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October 23, 2020

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She has many rolls as a mother, creator, decorator and blogger but she's also the one and only handmade letter board queen! You've probably seen her work all over Pinterest because she is just so creative and inspiring. She can literally do anything, she even did such a good job of introducing herself we might as well just let her speak. Please give a warm vintage welcome to Hannah!

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We lived Happily Ever After home tour front step with pumpkins

Home Tour Series:

We lived happily ever after

walking into a room with a colourful painted door
Can you give a brief introduction of yourself, your home and work? 

Hey! I’m Hannah. I’ve always been the artistic sort, looking to repurpose, and create from scratch, rather than buy new. I got married young, and being dirt poor, that fueled my passion to create a beautiful home. So 10 years ago, I started a blog, welivedhappilyeverafter.com. Through my website, and Instagram @welivedhappilyeverafter, I have shared our journey as we have created a wonderful, blessed life for our family. We recently stepped into a dream of ours and opened our decor shop, House Hathaway (IG: @HouseHathaway), where my artistic designs & handmade Letter Boards are sold.

halloween letter board
What year was your home built and do you have any details of the history or building process you would like to share? 

When my husband got out of the Marines, we wanted to put down some roots. We have always been handy, so we wanted a true fixer upper to make our own. Our home was built in 1991- and while it looked charming on the outside, the inside was a different story. It was so gross & dated. Without going into too many details, we completely renovated our home top to bottom.

renovated home by We lived Happily Ever After
How do you define your decor style? What are your favourite types of decor?

That’s a tough one- I’m a fan of closing out all the noise and distractions of what everyone else's homes look like… and just doing what makes you happy. I tend to get overwhelmed easily, and have found that less stuff brings me peace. So I guess you could say I have a minimalist, simple farmhouse style. I’m also not into things looking “new” and perfect. I don’t mind uneven gaps and chippy paint. I LOVE old things. Oh, and white… all the walls in my house are white. 

old world charm in a master bedroom
What is your favourite thing about your home? Do you have a favourite room or furniture piece?

I am obsessed with my Kitchen. It’s my happy space, and the heart of the home. We tore down the wall in between the kitchen and dining room to create an open flow, and we took all the upper cabinets down, replacing them with shelves. My second favourite space is definitely the magical reading nook I created for my kids. It’s a secret room that you enter through a hand-built wardrobe. Inside there is a huge gallery wall of hand painted fairytale artwork I created for my children. We read to the kids in there all the time, so it’s definitely a fun space.

We lived Happily Ever After kitchen for fall
Do you have any big future plans for your home? What is next for you or your home? 

Honestly, we have kind of run out of things to do… I love my home, and it truly could be a forever home… BUT, I wish I could just pick it up and move it to some land. Our lot isn’t as large as I would like. So with that said, who knows what’s in the cards for our family… The heart wants what the heart wants, and I am really craving some wide open space to build our forever home. 

But as far as my short term “current house” plans: I just want to continue growing my home grown pumpkin patch, expand the garden, and I definitely need to repaint my baseboards again… my three kids have done a number on them.

letter board in the kitchen
If you had one design or decor tip, what would it be? 

Just do what brings you joy. For me, I really try to invest in quality items that will last a lifetime. A simple example of this would be my broom and dust pan- instead of getting several plastic ones throughout my lifetime, I have opted for a metal dustpan and wooden broomstick that not only look cute, but will last a long time. Also, I am admit about things being functional in my home. With little storage, we hung our pots and pans out in the open- it looks cool, but it's totally functional as well. When it comes to your home decor, it doesn’t have to make sense to anyone else. You do you. When we built our pantry, I opted not to put a door over it. People thought I was crazy, but I had a vision for that space. Flash forward, that same pantry has been in a magazine- because it’s UNIQUE (and too pretty to hide behind closed doors!)

We lived Happily Ever After  letter board wreath
Do you have a business or social media tip you can give to all those who want to start a blog or home decor business?

We all start somewhere, and chances are, in a year or two, I will look back at some of my work and laugh saying “what was I thinking?” But that’s how we learn and grow into who we are. That’s how we create the best version of our work. You can’t grow if you never start. While it’s okay to strive for perfection, it’s more important to just press publish. And most importantly, do what sets your heart on fire. Looking back at the past 10+ years I’ve been working on this decor & business life, I know that all my talents and interests have led me right HERE… to where I’m supposed to be.

We lived Happily Ever After pantry view from the kitchen

Thank you Hannah for this stunning home tour. As always, don't forget to give Hannah some love. if you guys loved Hannah's home tour leave her a comment down below!

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