Calm, Cool & Collected: Kathleen Jamieson's Malvern Barn

The barn-turned-home retains a rustic aesthetic with enough quirk to go around.

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 Kathleen Jamieson’s Euro-chic country kitchen pays homage to the designs of MacKenzie-Childs. (Photo by Jared Castaldi)At every turn, Kathleen Jamieson is surrounded by the thoughtfully selected art and collectibles she’s amassed over the past 50 years. Each room in the Malvern barn she calls home is a blend of styles and periods, from the English Staffordshire in the dining room to the Majolica pottery lining the walls in the sunroom.

A highly regarded interior designer, Jamieson stays faithful to her Chester County roots by paying tribute to works from local artists like Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, Karl Kuerner, and others. While her Haverford antique store, Mock Fox, is her public showroom, the treasures in her house are for her to enjoy with family and friends. “I’m of that generation that looks forward to coming home at night,” says Jamieson. “My home is my castle—and it always has been.” Jamieson and her late husband designed their home 12 years ago on a sprawling property, razing the existing ranch house to build a smaller-scale version of the 12,000-square-foot barn they’d left behind in Unionville. “I’ve always loved open spaces—lofts, warehouses, stables and carriage houses—but barns have always been my favorite,” says Jamieson. “I’m fascinated with all the things you can do with them.”

She became fascinated with barns and repurposing older structures, even transforming downtown Malvern’s historic 1899 firehouse into retail space on the first floor with three luxury apartments above. “There’s a place for everybody,” says Jamieson. “I’m open to non-structured environments. I prefer a touch of traditional with a touch of openness.” 

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