Meet Michele

Hello, and welcome!  My name is Michele and I’m the face behind Vintage Home. I was born and raised in Texas, been married for almost 36 years, and have 1 daughter, a son in law and a new granddaughter, Ivy June. 

My husband and I lead a lifegroup class at our church for young married couples.  We love pouring into those young people about faith and family.

Some of my favorite things to do are decorating, entertaining, thrifting, estate sale shopping, traveling and working in my garden.  I love the “thrill of the hunt” and nothing gives me a rush quite like finding a treasure at a thrift store or estate sale that I can repurpose in a new way.

Some of life’s simple pleasures give me the greatest joy.  I love coffee (with lots of cream), a great glass of wine, music, candles, outside dining, the sound of water fountains, and fresh flowers (especially from my own garden), just to name a few.  Entertaining for family and friends is a passion and I love hosting a get together and planning a menu and fun tablescape for each event.    

In 2001, I was asked to have my home on our local Holiday Home Tour.  During the tour, I had so many people ask where I found my unusual home décor pieces and if I did decorating for others, so I began thinking that maybe I could find and create some one of a kind pieces that others could purchase to use in their own homes.   I had been trying to think of a way to have some part time income since I was a stay at home mom, and this seemed like a great solution.

I started collecting unique architectural finds and furniture pieces to paint and refinish and began by setting up a booth at some local holiday bazaars and craft fairs to sell my wares.  

After a few years of hauling huge loads of furniture to shows, I decided it was time for a permanent location.  I opened a little shop on a local small downtown main street and after a year in that location, I was fortunate enough to find a beautiful shop location on the historic downtown square in my own little town. I could literally walk to the shop from my home.

I had the shop in that location for 5 years and although I loved that little place and the downtown family I had there with fellow shop owners, I decided I needed more time to spend with my decorating/organizing business and more time with family, so in August of 2018 I closed the storefront.  It was bittersweet, but definitely the best decision for our family.

434 is my house number and several years ago when we built our new farmhouse, I began referring to it as farmhouse 434.  

My husband and I had built our previous home and lived there for 22 years.  I loved that home so much, but the 2 acres, pool, and ridiculous amounts of flower beds and gardens became a chore to dread every weekend.  We were empty nesters and rarely used our pool and my husband began talking me into a move.  He knew this wasn’t going to be easy for me and he would probably have to drag me, kicking and screaming, away from this home I adored.

To make a long story short, he found an adorable neighborhood in a little town about 10 minutes away.   It was modeled after the beach town of Seaside, Florida and is a little slice of heaven.  I fell in love with it, we bought a lot, and plans for our dream farmhouse began. 

We rented a home nearby, and for 2 years we collected reclaimed wood, salvaged and architectural pieces to make our home unique and special.   I scoured and shopped for timeless pieces I would love in our home, and bought some inexpensive things, so I could splurge on things that were more important to me and stay within budget.  I will be sharing some of those resources here on the blog. 

We moved into the farmhouse almost 4 years ago, and I still enjoy collecting new “old” pieces, rearranging, and decorating. I suppose when that’s your passion, you’re never really finished. 

You can see the home tour here.

I truly enjoying sharing things I find, projects I’ve done, good recipes and gardening ideas.   I have so many ideas swirling around in my head that I want to share, and I hope this will be a place of inspiration for you. 

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