You have heard of the Kips Bay Show House but what about Eau Claire, Wisconsin?? That’s right, yours truly has been working with Eau Claire builder Glen and Allison Mills of MyNextHome on a really neat, REALISTIC and special show house!
This is a more realistic but no less beautiful show home. Less than 4k square feet but with lots of craftsmen details and beauty!
Barn Lights from Barn Light Electric, custom doors but with functional vinyl siding and black windows for a bit of fresh modern country charm!
White white white paint everywhere or small variations but the warmth from stone and wood floors and beams keep it from being color..laying in rugs and drapes and upholstery will also add those final layers of warmth to this clean background canvas.
Wood floors, shiplap shiplap
Charm charm charm!
I was up there in November and IT WAS ALREADY SOOO COLD! But such an amazing trip!
Glen and Allison and their craftsmen are just so cool and talented and into what they do…providing homes for families….and this home is special because it showcases what their company does, but will also be a “town house” for their family. You see Allison, is a true blue Midwestern farmgirl….Y’all she feels it in her bones…it’s such a neat thing and they have been living on her family farm. But it is a ways from town and being the good mama and wife she is she told me “this farm has been my dream and my family has endulged me but we need a place in town that isn’t freezing all winter” among other things so they are finally building a town house! What is wonderful, is Allison is getting to keep the farm but they will have a warm place to land full time. Did y’all know how cold an OLD Wisconsin farmhouse can be in the dead of winter? Mind blowing.
Glen said “when your kids come downstairs in ski suits and they are still cold it’s just time to do something”… But I must tell y’all the afternoon I spent in Allison’s farm kitchen talking about family and design and her life and home was one of the best days of my life. Seriously. I could go on and on but Allison is such a neat person. (love you too Glen;;)
She looks like a cross between Andie MacDowell and Amy Grant and talks like them too!
Look at all of these sweet animals!!! I had little girl kitty crazy time with these kitties..love me some kitties.
And this farmhouse…
Can you even believe this barn? Yes it was a dairy. I have such a thing for barns. Is there anything more American? It’s like a quilt… just makes me want to cry thinking about these old barns
and the grainery. Wow. That color.
My phone pics just don’t do it justice. But I have better photos coming soon. I will be traveling back up there in June to help tweak and prepare for the opening of the “town house”…they are finishing up…just a few weeks left! Staining floors and putting up shiplap…don’t you love the black windows?
When Allison first contacted me this was her inspiration
And she has run with it and it has been such a pleasure to assist along the way…we have morning coffee chats and “I am driving to Houston” calls on speaker fun and it has been pure joy!
I am going to blog more soon about the history of the farm and Allison’s story. As well as progress pics on the construction.
The My Next Home website launches June 1… in the meantime you can follow them on Facebook here and follow Allison on Instagram @wiscogirl71God didn’t give me a sister, but He gave me some great sister-in-laws, friends and clients! And y’all know this has been “a tough season” but this job and client is just another example of God’s provision and blessing…both in work and also in friendship and community. Y’all God is big, really big. Life isn’t easy but He is near and He cares. About beauty and home and family and mostly about us. His sons and daughters.