Relax: “This is a retreat, a place of nurturing, and one of nostalgia.”

Dark wood entrance hall
Photography by Jim Bathie

When they expanded the small home, the couple opted to keep a few features of the original farmhouse, including the breezeway entrance hall’s rich wood paneling that warmly welcomes arriving guests and the five fireplaces, which add an element of coziness in the winter.

The modern kitchen is a beautiful marriage of rustic and contemporary, mixing and matching materials between the soaring brick fireplace, striking wooden beams, and long white marble island. On one end, a pair of wrought iron bulls—which originally hung in a French butcher shop—supports the impressive island.

This bovine theme carries over into the glazed, copper-colored dining room, where a pair of cow paintings hangs above the mantel. An antique sideboard houses Margaret’s collection of French porcelain in shades of cream and green, while warm earth tones coat the room from the rug to the window treatments.

serene master suite
Photography by Jim Bathie
Guest suite with light blue walls and two full size beds
Photography by Jim Bathie

An extension from the back of the house provided a spacious master suite, a study, and a dressing area, as well as a separate guest quarters downstairs.

Like stepping into the past while savoring the present, a visit to the Ritchies’ home will always be memorable. “Indeed,” Margaret says, “this is a retreat, a place of nurturing, and one of nostalgia.”

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The Cottage Journal Magazine Winter 2017