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”
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Last March, when we purchased our house, we inherited the “beautiful” white, boring, outdated tile that came with it.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.
After our last post, which included pictures of our dining room setup, we have had a couple people asking about the “vintage farmhouse table” that was shown. Truth be told, the only thing that is “vintage” about that table is the old, wooden, barn-style door that forms the tabletop, and not much else. Before we get too far into this, let me start by saying that all of the posts on the website so far have come from Afton’s point of view, being more of a design perspective (and spoiler alert: the majority of the posts in the future will probably come from her, as well). However, for this week’s blog post, I felt led to take over the metaphorical reigns, temporarily, to show you how you can easily make a farmhouse-style table similar to ours in a short day’s work. Continue reading “Build Your Own Farmhouse Style Table Out of an Old Door (For under $15)”
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.
As the ever-so-joyful High School Musical hums, “This is the start of something new!” Braden and I are so excited to pursue a dream of sharing the joys of home.
So where did this all start?
This March, we made the biggest purchase to date: we bought our first house!
During the process of remodeling our humble abode, we discovered a passion that had been dormant in our hearts for a long time: revealing the true character and beauty of old homes. Restoring our 1910-built house to its original glory felt like unveiling a bride at the altar (see OUR PROJECTS for before and afters).
For Braden and I, this process felt like a divine sign from the Lord that THIS is what we were meant to do. I feel like my whole life, I have prayed for what exactly MY “thing” is. What’s my talent? What do I truly love to do? What’s my passion?
After staying up until 1 or 2 A.M., night after night, determined to finish exposing bricks or hanging shiplap, I finally found it. My heart had never felt so fueled by a passion, and designing and remodeling quickly became all that I wanted to do. Thankfully, I married a man who “knows how to do stuff,” and even better, he loves it. Braden and I saw through the remodel that we worked as a team better than we ever have before.
As time passes, we realize just that: time is passing. Quickly. No longer are we going to sit in our comfort zone, afraid of taking a leap of faith. Braden and I are standing at the edge of the cliff, and we are jumping. We’re ready to fulfill our purposes and pursue our ambitions. Our goal is to help others see the beauty in their own homes. We want to transform spaces to create joyful safe havens for families far and wide. We truly want to help turn houses into homes.