“I feel most at peace when I’m home tending to my plants and chasing around a baby. There’s something about the quiet rumble of the dryer while I’m rocking a babe to sleep that just makes me feel like there’s no place like home.” -Amanda Shamblin
Amanda and her husband crave simplicity and strive to live intentionally and minimally. She often finds herself painting walls, rearranging furniture and selling off pieces that no longer suit their home - which sounds far too familiar to me. I feel like I’m in a constant state of doing the same. Their home is small, much like our apartment, and I understand and appreciate that constant balance downsizing to just what you need. Anyone else feel the same? Since I started working from home I feel even more connected and drawn to our space and find myself wanting to make small improvements to make our home that much cozier.
Amanda’s home is located in a beautiful small French historic town on the Ohio River. She lives there with her husband, 4 kids and their cat, Jack. They purchased their home six years ago and have done a handful of improvements since. In my interview with her she shared that prior to them moving in, “The house was immaculately kept by a sweet elderly lady, who had an affinity for all shades of green as well as shag carpet. We tore down walls, built closets, ripped up carpet, added a half bath, made a laundry room, added a back door and painted everything in sight.” But her favorite part of the space and remodel is her kitchen. She was able to create her dream set up with butcher block counter tops and a porcelain sink affordably from Ikea. She told me that her kitchen is the heart of their home and as someone who pours their heart into baking and cooking I just love that sentiment.
When it comes to decor Amanda is a fan of thrifting and antique shops. Her goal over the years has been to fill their home with objects found, collected, repurposed or inherited. She feels as though these are the pieces that reflect who they are as a family and the history of these objects adds to their personal story. This even applies to the outdoors. Amanda and her kiddos love bringing in driftwood, wildflowers or pinecones from their walks on the river. Amanda wants their home to feel alive with a lot of natural elements and warm, earthy, moody colors and this comes across clearly in her photos.