I’ve been thinking about this upcoming new year and I get butterflies in my stomach. Literally. There are big things that are about to happen in our lives and business and it gives me all the feels. I decided to come up with a theme word for 2018 and I think I’ve decided on “fresh”.

I love to decorate with live plants in our own home. I think something about the fact that they’re living just brings a breath of fresh air. They must be cared for and tended to. If that doesn’t happen, they won’t flourish. But if they’re taken care of they will thrive and make the space feel fresh and alive. I want us to embrace that same feeling of freshness in our life and business this year.

This little plant on our mantle helped inspire our word for 2018.

This next year will be full of that.

For starters, this year might bring a fresh new endeavor. The very first new home construction that Hartman Homes has ever done is on the horizon for 2018. I mentioned in an earlier blog post that we purchased some land a couple months ago. We’ve been toying several different ideas around in our minds and right now the idea of subdividing that land and building homes on it is winning. I guess that would end up being a mini “Hartman Homes” neighborhood.

My second thought with “fresh” is with design. I’ve found that when you design multiple kitchens, bathrooms, exteriors, etc for a living it’s easy to find a comfortable spot in design and stick to it. But I also get tired and bored of “trends” really quickly. For instance, I’ve been getting tired of the farmhouse craze that has taken over the world. This year, I’m challenging myself to continuously think outside the box and have fresh ideas when designing new spaces. Our drive is to do quality work that is “different” enough to set us apart from others.

And lastly, fresh beginnings are on the way. I don’t want to say too much too soon, but a big change is about to happen in our business and we couldn’t be more excited and nervous all at the same time. When we started working this business three years ago we had a specific goal in mind. That goal was to have freedom. We wanted freedom with our time so we could enjoy this life together and with our children. We didn’t want to miss a minute. We wanted financial freedom so we would be able to bless others and exercise our spiritual gifts of giving. We also wanted freedom to dream and be able to pursue those dreams. I’ve been thinking about sharing a bit more of our beginning story on here and maybe someday I will.

During the really difficult, exhausting, overworked times we’ve maintained the mindset to “live like no one else, so that one day you can live like no one else”. Does that make sense? Basically, don’t get comfortable. Pray harder and dream bigger. Pursue those dreams that God placed in your heart tirelessly. Be the driving force to accomplish those dreams.

So going into 2018, “fresh” is going to be the word that we claim as we embark on this new year full of fresh things. Thanks for reading and I pray you all have a blessed new year!




Flip House, Master Bath Reno, and 34 Weeks Pregnant…

We’ve got so much going on right now. Sometimes I think we’re a little bit wacko to tackle so much at one time…but alas, here we are! 

First off we’re elbow deep into our current flip house. It’s been 3 weeks since demo day and we’ve had stuff going on almost each day. We had the new HVAC system with a gas furnace installed last week. This week the new rooms started being framed, we had a new roof put on, and the painting started. I’ve pretty much finished all of the designing and shopping for this house already. All of the bathroom fixtures, lighting, tile, and paint has been purchased. I am SO stoked for this house to start taking shape. I decided to go with a creamy White for the walls (exact color is Sherwin William’s Drift of Mist) and a medium gray (Sherwin William’s Dorian Gray) for all of the trim and interior doors. This house had fabulous, thick old trim and I wanted it to be a highlighted feature in the design of this house. Here’s a sneak peek of these colors.

As soon as the kitchen cabinets are finished being painted (in Sherwin William’s Alabaster), we will select the granite so it can be installed. 

Once the bathrooms start coming together I’ll share details of those rooms. Here’s a hint, we’re creating an enormous master suite by turning the old den into the master bath!! Whoo, I can hardly wait! It’s going to be incredible! 

My goal is to have most of my design work completed for this house before our baby makes his appearance in the next several weeks. This will allow me to have some necessary time off from this project after he is born. 

The next project that we have going on is at our house. At this very moment our master bathroom is fully gutted and is about to receive a complete makeover. We’re also hoping to have this done before the baby comes, hopefully even in this next week. We’re rearranging the layout of the room, we’ve removed 2 closets and are adding a new walk in closet, adding all new tile, a new vanity, new shower, fresh paint, lighting, fixtures, etc. I’m SO excited! 

My vision for this bathroom was for it to be a good mixture of several styles and not feel too “trendy”. I want it to be classy enough to last for a long, long time. The goal of the design is for it to feel clean and fresh with a hint of a historical, Charleston feel, a hint of farmhouse, and a hint of industrial. But not too much of any of those. I want it to feel fresh and airy. I’ll share a few individual pictures of some of the items going into this bathroom. 

This gorgeous, classy tile is perfect! I knew it was the right one the moment I found it!! We will use it to cover the floor and the large soap box in the shower will be in this tile too!

This 72″ vanity is handmade from reclaimed wood and will have two above mount white, rectangle sinks on it.

These lights that we decided to use for above the vanity were the perfect mixture of industrial and farmhouse. We have three of these lights that will be to the left, middle, and right of the round, brass rimmed mirrors.

The tub/shower will be tiled in a large white subway tile with charcoal colored grout. The wall behind the toilet will also be tiled in this same subway tile. The rest of the walls are going to be painted in a bright, fresh…wait for it…green!! Yes, green! Imagine a creamy sage green, but a bit brighter. I’m so excited! Another feature I’m pretty excited about are these built in shelves next to the shower. They will look kinda like this.

One of the design staples that inspired this room came from a purchase we made during our recent trip to Charleston, SC. We love it there so much and wanted to incorporate some pieces from there into our new bathroom. I purchased two old prints (one of a painting of the battery and downtown area and one old map).  I framed them in antique brass frames and they will be hung above the toilet on the tile wall. Can you get a sense yet of the feeling I’m trying to achieve in here?! Ahh, I can feel it and can’t wait to see it all come together! 

Stay tuned for the before and after pictures as soon as this room is finished! I promise I’ll do a blog post. 



Flip Update: Living Room

Tonight we met with the realtor who will be listing our flip house and she was blown away! It literally made my day. She actually even said to me, “Joanna Gaines couldn’t have done this better herself”. I was floored. I don’t think she could have given a more flattering comment. Her marketing specialist will be taking pictures next Wednesday and the house will hit the market the following Wednesday and we will have an open house that same weekend.

 To say I’m excited is an understatement. Hearing an outsider (someone not a family member or friend whose obligated to say they like it) say that they really love all the work you’ve done is so humbling and exciting all at once. It sure makes all the long hours and late nights worth it. 

Tonight’s post is about the living room transformation.

  This room didn’t need a whole lot in regard to renovations. It got a new ceiling fan and a fresh coat of paint (wall color is Sherwin Williams Olympus White and trim color is Sherwin Williams Snowbound) and it was pretty much ready to go. The original hardwood flooring was in such good shape that it didn’t even need refinishing.

The biggest transformation in here happened once we brought furniture in and I got to decorate the space. Now remember, EVERY single piece in this room is for sale to anyone who wants it. Whether that be a potential buyer, realtor, or even YOU who are reading this post. So if you see something you’re interested in contact me and I can let you know the price(s). 

Without further ado, here are the after pictures:

Isn’t that entry way table darling?! It was custom made by Carolina Chic Home Decor from reclaimed wood taken from a one room school house located in Lexington, NC. Isn’t that so cool! It looks so very perfect in this living room.

    That little gem of a picture frame hanging behind the couch was a find at an antique shop in Shallotte, NC. It was love at first sight the moment I laid my eyes on it. I knew immediately what I wanted to use it for.   

That trunk…isn’t it so dreamy? Believe it or not, that was a yard sale find. Total score!

This little end table was a thrifted yard sale find too. It underwent an overhaul by yours truly, and now it’s beautiful! It works perfect for this space. 
I had so much fun designing this space and picking out the furniture and decor for this room. I wanted it neutral enough that it would appeal to lots of people, but I wanted to add enough color and pattern to make it feel cozy and homey (I’m aware that’s not a real word šŸ˜‰). I’m very satisfied with the end result. Ultimately I hope that the financial and time expense of staging helps with the sale of our home. We shall see.

So, the real question is…what do you guys think of the living room?



Flip Update: Bathroom Renovation

Our flip house is almost ready to go on the market. We are nearly completely done with the inside with only a few minor things to wrap up. We have some outdoor and landscaping things left to do, but then it will be ready to be listed for sale! Whoo Hoo!! 

I decided to do a small blog post with before and after pictures of individual rooms/areas of this house rather than one long post. So this is post #1: the main bathroom. 

Let’s take a walk down memory lane…this bathroom was hideous! Like, super hideous. It had dark brown tile surrounding the tub and pink tile on the walls. The flooring was a coordinating brown/tan color vinyl. The fixtures, vanity, etc were very, very old and ugly too. Here are the before pictures. 

My plan for this space was a serene, spa like retreat. My color palette was neutral grays and greens with white accents. We kept the original layout the same, and just changed all of the contents. I picked Sherwin William’s Sea Salt for the walls and it was an excellent choice. It’s almost like a gray/green/blue color, but light enough that it still looks like a neutral. The flooring I picked is this beautiful, hard wood looking gray tile. The shower is surrounded in white subway tiles with a stripe and soapbox done in gray marble. I definitely wanted to have a double vanity and after searching for awhile I found the perfect one. It’s a dark gray with a tan/white/gray granite top. It’s stunning. The fixtures are all oil rubbed bronze and they all have a slightly industrial feel to them. As the final “cherry on top” we did some open shelving too. You’ll see similar shelving throughout the whole house and I love the custom feel it gives this home. And lastly, but definitely not least, I found the green, rustic towel hooks at an antique shop at the beach. I’m not for sure if they were originally towel hooks, but that’s what they are now. I certainly think they add some spunk and personality to the space! 

Alright, enough talking… here are the after pictures!


Hopefully potential buyers will think it turned out as good as I think it did! What do you guys think about it?!

XOXO, Megan

Hartman Interiors: Project #1Ā 

Ya’ll remember that post I did a few weeks ago about my first interior design job? Well, I finished it this evening! Let me share some before pictures first.  

The request I had from the homeowners was this: create a space that is brighter and more open feeling. They wanted the accent colors to be red and blue. They had three chairs that I had to incorporate, as well as the tv and tv console. 

So, off I went to try to accomplish this room and make it look fabulous. If I’m honest, I was nervous about the red and blue. I was concerned about the room looking like a Fourth of July party, and I definitely couldn’t let that happen. So, I made my main colors gray and light beige, with accents of red and blue. I painted, whitewashed the brick fireplace, changed out the ceiling fan (Nathan helped me with this ā˜ŗļø), hung new curtains and curtain rods, and replaced all the old decor and furniture. 

Without further ado, here are the afters. 



I am so pleased with how it turned out. It feels bright, airy, and spacious now. I love all the different little areas to sit and snuggle up. So very inviting! The homeowners were happy as well, so that counts as a win to me!


Paint color- Lowe’s Sherwin William’s line, color “passive”

Leather, reclining couch – transit damaged freight

Wingback chair, chaise, navy rocker- items previously owned by the homeowners

Curtains, curtain rods, throw pillows, patterned throw, wire baskets on wall- Homegoods

Solid blue throw, glass candle holder and red leather stool- Pottery Barn

Rug- Lowe’s

Wood end table, hanging lantern- Marshall’s

“Not all who wander” plaque- World Market

Console table, wreath, tassel throws, runner in foyer- Joss and Main

Books, red lantern, and beige vase on mantle- antiques found in Williamsburg, Virginia 

Mirror on mantle, white side table- found at yard sales

Hope you guys like the way it turned out as much as I do!