Wisconsin Show Home

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!

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This is a more realistic but no less beautiful show home. Less than 4k square feet but with lots of craftsmen details and beauty!

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Barn Lights from Barn Light Electric, custom doors but with functional vinyl siding and black windows for a bit of fresh modern country charm!

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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.

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Wood floors, shiplap shiplap

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Charm charm charm!

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I was up there in November and IT WAS ALREADY SOOO COLD! But such an amazing trip!

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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.

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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;;)

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She looks like a cross between Andie MacDowell and Amy Grant and talks like them too!

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Look at all of these sweet animals!!! I had little girl kitty crazy time with these kitties..love me some kitties.

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And this farmhouse…

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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

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and the grainery. Wow.  That color.

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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?

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When Allison first contacted me this was her inspiration

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{Please help me with a source on this image..it’s on tip of my tongue..idea house from CL or SL? What year?}

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.

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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.

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Birmingham Bathroom Beauty

Oh my this brightened my weekend. (And by the way thank you for all of the love and support to our family on last week’s post.  no words. just no words.  thank you)

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Ok so DESIGN.  DECORATING. That is what I do here;  As many of you know I offer different levels of help and service.  Some online, some in person, some more full service, most just consulting. I see a project once or twice and make suggestions and you run with it.  That works for me with my boys the ages they are and it fits the budgets of many of my clients.  Of course there are exceptions but this particular client had me at “little old cottage in Birmingham.” I love that city and we immediately hit it off and went fast.  She did a mini which is like $295 for three questions via email (maybe its gone up ask leslie at clients at hollymathisinteriors.com) but its specific  and very focused.  This girl took that little mini consult and did this.

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I dare she may not have needed Holly Mathis Interiors but I am glad to be a part.  It was originally a 3 bedroom and 1 bath house and the homeowners figured out how to make it a two bath with parts from the master suite and mudroom. The house was originally built in the 1930s.  Love that. This style fits that age house so well…most already have it!

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So how did this work? We emailed a few times and exchanged ideas and some pinterest pics of tile floors and patterns to attempt… She showed what she already had in mind and I think my affirmation and slight direction allowed her to spread her wings and make bathroom BEAUTY!

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The chandelier and original rock wall add so much character.  I love how each surface is different: hex tile, marble, subway, brick and I think some sheetrock. Nothing says “old house evolution” like mixing materials this way and Nikki and her husband and tile guy and cabinet guy did AMAZING work!  Those Kingston brass fixtures make me want to cry!

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Door from the nursery that they moved to bathroom….um yeah we are probably thinking the same thing… Bamboo shaded (privacy lined) stat!

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More sources:
The tile floor was a custom design from pictures we discussed. Tile came from Dal Tile in Birmingham. (White subway, black and white hex and gray grout)
The plumbing fixtures are the living brass from Newport Brass via Ferguson Showroom in Birmingham. The cast iron tub and sink were also through Ferguson.
Cabinet maker, Tim Pollard at Alabama Cabinets who made the bathroom vanity.
Wall color is Moderate White from Sherwin Williams.
The vanity sconces came from Mayer Electric.
The chandelier over the tub is something a dear friend gave the homeowner. The brass knobs on the bathroom were also from that same friend’s garage. :)
The door leading into the bath was the original front door to the home that had been in our storage!
The brick wall behind the tub and shower is the original exterior wall left exposed.
Thank you Birmingham mini client for sharing your beautiful bath!
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