Monday, August 17, 2009

A Little Bit Country...

As we mentioned earlier this summer, we had several projects underway that were quite exciting, one of which was a makeover story for Country Living Magazine. We worked feverishly on this project at the end of May and now we're pleased to say it's the cover story of the September issue available on newsstands now (and hopefully in some of your mailboxes or homes already). This particular project is truly special because it holds something near and dear to my heart: my Family. Over 50 years ago my parents married and then settled into their first home, a small 2 bedroom house in Russellville, Arkansas. Being right out of college, my father beamed with pride over his first major investment and the house would soon be filled with an equal abundance of warm memories. Several years, kids and homes later, word got back to my dad that the little house he had first purchased so long ago was going to be torn down. He quickly contacted the new owner and offered to buy back the house for one dollar. He knew the property had more value than the home itself and was willing to have the house lifted off it's foundation and brought to my parent's current property to be used as a guesthouse. That was a few year's ago, but once Country Living got word of the back story, they wanted in on the action and asked me if I'd be willing to help "makeover" the house. The only catch was I had to do it in one week and with a budget of only $3200! Needless to say, this was among the most challenging projects I've worked on to date and if it hadn't been for my family, I probably would not have agreed to do it. But that's also what made it so rewarding.

Trying to find very specific sized furniture for a such small home, in a small town, in the time frame allowed, with a such a low budget definitely presented it's challenges. But my parent's reaction when they finally saw the end results was priceless and well worth all the hard work. Above are some photos of the finished job including a couple of shots that aren't in the magazine. You can click here to read the entire story and to see the before photos. In the meantime, I want to personally thank Country Living for the amazing opportunity and give a special thank you to Style and Market Director Natalie Warady for all of her hard work in helping this all come together. She knows there wouldn't have been a snowball's chance in hell I could have pulled this off without her. Thanks again Nat .... I truly appreciate it! (above photos by Lucas Allen)

Mom and Dad 51 years ago...

26 comments:

Suzy said...

What a sweet story! Congrats to you, and to your parents!

Cote de Texas said...

Love this! Such a great back story. What a wonderful son you are.

shira said...

OMG this place is fabulous - would your parents be open to adopting a married 38 year old woman with 2 boys so I can stay there as well? (kidding... kinda...)

Julia said...

Magical!

katiedid said...

What a tranformation! I want some antique shops like the ones you have there!!!

MEADE DESIGN GROUP said...

Really Neat! Thanks for sharing this side of your personal life. I can wait to check out the magazine.

Well I also have to say that you have some lucky parents to get such a talented son - look the work you did for them.

patricia said...

As the editor of a magazine that published a story earlier this year on Brad, I say this: What a fine and touching story (with nice design images) about wonderful people-- and all recounted in an article that is so well written.
Brad, why aren't you writing for us?!
Congrats on this heartening endeavor of two generations for the love and dedication of a little house that is far more than just a little house.
Patricia from 1stdibs Introspective

nicolette said...

Very touching story. Years from now, you'll be looking at the house, and remember the history you went through to secure it.

Nicolette
http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com/

Jennifer Ramos said...

Congrats..! What a great feature! :)

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Fabulous! I love this story...you have given your family such a gift, the gift of a cozy and warm place to remember memories, but more importantly, the gift of this beautiful little gem to make new memories in!

nicolette said...

Absolutely love the story. So you dragged the house all the way back to your place? Years from now, you'll be looking at the guest house, and remember all the memories that you've built on it.

Nicolette
http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com/

Elyse said...

Brad, I love this whole concept! Your work has such perspective and heart. Congrats on the cover.

Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

What a beautiful and touching story! I can hardly believe you created this lovely space will only $3,200! You did an amazing job!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sara Baldwin said...

I love your clever hanging bedside lamps! Are they hard-wired into the wall by the window frame or...?
Way to go. Your parents are lucky to have such a designer rock-star for a son.

corgiwhit said...

I love your mom's "playhouse" and I especially love Miss Jo. I have been blessed to call her friend! You did an amazing job. Next time you are in Russellville call...I'll make teacakes and sweet tea for you.

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