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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!

decatur kitchen 1



decatur kitchen 4



decatur kitchen 5



decatur kitchen 3



decatur kitchen 7


decatur kitchen 8-1

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.





pretty cool before & after

I gotta say, this is one of our favorite transformations.  We did our best to just translate the style our clients wanted into this ’70s ranch.  Enjoy the before & afters!

Decorative glass definitely has its place, but we didn’t think this home was one of them.  The side lights had to go as well.

(all good photos–Jennifer Kesler Photography)









To give a sense of entry, too, we suggested they add a wall (the small wall to the right), so guests don’t walk directly into the dining room.  The wall where the mirror lives is new, too.  The room used to be the step-down den, and it is now the new master bedroom.


entry mirror and dr


Below you can see the former den, popcorn ceilings (now gone & BM Palladian Blue), and what was the dining

Here is another picture of what the dining room looked like in its former glory.


As will all projects, we mix the old with the new.  The clients owned the mirror and Anisa gave it new life with some chartreuse paint (BM angel trumpet I believe)  The buffet, table and chairs were all pieces they owned.  They were obviously open to painting the chairs white for some contrast (actually SW creamy) and covering the seats with some Hicks’ fabric.  The oversized mod lamps were new, too.

dining room


Before, this is what the family room looked like.  A pretty bad fireplace surround, more popcorn ceilings and engineered wood floors (that weren’t in great shape).


They discovered brick underneath this stone–such a great find!  We painted it white and raised the ceilings, too.  A capiz pendant replaced the ceiling fan.

lr right

The old panelling stayed, but it was given a fresh coat of paint.


living room



mantle vignette


To the back of the living room sat one of our most challenging rooms ever:  this odd kitchen below:

The windows with the great view to the golf course and pool are awesome, but this layout threw us for a loop!

It had this strange little island with only an electric range in it.


The space was great, though–so we thought it best to break up this looooonnnnng room into different spaces with different functions:  a banquette area along the back so you can hang out there and enjoy the view, the kitchen in the middle so you can use existing plumbing for the sink and have windows above it, and a game/homework table area closest to the living rooms.  This is how it turned out–we (and, most importantly, they) are happy with the results!

breakfast nook





bk nook vig






kitchen full





The tiled hood with dark grout is my favorite thing in the house!  (okay, the white Viking with white knobs, too!)



really, really love the SMEG, too–

smeg love



One more new addition in the house–a few new powder room next to the laundry.  Yes, we love the teal, driftwood & brass!

half bath

Thanks for letting us share!

Next post I’ll update ya on our house renovation–it’s looking great.

Hope you’re well….



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