Southern Romance Dream Home Front PorchHave you ever had a dream?

You know.  Something you want more than anything.  Something that almost seems impossible, but you dream it all the same.  Something deep in your heart that makes it beat a little faster when you think about it.  And sometimes when the day is rough and the road is long and the light at the end of the tunnel seems an eternity away….

….you pull that dream out of your pocket.

And imagine.

And envision.

And hope.

And in that instant, with your dream in hand….

…..suddenly the world is a better place.

Southern Romance Dream House

My friend Esther had a dream.

She wanted to take an old southern home….a home with history and stories to tell and beautiful old architecture that had fallen on hard times….

….and bring it back to life.

But she was busy running a company.

And being a CEO.

And living in Canada.

And the dream seemed an eternity away.

southern romance dream home porch

southern romance house fireplace

And then one day she followed her heart to Alabama and met this house.

A house with beautiful architecture and chippy columns and vintage mailboxes and worn floorboards and high ceilings and corbels and the original fireplaces and a giant front porch.

And….oh the stories that front porch could tell.

southern romance dream home architecture

Maybe it was the chippy corbels.

Maybe it was the tiny window at the top of the house that almost winks at you.

Or maybe it was that wonderful, incredible front porch with all its tall tales of generations of laughter.

Whatever the reason, whatever the how’s and what’s and why’s….somehow, someway, Esther listened to her heart….

….and jumped.

Southern Romance House Before

Southern Romance Home Windows

And now the house looks like this.

Knee-deep in the most incredible renovation.

Here’s a little peek at the house that will be.

Southern Romance House Living Room

Here’s the dining room now.

Dining Room After

Here’s what it will become.

Southern Romance Home Kitchen

Here’s the kitchen now.

Kitchen After

Here’s what it will become.

Southern Romance House Kitchen

Here’s a piece that she bought to go into the butler’s pantry.

Butler's Pantry After

And here’s what the pantry will become.

southern romance house fireplace

This is the fireplace from the living room.

Living Room After

And here’s what the living room will become.

Southern Romance House flowers

Esther writes a blog about the renovation and the experience and the house.  You can find it here.

You can see all the before’s and the before the before’s in her picture gallery here.

But my favorite part of her journey?  Her online webisodes where she documents every step of her journey.  You can find them all here.

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Here’s me with some of my friends on that incredible front porch.

I’m the one with the blonde hair and red lipstick and sunglasses trying to look as amazing as I feel.

Right after this picture was taken, I stood there on that porch with the wind blowing my hair and the leaves of the trees rustling and the sun peeking out from behind the clouds….

…and saw the dream that was unfolding right before my eyes.

It made me feel incredible.

Like I could do anything.  Accomplish anything.  Be anything I wanted with enough determination and heart.

If Esther could dream, so could I.

So I left the front porch, returned home, took out my dream and dusted it off and started down the long and winding path of making it happen.

And Friday I found out that my little dream is coming true.  Something amazing and wonderful and incredible beyond anything is actually happening.


Dream details coming soon. 🙂

PS  So just in case the porch was wondering….

….dreams really can come true.

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  1. Image for Alex Alex

    Oh, my... I want to live here! I'm so happy to know I'm not the only Canadian who dreams of living somewhere magical; chalked with southern charm, sophistication and whimsy. *swoon*

  2. Image for kathy kathy

    I love a dream. I hope you do an after post on this house. My daughter has that dream of living in an old house with lots of character. My dream is a beach house. BTW, you look great in your sunglasses, red lipstick and blonde hair.

  3. Image for Leona Leona

    Beautiful post and happy to see that she is following her heart. But sometimes dreams can be sad, waiting for it to come true, when it appears that it will never happen. Dreams are hopes for the future and sometimes they take the much needed finances to make them happen. Can"t wait to see what is in store for are young, talented and blessed and at times thats what it takes. Hope you have a book in your future with chapters on your storytelling, red lipstick and high heels on the cover :}

  4. Image for Nancy Carr Nancy Carr

    What a wonderful story. Yes, dreams do come true. I am living my dream and have a new one on the horizon. I am so excited about whatever your new dream is. We all love and support you. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Image for Debbie W Debbie W

    That is amazing! Can't wait to hear about your dream!! I have always believed that if you put it out there, and keep your dream in the palm of your hand, think about and imagine it... the universe will bring you to it - you just have to keep your eyes open, listen to your heart and know when the universe is knocking on your door :-) Thanks for sharing <3

  6. Image for Jane Jane

    Seeing Ester's dream unfold is amazing and I will definitely follow along. And I'm so excited to hear what's happening in your life. Your own gig on HGTV? A book deal? Yay!! Can't wait to hear! Jane x

  7. Image for Michele Michele

    Thanks for sharing - this is incredible - so happy for Esther, and especially for her wonderful home project. We're all rooting for her and all those involved! As for YOU, missy - holding my breath for you........hope I don't turn blue waiting........I can imagine some serious congrats are in have worked hard to have your dreams all come true, KA - and the real thing is your intense loving devotion when you decide to jump. No one else does it you do - you have a lot of imitators, but you are the first and only original, imhp. Hugs.

  8. Image for Amy W. Amy W.

    Oh I'm hearing that old Jimney Cricket song....When You Wish Upon a Star Song by Cliff Edwards, Paul Smith, ... When you wish upon a star Makes no difference who you are Anything your heart desires Will come to you If your heart is in your dream No request is too extreme When you wish upon a star As dreamers do Fate is kind She brings to those to love The sweet fulfillment of Their secret longing Like a bolt out of the blue Fate steps in and sees you through When you wish upon a star Your dreams come true - Loved your post...looking forward to reading all about yours! Take care!

  9. Image for Ann weisman Ann weisman

    Hope your dream brings wonderful things. Silly, but I have a dream for you. When you get those kiddos raised, I hope you write a book. I enjoy reading your postings so much I know your book would be so great

  10. Image for Peg Peg

    Ohhh, what an amazing undertaking! I am now following Esther's dream of the white house in Alabama with the oh so lovely front porch. Now you, my dear, are such a talented writer and story teller that I am begging you to write a book! Is your dream the consulting you spoke of last week, or is this something else? : )

  11. Image for Pat Pat

    Amazing story and what an awesome home and home owner! I can't wait for the last chapter with pictures! I'm anxious to hear about your dream too....♥ You are always an inspiration!

  12. Image for Betty Baker Betty Baker

    Dreams are a wish your heart makes. And yes they do come true - lots of times. Glad to see you sharing a Canadian's dream. . I love your blog, your blonde hair and your red lipstick. Betty from Ontario ,Canada.

  13. Image for Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane

    Oh, KariAnne, that gorgeous house had me at hello! You had the Everly Brothers singing away in my head, "When I want you and all your charms..." as I gazed at those wonderful columns, the beautiful fireplace, and the chippy corbels. Then just like *that* the record scratched to a halt-- RRRRrrrrRRrfrrrrtcccchhhh (sorry, onomatopoeia was never my strong point) because you tell us you have a dream that is coming true....and you'll tell us on FRIDAY!?! Oh, the suspense!

  14. Image for Karen @ Dogs Don't Eat Pizza Karen @ Dogs Don't Eat Pizza

    As soon as I saw that house, I knew it was in Alabama. My husband and his family are from Alabama and I love driving through the towns there and seeing the gorgeous old houses. I can't wait to see what she does with that home, and what your latest dream is! I hope it comes true and is wonderful for you! xoxo

  15. Image for Eva Eva

    Fess up!!! We are dying to know!! Hey Kari Anne...remember me from RiverCliff Cottage. The blog that ended up being a Seinfield blog where I did anything I wanted with no direction? Well, I still have that blog, but I found my direction, and it's going soooo well. Come see me at So happy for you!! Eva

  16. Image for Brandi Brandi

    Hi there! I'm usually a lurker (I know, that makes me sound like a creeper), so I don't comment, but I have been following your blog for a while now. I just had to comment because this post resonated with me so much. I have a huge dream for our family, and on most days, it seems completely impossible. But after reading this, that HUGE dream seems a little closer within reach. It seems possible, even probable! Thank you for all the encouragement to just jump. I think I'm ready to jump and see where we land.

  17. Image for Maureen Maureen

    Okay little Rock Star... I have been away for 3 weeks and just came across this T-E-A-S-E-R! I've been frantically going all your posts since this one and can't find the 'dream'. I am going crazy. Please tell me you are writing a book. I will be the first to pre-order online sweetie.

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