One of our favorite things about my parents new property are the breath taking views from the front porch. We're itching to get started on the next phase of our house remodel and the front porch is coming up next on our list. Here's a little bit of front porch envy!
A few months ago, my amazing Dad put up a backsplash for me in my kitchen. I bribed him with dinner but that wouldn't even begin to cover how much time and effort he ended up putting into it. A project that we were expecting would take one day, turned into three. He blames it on the intricate design that I chose. Of course I wanted the hardest tile to put up! I'm always causing trouble. I knew I wanted marble and I had a few different inspirational pictures I loved, but wasn't sure which pattern I should go with. I was in love with this backsplash that Bower Power had done a couple years ago and I have similar open shelves like she does, so I knew it would work and look amazing.
I went to The Tile Shop to see what my options where and on a completely personal level, they where amazing to work with. They have endless options of all price ranges and are extremely helpful. So after having way too many options I had narrowed it down to these three.
I couldn't decide. I really wanted something more classic, which would mean going with the herringbone, but my heart had been set on what I had seen Bower Power do. So of course I went to Pinterest! And that's when I saw this picture and my heart melted. I NEEDED this backsplash in my kitchen!
So I decided that herringbone was the way to go and am so happy with the way it turned out! Here are a few detailed pictures of my kitchen but I can't wait to share more when the whole thing is completed!
To say that black windows are our new obsession would be an understatement. Driving by houses that have that classic contrast, stop us in our tracks every time. There's an element of courage and risk that goes into this bold design choice. It tells me these people are adventurous like I am. The clean lines and timeless look get to us everytime. Here's a little eye candy for all of you in hopes we can get you as hooked on this obsession as we are! Happy Friday Y'all.
The walls that make up a home are so important. Filling your space with pieces that reflect your style and personality make all the difference in the world. The colors and environment you surround yourself with each day have so much power over how well you sleep, how your creativity flows, how you feel throughout the day and so much more.
A little over two and a half years ago, I made the big leap across country and moved to Nashville. It didn't take more than a few days for me to realize I felt more at home here than I had my entire life. It probably was a combination of many things; the Lords blessings, the culture, the green trees, the clean air, the people. I can go on and on. But more than that, my first apartment that I had here was filled with family photos and pieces of furniture that held stories and meaning. It gave me a sanctuary, a place that was home. The walls of that apartment where so ready to be filled with laughter and witness the beginnings of so many amazing friendships. It will forever be cherished in my heart as one of the most beautiful and joy filled places I've ever called home.
A few months ago, on a plane ride back to California, I opened a book I had buried in the corner of my bedroom for the last year. I had wanted to read it for a while, but I'm going to be honest, I'm the world’s worst reader. It couldn't have come at a better time though. I'm so blown away because God's timing is always perfect. It was a devotional/motivational book called Make It Happen, written by Lara Casey. And y'all, let me tell ya, this girl is amazing! She is a God-fearing entrepreneur, shifting lives of women all over. Women like me. Women who are afraid to follow their dreams, held back by fear.
My mom had been slowly telling me that it was time to move on and chase my dreams. To take that leap of faith God had been putting on my heart. I needed change, and I wanted it too. But change scares me. Losing people scares me. I don't like it.
I know change is inevitable. It's good. It's healthy. It's not always fun. It's sometimes scary. But oh, what beauty can come from a leap of faith.
What little I knew then. That weekend was the last time I walked into my parents' home. They decided that they were taking that big move and following us out to Tennessee. It was a little bittersweet. Leaving a house that reminds me of my dad; his hands put so much into that house. Never have I seen more beautiful craftsmanship. But change is good. A few acres of horse property, a huge home to put more love and craftsmanship into, rooms to fill with future grandchildren, a dream workshop bigger than our home now! Their dreams are coming true.
That's when my sister and I decided to take their dreams and combine them with ours. And Davis & Daughters was born. A company that focuses on taking houses and creating homes. With my dad's love and talent for carpentry and our passion for design, we opened a business.
I'm so scared of where God might take all of this. What if we fail? But He keeps asking me, "What if it's beautiful? What if it's worth it? What if all that passion I gave you was meant to do something big?"
I'm scared... but we're ready. Our company, at the moment, focuses on buying and flipping houses, remodeling and custom cabinetry, building and selling furniture and home goods, and interior design and staging.
Eventually, our dream is to open a shop. Somewhere that can breathe beauty into every inch of your lives. A place where people can come and learn what a difference it makes to have a home you're proud of, and how to host a perfect dinner party. A quick stop to pick up the perfect gift, a place that feels like home and where people want to stay awhile. Where God's presence is evident. We want this to be a destination, not just a shop. We don't know where this will happen, or exactly when, but we know this WILL happen. The plans are in the making, the numbers are being crunched, and our dreams are being started!
Change scares me, but what scares me more is never experiencing the beauty that can come from all that passion that God has given us. We're so excited to share our journey with y'all. This is just the beginning!
"Surrender your fear, take the leap. Make it happen." Lara Casey