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If you follow me on Instagram, then you know these two things:

  1. I'm building a new home

  2. I've been promising to blog about the process

If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably also know that I'm always busy and up to something. Whether it be design projects or mini (sometimes not so mini) adventures, I can't sit still! So, sitting down to write doesn't usually make it to the top of my list. But, here I am finally committing to tell you about this new house of mine.


I really want you all to appreciate the beauty of this project, so this post is going to be (a little bit long and) dedicated to filling you in on the journey it took to get to breaking ground.


First, for those of you who don't know him, I'd like to introduce you to my wonderful husband, Nicholas Wisniewski:


Photography by the always fabulous Eloise Photography.


Nick and I met in college and we were great friends, but lost touch after graduation. We reconnected some years later when we worked on a home together for the 2015 Parade of Homes. Nick is Vice President of Landmark Homes (a residential construction company that was started by his amazing dad, Gary Wisniewski.) We worked on this home for many months and realized pretty quickly that we made a good team-- and also had so much fun together no matter what we were doing. If you do know Nick, then you know he's always bringing joy to any situation.


Now, it should be obvious that with me being an interior designer and Nick being a home builder- we had a mutual passion for homes & design. But, as we continued to get to know one another we found out our biggest connection: the only thing we love more than houses is being in or near the water. We talked about all of the places where we imagined living one day, but we knew that Middle TN was our home. We both agreed that we'd be perfectly content as long as we could live on the lake. So, not long after we started dating, we sort of found ourselves in this little routine: every Sunday, we would drive around Old Hickory Lake looking for houses and lots.




I had to include this map here, because when I say "we would drive around Old Hickory Lake," I literally mean that we would start at one end of the lake and drive all the way around. We'd start at one spot and drive through neighborhoods until the sun started setting; the next week we'd pick back up where we left off.


We had our eye set on fixer uppers, but my one condition was that I wanted to be on a relatively flat piece of land. I had this vision of lots of dogs and children running around in the yard - and so many of these homes were practically on the edge of a cliff.


The first day we drove around, we found this incredible lot. We peaked around a little, but like I said- we were focused on fixer uppers, so we didn't really dwell on it. The problem was.... I kept having dreams about this piece of land. I seriously couldn't get it out of my head. Finally, a few months later after telling Nick about all of these dreams- he took me back to this lot so we could look around.

You guys! We started looking at this lot over 4 years ago! FINALLY- after it was apparent that we weren't getting this property out of our heads... we made an offer in October 2019.


I know that now you're thinking "but, Lauren... it's February of 2021!" Yes, that's absolutely right. Right around the time we made an offer, the property owner suddenly passed away. Now if you don't know what this means.... I won't bore you with all of the details, but I'll just say that made things a little complicated.


We waited, waited, and waited a little more before finally hearing back and they accepted our offer! I was so thrilled! After years of thinking about this place, we could start building our forever home! We submitted our request for a building permit.... and then Covid happened...


So we went back to waiting. And we waited, waited, waited, waited and waited SO patiently (called at least once a week to see what was going on). We had to remind ourselves often that this was our dream and that everything would be worth it in the end. I'm a lot less patient than Nick, so he was really the one reminding me. Eventually, we ended up with a new Sunday ritual. We started driving to the site of our future home every Sunday afternoon. We spent the day sitting on a blanket eating snacks and drinking beer, looking out at the water and talking about how amazing it was going to be once we finally built our house on this perfect piece of land.



And then... in October of 2020, a full year after making an offer, we received our building permit!


I can't wait to share this building journey with you all- and I CAN'T WAIT to finally look out of my kitchen window and see the amazing view.


Updated: Feb 1

We've all been there. One week before Christmas and there's still shopping to be done! Well, we are here to help you complete the challenge and get all of those presents wrapped up before game time! These gift ideas are perfect for anyone on your list who has a new home, who never purchases pretty things for themselves, or who is just an interior design enthusiast!


If you live local to the Nashville area...


The Golden Slipper:

Shop local and swing by this adorable little store in Germantown. You'll find gifts for everyone and your last minute Christmas dinner necessities. Their candles are poured in house and everything is special and unique. The matchstick holder below was a gift I received this year and it has been my favorite! You can also order online and schedule for pick-up to make things quick and easy.




Onyx + Alabaster:

Located in Downtown Franklin, this amazing interior design firm doubles as an interiors market, where you can pick up the perfect finds for someone on your list. The market is so beautifully curated, so you can be certain that anything you choose will be well loved by the homebody in your life.


OAK Nashville:

This whimsical shop is located in Nashville. They define themselves as a curated collection of unique finds to help you re-imagine your home. You won't have to worry about purchasing the same gift as someone else if you shop here.




If you're hitting the mall...


Pottery Barn

They have tons of great gift options for the cocktail maker in your life, the newlyweds, the decorators, the sleep-in-laters... seriously there is something for everyone. I love the idea of gifting photo frames. Fill them with photos you print quickly from home or at Walgreens- or leave it for their favorite memories. They also have these stunning St. Jude's bell shaped candles- when you purchase 25% of proceeds is donated to St. Jude's Hospital.


Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel is my go to for kitchen and bar-ware. They have the best quality items for a reasonable price- and they are always stylish and fun. If you need a host or hostess gift- this is the spot to go.





If you're shopping online...


Target

Come on.... you knew there would be a list from Target. I can't tell you how many times this year we've said "Target is going to put everyone out of business." Now, don't get me wrong, we don't want that to happen- and that's why it's important to support those local shops as well... but, sometimes you just have to make a stop at target. Stop by your local store or order online by Sunday to receive on/by Christmas Eve.


Amazon

Here again... Amazon is another guilty pleasure. We are a small business and we love supporting other small businesses. But, we are all human and sometimes we wait until the last minute and we have to turn to Amazon to save the day. Here are some of our favorite Amazon home decor finds. Just click the photos below to follow the link!






Do you have any great last minute gift ideas? Drop them in the comments below. And if you're still finishing your own shopping list- you better hit the streets!


Merry Christmas!




Updated: Feb 1


If you read the last post, then you know how much I love laying around the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday shopping has never been my thing (except when I worked in the jewelry industry, but that's a story for another time).


That doesn't mean I don't love new things or a good sale. Everyone does, right? But, if you're like me and you hate waiting in lines, maneuvering carts, looking over people's shoulders, people looking over your shoulder, and all of the general Black Friday madness... then you also know that TODAY... Cyber Monday is our jam.


So, to get you a jump start on the day- we wanted to share some of our favorite Cyber Monday deals for your home. Just click on the images for links!


TARGET



This media console cabinet offers a great blend of texture and is actually an appropriate height at 31".


40% off.







This little console can be used to fill those smaller, awkward spaces. It would be perfect in a foyer, styled with books and accessories, and a beautiful mirror or piece of art above.


30" Height x 50" Wide x 18" Deep


35% off.



Here's another piece for those tricky spaces.


This one would be amazing set up as a bar.


40% off.







This metal framed accent chair comes in linen or light gray.


It's deep enough to be comfortable, but so deep you feel like you're laying down and it's affordable enough to grab 2!


25% off.







This velvet chair is 100% polyester and wrinkle resistant.


The arm is 26" high, so spray a little scotch guard on it and you've got yourself a fun dining end chair.


20% off.









We are literally always looking for a marble lamp.


I'm sure you've heard it a million times, but lighting is truly the jewelry of your home- and this one is the perfect new pair of earrings you've been wanting.


Keep in mind, it's not super tall. But, it's great for smaller spaces. Or if you need something a little shorter that doesn't compete with art hanging above or nearby.


30% off.






This set of two 13" tall lamps are a dream.


The capiz shell lamp gives off such a cozy glow and they are the perfect size to fit in (most) bookcases or built-ins.


20% off







CB2


CB2 has always been great, but they've truly stepped up their game over the past year. Every single thing they've released has been a dream.


Their Cyber Monday sale is the perfect opportunity to scoop up some of these things we've been drooling over.


Use the code SAVEMORE for 15% off $100+, 20% off $1999+, 25% off $3999.

Plus, free furniture delivery on orders over $1499.

Top Left: Woven Brown Suede Bed, Top Right: Forte White Bed, 2nd Row Left: Ecru Natural Dinnerware, 2nd Row Right: Crisp Black Matte Dinnerware, 3rd Row Left: Foley Faux Mohair Dining Chair, 3rd Row Right: Nadia Black Cane Chair, Bottom: Babylon Round Small Table


WEST ELM


Don't forget to use the code CYBER at checkout for free shipping over $79.


This fan favorite rug is 40% off.


And... it's in stock and ready to ship...

which is a 2020 Christmas Miracle.













This sectional is great for your bonus rooms or kid's spaces. It's quality is durable enough to get good use, but without breaking your entire budget.


Today it's 40% off.



Add warmth and texture to your family room with this leather accent chair.


It's suede-like feel is casual enough for any space and offers a lived-in look, so you don't have to worry about actually sitting in it.


It's $300 off today.







Looking for a unique focal piece for your sitting room or great room? This 36" coffee table is a great deal and very versatile, so it can mix with many styles.


36" round and would pair well with the Urban Sectional from above.


15% off.




This is just the tip of the iceberg! Don't sleep on Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, Rejuvenation, and even Wayfair. If you're on a budget, we highly recommend saving a little on your smaller pieces like side tables so you can lend that money towards things that really make a difference- like your lighting or seating.


Let us know what deals you find today! We're off to find deals on actual jewelry... and boots, sweaters, holiday dresses.... and clearly we'll need to find more hangers while we're at it.