Landmark is excited to announce that we have a new guest blogger, Holly Pembroke, who will be bringing us her expertise on interior design and all things home staging! Please enjoy her blog:

My partner and I renovated an 1890’s farmhouse in 2017 with the help of an amazing team.  When we first looked at the house, it was vacant, cold, and dark, but I could see and feel the love and energy in that house.  

The minute I stepped into the house I fell in love. I immediately had a vision and a goal, and I couldn’t wait to get started.  Dave looked at me and said, "Really?!?!  It’s going to take a lot of work to get this place ready for a family of 5". My response was, "Let’s get this done!"  

He knows when I say that, I am on a mission, so the process began with sleepless nights, excitement, stress, and hard work. I mean work like we’ve never worked before! Nothing stopped us from figuring things out, I couldn’t rest.

I wanted to keep the integrity of the Farmhouse, but make it bright, modern and functional. Our barn was filled with magic and treasures like old doors, windows, wooden beams, and some amazing hardware that we recycled to use in our renovation.Before and after of the Farmhouse kitchen area.

We found things like a journal from the 1840’s, bottles, and newspapers in the walls as a shed became an entryway.  My old farmhouse was telling me a story and I started to wonder, who had lived here, and what had happened in these walls. I felt so lucky and couldn’t wait to add to the history.

Over the past year and a half, we have worked endlessly painting, decorating and changing pretty much the entire house inside and out.  So many stories and adventures to share and I hope my pictures and story can inspire people to look at a space and imagine using some of the old and bringing in something new.Before and after of one bathroom in the farmhouse.

This house has changed my life and brought me so much peace and love. It’s filled with 3 girls, a dog, a cat, 2 busy adults and so many amazing memories already. I am so happy to share our hard work.

ABOUT HOLLY

I’ve always been passionate about design and how a change in a room can effect positive change in your life.  As an interior decorator, I work collaboratively with clients – many who have busy, chaotic lives – to create peaceful, organized, beautiful, spaces in their homes. I also stage homes for those who are selling, and I love demonstrating how simple changes can increase a home’s value.