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Bloggers We Love Q+A with Homestead 128

Images Courtesy of Becky Dempster
The blogger: Becky Dempster
Her blog: Homestead 128
Passion: To serve women who crave homes with purpose.
H.Q.: Garnavillo, Iowa

How long have you been blogging?
I started blogging in 2012, after our third child was born. At that time my blog was called “The Dempster Logbook,” and my plan was to keep an online journal of family activities and things I enjoyed. In my mind, it was a way of documenting for myself and also to keep in touch with long distance family. Since then, I have transitioned to focus on DIY projects and the process of creating a home. I also offer interior design services.

As a designer and blogger, what inspires you?
When I am looking for inspiration for design and home décor, I love to visit antique malls and boutique shops that specialize in thrifty, repurposed pieces. I also enjoy flipping through home magazines to keep up on current design trends.

Tell us a little bit about your home.
Our home is a farmhouse that’s located by our hog barns. It was built in the early 1900s and has survived a century of Iowa winters and even a tornado. I love the history behind the home, and the land surrounding the house is beautiful. There is a large yard for our kids with a garden, patch of wild roses and large rhubarb patch.  

What's it like being a farmer's wife?
Before meeting my husband, I had no real idea what it meant to live on a farm. Farming is more than a job — it’s a way of life and it affects every part of our lives as a family. I wrote about the transition from being a city girl to becoming a farm wife for 31 days on the blog for those who want to read more. 

Describe your home in three words.

Old, neutral, farmhouse.

And your design style?
Vintage, comfortable, eclectic.

What is your interior design philosophy?
You can create a home that is both beautiful and functional. People often think it has to be one or the other, especially when children live in the home. But the truth is you can have both. 

What's your favorite room and why?
Our living room — it’s where we spend the most time together as a family. It also contains some of my favorite pieces: a painted black piano, giant pallet art and a salvaged hutch.

How can windows and doors impact a space?
Windows and doors help bring light to a space, so the right window and door styles are key to the overall look and feel of a home. If you’re thinking about window and door replacement, be sure to consider the style of trim and type of wood. These also help define a room and set the tone for a space.  

Spring is just around the corner. What are some easy ways homeowners can freshen up and organize their home?

I have a spring cleaning checklist that helps me tackle freshening up our farmhouse. Last year I created a small, partially portable command center, and that has helped me tackle the paper mess from the mail, school papers and more.

One of the things that has made spring cleaning easier is having Pella single-hung windows that tilt in. There’s a lot of dust on a farm, so the easy cleaning these windows bring is much appreciated!

Best piece of home advice you've ever received?
It’s not about having a perfect home: it’s about having a space that is welcoming to your family and others who visit.

Best piece of home advice you've ever given?
Stop waiting for the perfect house. You can create a beautiful home with what you have right now.

What 2017 home design trend are you most excited about?
I love that penny tiles are showing up everywhere. I think it brings a classic look to the home and is a style that has staying power.

Latest product obsessions?
6-light vintage chandelier
Mint filing cabinets
Vintage world map

Find tips and inspiration to plan your window or door project by visiting our Plan Your Project online resource center.

This article was written by

Nicolle Picray, Content Marketing & Social Media, Pella Windows & Doors

A self-proclaimed Social Media Geek and DIY aficionado, Nicolle is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on content creation and curation. In her free time she can be found pillaging thrift shops for furniture projects, attempting to rationalize with her 4 year old daughter, and editing her husband’s honey-do list.

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