The Next Chapter

I have always been obsessed with floor plans. When I was a teenager, I would spend hours pouring over Southern Living House Plan books.

While the other girls were reading Teen Magazine, my nose was stuck in a book of blueprints. I would study each plan and figure out what I liked best about it and what I would change if it were my own home. I would admire the pencil sketches of the front of the house and try to picture what kind of family might live there. I was obsessed.

By the time I was 15, my dad was using a now-extinct software called Planix Home Designer to draw floor plans for his modular building customers. I sat down beside him and learned how to use the program, and one night I stayed up late on the giant desktop computer in our basement drawing my dream home. When I showed it to my parents the next day they both started laughing. The problem was, I had absolutely no idea what actual house dimension sizes should be, so the living room was approximately 95 feet long. They explained to me what a more realistic size for a house would be, and I scrapped my first draft for a better version.

Fast-forward 25 years and I still love floor plans. I got my degree in Interior Design. I worked for my dad for 15 years doing all of the drafting and design of our commercial modular buildings.

As many of you remember, after much consideration, I left that job in October of 2014 to become a full-time blogger.

And then I promptly found out that “SURPRISE!” I was having a baby. My sweet Caroline will turn three in August (can y’all believe that??) so I’ve been working from home for four years now.

But today, it’s time for that to come to an end.

This week, I accepted a full-time job with a custom home builder to be a Residential Designer.

I will be helping clients build their dream homes and assist the builder in drafting their blueprints. All day long I will have my head and hands inside virtual houses, mentally walking through the rooms and making sure all the details are complete and then showing it to the customer on a 3D walk-through.

This is pretty much my dream job.

AND, there is even a cherry on top…

J. Wright Building Company, my new employer, is the only home builder in the Birmingham metro that is a part of the Southern Living Custom Builder program.  Jeremy Wright’s Altadena Park house plan is one of the top-selling floor plans that Southern Living offers.

Altadena Park House Plan rendering

Source via Southern Living

Which means that maybe, after lots of learning, drawing, praying and practicing, there’s a possibility I might one day see my blueprint design between the pages of a Southern Living House Plan book, too.

Regardless, all of those hours spent pouring over house plans as a teenager will not be in vain.

The biggest thing I miss most about my old job is the creativity that is required to sit down with a blank piece of virtual “paper” and start drafting a floorplan from scratch. It’s a really cool feeling, after the job is finished, to walk through the front door that I built in my head and see every detail that I imagined brought to life. I will get to do that once again, but with houses this time. I cannot wait.

Going back to work full-time after working from home for four years presents quite a few challenges and there has been plenty of mom-guilt in making this decision, but that’s another story for another blog post.

Even though it will mean huge changes for us, I’m 100% confident that this is the right choice for me and my family.

Tomorrow I’m turning the page to a whole new exciting chapter of life. I cannot wait to see where it leads.

If you’re interested in seeing the type of custom homes I will be working on, check out the J. Wright Building Company website or join us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Here’s a hint… they are GORGEOUS.

open foyer to living room

I am SO excited to start this new journey and help design dream homes like these.

Bedroom with white shiplap ceiling and beams

I mean really, y’all. Pinch me now.

Breakfast nook with banquette

I know you’re asking me, “Beth, what does this mean for the blog?”

I’ll save that for the next post. 🙂

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  1. I am soooo excited for you, Beth!

  2. This has me smiling from ear to ear! We love Jeremy and Lindsay, and their girls! Terry and Jeremy have worked together for years and we think the world of him. I can’t wait to see all the homes you design!!!!

  3. So happy for you, Beth!! What a great opportunity! Congratulations.

  4. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you Beth!

  5. Kelly W. says:

    I’m so happy for you, friend! I know you are going to do a fabulous job! <3

  6. Wow! That’s so exciting, Beth! Those Southern Living floor plans are always my favorites too. Good luck on your new adventure! Can’t wait to hear how it goes.

  7. Debbie Kosharek says:

    Ohhh Beth, I couldn’t be more happy for you.
    PERFECT job for you!!

  8. I am so excited for you! It does sound like the dream job for you! Congratulations!

  9. How amazing!!!! They’re lucky to have you!

  10. Awesome! Congratulations girl! You’re going to kill this! Also please more homes with side or rear entry garages.

  11. Jess S. says:

    Woo Hoo!! Congratulations 🙂

  12. Barbara says:

    I’m happy to see you so excited about this! Proud of you for grabbing the opportunity!

  13. I’m so excited for you, Beth! Sounds like a perfect fit!

  14. I am beyond thrilled for you Beth! What a splash you are going to make, and I know you are going to make some future home owners wildly happy! I’m sure it’ll take some adjusting, but you’ll be a work outside the home mom boss in no time flat.
    Sending you all the best wishes, Shannon

    PS: Don’t forget to make room for bed swings on all the porches. xoxo

  15. Awesome! So glad and happy for you.

  16. I need a beautiful someday-next house empty nester design. I have yet to find one that meets all my criteria, or even most of it – they all fall very short. Get on that will ya, five year plan!

    • Hi Bliss,
      Wanted to reply to your post to Beth – (what a wonderful opportunity for her to once again be able to professionally pursue her love of home design through her new position) – about your someday empty nester design. Over the years, my husband and I built one house and purchased/remodeled several others. After he passed away I built one where my daughter lived, moved and purchased another, moved again/purchased again. Last year my daughter wanted me to move out to their new place in the country and build there. I designed a one bedroom, fully contained home as an addition to her existing house so that it would appear to be one large home, not an “add on”, with an open floor plan. It connects to the rear of her house, forming an L shape, with similar style covered porches (same railings/posts, concrete floors with tall, planked ceilings), same roofing, exterior paint colors, windows and doors. We replaced her dining room window with a French door that opens to the unroofed/open part of of the rear porch. I wanted a look that was light and airy with lots of windows, French doors, vaulted ceilings, a fireplace with bookshelves, wood or wood look floors, porches, easily maintained, all white interior. I drew upon everything that I both liked and disliked about my previous houses plus clippings/photos/floor plans I had saved over the years. Some suggestions to consider: keep an “Idea File” (I use a divided folder/file box with a handle) of things that appeal to you under various heading such as floor plans, exterior ideas, whole house looks, individual rooms, furniture, cabinets, colors, accessories, etc. I also keep tons of stuff on my Pinterest files. Do edit all this information periodically and get rid of ideas that don’t seem to work with your current thinking. Print off some of the really best pictures from Pinterest and put in your Idea File, so you can spread things out and compare them all at once. With floor plans, there are many out there on the internet for Granny suites, vacation homes, retirement homes and such. The whole plan doesn’t have to work – maybe just one or two rooms that can be combined with something else. Draw these plans/individual rooms off onto 1/4″ graph paper (to save space make 1 square = 2 ft.) when you come up with a final floor plan that seems feasible, increase to standard 1/4″ – 1′ so you can use furniture cutouts to see if the space really works. Also consider your situation – 1 or 2 people, possible guests, area you want to live, your lifestyle, your health and mobility (do you really want stairs, carpet, a large yard ?) durability of exterior finishes – all this impacts the house you ultimately build. A one or two bedroom house may re-sell great in one area and not in another. Dream big to start and then pare down to what is practical for your individual situation. You said you have 5 years to do this which is great. Take advantage of this time frame to hone you ideas and don’t forget to go through your furniture, possessions, etc. and purge down to what you truly love and to make way for some new things you may want. This is a perfect time to get rid of some of the “baggage” we all tend to accumulate in our homes and pare down to what you truly love. Best wishes for you on this adventure and keep watching Beth as you are sure to get many great ideas.

  17. Beth. I am so excited for you. WHat a perfect fit for you. I would love to hear more!

  18. Congratulations Beth! I’m so happy for you and your family, change is good and a dream come true is even better! Best of luck with everything!

  19. Congratulations Beth! So happy for you!

  20. Congratulations Beth!! Very exciting news!!

  21. How exciting! Congratulations!

  22. Wonderful news. Congratulations. I’ll be looking forward to your successes.

  23. Congratulations, Beth!! That is awesome and exciting!

  24. Lisa Motherseaf says:

    Congrats, Beth!! They’re lucky to have you as one of their employees. I’ve always felt (reading your blog) you’re talented in unique ways and am not suprised you needed a new outlet for that creative energy. Good luck!!

  25. Beth, congratulations for being so brave and for taking such a big step in a different t direction. I hope this career change will be everything you hope it will be. Can’t wait to see what this means for your blog. Will be thinking of you.

  26. Congratulations, Beth! I am so excited for you to be a part of creating dream homes. What a blessing you will be to so many people.

  27. Congratulations, Beth! This is very exciting news for you.

  28. Congratulations Beth! This does sound like a dream job!

    No mom guilt. Don’t do that to yourself. Period.

  29. Congratulations, Beth! I am happy for you!

  30. I loved looking at plans in magazines as a teenager too! That is probably why I enjoy your blog so much. 🙂 Thanks for being such a generous blogger and answering my beginner questions years ago; I’ve followed your blog ever since and I’ll be sad to see the blog go, but have fun at your new job!

  31. Susi Willis says:

    Congratulations for following your heart and mind! This will be an incredible experience for you and your family! Best of luck! Thanks for inspiring us in more ways today!

  32. Good Luck Sweet Lady!
    Everyone deserves to be Happy in their job!
    I wish you the best!

  33. Beth,
    Always follow your heart and your dreams. You will be amazing in your new job creating your beautiful designs! Wishing you the best of luck with everything and thank you for sharing this old chapter with us! The best is yet to come!!!!!

  34. That sounds amazing! I used to do the same thing when I was younger. I had a drafting table in my bedroom and I’d map out rooms to imaginary houses, all with fabulous home libraries!

    Congratulations and good luck!

  35. It is a perfect time to transition into doing something new and the best part it is something you love and do so well. Blogging is kinda on the downswing, so finding a position like you just landed is beyond exciting! Can’t wait to hear more. Dreams do come true! 🙂

  36. Congratulations Beth! You will be a true asset in your new job and make things come to life because of your passion. Have appreciated your sharing projects and ideas and hope you will still have some time to continue to share even if it can only be on a limited basis. Thank you so much!

  37. So happy for you. It has been said, “If you enjoy what you do, it is never work”.
    Best of luck!

  38. Congratulations to you, Beth! It was just a happy accident that I discovered your blog through a Pinterest pin. It is one of only two that I follow and read regularly, so I will really miss you! I, too, obsessed over SouthernLiving home plans books as a teenager, so I’m thrilled for your next adventure! Just wanted you to know that your blog always spoke to me in real-life ways I could relate to. And your pictures made me feel like I could trust you because they were always dead-on accurately aligned with my own tastes. So I think you will be fabulous in your new job of creating happy spaces for new homeowners! Thank you for investing a lot of time and energy into your blog, and spreading goodness and beauty into the world, which has inspired many people like myself that you will never know about. Wishing you the best!

  39. Congrats Beth! I’m so very happy that you are happy with the new direction your life is taking! You are so incredibly talented on so many fronts and I’ve learned so much from you too! I’m looking forward to seeing what you design!

  40. Cheryl Major says:

    Congrats ! sounds like th perfect job for you !!

  41. Congrats on your dream job

  42. I would love to live in a home designed by you, Beth! So thrilled for this opportunity for you, and I can’t wait to see what you create!

  43. Valerie Judy says:

    Congratulations!! Best of luck to you!

  44. Its sounds very exciting! Congratulations, Decorating houses is a dream of mine.

  45. Beth,

    What an exciting time for you! To be able to return to the type of work you have loved all of your life is a wonderful and fulfilling opportunity for you. I have always believed that when things just seem to align in your life, when something seems “right” for you to do – it is. We all worry about the changes involved in going in new directions, but change is a chance for growth for all concerned and followed heedfully can only enrich you. You will do well working in a field you are meant to be involved in and to be able to share your talent with many. Best wishes on your new job.

  46. Fabulous, I love it all.

  47. Jayne McLeod says:

    congratulations Beth … best wishes to you and your family … YOU will draw amazing homes !
    prayers and continued success to YOU !

  48. CONGRATULATIONS…. !!! What a great opportunity for you..!!! Now your dreams are coming true..


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