Transitions and change are the name-of-the-game for many young people today, moving every few years on average. This is especially true for those living in big, expensive cities, which was the original dream for Rebecca Kearns. When she met her husband, Ryan, somebody she describes as a “true southerner with a heart for the country,” she knew she might have to reevaluate. Slowly but surely, she began to open up and see the value in living life away from the hustle and bustle, especially with the additions of her sons Raleigh and Oliver. The couple moved to Lexington, North Carolina, a small farming town an hour outside of Charlotte, and began renovations on a 1949 Brick Cottage Farmhouse that had been in Ryan’s family for decades. Sitting on 35 beautiful acres of farm and woodland, the home had enormous potential, but was in a state of disrepair after a slew of renters over the years. The two poured a large amount of work in a short amount of time prior to moving in: ripping out damaged carpet, refinishing the floors throughout, a complete top-to-bottom paint job—no small feat in a house with 4 rooms and over 1,600 square feet! Fueled by the desire to make this a forever-home that felt exactly right, the house has successfully evolved into the kind of fresh start they needed, all the while maintaining its Southern charm: white walls, newly finished hardwoods, original brass hardware and architectural elements like arched doorways and built-ins.
Taking their time, Rebecca’s keen eye for design has gradually transformed the space into a beautiful modern iteration of the farmhouse aesthetic. Like a lot of couples looking to make a home together that will last, they got rid of nearly all their belongings from their last home in an attempt to start from scratch and put unwavering intention to every item that passed through the front door. Their style is a mixture of a clean & homey Mid-Century Modern aesthetic with rich wood furniture, antique textiles, and modern brass accents that will stand the test of time. Much like any nest-builder, Rebecca’s plans for renovation are far from finished, but her intention and importance she holds to the design of her home is evident in each and every space. See the full home tour below!
Photography by Amanda Sutton.
When not designing and planning our her family home on her free time, Rebecca is the director at a venue, helping to plan and design weddings.
“While I am passionate about the celebration of marriage and curating an incredible experience for our clients, I have found that designing our home in a timeless and functional way has really brought me significant joy and rest. I am a busy mom of two young boys, and I truly enjoy making our house in the country a forever-home for our family of four. We moved in about a year ago, and it is a really special place to us. This home, on over 35 acres of farm and woodland, has been in my husband’s family, and we are so excited to raise our two boys here, so close to family.”
“Our style is minimal and clean, heavy on Mid-Century pieces and neutral colors, with lots of texture and textiles. I have recently started accumulating more plants, and I love the way that they bring layers and purpose into each room.”
When asked what her favorite element of the home is, Rebecca choses the abundance of natural light throughout the day: “Our home faces east, and the large windows throughout offer incredible light all day long. This helps make our home feel both spacious and cozy at the same time!”