Shelby & Her Home
The phrase ‘what’s old is new again’ pretty much sums up the thoughtful and inviting Indiana home of Honeysuckle‘s Shelby Goodman. Her decorating style proves that old items can be made relevant again and that it’s totally possible to combine old items with new to create a beautiful—and unique—space. Shelby strives to capture many of the original details of the charming and cozy cottage that was built in the 1920s, while decorating with items that have meaningful stories and memories attached to them. It’s evident that every room reflects the love and life of Shelby, her husband and two sons, and we were lucky to get a peek inside this craftsman cottage. We are excited to share the complete home tour with you below, so get ready to fall in love with Shelby, her family and their sweet abode. Enjoy!
Tell us about your home and living in Indiana!
Our house is a 1920’s custom-built home full of charm and unique details. The wife of the couple who had it built is said to have collected all the fieldstone that you see on the outside of our house and on our fireplace. We found it interesting that our ’20s house would have large walk-in closets, but we learned that she owned a fashion boutique downtown and had it built with walk-in closets to accommodate all her hat boxes and such. I know all this because the previous owners of our house came over and gave me a little folder on the history of our home complete with pictures of people in the ’50s having dinner parties in my now-office. That’s also part of the charm of living in a small town. We actually know our neighbors, and we really ask to borrow a cup of sugar every once in awhile. We also love the walkability—we can walk to the park or pool, I can walk my son to preschool then walk to my shop and I often walk with friends to the coffee shop. Small-town life has taken us some getting used to, but we really enjoy the simplicity and the community here.
A friend of mine came over one day and told me the word she’d use to describe my home was thoughtful. I really loved that. I want my home to feel thoughtful and inviting. Comfortable and unique. Lived-in, but taken care of. I want the décor in our home to tell our story.
How do you blend old with new when it comes to decorating?
That’s really a big part of my job in selling things through Honeysuckle. It’s showing people how old things can be made relevant again and style really well with new things they already have. Old usually trumps new in my book when it comes to decorating, though. I just love the one-of-a-kind look and not the ‘oh, I got that from Target, too’ look (but don’t get it twisted, I love me some Target!). For me, it’s a modern vase in a vintage cloche or a stack of old books next to current artwork. It’s adding something surprising and unique to the décor.
What were some of your goals and inspirations when designing your home?
A friend of mine came over one day and told me the word she’d use to describe my home was thoughtful. I really loved that. I want my home to feel thoughtful and inviting. Comfortable and unique. Lived-in but taken care of. I want the décor in our home to tell our story. Framed footprints of our newborn babies, the brass tic-tac-toe board that we found at an estate sale on Rainbow Row in Charleston and got for free because we mentioned it was our 7th anniversary, the card catalog given to me by a retired teacher friend and hundreds of other things that hold stories and memories that make our home perfectly ‘us.’ I also wanted to embrace the warmth and style that the home already held. I’ve tweaked my style to work with the more cottage-y details of this home, like the statement fieldstone fireplace and the arched doorways. We affectionately call this home, ‘our craftsman cottage.’
You work as a designer and owner of The Honeysuckle Shop, along with maintaining a blog and raising your boys. How do you juggle all of these different aspects of your life?
I enjoy the challenge and the ‘change of scenery’ all these aspects add to my life. My number-one job and priority is raising my two little boys—they fill my days with so much joy and energy. But that also means I run a tight ship at naptime so that I can get in my office hours in the middle of the day. Some days I’m designing for freelance clients or I spend all that time shipping orders, and other days, I’m styling and taking photos for my blog or I’m taking a much-needed nap. I really love that every day is different.
We love that your blog acts as a fun peek into your life as a creative living in Indiana. How and why did you first launch Honeysuckle?
I started my blog in 2008. I was only working part-time as a graphic designer and I was a newlywed with my first home to make my own. It started as a creative outlet and a way to share tutorials and decorating tips with others. I’ve always found that part of keeping my passion as a creative is doing something just for me as a way to stay fresh and inspired. Ten years later, after many seasons and breaks in between, I now blog as part-time work sharing home and lifestyle inspiration. I named the blog Honeysuckle after that first street we lived on and made a home in as newlyweds—Honeysuckle Court in Lynchburg, Virginia. Now, the name Honeysuckle acts as an umbrella that includes my blog, shop and my freelance graphic design.
How has becoming a mom influenced who you are as a designer and a business owner?
Becoming a mom changes you. Suddenly you and your life are not your own. It was a tough pill to swallow at first and I struggled to find my way, but in the end, I was so thankful to have something to come to that made me feel like me. It’s a learning process the whole way though. Loving my family and being a good wife and mama is my passion and first priority and I draw my strength from God to keep it this way. I’ve learned the hard way what good balance means and how to say ‘no’ in favor of that balance. I believe that raising my boys into world-changers is probably going to be my greatest achievement in life. But I’m driven by good design—in branding, in artwork and in home décor. I love helping people create brands they’re proud of and homes that feel unique to them. My business was born out of these loves and the fact that I have such supportive clients and customers keeps the love alive. And not a day goes by that I don’t feel grateful that my boys get to watch me do it.
I love helping people create brands they’re proud of and homes that feel unique to them. My business was born out of these loves and the fact that I have such supportive clients and customers keeps the love alive. And not a day goes by that I don’t feel grateful that my boys get to watch me do it.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Most days, I’m waking up to my 3-year-old alarm clock yelling my name in the room next door. This is quickly followed by my 5-year-old weatherman telling me, “It’s a sunny day!” Then the sound of them racing down the stairs and climbing into the breakfast nook waiting for their cereal, while I can’t get coffee fast enough. After breakfast, they usually play while I try to get a few minutes to drink my coffee and have my quiet time, check my email and calendar for the day, and check in on Instagram. Our weekday mornings vary between: preschool, play dates, the gym or errands. Naptime comes right after lunch and that’s when I get to work. Office hours vary between: designing, packing and shipping orders, styling and updating inventory, planning and writing blog posts, and general office work. While I’m working, I usually love to catch up on my favorite podcasts to keep me company. Once the boys are up again, I usually let them go outside or pick a show to watch while I start to prep dinner. Meal-planning saves my life, so I typically know what I’m going to make and generally enjoy cooking if no one is crying on my leg. Daddy coming home is a bright spot in all of our days. Eating dinner together around the table is an important thing to our family because this is our time to connect and ask each other questions about our day. After dinner, we get outside as a family if it’s nice, maybe go for a walk or bike ride. Once the boys are in bed for the night, Josh and I often watch a show together, work side by side or sip drinks on our porch.
We love the vintage finds in your Etsy store! Where are some of your favorite spots to shop for vintage?
I’m a huge advocate for shop local so I always tell people to shop their local thrift shops first. Although, I usually find my favorite things at estate sales or yard sales—that’s where you get the good stories, too. But I also love to peruse eBay for unique finds and often trade with other Etsy sellers!
Tell us about the typography print on your mantle! Is there a story behind it?
Yes! It’s a custom typography print by Mallory Overton. I met Mallory via Instagram and fell hard for her one-of-a-kind hand lettering. I had her do this family mantra of sorts—it’s Romans 12:9-10 MSG, which says, “Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.” She sent me the original, which I then sent to Framebridge to have professional framed. It’s definitely a favorite.
How do you like to relax and unwind?
Nothing helps me unwind like a night out with girlfriends. A table full of shared apps, drinks and laughs is so good for my soul. Close seconds include: taking a bath by candlelight, climbing in bed early with magazines and sea salt dark chocolate, or cuddling with my husband on the couch with a movie.