Her home and interview have always been 2 of the most popular posts on MMHL and for good reason, it’s beautiful and inviting. You can see both the first post and her interview by clicking each link.
Organic farmhouse is how you could best describes her style and decor. It really isn’t an easy feat to make a modern manufactured home look like an authentic farmhouse but she does it gracefully and seamlessly. Her use of homemade items and second hand finds add just the right touches, giving the home the worn and comfortable ambiance that is so welcoming.
She did give us a little peak at the kitchen in the previous posts but the whole room is now complete! New paint, flooring, and curtains are just the beginning of the changes.
The before photos show the 1999 double wide with all the standard features such as laminated cabinetry and narrow molding. You can save lots of money by purchasing a used but recent model home and remodel and update it yourself. In today‘s economy it pays to be smart with your money and not overspend on housing. Debt free is always better! Teresa shows that it is possible to live in a gorgeous home that’s also affordable.
After Teresa was finished with the room, it looks just like a classic farmhouse, complete with warm lighting. You would have to feel at home! The style fits a creative crafter and do-it-yourself talent like Teresa perfectly. There’s plenty of added touches that she made herself. In the dining room, there’s a homemade chandelier hanging that would be the envy of any country chic collector or DIY fan.
By painting the cabinetry she really opened the space up with light. Crisp and clean with touches of country charm and organic accents is a great style for those of us that like our homes to have the lived-in, comfy feel. You can be cozy in this room but still have plenty of eye candy! I can almost smell the apple pie and cinnamon!
Under the sink she uses a skirt to add soft texture and a large print, bright rug for comfort and style. The room is full of antique items that recreates the crisp, warm setting of yesteryear.
Teresa’s own crafty hands made the shades herself. Her dining room has a homemade chandelier that is pure genius. Two buckets, steel plumbing pipe and a couple of water shut off valves make a perfectly fitting fixture for the farmhouse decor. Adding truly homemade accents have really given this home the total look and feel of a welcoming working homestead.
I’m sure you remember the dining room from the previous posts. It was a favorite update of mine! She was able to change the entire look of the fireplace by adding paint, bead board and a more prominent mantle. The room is set off by the country chic chandelier. Who knew those simple items could turn into such a great feature?
Her mantle and table scapes have always been favorites of mine. She uses light, height and color so well. Every item is married perfectly to a setting and becomes an unique work of art and adds depth and drama to the room.
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Teresa kindly answered a few questions for us, too. I asked her a few questions that I have recently wondered during my own remodel planning.
What was the most drastic change in your opinion?
It’s a toss up between the flooring and painting the cabinets. I think I would say the flooring because the before was so horrendous.
What choices were the hardest to make?
Actually once the cabinets were painted everything kind of fell into place. White always gives me a clean slate to do whatever style and colors tickle my fancy. I think using white paint makes just about anything look good.
How did you pre-plan and prepare?
I’ve been thinking about this redo for some time now and I like to keep pics of kitchens that inspire me via Pinterest. So when it came to the actual choosing my style I found that most of the pictures I had ‘pinned’ where of white cabinets, wood floors and with a Farmhouse flair.
Once I had that nailed down I made a list of what comes first, ie. paint cabinets, sew Roman shades (what would I need), flooring etc. I also made a rule not to do any other projects until I was completely done with the first one on the list, that kept me on task.
What was the hardest physical challenge?
It’s going to sound crazy but it was the Roman Shades, those things sucked the life out of me lol. I now know why they charge an arm and a leg to get custom Roman Shades, they take forever!
How did you choose the flooring. What features were you looking for?
We wanted floors that were NOT a high gloss. We wanted floors with a feeling that they have been around for a long time something with a hand scraped look, with knot holes and variations in the color. Also something that would last and stand up to our Golden Retriever.
Did you ever doubt yourself or have buyers remorse over anything?
Nope, I try not to look back, I stew over what to purchase for a while but once I’ve made a decision it’s full speed ahead!
Would you do anything differently?
No I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out. I do have a couple more things I would like to do to the kitchen down the road, such as adding a bead board or tin ceiling. I would also like to change the back splash behind the stove. But all in all, I’m very content with my kitchen now.
It is gorgeous!
Thank you Teresa! Thank you for sharing your home and giving so many of us manufactured home owners all that inspiration! You and your home are fine examples of living the good life in a manufactured home. I look forward to reading more of your blog and seeing how your property continues to evolve.
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