The House

When Brittany Hayes first saw this 1905 Craftsman in Monroe, GA, it had no walls, no fixtures, no lighting and almost no floors — the previous owner had gutted it. Even so, she was smitten. “I could see character here and there, like some of the original pine floors and the super-tall ceilings,” she says. A blogger and designer, Brittany had been waiting for the opportunity to take on a big project, and to create a home that she and her girls, Addison, 11, and Winter, 7, could call their own. And here it was, charm in the rough. First came the heavy lifting: Drywall was installed, plumbing was added, the old floors were refinished. Then Brittany cracked open her Pinterest board to inspire a whimsical-meets-elegant blend of dramatic paints, fancy wallpapers, and look-at-me furniture—plus touches that all have a little something special. “We call this house our historic wonderland,” says Brittany. “Every room is a place where you can kick your shoes off and get lost.”