We’ve been working on the design of our new home in the city of Spokane. Our street is lined with old homes, each unique in its own way and it was important for us to create something that fit our style as well as blend into the neighborhood. I knew all along that it would be a French-inspired exterior with interior elements that are both classic and chic. For me, designing a home begins with the location and working forward from there, to what feels natural for the setting. I completely had my heart set on a white brick exterior (which actually isn’t very French at all) but came upon a bunch of obstacles with that plan. It turns out that white brick isn’t readily available any longer in our area because there is no more natural material available to produce it, and it’s not widely available anywhere really. For half a second we talked about going with a classic brick (like red) and painting it white, but were worried that it would require a lot of upkeep and repainting over the years. We spoke with several bricklayers and a supplier about the durability of painted brick and in the end, it was just too risky to us. So, we changed our plan to natural colored stone, which we are really happy about and actually like it even more.

My favorite feature on the front exterior is the oval window - something I had to go around and around on to get it just right, but I'm really glad I persisted.

The foundation is in place and we're waiting for spring to begin the build. As we move forward, I'll be sharing my design choices, visits to suppliers, the progress, and the journey towards our new home here.

MEET SERENA!

Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.

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