As many of you all know, Braden and I have embarked on one of our most exciting adventures of remodeling and restoring an Italianate/Colonial farmhouse that was built in the 1860s. There is something so special and intricate about the details, labor, and thought that went into constructing homes during this time. Construction wasn’t exactly easy then, so I like to think that each detail was a true labor of love.
Some say to crawl before you walk and walk before you run… which I get. But honestly, lately, I’ve felt called to run as fast as I can towards a calling and a passion, which has brought us to here. I am so excited to announce that Proffitt Design Co. will be adding a new element to the mix: wedding design! Braden, my incredibly talented mom, and I are beginning a new addition to our company with wedding decor and design. Everything from the florals, the tablescapes, the ceremony, the candles, you name it, we are doing it. We love love and the thought of having a hand in creating the most special day for clients is beyond exciting. Continue reading “New Addition: Weddings!”
Sun rays are peeking in, freckles are beginning to make their appearance, and scents of born-again flowers are pouring in our lungs with every breath… summer is almost here. Whether it be slow mornings with coffee on the back porch, or late nights gathered around a bonfire, there is something about summertime that brings a new sense of joy and life to ourselves and our homes. Here are three tips to spruce up and prepare our homes for this blissful upcoming season that is just around the corner. Continue reading “3 Ways to Spruce Your Home for Summer”
We are SO thankful for the outpouring of support, encouragement, and love that we have received from starting our journey to pursuing our passion. Braden and I are so grateful to have others behind us, pushing us to keep moving forward. We want to celebrate YOU, so we’ve decided to host our very first GIVEAWAY!! Continue reading “FARMHOUSE TABLE GIVEAWAY!”
Mantels, to me, take the center stage in almost every room where they are present. There is something so inviting about a mantel or fireplace that welcomes families and guests to gather. These beautiful architectural features should be more than just a wooden ledge collecting dust or picture frames; they should be the headliner, the core, and the heart of a room. There are several ways that we can shine the spotlight to create a space that is worthy of being a focal point.
Jeff and Mary, my aunt and uncle, live in an absolutely breathtaking 1860s antebellum home. Every square inch of their property is a regal oasis, situated on over 100 acres of open land. It truly is a getaway that they get to come home to every day. Although the seemingly flawless farm house seems perfect in every way, our latest project was to redesign and reconfigure the one spot in their home that was slightly less than desirable: the added-on laundry room. Continue reading “Laundry Room Makeover”
With America’s (and my own) love affair with Chip and Joanna Gaines, has come a deep love and desire for “shiplap.” This subtle and classic wall plank texture adds charming character to lifeless sheetrock walls, giving any space a “modern farmhouse” appeal that so many of us, including myself, adore. While these treasures may be lurking beneath the walls of older homes, most often, it is a look that has to be recreated through new materials. The problem with this? The original tongue-and-groove shiplap materials are EXPENSIVE to buy. If y’all haven’t figured it out by now, around this household, we do projects on a budget. So, with a vision in mind, and a motivation to save money, we researched, tested and LOVED a faux shiplap treatment created with underlayment… so much so, that we have done four different spaces in our home with this method (and currently in a project that we’ve been working on…stay tuned!), and I’m contemplating doing more (sorry, Braden). The best part about this? You can create a beautiful space without breaking the bank.
Last March, when we purchased our house, we inherited the “beautiful” white, boring, outdated tile that came with it. As I’m sure you can imagine, I was just thrilled to keep it for forever… not. I wanted it up and out—but there was one problem that is seemingly an overarching problem as a teacher: we just didn’t have the budget to replace it. Because money is not something that is used liberally in our household, I began to think of alternative options to put a dress on this dated mess.
With all of the snow days that we’ve had lately, I’ve found myself in the mood to change things up, create something new, or maybe I’ve just become a bit stir crazy. Regardless, maybe you’ve found yourself in the same boat as me. I decided to take my boredom and turn it into productivity with the creation of these DIY vintage book chargers.
Anyone else feel completely underwhelmed when the Christmas decorations are stored away, and your house goes back to “normal?” Maybe even a little depressed? You and me both… There’s something so magical about the twinkling lights on a Christmas tree or the stockings that are hung from the mantel. Sometimes, when we finally face the reality that Christmas is indeed, actually over, and putting away the Christmas decor is probably what’s most socially acceptable… it can leave us feeling a little “blah,” nonetheless.
I have found that there is one thing that can bring a glimmer of joy back to a space after the boughs of holly have left, and the dust bunnies have settled: winter arrangements.
**Hint: What is brown and sticky?
Let me guess… I’m the only one that thought that joke was hilarious? Y’all will soon come around. Anyway, using sticks as a means of decor is one of my favorite ways to bring a fresh, simple feel to a room that might otherwise feel a bit drab after the holidays. One of my favorite types of sticks to use is the Harry Lauder Walking Stick. The unique twists and shapes of these sticks present a bit of whimsy to wherever they are used. I love that they add height when I need something to stand out as more as a statement piece, but they can also be used as add-ins to another floral arrangement. You can add fresh cedar or another type of evergreen to give a hint of color. If you do not have Harry Lauder, going out to a barren tree and using regular tree branches works just the same!
You know what I love about using sticks and cedar to decorate? They are FREE! In case you all didn’t know, Braden and I are both teachers. We all know what that means: We’re ballin’ on a budget. Being able to step into the backyard (or beg a neighbor to use their tree… or maybe take some off the side of the road (probably don’t do the last one…)) to grab a few sticks and evergreen sprigs in order to make our home feel cozy and decorated for FREE is quite satisfying.
I use cedar or other evergreen sprigs almost anywhere and everywhere in our home to give blank spaces a simple touch. You can add one simple sprig to a bit of water and place the vase almost anywhere for a fresh winter look. I love adding them to mantels, nightstands, bookshelves, desks, bathrooms, etc.
Tip: Get creative with your jars! If you want more of a simple look, I buy clear vases at Dollar General for a dollar a piece. You can also use pitchers, mason jars, buckets, watering cans, etc.
Eucalyptus, in my opinion, can be used any time of the year; however, there is something so refreshing about its incredible scent and unpretentious addition to any room. Additionally, eucalyptus is known for its antimicrobial properties, serving as a respiratory aid and an anti-inflammatory. Sounds like a win when trying to fight off the winter crud that strikes down most of us at this point in the year.
I like to mix different types of eucalyptus to add texture and dimension, but you can also use all the same type for a more classic look. If you want fresh eucalyptus, you can find it at Trader Joe’s for around $2.00 a bundle, or if you are wanting a more lasting addition, eucalyptus can be found at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and I’m sure other craft and floral retailers.
Being one week into the new year, I hope this finds you well. Now, get to chopping some branches!