Back to Life
A historic farmhouse in Rockland is reborn as an everyday country retreat.
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But Tranquility tugged at her heartstrings, drawing her back to Delaware for holidays and extended weekends. A year ago, when Krewson took a break from finance, she decided to live at her retreat year-round. The sylvan setting struck her as the ideal place to work on her book, a guide for investors in real estate investment trusts.
Her bond with the land was renewed in sweat when she dug out a small plot to grow herbs and vegetables for cooking, a pursuit that required hours of hard labor.
“They don’t call this part of the state Rockland for nothing,” she says.
Inside and out, the property is geared toward entertaining and sharing time with friends. Krewson enjoys popping the cork on a bottle of bubbly and relaxing with guests on the patio, luxuriating in views of Brandywine Creek State Park.
“After I am gone, this house will be my legacy,” she says. “I brought it back from ruin, and it gives me great joy every day.”
GET THE LOOK
- Create your own space. Decide how you will use each room based on your individual lifestyle. For Stephanie Krewson, that meant establishing a chic but hardworking home office, as well as a cozy sitting room with fireplace off the master bathroom.
- Make the most of what you have. Exposing the second-story floor joints created a few extra inches of ceiling height on the first floor—and also added a charming architectural element.
- Indulge in a few luxuries. The floor in Krewson’s powder room is onyx, giving a small space a large dose of glamour. Antique settees are upholstered in silk.
- Shop far and near. She found the perfect crystal chandelier in Los Angeles—and wonderful paintings by artists only a few miles from home.
- Listen to your heart. The cost and inconvenience of restoration are well worth the investment when the result is a home you love.