Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you!  We had a good Christmas in our new home.  I don’t think we left at all except for a grocery run a few times.  Poor Liam got the flu then I got it.  This is the first time in my life I caught it and it truly knocked me sideways.  I will never miss my flu shot again!

But there are gifts with being sick at Christmas.  Instead of being consumed with busyness we really had time to be together.  Being confined to my bed meant I had time to begin my Donna Tartt novel that I’d yet to crack open and finally got around to flipping through my Coastal Livings and the new Domino that were waiting for me.

Chris and I had time to watch the complete Jesus of Nazareth miniseries that comes on each Christmas on the free religious channel.  Just like with subtitles, after you are a few minutes in your mind forgets about the 1-800-find Jesus number in the bottom of the screen.  I also was transfixed by the Spelman and Morehouse College Glee Clubs’ Christmas concert on tv.  I cried through the whole thing.  I am sure Chris thought I had lost my mind.

We are all better now and looking forward to the coming year.  We are bit-by-bit emptying our PODS that is sitting in our driveway and slowy moving in our new/old home.

I want to share the images I’ve been carting around in my head and on my laptop which have inspired the design of our renovation.  We wanted a modern barn kinda feel, and I think that is what we got.

Here’s the inspiration (picture overload warning):

Windsor Smith for Veranda’s House of Windsor:  (the dark windows & doors & all the light pouring through.  The touch of glam in the chairs and the contrast of dark and light—you will see this contrast in most of the pictures)


For the stairs and the rail we wanted simple & clean.  White treads (there are no risers) and no decorative millwork at all.  Think old saltbox homes and shaker-style.

This is the picture I gave our contractor (credit unknown):


I also kept going back to this image from Tom Scheerer’s house published in House Beautiful:


Here is an instagram pic of what it looks like (Olii loves sunning on the flagstone)


We may wrap them in leopard eventually….


We went dark in our master bedroom & bathroom.  Our bed is white as are our linens, so it feels a bit lighter than you might think.  I was scared to take the risk, but Anisa talked me into it.  So glad she did!  It’s my fave.

inspiration:  Miles Redd in Domino.  Dark but not cold–warmth in the natural elements.



And this dark but light bathroom from Cottage Living is just the best!


Again, all I have are instagram pics.  Here’s the bathroom.

If you go dark, I recommend going for it with moldings & trim and everything.  If you’re gonna do it, commit all the way.unnamed-84

I know it’s a mess, but cut me some slack.  Still moving in….



In the living room, I completely copied the style of these built-ins.  I couldn’t beat it, so I chose to flat-out copy the design.


I started filling the shelves yesterday.


In the kitchen, we went with a black sink (inspired by Roman & Williams)


Plain, flat-front cabinets (I die over this kitchen so much!  credit unknown)


And carrera marble tops.  DuPont has a new product called bullet-proof.  It ran us around $500 to seal it, but they guarantee it for 20 years!!  They will replace the marble if it stains.  So far, so good.  (and we are kinda messy)


This picture inspired our hood (simple, squared-off).  McAlpine Tankersly in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine.


This kitchen in Martha Stewart was the inspiration for our waterfall peninsula:




Some random images which really inspired the “feel” of the home:




(cream walls, dark furniture, hints of color, natural elements)



The picture above influenced the lighting in the boys’ rooms—deep bowl pendants from Barn Light Electric. (image via Elle Decor)


Please don’t judge the soda.  I usually don’t keep it in the house but we were sick.



Roman & Williams goodness (I believe World of Interiors in 2008)unnamed-33

The image below is the reason for the white floors upstairs:



The country but clean feel from Garden & Gun:


(image below unknown.  Love the detail & the boot storage)


We went with plaid wallpaper and 1″ x 8″ boards below in our powder room:  Love our dark doors, too–



And we went with a black front door with full-light because of this door.  We didn’t do metal, though.  It would have put us in the poor house.


I know this is just a taste, but it just takes time.  I have dreams of getting our home published, too, so I might save the full-on shots until I give it a go to see if there are any takers.

I do hope your Christmas was merry and that your new year is off to a good start!





news and such

This is the longest I’ve ever gone without blogging since I began in 2010.  Life has been crazy busy.  What can I say?  Moving out of our home to an apartment and moving again last week has been a challenge to our family (to say the least).  It is all worth it, though.  This is our dream home!  But it’s just been a lot.


But it’s good.  Ive tagged it #projectmodernbarn on Instagram and that is truly what it is.  (By the way, if you want to keep up with Anisa and me and our projects you can follow us there.  Instagram has kinda become our mini-blog of sorts.  Our name is milkandhoneyhome)

In most of the living areas we have 1″ x 8″ vertical boards instead of drywall.  We don’t caulk them so they can naturally breathe and settle freely over the years.  We replaced all the windows we could afford to and that was worth every last penny.

The walls our BM Moonlight White–it’s a great creamy white but not yellow.  I thought long & hard about this choice!  I wanted more of a cream than a stark white, especially because I wanted it to contrast with the ceilings.  I did BM Wedgwood Gray cut 50%.  This color is cool, so I feel it best to be next to a warm.

Our dog, Olii, is a bit worn out, too.



Oh, I’ve got great plans for our breakfast nook here.  As y’all know, it only takes time and money.

It has already proven to be a favorite little spot.  The south-facing window is warm &



Here is the view from the settee.  The fridge, coffee counter & trash/recycle bins are to the right.

We went with clean & mod cabinetry.  The cabinet-makers are European, so this look was second-nature to them.




Opposite the range, this is the view.  This wall of bookshelves was my dream and it is so fun to see them come to life.  This room is fairly long, so we broke it up with two lanterns and two purposes.  The lantern closest to the kitchen will hang over our dining table.  The second one closet to the bookshelves will be over a coffee table & seating area.  We plan to have no tv in this room.  We’ll see……  Aren’t y’all so tired of screens everywhere?


Most of our furniture is still in storage…

this room looks out onto the backyard.




The upstairs feels like a little cottage.  We did pine floors here (and they are now white!!  not practical, but you only live once).  This room here will be the playroom.  The room behind this picture is the guest bedroom and the room on the opposite side is M & HH’s new office!

I’m sure Daniel & Brian (contractor and electrician) will be thrilled to know I’ve posted this picture :)





In other news…..we are grateful to be in HGTV Magazine this month.  Our old kitchen is featured in their white kitchen section:







And we also had our photo shoot with Jennifer Kesler for the Decatur kitchen project.  Here’s the outcome!

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Here’s Jennifer….





Love these shots Anisa took during the shoot, too








Is this picture overload in this post or what?


In other news, Anisa’s husband, Casey Darnell, has a new, self-titled record coming out November 11th.

The info is here

He’s so good!

imagesHope you’re having a great fall.





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