Farm Fresh Holiday Wishes

Mary Signorelli, of Le Coeur Design, transforms her parents farmhouse into a magical holiday gathering place. 

By Maya Brenningmeyer

Architecture and Interior Design by Le Coeur Design

Builder: G.K. Meyer Construction

Photography by Anne Matheis


Purchased in 2020, this 1800s cabin-turned-farmhouse sits atop a 50-acre property and serves as a gathering space for friends and family. After undergoing numerous renovations in the 1980s, the property was mainly painted drywall, laminate floors and Formica countertops. After purchasing the home, Paul and Frannie Erker were eager to expose the timber framing that lived beneath the drywall. Gary Meyer of G.K. Meyer Construction helped the Erkers peel back the cabin’s layers to expose the original timber frame construction, as well as the original hardwood floors and wood beam ceiling. Transforming the dated farmhouse into an open, vibrant space that celebrated the home’s beginnings.

When it came time to decorate the renovated kitchen, the homeowners turned to their daughter, Mary Signorelli of Le Coeur Design, who designed the space. “I would describe the overall aesthetic of the kitchen as ‘refined rustic’,” says Signorelli. Missouri walnut and painted maple cabinetry, white diamond quartzite stone and unlacquered brass fixtures all inspired the space’s farm fresh, festive design. “We brought in fresh evergreens, garland, red berries and poinsettias from local flower supplier, Baisch & Skinner,” Mary says. Garland lightly hangs over the kitchen cabinetry and a simple wreath is placed over the range hood. Poinsettias and red berries provide the perfect pop of color throughout the kitchen and dining room. A beautiful holiday tablescape finishes out the two spaces and provides a festive place to gather with a sentimental flair. The Erker family’s Christmas china and heirloom silver bells, gifted by Frannie’s late mother, add a personal touch to the decor.

With ample space to entertain, there’s no question why the farmhouse is the home to the Erker family’s largest family tradition —Thanksgiving. Each year, the gathering exceeds 100 people and is a cherished tradition for the family. Multiple party tents are set out to accommodate the guests and many people can be found exploring the property after the festivities. “My parents unleashed the soul of this property,” says Mary. “You can feel its energy when you walk in the front door — its history, its stature and its warm embrace.”