Hi! Thanks for visiting my internet home, Sycamore and Slate! I’m Elana Frey. I married my hunk of a husband, Chad, in 2011, only ten months after our first date! Now we have a sweet and energetic toddler, Evie, and an adorable monster of a cat, Asher.
My husband and his parents own and operate their own business. They’re a manufacturer, wholesale distributor, and retailer of many masonry products like stone veneer, pavers, and outdoor fireplaces and firepits. I worked there, as well, until my daughter was born. The business has given us a bunch of experience and insight into the home-building process. We get to see a TON of beautifully done custom homes, spec homes, and show homes.
And we can’t get enough!
I helped my husband renovate his house (which he bought just DAYS before we started dating), and ever since then, we’ve had the house-building bug. (It’s very contagious!) We’ve done a lot of DIY projects, brought in a few professionals, and put a lot of energy into sprucing up our current home. And all the while we’ve dreamed and planned and imagined building our dream home, completely from scratch. Now, after years of waiting, that exciting project is about to begin!
Besides home design and decor, writing is one of my biggest passions, so I thought I’d jot down a few of the adventures we have along our way, here on this blog. I’ll also give you tours of some of the gorgeous homes we get to see through our business. So join me here and follow our journey as we build our forever home, literally from the ground up. I’ll be sure to post lots of pictures, let you in on all the tips and tricks I come across, and share the triumphs and uh-ohs we encounter. I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know us!
Thanks for visiting! You’re always welcome at our home on the web, here on the corner of Sycamore and Slate.