STORY BY TIFFANY NOVOTNY | PHOTOS BY CRYSTA MILLER PHOTOGRAPHY
Welcome to our happy place, where we have turned our new farmhouse build, into a forever home. I hope you will follow along with the journey and find some inspiration along the way!
Let’s start back in April of 2019 when we purchased our land. We found 13 acres for sale right outside the city limits of Ennis and knew instantly it was the perfect location for our little family of 4. My sister and her family were looking for land as well, and we decided to purchase the land together and divide the 13 acres. I love that my sister and I grew up together, and now we will grow old together on the land we share.
We started building in September of 2019, and things started to become a blur. I had so many questions as a first time builder. What type of house plan would be best for our family? What builder do we choose? Where is the best place to buy lights, appliances, or furniture for our home? There were so many decisions it was overwhelming! Family was very helpful, but I wanted to research inspiration for building farmhouses on the internet to find my own style and figure out what I like. I found so much inspiration on Instagram from other home building accounts. The information they offered was a tremendous amount of help! It helped me understand more of the building process, what to expect throughout the stages of building, and ideas on where to purchase things for our home.
Fast forward to today, and I am now able to return the favor to those who are building or maybe just need some decoration inspiration. I have my own Instagram account, @Forever.Six.Acres and I talk about the building process, and home decor. Every Wednesday I do a Building101 series on Instagram with a group of amazing women who have just built, or are still in the process of building a home. We cover different topics each week that would be beneficial to those who are in the building process or are about to start the building process.
We are going to start expanding our topics to life after the build and how to create your new house into a home. The Building101 group has such a wide variety of styles, and we feel that it’s beneficial to our followers so they are able to get different styles and opinions so they can figure out what they like best for their style of home. Our topics will start covering how to arrange furniture, where to buy, how to decorate for year-round or seasonal holidays, even organization around the home. We truly love being able to help and inspire others during and after the building process.
“One topic I am excited to cover is decorating for the holidays and how to incorporate it into your everyday lifestyle. I decorate for the lifestyle that best works for our family. I have to consider having a 6 year-old boy, and a 2 year-old boy in mind when I am decorating, or my pumpkins might become something they launch from a catapult!”
My home is very neutral throughout the year, but for holiday seasonal decor I will use pops of color to help the decor stand out more than my everyday decor. Decorating for every season can be expensive, so I usually shop at Hobby Lobby, Canton Trade Days, Homegoods, Kirklands, or Target to find some good deals.
If you see anything you like in my home, you can easily find where to get it by following my Instagram account. For every post I do on Instagram, i’m able to link the products I buy to my LIKEtoKNOW.it account. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a free app, that influencers on social media can link the items you buy, and in return, it gives the influencer a little commission if items are bought through their links. I link everything from my lights I bought from Amazon, to the wreath around the candle on the island. If the items are no longer sold, then I will link similar products so you can still get the same look!
Since my Instagram account has grown to almost 15k followers, I have been able to collaborate with some amazing small businesses, like Twigs and Home Lighting, Sweet Water Decor, and my most recent collaboration was with a clothing boutique, Tailgating Gypsy. Matter of fact, the green top, and maroon floral kimono I am wearing in my picture are two things I got from her boutique! I love being able to support small businesses and advertise their products on my Instagram!
This journey has been amazing, I have met amazing people on Instagram and created so many new relationships with people and small businesses. I never thought that starting an Instagram about my home would have gone this far. I hope that I can continue to grow and help others through their building process, and how to help create their new house into a home. Knowing that i’m able to help people all over the world, makes my heart so happy!