I’m so excited to share a very fun decor post for you today! This one is special to my heart because it is my brother and sis-in-law’s old/new home!
They purchased a beautiful piece of land out in the Tennessee countryside, nearby the same area that my brother and I were born and grew up in, and it had an old farmhouse on the property. A little old lady had lived there for years and it was pretty shabby looking. As in, horrifying. I have seen the pictures and they were not exaggerating! Josh and Becky gutted the entire house and redid it with a much better layout and and a lovely feel. It’s all amazing. I will do a more intensive post later on with real camera photos and before and afters when I’ve been back to visit, but for now I wanted to share what I came in and did for them right after they moved in. I was in a traveling rush that weekend, so you’ll have to settle for my iPhone pics I snapped on this one.
Before I post any of this, I have to tell you that Becky knows her stuff. She knows her decor and knows what she likes, but she asked for my help actually putting it all together. And I know that feeling. I know what I like and don’t like, but sometimes it can be difficult to see the vision when you’ve been looking at it over and over. Fresh eyes are perfect. And I was the fresh pair of eyes!
Her first concern was the above little corner in the main living area. Laundry room door to the right, opening to the family room to the left and I was standing in the kitchen / keeping room area when I took the photo. So, it’s a tight little spot, but you don’t want to just leave it empty. I knew it could serve a purpose and I’m a sucker for a little reading spot. Plus, this gorgeous clock was butted up against the fireplace mantle on a tiny little wall space and I didn’t like it.
I believe the blue chair was new from World Market and then the hand-painted photo frame on the wall is one I helped my mom purchase for Becky for Christmas from my local friend, Sara Ella Cole, who makes these frames for her company Delta Girl Frames. They are gorgeous! And I felt that it was perfect in this space.
Up next on our quick list was the keeping room and I love this area! This is the first living area you see when you walk in the house. Becky had already purchased the two chairs and everything you see here except for the poufs. I had picked those up from my Target in Nashville before I headed into town and surprised her with them. I got them for a steal at $29.98 each. Target SCORE!
The wreath on the mantle was from Target and we hung it with some ribbon and tacked it to the back of this chalkboard for some layering. Our favorite part of this entire spot is that gorgeous cow. I love that cow. I wish you could see it in person, but the colors are so rich and it has so much depth. There is a coordinating sheep art piece in the dining room that you will see in a second. I had purchased the “Mr.” and “Mrs.” mugs for Josh & Becky for Christmas from Lindsay Letters and they just looked perfect sitting by the fireplace! Blue mason jars on the raw wood mantlepiece by the white brick was just something I couldn’t help but put together. All of these things I shopped for in Becky’s basement of items. It was lots of fun!
Here’s another view of the space:
And another view looking from the dining room area:
I just love it! It is so cozy looking and just the right amount of color with a simple and clean look. Now, again, this is not finished. You’ll notice there is no rug, but they had just moved in that previous week and we worked with what we already had, which was quite a bit!
The last room I had a chance to work in was their dining area. Their chairs had not arrived yet, but you get a feel for what it look like when they do.
The large art piece is one that I love and one of my goals before I drove back to Nashville with my kids that day was to hang artwork on the walls for them. I was soooo happy to get that large piece up before my brother got home to surprise him! And the sheep! Who doesn’t love that adorable sheep?
I also worked hard to get the little table vignette set up on that empty wall beneath the sheep. I used her antique scale and the letter “B”s from Anthropologie and Hobby Lobby and her little brown cow creamer. More of her collected glass jugs were used underneath.
For the dining room table, I wanted it to be simple but contrast so I just used the candles and the chicken wire terrarium for the center. This can obviously be moved when the table is being used, but on a normal day it’s perfect! Again, this area needs a rug of some type, but we will work on that more when I go back to complete the job.
I hope you enjoyed this quick little tour of what I was up to in January near the Chattanooga area. Lots of fun and I can’t wait to have the entire place complete and photographed for you. And thanks to Josh and Becky for trusting me to do the work for them! The house has been a labor of love for them and I wanted it to feel very special as soon as they finally were able to move in.