"My husband is a photographer and was renting a studio space for years downtown. We finally decided it was time for him to have an office from home since he's mostly on location. Our hopes were dashed when the city told us we couldn't build above our garage. We began looking for a new home that would allow us to add on.
"Three years ago we found THE PERFECT mid-century modern; it hadn't been touched since it was built in the 50s. It was perfect with a lovely brick entryway, wood paneling, and super cool details throughout. The layout allowed us to close in the breezeway that connected the garage and home and build up! Since we were taking off part of the roof anyway, we decided to add two rooms upstairs. One is now a photography studio and the other is my sewing studio.
"I look around our home and almost everything is vintage, thrifted, gifted or scored at an estate sale. Only our couch and our rugs are new really. I love that about our home; it makes it super inviting and welcoming. Nothing is too precious and everything has a story. In our living room, we have a peacock blue chest of drawers that we scavenged from an old house that was being demolished. My husband was convinced that I would never refinish it. I proved him wrong. It holds our laptops, bills and blankets. So super convenient.
"One of the very first things we did as soon as we signed the papers and got the keys was pull up all of the carpet and measure for new windows! We now have beautiful concrete floors throughout the entire house that allow our two boys to be boys! Our windows are larger than life and allow natural lighting to flood into every room. Then, on our wedding anniversary, my husband gutted our kitchen. We now have a huge, beautiful kitchen with a waterfall island that allows us to entertain. My husband and father did the entire kitchen. So that also adds to my love for it. Not to mention that I can see the living room and playroom and backyard all while cooking dinner.
"In our guest bedroom, we have a painting of an old red barn/house that I scored at a thrift store. I fell in love with it at first sight and then years later, my step-mother-in-law showed me that it glows in the dark! During the day the painting is a daytime scene with the sun, but at night, when the lights are out, it depicts a night scene with snow, stars and moon. It's stunning.
"This room has been made into my sewing studio and Fresh BiB headquarters. We couldn't have planned it more perfectly if we tried. Our studios are the only two rooms upstairs, and they both get beautiful sunlight throughout the day. Our studios allow us to both work from home, walk our boys to school and have about a 2 second commute, which is unheard of in Dallas. Since moving here, our life has become insanely simple. I love it."
Thank you so much for sharing, Brooke! You can find more of Brooke on her website and on Instagram. xo.
Credits // Author: Brook Fish. Photography: Adam Fish.
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