Hi and welcome! My name is Stacey and my husband and I love modern design, and architecture and we’ve been collecting treasures and art for many many years. We got lucky and bought this mid-century modern home in 2009 and are documenting our renovation highs and lows through this blog. It came about after many requests from friends and family, both local and across the country, for pictures and info about our new home and the work we were dedicating ourselves to for the next 5 years. (yes, we’re crazy, and yes, we’re overwhelmed!)
We have many interests besides renovation, and we’ll share those things too. We both have full-time 9-5 jobs so finding time to work on this house is a challenge. We are fully committed!
We’ve been married for 23 years and we have each other trained quite well. My husband is a musician, (guitar, bass, piano, harmonica, and some drums) artist, teacher, and becoming a damn good carpenter. He can do just about anything he puts his mind to.
Blogging is most definitely NOT my full-time job. I work for an NPR radio station. My main responsibility is on-air fundraising but I wear many hats as I produce an arts calendar, contribute to music shows, I’m the station webmaster, and the official coffee maker and advice giver/staff counselor. I love to sew, craft, make jewelry, and design/program websites on the side. Yes, I’m a geeky code writer! I’m certainly NOT an interior designer or a photographer, although I love to see the work of other talented people who are lucky enough to do it for a living … and they inspire me to make my home as lovely as I can. Working on this blog has made me love using my camera and seeing things in new ways.
We are both obsessed with art, music, and estate sale finds. Just about every piece in our home was either built by us, or found at an estate sale and many pieces refinished. Our tastes vary, as we are not JUST about mid-century. We love all old things, hand made things, rusty signs, and an “industrial” look. I love many designs of “Today” and I try to mix the new with the old. I think it keeps things fresh.
WHY THE GOOD(E) HOUSE?
Our mid-century Modern home was built in 1958 and owned by Rex and Ruth Goode. Rex was an architect who designed many well known buildings around Southeast Texas. He was also the resident architect at our local State University and was a generous supporter of the arts. Ruth was a piano teacher and taught lessons to kids all over the area. There were two baby grand pianos in the house and from what I’ve heard from so many it was always filled with kids, music, art, and fun. WE LOVE THAT!
Richie and I met the sweet couple in 2002 and exchanged our passions for arts, music, architecture and modern furniture. It was a lovely day and we never expected to one day own this amazing home. After their passing, we felt like it was an opportunity we couldn’t refuse. Today we feel honored to have the chance to repair this house and make it ours.
There won’t always be projects to display and impressive before and after pictures so I will also share my current obsessions, my love of art, my silly handmade projects, music, and anything else that pops into my head. I’ll have fun.
Hope you enjoy looking and thanks for visiting. Please feel free to comment, send an email or follow the blog via email notices (see front page to sign up). I love meeting new people.