How We Turned a Pole Barn Into a Beautiful and Cozy Farm Home

Sharon Gilbert shares how she turned a “pole barn”  into a beautiful, rustic farm home that my family and I absolutely love.

A Bit About Marble Valley Farm:

About a year ago, Zane decided to look for land and happened to find a farm in Sylacauga, Alabama, close to Pursell Farms (one of our favorite places to dine and relax).  Zane put up a “pole barn” for hunting friends to have a place to go during rainy weather. As we all began to enjoy making trips to the farm, we decided to turn the pole barn into an enclosed and livable space. We entrusted the project to our friend Sharon Gilbert, who is a seasoned decorator and farm/landowner herself. Sharon transformed an “ugly duckling” into a “swan” with her skills and talents. You’ll hear all about it in the podcast or on the You Tube.

Episode At A Glance:

Sharon Gilbert shared how she transformed my family’s “pole barn” into a gorgeous, cozy cottage. She truly has a gift for transforming spaces, a gift that comes from her keen sense of design. Sharon discussed her design business, described her personal design style, and gave all the details of the beautiful farm home. She even shares a secret and a fabulous recipe at the end of the episode! 

Sharon Gilbert shared the creative vision behind her coziest project- our beautiful rustic farm home.

Who Is Sharon Gilbert?

Sharon Gilbert lives in Birmingham, Alabama where she runs her design business, Clutch. Sharon and her husband have three children and four grandchildren. She is a graduate of Samford University and has always had an eye for design and interiors. You can almost always find her outdoors, whether she is gardening, bow hunting, or simply soaking in the fresh air. If she is not outdoors or enjoying time with family or friends, you can find her antiquing for “treasures”. 

We love the 14-foot marble island with 10 barstools.

A Modern Rustic Design Vision: 

This beautiful and cozy farm home was originally a “pole barn,” just a place for hunters to have a place to find shelter when it rains. A pole barn does not have any walls, it is just a metal roof held up by poles. Sharon transformed this rudimentary structure into a homey retreat, and now it is one of my family’s favorite places to spend time together!

Sharon added touches of rustic, organic elements while keeping things “light” and “white.”

Things We Discussed in This Episode:

In this episode, Sharon shares the design details that went into creating this beautiful space. She shared what she would do differently, advice on how to save money in the process, and her favorite part of the project. Some of the items and design choices she discussed were:

  • Blown ceiling professionally sprayed with spray foam.
  • Her favorite paint color, Ben Moore’s “Simply White.”
  • White stock shaker cabinets (Amazon pulls).
  • Track lighting and pendants.
  • Shiplap, which she used on two walls. 

I hope you enjoyed this episode! As always, if you have time to rate, review and subscribe to The SavvyCast on iTunes, it would be SO appreciated!!! Blessings to you!!!

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  1. Hi Katie, I’ll try to gather as many links as I can. Since Sharon did most of this, she has all the info on plumbing, furniture, accessories. Feel free to email her with any questions on those!!!!

  2. Would love to see more pictures after listening to the episode! The porches, the bedrooms, the bathrooms! And not just a pic of the whole room…. pics of faucets, light fixtures, linens and links to all!

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