Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Tour of Moss Mountain Farm–Part One

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I recently had the opportunity to visit and tour P Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm and I have many, many pictures to share. In fact, I have so many pictures that I am dividing them into 4 posts. I hope you will come back for the other posts, or better yet, follow the blog by entering your email here and you will be notified by email each time a new post is published. If you missed my last post with the tour of the Garden Home you can see it by clicking here.

big sister

P Allen Smith purchased 600 acres along the Arkansas River in 2006 and proceeded to build the Garden Home and develop 50 acres of the property. Of course the garden will always bea work in progress and what a wonderful work it is. There are seven huge oak trees on the property and the one in front of the house is now called Big Sister! The big trees have lightning rods to protect them from storms and lightning.

moos mountain farm aerial view

The photo above came from the Moss Mountain Farm website but I wanted you to see an aerial view to get the lay of the land. Allen Smith has a firm that does landscape design and has written several gardening books. He has used foundational garden design principles to divide the acreage into several spaces or garden rooms. Other than the paved driveway at the front of the house, there is very little hardscape. By hardscape I am referring to concrete, block or stone walls or pathways. All the other pathways are gravel and most of the garden walls are live plant material. You can also see in the photo above how well balanced and symmetrical everything is.

question-answer session with P Allen Smith

Before we chose a date to take the tour, we called to see if Allen would be there on that day. Sometimes he is at the tour and sometimes he is not. We chose a date when we were told he would be there.

family photo with P Allen Smith

He is as personable in person as he is on television. It was just liking talking to an old friend. He greeted the crowd, then had a period for questions and answers then took time to pose for photos with anyone who wanted one.

garden home exterior 1

As I stated in the last post, the Garden Home was built in the Greek Revival style to reflect the original home that was built there in 1840.

garden home exterior 4

garden home exterior 3

There is an event center building next to the house where receptions and other events are held.

event center

It looks somewhat like a barn on the outside.

event center patio with planters

It also has a large patio area with beautiful planters that can also be used for parties and events.

lunch in the event center

Our tour included lunch in the event center.

grilled chicken lunch

Our lunch was a grilled chicken salad which is a recipe in his new cookbook. The desert also came from the new cookbook.

You can purchase the cookbook by clicking here.

shop and parking area

The building above has a small gift shop, restrooms, and a small chicken area.

garden home exterior 2

There is extensive use of boxwoods throughout the garden.

boxwood foundation plantings

Boxwoods were used as foundation plantings and as path markers.

boxwoods marking the garden path

more boxwoods

driveway border with flagpole

In the photo above, you can see another one of the giant oak trees in the background.

driveway border garden

The hardscape of the driveway is softened by a beautiful border garden.

driveway border 2

If you look closely, you can see that the driveway garden is enclosed with boxwoods.

driveway border boxwoods

You get a pretty good view of the boxwoods in the photo above.

driveway border 3

I don’t remember if this garden was irrigated or not but I do remember that all of the plants used here are very tolerant of heat and sun.

driveway border 4

Notice that he used a very limited color pallet for this garden.

driveway border 5

I was taking notes on my phone and unfortunately I was not able to keep up so I didn’t get all of the plants names but I do remember that this garden includes purple fountain grass, petunias, coleus, sweet potato vine, sunpatients, and angelonia.

driveway border garden planter

The same plants were used in the urn.

driveway border goups of 3 a

driveway border groups of 3 b

I’ve said for years, if you want to make a big impact, have a mass planting of a single color. Because this is a pretty large area, using a lot of single plants would not be very effective. All of these small plants were planted in groups of three. That way, each color does show up and it makes a pretty nice impact!

driveway border groups of 3 c

driveway border groups of 3 d

I hope that you enjoyed this part of the tour and will come back for the others!

I usually only post one time per week but I will speed these up so as not to drag it out so much!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

P Allen Smith’s Garden Home Tour

A few weeks ago we made a trip to Arkansas to visit P Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain farm to tour the farm and the Garden Home. I loved every minute of it inspite of temperatures near 100 degrees. I have watched P Allen Smith’s television shows on Saturday mornings on PBS for years and it was great to see his home in person. I love his collected style of decorating. I could move into the Garden Home today and not change one thing! I have been on many, many home tours but I always have a list of changes I would make if I lived there. That is not the case with the Garden Home. It is relaxed yet elegant with a lived in look instead of looking staged for a magazine shoot. My husband and daughter felt the same way. That is the highest compliment in my opinion. Grab a drink and a refill and enjoy the pictures! (Some of the pictures are a little wonky because I was trying to take them without getting other members of the tour in the pictures and had a very limited amount of time!)

exterior of the garden home

Moss Mountain farm lies on 600 acres along the Arkansas river and was purchased in 2006. The Garden Home was built in 2007-8 in the Greek Revival style to reflect the original home that was built there in 1840. The exterior has a lime wash finish and colors were chosen to blend indoors and out. The home is about 4000 square feet and has two floors, a finished attic area, and a finished basement. We were told that there are beds for 18 people!

exterior of the garden home porch

Let’s step inside.

foyer view from the front door

The foyer runs all the way to the back of the house. The stairs are on the left and to the right are doors to the living/dining room and another door to the den. The door straight out the back leads to the screened porch. A door to the left behind the stairs leads to a potting/mud room and powder room.foyer another view from the front door

The foyer is wide enough for some seating and a few other pieces of furniture.

foyer looking back to the front door

This secretary and comfy slip covered chair are immediately to the left of the entry just before the bottom of the stairs.

foyer bust on pedestal at foot of stairs

The home is filled with wonderful finds and details like this pedestal and bust at the base of the stairs.  You can see the floors a little in the photo above. The floors are all pine harvested from the farm and finished with tongue oil.foyer walking sticks

Even the walking sticks have character!

The first room to the right inside the foyer is the living room dining room combination that stretches across the front length of the house.

living room a

living room 2

Double sofas are in front of the fireplace which is the focal point of the room.

living room 3

Another seating area consists of a sofa and two chairs with a path between this area and the fireplace sofas. This is a great example of how to decorate a large, elongated room by dividing it into several zones.

living dining room view to den

In the photo above you can see that there are doors on either side of the fireplace. They both open to the den area with the kitchen being to the right of the door on the right.living room 1

The formal dining area is at the far end of the living/dining room.living room details 2

There were two of these pieces pictured above, one on either side of the living room door looking back toward the foyer giving symmetry and balance to the area.

living room details

I don’t know what the piece shown above is, but there were also two of them, one placed at each end of the sofa. They were shaped like giant tea caddies and were made of beautiful wood.living dining room 3

Let’s move down toward the formal dining area.

dining room 1

On the day we were there, the dining room was laden with beautiful books instead of dishes.dining room 2

In the photos above and below, you can see the doorway leads to the den/kitchen area and another that leads on to the screened porch beyond.

dining area view through den to screened porch

dining room 3

The chest at the end of the table holds a silver samovar and a vase of pussywillow branches.

dining room 4

Dried hydrangeas piled on a silver pedestal create a stunning centerpiece.

doorway detail

The photo above shows a detail of the doorway between the living/dining room and the den/kitchen area. Notice the vent in the top. A tremendous amount of thought and planning went into every detail of this home.

kitchen 1

The all white kitchen was obviously designed to be a workhorse with marble countertops, a large stove with potfiller, and 2 farmhouse apron sinks.

kitchen 2

The refrigerator and freezer flank a door leading outside.kitchen den pocket doors

There are pocket doors between the kitchen and den dining area.

kitchen den dining area

In the photo above you can see the pocket doors from the den side.

kitchen den dining area 2

Of course the den is very cozy and welcoming too.

den kitchen view

Notice the tall case clock in the right hand corner of the photo above.

hidden pantry in the den another view

A closer view reveals a door hidden in the wall!

hidden pantry in the den

The hidden door is the door to the pantry.

den details 4

The den fireplace is directly behind the living room fireplace, saving the building cost of an additional chimney. The fireboxes are Rumford style for efficient burning of wood. He did a feature on Rumford fire boxes on one of the tv shows. One person on the tour who happened to be male asked where the tv was and was told that there is not a tv in this house! Quite interesting for someone who is in the television production business. den details chicken coop coffe table

I love the chicken coop coffee table.

den

den dish closet

A dish closet is tucked into one of the doorways between the den and the living room.

den art

I love the giant print of the Indian chief over the sofa table in the den. The colors of it coordinate with the drapery fabric and the colors of the rug in the seating area.

den details

The bust on the sofa table is of Allen.

den settee

This curved settee was tucked into one corner of the den.

den details 3

This antique corner cupboard was in another corner of the den.potting mud room

Across the foyer from the den are the potting/mud room with a door that leads outside and also a powder room.

powder room on the first floor

The only other area on the main floor is the screened porch and it is also wonderful.

screened porch main level

screened porch main level 2

There is a stairwell on the porch that leads down to the basement porch. The stairwell is behind the table in the photo above. The view goes down to the river.

screened porch dining area

There is a dining area at one end of the screened porch.

screened porch views 1

Two small buildings bookend each end of the croquet lawn beyond the porch. The one to the right pictured above is the summer kitchen. Some of the television production takes place in this building.

screened porch views 2

The building at the other end of the lawn  is an art studio.

screened porch views 3

The photo  above shows the view to the river as seen from the screened porch.

Let’s go back to the foyer and go upstairs.

stairway decor 1

The walls of the stairwell are treated as an art gallery.

stairway art 2

I love the busts displayed in the stairwell. I believe that they are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. The large paintings are of the sun rising and setting on the Arkansas river.

second floor powder room

A powder room is at the top of the stairs.

second floor landing library

The landing area is used as a library. It is a spectacular use of space.

second floor landing library 2

A bear hide is stretched out over an antique chaise.

second floor landing library bear skin

second floor landing library light fixture

I especially love the light fixture in this area. This area is also the central hallway for the second floor.

master bedroom

The antique bed in the master bedroom was once owned by the last territorial governor of Arkansas.

master bedroom 3

The master bedroom has a spacious seating area and an office area.

master bedroom 2

master bedroom sitting area

I love the chandelier over the writing desk. There is also a guest room and bath on the second floor.

guest room beds

The spacious guest room has two queen beds.

guest room bed close up

guest room trunk table

A trunk is used as a table between the two beds.

guest room desk

A desk and chair are in the corner of the guest room.

guest bath lavoratory

The guest bath is divided into three areas. The center area has the lavoratory.

guest bath shower

Another area has the tub/shower and an additional sink.

guest bath

The third area has the toilet and another sink. All three of those areas are done in classic white subway tile with black accents.

The other area on the second floor is the sleeping porch, a screened porch that stretches across the back side of the house.

sleeping porch

The sleeping porch has three beds and a copper soaking tub.

sleeping porch 2

sleeping porch 3

The last area for us to see is the attic area.

third floor stair runner

This colorful stairway leads up to the third floor.

third floor sitting area

The third floor is divided into a seating area and a sleeping area.

third floor sitting area 2

third floor sleeping area 2

The sleeping area has four single beds. I am sure that the nieces and nephews love this area.

third floor sleeping area 3

third floor sleeping area 4

third floor sleeping area

third floor shower area

A tiny bathroom is tucked in the third floor area also.

third floor river view 2

There are wonderful views out the third floor dormer windows.

third floor river view

third floor view  toward chicken house

This view is looking toward the chicken house.

I hope that you enjoyed the tour as much as I did!

I’ll do another post of the garden tour.

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