8. Home Grown
A Virginia-based design blogger brings DIY style to her cozy home. “I love the idea of creating warmth and a welcoming atmosphere. I want people to feel comfortable in my home and not like they have to tiptoe around my furnishings. I think my decorating style is high end but also welcoming.” With two active children and one on the way, the homeowners seized the opportunity to fulfill their dream of building a home together. The home-design project would launch a home-based business, too. “We had no budget for furniture after we completed construction, so I began to buy chairs secondhand and refinish them myself,” says Christen Bensten. “Our home and my painting hobby soon developed into a business, Blue Egg Brown Nest.