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A Promise Kept: My home was in a Magazine!

August 15, 2022

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A magazine home that is my very own. Did you know that my home was featured in a magazine this year?! The summer issue of Country Sampler Farmhouse to be exact. It was a dream come true! A real bucket-list moment for me. The best part of it all was how they captured the true essence of our home, “A promise kept.”

A Promise Kept: Magazine Home

Our Magazine Home: A New “Old” House

If you didn’t know, our home is a new build, but was built to appear as if it’s been around for a very long time. A new “old” house. I’m sure I’m not the first person to think of this concept, but five years ago when we began our build, I had never seen anyone build do this. In fact, almost everyone of my contractors, family, and friends thought I had lost my mind. I don’t think anyone but my husband Mark understood.

A Promise Kept: Magazine Home
Scraping paint from 100+ year old doors that are now our front doors.

Let’s Rewind to a few years before the Magazine

About 15 years ago, my husband and I were just a couple of teenagers talking about hopes and dreams for our future. He knew how much I loved old architecture. Then {and even now} he would drive me around old neighborhoods to OoOOoOo & Ahhhhh over the architecture of historical homes. Every single time we would drive around those neighborhoods, I would tell him the same thing: “When we get our own place, I want to restore something just like this.”

My husband is a smart man. He already knew from being in construction how much ongoing restoration would have to take place to upkeep what I wanted. So he said, “One day, I’ll build you a new house, but we will make it look old.” I had never heard of such a thing, but knowing that most of the restoration would fall on his shoulders, it seemed like a good compromise. I would get the look I wanted without the outdated electrical, plumbing, etc. And if I am being honest, I don’t know if I ever truly believed we would get the opportunity {much more, have my home featured in a magazine.} I mean, it was fun to dream, but that is a BIG dream.

My fella was tired after a long day of work.

A man of his word.

Then, about five years ago, we finally got our chance. We found a beautiful piece of property on a lake. We knew immediately we were going to attempt to make our dream of a new “old” house come to life. A lot people didn’t understand or see the vision. But we did. And now to have been featured in a magazine, I’ve seen how many people love our idea!

A Promise Kept: Magazine Home

Pinch Me: My Magazine Worthy Home!

After a year and a half of blood, sweat & a few tears, I’m currently swinging on the back porch swing of our new “old” home. I’m listening to the birds chirp and the wind-chimes sing and just feeling so grateful. Not just for the opportunity to build our dream home, but for a husband that loves me so well. I still get that pinch me feeling every time I look around this house we’ve built. There is so much love wrapped up in the walls of this home. An innocent promise kept by a couple of teenagers in love, so many years ago.

A Promise Kept: Magazine Home
A Promise Kept: My dream home!

Check out the rest of my Blog if you want to see how we continue to update and decorate our home. If you are wanting to create your own new “old” house, my friend Jay creates amazing FREE designs!



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  1. ShirleyCox says:

    I love your house it is so cozy.

  2. Robin Drewes says:


  3. Robin Drewes says:

    What a wonderful story !!! Your home is one of my absolute favorites on Instagram ! I so enjoy following you and your family . God bless you all ..

  4. Dee says:

    Love this story!

  5. Pamela Edwards says:

    Thanks for sharing your love story. Such a genuine heart God has given you.

  6. DeeAnn Greear says:

    The absolute sweetest!

  7. Priscilla Johnson says:

    It is a beautiful thing to keep a promise… an incredible powerful thing. It testifies to love, commitment, value, belief, hope, and so much more. I am so happy for you that a promise was kept….that is a real foundation to build on.

  8. Danielle Huff says:

    My daughter is 22 if you ever see another like him out there send him her way. The two of you are so blessed but humble enough to know that Gods plan shines through all your light. Thank you for being real and for giving God the glory.

    • Brittany Smith says:

      I wish I could clone him over and over again. Everyone deserves the kind of love he gives. Thank you so much for your kindness.

  9. Sherri says:

    That is such a beautiful story

    • Brittany Smith says:

      Thank you so very much. It has definitely been one of my favorite adventures with our family for sure!

  10. Brooke Hinchey says:

    I’m so Thankful I found your page♥️ What a wonderful story, I’m so happy for y’all!!!
    GOD IS GOOD!!! Keep dreaming girl the best is yet to come ♥️

    • Brittany Smith says:

      I’m so thankful for kind people such as yourself. You are the reason this is such a joy for me. Thank you.

  11. Anne says:

    What a beautiful God ordained dream …He gives us the desires of our heart. Thank you for sharing this beautiful testimony to God’s goodness and great love for His children .

    • Brittany Smith says:

      Yes! You got it.. What a good good Father to care for His children the ways that He does. Even when our dreams and hopes don’t come to fruition.. I love that He cares about me and wants to know about my passions and dreams and wishes.

  12. Beverly says:

    I love your dream and house. If I could do it I would too. You inspire me so much with you vision for all you do. Also beautiful family! Be blessed!

  13. Tiffany says:

    *Cue the waterworks. What a sweet story! Your home is absolutely beautiful. ❤️

  14. Robin Freeman says:

    Your home is so beautiful. It’s the best of both worlds, new meshed with old and set on a dreamy lakeside property. Just perfect. ❤❤

    • Brittany Smith says:

      Thank you so much! We do love being on the lake. That was an added perk when we found our property.

  15. Phyllis says:

    I love old homes and have always wanted one but have never gotten it. You are a very lucky woman to be able to live in such a beautiful home with your family. I always love your pictures that you show of your home inside and out. Beautiful

    • Brittany Smith says:

      Thank you for following along! I definitely don’t take it for granted. You are right… it is such a blessing to have gotten to see it all unfold in the right timing.

  16. Lisa G. says:

    I absolutely love your home, you AND your family. Mark makes me wee my pants!!!!! I so thoroughly enjoy following you!💖💖. Thank you for sharing your lives with all of us😘💖

  17. Alisa says:

    This is just beautiful ☺️

  18. Kimberly says:

    Hi Brittany!
    I love this sweet story! And I love your vision! The home is beautiful! ❤️ Are your plans something you’ve shared or are they somewhere for purchase? I have such fun following your account & all your adventures!

    • Brittany Smith says:

      Thank you so much! I actually completely designed the layout myself and then had a contractor draw up my vision. We don’t share our floor-plans for safety reasons but I do have floor plans pinned over on my Pinterest boards and there may be some on Instagram too!

  19. Ginger says:

    Awww, this is the sweetest! 💕💕

  20. Toni says:

    What a sweet story and a beautiful home! ❤️

  21. Debbie Love says:

    Omg. I can’t believe I happened on this!
    I say this all the time “I want to build an old new house”
    This is my goal!
    You are so talented!
    I am stalking you lol
    I just found your home in BHG Oct 22
    And started trying to find you on FB to see if I could see more of it!!
    I love it!!

    • Brittany Smith says:

      Hey there! I’m so glad you’re here friend!! I’m mostly on Instagram, but some of those posts automatically link over to Facebook.

  22. Andrea Wolfe says:

    If available, I’d love to see a sketch of the floor plan of your home. It’s lovely to look at the individual rooms, but I’d love to see how it all flows together.