to live in one day and she replied, without hesitation, “One just like ours!” That doesn’t mean our house is Pinterest-perfect—far from it. We have a bathroom that needs repairs, walls that need to be repainted, and a series of plug outlets that were accidentally installed upside down by the previous owners. We like to say it gives the house character. But when I look at these messy, imperfect spaces through Daisy’s eyes, I see something entirely different. I see a dream house—one that is cozy, comfortable, and familiar, a place filled with love and memories.
Each house in this issue mirrors that sentiment. Some are more clean-lined like Alice and Rusty Kendall’s coastal home on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina (“Family Centered,” page 44), and Natalie Mcgehee’s unfussy weekend getaway—a roughly 1,000-square foot pre-engineered metal barn, which she designed from the ground up on a patch of pasture land outside College Station, Texas (“Pretty Tough,” page 90). Others, such as Laura Lee Samford’s old-meets-new farmhouse just outside Savannah (“Southern Charm,” page 36), are layered with classic furnishings and antique treasures. There are no wonky outlets or scratched-up walls in these stories, but the cozy, comfortable, familiar feeling permeates each home.
This is what makes modern farmhouse style so special. It puts an unwavering value on authenticity, both in terms of the building techniques and materials and the feelings they evoke. Whether urban or rural, built new or lovingly restored, these homes have one important thing in common—they are places filled with love and memories. Daisy would surely approve.