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Point Click Restore Image Credit: Country Living
Point Click Restore Image Credit: Country Living

Point. Click. Restore.

Singer-songwriter Holly Williams has made it her mission to return the seen-better-days properties she stumbles across online to their well-deserved glory. Her seventh labor of love in just four years: an 1820s Kentucky charmer now sitting pretty on 42 majestic wooded acres.

Laura Kostelny

Holly Williams was on a mission to save tired old Tennessee farmhouses one click at a time. In between juggling three children ages 3 and under (Stella June, 3; Lillie Mae, 2; and Baby Arlo, 10 months); performing and writing songs; overseeing three, soon to be four, locations of her beloved housewares shop, White’s Mercantile (next up: Birmingham!); as well as curating clothing at her Nashville boutique, H. Audrey, the Music City multi tasker has spent the last four years pointing, clicking, buying, and then rehabbing Craigslist finds all over the Volunteer State. “I feel a huge sense of urgency,” says Holly. “I’m worried that if I don’t buy these properties and help them, they’re going to get torn down.”

But last year Holly’s restoration inclinations crept beyond state lines, and for that she lays all the blame on husband Chris Coleman. “One night, he was on the computer searching oldhouses.com, and all of a sudden he started screaming, ‘Red Alert! Red Alert!’ ” Holly says. Turns out, he’d found a listing for an old 1820s farmhouse located on 42 wooded acres in Franklin, Kentucky, a small town just an hour north of Nashville. “I was on the phone with the owners within the hour,” says Holly, noting that they had been afraid to list it on MLS because the neighbors wanted to buy it and tear it down. The very next day, Holly drove up from Nashville. While the land was u


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