Hey friends! You thought I bailed on this series didn’t you? Life has been fun and wild and a little nuts here lately, but I’m so excited to share my girl Eliza Morrill‘s home with you today – only a week late, whatever.
Mine and Eliza’s story is so special to me. In 2014, I lived in Athens and worked in a studio with Kaitie and I came into work one day while Kaitie was editing the most beautiful morning wedding (brunch reception, yes please!). She showed me the sweetest photo of the bride’s four year old nephew wearing a little blue jumper that the bride’s late brother wore when he was that age. I actually cried and never forgot it. Fast forward several months later when Kaitie and I had this crazy idea called Gather and this seriously cool chic Eliza shows up from Columbus, Georgia.
Kaitie says, “This is Eliza from that photo you love!” Jon and I had recently been stationed at Ft. Benning and by some Holy magic, Eliza was my first friend. Turns out, she’s my spirit animal and in one very short year, we became fast friends and now she’s one of my dearest. Sidenote: I got to meet that sweet nugget nephew in the blue suit and he now calls me his “gulfwend.”
Eliza is an incredibly talented photographer (and can cook a mean curry dinner, just sayin’) and OH YEA ALSO mamma to two of the most beautiful babes I’ve ever seen. Yep, twins. And her house is cute. She’s basically superwoman. Here, see!
Tell us a little about yourself! Hi! I’m Eliza Morrill – I’m a mama, wedding photographer, and mom-blogger (because blogging is wayyy cheaper than therapy.) I had stints in Athens, Ga, New York, Vermont, and Spain before settling down in my hometown of Columbus, Georgia with my Yankee husband. I love all things David Bowie, could eat tacos every day for the rest of my life, and am secretly waiting for my Hogwarts letter in the mail. I’m actually not kidding.
How long have you lived in your current home? Almost two years.
Who lives there with you? My husband, Mike, our twin baby boys, Hart and Mills, and our stubborn English bulldog, Winnie.
Describe your style in 3 words: Eclectic, inviting, sentimental
What is your favorite room/space in your home? Why? This is so hard to say – I feel like it changes every day. Since buying this house (our first home), we’ve changed almost every square inch, but somehow, I have a feeling that we’ll never fully conquer our to-do list. I love our kitchen, partly because of how far it’s come, and partly because I love food + cooking. I also love the boys’ nursery, because it’s the one place in the house that I can let them run free and not worry about them destroying anything.
What is your most cherished piece? Does it have a story? Honestly, there’s a piece that I cherish in each room. In our den, it’s a little 3.5×5 notecard that my nephew sketched during our wedding ceremony – his own little portrait of us at the altar. In the living room, it’s my dad’s old fire helmet from his days as a firefighter in college. In the nursery, it’s a collection of books that my late brother and I read together growing up. As you can tell – I’m a little sentimental.
What is the one thing that makes your space feel like home? Our home is filled with photographs – they are truly everywhere. I’m sure part of that can be attributed to the fact that it’s what I do for a living, but there’s just something about being surrounded by pictures that make you truly happy that makes me feel so at home. In the past few years, I’ve really made a conscious effort to actually print my pictures rather than just letting them live forever on hard drives, and it has made our home infinitely better. Now that we have the boys, I print pictures at least once every other month. Overkill? Maybe. Do I feel bad about it? Not even a little bit.
What is your favorite way to relax at home? Relaxation comes after my two little firecrackers are in bed for the night, and usually involves a gin and tonic (extra lime), making dinner with my husband, and sinking into my sofa to watch some TV. Oh, and baths. I LOVE BATHS.
House Plants or Fresh Flowers? Definitely fresh flowers. Unfortunately, the only things I can keep alive are the things that can cry or bark, and house plants aren’t on that list. I’ve murdered succulents before. That’s hard to do.
Driveway or Sidewalk? Driveway, for sure.
Tidy or “Lived In”? I love the idea of tidiness, but “lived in” is our way of life these days. Verry, very lived in. (Don’t judge me… I have two babies, y’all.)
Breakfast Bar or Kitchen Table? Kitchen table.
Modern or Traditional? 50/50. 95% of our furniture is antique (my grandparents were avid antique collectors, and we inherited a lot of awesome yet traditional pieces from them), but we tend to pair it with more modern accents + art. I love the style it creates.
Bed Made or Unmade? I was so, so, so pro-bedmaking until I had kids. Seriously. I could not start my day without making the bed. But now, it’s a Christmas miracle if I can even put on pants in the morning. Is that embarrassing? Maybe I should delete this answer…
TV or Radio? Radio, until about 8pm. I’ll listen to NPR + podcasts all day long, but once I have that drink in my hand, I really just want to watch Modern Family. Know what I mean?
Front Porch or Back Deck? Back deck. Hands down.
Dream job (besides your own): Singer. I am borderline tone deaf, but I wish I could belt it like my girl Adele.