I have written 1,315 posts on this blog.

Some of them funny.

Some of them not as funny as I thought they were.

Some of them introspective.

Some of them room befores and afters and furniture makeovers and DIY projects and the occasional post about hay bales and gas station pizza in the country.

But this post?  The one you are about to read?  Of all the more than thirteen hundred posts…

….this one is the longest.

I couldn’t help it.

The house for hope turned out that amazing. 🙂

This week I met Ashley at the house.

We’d worked on our room and been there for move in day, but this was the first time we’d ever seen everything all come together.

You know on Christmas morning where you can’t wait to run downstairs and see the looks on everyone’s face when they see what Santa brought them and you try and tell yourself you’re an adult now and you should have much more patience than you did when you were five….

….but you run anyway.

This moment was better.

There’s nothing like hoping and dreaming and believing and working together for a house that hopes.

I brought my camera and Ashley brought hers and we started photographing and laughing at the same time.

It was hilarious.

And harder than patting your head and rubbing your stomach.

This is what I photographed right when I walked in the door.  It’s the dining room just inside to the left.

If you turn to the right, you’ll find the library.

I was mesmerized by these bowling pins and the planter in the middle of the table.

And that awesome chair combination.

Down the hallway from the front door is the kitchen.

It was designed by my friend Lucy who brought her vintage barn door with her.

Every detail is perfect down to that details on the kitchen island.

The kitchen and living room are open concept with beautiful wood beams and a vaulted ceiling in the main living space.

There’s a writing area and a velvet sofa and brass fixtures.

And this chandelier.

Right off the kitchen is the cutest laundry room nook designed by my friend Rhoda.

I love the floor in the space.

And the custom cushion she designed for the built-in.

Downstairs off the kitchen down a little hallway is the master bedroom.

It’s designed by two of my favorite people on the planet, Kara and Lauren Blaylock from Refresh Home.

They have an eye for a really good ceiling.

Like the ones in this house and this house.

This is the master bath.

It’s got the best closet space and the tile border is a great idea for a space.

I love the sparkling counter tops with these flowers.

At the top of the stairs were four bedrooms including Ashley and Jamin’s room.


The bunk beds?

This little tea set?

And that teepee made out of their fabrics.

And then there was me.

Downstairs and through the kitchen and at the top of the stairs off the mudroom was my room.

The ball room posing as the family game room.

My cute husband made this table for me and built it on site.  It’s 10 feet long and 5 feet wide.

There’s a vertical checkers game and a three-dimensional tic tac toe game and word of the year signs that you all helped me design.

That amazing sectional was donated by La-Z-Boy and the rug was donated by Wayfair and the game board projects were sponsored by Frog Tape.  Also, a giant shout out to Ron York for lending the art to the space as well.

I’m heading to Nashville for media day today and tomorrow the House for Hope will be open to the public from March 4-March 12.  You can buy tickets to tour the house here.


That was a long post.

The longest of the long.

It took five times as long as that to photograph the house, too.

Good thing I laughed all the way through it. 🙂

PS  If you want to see the house through Ashley’s camera lens, you can check out her post here.

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