Hey y’all, it’s Nicole! Welcome to 1776 Faux Farmhouse. I wanted to take the time to introduce myself so that you know a little bit about me so that way you feel welcomed into this crazy part of my world.
So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty, shall we?
I grew up in Utah and I am the oldest of three brothers and as my dad puts it “I’m his favorite daughter”.
I met Michael in 2012 through a mutual friend and we clicked immediately. We are each other’s opposites, which makes him the calm to my crazy. We were married the following year because when you know, you know. I received my Elementary Education degree in 2017. While going to school Michael and I built a builder-grade home and my love for do-it-yourself projects, decorating, and design emerged. During that time, I taught for two years as a fourth-grade teacher at a local elementary school before leaving to start my next adventure as a Stay at Home Momma.
My world changed for the better in 2018 when Little Miss made her grand entrance. She made me a mom and that is the highest, most cherished title that I have ever wanted.
When we brought Little Miss home from the hospital, Michael and I quickly realized that we were bursting at the seams of our house. Having Hazel, Lucy, and lots of baby paraphernalia made our tiny house feel even smaller. We started looking for our next “Home Sweet Home” and we quickly realized that what we wanted we wouldn’t be able to get in our area. So since we knew we could tackle small-scale DIY projects in our last builder-grade home, we decided to do it again, just on a much BIGGER scale, and with that 1776 Faux Farmhouse started!
1776 Faux Farmhouse took quite a while to originate. Ultimately, 1776 was the street number that our house was supposed to be on, add in the farm right next door to our house, and the Farmhouse emerged. However, we aren’t an actual farmhouse, hence the Faux, which means fake, came into play.
We moved into our larger-scale builder-grade home at the very end of 2019 and officially started on our first project in January 2020. Switching out basic builder-grade “boob” lights and low-quality paint to more sophisticated lighting choices and neutral, yet high-quality paint. Our first major project in the Farmhouse was the modern feature wall that is in the stairwell of our home, which is still one of the most cherished projects Michael and I have done together.
A few months later, we entered the world of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic and with a toddler and the stay-at-home mandates, Michael and I both needed an outlet, and let’s get real, binging Tiger King was only going to last so long. From that experience, we knew prioritizing our home was more important than ever and our project list doubled overnight.
Our first full-room renovation was Michael’s office, because again with a toddler and indefinite work-from-home orders, driving around aimlessly while Michael had conference calls that needed to change. We both learned a lot from that project, but ultimately, it was a project worth doing and has changed our craft for the better.
Since 2020, we’ve complied many other projects to our list. I created a sideboard from two kitchen stock cabinets that has become an internet sensation, we’ve added a full-wall feature fireplace and welcomed our Little Man in 2022. But we aren’t stopping just yet, we are set out to show others that a builder-grade can be custom-made, it just takes one project at a time! We have so much more in the works for our home and our future and we can’t wait to have you here along for the ride.
So whose ready to prove that a home is what you make it?!