Country Homes

December 14, 2021

See A Rustic Farmhouse Subtly Decorated For The Season

Back in 2010, Sydney Carlaw of Langley, B.C.’s Purity Designs had it all planned out. She had recently finished a 4,200-square-foot new-build that had been completely customized for her family — husband Vance, daughters Jessica and Jolene, and their golden retriever, Burch. They intended to repeat the process: building new and flipping every few years. But when they went to move in 2014, a nearby property had hit the market — a much smaller 1,600-square-foot ramshackle farmhouse with just one dated bathroom — and the plans all changed.

“It had been vacant for two years and was desolate,” says Sydney, “but the property felt like an enchanted forest right out of a Walt Disney movie — and just five minutes from the grocery store!” Their girls, then nine and six, were especially taken by its magic, and the idea of flipping went straight out the window. “We felt like we were destined to be here forever,” she says.

Scroll down to see this charming family farmhouse decorated for the holidays!