June 22, 2020
Hello MTV, and welcome to my crib!! Whenever I open my front door, I have to stifle my desire to say that because my friends and I used to say it as a joke…and somehow this is MY home?! It feels like a dream. I am so incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to share our forever home with y’all, and that is something I pray over and remind myself of daily…if not multiple times a day. It’s hard not to feel all the warm fuzzies in this great room and it’s been one of the most requested rooms in my Home Tour series–so now I’m ready to break it all down for YOU!!
I love that when you first walk through our front door (shoutout to Dallas Millwork who did all of our custom exterior doors and Doorworks for our incredible custom interior doors, they are chunky, heavy, beautiful and super sound-proof. I LOVE them!) you’ll notice this cozy little corner off to the side; we don’t have a “foyer,” necessarily, but we have this instead. I think it makes it feel super welcoming and warm–which is exactly what look we were going for in the rest of the house.
(I am on the hunt for a few more decor pieces for this cozy corner…heading to Kirkland’s the minute I can to freshen things up for summer!!)
If you ask me to summarize my decor style, I would say “baskets, throw pillows and mirrors” -ha! I love a good floor mirror, like the one above and you can NEVER have too many decor baskets. They’re functional, plussss they look nice. Here are some of my all-time favorites:
Told you I’m obsessed, hah.
The first thing MY eyes are drawn to when walking into our great room is this. beauty. right. here. THE FIREPLACE! Stone Center of Carolina is responsible for one of my favorite parts of our home, and they legitimately took our idea and absolutely knocked it out of the park. Their products are all natural stone, and we went with “Old Charleston drystacked stone” for the face of the fireplace and the hearth is “Coyote Gray” from
The reclaimed mantel came from Appalachian Antique Hardwoods in the mountains of North Carolina. The mantel itself is 9′ wide and 9″ tall/deep and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. We actually have a European moose mount that will be hanging over the mantel but it hasn’t arrived yet… I really wanted this space to be a central element of the room that brings the beauty of nature right into our home and gives everyone a spot to circle around and spend time together. All of the white paint throughout the interior and exterior of our home is the color “Alabaster” by
The reclaimed mantel came from Appalachian Antique Hardwoods in the mountains of North Carolina. The mantel itself is 9′ wide and 9″ tall/deep and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. We actually have a European moose mount that will be hanging over the mantel but it hasn’t arrived yet… I really wanted this space to be a central element of the room that brings the beauty of nature right into our home and gives everyone a spot to circle around and spend time together. All of the white paint throughout the interior and exterior of our home is the color “Alabaster” bySherwin-Williams and the “painting” that’s hanging beside our fireplace is actually a TV! It’s the Frame TV from LG that looks like a picture frame when it’s not turned on so it’s not an eye-sore beside the beautiful stone fireplace.
Here are some of my other home decor obsessions, especially for this space:
Our vaulted ceilings make this room feel a lot bigger than its footprint, and I love the grandness it gives it. They are 23′ to the top of the vault and we used white shiplap from Metrie for the entire great room ceiling! We actually painted the shiplap Alabaster as well, and added stained wood beams, so it feels SO open, airy, and bright in here. Swoooooon!!
Another one of my favorite parts of our home is the fact that our GINORMOUS Pella Windows provide so much gorgeous and natural light, and it’s just another way that we wanted to design our home with as much of an outdoorsy feel as possible. Despite having all of this incredible natural light, I added the beauty of a chandelier pictured above. Circa Lighting was our dream light fixture destination (we used Circa fixtures throughout our entire home), and we used two of the Roark 50″ Modular Ring Chandeliers in Aged Iron in the Great Room. We also got our ceiling fan from Circa, and it’s the 60″ Maverick in Aged Pewter.
Now onto our FURNITURE! Swoon. My Aunt Cindy Shockey is a design mastermind, and created most of the pieces around the living room. She designs for Simply Amish and we mixed-and-matched their couch styles and used Norwalk for upholstery. I was dead-set on using light-ish color fabrics but I also needed it to withstand the wear and tear of young kids and pets (and a husband–ha!), so we found the perfect solution! Cindy found “performance fabrics” (think: Sunbrella for outdoor furniture) that look and feel beautiful BUT can get spilled on and easily cleaned-up. You can literally spray bleach right onto them if needed: it’s my dream situation. And thank goodness we chose this fabric because within the first month of living here, Leni threw-up ALL over my cream-colored couch and Boone pooped on it and HALLELUJAH, everything came right out.
We actually got nearly all of our major furniture around the house from Simply Amish (dining room table and chairs, bar stools, outdoor farm table, master bedroom set, etc. etc.) and it’s a dream to have such high quality, beautiful furniture throughout our home. All of their pieces are handcrafted in the Heartland of America, which I LOVE! And it makes me feel like SUCH a grownup to have these unique touches and I appreciate it all SO much more because of all of the love and attention that went into helping us make this our dream home–thank you Cindy and the team at Simply Amish! Cindy puts it perfectly when she says that a house isn’t a home until you add a little piece of yourself and there is no “one size fits all” approach to home and furniture design. Amen!
I linked our other furniture for you here:
The great room feels like the headquarters for everything else in our home–it’s where we come together as a family, where we had our first Christmas with both of our families, and where our babies will grow up playing with their friends. It’s where we look into nature and think of our blessings, and where the sunlight hits juuuust right in the morning as we drink our coffees. Needless to say, I am in love with this space and beyond grateful to call it our home.
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Cindy Shockey– Designer
Metrie– Shiplap on ceiling
Hallmark Flooring– Floors in Alta Vista
Appalachian Antique Hardwoods– Mantle
Circa Lighting– Light fixtures
Stone Center of Carolina– Fireplace
Caribou Creek Log Homes– Beams on ceiling
Pella Windows– Windows
Clifton Hicks– Contractor
Photo credit to Jennifer Wilson Photography!
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