We don't choose the house. The house chooses us.

This is our first blog post of this kind, in essence, a home tour and spotlight. We did not perform any work here or consult in any way shape or form, however, that's where our differences end, because this house, these homeowners, well, they are kindred spirits and embody our style and philosophy here at Integrity Custom.  

Such as happened to many of us before, it seems that we don't choose the house..the house chooses us, and the marriage of Old Quail Run Farm to Rick and Jennifer Taylor follows suit. Not quite at all what they had in mind, but after just being on the property momentarily, they knew it was home.

A perfect blend of old and new, Jennifer and Rick restored the original homestead, exposing a good portion of the shiplap, and expanding the footprint by adding a modern living/master bedroom space through a linear addition.  The space is brought to life with vintage and antique finds carted home from Jennifer's many antiquing trips. Her love of treasure hunting spawned the idea of hosting a barn sale, and thus the Vintage Barn Sales at Old Quail Run Farm were born.

A power house in the Texoma region, Jennifer owns and operates  Bon Appetit Ya'll, a wildly successful catering business which has expanded to host Farm-To-Table Dinners on her beloved farm. In the intimate setting of her backyard, she highlights local flavor and pairs coursed meals with organic, sustainable wines. 

A house is a material, worldly possession. It's a thing. We get that. But there is a change that occurs to the person that sets out to resurrect a tattered space. Pieces of it's past life rub off and awaken. For Old Quail Run Farm that means Farm To Table Dinners and Vintage Barn Sales are on the menu.

Who knows what's next?  The house and land wants what it wants. And if the homeowners are open, listen,  and allow the physical transformation of the space to spill over, new experiences and dreams begin to take shape. As usual, we are feeling rather fortunate that we get to come along for the ride!

Make sure to visit the Old Quail Run Farm website HERE and follow along on Facebook and Instagram @oldquailrunfarm for news and updates.

Photography and words by Melinda Ortley.

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See Old Quail Run Farm for yourself at Rick and Jennifer's Vintage Barn Sale in October. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!  We'll be there shopping and eating right along with you!

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