Hey there friends!
We’re Trent and Jen – the self-taught DIYers taking on each renovation project one room at a time. The phrase “Broke Musicians in Love” is what drives us to do what we do with the eye on the prize, which not only is a beautiful room, but also a gorgeous budget to go with it!
So you wanna know more about the crazy kids behind the blog?
Well, let’s start where our love story began.
Trent and I met while attending college at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. We both were in the music program.
I was studying Vocal Performance and he was there for a degree in Percussion.
I was struggling with music theory and he offered to help. The rest was history!
We fell in love hard and fast and were married there on the campus in the antebellum mansion.
After we were married, we pursued our dreams and moved where the music took us.
We lived in Nashville then Birmingham, and took the biggest risk of our lives and moved to Los Angeles.
Loading up a moving van, we left without jobs, a place to live, or any clue how to do this, but we were fueled by our love for music and each other.
And we had success! We established our home recording studio, performed on stage and TV and toured the world!
Then along came our first son and we were eager to head back close to family, so back to Tennessee we went.
We loved being close to family and back where our college buddies were, and we added our second son to our family.
But Trent’s touring schedule started to grow more and more frequent.
Until Trent’s boss landed a job at a casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Thinking it was temporary, we closed up our home and went to Vegas.
6 months turned to 7 years and somewhere in between, we sold that TN home and bought a builder grade home in Vegas.
And that’s where the blog began.
Living on a musician’s salary, but wanting to create a beautiful home, we started finding creative and economical ways to get the look we loved!
It was a long seven years for us and we longed to be back in Tennessee.
Suddenly an opportunity came and allowed us to leave Vegas behind and move into our Almost Farmhouse.
That’s when the blog really began to take shape and we went from part time hobby bloggers to pursuing this as our full time gig.
We started tackling bigger and better projects and learning so much along the way.
And just recently, our job circumstances brought us back to Birmingham, Trent’s home town, and we are loving back to life our 80s rental turned home.
So if you’ve lost count, we’ve lived in 4 states and have had 11 different mailing addresses! PHEW!
So how did we get the name?
In music, a ‘grace note’ is an ornamentation to the melody. It’s like the cherry on top – you don’t HAVE to use it, but sometimes it’s the little things that make it all better and that’s what I hope to share with you! The tiny details that can embellish any project.
Most importantly, and certainly not the least of all of these, our lives are redeemed by Grace.
Above all, we love sharing our life and creations with you and hope to inspire you to create a home with intention all while finding Beauty in the Blemishes!
If this is your first time visiting, here are some great places to start.
- Turning Recipes Into Tea Towels
- A No-Sew Method to Reupholstering a Wingback Chair
- How We Changed Our Kitchen in 3 days for less than $400
- Pallet Curtain Rods
- We Limewashed Our Home