Texas has Chip and Joanna Gaines, Canada has Jonathan and Drew Scott, and California gets husband and wife team of Tarek and Christina. But long before these TV personalities were famous, Arkansas had P. Allen Smith who has been referred to as “the Martha Stewart of the South” by the New York Times.
As a child of the 90’s, I fondly remember watching Mr. Smith grace my TV every mid-day after Sesame Street on his show P. Allen Smith Garden Home show. I grew up watching him garden and cook. I guess you could say that my love of design started right then and there.
So I was ecstatic when I received the opportunity to visit his popular Moss Mountain Farm in Roland, Arkansas for the 2016 Farm2Home event. I just knew I had to do a house tour…well more like a farm tour. So sit back, kick up your feet and enjoy the beautiful house and gardens.
The Main House
Anchoring the property and original inspiration for the farm, sits a beautiful large 300 year old Oak Tree. It proudly sits in front of the infamous Moss Mountain colonial house that Allen calls home.
The home was build with Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate in mind. The colonial columns grace the front of the home. The house’s brick exterior, though it appears to be painted yellow, was actually acid washed. A fact which I will file perhaps for later use. Also, many green initiatives were installed into the home to make it a life source for the farm including a rain cistern buried below the house which helps water the gardens.
I am loving the use of coral on the front porch. It brings a charming southern appeal to the colonial porch.
As a lover of history, I adore his use of it in the décor. You can find paintings, portraits, busts as well as many, many, many books. Books overflow the shelves and book cases. Each place setting at the tables have stacks of books. I love the use of them throughout the house.
Downstairs includes a living room, a formal room, a kitchen and dining area. To keep in theme with the time era, the house has beautiful craftsman trim throughout the house, but you will notice crown molding is missing.
Check out the landscape above the sofa. That’s an original Gilbert Stewart painting. Fancy!
He loves his chickens. Even uses eggs to decorate, move offer Joanna, Mr. Smith was the original Farmhouse stylist.
The kitchen was probably the most popular room. It was difficult to get some good shots of it for you because of that. I love how big light and airy the room is. Allen used stone from a local quarry in El Dorado for the countertops.
I may have drooled all over the kitchen table. That bench, those place settings, the fruit…
The colors used throughout the house are so light and airy. Yet, he uses pops of gold and antiques to give it some flare. Here is an example of the books used as décor. Such a thrifty idea.
Right off the kitchen and onto the back porch is this beautiful dining space and sitting area. This is my heaven.
On the second level, you can find a beautifully feminine guest bedroom done up in a wonderful light shade of purple. I could totally live in this room…please!
Subway tile was used throughout the house in all the bathrooms. Such a classic and elegant look.
The Master was totally swoon-worthy. I loved the little sitting area right off the main bedroom area. The large 4 poster bed was actually a bed that belonged to William Fulton, the Governor of Arkansas from 1835-1836.
Just outside of the house is a huge sleeping porch. Sleeping porches were very popular on large estates. During the summer time, they would move the beds out to the back porch where it was much cooler than in the warm house. I didn’t get any great shots out there, but I did manage to take a photo of a copper tub, can we just oogle over it for a moment?
Finally, up in the attic, Allen has created the cutest and coziest space for his nieces and nephews. I think this may be my favorite part of the house. It’s a split level area that is completely open (minus the bathroom)
After the house tour, we took a little walk down to the beautiful Vegetable Garden. This is the same garden used in most of their filming. Allen loves to experiment with different fruits and vegetables that are unique to our area.
Finally, we got to tour the beautiful gardens that P. Allen Smith is so famous for. The gardens were breathtakingly beautiful set with a backdrop of the Arkansas River.
So this is probably the most gorgeous house I’ve ever been too. I could certainly say “life goals” browsing through this. I am so blessed and honored to be a part of Farm2Home and I hope I helped you learn a little something too.
What is your favorite part of the house?