A Regal & Rustic Home In The Heart Of Mississippi

Rustic brick front porch

Cindi & Her Home

Pause for a moment and imagine a new-build home. Odds are that you’re picturing sparkling fixtures, pristine painted walls and bright red brickwork, yet the home that event planner Cindi McCloud built for her family feels anything but “builder basic.” How did she manage to make her young (by industry standards) home feel so rich with personality and time-worn comfort? Our team personally checked in with Cindi to find out her secret and to snag an exclusive tour of her entire home for real-life inspiration.

When asked about her MO when it comes to home goods sourcing, the creative designer and business owner had this to say: “I love mixing new pieces with antique finds. I believe that every room needs something vintage in it. If it’s something that’s very unique or antique (that you can’t find just anywhere), I can’t pass it up.” The results of this mixture of old with new is a home that feels decades older than its new millennium build date.

If you’ve been on the hunt for refined, cozy interior design inspiration, then you’ve come to the right place. Grab that second cup of coffee and settle on in because Cindi’s Brookhaven, Mississippi, home tour starts now!

 

Let’s rewind to before you moved in. What elements were most important to you during the process of building your home?

Seventeen years ago, we built our house. When looking at house plans, I wanted a modern farmhouse with an open floor plan, big rooms, high ceilings, a wood burning fireplace and lots of windows.

Iron front porch light fixtures

Antique bucket side table

What were your goals and inspirations when designing your home?

I remember telling my husband that I wanted everyone to get the feeling of home and going back in time when they walk on the porch. My inspiration was remembering my grandmother’s home with high ceilings, big bay windows and shiplap siding.

What advice would you give to someone who’s about to embark on a renovation?

First of all, start an inspiration board to have all your ideas in one place. Decide on paint colors, floors and materials ahead of time so decision-making doesn’t get too overwhelming. Hiring a wonderful designer will make the process much easier. Most importantly, if you really love something, don’t settle because in the end you will be happier with the result.

All-time favorite movie: go!

My favorite movie is “The Notebook” because it portrays a once-in-a-lifetime kind of love.

Macrame table runner

I remember telling my husband that I wanted everyone to get the feeling of home and going back in time when they walk on the porch.

Antiqued white side board

Dining room table // Arm chair // Round wood table // Breakfast table chairs // Wood bead chandelier

What’s something you can never resist when shopping for home goods?

Oh my! If it’s something that’s very unique or antique (that you can’t find just anywhere), I can’t pass it up, but I do have a weakness for candles and coffee mugs.

Do you prefer vintage or brand new when it comes to purchasing accents and furniture for your home? Why?

I love mixing new pieces with antique finds. I believe that every room needs something vintage in it.

Wood open shelves in the kitchen

Black and brass wall sconces

Reclaimed floating wood shelves // Sconce // Matte black shade // Lights over floating shelves

Where is your retreat from it all?

When at home, it’s my front porch in the swing, or by the pool with the sound of the waterfall flowing. My favorite place to actually get away from it all is Seaside, Florida.

Open kitchen shelving

I love mixing new pieces with antique finds. I believe that every room needs something vintage in it.

Gold pot filler in the kitchen

Describe an event that you hosted that you can recall vividly to this day. What key elements made it a night (or day!) to remember?

The biggest and most memorable was my daughter’s wedding reception, which was hosted at my home with more than 200 guests. Our home was filled with laughter and well-wishing. The reception was held outside with the jazz band setting a festive mood. The bride and groom left in my grandpa’s 1967 baby blue Chevrolet truck.

Antique wood fireplace mantel surround

Decorative antler collection

What do you love most about living in Brookhaven, Mississippi? Where do you always make it a point to take your visitors?

I love that it is a small hometown where family values are important. I enjoy taking visitors to Betty’s Eat Shop, Janie’s Pastry Shop and J. Allan’s. Chef and owner of Betty’s Eat Shop, Matt Fitzsimmons, worked for award-winning restaurants in Charleston, South Carolina, and Nashville, Tennessee. He returned home and opened his own restaurant with wonderful food. Janie’s Pastry Shop offers a variety of sweets, from homemade cakes and cookies to fresh donuts and chocolate strawberries. Janie’s is in a recently-released movie, “The Hollers,” with John Krasinski and Anna Kendrick. J. Allan’s offers a diverse assortment of rare pieces that will add personality and style to any home.

Vintage china hutch

Most of all, be yourself. Don’t second-guess yourself, and go with your first impression.

Nailhead trim side chair in the living room

The beauty product you can’t live without?

I couldn’t live without IT Cosmetics’s Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50.

Which room in your home proved to be the most difficult? What was the biggest challenge in designing this space, and how did you overcome it?

I would say the great room because my husband wanted a huge built-in cabinet for his TV. I decided to compromise by painting the cabinet the same color as the walls, so now it blends in and doesn’t overpower the room.

Cow hide upholstered side chair

Elegant carved bed footboard

Bedding

What is a favorite room in your home, and why?

I have to say that my favorite room isn’t inside but outside. In the South, outside spaces are just as important as inside spaces. Farmhouse porches are an integral part of my Southern culture and childhood. I remember my grandparents sitting on their front porch reading the paper and drinking coffee. I also share this value with my husband and children. My front porch is a place for my family to gather and reflect on our days with coffee.

White antique nightstand

Flats or heels?

Heels because I’m only 5’2″ and my husband is 6’2″. I’ve always been a heels person.

What’s the key to a perfectly made bed in your opinion?

To me, a perfect bed has lots of pillows made of fine linen. Linen gives a textual richness and luxury to your bed. I like to mix neutral shades with white. I add two duvets in the winter months, but in the summer, I use a coverlet with a duvet at the bottom of the bed.

Outdoor fireplace and seating area

Outdoor upholstered side chair

Outdoor chair // Zinc-topped table

Imagine it’s your Sweet Sixteen. What’s the one piece of advice you wish that someone would impart to you?

Most of all, be yourself. Don’t second-guess yourself, and go with your first impression.

Wood shutters

 

Author: Carrie Waller

Carrie is the writer, stylist and photographer behind Dream Green DIY, and also is the features editor for Glitter Guide. Follow along on Instagram!

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