There was a time, when I was about 19 years old, that I had lived in more houses than I’d had years to my name. It wasn’t because my family moved from town to town too often – by that time in my life, I’d only lived in three or four different areas. The reason for the constant shuffling of houses was because of my family’s gift for fixing up older homes and bringing them back to life. They might deny it, but I think the excitement of the renovation and design process has become a bit of an addiction. There was the gorgeous plantation home on the coast of NC that they saved from absolute ruin while I was in school, and then the most recent four homes (in the last five years) that they completely transformed in their tiny town of Southern Pines, NC.
It’s always a treat visiting them in these unique homes, and in turn, having them visit us and help with various house projects. (The studio, the pergola/patio, and the upstairs bathroom all exist because of their handiwork!)
Over the weekend they began their latest endeavor, and I am beside myself with excitement to see the finished product! Of course, this also means saying goodbye to a house that’s hosted us during various holidays and family visits during the last couple of years. Even though I’ve never spent more than a handful of days at a time in their most recent house, I still have many fond memories of our visits there. The walnut-topped island in the kitchen will always hold a special place in my heart, as will (what I consider to be) the world’s most adorable chicken coop (complete with its own pergola). I took the following photos during a visit this past November – they’re peeks at some of my favorite parts of a home I’ll actually never have the chance to visit again, but one I’ll remember always.