stone hill farm, part 3.

As promised, today I’m back with the final leg of my Stone Hill Farm tour.  Although everything at John & Kim’s house is amazing, I feel a little bit like I’ve saved the best for last.  You’ll have to let me know if you agree.

stone hill farm

Kim and John are blessed to have several outbuildings at Stone Hill Farm including a barn, potting shed, outhouse, grainery and a small creamery that they have turned into the chicken coop.

Let’s start at the chicken coop.

chicken coop

While Debbie and I were there the chickens were out and about.  Those darn birds would not hold still for a photo!


Kim says these chickens lay about a dozen eggs a week, and they love corn on the cob which is how she bribed them to come together for a photo.

Kim’s potting shed has to be one of the most darling I’ve seen (the smaller building on the left is the outhouse).

tool shed

Seriously, could this be any more adorable?

motel chairs

Kim has it set up so perfectly.

shed door

shed window

The outhouse is a crack up.


It’s big enough to seat three!

3 holer

 There is a pretty little garden between the potting shed and the house that is enclosed by a white picket fence.

watering cans

garden gate

enclosed garden

tea pot planter

John built a pizza oven at one end of the garden and now he and Kim have lots of pizza parties.

pizza oven

They can serve everything up on this outdoor buffet that John built from salvaged barn wood and metal roofing.

outdoor buffet

Never mind pizza, this looks like the perfect spot for a morning cup of coffee to me.

deck dining set

Let’s head out towards that fabulous barn next.

barn distance



barn side

Before we leave John & Kim’s beautiful property, I have one more thing to share with you.  It’s out past the barn, and then beyond this fence.


Here they are …

hops 1

Any guesses at what you’re looking at?  Nope, it’s not a maze.  John grows hops.  He’s also the president of the Hop Growers Association of Minnesota.

To give you a better idea of the height of these hop vines, here’s a photo that includes John.  Yep, those babies go way up there.

John and the hops

In addition to the hops, John & Kim also have a vegetable garden, a pumpkin patch, an orchard that has pear, plum, apple and cherry trees and they have some bee hives too.


Are you getting the impression that they like to keep busy?!

Well, this concludes the tour of John & Kim’s home and farm.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.

 Remember, the Barn Chic Vintage sale starts this morning 9 a.m. at 2946 Oakgreen Avenue N in Stillwater (cash and checks only, fyi).  The sale runs from Thursday to Saturday 9 – 5 each day, rain or shine (or ridiculous heat and humidity).

If you come home with some fun goodies, I hope you’ll share them in a comment!

On another note, I’m blogging a second home tour over on the Reclaiming Beautiful blog today.  It’s another lovely home in Stillwater, but this one belongs to Monique, one of the owners of Reclaiming Beautiful.  Her 1892 home is located ‘in town’ rather than out in the country and it has a charm all of it’s own.  I hope you’ll pop over there and check out that post too!

14 thoughts on “stone hill farm, part 3.

  1. First, thank you Linda for sharing all this beauty. I want to just move in. And you said it correctly, they have to be really busy! Everything is so beautiful, peaceful and perfect. I don’t have a preference on which part I liked the best because I love all of it. Wish I could be at the sale, but I’ll have to be content to just look at the photos for inspiration. Thanks Kim and John for letting us see your paradise.


  2. Thanks to John and Kim for the look-see (my Grandma’s word) into your gorgeous home and property. How fun to have found all the perfect furnishings to make the house into a home. You should be featured in a magazine! Love your decorating style!


  3. I am in love with all the outbuildings and the pizza oven is just perfect. My husband and I have been discussing building an oven for a couple of years. Then she has that charming spot to sit and dine. And then her watering can collection and picket fences.
    Should be in a movie.


    1. An outdoor pizza oven would be fantastic in your part of the country. It would be nice to cook outdoors without heating up the house in summer. You should build one!


  4. This property is amazing. It should be featured in a magazine (like someone else suggested). And, you should be the photographer. Beautifully composed images. Thanks for sharing this with us.


  5. This was a great 3-part vsit to a lovely and very unique home. Somehow, Robin Leach’s voice (recall Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous?) started narrating today’s post – in my head, of course! Thanks for a delightful visit, John and Kim!


  6. I love your farm, it brings back my own childhood memories of growing up on a farm. Thank you for reminding me of my own farm memories. I love your farm and what you did, by the way.


  7. Does the barn sale happen every summer? and is it multiple vendors? Looks great – I’d like to attend next year
    P.S. are you doing a sale this year?


    1. I believe the Barn Chic sale is an annual event, and they do have multiple vendors. It’s a fun one! Would you like me to get your name added to their email list? That way you’ll get an email notification of their sale next year. And yes, I am doing a sale and it’s coming up on October 8 from 9 am to 2 pm. Hope you can be there!


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