Amy and Paul Hamilton have channeled a sort-of New England seaside town for the decoration of their 1859 home in Granville, Ohio. The house, which sits on six acres, is named Skipping Rock Farm and is home to their two children, a 19-year-old (now away at college in Chicago) and a 17-year-old, as well as Chrissy, their 14-year-old cat, and Chloe, their dog (the two dogs in the photo above, Fifi and Tinkerbell, were being babysat). Paul is a fine artist and Amy is a milliner. They use the property for a host of events including hat making, oil painting and photography workshops, as well as weddings and special events. As their kids prepare to leave the nest, the couple is hoping to build a handful of luxury cabins so that their workshop attendees can stay on the property for weekend retreats and glamping. Thanks, Paul and Amy! — Amy Azzarito
Image above: Paul surprised me with a trip to Venice, Italy, last September to celebrate our 20th anniversary. The Fortuny Museum was amazing and incredibly inspiring with all the luxurious textures and muted colors. We spent the plane ride home dreaming of ideas to incorporate into our home. Paul made the headboard for me for Christmas a few years ago — he used a router to carve out the pattern. (Paint: Valspar Lazy Days C1247)
Image above: We enjoy bird watching from our kitchen window and love to display the works of art they create. The cake plates make a perfect pedestal for the nests. I’ve taken several upholstery workshops in the past year, and this is the first chair I reupholstered on my own. (Paint: Valspar Almost Charcoal 4008-2B)
See more of Paul & Amy’s Ohio home after the jump . . .
Image above: Our sitting room upstairs is in the original part of the house that was built in 1859 — it is a loft-style room. Our inspiration for this room was a painting by Winslow Homer. The room is filled with Paul’s paintings of the Maine coastline. He built the center table, as well. (Paint: Valspar Thalo Night 5009-4)
Image above: After only having one crappy bathroom downstairs for the first seven years we lived here, we sort of went for it when we added the master bathroom! The shower and surface around the tub are poured concrete, and the shower walls are stainless steel. Now we have two beautiful bathrooms! (Paint: Valspar Fresh Mint 5008-9C)
Image above: Paul’s studio is in a bank barn. The upstairs has become the perfect environment for him to display his work, entertain guests and host weddings and parties. The downstairs provides space for him to create and not have to clean it up every weekend! Ha! (Paint: Valspar Summer Mist 6004-3A)
Image above: The kitchen has seen the most changes over the past 14 years. We added all the molding, ceramic flooring, and beadboard ceiling. (Paint: Valspar Almost Charcoal 4008-2B)
Image above: This is one of Paul’s more contemporary paintings. (Paint: Valspar Almost Charcoal 4008-2B)
Image above: The gallery that represents Paul is known for coming to our house and taking the paintings off our walls to sell, so I had him put molding around them so that they have to stay! (Paint: Valspar Thalo Night 5009-4)
Image above: Master bedroom (Paint: Valspar Lazy Days C1247)
Image above: This is my millinery studio that used to be the old horse and carriage barn. We poured concrete floors and used salvage material and iron stair treads for the shelving. (Paint: Valspar Green Garlands 5007-3C)
Image above: Last summer, Paul built our first cabin on the property. (Paint Valspar Willow Leaf EB9-1)
Image above: We enjoy hosting parties under the pergola. It’s also the perfect place to enjoy lunch during our workshops. I’m hoping that one day the wisteria will decide to bloom — it’s more than seven years old!
Image above: Martha’s Vineyard is also one of Paul’s favorite destinations to paint, and the family has been fortunate to have the opportunity to travel there for his gallery openings! You cannot go to Martha’s Vineyard and not want to cover your house in cedar shake! Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the blue hydrangeas to grow in our clay soil, but Annabelle hydrangeas do the trick!