Changes are Here!

Hey y'all!  I hope y'all are doing well.  I told y'all back in February that changes were coming to SFD & I'm making them official today. :) I'm nervous, excited & to tell you the truth a little relived all at the same time.  

First off, I will no longer be offering in home consultations or new build/remodel consultations.  Life has just been way too hectic trying to balance it all & like I said in this post, my family has to come first.  As hard as it was to delete those services from my website, I know it's just a season & at some point God will call me back to these but for now, I'm saying no.  Those of you who have already sought me out & we have meetings coming up, don't fret.  I still have you on my calendar & will fulfill those services for you, but y'all are the last ones for the time being.  

I am super excited to say that I will be offering online design services.  You can choose to do the custom route on this service, where you will send me pics, measurements, ideas & your vision for the space.  I'll create a custom board for your space with everything you will need to transform that space--design board, floor plan, shopping list with links, and lots of notes on how to style the space.  With the custom boards I will be limiting myself to how many projects I take on per month, so if you think you are interested in a custom online design, contact me soon, because as of now I am booked until June. 

 

You can also choose from pre-made design boards.  I'm working diligently to create boards that you can buy from my online store.  These will be a cheaper option to those custom designs, however, you'll walk away with a design board, shopping list with links & some styling tips. I will be launching this very soon!  And they will be sold on a limited basis, so one entryway may only be sold 5 times & then it will go away.  

 

Both of theses online options are a great way to get a designers touch in your home without the large price tag.  

I'll also be taking on one refresh styling per month.  This particular service is where I will come into your home & use what you have to freshen up the space--built in styling, tables, and placing all small accessories.  I will not be moving furniture or hanging accessories, but I will give suggestions of furniture placement & suggested locations of where things can be hung in your home.  

That's it...that's all of the services I'm offering for the time being.  I took a lot of things off my list & it's been freeing, but also scary.  I hope that these option are something that people are looking for & needing. If you know you will be needing my services, please get in touch with me soon, as I'm booked until June as of now.  

Hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!  

 

Kendleton Farms Update III

Hey y'all!  I am so excited to share with y'all the progress that we are making out at Kendleton Farms.  If you don't know about our work there then go read about it HERE.  

The bathroom is pretty much finished.  We have to install the hot water heater & some touch up paint & it will be ready to go! You can see it's transformation HERE. Now we are focusing on the library.  It is a HUGE space.  It housed a lot of books....a lot....and we moved everyone of them...in the Texas summer heat.  

We planned on using the metal bookcases again in the new design, but when we moved them out for paint, the literally fell apart, so we are now raising money to purchase new bookcases for the space (more details below if you'd like to help us out with that)! So now the space is painted & ready for install, which is what we will be doing this weekend.  We have received a lot of donations & have been able to buy a couch, rug, some tables, desks, chairs, light fixtures and a few bookcases for the space.  We will be going in on Saturday & getting what we have all set up & I cannot wait to share pictures of how the space is coming together.  Below are some of the progress pictures for you to see. 

 

Library Before

Library Mid Renovations

It truly is going to be a lovely space for these survivors to come into, relax, read, learn & work.  We still have a lot to do & a lot to buy for the space since it is so massive---bookcases, lamps, couches, chairs, tables, etc.  If you would like to help in this effort, we have a registry set up for items that we need.  This is the easiest way to contribute--buy something off of the registry & it comes straight to us for install.  Go check out the needs HERE & prayerfully consider giving.  We appreciate it, and you'll never know how your gift will help one of these survivors heal in this space.  Also, be sure you are following us on Instagram, where we will be posting updates all this weekend! 

 

2017 Updates

Can I share my heart with you? I'm going to be really vulnerable today...will you come sit with me and listen? 

I just returned home from the Pursuit Community Retreat in Tampa.  I was a retreat for Christian women who are creatives & own small businesses. 3 days with amazing speakers who spoke truth into our lives, into our businesses & God working in our hearts.  It was an incredible 3 days.  

I spent the second half of yesterday in the Tampa airport waiting on my flight back to Houston.  I sat with my notes, my Bible & really digested everything that was said this week. From being a CEO .vs. Small Business Owner, Finding My Niche, Trusting God with My Business, Redefining Success, to Enough .vs. Abundance.  I sat with it all.  I prayed through it all.  

A little back story: I've spent the better part of five years trying to find myself after having my daughter.  To have my own thing.  To be successful in whatever I did.  I had small stints in network marketing businesses, a home decor pop up shop, blog writer, and now SFD.  Finding myself & something for me was good, but I didn't seek Christ in those decisions.  I made them on my own. The only time I really sat & sought Him out was when I started SFD.  And I truly feel that He wrote it on my heart to start this business.  However, somewhere along the way I got distracted.  I sought after followers, numbers, profit & was quickly distracted from my family, distant from my friends, stressed, overworked, tired & depressed.  Yes, I spent all of 2016 in a fog of depression.  On the outside I could fake it--just plaster on that sweet Southern smile, but on the inside I was dying.  In the walls of my home, I was lost, alone (in my mind) & scared.  My marriage suffered.  My kids suffered.  My friendships suffered.  

Why was I going through this when I know God clearly told me to start this business?  Why couldn't I do it all--be a successful business women, have happy clients, have thousands of followers, be a good mom, wife & friend?  He told me to start this business---why wasn't it working?  

I'm thankful to say that I've come out of my fog of depression.  But it wasn't until this past week that I truly understood why God let me walk through that tough season last year.  I didn't seek Him.  I didn't seek Him in my decisions until it was too late and I had already done the damage to myself, to my marriage, to my family.  I had already said YES to too many clients, but still wanted to book more.  I was working hard to get followers on social media & telling my kids, "just a minute" while I stared down at my phone to see if I had any new likes, or emails.  Instead of kissing my husband & telling him goodnight, I checked my phone.  WHAT IN THE WORLD?  What was wrong with me?  I was so busy chasing society's definition of success that I couldn't even recognize what my definition of  TRUE success really is.  I walked through that season of depression because I was trying to do everything in my own strength.  I did it to myself.  But God was so gracious to be standing there when it finally sank in to this blonde head of mine that I can't do it all. I don't have to be everything to everyone.  

Yesterday, I started with SUCCESS.  What does the Bible say about success?

  • Joshua 1:7-9 talks about being strong & courageous.  Mediate on day & night on the Word in order to live a successful life. 
  • 2 Kings 18:5-7 talks about trusting in the Lord.  Holding fast to Him & always following Him in order to be successful in all you do. 
  • 2 Chronicles 20:20 talks about having faith & praising the Lord for your successes. 

WOW-I wasn't doing any of those things. After reading what the Bible defined as success, I decided to write out what I my definition of success is....

  1. Leaning fully into God.  Trusting Him in all the areas of my life--marriage, family, parenting, business, friendships
  2. Meditating on His Word. 
  3. Spending intentional & quality time with my family & friends. 
  4. Speaking truth into the lives of my clients. 

I'm no longer looking at the numbers of followers, or like or comments.  I'm not even looking at my profit to determine my success, because what God gives me is enough.  I don't need more. I'm saying no to more things so I can say yes to my family, to my friends & to giving 110% to my clients, instead of multi-tasking to get it all done.  

So what does this mean for my business?  After much thought & prayer, I've decided to slow down, embrace simplicity & say no.  I'll be taking some things off my services list.  I will no longer be offering new build consults or mini consults (for those clients who I've already committed to do this, don't worry, I plan to take on your projects). I will be taking on fewer projects this year.  These decisions will allow me to say yes to my family, to my friends & giving my best efforts to my clients.  I do have some other things that I'm praying about that I will hopefully be offering this year, but you can bet that I'm seeking Christ in these decisions.  

This is the season of my life & I'm embracing it, while holding fast to God & leaning into Him.   

2017 Small Business Class

Hey y'all!  Can you believe that 2016 is coming to an end?  It seems as though this year has just flown by.  As the year ends, I've been busy brainstorming & dreaming about what 2017 will hold for us.  

This past year I attended two classes hosted by my friend, mentor & interior decorator, Holly Mathis of Holly Mathis Interiors.  I had the best time and learned so much from her. Meeting other like minded women was the icing on the cake.  I left both classes feeling inspired, creative & ready to take on my business.  Holly inspired me to really step out of my comfort zone in 2017 and offer my own classes and workshops.  

I will be hosting my very first small business class on March 4, 2017 here in Tomball, Texas.  (This should make my parent's happy that I'm putting my teaching degree back to use).  This class is for women who dream of starting their own businesses, those that have started but may need some help with the ins and outs of running it or gaining momentum with their business.  I don't know it all. I have learned a lot in these past 2 years of business.  I've made a TON of mistakes, had some victories and I want to share that with the participants.  

 

You Should Attend If:

  • You have dreams of owning a business but don’t know where to start. 
  • You have started a business and need help with all the know hows of running a business.
  • You want to spend the day dreaming & brainstorming with other like minded women.
  • You need a day to yourself for fun and creative inspiration!

What's In Store:

  • Going for Your Dreams
  • Getting Started-DBA/LLC
  • Website Platforms & Branding
  • Social Media
  • Accounting & Taxes
  • Contracts/Welcome Packets
  • Pricing Services
  • Networking
  • Brainstorming with fellow entepruneurs 
  • Q&A

What's Included (Besides all the invaluable info!):

  • Food + Drink: Light bites at the beginning and lunch will be provided.
  • Workshop materials for taking notes and examples of contracts, welcome packets, etc.
  • Headshots with Grace Laird Photography

I am so excited about gathering women here in Tomball to teach, brainstorm, be inspired & dream with. If you are a small business owner or dream of being on, I'd love to have you added my first class.  If you register before January 31st you can receive $50 OFF using the code earlybird50 at checkout. Space is very limited, so reserve your spot now!  I cannot wait to meet you, dream with you & cheer you on as you live your dream!

 

Small Touches, Big Improvements - Gallery Walls and Built-ins

Some of the most common decorating details in the home can be the hardest to get right. Take gallery walls and built-ins for example -- when done right, they look effortlessly put together but the actual putting them together takes a lot of trial, error, taking it all down, and starting all over. We at SFD love doing smaller projects like gallery walls and built-ins for clients because they are usually the final touches to a home that help the space feel completed. Here are a couple small projects we completed this past week that we think turned out great! 

 

Hallway Gallery Wall: 

 

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After - a gallery of randomly scattered picture frames of all sizes.  

After - a gallery of randomly scattered picture frames of all sizes.  

 

Game Room Built-ins: 

 

 

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After - these built-ins house a great mix of vintage game items, family photos, and kid creations!  

After - these built-ins house a great mix of vintage game items, family photos, and kid creations!  

Mud Room Spruce Up

 Sometimes I get in a creative momentum and just can stop myself! Our home's mudroom found itself in the path of my renovation tornado this time around. The SFD has had so many fun renovation and add-on projects lately that I thought I'd take on one for myself... but a much smaller job, of course. This small project of redoing the mudroom consisted of tearing down the old built-ins and creating my own, and obviously adding some good ol' shiplap! Take a look at the transformation below!

Before the reno storm... 

Before the reno storm... 

Mid storm.

Mid storm.

Now every member of our family gets their very own cubby! Yay organization! 

Now every member of our family gets their very own cubby! Yay organization! 

Simple Home Update | Magnolia, TX

The Metz family might be one of my most favorite families to have worked with thus far.  A year before SFD was born, Jenny came to our home in Houston & kept telling me she wanted me to come decorate her home.  I laughed.  Life was crazy with a 3 year old and newborn & who was I to tell her how to decorate her home? I was just a stay at home mom.  Once we moved closer to this sweet family, I offered my services to her to test the waters of building a business and to start my portfolio.  

They bought their home from her in laws, and it had just been renovated.  They moved in with all of their furniture from their old home & made it work the best they could.  Eighteen months after living in it, they decided it was time to make this house their home.  They wanted to brighten up the space, add a few farmhouse touches & put their personality in it. 

Living Room Before

Living Room After

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

Family Room Before

Family Room After

The unique piece we brought into the space took months to gather.  We shopped online,  at flea markets, local antique stores, and brought in some things they already had. I feel like we truly captured the personality of this fun family in these spaces.  Thank you so much Jenny & Mike for trusting me in designing your home.  It was such an honor to work for y'all & the friendship that developed was just the icing on the cake!  

What's your favorite part of this update?  Leave us a comment below & let us know.  

Does your space need an update? Check out our design services here.  We work both online & locally in the Houston area. We'd love to help you turn your house into a home. 

 

**All after photos by Grace Laird Photography.**

Vivian's Nursery

I had the privilege of meeting the Frizzelle family last summer when they contacted me to help them finish out their kitchen & living room. They are by far the sweetest couple ever. A few weeks after I finished their house, I got a text saying that they were expecting a little one & I was so honored to be able to design their little girl's nursery.

A delicate nursery with little vintage & shabby touches, it turned out to be a beautiful place for this precious little girl.

 

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The Details

Wall Color | Sherwin Williams Repost Grey

Crib | Target

Dresser | Ikea

Rug | Overstock

Prayer Sign | Dwelling Grace

Monogram Sign | Southern Farmhouse Designs

Curtains | Made by client

All other items were found at Tomball area stores | Vintage Station | Cherry Street Antiques | Granny's Korner

A huge thanks so my sister in law, Grace with @Grace Laird Photography, who took all these beautiful photos!  And to the Frizzelle family, thank you so much for the honor & privilege to design Vivian's nursery.  I hope there are many memories made in that sweet room.

Holiday Hours | Fall Specials | Christmas Decorating

Here at SFD we are gearing up for the holidays. Can y'all believe that we are 95 days away from Christmas??? I know, I know...me too. We wanted to let y'all in on a few things that will be going on here at the SFD Headquarters over the next few months, as well as some awesome End of the Year specials we are offering.  

First things first...

Holiday Hours

November - our offices will be closed from November 18th to November 28th to spend time with our families for the Thanksgiving holiday.  

December - we will not be taking on any new clients during the month of December. We will be finishing up current projects & gearing up for the new year. This month is full of parties & family get togethers, and we plan on spending less time working & more time gathering in December.

Fall Specials 

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From now until November 1st, if you buy either one of our local or e-design Full Space or Ultimate Space Update Packages you'll receive $100 OFF!  You can check out those packages here.  We do have gift certificates available, so if you are wanting to update your home in the New Year, send your husband our way so we can get them hooked up with a fabulous gift for you & save them a little money in the process!

Christmas

For the first year ever, we are offering Christmas decorating services -- mantel, porch or your Christmas tablescape...the choice is yours. We will come in and use your decor to create a space that your family & friends will love & enjoy this holiday season. You can sit back and relax while we do the hard work on these spaces. There are only 5 spots available for this service so check out all the details below & add it to your cart! 

Dates for Christmas Decorating Service: November 30, December 5, 6, 7, & 9th

Cost: $150 for 2 hours

Your choice of area to be styled: mantel, porch or table

Home Office Tour

Our home office was probably one of the funnest rooms to remodel because part of it was a huge surprise for my husband. During the renovation we celebrated his 30th birthday & our 5th anniversary.  I knew I wanted this space to be totally for him. We got rid of the desk in the nook & put in a gun safe.  My husband is an avid hunter with a huge gun collection.  I thought it would be so cool to really show off his safe in the office.  We painted the entire room & planked the wall where the gun safe was installed with old barn wood that my contractor had.  A new light fixture, rug, furniture & of course, his deer to finish off this manly space. My contractor & I were able to keep the surprise under wraps until the Mr. & I had our date night & we just happened to swing by to see the progress on the house.  He was in love!

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The Details

Wall Color: SW Attitude Gray

Chandelier: World Market

Sconces: Pottery Barn

Desk & Stool: World Market

Side Table: Home Goods

Paige's Nursery

Over a year ago, (I can't believe my niece is about to be a year old!!), my sister in law asked me to help her with my niece's nursery. Grace pretty much already knew what she wanted - neutral, nothing too girlie, yet very sweet - and I think we hit the nail on the head with this one. It's simple, clean, a little rustic & has the perfect feminine touch.  I love her little room so much. 

 

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The Details

Letters and frames | hobby lobby

Wool mobile | dundry hill feltworks

Paper star/moon garland | any occasion banners

"Paige" letters and blocks paint color | behr aloe essence

Star pillow | land of the nod

Sheets and bed skirt | land of the nod

Bird on shelf |hobby lobby

Flowers in bottles | hobby lobby

Wall paint color | sherwin williams colonade gray

Wainscoting white | sherwin williams dover white

White baskets | babies r us

Curtains | bed bath beyond

Glider | pottery barn

Basket on changing table | target

Corner shelves | target

Peg board shelf | hobby lobby

Wooden star | target

All the other items were found at local antique stores. And the crib was handed down from my other sister in law & it's from Pottery Barn.

 

*Special thanks to Chelsea from Chelsea Davis Photography for all the amazing pictures of the room.

Frizzelle Home | In Home Consultation & Styling | Richmond, TX

Back at the beginning of the summer, I received an email from a husband of one of the sweetest ladies I've ever met.  Taylor & Danielle found SFD via Instagram & loved our feed. He emailed me wanting to surprise her by having us help them with their home in Richmond, TX.  At our initial consultation, I got to do a walk through of their home, where Danielle shared their plans & dreams for their space.  They are DIYers and had already painted the entire house, and Taylor was in the process of making a kitchen table & coffee table.  I love working with clients that aren't afraid to get their hands dirty. I sent them their mood boards & they got to work right away creating special pieces for their space. They had a lot of fabulous stuff to work with, so on our styling day, I showed up with a few pieces I had picked up for them & we got to work. I love love love how their home turned out.  They have more plans for some other updates in the future. 

 

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**All photos are ©Southern Farmhouse Designs.**  Photography by @GraceLairdPhotography

Vintage Hunting Nursery

You may have seen this nursery as you are scrolling through your Pinterest feed or as you google for a vintage boy nursery. It's got me feeling a little famous enough because I'm so proud to say that it's my son's nursery! When he was just a tot, this was one of my most favorite rooms in our house. We've since then changed out the crib for a big boy bed, but his room will always be the cutest hunting nursery!

Trying to decide on a nursery theme for your little bump can be hard. For our little guy though, it was a no brainer.  My husband & I both love hunting, fishing...pretty much anything outdoors.  We want to raise our kids with the same love for the outdoors too & thought a vintage inspired outdoors nursery would be a perfect fit.  The great thing about this nursery is that everything, except the crib & blankets were found at flea makets, estate sales, or on our family ranch. Going into it, I had no plan. We (my mom & I) bought & bought & bought and collected junk vintage decor for months.  Then just a couple of months before our little man arrived we put it all together & it was oh so perfect for him.  He is constantly running around our house saying, "Deer, shot, boom!" And I can assure you that it has never been or will be this clean ever again.

Please note, I've seen comments about our nursery online---some love, some hate & some are worried about the stuff hanging over the crib (which now hangs over the bed) and I can assure you that everything is safely secured to the wall.  It's been up for about 3 years now & my son has not managed to get anything off.

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*Please do not post our photos without giving proper credit to both photographer & designer.  Photos are ©Chelsea Davis Photography.*

The Details:

Paint: Sherman Williams Backdrop

Crib: Oeuf Crib from Amazon

Flannel Pillow: Regan's Brain on Etsy

Banner: N.Hayes Designs on Etsy

Photos: Chelsea Davis Photography

SFD Home Remodel | Part II | Tomball, TX

We are back sharing more of our home renovations tour here on the blog! This week we are looking at our family room.  We absolutely love this room, both before we bought the house and even more now after the renovations.   We spend so much time here -- watching our favorite TV shows, playing games, coloring with the kids, hosting Bible studies, & just chatting with friends.

When we bought the house, as you can see, it had a really yellow feel to it.  The walls and ceiling were a beige, as was the tile & the stone on the fireplace.  I really wanted to lighten up this room, like we did the rest of the house.  We painted walls, ceilings & trim.  We carried the hardwoods throughout this room. We also didn't like that the TV built ins were on an angle, so we had our carpenter straighten that out for us.  And then we added in our own touches to make it our space.

BEFORE

Family Room  
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AFTER 

Family Room
Family Room
Family Room Fireplace
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The Details

Paint Color: SW Collonade Gray

Hardwood Stain: Spice Brown

Couch: Pottery Barn

Chairs: Restoration Hardware

Rug: Home Goods

Coffee Table: Joss & Main

Mount: Restoration Hardware

Contractor: Stillwater Builders, LLC

Photographer: Chelsea Davis Photography

This space turned out even better than I had imagined it in my head!  It's a space where I hope that people come & immediately feel at home.  A place where people can put their feet on the table & not worry that they will mess up something. A place for sharing life, good conversations, laughter & tears, because we really believe that God created homes to be shared.

**All stock photos were taken from HAR.com. All AFTER images are ©Southern Farmhouse Designs.

SFD Home Remodel | Part I | Tomball, TX

When we bought our house a little over two years ago; it was a dream come true.  Five acres for the kids to run around, a pond for fishing & a dream to redo our home just the way we wanted it.  Oh & the sweet neighbors---long story, but it just so happens that I moved to the country only to live to my aunt's friends from college best friend...did you catch all that?  Well it's like having family here & it's the best! Anyways, back to our story.  The house had fabulous bones, but it was dark...really dark & a bit dated.

Today I'd like to share with y'all the dining room, kitchen & breakfast nook.  First up, the dining room....paint, paint & more paint.  I wanted to lighten this place up & get some updated decor in here.

BEFORE

 

Dining Room

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Dining Room
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The Details

Paint Color: SW Collonade Gray

Chandelier: Pottery Barn

Sign: The House of Belonging

Table & Chairs: Mayfield Custom Furniture-Kaufman, TX

Head Chairs: Target


Next up, the breakfast nook--as you can see it was red...really red, as was the entire kitchen.  In this room we added wood beams to the ceiling to add a little rustic feel, as well as some paint, a new light fixture & our own furniture.  We also decided to continue the wood floors that are in the formal living & dining into the kitchen & breakfast nook.

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Breakfast Nook  

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Breakfast Nook
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The Details

PaintColor: SW Collonade Gray

Light Fixture: Pottery Barn

Table & Chairs: Mayfield Custom Furniture-Kaufman, TX


And last on our Part 1 of the tour is our kitchen, the most drastic change to the house.  When we first looked at the house, I walked into the kitchen and immediately knew exactly what I wanted to do.  Now this kitchen, as is, is really pretty, just not our taste.  The red had to go, and so did the raised area on the island.  And I really really really wanted new windows, which my husband thought I had lost it.  I love the brick around the stove, but due to some issues we ended up having to take it down.  I'm over the moon excited about how it turned out.

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Butler's Pantry

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Butler's Pantry

The Details

Cabinet Color: SW Pavestone

Wall Color: SW Collonade Gray

Countertops: Macaubus White Quartzite

Backsplash: Cotton White Subway Tile

Light Fixtures: Pottery Barn

Counter Stools: World Market

Contractor: Stillwater Builders, LLC

Photographer: Chelsea Davis Photography

 

Thanks for joining us on Part 1 of the tour.  If you have any questions, please leave us a comment or shoot us an email.  We'd love to hear from you.  A big thanks to the guys at Stillwater Builders who helped see our vision & make it a reality & also to Chelsea Davis Photography for capturing these stunning pictures of our home.  I can assure you that our house has never been or ever will be this clean again!

**All stock photos were taken from HAR.com.  All AFTER images are ©Southern Farmhouse Designs.

Kadane Renovation | Montgomery, TX

Hey y'all! Today I'm so excited to share with y'all the Kadane home.  Last August I got a call from our former neighbors & sweet friends letting us know that they were moving.  They had found a diamond in the rough overlooking the lake & wanted my help getting this place all fixed up for them. I was beyond honored to help.  This was my first full remodel since doing my own home.  After seeing the before pictures she sent me I couldn't wait to get in there & get my hands dirty.

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Living Room

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Living Room

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Dining Room/Breakfast Nook

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Dining Room
Breakfast Nook
Breakfast Nook

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Kitchen

AFTER

Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen

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Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom

AFTER

Master Bathroom Vanity
Master Bathroom Tub
Master Bathroom Shower

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Office

Office

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Office

How'd we do?  What's your favorite part of this transformation?  Are you needing an update on your space? Check out our packages, we'd love to help transform your space for you!

{All before images are stock photos from HAR.com & after images are by Grace Laird Photography &  ©Southern Farmhouse Designs, LLC}

Kendleton Farms | Update II

If you follow our Instagram account (@southernfarmhousedesigns -- it's so cute, you should take a look!) you have most likely noticed that we took on an amazing project about 2 months ago at Kendleton Farms! And if you don't know about Kendleton Farms, go visit their website (elijahrising.org) because they are doing awesome things y'all -- it's an 84 acre community that houses women and their children who have survived sex trafficking. Like we said, awesome. Anyways, we have had the opportunity to reno the bathroom at the farm and it has been quite a fun experience! We've had some truly wonderful people give donations from cash to toilets! (You know who you are, and we love you for it). A project like this one easily costs $10,000 with the 3 toilets, 3 showers, 3 new windows, and a hot water heater -- we couldn't have done it without you guys! Here's some pictures of our progress! 

 

Mid-renovation of the bathroom

Mid-renovation of the bathroom

As for the design of the room, we had to test our skills here to be able to find affordable, yet very stylish items to make this room a sanctuary for the women and children who will be using it. We kept it sleek and clean, using a neutral pallet on the walls combined with simple white tile in the shower stalls. We are adding light wood for the flooring to give the room a warm touch and updating the lighting and bathroom fixtures to revamp this bathroom, making its guests feel like they are in a beautiful, clean place where they can relax and unwind. Just wait for the end result guys, it's almost done and we can't wait to show you how beautiful it turns out! 

 

Bathroom Shower Before & After

Bathroom Shower Before & After

Bathroom Vanity Before & After

Bathroom Vanity Before & After

And now we have been fortunate enough to be given then library area to renovate! Here's what we've got planned for the space: we want to give the space a modern style by using mid-century modern inspired furniture and industrial metal accents. Then we are going to add a pop of color with a teal accent wall and teal decorative objects! So far we've got some awesome white metal desks and the black metal hanging lights from IKEA and some of the gray furniture - it's coming together beautifully, but we've still got a long way to go. It's going to look amazing. We will keep y'all updated!

If you want to be a part of this transformation journey, we are making it easy for you.  Here are a few ways you can help us make this transformation happen--Buy a shirt or coffee mug from our Tee Spring Campaign.  

Or you can buy a piece of furniture or an accessory off of our registry and it will be shipped directly to us to be put in the new space. 

Here's the design board for the KF library: 

The library is a huge space, and we are so thankful for all of the donations that we have received so far.  Painting on the library begins on Monday, December 5th.  Please prayerfully consider donating to this community. 

Kendleton Farms | Update

Since the initial post about Kendleton Farms, we've had many ask what exactly I’ll be using the money for & at first all I knew was that the immediate needs were the toilets & hot water heater,  I took a tour of Kendleton Farms this weekend to check it out. It is going to be a beautiful community, but it has a lot of work to get done in order for the building to be ready to occupy survivors. The space is huge & the needs are big!

We have adopted one of the bigger needs of the building & it's a large 3 shower, 3 stall, 3 vanity bathroom for the ladies. It's a huge undertaking & will cost roughly $10,000 to complete (new toilets, new windows, new showers, new vanities, etc.). The toilets have been purchased with the help of some amazing donors, but we still lack about $500 for the hot water heater. I’ve created a registry for the other items that we need in order to complete this room. Would you prayerfully consider donating or helping us out? All items that are purchased through the registry will be shipped directly to us so we can get it installed in the space. Here's the link: www.myregistry.com/public/sfdkendletonfarms

 

Below is the design board for the project: 

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After visiting the space, and seeing what needs to be done, I’m giving more of my time to them to help get the entire building ready to open. I’ll be adding other items to the registry weekly for other rooms, but for now our main focus is completing this bathroom. We’d greatly appreciate any help that you can give.

And we will continue taking donations if you’d rather send money via Pay Pal to ashley.southernfarm@gmail.com

If you don't know about Elijah Rising & the work they are doing in the Houston area, I urge you to go visit their website & learn more about their efforts!

Kendleton Farms

A few months ago, I reached out to an amazing organization here in Houston-Elijah Rising to help with the redesign of Kendleton Farms.

"Elijah Rising is ending human trafficking by equipping a new breed of justice warrior for prayer, awareness, and intervention in the spirit of Isaiah 1:17." (Elijah Rising)

Learn to do good. Seek justice. Rebuke the oppressor. Defend the fatherless. Plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:17 (NKJV)

In 2015, Elijah Rising was able to purchase 84 acres that once was the home of a small Christian college.  They are taking this place & turning it into a community where the victims & their children can come to live & heal. 

 

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"Kendleton Farms is Elijah Rising’s multifaceted social enterprise community where women (and their children) who have survived sex trafficking, sexual exploitation, drug abuse, and violence can live, heal, and work for a time in order to reenter society with job skills and a viable income.Our property outside of Houston, Texas, once housed a small Christian college. It provides ideal buildings for housing and industry for survivors of the commercial sex industry in a serene, therapeutic environment. Kendleton Farms also will house for-profit business ventures to provide skills training, jobs, and the dignity of marketable work experience that have long been missing among existing aftercare programs.Kendleton, Texas was originally settled by William E. Kendall, a slave owner who sold off plots of his sprawling plantation during Civil War Reconstruction to freed slaves—thus providing them with economic opportunity and a new start. We desire to restore the land’s original purpose by housing and helping rehabilitate women who were formerly enslaved.” (Elijah Rising)

Along with helping in many areas of the redesign Southern Farmhouse Designs has felt called to adopt part of the renovation, which means, we are going to do our part & raise money & put together a room for these ladies.

One of the biggest needs at Kendleton Farms is to get a bathroom running. We have committed to adopt a 3 stall/3 shower/ 3 vanity bathroom. This is a huge undertaking & one we will need your help with. Would you prayerfully consider giving—time, resources or money to help us in this project. Our goal is to raise $20,000 to complete this project & to help tackle many more of the needs at Kendleton Farms.

Please send donations via Pay Pal to ashley.southernfarm@gmail.com . Once we have received your donation, you will be emailed a tax form recording your donation. 100% of the donations will be used to fund this project.

To learn more about Kendleton Farms & the work that Eliajah Rising is doing go to www.elijahrising.org