Move Over Chip and Jo — This Georgia House Wins Farmhouse Chic

updated Dec 19, 2019

Move Over Chip and Jo — This Georgia House Wins Farmhouse Chic

updated Dec 19, 2019
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Name: Laura Gibson and family
Location: Sharpsburg, Georgia
Size: 1,500 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

No matter whether you’re personally a fan of farmhouse chic style or not, you have to hand it to Laura Gibson: She’s a woman (and blogger) with a distinct style. And an attention to detail that customizes every inch of a plain home. The house she shares with her family didn’t start out this way three years ago; it’s taken a lot of DIY projects—from knocking out walls to even converting a garage into a living room—to transform this former rental space into the industrial farmhouse home of Laura’s dreams. It’s not completely finished yet (are homes ever really finished, though), but it sure has come a long way from where it started.

Laura shares the story of how she and her husband came to own this house:

“When I was 37 weeks pregnant, my husband and I sold our house rather quickly and we needed some place fast. This house was up for rent, so we made the quick decision to rent it, even though I HATED the house. It had been a rental for years and years, and it smelled that way. I was so upset because I didn’t want to bring a baby into this house, but the baby was coming, ready or not.

Through all of this however, my husband was falling in LOVE with the property the house was on, and was trying to talk me into purchasing this house. After a lot of tears and convincing, I agreed, and he PROMISED to turn it into what I wanted… and he kept his promise!

I wanted open spaces, a huge island/kitchen, and an entertaining space that others wanted to come to! Now we are always hosting and we have two little boys who love running around and playing!”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Industrial farmhouse chic.

Inspiration: Obviously Chip and Joanna, but also just things I think up!

Favorite Element: The island. It’s not just a place to prepare food, but a place where we gather and make memories!

Biggest Challenge: Storage! We utilize every inch of this house so storage is scarce. We try to create spaces and use furniture that helps with our storage issue.

Proudest DIY: The whole house was a DIY, so literally there was a lot of trial and error, and even some design mishaps that needed correcting.

Biggest Indulgence: Flooring. This is one of those design decisions that would be very hard to change (unlike paint or curtains), so we needed to make sure we made the right decision. Sometimes that means spending a little more…

Best Advice: Make your space your own! Trends are fun and are great inspiration, but you can always put your own twist on them!

See what their living room looked like when it was still a garage and what their previous, closed-off kitchen was before the reno.


Sherwin Williams Quietude — Kitchen/Dining/Sitting Room
Sherwin Williams Versatile Gray — Living Room
Sherwin Williams Alabaster — Bathroom

Rattan Chairs with cushions — Park Hill Collection
Hound Head — Park Hill Collection
Preserved Boxwood topiaries — HomeGoods
Coffee Table — DIY old work bench top and piping
Plant boxes —
Dried Hydrangeas — My mom’s garden
Green Shutters — Uptown Market in Wilmington, NC
Natural Maui Chunky Loop Rug — Rugs USA
Gray Tufted Couch — Small local furniture store that is closed now
Console Table — DIY, Table legs from husband’s grandfather’s farm, and top is old barn wood
Apothecary jar — HomeGoods
Floral curtains — Handmade
Flat Buckets (on windows) — Park Hill Collection
Lamp — HomeGoods
Glass Terrarium — HomeGoods
Rusty Dog Bell — Antique store in Franklin, TN
Chalkboard Pig — Ballard Design outlet in Roswell, GA
Pillows — Handmade
“Justin and Laura annoying each other since…” custom pillow —

Square chippy decor — From antique store in Newnan, GA
Pillows — Handmade
Whitewashed dresser — DIY whitewash on an oak dresser from an estate sale
Brown basket — Country Living Fair
Faux peonies — Afloral
Faux Lamb’s Ear — Afloral
White curtains — Target
Small boxwood wreaths — Country Living Fair
Pew — Uptown Market in Wilmington, NC
Burlap scalloped shades — Country Living Fair
Lamps — DIY from old columns
Off-white side tables — Uptown Market in Wilmington, NC
Frames — HomeGoods
Coffee Table —DIY, cut down an old dining room table from estate sale
“Cottage” Sign — Uptown Market in Wilmington, NC

Dining Room table — Second Chance in Baltimore, MD
Table Runner — HomeGoods
Wicker Placemats — Park Hill Collection
Robin’s egg blue plates — Park Hill Collection
Chicken feeder — From grandfather’s farm
Antique Silver Sentiment Flatware — Pottery Barn
Paper Roses — From potpourri from HomeGoods
Dog Topiary — HomeGoods
Boxwood topiaries — HomeGoods
Peach faux flowers — HomeGoods
Nest — Park Hill Collection
Gray Wood 3-section Storage Box — HomeGoods
Lavender Sign — Handmade
Chandelier — Hill Collection
Corbel Table — DIY, corbels from Belle Patri in Jarrettsville, MD
Church — Country Living Fair
Sage Box —
204 Stained Glass — Hand-me-down
Crab serving dish — Gift
Rae Dunn dessert cloche — HomeGoods
Large Green European Church doors — Scott’s Antique Market – Atlanta, GA
“Love grows best…” sign — DIY/Hand-painted
Baker’s rack — hand-me-down

Pendant Lights — DIY – Spindles and maple syrup buckets hung on rain chain
Rain Chain — Kelly and Company antiques in Fayetteville, GA
Scroll-top centerpiece — From a home we deconstructed
Cloche — Amazon
Boxwood topiary — Homegoods
Cement peach — Circa Antiques in Tyron, GA
Bronze stools — Horizon Sale in Peachtree City, GA
Faux Magnolia wreath — Amazon
Subway Tile — Home Depot – Daltile Bright White 3″x6″
Pewter Sanded Grout — Home Depot
Large Architectural piece — Antique store
Artichoke plates — Ballard Design
Green goblets — Ballard Design
Orange and green flower bouquet — HomeGoods
Rae Been “Enjoy” Cloche — HomeGoods
Cake stands — HomeGoods
Pink goblets — HomeGoods
White pitcher — HomeGoods
Floral plates — HomeGoods
Pig Paper Towel Holder — Amazon
“Woof” Rae Dunn Dog treat holder — HomeGoods
Small Bull heads — Park Hill Collection
Scalloped Tins —
Metal Truck — HomeGoods
Custom Calendar — – Circleandsquare Decor
“Grocery” sign — Country Living Fair
Bread Pan — Grandfather’s barn
Burlap Wrapped Artificial Potted Herb — Amazon
Burlap Wrapped Potted Lavender — Amazon
Custom Monogram —
Glass Utensil Holder (It is actually a vase) — Target

Canvas — Zulily
Window Mirror — Homegoods
Baby bath sink — Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta, GA
Glass vases — Homegoods
Shelf — DIY

Thanks, Laura!

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