Inside Chad and Katie Groves' Glen Mills Farmhouse
Stylish décor adds zing to an 18th-century farmhouse in Delaware County.
A two-story stone fireplace makes an impact in the fully renovated kitchen
Photo by John Lewis
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Once inside Chad and Katie Groves’ Glen Mills home, your eyes are drawn to the furniture. From the chic Serge de Troyer Lucite trunk in the living room to the iconic Bertoia side chairs set against the dining room’s original 1717 stone walls, nothing is what you’d expect to find in their restored farmhouse—and that’s exactly what makes it so appealing.
“It definitely looks like a farmhouse on the exterior,” says Chad. “We didn’t think we had to make it look like that on the interior, too.”
Of course, it also helps that Katie is an interior designer with talent for blending styles in a cohesive way. Her passion for high-quality furniture has worn off on her husband, who now shares her passion for timeless brands like Baker, Kindel and CR Laine. “When we moved into our home three years ago, it was difficult for Katie to find anything in this area that met her design style,” says Chad.
So Groves had to buy everything online or through auction. It would be the last time they did that. They have since opened Studio 882, their own furniture showroom in Chadds Ford. “We’d always wanted to own our own business,” Chad says. “So this felt right.”
Katie concurs. “What we tried to do in our home is the same thing we’re trying to do with the showroom,” she says. “We’re bringing people pieces of quality furniture they can use in multiple ways. It’s about longevity and versatility.”
“The perfect hybrid”
Initially, the Groves weren’t sure whether they wanted something new or old—until they came upon a Glen Mills farmhouse immaculately restored by its previous owners. Taking on a major renovation would’ve been a challenge for a couple with two kids under 5. “This was the perfect hybrid of old and new,” says Katie.
With its two-story vaulted ceiling, the kitchen boasts a corner floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. “We’ve made so many s’mores with our sons in that fireplace,” Katie says.
The kitchen’s island is topped with a piece from a black walnut tree cut down on the property. The same wood is used for the stairs and windowsills throughout the home.