THE STORY OF JEANETTE AND MICHAEL SIMME’S HOME BEGINS WITH A SET OF BLUEPRINTS DRAFTED YEARS BEFORE SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE IN ANY POSITION TO USE THEM. “We owned this property of 35 acres but lived in a century home in an adjacent town,” says Jeanette, who sells vintage wares at a local marketplace and on her Instagram account. “Finally, we put our home on the market and began our journey toward our custom build.”
The first step was building a barn for the couple to live in temporarily. The 6-week barn build dragged into 6 months of living in a borrowed shag-carpet camper in a driveway. Bad drainage and an unexpectedly rainy spring made for lots of sitting water and slow progress. Six months later, they were able to move into their very rough barn. It had no drywall, no bedrooms and no flooring. “Our plan was to rough it, so we could save money to build our house right next to our barn,” Jeanette says.
Life, however, had different (albeit very wonderful) plans. On Mother’s Day, the couple received a call that resulted in the adoption of their beautiful son. Suddenly, roughing it wasn’t an option anymore. All the comforts of home were added to the little 800-square-foot barn apartment in order to welcome their sweet boy. Six years later, they finally returned to their dream of building their own home and began the process.
Bit by bit, it grew, just like their son. “Almost everything was done by us,” Jeanette says. “We built our home as we had money in our pockets and the time to spend finishing each project.” Several Christmases came and went as the house was being built and, finally, the family was able to celebrate their first holiday season in the new home.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
A Gingerbread Cottage for Two
A Wisconsin couple use vintage-style lighting for kitschy Christmas charm
A Big Backyard for the Little House on Chestnut
A do-it-yourself dream comes true.
A Kit House for Keeps
A Sears Kit Home gets a new lease on life
Vintage Christmas at Your Fingertips
Take a peek at three women-owned shops that love vintage wares both old and new.
Granny Chic Galore!
A homeowner’s holiday décor is an homage to Christmas at her grandma’s house.
How to create unique and eye-catching displays of your most cherished pieces.
A Homemade CHRISTMAS
A designer and seller of vintage pieces brings historicity to her home through Old World design and holiday décor sourced from flea markets and thrift shops.
ILLUMINATING the Past
Tru-Tone Bulbs captures nostalgia with modern Christmas lights.
CHRISTMAS with a Dash of Retro
JESSICA RICHTER, THE OWNER OF A DÉCOR POP-UP SHOP CALLED AT HOME WITH JESSI DEE, WAS BORN AND BRED TO BE A FLEA-MARKET SHOPPER.
Yes, Virginia, Mrs. Santa Claus Is Real
A St. Louis collector shares her incredible passion for vintage Christmas.
WATCHOS 8: SMALL CHANGES ADD UP TO BIG APPLE WATCH IMPROVEMENTS
NEW AND REDESIGNED APPS MAKE THE WATCH EXPERIENCE SMARTER AND MORE REFINED.
LA CORTA Y TEMERARIA CARRERA DE JEANETTE ZACARÍAS “Y si muero boxeando, así voy a morir”
El fallecimiento de la boxeadora mexicana Jeanette Zacarías después de sufrir un nocaut en Canadá el jueves 2 fue precedida por graves daños a su salud como resultado de sus otras peleas profesionales: ya la habían dejado inconsciente y los médicos habían advertido de la necesidad de operarla. Sin embargo su padre y su entrenador sostienen que no pudieron evitar que, tan pronto se sintió mejor, Jeanette se empeñara en seguir boxeando: “Esta carrera yo la escogí y si muero en este intento boxeando así voy a morir”, les dijo.
The actress’ creativity doesn’t stop at drama –she’s a keen crafter
Friend or foe?
Olivia Holt and Chiara Aurelia on starring in a psychological thriller about a missing teenager…
Stars & their kids: MUM'S SIMPLY THE BEST!
WE LET THE OFFSPRING HAVE THE LAST WORD!
Land of plenty
At Svanholm, Denmark’s largest commune, residents don’t just cook and eat together — they grow and rear the ingredients for their meals too. And the produce is so good it has top chefs from Copenhagen and beyond travelling here to buy it
SE LE JUNTAN LAS ACUSACIONES
Aunque JEANETTE KARAM ya perdonó a ELEAZAR “N”, asegura que no retirará la denuncia en su contra por violencia, pese a que ello la mortifica
Shouldering on JEANETTE'S PRIVATE PAIN
THE RADIO STAR’S NEVER BEEN IN SUCH AGONY
JEANETTE'S JOYOUS REUNION
Best feeling in the world! Jeanette has her baby back!
Jeanette Aw means business, literally. From being an accomplished actress, she has branched out into successful new ventures, with yet another in the pipeline. We catch up with the multi hyphenate on what drives her, and how her comeback from a hiatus is leaving her busier than ever.