I am honored that you are here!
Let me introduce myself.
My name is Leslie. I am a Home Maker.
I am also a mom and housewife.
I am also a Certified Interior Decorator, Home Stager and Home Organizer.
But, my main career is homemaking.
I live with my loving and tolerant husband, Mark, a really funny 18-year-old daughter and a really smart 21-year-old daughter. Last year I was also mom to two exchange students: a sweet young man from Thailand and a sweet young woman from South Korea. My four-legged children are playful ferrets named Claire and Sylvia (whom we call The Little Sisters).
We live in a cul-de-sac in a white house with a blue door and a bistro set on the front porch in Greenville, SC, with spiral (think Disney World) evergreen trees on either side of the porch and hydrangea bushes of every color in the backyard.
I spend my days in various places around the house: spending quiet time in the morning with my Lord, doing laundry or organizing something, sewing a slipcover here or a button on there, trying a new recipe, planning the week's menus or loading the dishwasher, laughing and chatting in our basement cafe with new and old friends, listing things on etsy, eBay, Amazon or browsing Craigslist, or tinkering in the yard.
All of these simple, mundane tasks added up over the past 20 years* have turned a house into our home.
I love vintage cottage-y things, ironstone and toile, flea markets and estate sales, birds and bunnies, a hot cup of Lady Earl Grey and Jim's Organic Coffee, baking fresh triple berry scones and dark chocolate anything, seashells and cloches, parties and celebrations of life, travelling and then coming back home, hugs and kisses, but most of all I love turning ugly and abandoned things into beautiful and useful ones, for this is what Jesus' love has done for me!
(Our Eat-In Kitchen island before)
What am I talking about?
Here you will find inspiring, creative, thrifty and fresh ways to make your house into a home. You will discover that what truly matters is not the furniture, the wall colors, the flooring or the accessories within the house--or even the house itself--but the heart that gets put into the making of a home.
When I talk about home making, then, I don't mean merely the keeping and decorating of a house and its rooms, but of our letting Jesus be keeper and maker of our heart and the "rooms" in it.
He is the One who transforms the messes into methods, clutter into calmness. He transforms the places in our hearts to reflect His likeness: love, redemption, grace, peace and holiness, and He wants to live in and be welcome there. Ephesians 2:22 says so: "And because you belong to him, you too are being built together. You are being made into a house where God lives through his Spirit."
Interior decorating is really His specialty!
So, as Jesus transforms us on the inside,
may our house be transformed into a home as well!
(Most of the pictures here will be of my own home and homes that I have helped others add their hearts to. If they aren't my pictures, I'll tell you so and put the link with them.)
*Over the last 20 years, these are a few of the activities I have had: MOPS coordinator, Wilton Cake Decorator, Interior Redesign/Home Staging/Organizing, homeschooler (12 years so far), crisis pregnancy counselor, Financial Peace University Class Coodinator (with Mark), built 2 homes, seamstress, Once a Month cooker.