Haint Blue Porch Ceiling at Freeman Pottery

Haint Blue Porch Ceiling at Freeman Pottery with Flea Market Style Gardening

Judy Freeman Foushee went to college to take a painting class and ended up in a pottery class. Judy works the clay in a family farmhouse that goes back 5 generations. You first notice the haint blue porch ceiling at Freeman Pottery. Judy says it’s been that color since as far back as she can remember.

Judy is the first person in her family to choose being a potter as the other 4 generations chose farming. The farmhouse with it’s one main chimney serving 3 fireplaces is just one of the charming features she tells me about. The 1800’s 4 porch structure is framed by its 12/12 pitch roof and recognized by the heart vents on each gable.

The front of the house has two porches with one for the kitchen and one for the living area. Haint blue porch ceilings ward off insects it is thought by Judy and I explained to Judy the folklore surrounding the color. I wrote another story on Haint Blue at this post and explained the theory by some that the color allows haints or spirits to escape up to the sky instead of getting trapped. Once trapped the spirits are likely to enter the house. Judy assured me that there were no spirits at this house and that generations of her family have been Christian.

I can imagine that during the 1800’s it wasn’t easy to craft hearts in the vents on each gable. Makes me think the owner must have loved his wife very much to allow this crafted detail. I too want hearts on the vents of my future farmhouse. I may just build a house exactly like this floor plan. It was very functional and fun. It’s a 3 bedroom home with two additional back porches that help protect from the hot Seagrove climate. It is said that the first owner loved the back right porch the most due to the breezes that flowed there.

Judy is known for her pottery miniatures. She has the largest selection. They are numerous in style and design. Some are face jugs depicting personalities in government and some just down right funny buck toothed creations. Judy is witty and hugely talented at adding character to each piece. No two are alike.

She has a drunken man’s jug where any handle can be grabbed easily. She has the traditional Rebecca’s pitcher from the story in the bible. But her signature pieces are those fashioned in a style called sgraffito. Sgraffito is the process of layering different colored clay then sculpting scenery from those layers. She is most known for scenes of barns, hillsides, trees, and fences. She depicts her scenes in both winter and summer.

Her pieces are hand turned and she fires them herself right there in the little farmhouse built in the 1800’s. Sitting on a pretty piece of land with nothing around much but farmland and quiet neighbors who are used to hearing Judy at her wheel.

Judy says there isn’t much traffic down her way and that you still look up when a car passes. You most likely know the driver. You most likely have known them your whole life.

In 2005, Judy thought up Vezzel puzzles which doesn’t surprise me after meeting her. She’s the type person who has the sort of conversation that makes you smile the whole visit. Her Vezzel puzzles are a grouping of small pottery pieces that will only fit one way on their tray. They come with a photo of their proper placement and pitty the person who loses the cheat sheet.

Judy is a natural flea market style gardener. She has small flower beds dotting the property that are home to discarded pottery pieces and old farm implements. Some of the roses and ornamental shrubs that grow on her property were planted by her mother or grandmother. It’s an attractive mix of memorabilia. The old tobacco hook above was used on the farm when Judy’s family farmed tobacco.

If you see something you like here, you’ll have to contact Judy directly.

Freeman Pottery
Judy Freeman Foushee
PO Box 283, Eagle Springs, NC, 27242

Vintage craftsman cottage with gorgeous landscaping in North Carolina

Why are craftsman homes so popular and downright adorable

In this part of North Carolina, a story and a half craftsman home with this large front porch is as common as wings on a butterfly. Why are craftsman homes so popular and downright adorble? Well just look at the character.

Craftsman homes are beefy and give the feeling of safe at home. They have hefty columns, large entryways, and comfy front porches. This comes with our traditional Moravian star and two chandeliers. Moravian stars are popular year round in this part of NC. Many of us including me are descendants of the Moravians who settled this area in the 1700’s. Old Salem, NC is a living museum showcasing that religion and culture.

This home is located in the Piedmont of North Carolina in a very upscale neighborhood. I like that they have left the driveway and sidewalk in a natural pebble material. A carriage house is hidden on the back of the property casting back to the day when alleyways kept the stinky cars where they belonged while folks visited on the front porch.

My grandmother’s home looked exactly like this. It is so cozy and if like hers—has built in bookshelves and extensive moldings. I may knock on this door at sometime and beg to feature an inside story. Wouldn’t you like that?

I’m sure those row of windows in the dormer have been recently added but they only add to the charm don’t you think? Looks like a lot of living goes on in this home. I hope to meet the owners one day. What would you tell them?

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Whitewashed painted brick

Whitewashed Brick Homes of the Old South Style

You can not pass this home without thinking of plantations and southern magnolias. Whitewashed brick homes of the Old South style are a popular trend today. In my series on painted brick and whitewashed brick, we’ve seen a mostly white affect. Today’s post features the white as a subtle accent. It might not seem so subtle but compared to THIS HOME, very little white is exposed in the picture above.

There are just as many degrees of whitewash as there are stars in the sky. Whitewashed brick homes are rare outside of the South. Some cottage or English style neighborhoods of the North and Great Lakes area have them but out West it’s very rare. I’ve lived from coast to coast and preferred to settle back in North Carolina where the limbs swing low and the people talk slow. This has been my home through 9 generations of children born to my mother’s and father’s side of my ancestry.

I grew up playing in these homes, having tea parties, and wishing to plant my gardens in a patch of Old South soil. A place where tradition and biscuits are served on a daily basis. A place where oak trees have heard my great great great grandparents grumble at the heat and humidity. A place where the roads were gravel with ruts from wagon wheels carrying tobacco to market. A place where whitewashed brick was a necessity to keep the bricks safe from mold and decay while keeping the house several degrees cooler. This is home and nothing smells or looks the same.

Whitewashed brick is coming back cause it never left or went out of style. When new homeowners search for what fits the neighborhoods, they turn to the past which was slow, melodic, and decorated with history. There’s a new take on the old and I think designers are doing an excellent job of marrying the days gone by with where do we park the car.

Sidewalks are coming back too and folks enjoy looking at these kinds of homes and strolling past to catch glimpses of the goings on behind the electric candle lit windows. We Southerners are a nosey chatty bunch and do so while remaining proper and respectful. A sidewalk lets you appear as though exercise is the intent and all the while just being inquisitive is the motive.


traditional whitewashed brick home in North Carolina

Traditional Whitewashed Brick

In this series, I offer to you a traditional whitewhased brick home featuring beautiful planters on each side of the entryway. This whitewashed brick is more of what people think of when that technique is mentioned. Removing only some of the paint and varying the degree in the process creates a worn pattern typical of the Old South plantations.

“Back in the day”, a front chimney was often fashioned to say that a front courtyard would be used both summer and winter. A courtyard full of perfumed plants, shady potted plants, and lots of roses.

A place where the family gathered and would spend time with the side doors openend for all seasons. Such an open front designs says the owners enjoy being social.

The sweeping front roof line is a character trait with a design called , The Piedmont Home. Interesting to see it on this offset 4 square. Love the substantial gas iron sconces which make you feel like a carriage could pull up at any minute. Lots of personality displayed here in this mix of traditional and purposefully placed addition of the sun room.

Low growing plants in the front give way to the drama taking place in the entryway. Sturdy planters and beefed up columns make this a strong home where those who enter will be welcomed and you can expect to be entertained with joy and comfort. Safety from the weather is only two steps up to the covered porch. A must in the days when the ladies were dropped off and the men soon to follow.

My own home(HERE) is just three years old but many have asked if I renovated an existing home. I consider that a joy to hear because that was my intent. To appear as though it had been here forever. Additions that are fashioned from different eras can be tastefully achieved and is a sought after look. It’s charming and reflects a home that was worthy of growing with the family and future generations. Many add on homes have a touch of cottage and English style. I think the above home does a good job of keeping its NC heritage and then maturing through what is currently a trend to update the neighborhood.

You can see all the homes I’m featuring in this series by visiting the category,

Whitewashed Brick Homes.