Text and Styling by Charlotte Safavi
Four years ago, Anne Marie Hauer, her husband, Steve, and their children, Garren and Callie, found the property of their dreams. “The tiny house was built in 1901, but that isn’t what drew us in,” says Anne Marie. “It was the land: 4 acres surrounded by stone walls in the heart of Virginia’s horse country.”
The couple bought the farmhouse, renovated it, and added a two-story wing, including kitchen, dining room, and mudroom on the first floor and a master suite on the second. Anne Marie, an interior decorator and marketing consultant, oversaw the process with Clites Architects and SNL Construction, and then furnished the home in a welcoming modern farmhouse style fit for a young family.
Though picturesque year-round, the crisp white cottage is especially idyllic when festooned with natural greenery and berries around Christmas. “For us, the holiday season kicks off with the Middleburg Christmas Parade in the first weekend of December, with the running of the horses and hounds. The children love it, and it’s become our annual tradition,” says Anne Marie.