Hi! I want to introduce you to some new friends, today. Meet Jane and Billy Brooks:
They’ve been married for 52 years, and they have 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. In Jane’s words, they “do just about everything together”, and they share a huge passion for creating. They’ve been busy designing, building and decorating their home together since 2004. Our mutual friend, Debbie, invited me to go visit them with her the other day because, as she put it, “y’all just need to meet!”.
I love that part of friendship. That part that stretches all the way back to our very first friends, and that still, after all these years, still gets us excited about putting “our” people together.
The atmosphere in their home is just as warm and inviting as the couple themselves, and I absolutely love that they had so much fun dreaming it all up together from scratch.
Billy makes the most beautiful furniture pieces in his workshop downstairs. Check out this sideboard he built out of reclaimed pine:
He made this vanity in the hall bath, too:
Some of their furniture and decor came from Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta. Jane said one of their favorite things to do together is take short, spontaneous trips, and I could literally feel the fun in the stories they shared about their adventures!
Something else I noticed as we wandered from room to room is that everything felt so comfortable because it was all so durable.
Funny how people can match their places in that way, isn’t it?
You probably already figured out that Jane’s favorite color to decorate with is red. She told me she’s always been most drawn to the energy red brings into a room.
I love the energy she brings into a room, and I admire her and Billy so much for letting love takes the reins when it came to picking out a countertop that spoke directly to their spirits!
This morning, I asked Jane what she loved most about Billy. She said “his sense of humor, how he loves people, and how he never meets a stranger”. Billy said his favorite things about Jane are her kindness and compassion for other people.
They’ve known each other for over half a century, but those were instantly my favorite things about them, too.
What a treat to be able to meet and share a little bit about them and their labor of love with you today! Jane doesn’t blog, but if you have any questions for her about anything in the photos above (or just want to say hello to her because I think Y’ALL just need to meet, too!), feel free to leave her a message in the comment section below.
Happy Monday from Millbrook!