Pinterest Dream Homes: Guest Post from Emily

Thursday already?! Hope you all are having a great week! 

Today's Pinterest Dream Home is from Emily at Dear Owen. Emily is probably my first blog-turned-real-life-friend, that I've never really met. She's as sincere and authentic as they come, and we've spent many emails and g-chats bonding over our boys that don't sleep and the wonders of motherhood. If you don't already read her blog, you should. Her little boy Owen is the cutest little one year old in town, and pictures of him are sure to put a smile on your face.


Hi sweet Earning Our Stripes readers!!!! I'm Emily from Dear Owen, and I am thrilled to be here today at Earning Our Stripes. I think you all know (but just in case you don't) how sweet, and genuine Jillian is. Her blog is a daily read of mine and I really, really hope to get to "meet" her in real-life one day soon. Y'all she's one of a kind-really she is, and her projects always have my wheels turning and ready to attempt to tackle my never ending "to-do" list.  

 Jillian- I hope you are having a great family getaway in the beautiful northeast while us southerns are melting away!! 

 Anyways, thanks again Jillian for letting me share my dream home.
This was waaay too much fun to put together.  

My dream home would be a beautifully renovated and restored old country farmhouse on plenty of acreage, filled with gorgeous old oak trees. 

Country Home with wrap around porch.

one end of the large spacious  porch would have an awesome porch swing with lots of beautiful pillows. I heart pillows, the hubby not so much but in my "dream world" he would of course love them! This would be the perfect place for sipping iced tea and relaxing 

Lowcountry Architect: "I" House or Plantation Plain Style

and at the other end there would be two perfectly white rocking chairs surrounded by gorgeous plants. (that I couldn't kill!) 

Classic southern charm on this porch

upon entering this little dream home you would find 

A cozy entry way that would be perfect to welcome lots, and lots of family and friends. 

love this cozy entry way

 there would also  be plenty of room for an old antique church pew and tons of family pictures 

perfect church pew

the entry way would open right up to the living room 


dining room with a large table to seat many guests and hold a ton of great food. 

great way to match a country raw wood table and classic chairs I'll do the same in my dining room

There would be an amazing laundry room with gorgeous cabinets- plenty of folding space and baskets galore. These stone floors would also be a necessity and they must be laid in a herringbone pattern just like these. 

a mudroom filled with gorgeous antique furniture and double lanterns would come right off the screened in front porch on the side of the house. 

Love this area

 Screened in side porch
Side Porch

a soft, white open kitchen with one end  opening to a seating area/keeping room
kitchen with tv nook

and the other end with a little cozy table and bench that opens up to 
Open kitchen design

this amazing porch 

Amazing outdoor living and dining space

and the back yard with ample green space,  lots of trees, and of course, a pool. 


oh, and a little old barn perfect for parties, complete with a barn swing

Barn swing!!!!! better than a front porch swing?

upstairs at one end of the long hallway would be a cozy reading nook with plenty of book storage and a comfy place to lounge with a really great red light fixture. This seems like a perfect place for a red light fixture, right?

Reading Nook

The master bedroom would have to have an amazing view of the acreage, a cozy fireplace, a wonderfully old chandelier and luxurious bedding.

the master bedroom would need an on suite, similar to this

Houzz - Pine Street Carpenters

Owen's room 

6th Street Design School | Kirsten Krason Interiors

and an amazing playroom 

adorable everything

But most importantly, this dream home of mine would be filled to the brim with love, laughter, celebrations, memories, and people. That's what makes a dream home a home, right? A place where everyone feels welcomed, and loved, and not a single person leaves a stranger but instead, a new friend.

 This would be my dream home.

Thanks again for letting me share.
Happy Day, Friends! Feel free to visit me at Dear Owen!!


This is why we are friends... Emily, I'm moving in :)
Gorgeous! Love it all!

Hope you all enjoyed this little series! I'll be back next week with my very own Pinterest dream home...

... But in the meantime I'll be enjoying our last few days of sunshine and trying to get that perfect-beach-family-picture. Am I the only one that has to have at least one family picture that I love from vacation? Here's to trying!



  1. What a LOVELY home! Can I come stay?! We have the same taste in kitchens! Love this series Jillian!

  2. Thanks for having me Jillian! And Colleen you may absolutely come and stay!!! The boys could have a blast together and I'm pretty sure we would too!

  3. YES YES AND YES. need i say more?

  4. Oh, I think I could easily be very happy here as well.

  5. Um, can I move in as well?? Haha! Love these images. Will have to pin a few of them!


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