Farmhouse is not my style.

I know. Please don’t call the interior design police on me. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Fixer Upper, but can I tell you a secret? I’m kind of over seeing the same farmhouse-shiplap-white paint on every freakin’ episode.

And i have no idea how to describe my current house style. I seriously tried to describe it to the sweet girl that was helping me at the lighting store a few months back but she tilted her head and gave me a puzzled look, and said “…oh..ok…I see…” I don’t think she saw. But she tried. And it’s quite funny now that I think about how I described the look I was going for to her. It went something like…”If Ralph Lauren had a farmhouse, but not a Idaho/fly-over state farmhouse – a Connecticut, lots of horses-in-pasture farmhouse. With some industrial thrown in. And exposed brick. Kind of English country house without the Waverly prints everywhere.”

She was too young i think to know what Waverly is/was or catch (what I was sure was) a funny throwback reference to Waverly, or even who Ralph is. Oh you millenial creatures are something…i want your youth.

It was a little perplexing. I get it. I probably should have said something like…I like a layered look. A mix of old and new.

Classic style, but not trying too hard

And, it needs to have a masculine edge, not really too feminine

The problem is, I don’t think she was “getting it” because it’s not a trend. And that’s a good thing, but..not when you’re trying to put a house together somewhat quickly. It becomes very hard to pull off. I can’t walk into Kirklands or Homegoods and get everything i need in one or two trips. It ends up looking very contrived. I become a “try-hard” in the words of my son. It’s like, when you rent a condo at the beach, every towel has the ubiquitous flip-flop, or seashell or starfish on it, and the colors are all Key West inspired. We get it. We’re at the beach.

Then, I happened to stumble across Home Town and Erin Napier. Yes! FINALLY. Who is this girl and where has she been all my grown up HGTV life??

I saw this, and went…wait…what?? She KNOWS what this style is all about. It’s not all pale gray and a sea of white slipcovers. How gorgeous is this foyer?

Dark, jewel-tones. History on the wall. A love of old. Then, I saw her bathroom reno. THE GREEN. Be still my heart. THE GREEN. There is nothing that i DON’T love about this. The vanity…the tub…the tile work…and can we just talk about that brass?? Sigh.

Oh Erin. I heart you so.

Now I guess I can start referring to my style as “kind of Erin Napier” that a thing? Can i make that a thing? Off to find some more dark paint and old frames…and some (more) brass.

If you want to see more of her stuff, you can watch Home Town on HGTV or follow her on IG under @erinapier
Oh! and the girl keeps a journal. Well, it’s a blog, but she calls it a journal, and she journals something every day. #writinggoals y’all. All I’m sayin’.

Read it here

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Little bit lifestyle blog, bigger bit house renovation…with a side of Jesus.

When you haven’t had an active blog in years, and you get the urge to let your creative side come out again, it’s hard to get started. That first sentence. It’s a hard one. What do you say…Hello…I’m back..? The inner geek voice in my head was wanting to start it with “Captain’s Log; Stardate…” but, thought against it. Because…blog traffic.

I truly am a career-girl; interrupted. It seems every time I get into a groove with my job – wham! Layoff, department switch, or relocation (Hello, Charlotte!) – but that’s a story for a different day. But it is how I got here, to Charlotte. Or rather, Ft. Mill South Carolina. If you’re geography-challenged like me and wonder wait, is she in Charlotte NC or South Carolina – I live a few miles from the NC-SC state line, AKA Charlotte-south. Where everything is cheaper like gas and taxes, and you can buy the really good fireworks legally. Makes for an awesome 4th of July.

All of that said, we are loving this area…and this is a picture of our new-to-us house…we love her. And all of her quirks. We only love some of her attitude. Which pops up sometimes when we ask her to try something new. More on that later. I keep calling her a fixer upper, but really, that’s not fair. She’s amazing as is. She just needs to be more…us.

This is the picture from the real estate listing. My husband likes to remind me that he bought me a house for my birthday last year. Which is true, kind of. We put the offer in and it was accepted on my birthday, and then we thought we weren’t going to close. Again, another story for another day.

Let me give you a tour via the real estate listing pics. The people we bought the house from are now friends of ours (Hi Julie!) – funny how life works. I ask her every time I see her if it makes her crazy to see what we’re doing to the house. She is always gracious and says no, that they love what we’re doing. (It’s got to be weird, though, right??) Anyhow – here’s where we started. Believe me when I say I know how lucky we are to have THIS as a starting point. Blessed is an understatement.

Ok, enough chat on the doorstep, come inside already!

Not a bad entry…and we’ve already got some change here that I will do a post on.

If you head on past the staircase you end up in our family room. Cozy right?

Now turn around, our kitchen is behind you. Big plans for this space. Little budget, but big plans.

I feel like I’ve pushed this post into picture overload today, so I’ll wrap it up. It’s really nice to have a creative outlet again, it’s been too long. Come back soon y’all, I love having people over! It might be a construction zone, but real friends don’t care, right?


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