By Hannah Jones
Liz Fourez started her blog, Love Grows Wild, six years ago, right after moving into a 1940s house on her husband’s family farm. Since then, her little blog has grown tremendously thanks to her signature style—a cozy blend of neutrals and textures with plenty of rustic character—and her charming and honest personality that she shares with her followers. As her blog grew, so did her passion for interior design and do-it-yourself home décor. We sat down with Liz to talk about her love of all things home design, her personal style tips, and her future as a blogger.
The Cottage Journal: You have such a soft and delicate style full of whites and neutrals. It’s obvious that your homemaking roots are in the country because of the charming farmhouse character of your home. Where do you draw inspiration from in your style choices?
Liz Fourez: I love visiting old farmhouses and barns or any older home in general. I look at the architecture and the finishes, and if the design choices I make today are something you would have seen 20, 50, or 100 years ago, chances are I will love them for years and years to come as well. Classic, timeless things like marble, for example, never go out of style.
TCJ: You originally lived pretty far out in the country (as in 45 minutes away from the nearest grocery store!) before moving to your new home. What did you learn from this experience?
LF: I learned to make do with what I had and be more intentional with my time, money, and resources. That was when a lot of my DIY inspiration began because I couldn’t just run to the store quickly and buy what I wanted—I had to wait or figure out how to make it myself.
TCJ: You’re going on six years in your new home. When you moved in, you did a good bit of renovation. What was this experience like, and what advice would you give people tackling a renovation?
LF: I would prioritize your renovations, create a plan and a budget, and expect the unexpected. You want to be as prepared as possible so you don’t waste any time or money, but know that unforeseen things will always come up. Be flexible and make the best of it! Also, try to plan your renovations when the weather is convenient. Being able to spend some time outdoors when your house is full of construction dust and tools is a nice mental break, and if you’re renovating a kitchen, being able to grill outside while your kitchen is out of commission is a big help.