In my next life, I am living in a farmhouse just like this one. And it has everything to do with the reading nooks, places for boardgames, family dinners, outdoor spaces galore … and don’t forget the master bedroom retreat. Designed by Paige Snell, and styled by Lindsay Gibson, don’t miss one detail of this Carlton Landing home photographed by Jana Carson.

From the home owner … Carlton Landing is a walkable lakefront community designed according to the tenets of new urbanism by Andres Duany of DPZ, the creator of communities such as of Seaside and Rosemary Beach. The community garden and Carlton Landing is a place where kids learn where their food comes from and neighbors can work together to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and fun times together.

Our farmhouse features a generous front porch perfect for dinner parties or a good book on a rainy day. On the rear of the house, an upstairs screen porch is the perfect place for an afternoon chess game. Surrounded by camp cots, twinkle lights and cozy blankets, there’s no better place to paint, read or have a spontaneous weeknight camping adventure.

The master bedroom has whitewashed walls and relaxed European shades that are flooded with natural light from windows on three sides. The European mount offers a great contrast to the mirrored dressers and bed.The window wall eliminates the stairwell with six north facing windows.

At the top of the stairs is a reading and bookcases perfect for story time with mom. With five kids, there’s a need to share but also I need for private space. The bed nooks give each kid a space to escape but no doors to slam.

When the kids come home from school, backpacks and skateboard helmets go into their cubbies in the mudroom. Above the cubbies, a collection of black-and-white family pictures are carefully guarded by Françoise, our paper mâché Haitian rhinoceros. The juxtaposition of classy and rustic come together with the reclaimed barnwood and dripping chandelier.

Our kitchen is the workhorse and entertaining hub of the home. Paige Schnell of Tracery Interiors put together this kitchen. Jen loves to cook, and the large island is great for entertaining or lining up the kids for a great meal. For the countertops, we wanted something that was useable and durable, so we chose Boos block and soapstone.

We used native rocks found here in Carlton Landing in our hearth and fireplace surround. Above the mantle, we reclaimed some old barnwood to give some rich character to the living room.

Welcoming guests through our side entry is a collection of whimsical artwork by the kids and a trusty pair of gardening boots waiting to tackle the morning chores. Just outside the sunny south facing door is our side garden and chicken coop where fresh eggs, peppers, tomatoes and fresh herbs and cutting flowers overflow. On the drive into halfway through the drive into Carlton Landing, serene lawn with a breathtaking view and two Adirondack chairs invite you to come and sit for a spell.

Photography: Jana Carson | Styling: Gibson Events | Carlton Landing: Carlton Landing | Interior Design: Paige Schnell