It’s Fall Time, The Barn is Ready, And I Want You to Come Here!

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Tomorrow is the first day of Autumn!

I’m joining in with Lindsay from White Buffalo Styling Co. for her fall tour. Lindsay’s home ALWAYS inspires me, and I had the joy of meeting her last year. Be sure to check out her fall photos!


Today, instead of sharing our home, I want to share our hot off the press, nearly finished barn that’s decorated simply for fall, and I want to invite you to come see it in November!

easy fast fall decorating

We bought a house on 12 acres just over year ago and the best part was that it had a crazy metal tractor barn! For years we’ve had a dream to create a gathering space for friends and this Nesting Place community. My sister and her husband and my parents and I like to do lots of things together and this barn was the perfect venue for us to host small groups of people.

Here’s what we started with…

barn before

And  y’all…

barn after

Here it is yesterday, I had to move ladders and wipe the sweat from my finally unfurrowed brow to take these pictures. It was evening, the light was harsh, but I couldn’t wait another day to show you this space!

the barn


Stay as long as you like, scroll as long as you can put up with, because I took entirely too many photos of this space we’ve been working on for the past year.


If you are a long time Nesting Place reader, or if you read my book, you’ll recognize most of this furniture from our last house. Oh I’ve missed it SO much! This barn feels like home!

We bought next to nothing to furnish this space. Last year, we downsized about 1500 feet and most of this furniture was stored away in this barn. Some was still wrapped in plastic from August of 2013. Every sofa in this barn is at least 10 years old. This white one’s getting ready to get a fresh custom slipcover from LS Slipcovers.


This wood stove was in my office. We moved the old ugly stove out and still need to connect the pipe to this one. In the summer we can pull the chairs nice and close.

Chairs: Joss & Main*

denim pouf

Denim poufs: Garden Ridge (their name just changed to something else that I can’t remember)


I love the imperfection of it all, I believe that’s what makes a space welcoming–when it’s not too perfect. Can I get an amen?



Blue & White Paisley Chairs: Birch Lane (one of the few new pieces)

Rugs: RugsUSA, wait for a 70-80% off sale (pretty much always) I got these 10 x 13 rugs for $200 each


Salt pillow : The Depot at Gibson Mill in Concord, NC



a barn redeemed

I can’t bring myself to purchase a bunch fall decor that gets stored away when nature provides so much. So most of what we use ranges from warty, imperfect pumpkins and gourds to weeds. The one fall item I do store away every year? My velvet & linen pumpkins that we use in the house.


I gathered up some branches for the back table. Free fall decorating!

This table was in the barn when we got the place, did you notice it in the before photo up there?

Arrow: Metrolina Expo




Green chair: Thrifted $25

White dresser: Thrifted $60

You & Me Pillow: Joss & Main*





Chandelier: A Jamie Young piece we’ve had for years

White Pendants: Ikea

Galvanized Sconces: Lowe’s outdoor lights (we used the small version over the wood stove area, and the larger ones over the windows)

String Lights: Amazon*

*affiliate links included above


Fur chair: DIY

Blue Table: World Market, discontinued, it started out black


makeover a barn

There are 28 seats right now, not including ottomans. I like to keep track of how many people I can seat in a room. And this space can hold over 40 even with the sofas if we move everything just so.


We didn’t create this space just so it could sit around and look pretty.

That would be so sad.

We want to use it.

We want you to come enjoy it.

This past Saturday Chad kicked off the beginning of our hosting season by inviting a bunch of his friends here along with food provided by Wicker BBQ (hugely recommend) and, Phillip, the owner also provided music–he plays the banjo and brought along a white bearded guitar player and a fiddler. It was SO fantastic, I wish you all could have been here.

To be honest, this place finally felt like home for the first time this weekend. White sofas and banjos have that effect on me.

man time

phillip wicker

bon fire


This coming weekend we are hosting a Writer’s Circle with my sister, author Emily P Freeman and singer songwriter Christa Wells. It sold out in one weekend.

Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 6.31.02 PM{this event is sold out}

November 15, we are hosting another event: Hope*ologie live and we’d love for you to come join us here at The Barn outside Charlotte, NC from 2-7 (optional bonfire 7-8 weather permitting)

You do not have to be a member of Hope*ologie to attend. What’s Hope*ologie? Find out here.


hopeologie live

I hope you can join us! For now, excuse me, I have to look at that before and after just one more time…

barn renovation

For more fall inspiration click on over to Kelly’s place at Eclectically Vintage




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  1. Sooooo…the event is already sold out. Can I pay you $10 to just come stand under the power lines and stare? I promise I won’t eat anything and I’ll occasionally yell funny things and clap. It’ll be great.

  2. Looks great! I know you are glad to be finished.

  3. I love when creative women create! Awesome x 10…now I want a barn in the worst way!
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. This 2nd one is sold out too!!!
    Looks like this will be a popular place!!!

  5. This is amazing. It’s the most wonderful gathering place I’ve ever seen. I’m afraid you’d have to kick me out at the end of the night.

    P.S. Can you tell me about those darling cake stands with the feet?

  6. Oh my goodness, I loved every minute of this post! I could just feel the relief, and the homeyness, that completion of your barn brings. I want to spend a weekend right there with y’all, talking hope and listening to music and all that. It sounds amazing, if only I didn’t live in Minnesota! Maybe someday…Until then, I’ll delight in your photos and posts about it.

  7. Holy Moly! This is perfection! I LOVE barns of any style, and you didn’t let me down with this one! We hope to build something like this on our 26 acre piece of property, but that is many years down the road! Enjoy every second! Beautiful work again!

  8. Absolutely gorgeous! What an amazing transformation!

  9. You’re amazing. And so is your barn! I’ve never wanted to live in a barn until now. I’ll live in the bathroom if I have to ;).

    I left feeling lighter. Thanks for welcoming us yesterday.

  10. It looks amazing! I’d love to be able to make it there one day.

    (also: Garden Ridge is now called “At Home”. We have one just up the hill from us and they have so many neat things!)

  11. We are going to build a barn home in Rockingam co., if you have another public event

  12. Sorry, hot wrong button…if you have another public event please let us know, we would love to attend and get inspiration!

  13. I love the barn, I have an open pole barn very similar to yours and am in the process of doing the same thing you have , what did you use as your interior wall. Our barn is 14×40. Our goal is a gathering place also.. Thanks


  14. This looks great. Love it. I think after a winter, you’ll want to insulate the roof/ceiling and close up the pneumonia holes at the end. Could put fake beams under the ceiling.

  15. wow! I just found your blog and this is sooo inspiring. What a wonderful space!

  16. Sandy Klucsarits says:

    Beautiful and spacious! I loved the size and shabby chic look and my boyfriend loved the simplistic rustic space.

  17. I. AM. IN. LOVE!!!! The barn is GORGEOUS in my opinion. My dream has always been to live in a restored barn. I’m drooling and savoring your book right now. Your voice is a welcome sound to all of us who’ve struggled with the imperfections of life that stifle and cripple us when it comes to decorating. A HUGE CONGRATS on the barn completion, the party, the banjos, the friends, memories and hospitality. May you enjoy your masterpiece for many years to come!!
    Thank you for your style, your convictions and for opening yourself to us your readers!

  18. Wow, what an amazing transformation! The white walls and ceiling really make the entire layout look and feel so bright and airy, which is simply perfect for fall. The furniture pieces are simply amazing. Even though they are not exactly from the same concept, but they do complement one another really well. And to think that most items were thrifted, you absolutely got a great bargain especially the white washed vintage looking storage cabinet.

  19. I read this to my husband and he was like “cool, sign me up” (not really bc we live far away) and I was like wait…. I think I would be so sad if you got to meet The Nester and see her barn without me!!!!!!!

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  24. Angela B. says:

    Looks amazing! I am interested in knowing if/how you insulated the ceiling. I am converting a steel framed she’d into a small house & I want it to be nice & snug. Any info would be helpful.

  25. Hey! You destroyed a perfectly good tractor barn!
    Only kidding, nice job

  26. Where did you find the white slipcovered sofa?

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  28. Alicia Hernandez says:

    I love this! I so wish I could have something like this to rest and just enjoy peace and nature people are amazing and they have amazing hearts

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  30. You took very nice pictures. Amazing transformation! ;)

  31. I love when creative women create! Awesome x 10…now I want a barn in the worst way!
    Thanks for sharing!

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