Text by Hannah Jones
Southern style home blogger Lauren Shaver of Bless’er House isn’t a stranger to do-it-yourself renovations. The first house she and her husband shared, a new build, was taken from basic builder-grade to farm-style dream home. A few years later, the family decided it was time to move, and the hunt began. “Our biggest must-haves were a big backyard, an established neighborhood with big trees, and a house that had plenty of character but still needed a doable amount of work for intermediate DIY-ers like us,” she recalls.
Fast-forward a few months, and the family of three was in their new home, but not the one they’d planned. “The original house we had our hopes on had four acres of land and had a much more rural feel,” Lauren recalls. But the plan fell through, and soon after, they purchased a traditional brick Colonial home in the suburbs of Charlotte, North Carolina. Lauren admits being heartbroken at first about the loss of that country home, but she is thankful for the change of plans. “In only a year, the area where that house is has now grown exponentially, and it doesn’t have nearly the amount of rustic country charm it used to. You can add all kinds of beauty to a house, but you can’t really change its location.”
The couple barely had time to settle in, though, before they started their long list of renovations. Coming up on their first year of being in this home, they’re working on what they’ve dubbed “phase one” of renovations. “The main goal this past year has been to do as many simple cosmetic fixes as we can to make it reflect our style.” This has meant adding farmhouse touches to every square inch of their Colonial, starting with the exterior. In a massive undertaking, Lauren and her husband limewashed their home’s red brick exterior with the help of professionals.
From there, it was all on them. They haven’t changed the layout of their home or the floors yet, but they have painted nearly every room and door. Their foyer is a light gray with a Louis-Philippe-style mirror, both of which reflect light gorgeously through the space. Right off the foyer is their dining room, drenched in light from two large windows. Lauren opted for a moodier gray with white wainscoting. To open up the space, she installed a gallery wall of gold mirrors on the wall opposite a window. She also used majority white-slipcovered furniture, with a white and natural wood dining table, for which she and her husband built a retrofitted oak table top.