Since we both run multiple businesses from different places in the south, our homes often double as our offices. That makes it even more important to have designated spaces in our homes that we love -- spaces for relaxation, family and work.
We wanted to give you guys a glimpse of those spaces and what home life is like for us, so we're sharing some details about our houses and favorite rooms. (Plus, read on to find out what this month's Product of the Month is!)
Our home in Nashville was built in the 1930's. The builder took it down to its studs and rebuilt it, adding a second floor. We bought it right after.
When you go up our stairs, we have bulletin boards where the kids hang whatever they want that they've worked on and love. It's so great to see these treasures every single day.
This spot in our living space has my heart. I had my dad (he's awesome) make these amazing shelves out of barnwood he salvaged. He's been making stuff from reclaimed woods way before it was "cool" ;) I love it!
On the shelves are photos Matt has taken and art our kids have made, from ceramic figures to sticks wrapped in yarn.
I love these shelves so much that I'm having another one made.
This is a vintage chest my dad found and re-did. I fell in love with it and absolutely had to have it. It has the original marble top and original hand craved wood handles. It sits between the kitchen and living space, and we have music on all the time from our speaker on the top. We love having music on instead of the TV. We've fill it with art supplies that the kids use all the time. It's a favorite spot in the house for sure.
This is a photo of our little half bath. I had it painted a super deep navy — almost black. It's crisp and gets tons of light, like all of our home. It has a hand-stitched red barn piece Matt’s mom did, and etchings along with vintage milk glass vases I fill with fresh flowers from our yard (or Amelia's flower truck) all the time. I love this little bathroom.
Our back porch is really the heart of our home. We screened it in very shortly after moving in with my sister and her husband. It was a team effort, and it was a lot of work (but so worth it). We eat meals on the table all the time, listen to music, decompress and hang out. The kids always want to be out here, too! More than anything, it's really just an extension of our home -- another room and not just a "porch." Our house is super cozy and not big -- exactly how we love it. We live and love every single inch.
A little background on our house: We bought it in 2011 and Brian tore it down to the studs (literally). It was the saddest looking house on the street and had been neglected for many, many years.
The inside was stuck back in time (Circa early ‘70s)... full of interesting details including pink porcelain bathrooms. Per usual Brian’s vision exceeded my expectations.
One of my favorite aspects of the remodel is that we took the outside wood siding of the existing structure and re-purposed it inside. I’ve had all my babies in this house and it’s just the perfect little beach cottage. Currently, we are actually building a new house a few miles down the road! Although I’m super excited, I will always have a special love for this house and the memories it holds.
On the side of our house is a 32x16' garden. We built it to have loads of fruits and veggies. Although we’ve had some success with edible goodies such as tomatoes, peas and other random items (we accidentally grew watermelons last year...) but besides loads of herbs I’ve never really cultivated a true green thumb. My shortcomings paid off though. A few years ago I just stared throwing random wildflower seeds and zinnias in the garden (kinda out of frustration) and now it’s one of my favorite spots! It’s my “secret garden” overflowing with colors, butterflies and mystic. My girls absolutely love it. We bring fresh cut flowers everywhere and Ella Grace has even taken them to our Farmers Market to hand out to patrons.
I love black and white photos! The hallway leading to our master is filled with old photos of our great grandparents and grandparents -- we call it the "Ancestor Hallway."
I think it’s super important to remember where YOU came from, and we both have lots of cool family history. I’m obsessed with the vintage wedding photos specifically -- I love looking back at how fashions have changed. My grandparents have been a tremendous force in my life, so it's important to me that my girls and I look at these photos everyday.
I just adore my pantry barn doors because Brian built them from scratch! They are a focal point of our kitchen and tons of hard work went into making them. They're a true labor of love.
Our breakfast nook has morphed into an art nook (and we're ok wit that). The kids paint, draw, use play dough, etc. We have a huge roll of white paper that the girls use to draw on the table. There is no mess too big! Also, when Ella Grace was born I started a "Grateful 4" chalkboard that hangs near the nook.
Last summer my friend Kelly Caron, an awesome local designer, helped me re-imagine our dining room. We chose this chandelier for the center of the room and I can honestly say it’s the most "adult" thing I’ve ever bought. Brian was hysterically laughing because I told him I finally felt like an adult after installing the thing. He was like, “I mean... married with kids is pretty adult”. Ha! It’s the perfect amount of fancy and I feel blessed to have it.
Now on to our Product of the Month. Since we shared with you little pieces of our lives that we're grateful for, we chose our Grateful Life card as this month's highlighted product. It really embodies the day to day mindset we believe in. Be thankful, and go in the direction of your heart.