New Beginnings…

Welcome to my blog! This has been a dream of mine for years and I’m excited to finally begin this new journey. My goal is to “Inspire you to live your best life”! My background is Interior Design and for the past four years I have owned “iheartDesign Company”. In January 2016 we decided to buy and renovate a farmhouse in the country (more on that story soon) and The Morris Manor was born.

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The farmhouse. I took this photo January 2017

At the time we bought the farmhouse we were living in a large (builders grade) home in a great neighborhood about 45 minutes away. As you can imagine managing the business, kids, wife responsibilities, and the reno, etc….. it quickly became exhausting! This past summer through extenuating circumstances I made the choice to close my business and invest 100% to my family and the farmhouse. I do plan to open a boutique one day once my kids are older but for now its lots of projects and snuggles!

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Our previous home was 2,600 sq. ft. and brand new with a two car garage. The farmhouse is 2,200 sq.ft. with no garage. We downsized a family of 5 in order to UP-size our lifestyle. We lived in that home for 7 years and have many great memories. Sure, there have been lots of sacrifices along the way but we are a better family because of it. We learned that life isn’t about the status quo and having the best. That being slave to a mortgage or career can strip you of joy and take away the passion for creativity. My income was necessary to survive in our “big new” home. Don’t get me wrong I loved our home but to everything there is a season and this is our season for new beginnings.

This farmhouse has brought new life to our family. My creative juices are overflowing! I’d like to consider myself the queen of DIY…and controlled chaos. Here is some of what I have planned for you. I hope you are ready to be inspired!

  • How to paint fabric
  • How to add custom trim to window treatments
  • Before and After photos of the farmhouse
  • Room makeovers
  • How to mix patterns in decorating
  • Spiritual posts to keep it real
  • How to create high style on a DIY budget
  • And more

Thank you for stopping by!

Love, Katrina

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24 thoughts on “New Beginnings…”

  1. Came across your new blog via Fox Hollow Blog. Beautiful. You guys have done an amazing job. I too just purchased a 106 year old house in Nebraska. Probably at one time was a farm house but for too many years it was a college rental. I am in the process of rehabbing as much as I can by myself. I love your open shelves in the kitchen. Can you tell me where you got them? I, too, will be now happily “stalking” your reno ideas. Keep up the great work and success on your new blogging venture. Right now I will remain a stalker.

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    1. Thank you Deborah! Congrats on your rehabbing adventure. I sold the brackets at my shop. I’m searching for some to just like it and will share as soon as I find them. The actual shelves are 2 X10’s I just beat it up and stained to look reclaimed.

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  2. Hoping to get inspired and borrow some ideas to refurbish our (long neglected and now quite shabby) home of 35 years. I love your style! Best of luck with your new blog venture.

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  3. I’m very excited for you, Katrina, as well as us who can log onto your blog to get updates. I may forward your blog to my daughters as they, too, would love seeing the transformation of your new home as well as your DIY inputs. I am very proud of you for launching into the financial unknown but ‘good for the family’ known. Proud to also know you as a friend!

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    1. Toni, what a blessing your encouragement and sweet words are to me! My cup runneth over. You have always been such a special friend. Sending you a great big hug! Also, If you scroll to the bottom of the page you can input your email address and be notified with every new post!

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  4. Well done! Your home is lovely. I wish you well in your new adventures both blogging and country living. The joy of the Lord will be your strength no matter the circumstances! Blessings!

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  5. Katrina, I finally made it over here! I love it and can’t wait for more! I am SO thrilled for you, having this dream realized and living out your passions! God bless you and praying He will reign His good, gracious Favor all over you!!
    XO
    Debi. (@treasure.nest)😘

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