Summer at Home : 10 Months at The Farm


I’m so happy you are here today!

It’s been 10 months since we bought our little fixer upper, a 3 bedroom home built in 1987 on 12 acres outside Charlotte, NC. I’m calling it a farm because we have chickens, that counts, right?! We’ve knocked down walls, we’ve put things off, we’ve lived with the undone and the imperfect. We’ve got little pockets of pretty next to little pockets of ‘we’ll do that one day when we get more money and time’.

There’s some pretty, there’s some potential, there’s some ugly, and it’s only fair that I show you all of it.

Today I’m joining Gina’s Summer Tour of Homes where real women gather not to show off their homes, but to share their real spaces as inspiration and encouragement. The tour lasts all week!

Let’s start with the pretty stuff shall we?

mixed up chiars

A $15 yard sale table with a $35 yard sale chair on the end, grouped with chairs from World Market & Ikea.

table and chairs


dark grey master bedroom


More about our bedroom here.



Find out more about the family room here.

family room before

Here it is when we moved in.






The younger boy’s room with the DIY frame wallpaper that isn’t really wallpaper.

love so amazing

I have a little office that connects to our barn. Here’s the before–it was bad.


create a moment


wood stove


how to decorate

a simple kitchen

We’ve done most of the work in the kitchen. Here’s the before. We knocked down walls, added Ikea cabinets (love them)


I found the Viking Range on Craigslist for a steal, the whole story is here.


We have half a million other projects so instead of waiting around with an unpainted wall behind the range, I painted it black. I know, most good DIY bloggers get out the wet saw and tile their own backsplash. I’m just not that kind of girl, I’d rather paint it and wait for my husband to do the tile work. I’m entirely too impatient to do a decent job, so black paint and hanging plates will get us through for now.

kitchen painting

I thought it would be smart to start painting right at dinner time. At least it got done.


Here are some of the things we’ve yet to finish — the trim on the floor of the kitchen,


We also have door trim that looks like this.


A neglected basement that looks like this.


And our shower looks like this.


an old metal tractor barn that looks like this on the inside (best it’s looked since we bought the place and we are planning to start inviting you out in the fall! YIKES!).

da pool

a pool in the back yard that we are still trying to figure out. It’s a 25 year old pool. We bought the house in spite of the pool, not because of it.



let's carry on

Our home’s been featured in multiple magazines (the rental house we moved out of in August is in this month’s issue of Cottages and Bungalows!) and I just wrote a book about living beautifully with imperfection and it’s currently the number one best selling design book. But that’s not because we have a perfect place that looks great all the time, clearly. It’s the exact opposite. It’s because we create beauty in spite of the imperfections, and sometimes we do a pretty good job.





the nesting place book


  1. Love your sense of style. Sincerely appreciate your authenticity.

  2. Great and Honest space! Thank you for sharing with us that everything doesn’t have to be perfect :-) I love the chandelier over your ” $15 yard sale table.” Where did you find that treasure?

  3. yay! man I am taking every lunch hour for the next few weeks and catching up on your blog.. i got the book and finished it and now i need more.. you are my newest bloggy crush! Thanks for the awesome inspiration!!

  4. Thank you for always being transparent on your imperfection. I’m typing this as I look out over my torn up living room with the remainders of a fort, My Little Ponies and baby medications. Imperfection is the stuff of life.

  5. Your home and authenticity is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. I love your new home and I know you love that it is yours. The barn is beyond fabulous. wow! I love the pool!!! in spite of it! haha. and I love the kitchen with the fabulous range, sink, and black wall. Love the family room.

    Congratulations on your new home – use it in GOOD HEALTH!!! after all, that’s really the most important thing in life!

    AND p.s. Mazel on the book! #1!!!!! Woohoo! I knew you when…… ;)

  7. You’re just awesome, you know? Just. awesome.

    I have to say that I am personally breathing a sigh of relief to see some pops of color in your decor. I admire neutrals–oh, how I admire them!–but I do love color so much. I don’t know; maybe my house would give all the neutral lovers a headache? Anyway, I am thrilled to see the blue especially. Makes me feel that maybe I’m not a crazy person after all. :)

    Thank you for being real. Thank you for being YOU. Love you.

  8. Thank you for sharing your home! I love the “love so amazing..” art in your office. Could you tell me where that Is from? Much thanks!

  9. I love the way everything looks! You guys have done a ton of work in 10 months!

  10. I absolutely love your home! You have so many unique touches…wish you were my neighbor so I could borrow you for a bit. I would fix lunch or coffee or tea too! :) Honestly. I so appreciate the fact that you always keep it real! You’re the person that I would allow in when the bed wasn’t made or the floors needed vacuumed.

    My daughter just ordered your book so I can’t wait to read it!

  11. Great tour!
    Beautiful home interior designing and interior furnishing!

  12. Hi there!
    I took a blog break and when I returned lots of the blogs I read are gone! Soooo…I’ve been cruising around and found YOU. So glad I did. I’ll be back.


  13. Your talent makes me sin! Covet, covet, covet!!!! But I will try to be happy for you. Happy that God has gifted you so! Your place really is beautiful. Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

  14. I love your style and that you decorate with a sense of humor! And I really love your “life the way it is” photos at the end of this post! Thanks for being normal!! Must get your book!

  15. I JUST finished reading your book (sooooo wonderful!!!!) and am now enjoying your blog. I’m so happy to have (finally!) found you! Your style and colors are so similar to what I have in my home, and as I read your book, I felt as though I had found a kindred spirit. I so look forward to continuing to read your blog, and watching the amazing progress and creativity that is taking place in your new home. I need to thank you for really hitting home with me when you stressed the importance of loving the home I am in, rather than dreaming of the home I hope to one day have. I always find myself thinking “someday, when I am in my next house, I will……” You have inspired me to focus on all the things I love about my home, and continue to make it a cozy haven for my family. :)

  16. Kristin Tichy says

    I love some of things that you have done to your house. Great job! Newspaper wreath is fantastic. I made flowers in that same idea out of old denim pants and shorts. If you have the time would you be able to tell me where you purchased the black hardware for your kitchen cabinets. I am in the final stages of a kitchen remodel and am looking for black drawer pulls that aren’t insanely expensive.
    Thanks so much.

  17. thanks you for this.

  18. Jealous over this. It’s really really nice. Thanks for sharing.

  19. I love your style and that you decorate with a sense of humor! And I really love your “life the way it is” photos at the end of this post! Thanks for being normal!! Must get your book!

  20. Great idea. Thank you so much for sharing. Now I can save more things. Thanks again.

  21. The idea is amazing and the color is very stylish. Thank you so much for sharing this blog.

  22. your kitchen is awesome and I love your kitchen most. Thanks for sharing this blog.

  23. You are a genius. This is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  24. I want to stay here for 1 month because this is so beautiful. I love this. I ma definitely going to change my house like that. Thank you so much for sharing this blog and motivating me.

  25. Nice one!

  26. Good blog

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