Hi! Welcome to Starting Home. My name is Kirsten and I’m so happy that you are here! Grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and join my adventure of turning a builder grade house into a home.
My husband and I – along with our two children – live in a tiny, rural town in Georgia (yeah, we’re talkin’ one red light and a Piggly Wiggly). I love God, my family, farmhouse style, anything old & vintage, Christmas, coffee, autumn & fires on a cool night. My passion for design began at an early age and it is my desire to share that passion with you. Some of my most fond memories when I was younger, involve me sitting on my bed designing new areas, drawing, or pouring over books or magazines about design and decorating.
In school, I was the only girl in my wood shop class learning to build with power tools and the “ins” and “outs” of construction. I received my bachelor’s degree in Design and absolutely LOVE embracing the creative outlet that design offers me. Even though we work full time, my hubby and I continue to see our house as a constant and rewarding design project. Our home is definitely a work in progress and we work on it as time permits and as we can afford to do so.
We live in a sweet, little home that sits creekside on 5 acres that we built as a fixer upper (yes, a new home as a fixer upper – story to follow ?). Our home is off the beaten path, but that’s the way we like it. When we first began planning to build our house, I was a full time college student and worked full time. As you can imagine, throwing in “build a house” to that mix made it very tough to find time for everything.
When we began to build our house, we didn’t need a large plan, because I didn’t want a huge house to clean, and we were told we couldn’t have children..so a small house seemed perfect. Until. Two months into building, I got “sick”, and stayed that way..and two pregnancy tests later, we realized the doctors were wrong! While I was thrilled, we were still building, I was still in school, and I could no longer work because I was considered “high risk” pregnancy. This caused a few things to happen. First, we stuck with the smaller house plan, because we knew this would be our forever home, even after our child(ren) were gone. Secondly, our budget immediately went to “bare bones” because of the upcoming baby expenses. Gone were the trim, finishes, fixtures, etc that I had planned. So, that is the reason our home is built as a fixer upper.
When we moved in, our house had no trim (ceiling, windows, base, etc.). We had builder grade oak cabinets, the cheapest white tile possible in the bathrooms, CHEAP laminate countertops and no kitchen backsplash just to name a few. We knew that as we went along, we would always have a DIY project in progress, and a home that we would have the joy of continuing to improve. And now, 20 years later, I can say that we have been so blessed by God to do a few of those things…and by His grace we will continue.
First, there is my hubby ? oh, how I love him! He is the most unselfish, others-minded person I have ever met. We have been married for 23 years and I wouldn’t trade it for anyone or anything on this Earth. He is my true soul mate and has always supported me through any and all trials that have come my way. We still hold hands, he opens doors for me and basically an all around gentleman.
Then, there is my firstborn, Breanna. She knows everything (ahem, thinks she knows everything). And, as most adult children seem to want to do, she wanted to be on her own and doesn’t live with us any longer. But, she does live really close by. She is extremely silly, quirky, and sometimes…a bit on the “ditsy” side, which makes for a great deal of entertainment for all of us. She still calls me mommy, which I love and she always keeps us guessing. She is now doing what she loves most in life…taking care of animals as a Veterinary Technician.
Next, is my son Conner. He has one of the sweetest spirits I have ever come in contact with in my life. He is a tender hearted young man, but I wouldn’t change that for the world. You could also say that he is a “home body”, I am too. He loves to be home. When he’s away for any reason, and comes back home, he tells me over and over how excited he is to be back in his home and his bed.
This is Cocoa, our Chocolate Lab. Isn’t she pretty? She is 6 years old, but still loves to play and chase squirrels. And, has been know to catch them quite frequently ? only to “play” with them to death. Poor squirrels. She has a “Baby” that once was a teddy bear. But, now “baby” resembles something she may have dragged into the yard as roadkill. When “Baby” has been taken away, she gets depressed. Seriously, the dog gets depressed. She is such a sweetie though. Don’t you agree?
Then, there is Peppers the cat. Out in the country, we have to have a cat on our property at all times. If we don’t, we will soon begin to have a “mice-y” problem. Last year our cat, Sugar, passed away from cancer (she was 13), so we got Peppers soon after. This is the laziest cat I have ever seen. Catching mice…well, we’ll see. He has yet to catch anything! But, he’s still a sweet baby and adores loving on people.
Finally, there’s me. I hope to get to know all of you along my blogging journey. For now let me give you a few tidbits about me:
- Other creative things I do to channel my design passion include: drawing, painting, crocheting, and designing logos for both business and non-profit organizations.
- I am an avid deer hunter. Yes. Deer hunter. Hunting has been a part of my life since I was 12 years old. I have always had the mindset of deer hunting as helping to provide for my family. I do not hunt for sport, although when a trophy buck steps into view, I do get a bit excited! The largest deer I have taken is an 11-point that now hangs proudly on our wall.
- I CAN’T STAND SUMMER! Yes, I said it! I absolutely, completely, totally, utterly (you get the point) do not like summer! There are rare moments I am outside during the summer, and when I am, I’m always looking for a way back to the air conditioning! However, when the daytime highs are in the 70’s, I come out of hibernation to work on projects that were NOT done during summer!
- Fall is my absolute favorite of all seasons. Oh, how I just love when fall rolls around! I love seeing the leaves change to such vibrant colors and feeling that certain crispness in the air. For some reason, fall always serves as a reminder to me of how great God is. So, when fall rolls around, you may get a tad bit of “fall overload” from my page…I can’t help it, I just love the season.
- I am a tomboy. Yep, I have been and probably always will be a tomboy. Growing up, I could be found playing football, baseball, riding BMX bikes, riding dirt bikes, or any sort of activity that didn’t involve dolls. The only Barbie that someone gave me for my birthday immediately got a mohawk haircut and used for target practice with my pellet gun. Even these days, I might even be found playing in the mud with my kids on our four wheelers.
- My husband and I were blind dates. Yes, the dreaded blind date. Where well-meaning friends and/or family set you up with what is sure to be a disaster waiting to happen. But, not so in our case…we are a true testimony that blind dates can lead to something great. We have been married for 23 years and have two beautiful children. Both of us wouldn’t change that blind date for anything in the world.
- As a career, I have worked as a Graphic Designer for the past 20 years. I have a degree in Interior Design and have always wanted to work as an Interior Designer. But, living in a small rural town hasn’t allow me that opportunity. So, enter my blog, where it is my desire to get a lot of my creative design juices flowing.
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