You may know Chelsea Wade of A Good Home for her organizing prowess or her semi-annual barn sales (and, yes, I’ve picked up some perfect pieces!). She’s been busy expanding her business to styling and interior decorating and, at the same time, has taken on a HUGE project with her entire family. Their Airbnb, Stay At A Good Home, is a 1700s Cape on 14 acres in Higganum that has been thoughtfully gut-renovated. It was a family affair, with Chelsea’s parents, Richard and Catherine, heading up the construction. Chelsea has transformed the house into a chic retreat with room for six (two bedrooms and a pullout) and two full baths.
The intention was to be as sustainable and historically accurate as possible. All the window and door trim was reclaimed from the home, planed, and reused. Antique doors were salvaged. I especially loved that they kept the “preacher’s box” built into a fireplace used for Bibles in the front and booze in the back!
The trio has managed to retain all the home’s character while adding modern conveniences that any guest would require: A/C, flat screens, laundry room, three working fireplaces, a brilliant pantry with a coffee station (so jealous), and a wide porch for lounging on summer nights.
What we love most about Chelsea’s aesthetic is she leans minimal and neutral but softens the edges with antique dressers, tables, natural fabrics, and decorative pieces scattered throughout. The end result is an airy space with original beams and cozy nooks.
Chelsea is hosting a few open houses if you’d like to take a peek (or rent it for a getaway or party). Head over for a tour and refreshments on Friday, May 19th, from 11am to 4pm or Saturday, May 20th, from 9am – 2pm.
740 Little City Road, Haddam
Here’s a video: https://youtu.be/3ut-IhGPpZ4
Read what we had to say about Chelsea’s organizing: https://the-e-list.com/a-good-home/
Photos by Frank Dinardi