Where I Live – Barbara Johnsen and Her Converted Barn House | Pottery Barn

Where I Live – Barbara Johnsen and Her Converted Barn House | Pottery Barn


Pottery Barn Where I Live
Barbara Johnson My name is barbara Johnson I’m an interior designer
and I live here in Sonoma California and this is my barn, this is a space that I’ve been dreaming
about building for a long time it’s my home it’s my office and it’s just a terrific space to live in. I had always wanted to live in a barn. It represents everything that I love about
design from the light to the openness the idea that everything happens in one
room which is terrific and there’s a lot of history in this whole building so the idea of living inside of all this history
and bringing it back to life again has huge significance to me has
good karma, a good feeling about it to me. this barn originally was built in the eighteen forties in a location outside princeton new Jersey called Neshanic
Station. and it actually was a wagon house built completely by hand so it has all these
hand-hewn beams so there’s no bolts or metal in it of any kind, it was just put together with timber pegs, and there’s what they call marriage marks which is where farmers used to mark each post and how it went together
with the beam and how it went together with various elements of the structure that you can still
see, when we put it back together again it only took about seven or eight days even though the whole thing go back together the turnout
was standing for two hundred years almost it didn’t take
very long to take it apart and put it back together again I think it’s important to find the space that just works perfectly everybody has their own own unique environment in which they feel best
and most comfortable we tried to recreate as much as possible
from the old days and many elements are brought out here for example
this table right here is actually one of the old doors that was up on the front of one of the
windows and we turned it into a table the flooring here in the space is original, it’s old heart white pine the planks are fourteen, sixteen sixteen inches wide so you have all those refurbished and redone here, and the beam that you see over here above the fireplace over here was actually a post for some of the corn crib areas and we turned that into the mantle so as much as possible I tried to use every element of the barn the original barn that I could For a stairway we needed to get out of the building and go around in a circle to come back in again I didn’t want to have to cut any beams or any posts of any kind to accomplish that stair so we sort of stretched the building a little bit and added that silo, it was a challenge to find a dome for a silo and get a silo built in California but it all worked out and I think it adds tremendously
to the shape of the space. this loft space is really my favorite space it’s a whole other dimension in scale and proportion to the rest of the barn. it’s very cozy up here, the roof is a little
closer the colors are very warm it’s nice to have a second space to come to, I have my desk up here, you can see over everything
down below I can read, there’s a library up here, I can watch a film, there’s a fireplace one of my favorite spaces here though is the master suite it’s
much more private which I really enjoy, it really is a little cocoon. I created the master bathroom up there as a little sanctuary I want to give a break from the
rest of all this wood and warmth in the building it’s all in blues and white, a great big beautiful bathtub, and lots and lots of fresh light in there, so it’s
wonderful I think the reason that pottery barn selected
this space is it makes a perfect backdrop for just casual country American style, as an interior designer it’s a great affirmation
to think that my own work was something that was appealing and attractive to pottery barn
to come in and show their products in this casual country american look it was a lot of fun a great professional group and their products look fabulous
in this space Pottery Barn Please visit www.potterybarn.com/whereilive
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4 thoughts on “Where I Live – Barbara Johnsen and Her Converted Barn House | Pottery Barn

  1. Very Nice. As a long distance trucker that trucker all of North America, I seen a few Barn house conversion. This is the 1st one I've seen inside of (kind of.) Thanks for the tour. Be Well.

  2. BEAUTIFUL // STUNNING // Place
    Have you thought about taking it off grid with wind or solar ??
    I love old barns and things reclaimed and reused //

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