Hello! Welcome To Our Home, SANTABRISA.

We are so happy you stopped by. My husband Ronny and I broke ground on our Sugarberry Cottage (Southern Living Plan SL-1648) in 2018. It took us 11 months to owner-build our dream home. For more of the owner-building process, click HERE. To view our modified house plans, click HERE.

We wanted to give our house her own name—something to honor the place into which we poured our dreams and tireless days and nights of hard work. The place where our children would play, explore, laugh, cry, and grow up. A welcoming space for old and new friends.

Our land is considered to be at the highest point of our small town and it overlooks a large lake. Perhaps because of these factors, it is always very windy at our house. You can always count on a nice breeze when you step outside. Santabrisa, meaning “Holy” or “Saintly Breeze” in Spanish was the name that felt just right for our new home. We hope you enjoy visiting!


Upstairs Bedroom No. 1

3 shares 3 When my oldest son became a teenager we rolled up our sleeves and did some serious DIY’ing to give his room an updated, more grown up feel.

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Master Bathroom

The salle de baines by virtue of its role in the home should not need be deprived of beauty and style. In fact it lends itself splendidly to elegance and

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Upstairs Bedroom No. 2

I knew iron bed frames would be perfect for the farmhouse feel of our Sugarberry Cottage, the house plan from Southern Living we picked for our home. I find the

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Upstairs Hallway

I’m a sucker for hallways. They are special nooks of the home. I have many a fond memory from the hallways of our childhood homes. Through the eyes of a

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From a functional perspective ample counter-space and openness were on the priority list when we were designing our kitchen. Although islands yield additional counter space and storage, we had one

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Guest Bath

Don’t underestimate small bathrooms—design wise they can pack some punch!  I had fun playing with patterns and color accents to create a French-inspired aesthetic starting with some Jelinek Striped Wallpaper

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The Exterior

I struggled terribly when it came to deciding on the exterior color of our new home. It’s one of those BIG decisions that you’re kind of stuck with once it’s

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Master Bedroom

Our master bedroom is perhaps my favorite place to escape in our home. It is my retreat at the end of the day or for that rare mid-day break. It

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Living Room

This post features a compilation of photos from our living room and dining nook. Since I’m often changing things around I’d thought I’d share some of the various looks I’ve

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Upstairs Bath

Hello lovelies and welcome to the upstairs bathroom of our home. Three, sometimes four kids (when our oldest visits) share this bathroom. I wanted the theme to be clean and

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Christmas At Santabrisa

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