Spring Time at Home


It’s time for a spring tour!

I’m joining Lindsay’s Spring tour which lasts all week–you get to click around and see different style homes all springed up and it’s so much fun. So welcome if you are here from Iron & Twine.

If you are new here, we bought a fixer-upper on 12 acres about a year and a half ago. We gutted the kitchen and are slowly getting to everything else. Every surface needed attention from floor to ceiling when we bought the place. And most still need attention so I try to make it look it’s best as we slowly cross things off our to do list.

This is the reality of living in a fixer-upper and paying cash for renovations as you go…

dining area


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fireplace nesting place

family room before

The family room before.

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kitchen before

And the kitchen before.


We fight every year with the 25-year-old vinyl pool outside this window. It desperately needs a complete overhaul, but we are trying to eek by until we can redo it the way we really want. Let’s just say we bought the house in spite of the pool, not because of it.

naptime diaries

naptime diaries



We still need to refinish the floors and scrape all the ceilings on this floor, since the kitchen was totally gutted we have smooth ceilings–but you can see the transition to sprayed on way up there on the right.


plate wall

laundry room


laundry room before

The laundry area before.

the barn

We also have an 800 square foot barn that we renovated to use as a large family room for hosting people. So far we’ve held a writers retreat, a hope*ologie event and last weekend we had 30 men here for the weekend (camping!) for Mantime!

This barn is one of the main reasons we bought this property.




There’s still LOTs of work to do.


But it makes it more fun to have baby ducks, chickens and kittens around.

barn renovation

The barn was last year’s project and is still coming together.


It’s not perfect, it’s not ideal, but it’s ours and we love it.

I’m so grateful for this place and even though it has a to do list 12 acres long, it’s our dream and there’s no deadline to finish.


Ready to for more spring inspiration? Head on over to Summer’s place at Simple Stylings

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  1. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I have been anxiously awaiting pictures of the house since you have done so much all at once. We have seen glimpses here and there but this shows it all put together and of course I LOVE IT!! To you it seems not much has been accomplished with so much more to do but you have done TONS more than you think. I have been missing all those pictures of you last home and now I can enjoy this one as much. Beautiful work as usual on the home but more importantly, precious use of the blessings the Lord has bestowed on you!

  2. your home is so beautiful and love all of the natural touches! we just bought some ferns for the front of our shop yesterday and it’s amazing what life they added! i love your consistent palette.

  3. Your tours are always the best. I’m completely smitten with your dining room and kitchen. So gorgeous

  4. Love this! Your house is fabulous and unique. And I love the pic of the big burly menfolk sitting on the somewhat prissy furniture in the barn. So fun!

  5. Love how you have mixed in modern with the rustic. xo

  6. Love your mixed style! Wonderful tour!

  7. Your home is so beautiful! I absolutely love everything you have done with it!!! Gorgeous Spring tour:)

  8. A home well loved. Thank you for inviting us in for a visit.

  9. I always love seeing pictures of your home! Always so inspiring! And I LOVE the towel bar on the end of the island! So smart!!

  10. Gorgeous, as always! I almost felt as if you were personally guiding me through your house… a fun thought! And things are always wonderful when baby ducks and kittens are in the mix.

  11. Peggy Zortman says:

    There’s no place like home. You have made so much progress! And yes there is that to do list but you have made it beautiful.

  12. Lovely home! I, too, especially love the barn. You are very lucky, and have great taste. :)

  13. Thank you so much for joining in on the tour! I just love your place so much. All of the white and natural elements make me so happy. That barn is amazing!

  14. LOVE the house-tour! Gives me hope for our house, which we’ve bought as a MAJOR fixer-upper and are paying cash as we go to stay debt-free.

  15. B E A U T I F U L !

  16. Baileywife @ Irishman acres says:

    You. Complete. Me. ~Kim

  17. It’s lovely. If I got to live like that I would believe in God. I am stuck in 300 square feet at 60 years old in a garage rental with no hope. Be grateful because life is cruel and it can all disappear in a moment. My husband left me and I lost everything. Your very blessed but be careful. Life is cruel and it can all go away.

    • God is testing you. Stay strong and have faith. ((Hugs))

    • Dee, my heart aches for you, but I have to agree with you that everyTHING can disappear, but Jesus, my friend, will never leave you or disappear. He’s there for you in the darkness, light, good times, and bad. He changes lives. I know this because He changed me. I wonder why He died for my sins – why would he die for a sinner like me? But you know what, He died for you too! And though you may live in a 300 sq foot home now; it’s only temporary if you believe and trust in Him. You have an AMAZINGLY beautiful home waiting for you, you just have to let Him in. I promise you it’s more beautiful than any home here on earth. I’ll be praying for you, friend. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  18. Your home is beautiful and inviting, I love it! Would love to see more about your chicks and ducklings!

  19. You have done such an amazing job with this house and it makes it even better knowing you have done it as youcan and mostly all on your own. Looks perfect.

  20. Oh, I love all of your beautiful layering and the way you mix furniture silhouettes!!

  21. I really love reading your blog/website. The before and afters are inspiring to me. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into your house, family and website to share. Have a wonderful day.

  22. beautiful! thanks for sharing!! <3

  23. I’m always trying to figure out what makes your home so great and inviting and what could make my home have that same feel. I have not been able to figure it out yet, other than the fact that your things seem deliberately placed, whereas my things are thrown together and there are toys everywhere. I guess I don’t want to deliberately decorate because I know nothing will stay where I put it because my kids like to play with everything. If I want something decorative to stay on a table, I’d have to glue it there!

  24. This are my favorite type of post! I love your before, during, and after shots and all the messy shots too. They give me ideas for my home and make me see how people really live in a house during remodeling. Love you and your blog and your house!

    • And I totally meant “this is my favorite type of post”! That’s what I get for changing words around and not rereading it before I hit “post comment’.

  25. LOVE the chandelier! the Moroccan pouffe is gorgeous too, I have had one on my wishlist for awhile now :)

  26. I am freaking out about how gorgeous your home is- seriously, it is just amazing. And the before pictures- what a transformation!! I’m new to your blog, but I’ll be religiously following from here on out. :) I love seeing your beautiful scripture up and around, and the wall of white plates, and your philosophy about home. I LOVED the iced coffee on your coffee table from your welcome page, LOL. :) Awesome blog, sister!! Huge fan!

  27. I love that you are keeping it real. AND that blue denim wing chair is so cool! Makes a very understated statement.

  28. Lindsey F says:

    I don’t comment often, but am a dedicated reader of your blog, and book!
    Beautiful job with your new home. I love seeing the progress and how everything ties in together in the end. Keep up the great work and thank you for providing encouragement along the way.

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  30. SO beautiful. I need that tassel blanket! And a white kitchen always makes my heart happy :)

  31. Alice Adams says:

    Hey there! I was just in Mexico, teaching at a YWAM base, when a precious friend lent me your book to read. As a recovering perfectionist :), it was liberating to read and an invitation to make our house OUR home – not an on-trend/ latest look/ people who have no children home. The spaces you create are exactly what you envision – a place where people feel welcome and loved without losing any sense of style. Thanks for sharing your journey. In His love, Alice

  32. Your home is beyond fabulous! And that barn .. I’m literally eating my heart out. Amazing!

    xo Michael

  33. Oh wow! You have such a beautiful home! Love the mix of styles!! xox

  34. I just love your home! It has such great texture and feels so cozy!

  35. I think what I love the most about your home is how livable it looks. There’s something so inviting and warm about it. Thank you for always inspiring..xo

  36. I love your home but here’s my favorites: the dining room and the nook in the kitchen. How lucky you were too that the mantel was lovely. What a transformation, thanks for sharing.

  37. Just found your blog via the tour hop. Love your house and that barn…..seriously???…..to die for.
    Count me in as a new follower!

  38. Just gorgeous…that’s all I can say.

  39. Can any tell me what the name is for the style of that black tufted couch in front of the fire place? Anti-camel back? lol It just perfectly suits a tricky space I have, but I don’t know how to search for it.

  40. Gorgeous as usual! The rustic touch is comfy and warm. I also have this rustic decoration at home with a beautiful wrought iron chandelier, that gives a great touch.

  41. Your kitchen and that barn?! Fantastic!

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