Wisconsin Parade Home is open

The My Next Home parade home is open in Eau Claire, Wisconsin! For times and ticket info visit here.

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I arrived last Wed and helped style and prep things…meaning make multiple Target and TJ Maxx and Joann runs..and spray paint and rub n’buff etc. A lot of work but yes a lot of fun too!…12-14 hr days..the crews and cleaning people worked longer! But it is all worth it! Saturday at ten am we opened our doors and it was such fun to see people’s warm reactions to the farmhouse in town!

paradeprepcollageElements of shiplap, real wood floors from Georgia, painted doors, transoms, salvage wood on kitchen shelves, living room beam and island, all worked together to woo visitors.  Amazing a house with mostly white walls could feel so warm!  Has to be the warm tone floors and black painted windows (less pricey than steel but the same modern farmhouse look)..and no doubt the drapes, monograms and linen slips I brought North!;; (ikea jennylund slip by LS slipcovers...available soon here to ship nationwide!)

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One thing I love about this house is that so much is custom or handmade but so much is also big box and easily accessible like the PB rug and sofa in the room above. Sure the chairs and windmill on wall were rare thrift finds from Craigslist for bargains and nothing makes a room special more than a piece of old wood or antique but the basic good sofa and blinds from select blinds are no brainers/easy orders!  Proves not every single thing has to be custom (100 year old barn beams retrofitted for an island or in your ceiling) sometimes a basic sisal rug or white bracket from lowes are okay and fitting.  The power is in the mix!

Case in point, Ballard pendants over marble custom island!

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And again below, the monogrammed slips are from Ikea and the table from Pottery Barn.  The team at My Next Home could have made a craftsmen table but they had enough to do on the actual house so we purchased the table which is okay in my “its all in the mix” thinking because the room has custom drapes and an antique gray blue sideboard to give interest and make unique!

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Allison, the builder’s wife and homeowner, redid these chairs below…those of you that follow me on instagram you saw the before and during Light is from Ballard and coffeetable from TJMaxx.  Down to Earth Garden Center provided the plants…so gorgeous.

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Close up of the wood on the island..i love how she placed the outlets!

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The warmth of the stain on the new Southern long leaf pine floors and wood of beam and island really keep the white walls from being cold.  Essential in Wisconsin..they need cozy y’all!

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And unlike on HGTV and many high end show homes, NOT everything was even finished, but despite that it looks amazing, like home!  Seriously it looked and felt about were about to uncork some wine and have dinner! Mission accomplished!

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A look into that pantry…it feels like a drugstore or candy store, love Allison’svision for exactly how she wanted the shelving.  Also the counters for laundry, kitchen and butlers are all different!

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There is also a vintage light in the pantry. The house is a mixture of vintage, antique and reproduction lights that all work together to give a cozy, collected feel.

All of the shiplap, beadboard and most of the sheetrock in the house is SW Pearly White.

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Looking from sink into the laundry.

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I love this view from back door to master..again TRANSOMS!  LIGHTS! PEARLY WHITE PAINT!

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In the master we used shiplap on the ceiling not walls. Miss Mustard Seed paint in schloss on the bed and dresser! Wood windows painted black, looks like steel doors but not!  And of course some monogramming on the bed! And schumacher hollyhock…i love this bedding mix…PB and other big box bedding mixed with jsut a few custom pillows!

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Behind the bed, we were inspired to try the Southern Living idea house’s gingham wall…we didn’t use quite as much glaze in one of the stripes..that is the key if you try it at home and want that transparent buffalo check look…glaze yall!

Main features of this house that I love and can be used in any new home to make it feel old: large baseboards, old door knobs and glass or black, glass transoms over doors, long leaf pine floors, shiplap and schoolhouse lights. And lighting with charm outside too!

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Barn light Electric lights on exterior. Just showing a few snippets from the upstairs office and basement as well.  There are two rooms upstairs and a bath and two bedrooms and media area in basement as well as other bath.  The entire home is approx 3800 sq/feet…a cottage by show home standards;

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 The laundry is not huge but very functional with cubbies and the old sink! and lots of beadboard and hooks …liked it evolved as an old home would!

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This house has a mix of old lights and new lights, none really match but it doesn’t matter and plays into the vintage feel.  Some rooms have shiplap on walls and sheetrock on ceilings, other rooms the reverse! I love the black doors too!  This view from the back hall into master is one of my faves!  The ceilings are NOT super tall but the transoms play into that feel.

Shiplap on the kitchen hood…master closet is the lovely color SW French Gray…Allison has lived in an old house with no closets so long..this closet is going to blow her socks off once she moves in..so nice!

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The basement has barn doors fashioned from barn wood from the family farm and a media room and more.  And a view above coming up from the basement into main hall!

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The exterior is white vinyl siding, again practical.  With metal windows that are black on outside and painted wood on inside..not steel!  The homewoners asso would not approve an all metal roof so they just did metal for accents.  The haint blue porch ceiling (SW Watery) and the schoolhouse electric lights make the house sing in my opinion..my fave…the chelsea gray carriage looking doors for garage!  Good job My NextHome and Allison Mills! This Texas girl had a great time with “you guys” and it was almost hard to leave especially the cool breeze. But I was glad to get back to this fella and his brother!

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Cutest driver ever!

Remember you can still visit the house today and tomorrow until 5! Visit here for more info on tickets!

Wisconsin Farm Story

Here is more on Allison’s farm and the backstory..i am working on her town home for now but she plans to keep the farm and I hope to be a part of helping her restore it further and even the barns…. Barn restoration is much needed throughout the Midwest I have found out and very expensive.. God saves the barns!  Seriously, what a national treasure they are! But for now I just want you to hear the love this woman has for her family farm.  Roots matter y’all.  Her connection to this land just oozes so i want you to hear it in her own words.

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“I grew up in a rural community in central Illinois. My Dad was an Engineer for CAT, but we lived in the country and went to a small church filled with the best salt-of-the-earth farmers. Close friends of ours lived on their family’s farm that had been passed down from generation to generation. We didn’t have a tv. I grew up reading the Little House on the Prairie books and dreaming that I was Laura on the prairie. I wanted roots, I wanted land. I knew about our family’s farm way up in Wisconsin. My Grandma was raised in Eau Claire and she could remember taking the sleigh from town out to her Grandparents farm (our farm). They had to stop halfway to water the horses and get fresh warm bricks for their toes. When I was young I did visit here, and I used to ask my Dad if there was any chance that the farm would come down our side of the family. (It had been passed down from father to son since homestead, but my family line was through a daughter, not a son.) I can remember him patting me and saying “No. There are too many Olsons.”

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Family picture around 1911. My great-grandma Marie (pronounced Mary is sitting in front of the door with my grandma Olive Harriet on her lap.

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This is the homestead document signed by U. S. Grant. His signature is the large one near the bottom.

“I talked about the farm when Glen and I were dating. My love for old farms, family history, land and all that beauty drove us to look for the perfect place throughout our early marriage. Glen is an entrepreneur.  He is the hardest working man I know and we moved all over, working and building our family and businesses. We have lived in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Illinois again, Minnesota and finally Wisconsin. While in Minnesota he started a company called MyNextHome. It was originally a FSBO realty company. We started flipping houses the hard way. Living in them while doing the work ourselves and raising four small kiddos. We would move in, start renovating, work through to the end, God would bless us with a sale, we would move into the next house and start again. Our farm was our 19th home in 17 years. Then we got a phone call from my Dad’s cousin. His folks had passed away and they were going to auction off the family farm. I remember telling him “DO NOT AUCTION IT OFF!  We are coming down!!” In 2007 we moved to Eau Claire and into my dream home.

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The Mills family . . . Chelsea 22, Lane 21, Gabi 18, Aidan 15

This little city instantly felt like home to us. After a couple years Glen was renovating properties to use as rentals and he remade the MyNextHome name into a properties and consulting company with a rental property side, a contracting side and a realty side. His company has grown leaps and bounds and I am so proud of him!!

So that is the story of our farm and how we came home to be here on this piece of land where my great grandma was raised.  Raising our four children here, bundling together to stay warm by the fire in the winter just like she did with her family.”
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“Baking in the same kitchen and trudging up the same stairs.”
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“We added this barn garage recently and I love how Glen and his crew made it blend with the barns and house that had been there for so long.”
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“Living at the Farm has been such a blessing for me. For my children and my husband, however, the distance from town is a problem and also the lack of modern amenities in the home. I noticed I was hearing frustration in my children’s conversation about not being able to just hang out with friends after school and not being able to be involved in activities. My husband too was bothered by the time spent on the road and the amount of money we spend just in gas. At first I heard their complaints with a hardened heart and perhaps an eye roll or two. But the Lord spoke quietly to my heart about what was truly important. This place or my family.  I knew i didn’t want my children to resent living on the Farm and see it as a negative in their lives instead of a positive. So Glen and I began to work on a plan to move to town till our children were done with school. We also decided that the house we built would suit as a parade house for MyNextHome. So we broke ground and began to build the #farmhouseintown. “
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“Our plan is to renovate the Farm while we live in town for a few years, and return to the country when our kids have grown. Perhaps this is the best of both worlds.”
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         I love this place. Will be so hard to move out. Even for six gas burners and multiple bathrooms. The Farm is where my heart is. ❤
Me Holly here, I am so glad I have been able to share in all of this and see Allison’s heart for her family farm and help integrate parts of it whether it’s an old piece of wood or photographs for the wall, a piece of a windmill, whatever….into their #farmhouseintown.  I can’t help but feel that God has blessed Allison in her obedience and heart not just for her desire and stewardship of the farm but her love for her family as well.
And here it is … the farmhouse in town, more progress pictures coming..the open house is coming like a freight train..like two weeks y’all! I will be on a plane to St. Paul soon to help style it out…you midwestern girls watch for details and come see us!Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 8.43.30 AM
The Mill’s business website MyNextHome.com will be live soon with a new website.  In the meantime follow Glen on facebook and Allison on Instagram @wiscogirl71
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