant idea!

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T B

Wow, the house is stunning. Also it's really nice to see articles about 'more rural' people, places, and/or professions. (And God bless you in your remission and going forward! )

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freelandrj

What color was used on the kitchen cabinets?

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Kish Moran

Love love love

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joanne decerce

Hello Could you please tell me what brand exterior doors you used? It looks like they are 3/4 glass? You did an amazing job!! Thank you

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louisebaldwin

I eat a whole food plant based diet and sweet potatoes are a staple for me. Thank you for your work in growing them! I loved the paint color, the home seems relaxing and friendly. So much to love in it.

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Julie Johnson

This home is stunning but still very warm and functional. What a sweet couple too. Hope they enjoy many years of happiness there.


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Victoria

What a beautiful home! Love everything about it!


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Gram 1954

What a beautiful story and home! I love how they care for their farm, community and now....themselves! Wishing them many happy relaxed years in this lovely home they created. WEll done! PS....thanks for the sweet potato cooking tip!

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mcalori

Beautiful home, I love all of the brick that is incorporated through out the home and the flow and ease. The rounded doorways are a great design....love!

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Betsy

This is an awesome makeover for an older couple like us who want to remain in our forever home for as long as we can. We had to redo our master bathroom because the shower had a leak. That led us to using radiant heat under the tile floors (not in the shower). It wasn't expensive but it was the best money we spent. We love it!

The video about this remodel is very well done. Thank you Houzz.

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brokenknee

some people have all and everything in the world. specially blessed by god I suppose

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onepjb

House is beautiful. What a sweet couple!

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Living Interiors

Absolutely gorgeous! What a stylish, inviting and comfortable home. The master bedroom is a triumph - just lovely right throughout the home. Congratulations!

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rana jabbar

Everything looking beautiful

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zagster

This sounds like not just a beautiful remodel, but a well deserved remodel. Wishing the family many happy and healthy years in this lovely home.

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dbergdorf

So very stunning! I come from a long line of farmers. Thanks for all your hard work.

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krlecroy

Love this! We want our home to feel cozy, comfortable, and inviting and not stuffy. Lots of great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

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Preferred Properties of Texas

Great video and super cool property!

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Hope Anderson

I loved the footage of the farm--thanks for including it. I'd love to see more farmers' houses

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Elias Kagumya

Beautiful country home and very functional. Congratulations!

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Nancy Fisher

Beautiful people. Beautiful home. Beautiful occupation! Thank you for sharing everything...

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ekwilkins

What a lovely home and couple!

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Julie Noble

Loved this video, what a beautiful home!


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Devin

This is so lovely. I live about two cities over near an orchard as well....The dust is really bad during harvest. If you ever live in or around the country, limit the glass exposure and don't get carpet floors. That was a brilliant idea with the light fixtures.

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mcmarbolis

Lovely home, lovely couple.

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Diana Bier Interiors, LLC

Wow, what a fantastic home! Wendy Glaister did a terrific job of listening to her clients' needs and wishes and pulling it all together beautifully.

Love everything, but the brick, that laundry room, and the ARTWORK!!! Just perfect!

May the Souzas have many years making beautiful memories for their family and friends.

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shery shery

AMAZING AND INSPIRATIONAL

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Deyaa12345@gmail.com Deyaa

lovely video for the beautiful house thanks

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HU-713165431

The whole house remodel is just perfect. Hope this couple has many, many years of good living in that beautiful home. Loved the lighting in the kitchen, the coffee bar, old-world cabinetry, and that gorgeous living room area rug. Where did you find that rug?

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HU-713165431

Where did Wendy buy the kitchen lighting??

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Gloria H.

Wow. Who doesn’t like a good sweet tater! It is beautiful. She followed her heart with which she likes and its so refreshing.

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mimiraps

This hard-working couple is “livin’ the dream”. This was a very enjoyable video & a thoughtful remodel.

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Cynthia Voigts

Beautiful home and heartwarming story.

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savannahdawgs

Beautiful home!!

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Wendy Glaister Interiors

@freelandrj The cabinets are a paint and glaze, custom mixed by the cabinet craftspeople. It is proprietary.

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Wendy Glaister Interiors

@joanne decerce The doors were custom made by a local craftsperson.

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Wendy Glaister Interiors

@brokenknee They have very deep faith and are very hardworking. I found them to be very inspiring ... watching how their belief in God touches every decision they make together.

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Liz Penna

Beautiful home and they seem very genuine and sweet.

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Wendy Glaister Interiors

@Hope Anderson there are a lot of farmers' homes on my profile if you'd like to take a look. Each family is such a gift to work with.

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Wendy Glaister Interiors

@HU-713165431 We purchased the rug from House of Carpets, Modesto. If you speak with Amelia Wallace, she can help you.

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Wendy Glaister Interiors

@HU-713165431 The lights are Currey and Co in the kitchen and living area. In the master bath they are Visual Comfort.

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Travel Agency

I really love the way you both did.

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desingwithintent

Beautiful home! Can you link the storage niches that are recessed into the brick wall?

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sbartal

Beautiful! Wishing you many happy years to enjoy your beautiful home! 💖

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Lisa Forbes

Great family story. The home decor gives off a comfortable classic feel. Very nice.

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Brenda McCallum

Love these kind of stories! Beautiful house. Thanks for the tip on the sweet potatoes👍

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Vic

Beautiful home! Love it! Enjoy it!

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Michelle

Ahhhhh, my home town😊 (actually the tiny town of Winton, right next door, went to Atwater High, though). Enjoyed seeing this and now I miss my family almond orchard. The house is beautiful, inside and out.

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Cindy Souza

Thank you everyone for your sweet and positive feedback. I cannot thank Wendy enough for all her support throughout this project. My family is truly blessed.

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Frances Ringenberg

So much for microwaving sweet potatoes! My husband always said they were better in the oven...

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Jenelle Meshki

Beautiful!! Where is that console from in the arched space??

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Wendy Glaister Interiors

@desingwithintent...those niche cabinets were custom designed and built to fit between the framing. A good contractor and custom cabinet shop can help you with that.

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Deyaa12345@gmail.com Deyaa

beautiful work nice house

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Cindy Souza

@JenelleMeshki, thank you for asking. I purchased the entry console table from Pottery Barn

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Cindy Souza

@FrancesRingenber LOL. The guys are right, this time.

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Deyaa12345@gmail.com Deyaa

Thanks the house is so great

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Anastácio Banze

Indeed, home sweet home! Great.

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amydiaw

What a sweet group of people, and congratulations on this project!

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ddallas9

Beautiful!!!! I was really surprised when I saw this video was someone I know. When I saw the sweet potato farm in the title, I'm thinking probably in North Carolina. Cindy, Dave & Wendy you all did a magnificent remodel. Love, love, love this!!! God bless you & the family.

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Vic

Do you sell the potato greens? They are as good as the potatoes. Make great sauces like using spinach. 😊I can share a receipe.

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dotbb51

A very wam and loving couple, and so is their farm. I love it!

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traceylynnnyc

Beautiful home. Beautiful couple. This video was so relaxing I didn’t want it to end. And now I want a sweet potato!

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bludenz

I enjoyed their story. Their house remodel is gorgeous. So cool to see the almond trees right outside of the window. Can’t imagine that.

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Patricia Bell

Glad I watched the video, the home is showcased much better. The photos in this article don’t have the ceiling lighting turned on and make the kitchen and the living room appear more dark... doesn’t do it justice! Very happy for this hardworking couple - the lady of the house chose well, and it’s an adorable makeover. My only nitpick is the fake plants in the living room… Not a fan of fake plants, talk about dust magnets!

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Njambi Macgoye

I really love every detail of her home. That’s the kinda house I want to go into after a day at the farm. Very inviting

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SIERRA DONAVEN

My God, what a beautiful story and remodel.

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P N

Beautiful home and couple 🙏🏾🥰

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Sherle James

Gorgeous.

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