At Home with Grace Happens

Do y’all remember the wonderfully fresh and preppy blog called Grace Happens?  Oh yes, she had me at her love for her little boy and blue and white pottery.


Grace was (and is) a Southern belle transplated to California with her precious family, making adjustments and remodeling along the way.  She is living the good life out there on the opposite coast of her beloved hometown of Richmond, Virginia, and doing it all with a mix of preppy style, tradition, meaningful heirlooms, youthful freshness and well….grace.  You may remember I posted on her son’s room here and I also think I blogged about her California kitchen which you can read about here.  I’ve known Grace now for years and her heart and personal story of family and faith bless me even more than her great style and image. But I sure do love her style and can’t wait to share the new house with y’all and update you on her family!

{A shot from the first Grace Happens kitchen}


Many of you were probably following her blog as she was raising little Harper and decorating their first Cali home.  Then she announced with joy that they were expecting baby number 2 and sold their first home, moved and started a huge renovation on a new house! Then we heard little else from Grace other than an occasional update on Reid’s birth and first few months, unless you started following her on Instagram. Thank you Lord for Instagram and all its blessings right?! Seriously. Though I know many of us moms understand and respect when moms step away from blogging to focus on family and new babies, we still miss seeing and hearing from our favorite blogs right?

{One of my favorite Grace Happens moments below…a baby shower for her friend Alexis!}


{I love how Grace always works in blue and white check and or pottery so effortlessly}

So Grace and I talked and I kept telling her about how some of our mutual blog readers would likely love to see her new home and how the kids are growing. . . so here we go with a sneak peek of the new house that they took down to the studs and TOTALLY REDID!

Complete with green DUTCH DOOR!

The new house


BTW, Harper and baby girl are doing great.  I can’t believe how fast they are growing!


Harper is five and Reid is already 17 months! So you can see why we haven’t seen much of Grace in blogland! Don’t they look beautiful dressed up in blue!

Back to the house…one of the first things that struck me when Grace started instagramming about the house was the lighting! When I saw she was using these particular lanterns I flipped because I LOVE these Richmond lanterns from Shades of Light. I have used them in other houses and blogged about them before on a lantern roundup post. I love the brass rod inside and the rustic patina on the outside.  They go great with all of the unlacquered brass faucets she chose AND its called the Richmond and she is from Richmond, VA! Hello. Perfect match! Shades of Light is actually based in Richmond, Virginia.


Sneak peek of her fab kitchen, reclaimed wood shelving, carerra marble, amazing island and her stove….oh her stove.  I don’t want to show it all yet because I predict Grace may be featured in a major magazine soon and I don’t want to steal their thunder!  In the meantime enjoy these shots from around the Sorenson’s new home.


Hello Shaw sink!


I need to get her to send some before photos, the transformation is amazing. I  love the contrast here of the soft and refined marble against the rustic island.  Oh there it is. . . the La Cornue stove!

More snips of the finishes in the kitchen.  If anyone has misgivings about mixing finishes, look to Grace, she has used brass and stainless and bronze on lights. I love the mix!


Down the hall and oh my the pagoda lantern in the Master bedroom. This one comes in red too! Just sayin. I do love how her furniture and linens from the old house seem to work so well in the new house. Love that bolster. And the star sconce. I’ve used that sconce in two other houses and its great.


Hallway lighting can be tricky but this is a perfect example of semi-flushmount in a hallway done well!


Hallway lights are from Shades of Light as well. They have longer chain I believe they just mounted them flush to fit the space!


I think these swing arm brass lights in the bathroom are my fave thing in entire house.

Or maybe the hose faucets and tile. She used carerra throughout just like in the previous.  She is obviously not worried about the staining or water marks!


The guest bath lights are from Ballard but discontinued.  I love the beadboard of course.  She does nautical so well. I love the pivot mirrors and white shades against the beadboard and dark walls.


And the paint colors, Grace used Martha Stewart Flagstone one of my faves on the bookcases and other built-ins!


Thanks for taking a special sneak peek tour with me of Grace’s new home.  I will keep you posted as she has more shots to share, I know she has more projects and progress in the works. And thanks to Grace for letting us see into her beautiful new home and life.

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  1. I used to follow her blog when it was active and always enjoyed her updates. Her kitchen inspired many. Her instagram is private so thank you for sharing an update on this talented woman.

  2. Well I”m officially in LOVE! Awesome! Thanks Holly and Grace! Going straight to instagram. 🙂

  3. Wow beautiful! I hope you can share more. Just the little peeks are evidence of something special.

  4. I think seeing the Richmond lantern again confirms that I want that over my breakfast room table. I already had it pinned. I love this home and look forward to more.

  5. It is gorgeous!! I used to read her blog, but since she stopped blogging I haven’t checked back!! Her babies have gotten so big…

  6. Lovely! I used to follow her blog religiously, but then she had her second little. I remember those days- so busy! Her homes are stunning 🙂

  7. yes, thanks for sharing! i too miss her blog! her taste is impeccable!

  8. I love Grace’s style. Still check her blog to see if she post!

  9. Oh my word!!! All that marble, that sink, that stove, those faucets!!! This is just beautiful! So glad you could share some, Holly.

  10. Yeah !!! I have so missed her blog. What great style she has. The kids ~ adorable !!!!

  11. I loved her blog and have missed updates on her house. Grace has such great, comfortable, Southern style – which she seems to pull off without spending an absolute fortune. Her blog is one of my favorites! Thanks for posting this!

  12. Susan Stanford says

    Love these pics!!! Thank you for sharing!! Absolutely Gorgeous!!

  13. great post idea! I know i’m not the only one who has missed Grace and wished she would return to blogging. Her spaces are beautiful. Wish her instagram wasn’t private, I would love to see more! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Thanks for sharing these snippets with us! I adore Grace’s style and have seriously missed her blog!

  15. Love this! Please let us know if Grace Happens is in a magazine. It would be a beautiful article.

  16. Yep…me too! I use to keep up with her blog and have missed her posting. So glad you were able to update us with some of the things we have missed from her. Love her style! Can’t wait to see more!!! 🙂

  17. Holly, thanks for sharing. Grace Happens was one of my very favorite blogs. I never followed but stalked often. I had forgotten. I tried to follow on instagram… but got lead to some weird link. Statigram…? So anyway. Thanks so much for sharing. She always inspired!

  18. Ashton Harrison says

    Shades of Light has a light very similar to the Ballard discontinued one: WS11015
    The shade rotates up or down!

  19. Her home is so inspiring! Sweet of her to let you share! xo!

  20. I’ve always loved her taste and often visit her blog to see if there are any updates. Thank you for the sneak peek into her new home. I hope to see much more soon!

  21. janine marshall says

    Hi Holly,

    I have always loved Grace’s taste too and have called in often to her blog in the hope she had posted. I had no idea that they had sold their home and undertaken such a huge renovation of their new home. I loved all the pictures today and especially the lights. I just wish I could get my hands on those lights too…..I don’t know what it is but we don’t seem to place as much emphasise on gorgeous lights like you do there in the U.S. You just nail it everytime. I am so glad that you posted us this update. Thank you to you and Grace for sharing. Harper and Reid have grown so much. It was lovely to see them too.

    Greetings from Australia


  22. I was so excited to see this post! I used to adore Grace’s blog and every few months I check back to see if she has returned. Of course, it’s understandable why she hasn’t given all that she has accomplished. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful home. And Grace, if you ever have time to resume blogging, we would love to see you again.

  23. Those pictures made my heart race a little! I NEED MORE!

  24. Those bar stools are an interesting blend of styles. Sort of a nautical & country cottage mix with boat cushion seats and bamboo frames.

    Do you have any more info on them?

  25. thank you for giving us a sneak peek at her new home.

    i went back and looked at her former home and i have a question for her. i tried to leave a comment but was not successful. could you ask her?

    if so, my question: what model stove did she put in the kitchen? any info/details would be so appreciated.


  26. Holly, thanks for sharing her new home. Gorgeous!!! I loved her blog and really miss her! xoxo

  27. Obsessed with Grace’s style. I am remodeling my kitchen and I am using Grace Happens as my inspiration. Hope to see more photos soon! Thanks for sharing.

  28. Holly, Do you have any idea where she got the grayish mirrors in the bathroom? Thanks!!!


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  39. What a great house! I love the faucet in the kitchen especially. Do you know where she got it and what brand it is? I love brass but finding the right brass is so hard.

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