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Our ‘Almost Farmhouse’ – 2 years in the Making

Making our Almost Farmhouse into a home. The progress we’ve made in the first 2 years of loving our fixer back to life and the plans for the next year.

Making our Almost Farmhouse into a home. The progress we've made in 2 years

I can’t believe that we just passed our 2 year anniversary of moving back here to Tennessee. And I can’t believe that my to do list for this house is still as long as it is. And I wish we could be sharing cup of coffee right now. I’d tell you all the juicy bits of our gypsy musician lifestyle from over the years. Then I would show you all the things I still dream of doing with this house.

And that’s when it hits me that I’m home.

I’m still dreaming of what this house can become.

I have a confession to make.  I stalk homes. Really.

I’m constantly looking at listings on realtor or zillow. I love to see how people style their spaces, in a real natural way, not a magazine, cookie cutter type of layout. It’s always tempting to see what’s out there and see what we could get for our house.

But when I realize that I still have big dreams for our Almost Farmhouse then I know I need to stay.

Making our Almost Farmhouse into a home. The progress we've made in 2 years

I call it an Almost Farmhouse because we, by no means, live on a farm.

We have a wee little acre, which is still a lot. Coming from a 6100 square foot yard (with a 3800 square ft house on it!) our one little acre is HUMONGO. But to call it a farmhouse is just make believe.

There are cows, goats, chickens and mules all within walking distance and we see tons of wildlife, but it’s not a part of our little land.

So I pretend, and dress up our Almost Farmhouse as if surrounded by miles of land and crops. And I take in the beauty of the vast expanse across the street from my home that belongs to someone else.

Making our Almost Farmhouse into a home. The progress we've made in 2 years

It was such a scary step to walk away from an industry we loved and relocate to a new city leaving that Big City behind.

Big City where it was hustle and bustle and entertainment at your fingertips.

Big City where there was lots of traffic just to go 3 miles down the road.

Where the houses were stacked one on top of the other,
…but you didn’t know your neighbors.

Making our Almost Farmhouse into a home. The progress we've made in 2 years

Now we live 45 minutes from the big city of Nashville.

Where everything here is nice a slow.

Where you hear conversations about bush hogging and friends give us eggs from their chickens and corn from their fields.

A place where city friends don’t visit because we’re considered to be out in the Boonies.

Where we can step out on our front porch and see the Milky Way.

And I love every single drop of it!

Making our Almost Farmhouse into a home. The progress we've made in 2 years

The boys went from playing in a neighborhood like this where our conversations were constantly interrupted alerting the kids to a “CAR!!” coming down the street to this.

Making our Almost Farmhouse into a home. The progress we've made in 2 years

Little boys playing in a fort or catching fish in the creek.

Hours will go by before a car drives down our little country road.

Last year, I posted a big To Do List for our Almost Farmhouse, and after a year that lead us down a few different paths, that To Do List is pretty much the same.

Creating a Stairway Gallery Wall to make a statement!

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I still haven’t painted the treads on our stairs, or the bathroom upstairs. I’m still sick of my kitchen floor (which I plan on ripping it up this summer whether my husband is aware of it or not!)

Lots of necessary and not pretty, shiny, bloggy things take priority on that List. Not many blog posts share the new water heater, or the energy savings we’d have if we get new windows. Alas –  they are an ugly necessity of home ownership.

I love our Almost Farmhouse and who I share it with. These are moments that are quickly passing through my fingers like sand. I plan to enjoy the Beauty in the Blemishes while they’re here.

If that means the To Do List gets a few less ticks this year, then I know that I spent the time with my family growing memories.

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  1. This is such a sweet post, and it shows that you are "living in the present," which is where we should all be but seldom are. What a wonderful place to raise children.

  2. Hmmm, this is all very,very sweet and nice. You know my husband and I traded our suburban home for two acres in the Country and we are blissfully thriving. Still close enough to see our families often, but far enough to raise a garden, watch the deer and see the stars. It feels good:)
    Thanks for sharing at TOHOT!

  3. I stalk houses too, but it looks like you have found yours.
    Your feelings about your move and its changes are lovely.
    Thank you for joining us at TOHOT!

  4. Jen, this is just wonderful. An exercise in contentment for all of us. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing at Thoughts of Home.

  5. Beautiful post. Your home is where you can 'Be Still and Listen' to all the beautiful sounds of the country. You traded the big city bright lights for bright stars and fire flies. Country living suits you and is a wonderful place for boys to grow up. So glad you are not too focused on that "To Do" list. Those projects will be there. Take time to enjoy your sweet family and the wonders that each new day brings. I am amazed at your many talents and how you can re-purpose items and turn them into beautiful and functional decor for your ALMOST FARMHOUSE.

  6. Your Almost Farmhouse is a beautiful, homey reflection of you and your sweet family. I didn't notice imperfections or 'to dos'….even the netti pot shower was fun! I call you blessed for following your heart and sprucing your spaces in ways that obviously serve your family's season of life. I loved every second I was there!