As a long-time fan of Country Living magazine, earning their February cover featuring a beautiful new home I worked on was so exciting! We gave this new Franklin TN home a little patina and age to achieve a more rustic, relaxed feel.
To share more of this gorgeous home and and lots of tips on how to create your own dream house, I’ll be speaking at the upcoming Country Living Fair THIS WEEKEND! Details and a ticket giveaway are below!
The February cover story was especially meaningful because the homeowner, Mandy Reeves, has been a dear friend for almost 30 years. She has impeccable taste and had a very clear vision for her new home, built by Carbine & Associates in the Franklin area. So, how do you create an “Old” new house? Here are my tips on adding age and interest to new construction.
Incorporate vintage or antique architectural elements during construction. For example, add old transoms over doors for extra height, shiplap to walls for texture and stained glass pieces for color.
Display family heirlooms in a fun new way. Pretty lace doilies mounted on natural linen and framed in lucite shadow boxes are given new life. For extra impact use four or more and hang in a grid pattern.
Add Texture! Consider seagrass floor covering, vintage or grasscloth wallpaper and reclaimed wood floors. Find what you love and you’ll find a place for it.
Create curb appeal. Add limestone, cast iron, and reclaimed brick to the exterior. Also, bold additions like large antique planters to flank the front entrance are beautiful and welcoming.
Befriend your landscaper. Get advice on what plants grow quickly, stay green and endure unpredictable weather. Then, add a pergola and plant wisteria at its base. Within three years, you’ll have a gorgeous outdoor retreat that feels like it’s been there for ages.
These are just some of the tips we used to achieve that old farmhouse feel for the Reeves’s home. I’ll be talking about some of these elements and steps for creating a happy home at the Country Living Fair this Friday, April 22 at 3 p.m. at the James E Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon, TN.
I have been dying to share with you all that has happened in the past several months. In late summer of last year I was asked to join the team of Nashville Flipped, a TV show that will air on the DIY network starting this Wednesday!
I was so pleased when the fabulous ladies at Style Blueprint asked me to share one of my projects with them. Just in time for warm weather, they asked for an outdoor living space to show their readers.
And it just so happens that an amazing client and now good friend, Allison, has one fantastic space she was kind enough to let me photograph and show off to all the SB readers.
So, grab some inspiration from these photos, a glass of lemonade, and relax as you check out all the ideas we made happen for her in this amazing, newly added, screened porch.
And in case you missed it, click here to see the full post with my 12 must-haves for your soon to be favorite summer space!
I’m over the moon to announce that julie couch interiors will be welcoming two teeny tiny design associates this Spring.
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As I shared with you guys a few months ago, Mark and I have been ready to start a family for a long time. And we are absolutely tickled pink AND blue to know we will be welcoming a little boy and a little girl into our lives in early 2013!
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The nursery plan is not yet underway, because we are planning to sell our current house and build a new one. So…things are a bit up in the air right now to say the least.
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But change is good, and we are about to embark on lots and lots of very BIG changes, arriving in precious petite packages.
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If you have any good mommy advice, I would love to hear it! What’s the best tip you can give us about babies?