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canada goose store Jonelle St. John was living in London when her husband, Steve Zielenski, who had already moved back to the United States, went with a real estate agent to look at Stonyhurst, a 94 acre estate in Middleburg, Va. canada goose store

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«I looked at [Zielenski] and I said, ‘Is there a house on this property?’ There was no house on the tape,» St. John said. «He said: ‘It’s this old thing. We’ll just tear it down.’»

But when St. John saw the house, she was adamant.

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The 1890 stone farmhouse had seen better days. The floors were canada goose outlet sale damaged by termites. The roof leaked. But with the help canada goose outlet eu of Washington architect Donald Lococo and interior designer Rosemarie R. Howe, the decrepit house became a family home.

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canada goose coats on sale Much of the house was gutted in the renovation, but its footprint was maintained. Many original features, such as the fireplaces and plaster walls, were kept. The raw cedar beams on the ceiling of the family room, believed to be a 1920s addition, were also preserved. The house’s original stairs were moved to the barn, and Lococo created new ones at the back of the house. canada goose coats on sale

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«I love old,» St. John said. «I’ve redone every house I’ve ever moved into. I don’t think I could buy a new house. I really like the feel of an old house, the history of it.»

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Canada Goose Jackets The house was not the only part of the property that needed work. The land was overgrown. After clearing it, Earth Design Associates designed the landscaping and planted more than 200 trees. Although the couple don’t own horses, there are paddocks, a run in shed and a barn. St. John said the barn’s foundation may be older than the house. Canada Goose Jackets

«We are adjacent to the Middleburg hunt,» St. John said. «We let them graze their horses on our land. So we have horses out there. There are about 12 at canada goose outlet a time. They also, which we love, train their hounds. They walk them across the property. It’s very festive.».

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