This month’s home tour is one that is very near and dear to my heart. See how my best friends, Hunter and Presley Whitley transform a metal storage building into a cozy abode that is every bit as functional as it is charming.
Presley is a Speech Pathologist at Pinecrest Retirement Community and Hunter is the owner of 217 Construction. Hunter designed and built this darling home from scratch, while Presley decorated it to perfection. All under a tin metal roof, this jewel of a first home packs in a full kitchen, living room, sleeping quarters, bathroom and a laundry space while still managing to seem airy and spacious.
You may have noticed that the “tiny home” lifestyle is growing in popularity as people are becoming more aware of living a simpler life. To the Whitley’s a home isn’t about size or cost, but being with the ones that they love most. They share their home with 2 precious pups, Case and Brazos. The Whitley’s enjoy spending time outdoors and grilling on the back porch. When asked what their favorite room is, they both agree on the kitchen. They say it is the heart of their home & have spent many hours sitting around their farmhouse table visiting with friends.
Presley and I are kindred spirits. We’ve never met a flea market we don’t like. She loves to decorate with one of a kind design pieces like repurposed antiques, collectibles and architectural salvage that she picks up at antique stores and flea markets. Thoughtful collections fill their home with love and character. From antique quilts, vintage enamelware and chippy furniture to vinyl records that they spend their evenings singing along to. Red school lockers that are used as a pantry and a café-like coffee station are some of the many unexpected surprises. In the kitchen, a rusty metal tire sign hangs above an antique pastel yellow farmhouse sink. Functional open shelving lined with yellow and turquoise dishes highlights a cheerful bead board accent wall. A white farmhouse table with mismatched metal chairs that Presley found in Round Top is topped with an industrial succulent arrangement. An antique dental cabinet displays their teal green record player. A vintage EmmyLou Harris concert poster they scored in Nashville hangs under a set of Hunter’s deer antlers, while a salvaged rake serves as a key & coat hanger.
When asked what their favorite junking find is, Presley’s eyes light up as she answers, “definitely the red lockers, but I can’t take credit for finding them because they were a gift from my grandmother. I love the industrial feel that they give to our kitchen. I also love our farmhouse table because it was such a sporadic find that was exactly what I had been searching for.”
Hunter adds details like rich wooden beams, exposed air ducts, and large windows that let in beautiful natural sunlight. A mix of old and new are pulled together effortlessly in the bedroom. I love how the Whitley’s use old maps, photos & family heirlooms to decorate their shiplap walls. It seems like every corner is filled with clever details that make the house feel so warm and inviting. Presley’s secret? Putting unexpected pieces to use and using vintage finds to add character. She always has candles burning and fresh flowers to create cozy warmth. Her design inspiration comes from her grandmother and mom, who also use quirky vintage pieces to add charm to their farmhouse style homes. She would describe her design style as “flea market eclectic.” She loves all things chippy & worn. “It is all about telling a story.”
If you are interested in learning more about creating your own metal building home or craftsman home please contact Hunter. The Whitley’s would love to design your home and make it as cozy as theirs.
Hunter Whitley – 217 Construction
Phone: (936) 671-9320